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5 Heating Concerns to Be Aware of

It’s heating season, which means comfortable temperatures for homeowners with reliable heaters, and sleepless nights for those that don’t. Heaters always bring with them a certain amount of concerns that just aren’t there during the cooling season with air conditioners. For example, there are no air conditioners that run on natural gas, so safety isn’t really an issue that ever comes up when working out a problem. For heaters like furnaces, safety always needs to be on your mind.

That being said, HVAC in Arlington, VA doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, we’d argue that with the right professionals and a checklist that can keep you informed, you can sleep more comfortably during the winter than you do during the summer!

Let us go into specifics about some major heating concerns you should be aware of, and call us if you want some prompt solutions.

5 Things to Keep in Mind

Look, we’re not trying to stress anyone out. We just want homeowners to be vigilant as to the condition and efficiency of their heating systems. If anything is wrong or is just not working as it should, then that should be a red flag. Our team can be the specialists that take care of that red flag once it’s surfaced!

Any Noises

How does your heater sound when it works? Are there grumbles, bumps, screeches, squeals, rumbles, or booms? No, you’re not a character in a children’s book, these are serious problems that need to be addressed by a professional. When allowed to go unchecked, these noises could spell inefficiency or even a safety hazard.

Any Smells

Smells of smoke or gas in your home are not normal, no matter how young or old your heater is. We encounter too many homeowners who think that a little bit of smoke coming from their furnace is just “the system getting started.” This is not true. While dust might burn off of the system at the beginning of the season, it’s not normal for things to be burning in your heater. This could be a safety issue if left without professional help.

High Bills

High bills signal inefficiency plaguing your system. This can lead to money hemorrhaging from your wallet, which is never a good thing. Think about it, you could be losing hundreds of dollars a year because your heater is burning way too much gas or using way too much electricity. This is unacceptable and should be treated in a maintenance visit or targeted repair.

Poor Air Quality

If there’s something wrong with your air quality, it’s likely affecting your heater as well. After all, your heating system still has to use the same air that you’re breathing, so all those contaminants could be hurting the sensitive components of the system.


If you’re not warm enough, that’s not a “you” problem, that’s a heater problem. As long as you’re not trying to turn your home into a sauna, your comfort preferences should be met by your heating system. If not, then it might be time to get set up with a system that can meet those preferences. Call us to see what type of heating unit could be right for you.

Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. can help your heater this year. Call us today!

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