Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Archive for July, 2013

Signs You Need to Schedule Air Conditioning Repair: An Alexandria, VA AC Tip

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Homeowners expect their air conditioning system to function effectively, and in Alexandria, VA, they need a reliable system to help combat those humid summers. When something goes wrong, a prudent homeowner needs to schedule air conditioning repair as soon as possible to get it back on track. But when should you schedule a repair, and what signs should you look for to indicate that a repair is necessary?

In general, it’s a good idea to avoid do-it-yourself repairs to air conditioning systems. Most AC units contain complex components, and refrigerants need to be handled by qualified professionals with training. Beyond changing the air filter and keeping the outside of the unit free of dirt and debris, it’s wise to refrain from tinkering with the air conditioning yourself. That means you should call in an expert whenever signs of trouble appear. Such signs can include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • The air conditioning system refuses to turn on, or doesn’t blow cool air when it does turn on.
  • The air conditioner exhibits strange noises, or sounds unusually loud when it runs.
  • The air conditioner “short cycles” or turns on and off very quickly with less than ten minutes passing between the two states.
  • Ice forms on the evaporator coils or elsewhere on the system.
  • Electric bills are unusually high, even when you don’t use a lot of extra energy in your home.
  • The air conditioning heats the house unevenly, with some areas feeling cooler or more comfortable than others.

Whatever the reason, you want to schedule air conditioning repair that fixes the problem effectively and ensures that you don’t waste money on higher costs and future repair bills. If you suspect that your AC unit is in need of repair, and want it fixed promptly, then call on Polar Bear. We specialize in air conditioning repair in Alexandria, VA, and pride ourselves on diagnosing potential problems quickly and accurately. If you suspect your air conditioning system may not be functioning at peak capacity, trust our trained experts to find the best possible solution.

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Arlington, VA Air Conditioning FAQ: Why Ducts Matter

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Your ductwork is not merely an add-on to your forced-air distribution system that keeps you cool all summer long. While often overlooked, your ductwork is a vital component, and necessary for your home comfort. There’s simply no substitute for ductwork that is professionally designed and installed according to the unique circumstances of your home. At Polar Bear, we understand the importance of ductwork, which is why we offer custom sheet metal services to our customers in need of professional air conditioning services in the greater Arlington, VA area.

  • Performance: Comfort during a Virginia summer comes down to the effectiveness of your air conditioning. In a central air system, your ducts are responsible for extracting the warm indoor air, sending it through the evaporator coils for cooling, and then returning it throughout your home. But they cannot provide the performance value you need if they are hampered by poor installation, air leaks, or poor connections.
  • Energy efficiency: Another important aspect of staying cool during the summer comes down to energy efficiency. When you installed your AC, it came with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating as well as an estimated cooling output. Because these were meant to match your cooling and efficiency requirements, you need to make sure that your ductwork is also energy efficient, which means that it is not leaking air and that it is properly insulated. Professional ductwork installation can make all the difference, whether your home is 800 or 2000 square feet.
  • System lifespan: Another consideration is the lifespan of your entire system. Because of the vital role that ducts play in the every day operation of your AC, it’s no wonder that much of their wear and tear also impacts your ductwork. And vice-versa. In order to reduce the amount of wear and tear that your AC endures, it’s necessary that you keep your ducts clean and leak-free at all times.

Whether you need a comprehensive ductwork design and installation for your new home, or a simple repair, we can complete the job professionally so that you can get the most out of your air conditioning this summer in Arlington, VA. Call Polar Bear today.

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Alexandria, VA Air Conditioning Tip: Cutting Cooling Costs

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Energy prices seem to always be on the rise, which is why more and more homeowners are looking for ways to cut cooling costs. At Polar Bear, we understand that our customers want to stay cool in their homes but they don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to do it. That’s why we decided to put together a quick list of some of the things that you can do in order to reduce the amount of energy that you use to cool your home. Give us a call today if you need air conditioning repair, maintenance or installation in Alexandria, VA,  and we’ll be able to help.

  • Run the fan – Whenever it’s possible, run the fans in your home in addition to your air conditioning system. By plugging in an area fan or turning on your ceiling fans, you can make your rooms feel cooler without needing to turn down the thermostat. Fans can also help circulate the air conditioned air throughout your rooms.
  • Use curtains – During the day, keep the curtains on south face windows closed. This can help prevent solar heat gain. Installing ENERGY STAR rated windows can also make a big difference in how much the sun heats up your home during the day.
  • Use water – Our bodies produce sweat when we’re hot because as the sweat evaporates, it actually cools our body. You can use the same principle in other ways around your house. Consider soaking some towels or rags in cool water and placing them on your neck or wrists. As the water evaporates it will cool your body.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on time of day. If there is a time during the day that your home is usually empty, such as when everyone is at work or school, you can program your AC to turn off. It can turn back on before you come home, which keeps you comfortable and helps you save energy.

Saving energy is good for the environment and for your wallet. Follow these simple tips to cut down on your cooling costs this summer. If you have any questions about our Alexandria, VA air conditioning services, make sure that you call Polar Bear.

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July will forever hold a very special place in the history of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is Independence Day an important day in our nation’s history, but for many people it is a day that is filled with memories from celebrations of years past. Fireworks, barbeques, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, patriotic music and ceremonies are all scattered through our memories as we’ve participated in annual parties, get-togethers, picnics and family gatherings throughout the years. John Adams, our 2nd president, was right when he said that our Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The 4th of July is truly a day to enjoy but also to remember and respect the sacrifice that many brave men and women made over 200 years ago to give us the freedom that we cherish today. However you celebrate Independence Day, make sure that you take a moment to remember what this day is really about.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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