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!

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Update Your Heating System

Fall is here and that means it’s about time to switch on your heating system. If your heating system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Modern furnaces can achieve efficiency ratings as high as 97 percent. Don’t let the investment scare you away from replacing your furnace, the cost savings will add up overtime and with time your new heating system will pay for itself.

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!

Leaky Faucet Problems

It’s interesting to read in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about the arguments arising from area residents up in arms about a rate hike in their water bills.  Those using 5,200 gallons of water a month are now paying a little over $17 a month for water, by 2015 they will be paying approximately $24.  What some residents don’t realize is that they can cut back on several gallons of water each day if they take care of a few plumbing issues around the house.  Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning found in Fort Wayne, Indiana takes care of several plumbing issues on a daily  basis, but many problems can be fixed by the home owners themselves.  The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a page on the website devoted to water saving tips for home owners.  Check out the website and see for yourself how easy it is to save a few dollars by just taking care of your leaky toilets and sinks.  If however, the plumbing problem far exceeds your mechanical work, call Poorman’s (260-422-3534) or check out their Facebook page for their plumbing expertise. Poorman’s also provides heating system, AC unit, geothermal and indoor air quality services. You won’t be disappointed!

EPA’s ‘Fix A Leak Week’ Link