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!

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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!

Dirty HVAC System

In previous Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning blogs, I have stressed the importance of ensuring your heating and air conditioning units are clean and up to standards before both the winter and summer seasons.  Now not only is it important to get this checked, but it also could be life threatening if you don’t. Mold has been on the increase in recent years, and is seriously effecting our indoor air quality.  Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article claiming that mold complaints are on the rise. Health issues are visible only when surrounded by a mold infestation, when removed from the area symptoms have a tendency to subside.

Unfortunately, the dreaded mold and it’s partner in crime, bacteria all live in HVAC systems. Just one spore of mold can grow into a quantity the size of a quarter in just a few short days. The problem is that there’s no way to completely get rid of them in indoor air.  Thus, the indoor air is infected and mycotoxins are spread throughout the air and inhaled causing several health problems, even damage to the central nervous system.

According to the American Lung Association, a dirty HVAC system can harbor contaminants responsible for infectious diseases, including chicken pox, measles and influenza. Although you can’t get rid of mold and mildew completely, there is something you can do before this hazard becomes harmful to your health. Keeping up with maintenance to your HVAC system can help prevent microbial growth and the various health conditions caused by poor indoor air quality. Not only does adequate maintenance lead to better health and greater operating efficiency, but it also extends the life of the HVAC system and lowers energy bills.

To help provide those in your home with the air quality they deserves visit Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning website.  Poorman’s is found in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

 Still curious about mold? Check out this YouTube video:

Is your HVAC collecting mold?

In previous Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning blogs, I have stressed the importance of ensuring your heating and air conditioning units are clean and up to standards before both the winter and summer seasons.  Now not only is it important to get this checked, but it also could be life threatening if you don’t. Mold has been on the increase in recent years, and is seriously effecting our indoor air quality.  Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article claiming that mold complaints are on the rise. Health issues are visible only when surrounded by a mold infestation, when removed from the area symptoms have a tendency to subside.

Unfortunately, the dreaded mold and it’s partner in crime, bacteria all live in HVAC systems. Just one spore of mold can grow into a quantity the size of a quarter in just a few short days. The problem is that there’s no way to completely get rid of them in indoor air.  Thus, the indoor air is infected and mycotoxins are spread throughout the air and inhaled causing several health problems, even damage to the central nervous system.

According to the American Lung Association, a dirty HVAC system can harbor contaminants responsible for infectious diseases, including chicken pox, measles and influenza. Although you can’t get rid of mold and mildew completely, there is something you can do before this hazard becomes harmful to your health. Keeping up with maintenance to your HVAC system can help prevent microbial growth and the various health conditions caused by poor indoor air quality. Not only does adequate maintenance lead to better health and greater operating efficiency, but it also extends the life of the HVAC system and lowers energy bills.

To help provide those in your home with the air quality they deserves visit Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning website.  Poorman’s is found in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

 Still curious about mold? Check out this YouTube video:

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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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!