Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

It’s Time You Get Your Ducks, Erm Ducts, In a Row

Monday, July 15th, 2019

No, we are not talking about the ducks that go “quack quack”… today we are talking about ducts! The ducts that blow cool, conditioned air all over your home!

How often do you actually think about your ducts? Our guess is that it is probably not often—you probably find yourself thinking about ducks more! But, we don’t blame you—your ducts are pretty much hidden from sight, traveling through the spaces between your walls and attic, so of course, it is only natural that you’d forget about them.

But here’s the thing: it could do you well to think about your ductwork every once in a while. Why? Because any issues with your ductwork directly affect your air conditioner. One issue, in particular, is dirty ducts, which is why you should consider scheduling duct cleaning services.

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When it Comes to Your AC, Does Size Really Matter?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

condenserNow that summer is almost here, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is fully equipped to handle the heat. Of course, for some of you, that might mean having to invest in a new system. And if this is the case, you want to make sure that your new air conditioner is the perfect fit for your home!

We understand that it might be your first instinct to buy the biggest, most powerful air conditioner, especially if you’ve spent previous summers sweating your behind off. But we are here to tell you that this isn’t such a great idea. You see, when it comes to your air conditioner, size really does matter, and below, we are going to explain why. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more.

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Unique Ductless Repairs to Be Wary Of

Monday, May 20th, 2019

If you own a ductless system, you know how great they truly are–they’re efficient, effective, and can provide year-round comfort with just the flip of a switch! In fact, ductless systems are among the most popular home comfort systems on the market today.

Of course, if you own one of these systems, you fully expect that it’ll be able to keep up with all your comfort needs, no matter the season. But, what happens when something does go wrong?

Unfortunately, ductless systems, like all heating and cooling systems, need repairs from time to time–this is totally normal! It can be quite annoying, but it’s not necessarily the end of the world, especially if you are already aware of the problems your system may face. So for your convenience, we have listed some of the unique yet common repairs your ductless system may need. Keep reading below to find out more.

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How Do I Know When to Replace My AC?

Monday, May 6th, 2019

condenserWith summer coming, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is in good working condition, and for some of you, that may mean having to invest in a new system. Of course, purchasing a new AC can be a bit overwhelming, but with the right team of experts on your side, it doesn’t have to be so scary.

Knowing when to replace your air conditioner can be a bit tricky. Below, we have listed just some of the tell-tale signs! Of course, only a professional technician can truly determine if your air conditioner is ready to go. However, we figured we’d give you a head start.

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Cool Down Those Pesky AC Bills

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

With summer coming, we can bet that many of you are dreading those pesky energy bills. And of course, you’d rather not sacrifice your comfort, however, the cost of keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer can be quite expensive. So, what do you do? You turn to your local cooling experts for advice is what you do!

Consider yourself lucky for stumbling across this week’s blog because below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to boost air conditioning efficiency. When your home is energy efficient, you’ll spend less time worrying about sky-high bills and instead focus on the things that matter this summer, like getting the perfect tan and eating as much ice cream as you possibly can. 

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Do You Need AC Repairs?

Monday, April 8th, 2019

With summer well on its way, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is equipped to handle any heatwave that comes our way. But sometimes, your system is going to require repairs, and when that happens, you’re going to need to call your local HVAC technician right away. Trust us, holding off on repairs is only going to make matters worse, leaving you with an even costlier repair bill.

But, how do you know when it is time for AC repair in Alexandria, VA? Well, there are plenty of signs that indicate you need to schedule repairs ASAP. So for your convenience, we’ve listed a few of these signs below. Keep reading to find out more information. 

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It’s Time to Schedule Your AC Tune-Up

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Yes, it is still cold outside. Yes, you still need to throw on a coat to stay warm. But, before you know it, summer is going to be here, and trust us, it is better to start preparing now for the coming season. Sure, that may sound silly, but actually, thinking about the warm, sunny weather while your teeth are still chattering can benefit you greatly in the long run.

One of the best ways to prepare for summer is to schedule air conditioning HVAC services in Leesburg, VA with a professional. Scheduling your air conditioning maintenance now ensures your system will remain efficient and effective throughout the entire season you rely on it most. In case you aren’t yet convinced, we have provided a list of reasons as to why you should schedule your pre-season maintenance. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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Help! My AC Is Blowing Warm Air!

Monday, September 24th, 2018

man-yellingIn the Northeast and the Midwest regions of our country, many homeowners are getting ready to retire their air conditioning systems for another winter season. We’re getting there ourselves, even if a bit slower than in those colder places. Does this mean you can ignore signs of trouble with your air conditioning system, even this late in the game?

Absolutely not! Sure, there may not be much of a cooling season left. By the time you’re reading this,  you may have decided the AC is all done for the season. But do you want to be faced with old repair needs when a new cooling season comes back around next year?

We’re going to give that one an emphatic “no”!

If your air conditioner is in trouble, it will likely start to show some signs of distress. As far as signs that you need air conditioning repair in Arlington, VA go, they don’t come much clearer than a system blowing warm air.

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Easy Ways to Improve AC Efficiency

Monday, September 10th, 2018

condenserIt may be getting a bit late in the air conditioning season, and you may not be running your AC much at all at this point. That doesn’t mean that you’re done with your air conditioner indefinitely, however, and you obviously want your system to be there for you when the next cooling season arrives. Of course, this means any problems with your air conditioner will be there waiting for you, too.

While maybe not a “problem” in terms of operation, low energy efficiency is a problem when it comes to your bottom line. You don’t just want your air conditioner to run effectively when the summer starts to heat up once more. You also want it to operate affordably. There are a lot of factors that can negatively affect the efficiency with which your system operates. The good news is we have some tips to help you to boost efficiency without needing to replace the whole system. Leave your HVAC services in Leesburg, VA to the pros on our team.

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Refrigerant Leaks Need Prompt Repairs

Monday, August 27th, 2018

AC-outdoor-unitDo you know what sets a heat pump apart from something like a furnace or a heater? It does not generate new heat, but transfers existing heat from the air outside into your home. Furnaces and boilers, on the other hand, create new heat. This is accomplished either by electric resistance or the combustion of a fuel like gas or oil. In this regard, heat pumps are a lot like air conditioners—both ACs and heat pumps use the refrigerant cycle to move heat out of a home (and into a home, in the case of a heat pump).

That is why a refrigerant leak is such a problem. Air conditioners and heat pumps don’t generate new “coolness,” but instead cool homes by removing heat via the evaporation of refrigeration. Without the right amount of refrigerant in the system, it won’t be able to accomplish this goal successfully.

Today, we are going to explore some of the ramifications of a refrigerant leak, and why they mean that you need prompt heat pump or air conditioning repair in Alexandria, VA when one develops. 

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