Can Air Conditioning Cause Colds?

I’m sure as a child you were used to the phrase, “Put on a coat or you’ll catch a cold!” Then of course after taking years of science classes you have since figured out that colds aren’t caused by the temperature, but germs.  …But are they really?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article and posted a video regarding the research behind the relationship between the common cold and your air conditioning.  Can the frequency of your trips outside in the heat to inside in the air conditioning cause your immune system to lower?

Check out this video to learn the truth behind this common question, you may be surprised!

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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!

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Energy Saving Solutions While On Vacation

If you’re headed to the lake over the 4th of July weekend, don’t forget about properly shutting your house down before you leave.  Did you know that making the extra effort to prepare your home before you leave can save you on energy bill?

Here’s how:

Light Timers:  Install or plug in light timers for your indoor/outdoor lights to prevent energy waste. A light timer will also help it appear as though there are residents still present in the household while you’re away.

Refrigerator: Did you know that the fridge is one of the biggest energy users in your home?  If you’re leaving for a long weekend, try adjusting the thermostat.  Turn up both the fridge and freezer to 38 degrees and 5 degrees to help conserve energy.

Electronics: Having your typical electronics plugged in constantly can be a large waste of energy, even when not in use. Unplug all electronics before leaving to help save.

Air Conditioners:  Air conditioning on a warm day is almost necessary, but it’s definitely unnecessary to cool your home while you’re away. Turning up your thermostat or putting it on vacation mode can help immensely when trying to save on your energy bill.

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding 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!

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.

How Much Do You Know About Your Air Conditioner?

Many of us don’t know the first thing when it comes to heating and air conditioning our homes.  We do however, know how a telephone works and usually call up the HVAC experts when trouble arises. Homeowners in Fort Wayne, Indiana call up Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning because they’re a trusted company that has been around for 34 years.

With the hot summer months approaching, have you had your air conditioner inspected to ensure the adequate amount of cooling and safety in your home? Take a look at these five air-conditioning myths that were busted by the experts at Poorman’s!

  • How do I know the best size system for my home?

Poorman’s will conduct a full energy analysis of your home.  There are several things to consider when putting in a new system.  We consider window size, ductwork, the age of your home, etc.  This helps us to determine the proper size equipment to properly cool your home.

  • Do I need to replace my air conditioner and furnace at the same time?

Think of your furnace and your air conditioner as brothers.  They’re apart of a family, and prefer sticking together.  Your system will work better and more efficiently if both components match.  Mismatched systems have a tendency to diminish performance due to the mixing of new and old technology.

  • What’s the difference between a limited warranty and an extended warranty?

A limited warranty is the warranty that goes along with your system when it leaves the factory.  It usually only covers your products for a limited amount of time.  Extended warranties can often times be purchased at the same time as your system and cover all parts and labor.

  • What if my family has allergies?

An electronic air cleaner is several times more effective than a standard throwaway filter in removing allergens from your home. Particles such as pollen, dust,  smoke, animal hair prevent your indoor air from being as healthy as it should be. An electronic air cleaner with a washable electronic cell can be up to 99% effective at removing these airborne particles. Ask us about this option today!

  • I’m worried about my energy costs, how can I control them?

Purchasing a high efficient variable speed system.  This lets your system differ in speeds depending on the requirements of heating and cooling in your home.  Efficiency ratings do in fact matter, especially if you’re a believer in the most energy efficient products available.  You can also check to see if this energy efficient product is eligible for a tax credit!

The summer season is supposed to be full of barbecues and picnics, not broken air conditioners and headaches. Call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning!

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What To Do When Your Air Conditioning Freezes

When the summer temperatures in Fort Wayne, Indiana start to heat up there’s really no time for air conditioning problems. A strange trend that HVAC mechanics have been seeing for quite sometime is the issue of air conditioning pipes/units freezing. We’d love to say you’re safe if you own a newer model air conditioner, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  Both old and new units have seen this issue.  If you’re beginning to notice that your air conditioning unit is not performing as well as usual, you may want to take some time to do a quick AC check.  If you find that the pipes to your unit are frozen this is a sure sign that your air conditioner is frozen. Before you panic, take a few steps in order to save your air conditioner, and your pocket book.

  • First you will want to turn your unit to the “fan setting.”  Turning off the air will cause the compressor to be turned off as well, this helps prevent further damage to the unit.  Once the unit starts to cool down, the pipes will begin to unthaw.
  • Secondly, you’ll want to call in the professionals from Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning.  It is likely that your unit is leaking freon, this can be very dangerous if not cleaned up and fixed promptly. A top of the line heating and cooling company will be able to repair your system to ensure that the air conditioner no longer freezes. Calling a professional for the repair is your best option for not only fixing the problem, but ensuring a repeat won’t occur next year. Continued freezing of the AC unit can lead to irreparable damage, and will you be forced to purchase a brand new air conditioning unit.

To help prevent frozen pipes please remember to have your air conditioning filter changed regularly.  Also be sure to turn off your unit on nights that drop below 60 degrees.

Check out this YouTube video to see the sure signs of a frozen air conditioner.

Save Money by Improving Your Air Conditioning Efficiency

Today is the seventh day in a row for record breaking temperatures in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s the first day of spring and already it’s in the mid 80s! Now, before you sustain an injury from doing cartwheels in your yard you should probably contemplate how to go about dealing with this early heat wave. Hopefully you’ve had time to get your air conditioner serviced to ensure the best working unit possible.

Once your air conditioning unit is inspected and working to the full potential, you should then start thinking of ways to improve your AC efficiency.  It’s so hot out now that most people are willing to put up with increased cooling costs if it means a break from the heat.  But with gas prices through the roof, everyone is trying to pinch pennies in every way possible. But don’t give up yet, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning tells us there are still a lot of things you can do to cut your air conditioner costs and improve your air conditioner efficiency, even when the temperatures get out of control and even as early as mid-March.

Set your thermostat wisely: Although everyone has a different temperature preference, you really should have your thermostat set no lower than 72 degrees.  There’s also the option of having a programmable thermostat installed by Poorman’s so that the temperature can be warmer in your house while you’re not home. It’s money out the door if you cool the house while you’re not even home.

Keep natural light and heat out: Another easy way to make your air conditioning more efficient is by blocking out or at least limiting the amount of heat coming into your home. Blinds and drapes are a perfect way to keep out unwanted warmth during the warmer months.  For those that prefer not blocking out the UV rays, there’s the option of closing the shades in rooms that are less frequently used. This will keep the air conditioning from working too hard.

Turn on that ceiling fan: Turning on a ceiling fan helps to circulate the cool air while the AC is running.

If you want to increase your AC efficiency with an air conditioning turn up or if you want any more tips on how to improve your air conditioner efficiency, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534) today!