Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog

Best Practices for Cooler Temps

May 3rd, 2021

We know you probably don’t want to hear this, but there are things you can do right now as a homeowner that can lead to cooler temperatures in the summer. We get it, many people just want to call a hotline, have a professional do the work, and not really think about their thermostat or the air conditioning. A lot of homeowners assume that if they’re thinking about temperatures or AC systems, then they’ve already lost the battle against the heat. That’s not entirely true, though.

There exists a world where you can be a vigilant homeowner and proper advocate for your HVAC system while also enjoying your summer. Today, we’re going to talk about some best practices that can lead to optimal AC performance and a happier home. These include techniques like changing out the air filter and scheduling an air conditioning tune-up in Alexandria, VA.

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Is Your Refrigerant Leaking?

April 19th, 2021

No, this isn’t the same as your kid asking you if your “refrigerator is running?” and subsequently following up with “well, why don’t you catch it!” Refrigerant leaks are a real problem, and as funny as they might sound, they’re not a laughing matter when you encounter one in your own home. They can cause energy bills to skyrocket, they can cause a whole system breakdown, and even lead to decreased cooling power to the point where your home is as hot and humid as it was before you invested in an air conditioner. Refrigerant leaks need to be dealt with by professionals.

Today, we’ll be focusing on everything there is to know about refrigerant leaks. We’ll talk about how they spring up, what needs to be done about them, and how they factor into the need for air conditioning repair in Arlington, VA. Don’t worry, our team is here if you need us!

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Hidden Benefits of an Air Purifier

April 5th, 2021

Did you know that foul odors in your air are actually caused by microscopic particles that are impossible to see? It’s one of the unfortunate things about cleaning your home, you’ll never really be able to clean everything with some paper towels, cleaning spray, a mop, and a vacuum. In fact, some things like your indoor air will only be cleaned with the help of an air purifier.

Today, we’re going to highlight a few of the lesser-known benefits of an air purifier. Sure, you might already know that they kill bacteria and viruses, but that means a lot more than just making your home safer. Air purifiers remove odors, they can deal with particles like mold spores that permeate your home, and they can improve the productivity and efficiency of your HVAC system.

If you didn’t want an air purifier in Alexandria, VA already, then this blog post might just do it for you.

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Leaking, Freezing, Screeching… What Gives?

March 22nd, 2021

We can’t deny that boilers are some of the most durable and incredible heating systems on the market. They last longer than forced-air systems, they arguably produce better warmth, and they’re overall easy to maintain. However, this doesn’t run true for every boiler.

Boilers have their own unique problems. From freezing sections to producing leaks, and eventually problems that give off awful noises like screeching, a boiler can be very clear when it needs help. Luckily, you don’t need to search very far!

Our team provides sensible, affordable, and fast boiler repair in Alexandria, VA. We target the root of your problem, whether it’s just a leak or it’s corrosion on the interior of your boiler system. We’ll fix it and make sure that your heating system is set up for long-term success. While you wait for our help, let’s talk about some of the unique problems that boilers face.

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3 Benefits of an Electric Furnace

March 8th, 2021

Electric furnaces are an interesting topic to talk about. It’s not usually the first type of furnace system that homeowners in our area tend to think about, but it’s absolutely one that we recommend for certain homes that really wouldn’t do well with a gas furnace. If your home has an electric furnace, or you’ve been thinking about upgrading your furnace to one that better suits your needs, then this could be the blog post for you.

Our furnace services in Washington, DC include the installation, repairs, maintenance, and replacement of electric furnaces. Before we try to talk about the technology, we really want to hammer home that electric furnaces are a great alternative for homes that might not have access to gas or that have special needs.

Let’s get into some of the unique benefits of an electric furnace system.

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What’s Your Biggest Heating Woe?

February 22nd, 2021

People who don’t interact with the HVAC world very often think their problems are one of a kind. They think that their heater is exhibiting some kind of abnormal issue that will be extremely difficult to diagnose for a professional. That’s why people are driven to look at online solutions so ofte—they think their unique case requires some serious internet sleuthing in order to find what the real problem is.

Well, we hate to break this to you, but your heater problem is most likely a common one we see. Heater repair in Alexandria, VA might be complicated enough to warrant professional help, but it’s not so complex that you need a peer-reviewed journal to tell you what’s really going on.

Tell us what your biggest heating woe is and we promise we’ll fix it, regardless of how complex you think it is.

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How Often Are You Calling for Furnace Repair?

February 8th, 2021

We’re never going to tell someone not to call us. We love hearing from our customers, we enjoy helping out our friends and neighbors, and it’s important to have a team you can trust to help when you need it. That being said, there is definitely a time and a place for furnace repairs, and if that time and place is all the time for your home, then something is clearly wrong.

The problem isn’t you or us, it’s your furnace. Sometimes systems that are on their way out, or need more comprehensive furnace repair in Arlington, VA could show multiple signs of failure throughout the year. This isn’t normal, and it’s important to remember that. Only a trained professional who knows about the lifespan and repair needs of a furnace system can provide targeted repairs that work. And unfortunately, it might be time to look into heater replacement services.

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Our Specialized Heating Services in Alexandria

January 25th, 2021

Here’s a question we have for you—what makes you choose your heating contractor over and over again? Is it the fact that you trust their craftsmanship and expertise? Or perhaps it’s the series of great deals they have going for you? Regardless of what drives you to choose your specific professional to handle your heating work, it should always be something.

Twenty years ago, homeowners were stuck between a rock and a hard place. Scheduling heating repair in Alexandria, VA meant shelling out thousands of dollars for incomplete or subpar service from amateurs who were barely certified. And even then, without online reviews or maintenance plans, there was very little you could do to voice your opinion of the service.

Thankfully, times have changed in Alexandria. Our team as taken the initiative to provide some pretty unique services. Keep reading to find out how we go above and beyond.

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Everything to Know About the Polar Plus Club

January 11th, 2021

We know, we know, we talk a lot about maintenance on this blog. That’s only because it’s so important! Neglecting to have maintenance done on your heating system spells disaster for your comfort, your home, and your budget going forward. But we’re not here to talk about only the vital parts of maintenance, we’re here to talk about everything. That includes the awesome perks that you could take advantage of when you join our Polar Plus Club.

The truth is that with Washington, DC heating, every contractor is going to offer their own maintenance plan. Maintenance is vital and you’d be hard-pressed to find a contractor who wasn’t trying to convince you to sign up. The big difference between our team and the rest of the DC heating providers, is that we’ve got some seriously unbeatable perks to take advantage of. So buckle up, and let us tell you everything you should know about the Polar Plus Club!

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The Best Team to Choose for Heater Maintenance

December 28th, 2020

If you’ve been following our blog for the last few weeks, you might notice a trend. We’re taking a big step to be proactive heading into 2021, and with each blog post, we’re deciding to focus on heater maintenance. Welcome to January, heater maintenance month!

As part of heating maintenance month, each couple of weeks we’re going to make a case for our Polar Plus Club heating maintenance plan. We’ll talk about some of the benefits that come from it, some of the perks that our club provides, and why heater maintenance in Washington, DC is so important. No, this is not a luxury service that we only offer VIP customers, it’s a service that we wish every single customer we work with would sign up for. It’s absolutely necessary and will lead to better performance from your heating system.

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