Weather Affecting Your Bill

If you’re not on a fixed monthly electricity bill, do you sometimes have trouble figuring out the rhyme and reason behind the payment you’re making? The weather definitely plays a factor in your billing fluctuation.

During the warmth of the summer cooling your house can account for up to 50% of your electricity bill. Lowering your thermostat to keep cool and comfortable causes your AC unit to run longer thus increasing the electricity use. Turning your thermostat up a few degrees or on ‘Auto’ can help save a few dollars throughout the summer months.

If you find that cool air is escaping through your home, it might be best to have your house inspected. The colder air can be escaping through old windows, doors, your chimney and even surprisingly enough your electrical outlets!

You may also find that if your home was built around or before the 1980s that your attic lacks any type of proper insulation. This can pose a problem due to the fact that both your cool and warm air (depending on the season) can easily be escaping through the lack of insulation. This issue can be remedied with additional insulation added to your attic area.

If you’re in the need of some HVAC 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!

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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!

Save Money Air Conditioning

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Does the cost of air conditioning your home cause your more discomfort than the actual summer months heat?  Don’t sweat it, literally!  Here are some excellent energy saving tips that will help ease your mind.

  • Plant trees on the south and west side of your home.  This provides shade for your home in the summer and also warmth in the winter.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that can automatically raise and lower your home temperature when you’re out of the house or sleeping.
  • Make sure your house is correctly insulated in order to prevent cold air from escaping.
  • Use exhaust fans while cooking, this will help keep the oven and stove temperatures bearable.
  • Window treatments can help keep the sunlight out when you find necessary.
  • A whole house attic fan can help circulate air through the house. It can also help shift the warmer air to the outside.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced before it’s too late!

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!

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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!

Plumbing and Sump Pumps Fort Wayne, IN

With Hurricane Isaac making its way through the U.S. it has us thinking about all those poor folks witnessing the terrible aftereffects of flooding problems in their homes.  Granted, many are thankful that their houses are still standing…but as a company that specializes in plumbing services we can’t help but think of that too. Even Fort Wayne, Indiana, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s hometown is expecting a few inches of rain throughout the weekend. Is your basement prepared for a possible rain overload?

Howstuffworks.com has an article devoted to the ever helpful, sump pumps. What on Earth is a sump pump?Do you have one? A backup?   Here’s the 4-1-1 on sump pumps and how they work.  Read this article to avoid being knee deep in…water.

Read up on sump pumps here!

If you’re in need of plumbing services, call 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!

Air Conditioning Problems Fort Wayne, Indiana

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.