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

AC Installation Tip: Consider a Heat Pump

Monday, June 5th, 2017

man-in-front-of-fanNow that we have made the move into June, the chill of winter is fading into memory. Before long, though, we will be right in the thick of it in terms of summer heat. If you are at the point when you need an AC installed in a new property, or if the time has just come to schedule an air conditioning replacement, we have a tip for you. Consider the use of a heat pump in Capitol Hill.

Heat pumps are not a new invention. They have, however, gained a lot of traction in the residential sector over the past few years. There are a few different reasons for this. One is the ongoing quest for energy efficiency–more on that later. The other is word of mouth. Modern heat pumps work more reliably than ever before, in all facets of their operation. That may sound mysterious, but read on and all will be revealed…

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Cooling Your Home Efficiently (Without Replacing Your AC!)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

We all want to live in great comfort, even when the temperature outside does soar. The problem is, though, that cooling your home simply does not come for free. If you are serious about living comfortably, you are going to have to pay to do so. That doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to exorbitant energy bills, though.

Read on for some helpful tips about simple ways in which you can boost energy efficiency. Be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have. Should you require any air conditioning services in Washington, D.C., we are the professionals to call.

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AC Replacement: 3 Factors to Consider

Monday, June 27th, 2016

We understand that replacing your air conditioning system is probably not the most exciting way that you can think of to spend your hard earned money. Because no air conditioning system is going to last forever, though, you will eventually find yourself in need of a replacement air conditioner. When should you really start to consider an AC replacement in Capitol Hill?

In the following post, we offer a few tips to help you to determine if the time has come to replace your home cooling system. If you decide that it has, you can count on our staff to do the job right. Contact us with any questions that you may have. 

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Air Conditioner FAQ: What Is an Evaporator Coil?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

We understand that the average homeowner is not a professional air conditioning technician—after all, we probably wouldn’t be in business if this were the case. That being said, it is a good idea for homeowners to have some idea of the way in which their air conditioning systems actually work to cool their homes. You should never attempt to service your air conditioner on your own, of course, but it helps to have a basic working knowledge of your system, if only to recognize signs of trouble with its operation. The evaporator coil is one of the most important components in your air conditioner.

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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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Why Is There Ice On My Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Summers get very hot in the DC area, and they can last quite late into the season. Considering just how much we rely upon our air conditioning systems to keep us comfortable throughout the year, it only makes sense for homeowners to act quickly when trouble develops with their systems. Of course, doing so means that you must first recognize that there is a problem to begin with. One somewhat common issue is the development of ice on an air conditioning system. Because ACs are used to cool homes, though, homeowners may mistakenly believe that ice on their air conditioners in Washington, DC is not a big deal. This couldn’t be further from the truth, so remember to contact the technicians at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. if you see ice creeping up on your AC.

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3 Common Problems with Air Ducts

Monday, July 13th, 2015

The air ducts that you use in order to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home are of the utmost importance. If your air ducts are not in the best condition possible, then there is just no way in which you can hope to heat and cool your living space in a successful manner. Unfortunately, there is no way in which to guarantee that your air ducts will stay in truly outstanding condition, or even that they started out that way. When you allow us to fabricate, install, maintain, and repair your air ducts in Georgetown, though, you can count on a truly great product and exceptional services from truly great technicians. Give Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc., a call today to get started. 

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Types of Terminal Units Used with Boiler Installation

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A boiler is a large unit often installed in the basement or in its own room or area for heating a home or business.

Boilers are quite effective at providing heat, as they distribute heat more evenly than forced-air units like furnaces and heat pumps and can be modified for zone control. Water is heated at the boiler and then makes its way through a series of pipes to allow convective and conductive heat into a room. But in order to do so, it must reach a terminal unit, which is selected by the homeowner and the technician during boiler installation.

Which type of terminal unit is chosen generally depends on your home and family’s needs and your budget. You should always speak with a technician before setting your sights on a particular type of terminal unit, but as a starting point, the following list contains a guide to a few of the most popular terminal units for hydronic heating systems.

  • Baseboard Units: A baseboard unit is installed at the bottom of the wall in each room or zone in the house. These units are highly effective and can blend into the décor of a room so there is little interference with the interior design. These are some of the most common terminal installations.
  • Radiators: A radiator is a fairly outdated terminal unit for heat transfer, but it’s still in use primarily in industrial settings, particularly where a steam boiler is in use. However, some homeowners appreciated the look and feel of cast-iron radiator, and keep it in the home for heating and to add an industrial or vintage feel to the home.
  • Fan Coil Units: A fan coil unit contains a heat exchanger, blower fan, and filter to circulate air in the home from a boiler and/or a commercial chiller. As water moves through the unit, it sprays onto the heat exchanger, allowing for a set of thermodynamic processes to take place so that a fan can blow conditioned air in the home.
  • Radiant Floor Heating: Finally, many homeowners today choose radiant floor heating, which means a set of pipes runs underneath the floorboards in order to provide even heating, warm feet, and all-around comfort.

The heating professionals at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. know a thing or two about boiler installation in Northern Virginia. For quality installation, give us a call today!

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Rust on Your Furnace: What It Means

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

At first glance, it seems like it couldn’t happen. Your furnace generates heat and it doesn’t use water to do it. So how can rust show up on an operating furnace? In point of fact, rusty furnaces are not entirely uncommon. If you have rust on your furnace, it helps to know what it means before you contact your local  McLean, VA furnace repair service.

Rust is caused by the intermingling of water, oxygen and metal in a process called oxidation. In order for that to happen, all three elements need to be involved. Furnaces use oxygen for the burning process and their metal components are self-evident. So the question becomes, how does water enter the system?

If your furnace is in a damp part of the house such as a basement, then water can creep in from an outside source: dripping from a leaking pipe, for example, or gathering from a breach in the wall. But that’s not the only place it can happen. The natural gases used to fuel the furnace can contain trace amounts of water vapor. When the gases burn, the toxic components separate from the rest of the gases in the heat exchanger and are vented safely out of your home.  This includes water vapor, but if the vapor cools before it exits the flue, it can condense and cause rust damage.

The effects can’t be seen right away and may take years to manifest, but when they arise, they are devastating. Rust will corrode and destroy the metal in your furnace, forcing you to replace the affected components at great cost. In the case of the heat exchangers, rust can create actively dangerous circumstances, since a broken heat exchanger could result in toxic gases being released into your home. If you spot rust on your furnace, call Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. to get it fixed. We can replace the rusty component as well as correcting the problems that created the rust n the first place. Give us a call today to set up your McLean, VA furnace repair service.

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