Have Your New HVAC System Inspected Before Moving In!

Have you been a new homeowner stuck with a less than pleasing HVAC situation during the warm summer or cold winter months? You purchased your home under the impression that everything was in working order, only to find that your HVAC system had issues.

Where do you go from here?

Unfortunately, often times a home inspector will simply turn on the furnace and A/C to see if they are working. Then, the inspector will include a disclaimer in the report that he or she does not have the expertise to evaluate the system. A prospective buyer of a home assumes that when the inspection states the HVAC system is fully functioning, this means the system was adequately inspected.

Not knowing about potential problems can be quite expensive. Not only expensive, but sometimes unsafe and hazardous.

Was the HVAC system well maintained? Did the previous owner change the filter frequently? Did the seller regulate the thermostat correctly while the house was vacant? This is particularly important for season-changes. A seller disclosure form will not inform the buyer about how the system was used, and the seller may not have to disclose this information. A licensed technician however, will have a better idea of how the equipment was used. An HVAC system inspection should also include ductwork, ventilation, A/C or furnace efficiency features, the thermostat, insulation and any humidity issues.

If you question the HVAC system in your new home, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air!

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Does the Humidity Affect Your Air Conditioning?

The past few days in Fort Wayne have been filled with an overload of unwanted humidity. We’ll admit that a few months ago we were begging for the warmer temperatures, but we didn’t bargain for the extra humidity. Did you know that high humidity can affect the way your air conditioning unit runs?

Here’s the low down on what happens when humidity and your air conditioning cross paths. Basically, when the humidity levels are high your air conditioner has to work much harder to keep your area cool. If your air conditioning unit is struggling to keep up with the extreme moist air, than chances are you’re feeling rather uncomfortable in your home.

Here are some signs your air conditioner can’t overcompensate for the extreme humidity:

  • The air in your home feels clammy.
  • Your windows are fogging. This happens when the humidity vaporizes into water in the air.
  • An unpleasant musty odor. The dampness in your home caused by the unwanted moisture may cause your home to leave a musty stench in the air.

These high humidity problems can often be solved by the addition of a dehumidifier to your HVAC system. If you’re in the market for a new or more efficient dehumidifier, 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!

 

Do You Need a Dehumidifier?

With the spring and summer weather hopefully visiting Indiana soon it’s important to start thinking about a rise in the humidity and how you’re going to handle it in your household.

Unfortunately, the humidity cannot be controlled through air circulation and your HVAC system alone.

Do you use a dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers are used to reduce moisture levels per unit volume of air. The most important thing to consider before installing one is its proper capacity. Purchasing/using a dehumidifier that may be too small or too large for your particular space defeats the purpose. Thankfully, systems are available in different capacities and should be installed according to the size of your rooms and humidity levels. Since capacity is proportional to size, the biggest dehumidifiers have the highest capacities. Therefore, colossal rooms with high humidity levels require larger dehumidifiers than smaller rooms with lower levels.

If you’re in need of some advice regarding your dehumidifier or your HVAC system in general, 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!

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!

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!