Air Conditioning Troubles

Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne, Indiana wants you to stay cool this summer! With the record high temperatures this summer it feels as though the U.S. can’t catch a break when it comes to the heat.  Well guess what? This means your air conditioning can’t catch a break either! Recently, Doitbest.com posted an article titled, Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems. If you’re having air conditioning problems this article goes through several scenerios to help give you an idea as to why your unit isn’t running properly.

Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems

Once you’ve gained a better understanding of your air conditioner, call in the professionals at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  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.

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The Top Geothermal Myths

Many customers of ours are unaware of the fact that we are fully qualified to install geothermal systems.  If you’re confused as to what exactly a geothermal system consists of, you’re definitely not alone.  Although it’s safe to say that this type of heating and cooling system is far from new, it has become quite a bit more popular over the years.

As popular as geothermal may seem there tends to be several myths that go along with this interesting twist on heating and cooling. Here are a few myths we’ve come across when helping ease our geothermal interested customers:

  • Geothermal heat pumps are too loud. The truth is that actually geothermal pumps run very quietly.  There also fails to be any visible equipment outside your home to bother your neighbors.
  • Geothermal pumps can only heat one item at a time ie: water heater, home, etc.  Depending on the size of your system your G.P. can handle multiple outlets at the same time.
  • Geothermal systems put Freon in the refrigerant lines going into the ground. Actually the majority of the time the liquid going into the unground loops is a mixture between water and antifreeze.
  • Geothermal systems use too much water. The geothermal systems do not actually use up any water. Older geothermal models had issues with water waste once the water passed through the heat exchanger, but those problems have since been resolved and are no longer used. The systems now actually save millions of gallons of water due to being unable to evaporate underground.
  • Geothermal systems do not use renewable energy because they use electricity. Although geothermal systems do in fact use electricity they only need to function on one unit in order to push up to five units of either heating or cooling to the proper location.

If you’re in need of your spring/summer HVAC maintenance check, 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!

Thinking of Going Geothermal?

Heating and cooling your home through the power of the underground is getting to be more and more popular for homeowners. Underground, you ask? Yes, you heard correctly! Geothermal is the process of drawing energy from underground in order to heat or cool an area. Today, the amount of geothermal energy users has well surpassed one million in America. Even though going geothermal tends to require less maintenance than furnaces and air conditioning units, it’s not necessarily something to jump right into.

Here are some important things to consider when deciding to go geothermal:

  • Proper Installation: Make sure that your geothermal system is installed by a qualified HVAC technician. This installation by far exceeds the regular HVAC installation and will need to be done by a company that is particularly knowledgeable in the outdoor components required to provide you with a fully functioning system. If installed properly, you will experience very little necessary maintenance.
  • Debris Damage: When maintenance does need to be done to your geothermal system it often times includes clearing dirt and other debris from the heat exchanger, blower or sometimes even both.
  • Antifreeze: Underground in your system antifreeze or a mixture of both water and antifreeze circulates throughout the loops to help absorb thermal energy. In order to keep your system running top notch, the levels of antifreeze must be checked to make sure your system is running properly.
  • Piping: You have two choices when it comes to piping your underground system: cooper or plastic. Whatever type you have running underground should not require maintenance. However, technicians do have the ability to check your pipes to make sure there is no leaking.

If you’re in need of your spring/summer HVAC maintenance check, 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!

Stray Energy

Are there times when you leave the house and forget to turn off an important appliance? Perhaps you left a light on or the television playing to an empty room—it’s happened to all of us: stray energy waste. Did you know that often times stray energy waste can unintentionally be due to your heating and cooling equipment without you even being aware?

Here are some examples of stray energy:

  • Broken or malfunctioning sensors: Sensors help fans or pumps to run when necessary.  If an issue occurs where the sensor is not working properly your equipment could be running when not needed wasting energy.
  • Thermostat: Have you ever adjusted your thermostat only to forget to go back and readjust it?  If you fail to reset your thermostat you could be losing an incredible amount of energy unintentionally.

Within the past few months the Natural Resources Defense Council has published a report titled, Real Time Energy Management, which helps support evidence about the possibility of fairly significant savings when the loss of stray energy is recognized.

If you’re in need of your spring/summer HVAC maintenance check, 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!

Our HVAC Mobile Site

With the spring season come new and exciting changes! We’ve been hard at work providing our Poorman’s patrons with a new mobile website!

Visit our website on your mobile phone and find an easy to navigate website that’s fully equipped with a direct call button and other easy to use and read features!

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Let us know what you think about our new mobile site! If you’re in need of your spring/summer maintenance check, 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!

2014 Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

Today starts the 41st year of The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show!  We’re excited to be involved in yet another year of this great Fort Wayne expo!  Come out and visit us at booth #358 today through Sunday (March 2).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show

Thursday, February 27 – Sunday, March 2, 2014

With over 650 exhibits it is the largest Home and Garden Show in the Tri-State area.  It is much more than your average Home Show, we offer fun for the WHOLE Family.

For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show website.

Thursday & Friday: 11-9

Saturday: 10-9

Sunday: 11-5

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing 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!

What’s Your Energy Usage?

With one of the coldest winters on record, we can almost bet that your energy bills have been quite a bit higher than normal.  Granted, we know it’s the winter season…but has your heat ever been cranked up this high?

Did you know that www.energystar.gov has a website that helps you to determine your homes energy usage? This website also helps you determine how your home measures up on energy usage compared to the homes in your neighborhood.

You can find out this useful information by answering just a few questions:

  • Zip Code
  • Your Home’s Square Footage
  • Those Occupying Your Home
  • Different Fuel Usage in Your Home
  • Your Last 12 Months Utility Bills

Check out the website here!

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing 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!

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!

Are Fireplaces a Good Source for Heat?

Believe it or not, the use of a fireplace has been a questionable discussion between our business and many of our faithful customers. Is a fireplace more for a decorative piece? Or is the main use for heating your home?

It’s time for the truth!  In all honesty, many are mislead by the thought that although the fireplace does in fact put off heat, it isn’t necessarily the best choice to sufficiently heat your home.  For years fireplaces served as the only means to heat homes in America which is why many Americans think that a fire will heat their home and save them on their power bill.  However, this is false.

Your fireplace is one of the most inefficient heat sources you can possibly use.  Basically, you’re sending money straight up the smoke stack.  While the perception is that you are only sending up heat generated by the fire, the fire must consume oxygen to produce the heat.

As for now, in order to avoid an increase in heating costs due to the use of both a fireplace and your heating system, it might be best to continue to use your fireplace for stockings and photos purposes.

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!

Heating Bill Rise

No matter how much effort you’ve been putting into saving on your heating costs this season, our frigid winter thus far has made it quite difficult. Why is this?

Not only did the temperatures drop to a record -25 but also the government expects that at least 90% of households will see an increase in their heating bills. Not only will bills rise for those using electricity and propane based heat, but also for those using natural gas.

USAtoday recently posted an article with a little more insight regarding the spike in the heating bills and why exactly we’ll be paying more.

Check out the article here: Most Heating Bills to Rise this Winter 

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!