Humidifiers

We all know that the winter season brings about cold and snowy weather outside, but what about the extremely dry conditions it causes inside?  Do you find yourself struggling with the inconvenient affects of having a dry house? Bloody noses, headaches, sinus infections can all be caused by the lack of humidity in your house.

Did you know that there are a few types of heater humidifies that you can purchase and even have installed in you home? There happens to be three main designs when it comes to heater humidifiers:

o     Steam – produces high volumes of moisture, but cautions must be exercised near the equipment because of hot parts and surfaces

o     Fan-operated – a fan drives air through an evaporative pad to disperse moisture into the circulating air in the home; up to 18 gallons of moisture per day can be processed

o     Bypass – part of the airstream is directed through the unit and the evaporative pad to move moisture throughout the house; up to 17 gallons of moisture per day can be processed.

Deciding on the right unit for your home will require the assistance of an HVAC professional. Your technician can check your home and HVAC system design to evaluate how much moisture is needed and how well each type of unit can integrate with your ducts. If you’re in need of some heating assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Saving Your Home From Freezing Temperatures

Do the frigid temperatures have you worried about the safety of your family as well as for your home?  Below freezing temps can cause frozen pipes, leaky roofs and even broken furnaces. Lets be honest, no one wants to be the victim of a broken furnace when the wind chill is in the negative.  Here are a few quick ways to prevent a frozen disaster:

HEATING MAINTENANCE

  • Make sure that your filter is clean and free of debris.
  • If you have a high efficiency furnace with termination pipes make sure snow does not block them or that they have frozen.
  • Also check both the intake and exhaust vents

ROOF MAINTENANCE

  • Buy a roof rake to clear off the snow. Please ensure that you’re incredibly careful when it comes to any type of roof maintenance.
  • Check the vents in the attic to be sure they are not covered by insulation.
  • Check that your bathroom fan is vented outside the attic.

PIPE MAINTENANCE

  • Pipe problems have a tendency to happen in an area that is not heated, so you have a slight advantage unless your pipes are in a room that does not include a heating vent.
  • Spray foam insulator near the cracks or doors where a cool draft is coming into the pipe area.
  • You can also buy insulation made specifically for piping to help insulate your piping.
  • Allow the water to drip when necessary. If you’re not interested in hearing the noise form the faucet, tie a piece of yarn around the tap and let it dang down into the sink.  This will allow the water to flow down the string and leave you noise free!

If you’re in need of some heating assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

 

Having Issues With Asbestos?

It has come to our attention that there are several places where asbestos has a tendency to grow and hideout without you being fully aware.  Asbestos fibers can seriously affect your health, so it’s important to take a second look at these products to ensure you and your family are safe.

Surprisingly, over 3,000 products we use daily contain traces of asbestos.  As one of Fort Wayne’s top HVAC technicians, we at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning are fully aware that often times asbestos grows and expands in heating insulation, flooring, fire proofing materials, etc. More common products that could possibly contain asbestos are as follows:

  • Furnances
  • Electrical wires
  • Hair dryers
  • Ceiling panels
  • Pipe and duct insulation
  • Roofing materials
  • Brake pads
  • Pot holders
  • Toasters
  • Floor tiles

If you’re concerned about your building materials, be aware that most buildings constructed following 1978, are primarily safe—but it’s important to be aware.  If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding service call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Vote Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning!

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Every year Fort Wayne Newspapers holds a contest to highlight the best of the best in the city.  The Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice consists of hundreds of businesses in several different categories. This year, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning is nominated!

Since 1978, Poorman’s has been recognized for our quality of service throughout the Greater Fort Wayne area. If you’ve been satisfied with your Poorman’s service, we’re asking our faithful patrons to help vote for us as the best ‘Home Heating and Cooling’ company in Fort Wayne.

Voting takes place until July 29, 2013. You can vote on FortWayne.com or the direct web address here.

Thank-you in advance! We appreciate your business and your vote.

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding service call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Special Financing-Poorman’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Is your home currently in need of some repairs? Of course it seems as though our most relied on systems and machines tend to break down when our budget is tight. Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning now offers financing options for those looking to make repairs on their home. Here’s how:

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Wells Fargo now has a Home Projects Visa card that helps you pay for your projects while providing your with several benefits throughout the year.  Exclusive benefits include:

  • Special promotional offers where available
  • Open line of credit for all your purchasing needs
  • Quick credit decision
  • Convenient monthly payments
  • Easy online account management

With approved credit you could be well on your way to a new and improved home. Starting your home project can be as easy as applying for this credit card program online.  Plus, you’re not forced to wait to see if you’re approved.  You can be evaluated in as little as minutes.

Visit the Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning Finance page to get started: https://retailservices.wellsfargo.com/retailprivatelabel/initApp.do?m=0024090508

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding your financing, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Geothermal Systems

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Being green is all the rage (as it should be!) But are you doing everything in your power to create a green atmosphere for your home? There are several benefits to an environmentally friendly geothermal home but the costs can be discouraging.  As a homeowner, before deciding to purchase a geothermal system, you must ask yourself if in the end will this big investment increase the value of your home.  Geothermal systems are a large investment and people want to make sure they will still get a benefit from the system if they decide to sell their home before they reach their payback period.

Real estate appraisers refer to the value an amenity such as a geothermal system adds to the value of a home as Contributory Value.  Which in non-real estate terms simply means finding a base value of your home by considering the values of the homes in your area.  While geothermal system installations have been increasing, it can still be hard to find comparable homes that have sold with geothermal systems.  This makes finding concrete data difficult, and because of this many realtors and appraisers will not be able to give you a firm answer on whether or not a geothermal system will increase the value of your home.

As geothermal systems continue to grow in popularity and homeowners become increasingly aware of the many benefits  (lower operating costs, clean and safe, environmentally friendly) of these systems, more data will be available for appraisers to use to find the Contributory Value of geothermal.  In the meantime, if you are considering geothermal but are not sure how long you will be staying in your home, think about the value you get can by using this awesome technology.  If you can see value in this system, isn’t it possible your future buyer could see value too?

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’s also specializes in geothermal systems, call for an estimate.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Environmentally Friendly HVAC

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Since the month of April withholds the wonderful but sadly understated, Earth Day, it only seems appropriate that we create a blog that discusses how Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s biggest  HVAC manufacturer stays green.

Trane takes great pride in creating environmentally friendly products and factory atmosphere.  Here’s a direct quote from our partners at Trane’s website:

Energy & the Environment – Energy, IAQ & the Environment

Better Buildings Create Greener Communities™

Demand for environmentally responsible buildings grows as people realize that it’s not a cost, it’s an investment. Green buildings are designed with energy efficiency, indoor air quality (IAQ), and sustainable materials in mind.

The right HVAC system is critical to green building. As a leading global supplier of HVAC systems and services, with more than 450 LEED Accredited Professionals, Trane can help you achieve your green building goals.

Building Green

Because more and more businesses recognize the importance of building green, Trane actively supports the Green Building Councils (GBC) around the world (such as USGBC, Canada GBC, Indian GBC, China GBC, Brazil GBC, Mexico GBC, etc) and Green Building conferences such as Greenbuild and Green Building Congress. We are advancing building technologies and solutions that accelerate the design and construction of green communities.

Here are just some of the ways Trane is helping buildings go green and attain LEED certification.

Designing and Engineering Your Green Building

  • TRACE™ 700 is the complete design tool for load, system, energy and economic analysis, and is recommended by the USGBC to receive LEED points

Constructing Your Green Building

  • EarthWise Systems use state-of-the-art Trane products, systems and controls to optimize performance. This includes the ability to balance installed cost and operating cost while improving comfort, indoor air quality, and acoustics. EarthWise Systems provide high efficiency/low emissions performance over the entire lifetime of the building with advanced documentation sustaining the performance.
  • EarthWise™ chillers are rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as best-in-class energy-efficient designs
  • TRANE CleanEffects™whole-house air filtration system for the residential sector removes up to 99.98 percent of particles and allergens from the filtered air, making the home a more healthful place for living. Learn more about Trane residential products.

Operating and Controlling Your Green Building

  • Tracer Summit™ controls give advanced control of complex systems to achieve energy savings and measure performance

  • Performance Agreements for Comfort from Trane (PACT™) guarantee energy cost savings enabling businesses to invest future savings today.

Check out these energy saving items from Trane and your Trane provider, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! **Plus they’re all also eligable for a 2013 Federal Tax Credit!

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Washable Air Filters

Air filters keep your HVAC units working efficiently and safely. This is done by trapping particles like pollen and dust particles that would otherwise be spread throughout your home through the air vents.

Although there are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing an air filter, some options are better than others.

There’s the option to purchase a disposable air filter, which allows you to replace the filter on a regular basis or when the filter is no longer clean enough to function. There’s also the option for a washable air filter, but this style of air filter is a poor choice for you to buy.

Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Choose A Washable Filter:

  • The performance is poor. The performance for an air filter is based on a MERV rating. The ratings can range from a 1-16. However, a washable air filter typically has a MERV rating of  1 to 4. This means that although a washable filter may collect bigger particles (dust) smaller particles like pet dander, cigar smoke or hair spray manage to escape the filtering process.  This means loose particles are freelancing around your home.
  • They’re needy. Washable air filters require more maintenance than any other. Although the thought of washing your filter and returning it to your HVAC unit sounds fairly simple…you mustn’t forget that the water your filter was scrubbed and rinsed in is not to be dumped at random. This is because that water was exposed to bacteria, it’s considered a wastewater hazard and should be disposed of appropriately. Who has extra time for that? Also, if you fail to return the filter before it is completely dry, fungus can grow on your filter and spread it throughout your home.
  • They cost more. Even if you buy just one at a time, each washable air filter costs more than an equivalent disposable filter (which may do a better job in your home than the washable one).

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’s specializes in heating systems, air conditioning units, plumbing services, geothermal and indoor air quality.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Remodeling and your HVAC

Remodeling can be exciting but it’s important not to forget about your HVAC system.  Not only may you find yourself having to move your unit, but also dust and dirt can cause harm to your system as well.  Before you start your remodel, here are some easy tips that can keep your HVAC system safe…

Contact Your HVAC Contractor: When remodeling you should contact your HVAC contractor in order to received important guidelines and specifics involving your system to keep it running during your project.

Dust and Air Conditioning Don’t Mix: Your HVAC system pulls air from your home to heat and cool when necessary.  When remodeling, if you leave your system running it’s likely that dust will fly and get sucked into your unit.  Not only does this cause the filter to clog but it makes your unit work much harder. If you leave your unit off you’ll save yourself a trip from the duct cleaner and some extra cash!

Close Those Vents: Another way to keep dust from collecting is to remember to close the air registers in your work area. Floor vents are more likely to collect more dust, even when not in use.  It’s wise to close or block off vents for extra protection.

Watch Your Filter: Even if you take the extra precautions, some dust is still bound to collect in and around your HVAC system.  Make sure you check your air filter regularly and change it when needed.

If you’re ready for a remodel, contact Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning before venturing into your project. Our servicemen take great pride in protecting your furnace and air conditioning unit to help prevent problems in the future.  Good luck on your remodel and enjoy!

Heating Problems- Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Uh-oh! Did you forget to schedule your furnace maintenance this past fall? You may be forgiven for the time being, but that is only until your heating system decides to stop working. (And Indiana winters are not very forgiving!) Don’t wait until your house drops to a chilly 50 degrees, try your best to schedule an appointment at least once a year. Remember, it’s important to get your system checked annually due to some simple fixes that will help keep you warm all winter long.

Regular maintenance check ups help you avoid common furnace repairs such as:

  • Problems with the Thermostat. Yes, it could really be as simple as changing the batteries. The thermostat really works as the brains of your heating system. Unfortunately, more times than not a thermostat is often the culprit when your system malfunctions. But thankfully, a quick fix also tends to be a fairly inexpensive fix as well.
  • Dirty Filters. (Achoo!) Cleaning or replacing an the filter is easy, but it’s also very important. Filters should be inspected regularly to ensure they’re working to their full potential. Clogged filters impair the system’s airflow reducing the efficiency. This could take a toll on your allergies too, be careful!
  • Pilot Light Failure. Intermittent ignition can cause your system to heat unevenly or in worst cases not at all! If your heating system has a pilot light, your system’s approximately 25 years and is at the end of its lifecycle. At this point, you might want to look into a replacement heating system.

The most common repairs are often the most avoidable. Try and remember to scheduled a maintenance appointment to avoid an inner-home deep freeze later. Contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning and set up an appointment.We also provide 24 hour service for those heating, cooling and plumbing emergencies!