Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Blog: Archive for February, 2016

How to Change Your Air Filter, And Why You Must Do So

Monday, February 29th, 2016

For the most part, HVAC system maintenance is something that must be completed by qualified professionals. What the average homeowner can and should do, however, is change the air filter as needed. Generally, this should be done once a month or every three months. Refer to your owner’s manual and the type of air filter that you are using to figure out which is appropriate in your case. 

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Take Thermostat Challenge + Like Our Facebook Page = We Donate $5 to Polar Bears International

Friday, February 26th, 2016

February 27 is International Polar Bear Day! Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating is teaming up with Polar Bears International to encourage our local community to take the Thermostat Challenge. Turn down your thermostat a degree or two and together we’ll make a big difference.

According to The Green Book, if every household in the U.S. adjusted their thermostat by one degree, it would save the amount of energy Iowa uses in one year! Other ways to significantly reduce CO2 emissions include using programmable thermostats and choosing high efficiency cooling and heating systems. Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating is a DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) participating contractor, who can help you choose the most efficient HVAC system that will be the best fit for your home.

Let us know you are participating in the Thermostat Challenge by liking us here, and we’ll donate $5 to Polar Bears International for every “like” received in February. Don’t forget to Tweet Thermostat Challenge to let your friends and Polar Bears International know that you are participating. Let’s make a difference together!

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Are You Pondering a Heating Replacement?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you are looking into a heating replacement, we honestly hope that it is because you have been planning to replace your system once temperatures outside warm up, and not because your heater unexpectedly gave out on you. There is still a good amount of very cold weather ahead of us, after all, and an emergency heating replacement is not something anyone wants to encounter.

Regardless of your situation, we recommend that you give your new heating system some serious consideration. There is a lot to think about before you invest in a new heater, and a heating replacement in Arlington, VA is not something that you can afford to rush into. Consider the following tips for making your heating replacement a success.

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Is the Air in Your Home Too Dry?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The outside in the summer season tends to be rather humid. However, the air in homes can often become too dry, as the air conditioning process dehumidifies the air as your home is cooled. While your heating system is not going to dry out the air in the same manner, you must remember too that you are already starting out with dry air in your home. When you combine that with how tightly sealed up your home, along with the constant reheating of air, it is clear to see that indoor air quality can really suffer during the winter season. If you suspect that the air in your home is too dry, you may want to run a whole-house humidifier in conjunction with your heating system. 

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What Can Make a Furnace Smell Like Burning?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

You turn on your heater, looking forward to settling in for the night and relaxing in a warm, cozy home after a long day at work. Before you know it, though, your house smells like burning! You don’t seem smoke, and you haven’t started making dinner yet, so what could it be? In fact, it could be your heater itself that is causing your house to smell like burning, and this in turn could signify a serious problem with your heater. Don’t panic, but definitely contact a professional heating technician right away. If you use a furnace in Alexandria to heat your home, and you smell burning when you turn it on, you could be dealing with one of the one of the following problems.

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What’s Causing These Cold Spots in My Home?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

It can be very frustrating to walk through your home and to notice that different rooms and areas of your house are at different temperatures. There are a lot of different reasons as to why your home may be heating unevenly, and many of them can be resolved relatively simply by a qualified heating technician. We present to you a few examples of some of the more common causes of uneven heating. If you have any questions regarding the condition of your home heating system, or if you believe that you need any sort of heating services in Washington, D.C., just give a member of our staff a call.

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