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A Reminder on the Importance of HVAC Maintenance

You might be tempted to skip HVAC maintenance this year – after all, your cooling equipment and heating equipment worked just fine last year, didn’t it? The problem with thinking that way is that it doesn’t take into account one key thing: the fact that, like all home comfort equipment, your HVAC system loses efficiency […]

Three Mistakes to Avoid Make When Buying a New Home Cooling System

A home cooling system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make as a Catskills-area homeowner. Yet every year, we see people make their A/C buying decisions based on the recommendation of a friend – or on the word of a sales associate at a big box store who has never visited your home (or […]

Three Bedroom Air Hacks That Could Help You Sleep Better

Quality sleep is one of the most important contributors to health – as anyone who has trouble sleeping can attest. One great way to help yourself catch more or better Zs is by tweaking the conditions in your bedroom to support your body’s natural nighttime shut-down process – something that your home’s HVAC system can really help […]

Why Do A/C Installation Replacement Costs Vary?

If the time has come to replace the cooling system in your Sullivan County home, you will probably find the decision to be more complex than you expected: today’s A/C equipment is high-tech and feature-packed, and should be carefully matched to the conditions in your home. If you’re shopping for a central air conditioner from […]

Should You Switch to a Ductless A/C System?

Ductless air conditioning, also known as a mini-split system, was long seen as simply a step up from the window air conditioning unit. Since then, its uses have expanded widely, from residential to commercial usage such as apartment and condominium developments, airport terminals, churches and spaces like elevator rooms. Black Bear is your choice in […]

Does Your A/C Make You Feel Ill?

One of the great conveniences of modern times is air conditioning. It allows us to live, work, play and learn in cool and comfortable environments—even when the Hudson Valley region is at its hottest and muggiest. There are also some health benefits to air conditioning. It can help reduce symptoms for people with asthma or […]

Summer Is Coming—Is Your Oil Tank Full?

By now, we’re sure you’ve packed away all of your winter gear and organized all of your shorts, swimsuits and sandals. But here’s one thing you have probably not taken care of yet. Making sure you head into summer with a tank that’s filled with oil. We know that one of the last things you […]

Air Conditioner Tune-ups Save Money and Hassle

You would never think of driving your car for tens of thousands of miles without doing some basic maintenance such as an oil and filter change. So, why would you do the equivalent to your air conditioning system by not scheduling regular seasonal tune-ups? Ignoring important maintenance can come back to haunt you. Not having […]

Lower Bills, Avoid Heating and Cooling Repairs by Insulating Your Attic Now

Many people ask why it’s important to invest in insulation for an attic that’s only used for storage. The answer is twofold: first, as much as 20 percent of the conditioned (heated or cooled) air in your home escapes through your untreated attic walls and ceiling; to put it another way, one out of every […]

Professional A/C Inspections and Maintenance: Five Things a Good Tech Looks For

Your air conditioner is a summer workhorse, keeping your family cool no matter how harsh and humid the Hudson Valley heat gets. But making sure your A/C is up to the task requires some preparation and TLC – including routine inspections and preventive maintenance to keep your cooling system running at its reliable best. But […]