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Flowertown Festival, Cooper River Bridge Run and the Family Circle Cup

Which will you attend? The Flowertown Festival (aka Azalea Festival), the Family Circle Cup or the Cooper River Bridge Run?

This is a BIG weekend for the Charleston SC area. Hopefully, it won’t be too rainy, and all of the events will be successful with no major problems.

Think about the sheer number of people coming to our area.  We have the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Azalea Festival all going at the same time.  Here is a short video on the Azalea Festival.

I always enjoy attending the Flowertown Festival.  The Summerville YMCA does such a good job at putting this on.  I know that the planning and coordinating must be a bear to get through, but the result is always fantastic.  Thanks in advance to all of the coordinators, volunteers, public servants (police, fire, and medical), participants, vendors and attendees.

charleston springWe are very proud to call Charleston (Summerville, more specifically) our home. We live in an area that has such a rich and interesting history, beautiful gardens and parks, warm and friendly people, and great restaurants and culture.

Staci and I may make Sunday our Day-cation. It will be nice to get out of the house, and enjoy the weather. It is always nice to wander through the booths at the Flowertown Festival, and to bump into a old friend or two. (I may have to wear a mask to keep some of the pollen away, but that is ok.)

This would be a great weekend to get together with family, friends and loved ones and enjoy each other’s company.

(Before you head out, check those AC filters if you didn’t on the April 1st.  If they are dirty, change them with new ones.)

Here is to wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Arctic Air hits Charleston SC!

Arctic Air hits Charleston!

Well, we were hoping for more snow than ice.  This morning when we got up, it looked like there was snow everywhere.  I got the dogs up and going, prepared their food, then headed out for the morning walk.





Raisin (the fawn pug) and Mingus (the black pug) are not fond of bad weather. They dislike the rain, and they hate the ice covered grass.  It was quite a site to see!

Of course, I love when people make the most out of a bad situation. When the dogs and I were walking, we found that there was a group of people having a blast on the hill near our pool.  People were coming out with boogie boards, and pool floats! Mom’s and Dad’s out with their kids, just having fun.  Take a look at this short video that I took.

Arctic Air has technicians on call, however, each call is going to be on a case by case basis.  Bridges and roads are still closed as of 12:30pm today.  Please be patient.  We want to be able to help as many people as possible, but we also believe in keeping our staff safe.  Thank you for your understanding!



Hello Everyone,

I can remember when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston.  I remember all of the “hoop-la” about getting ready and being prepared.  I thought that this was all media hype.  Looking back, I was just not wise (I would venture to say, dumb!)

freezing waterWell, here we are.  We have a winter storm (supposedly) coming that is going to make the roadways icy.  The report that we just got was that they may have between a quarter to a half an inch of ice.  Tonight the low is going to be around 37°F tonight, and tomorrow the high is supposed to be 37°F.  Tomorrow night there is a prediction of freezing weather (sleet and possibly snow).

Doctor’s offices, our payroll office and others have already said that they are closing early tomorrow and closing on Wednesday because of the weather.

snowmanOf course, I am saying to myself…”this is crazy… it is not going to be that bad”.  What is all this “hoop-la” about.  Well, look back to the first paragraph.  I didn’t think Hugo was going to be a big deal either.

All of that to say this… over the past few weeks, we have had a few days that have been very cold, freezing cold.  I have a friend that has a Water Damage and Restoration business, and he has ALL of his equipment out right now.  He is working on 6 water damage jobs, and turning others away.

About a year and a half ago, my wife and I had two water damage claims within one month.  The first was a ac drain pipe that was not secured properly (our AC was NOT put in by Arctic Air, which is another blog post that I will do).  Anyway, this was not a big deal, but it disrupted our lives.  We had to have an upstairs and downstairs wall dried out.  It was miserable.  Our house was extremely hot due to this process in the middle of summer.  We were miserable.

We have had a few customers that have had water damage issues due to frozen pipes. These water damage problems have to be properly dried or else it is possible to get mold growing inside your walls.  This causes a lot of health issues, and costs a lot of money.

snowPlease prepare for this cold weather.  Insulate your pipes.  Let water drip so that it doesn’t freeze.  Here is a post that I did a few weeks ago.  It is definitely worth reviewing.

When I was a little boy, I was in Boy Scouts. Our motto was “Be Prepared”.   The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies here.

Also, if you have any heating issues right now, please call us.  We want to make sure that you have heat during these cold times that we have coming.

We have 4 service technicians ready to serve you! Emergency Service is available 24/7.  Call us at 843-821-0937 or submit an online service request!

Ahhhh, the weekend is here!

Hello Everyone,

time fliesIt seems like the older I get, the faster time flies by!  It has almost been a week since I posted anything to Facebook or Twitter.  If you didn’t hear, Arctic Air is now on Twitter! You can follow us @ArcticAirInc.

This week, I had a customer call us to have a new set of gas logs installed in his rental property.  The old logs just died and the tenants like to use them to help heat their home.  When he called, he asked how soon we could get them in.  Since it was late in the afternoon, I told him that we could schedule for the next morning at 8am.  He was thrilled because the cold weather was moving in on Charleston.

ThermometerHe and I talked a little longer, then I told him that it was going to get in the 20’s overnight. He kind of chuckled and said “It is NEGATIVE 20 here now.”  Well, I must say that I have never seen, nor felt, what -20F feels like… and I am OK with that.

[stextbox id=”warning”]Here in Charleston, we do have some more cold weather to get through.  If your heater is giving you trouble, don’t hesitate to call.  We have staff on duty during normal business hours, AND throughout the weekend and evenings for emergency service. [/stextbox]

Finally, we could use some help with reviews online.  There are several sites that allow users to leave free comments on companies that they have used.  Google+ (Go to and search for Arctic Air Inc, Summerville SC.  Then click the link there), Facebook (  and Yelp ( are a few that come to mind.

Now, with that being said, if you cannot truly leave us 5 star positive reviews, please call Michael Lopez or Staci Lopez at 843-821-0937.  We want to try and resolve any issues that you may have had.  We strive for 100% customer satisfaction, however, we are not perfect and we don’t mind trying to resolve your issue(s).

tea partyStaci and I are heading to Marleyna’s Birthday Party.  She is having a tea party with all of her friends.  I have been asked to be the photographer.  I wish I had a red carpet to throw down.  I think they would have gotten a kick out of that.

The entire staff of Arctic Air wishes you a great weekend!


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Arctic Air – Extreme Weather Heading Our Way!

Heater Repair, Arctic Air, Charleston SC, Summerville SCIt looks like the next couple of days are going to be really cold for us South Carolinians!  According to predictions, tonight is going to be around 18°F, and it is going to be in the mid 30’s for the high for tomorrow.

I have a friend that lives in Minnesota, and it is already -20°F.  Yes, that is a minus sign in front of that 20. Definitely, way too cold for me.  That is why I am here is beautiful South Carolina.

Please be sure to take precautions to stay safe during this cold time.  Here are some items to consider:

Whenever temperatures drop below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia. Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in those who are susceptible, such as people without shelter, people who are stranded, or people who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.

The following tips can protect against cold-related illness:

• Babies less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room. Babies lose body heat more easily than adults. Provide warm clothing for babies and try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If the temperature cannot be maintained, make arrangements to stay elsewhere. In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. Pillows and other soft bedding can also present a risk of smother; remove them from the area near the baby.

• Avoid remaining outdoors for long periods. Be sure to wear enough warm clothing such as a hat, gloves, coat and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

• Older adults often make less body heat because of slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years old, check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather.

• Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.

• Bring pets inside. If you cannot bring them inside, make sure they have warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.

If you are having a problem with your heater, give us a call… we are here to help!Arctic Air Online Service Request

Local Quilter Wins First Place Judges Award

Congratulations, Pam!!

Your friends at Arctic Air Inc would like to congratulate Pam Jeffries on winning the First Place Judges Award for your handmade quilt (photo below).  The judging took place at the Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, SC.  This was Pam’s first entry into this competition.

This quilt is absolutely beautiful… and just think how warm it will keep you on those cold winter nights.


Congratulations Pam Jefferies – 1st Place Judges Award

Did ANYONE Make It To The Fair??

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I was just wondering if anyone made it to the fair?  What was your favorite part?  Any new types of “fair food?”

Please let me know, so that I can decide if I want to go!  Thanks, MikeCoastal Carolina Fair

JV Football – Faith Knights vs Ridge Paladins

JV Football – Faith Knights vs Ridge Paladins

10-24-2013 – Summerville SC – Congratulations to the Faith Knights’ JV Football Team for their victory over the Ridge Paladins.  The final score was 52 to 28.

The Faith Knights JV Football Team ends the season 8-0.  UNDEFEATED!

The coach’s message after the game…. I am proud of you. Don’t underestimate yourselves.  Anything is possible.  Don’t let your past dictate your future.  We can all learn from these words!

There are more photos on our facebook page at

Your friends at Arctic Air Inc want to say CONGRATULATIONS to both teams!  We all enjoyed the game.  BTW, the cold weather is here…

JV Football

10-24-2013 – Faith Knights are victorious over
Ridge Paladins

Football – Faith Knights vs Ridge Paladins

Tomorrow, Montana Williams and the Faith Knights JV Football Team will be playing against the Ridge Paladins at 6:00pm on 10-24-2013 at  Faith’s football field.  The Faith Knights (JV) Team is UNDEFEATED!  Come out and support your team (trying to be impartial… LOL.)

Good Luck to both teams from your fans at Arctic Air Inc.!

Faith Knights, Arctic Air, Summerville SC, Charleston SC

Faith Knights (JV) playing the other undefeated team from St. John’s Academy. Faith (JV) Knights remain undefeated as of 10-23-13

T.G.I.F. Charleston SC

T.G.I.F Charleston SC!

What are you doing this weekend??

What a great week in the Charleston Area!  We have been very productive here at Arctic Air Inc, and the weekend is a welcomed friend.

To start my Friday off, I stepped outside and this is what I saw.

Arctic Air Inc Flower

This beautiful flower was waiting for me this morning.

I thought to myself, this is going to be a great day and weekend.  Then I wondered, what else is going on in Charleston?  I did a quick google search and I found that there is a ton of stuff going on!

For example, the Susan G.. Komen Race for the cure. 3938c541_Komen-Race-20YR-CMYKLargeCelebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lowcountry race and run to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Here are some other things happening in Charleston, SC…

So, what are you doing this weekend?