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

How to Spot a Refrigerant Leak This Summer

Monday, March 28th, 2016

When in the midst of the hottest weather of the year, the last thing that you want is to discover that your air conditioning system is not functioning precisely as it ought to. However, you must remember that no air conditioning system is guaranteed to operate at peak performance levels at all times. Your air conditioner is a mechanical system, and the occasional operational problem is inevitable. It is always best to have any such problems resolved as soon as possible, of course, which is why it is so important that you learn to recognize early warning signs of AC trouble, such as when you have a refrigerant leak in your system.

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Is Your Ductwork Operating Properly?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

When you think of HVAC system failures, you probably think of mechanical issues, refrigerant leaks, and other problems that affect your heating and air conditioning units directly. However, you cannot overlook the negative impact that your ductwork can have on your comfort, your budget, and your equipment itself if that ductwork is not in fine working condition. We strongly urge you to contact a member of our staff if and when you need any ductwork services in Washington, D.C. We excel in all manner of air duct services, and we’ll make sure that you are able to deliver conditioned air throughout your home effectively and reliably.

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Is Now a Good Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

We’ve got a warm day here and there sprinkled throughout the next couple of weeks, but we certainly aren’t going to be running our air conditioners nonstop in the immediate future. Don’t let that fact lead to complacency, though. You don’t want the onset of the summer heat to catch you off guard, nor your air conditioner unprepared. If it has been a full cooling season since you last scheduled routine air conditioning maintenance in Washington, D.C., then now is the time to do so. Keeping up with an annual maintenance program is a necessity if you hope to cool your home as efficiently and reliably as possible.

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Consider a Heat Pump Before Replacing That Heater!

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The weather is a bit unpredictable at this time of the year, with temperatures proving to be fairly hot one day, and then dropping well below comfortable levels the next. Even so, most people in this area have their eyes on summer, and now is a great time to consider replacing the heating system that you’re relying on less and less as the season progresses.

If you are considering replacing your heater as even you look forward to the summer season, then take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the heat pump. Heat pumps offer not only a great heating performance, but can actually be used to maintain comfortable temperatures year-round. 

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Thank you for helping us reach our goal for Polar Bears International!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

In February, Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. partnered with Polar Bears International in the #ThermostatChallenge. We challenged our Washington, D.C. community to turn down our thermostats by one or two degrees and make a big difference in reducing CO2 emissions. Polar Bears International created the campaign to reduce emissions and help save polar bear habitat.

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! Likewise, if all U.S. households properly used programmable thermostats, we would reduce CO2 emissions equal to the amount of CO2 produced by Los Angeles each year. Another way to significantly reduce CO2 emissions is by choosing a high efficiency cooling and heating system. Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating is a D.C. 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.

We asked Washington, D.C. to show us they were participating in the #ThermostatChallenge by “Liking” us on Facebook. For every Facebook Page “Like” we received in February, we committed to donate $5, up to $5,000. Together, we reached our goal and were able to raise $5,000 for Polar Bears International! Thank you, Washington, D.C., and keep up the good work in saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions for the sake of polar bears and the environment as a whole. Watch for our next challenge, coming in April for Earth Day!

Rogers, Elizabeth, and Thomas Kostigen. The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. New York: Three Rivers, 2007. Print.

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A Few Items to Check if Your Heater Stops Working

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It’s a cold night outside, and suddenly you realize that the temperature throughout your home is plummeting. You realize that your heating system has, in fact, stopped running at some point. What do you do? Sure, you can call a heating technician to schedule emergency heating repairs, but we recommend that you check for a few potential causes of the problem that can be easily resolved before deciding that such action is necessary. There are some very simple reasons as to why your heater may “fail.” Before calling in a trained professional to complete heating repairs in Washington, DC, take a moment to rule out these simple issues. 

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