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!

 

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!

Tips to Save Energy Over the Holidays Pt. 2

If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season make sure you take some extra time to downgrade the energy use in your home.  Being energy conscious while you’re away is incredibly easy and can help save you extra money on your bill!

Save energy now, here’s how:

  • Lowering your thermostat can help save money and energy.  It’s recommended that you lower your thermostat to 60 degrees, but it really is a preference.  Bottom line is, why have the heat set at 72 degrees if you’re not around to need it?
  • If you turn your water heater to a lower setting (Or vacation setting if available) you can save quite a bit of energy by avoiding running your heater as usual.
  • If you’re concerned with the safety of your home on top of saving energy while you’re vacationing, try purchasing some light timers.  Using timers on the inside and outside of your home can help ensure you’re not wasting energy by leaving a light on 24/7, but also can lead unwanted visitors to believe you’re still home.

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.  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!

Tips to Save Energy Over the Holidays Pt. 1

Holiday decorating, although festive can take quite a toll on the monthly electric bill. Have no fear, there’s a way to enjoy the holiday decorations and avoid an outrageous bill. With a little planning, you can have a dazzling display that will have little impact on your energy bill:

Christmas light bulbs have come a long way since the beginning of decorating.  In order to save some money and energy, try purchasing energy-efficient lights or LED lights to avoid the power overload.

Turn off your outdoor decorations when you’re not home or sleeping.  This can be done manually, or even with an outdoor light timer.  You can purchase a timer from any hardware store.  You’d be amazed at all the extra energy you’ll save by being conscious about leaving your outdoor lights on.

Lastly, consider using decorations that require minimal (if any) lighting. You can choose to take a less expensive route and decorate with wreaths, garland and holiday bows to help cut back on energy costs. Some people even prefer this alternative do to a classier outdoor look.

If you’re in need of some assistance, don’t hesitate to 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!

HVAC Technician Strikes Gold

Talk about having a good day at work!  Recently an HVAC technician in Sacramento, California found quite the surprise when installing a new HVAC system. When the technician and his coworker were installing the system they came across 12 small jars filled with gold dust.

Granted, gold dust doesn’t sound as elaborate as gold nuggets but this dust is said to be worth a total of $300,000! As tempting as the money sounded, the workers returned the jars to the homeowners.

Check out the newscast here!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/24/workers-find-300000-in-go_n_2177663.html

The HVAC technicians at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne, Indiana have yet to come across a hidden treasure, but they take great value in their work! 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!

Seasonal Allergies

The fall season may be enjoyable for some, but for others allergies are at an all time high. For those living in Indiana, with each season change comes severe allergies. Ragweed, pollen and mold fill the air and lead to horrible itchy eyes and runny noses, which in turn cause exhaustion and difficulty sleeping. There are several ways to fight air contaminants that go far beyond avoiding the outdoors and dusting and vacuuming on a daily basis. It’s time to put your Swiffer and starting breathing normally again! (Insert sigh of relief here)

The best way to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies is to make sure your HVAC system is in the best condition possible. This includes the filters, the cleanliness of the ducts, and the amount you run your system.  Having your system checked and cleaned on an annual basis can help tremendously for those suffering from severe allergies. Even those who don’t suffer from allergies can benefit for a thorough cleaning!

If you have questions regarding your Trane HVAC system 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!

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!

http://on.wsj.com/13MwayG

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!

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!