Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

What to Expect During HVAC Installation in Summer

Monday, April 17th, 2023
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Your HVAC installation is in the dead center of the busy season, so what does that do to your timeline? What about your comfort and scheduling? It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

HVAC installation in McLean, VA is usually done best in the off-season, such as fall or winter. While it’s easy to think, “I don’t need this right now, I’ll wait until later,” it ends up biting you in the back. This is what you need to know about how summertime HVAC installation works.

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Does Air Conditioner Installation Take a Long Time?

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
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Installing a new air conditioner comes with some nuance to it. There’s a lot of factors that come into play, and while we can’t give you a definitive answer through a blog post, there is a lot we can tell you so you can accurately judge your own home and installation situation.

Depending on how intricate your air conditioning installation is, the time frame may change. We’ll tell you right now that the ideal situation is one full day, spanning anywhere from four to eight hours. But before you can expect that, let’s talk about some of the roadblocks you might run into.

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What’s the Most Efficient Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

With climate change causing our energy grid to change in both price and power, more homeowners than ever are looking to professional HVAC technicians to ask about efficiency. If you’re on the market for a new air conditioning installation in Alexandria, VA, then the good news is that there are some extremely powerful and energy-efficient models available right now. The bad news is that it’s not as cut and dry as you might think. One system might be more efficient for your neighbor while being the worst choice for your home.

The truth is that different systems work for different situations. The best strategy for proper efficiency in your home is figuring out which air conditioning unit will work the best for your unique comfort needs and home. While we can size air conditioners differently for different amounts of space, the technology within the AC can change depending on the type of system you invest in, like a central AC or a ductless heat pump.

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Learn More About Your AC Options!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

AC-outdoor-unitWe totally get it — finding the perfect air conditioner for your home is quite a big task! But, that’s why our team is here. We will happily help you find the air conditioning system of your dreams… all you have to do is call!

But, in the meantime, we have highlighted some of your options for you below. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need air conditioning installation in Alexandria, VA. 

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We’ll Make Your AC Installation a Success

Monday, March 26th, 2018

AC-topviewDo you think that it may be time to install a new air conditioner? It is definitely a good time of the year to do so. After all, you don’t want to wait for the weather outside to get hot before you think to schedule service. AC technicians are at their busiest during the onset of the cooling season, and you don’t want to risk running into a period of discomfort if you fail to schedule your AC installation in advance.

However, you also do not want to rush into an air conditioning installation or replacement. This is a fairly major investment for most people, and it is for a system that you are going to depend upon greatly throughout the summer season. That is why we have put together some information designed to help make your AC installation in Washington, DC a resounding success. Keep these tips in mind, and please reach out with any questions that you may have.

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Make Your AC Installation a Success!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

outdoor-ac-unitWhether you are investing in a brand new air conditioning system for a brand new property, or you want to replace an old air conditioner that you simply cannot rely on any longer, you want to be certain that your new installation will be a success. There are many different factors to consider when making such a large investment, and we have some tips to help ensure you get the most from your new system.

Keep this information in mind, and remember the most effective step toward a successful AC installation is to schedule service with trained professionals. That is what our team is here for. Allow us to install your new AC, whatever system you may choose to go with.

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Making Your Air Conditioning Installation a Success

Monday, July 20th, 2015

We love giving our valued customers helpful tips, and today we’d like to share a few with those of you considering a new air conditioning installation or an AC replacement. Choosing a new AC for installation in your home can be tricky, and it is a decision that you simply cannot rush into. Keep the following tips in mind to make your air conditioning installation in Alexandria a complete success. From choosing your new system to the actual installation itself, you can always count on our air conditioning technicians to help you ensure that the job is done right. Contact Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc., with any questions that you may have, or to schedule service today.

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3 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a New Air Conditioner

Monday, May 18th, 2015

There is certainly no shortage of options when it comes to the ways in which modern homeowners may choose to cool their homes. This is great for consumers, of course, as different homeowners will want to cool their homes in different manners. However, the sheer number of available systems alone can make determining which is the best fit for your home rather difficult.

The good news is that the Washington, DC air conditioning installation experts at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. are here to help. While it is ultimately up to you to weigh the pros and cons of different systems prior to choosing one for installation in your home, we have some tips to help you get started. Keep them in mind, and contact us if you are ready to schedule your air conditioning installation with a skilled professional that you can trust.

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How Technicians Size a New Air Conditioner for Installation

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Although it may seem logical, the answer isn’t “As large as can fit.” A more powerful an air conditioner doesn’t mean necessarily mean a better air conditioner. Professionals must size a new AC to accommodate a home so that it 1) provides sufficient cooling load for comfort, and 2) works efficiently without energy waste. An air conditioner that is too small will not deliver enough cooling, and one that is too large will start to “short-cycle,” turning on and off rapidly and draining energy.

The process of sizing an air conditioner is a complicated one that requires the professionals to perform a heat load calculation. We’ll explain this process to show you the importance of having AC installation experts on the job.

Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. has more than a dozen years of experience sizing ACs. You can trust us with your air conditioning installation in Washington, DC.

The heat load calculation

A heat load calculation combines information about how a home traps and keeps out heat to determine the cooling load necessary to keep it comfortable. Numerous criteria go into the calculation; here are some of the most important ones:

  • House volume: Square footage of a home isn’t helpful for determining its cooling needs; it’s the volume of space inside that matters.
  • Insulation: How well-insulated is the house to keep excess heat from entering? How well-insulated is the attic?
  • Number of windows and their facing: Windows allow in radiant heat from the sun, so the number of windows in a home and the direction they face is important for understanding how hot the house can get.
  • Appliances and lights: The calculation takes into account the amount of heat-producing appliances and how much heat they add to a home.
  • Number of residents: The human body creates a significant amount of heat, so the calculation must include the number of people regularly reside in the house.

Once all this data is collected, the technicians plug them into the calculation and determine how much cooling in tons an air conditioner must supply to overcome the warmth in a house without overworking. This way, they will know the ideal AC to install.

The consequences of putting in an AC that’s the wrong size are extreme, and usually the only solution to the problem is to replace completely the improperly-sized unit.

Make sure this error doesn’t occur with your new air conditioning installation in Washington, DC:

Call on the professionals at Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. and let us handle the work, starting with correctly sizing your new AC unit.

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3 Factors of Your Home to Consider With Air Conditioning Installation in Alexandria

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Whether you are purchasing an air conditioning system for the first time, or are upgrading your existing system to a new model, there are several important factors to consider when determining what air conditioner will best fit with your home. With almost 15 years’ experience with air conditioning installation in Alexandria, Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., can help you to determine what type and size air conditioner would fit best with your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment or request an estimate.

Factors to Consider When Installing Your New Air Conditioner

You may hear that the only thing you really need to consider when installing a new air conditioner is the square footage of your home. While square footage is part of the considerations, , it is not the only factor that determines how much cooling you need for your property.

Factor 1: Insulation

Insulation plays a key role in determining how much cooling you need. Why? Less insulation means your home will retain less of the cool air, and more insulation means your home will retain more cool air. If you have less insulation, you may need a bigger system to adequately cool your home. Conversely, if you have plenty of insulation, you may not need as much cooling to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Factor 2: Orientation

The direction your home faces is important to calculating something known as heat gain. Heat gain refers to the amount of heat your property gains throughout the daytime from the sun and rising temperatures. Orientation – or the direction in which your home faces – plays a strong role in this. For instance, if your home faces west, your home can get a great deal of exposure to the sun from midday to sunset; this can increase your daytime heat gain versus a property that faces east. Knowing things like this are important to understand exactly how much cooling you’ll need.

Factor 3: Existing Ductwork

If you have an older home, it is important to have your technician review the ductwork for efficiency. Things like cracks, broken seals and disconnections can contribute to something known as air loss. It is estimated that air loss from faulty ductwork can result in cooling losses as high as 30%. Tackling existing ductwork problems before installing your new air conditioner can help you save money down the road.

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Understanding how your home cools is an important step with your air conditioning installation in Alexandria.

With help from your Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. specialist, the system you install will give you the comfort and efficiency that fits best with your property.

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