Tips on Saving on Your Heating Bill

thermostat, saving on your heating billAlthough it’s been unseasonably warm as of late, we all know that it won’t last too much longer. Winter is coming and that means the heaters and furnaces will soon be up and running in every home and business throughout DFW. But the experts at here at Arctic Air want to help you save on your heating bill. Take a look at some of these useful tips.

  • Cover windows with a plastic film: Your windows and patio doors are a big contributor to heat loss in the home. By covering them with a clear plastic film, this will assist in cutting that loss. The film is very simple to install and if installed correctly, you would never be able to notice it.
  • Get rid of drafts around electrical outlets: If you remove the faceplate, there is a pretty good chance that there is just an open hole where heat and air can easily pass through. For the larger gaps, fill it with foam sealant and for the smaller ones, you can use acrylic latex caulk.
  • Invest in a space heater: Place a portable heater in the room or rooms that is most used and turn down the thermostat. Although the rest of your home will be cooler, this will allow you to save on your heating bill while still being able to keep warm.

These are just a few things to take into account, but if you are looking for even more tips on saving on your heating bill in Fort Worth, TX or anywhere in the DFW area, Arctic Air Conditioning is here for you. Give us a call at (817) 834-2829.

 

Top 4 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacement

Photo of furnaceWith winter fast approaching, some of us have begun turning on our heaters here in Fort Worth, TX.  Before the real cold settles in, its best to have your furnace inspected to ensure it will last all winter. Maybe you do not have the time for an inspection right now? Well, we have compiled four signs that may show your furnace is in need of replacement.

Four Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacement

  1. Dusty, Dry Air – Furnaces, especially older ones, cannot moisturize the air, leading to high dust, allergens, and even cracking of your furniture. If your furnace is causing your family’s allergies to act up, it is time for a new one.
  2. Your Furnace Is Getting On In Years – While it seems obvious that age would be a factor, many people subscribe to the school of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, the older a furnace gets, the more wear occurs.
  3. Your Furnace Is Chatty – Strange noises coming from your furnace when it kicks on? Does your blower turn on often without any heated air? These are signs your furnace is getting older and is trying to tell you it needs replacement.
  4. Your Energy Bills Are  Getting Higher – While you may want to attribute it to energy costs going up, it is more than likely just your furnace. As they age, they lose efficiency. It will burn more oil or gas to get get any warmth to your home.

If any of these problems arise within your furnace, it is time for a replacement. However, if you are unsure if you truly need a replacement, call your local professionals to inspect your furnace today! Contact Arctic Air Conditioning At (817) 834-2829!

Get Your Home Ready For Fall

Though the Halloween costumes are hitting the stores and pumpkin flavored everything is here, it’s still hot in Texas. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for the first real cold front of the season. Here are a few tips to start getting your home ready for fall and cooler weather.

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Prepare Your Heater

Have you ever woken up shivering, turned on your heater, and suddenly your home smells like burning rubber or plastic? You may have even set off the fire alarm. This is a fairly regular occurrence and the smell should go away after a short while. However, if it persists, you may have a problem with your furnace. If you smell smoke, electrical burning, or other unusual smells, it’s best to have your furnace check out by a professional HVAC technician.

Seasonal Maintenance

Make sure your heater is ready for the first cold snap of the season. Be sure to check and replace all your air filters and open up any closed vents. Another way to help warm (and cool!) your home is to reverse your ceiling fan. Most people think of using a ceiling fan to cool a room. However, your fan can also be used to circulate warm air throughout a room. Your fan probably has a switch that will reverse its spin direction. If not, you may need to get a ladder and screwdriver to flip your fan blades over.

Keep The Warm Air In

To save energy and money on your heating bill, check for cracks and gaps where air can leak out of your home. Have you ever sat near a window in the winter and noticed a draft? Look carefully around doors and windows, and use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any openings. You might also consider having your air ducts checked for proper insulation and sealing. They’re easy to forget about, but you can lose a lot of air through poorly maintained ductwork. Save some money this season and keep that warm air inside where you want it!

Get your home ready for fall. If you need heater repair, furnace maintenance or duct cleaning in Fort Worth, TX before the cold weather hits, give Arctic Air Conditioning a call today at (817) 834-2829.

Is it Time To Clean Your Air Ducts?

Have you noticed a buildup of dust on your return air vents? Or have you noticed an increase in allergies or asthma? These may be signs that your air ducts need cleaning, and Arctic Air Conditioning in Fort Worth, TX can help you out! If you suspect you need cleaning, give us a call at to have a certified technician come out and take a look.

Photo of man changing air filterSigns to Look Out For

If you see dust clogging your return air vent, filter or other vents, there may be a problem. Always be sure to change your filter and vacuum your house regularly to cut down on excess dust, pet hair and other debris. If your vents are still getting clogged, check the furnace’s blower fan and motor. If they are coated in dust, you may need to have your air ducts cleaned out. Air ducts typically need to be cleaned every three to five years, so if it’s been a while, go ahead and give us a call.

Benefits

Cleaning your air ducts will help your HVAC system perform better and extend its lifetime. Regular maintenance will keep your system running smoothly and save you from more costly repairs later down the road.

Clean air ducts also help cut down on bacteria and other pollutants in your indoor air. If you suffer from allergies, this can be a huge relief! Improving your indoor air quality can help your home feel and look cleaner, and it can improve your health.

If you have an excessive dust buildup and think it’s time to clean your air ducts, contact us for an inspection and quality services.

Summer A/C Struggles?

It’s hot, y’all. Already. We all feel it, and after the barrage of spring storms, it seems that we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. As we approach triple digits, you’re relying on your air conditioner more than ever. There’s still time to reach out to our professional team for A/C maintenance, which can go a long way in ensuring you make it through the summer without issue.  

As your air 32611289_lconditioning system is working hard to combat the ever-increasing temperatures, keep an eye out for indications that the A/C is struggling. You can usually feel a difference if the air conditioner is not able to keep up with the expected cooling output, but there can be more subtle signs to watch for so that you’re not waiting for a sweltering day to realize that it’s not cooling.

Signs That Your A/C is Struggling

  • Difficulty cooling – Do you keep turning down the thermostat, hoping to feel a refreshing cool, but don’t seem to feel any difference? Or is it taking hours to change a single degree? An otherwise-strongly performing system can struggle to cool when coolant levels are low, which is a simple, inexpensive fix. However, there could be other variables causing the cooling challenges, so it’s worth having it checked out by professionals.
  • Excessive noise – Whether it’s coming from the ductwork and vents, the condenser unit, or you can’t even isolate the source, unusual noises can be an indication of loose or malfunctioning components. This can lead to bigger issues if left unaddressed. Not to mention, it’s difficult to sleep through the night with all that racket.
  • Little to no airflow – First order of business: check that air filter! Can’t remember the last time you changed it? Let’s go ahead and take care of that. When the filter has been replaced and ruled out as the issue, yet you’re still feeling very little airflow coming out of the vents, this could indicate a problem with the blower. Best to have it serviced.
  • Runs constantly – As we do get slight breaks in the heat during the evening and overnight hours (at least for now), you should be able to get through a 24-hour period with the A/C turning off at least a few times. The cooled temps should hold during this time. If your unit is running 24/7 and you’re struggling to feel cool, your system may be beyond its years or simply not at an appropriate SEER rating for the size of your property. (The current minimum SEER rating is 13, so if you’re dealing with an older unit, consider an upgrade to save on both efficiency and comfort.)

If this sounds like your air conditioning system, don’t wait another moment to call our team at Arctic Air Conditioning! Reach out at (817) 834-2829 and let our certified technicians come out and take a look.

We’ll help keep you cool throughout the summer!

It’s Spring! Time to Clean Your Indoor Air

Spring time has come around again, and that means it’s time for… Spring Cleaning! While you’re airing out your house, consider doing something to clean the air itself. Your home is your refuge from the outdoor allergens, so make sure you’re protected! Here are just a few ways you can improve your indoor air quality this Spring:

a photo of a woman blowing her noseAir Purifiers

Air purifiers are one way to keep clean air flowing through your home. They act as another layer of filtration to keep allergens from drifting around. Some can be set to oscillate in a single room, while other systems may be available to clean the air throughout your entire home. Ask a professional about your options.

Professional Duct Cleaning

Air ducts should be kept as clean as possible, but it’s especially important to have them cleaned when Spring arrives. They serve as a defense system that keeps the allergens out of your home, so call a professional to make sure they are clear of debris.

New Air Filters

Air filters are another important part of your HVAC system that need to be replaced frequently. Even if your ducts are blowing clean air, it won’t matter unless they have clean filters to blow it through. Ask your HVAC pro about new air filters to trap allergen particles.

Upgrading Your Old HVAC System

If you upgrade your HVAC system to use Energy Star compliant parts, you can get increased performance for decreased energy expenditure. These units are good for “going green“, as they have a minimal impact on the environment, and save energy — which saves you money! You might also be able to claim tax credits for switching to Energy Star.

We are available to answer questions and inspect your HVAC system. Give us a call so that we can get you all set for Spring!

Commercial HVAC Service

rooftop ventilationYour commercial property likely depends on a comfortable environment: having to close operations because your building is unbearably hot or cold can cost you valuable time and money. Utilizing a licensed commercial HVAC technician is key to getting your systems up and running while avoiding issues in the future. Here we walk through several key details of commercial heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to help you stay on time and on target at your commercial location.

Comfortable Environment: Conducive to Business

Your restaurant, warehouse, school building, or office may be furnished with industrial equipment to keep your building habitable. Rooftop units, exhaust fans, or industrial strength furnaces and air conditioners are all within our wide range of service skills.

As commercial HVAC systems are highly complex, it is crucial that you work with a licensed HVAC technician that has specific training and experience with commercial systems. Our team of certified technicians are qualified to service all your commercial HVAC needs at competitive prices your budget will approve.

Call us at (817) 834-2829 to schedule your commercial heating and AC repairs, maintenance, and installations!

Bettering Your Indoor Air Quality

clean indoorsDo you remember the last time you changed your air filter? The air quality in your home has far-reaching implications so it is important to make sure it’s clean. In terms of public health, the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental threats to our well being. Here we walk through a few details of indoor air quality to help you maintain a healthy environment in your home.

Breathing Easy

The type of system that heats and cools your home will often determine the type of air purification that your home receives. Many traditional systems are fitted with an air filter that requires manual maintenance and replacement. While these filters trap hair and most dust particles, they do little to purify and clean the air. Supplemental humidifiers, UV germicidal lamps, and purifiers can be installed to complement your existing system and circulate safer air.

Indoor air quality affects everyone inside, not only those with respiratory ailments. Mold, pollen, dander, dust, and smoke can successfully be sifted out to allow you to breathe easier in your own home. Call us at 817-834-2829 to explore air purifying solutions today!

Finnicky Texas Weather

As residents of Texas, we know how finnicky the weather can be. Now that fall has come around the corner, we can expect a varying array of temperatures. Do you know how this affects your HVAC system? We go over it here. If you need repairs done, don’t hesitate to give Arctic Air a call today!

Changing Weather and Your HVAC System

Now that the temperature will start to drop, we’ll all start needing to use our heaters. Did you know that both your A/C and heater need to function properly for your heater to work? That’s because two coils in your A/C work to cool your home in hot temperatures, then switch their roles to heat it during cold ones. Luckily, with Texas’ randomly changing weather, you’ll need both functioning properly anyways.

 

Give us a call for any repairs you may need; make sure you stay comfortable this fall and winter! We offer professional services all year round.

Allergies Overview

Nothing can dampen an outdoor trip like a bad case of allergies. When they pop up, all activities suddenly become a huge burden. Have you ever wondered why they come about? If so, we have presented an overview to help you understand them here.

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Why do I get them?

Simply stated, allergies come about because of an overreaction by your immune system. It produces an antibody, known as “immunoglobulin”, that creates an inflammatory response, giving you your allergy symptoms. You actually “acquire allergies”, meaning you get them while growing up instead of during fetal formation.

What do I do about them?

To find out exactly what causes your allergies, go visit your practicing doctor; they can run one of a few tests (patch test, blood test or skin prick test) to find out exactly which allergens keep causing you problems. Afterward, they can determine the best course of treatment.

 

Did you know that air purifiers can work wonders for those who suffer from allergies? If you’d like to learn about getting an installation, give Arctic Air a call. You can talk to one of our friendly team members at (817) 834-2829.