Winter Preparation Checklist

With the winter months approaching it’s important to ensure that all your seasonal maintenance is taken care of before it’s too late! Here are a few tips for your winter preparation:

Your Monthly Maintenance Checklist

• Schedule any outdoor projects you want completed before cold temperatures

• Disconnect your yard hoses from faucets before temperatures start to freeze

• Reverse ceiling fans

• Check your attic for adequate insulation depth (minimum 6 inches)

• Adjust the timers on your yard lights for earlier dusk

• Consider changing exterior lighting if necessary

• Change your smoke detector batteries

If you’re in need of furnace maintenance, contact the professionals at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! We gladly accept appointments over the phone as well as online. Contact us today!

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Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Many of you may be unaware of the fact that at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning we not only take care of your HVAC systems, but we also take great pride in our plumbing area of experitise as well. We get asked on a daily basis about the differences between a tank and a tankless water heater.

  • Which is more expensive?
  • How much money will I save?
  • What’s the difference?
  • Does installation cost more?

Here are a few insights to the great water heater debate:

Tank vs. Tankless

Regular water heater tanks are created to keep your water hot for 24 hours a day, seven days a week even if you’re not using the warm water. The more energy efficient approach would be a tankless water heater which only gets your water hot on demand.

 Believe it or not, your tank style water heater causes you to loose 30% efficiency due to the constant heating and reheating of water all day every day. Your bills can definitely reflect this over time as well.

 Even though the original cost of the tankless water heater is significantly more than a tank style heater, you end up saving up to 50% on your utility bill! You can even qualify for a Federal Tax Credit through Energy Star.

 It seems as though tankless water heaters are no longer just a ‘thing of the future.’ They’re here and they seem like the best option for your water heating needs. …Not to mention they’re compact! Who wants a bulky water heater hanging around the house?

 If you’re interesting in going tankless, 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.

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!

Our HVAC Mobile Site

With the spring season come new and exciting changes! We’ve been hard at work providing our Poorman’s patrons with a new mobile website!

Visit our website on your mobile phone and find an easy to navigate website that’s fully equipped with a direct call button and other easy to use and read features!

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Let us know what you think about our new mobile site! If you’re in need of your spring/summer 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!

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!

2014 Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

Today starts the 41st year of The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show!  We’re excited to be involved in yet another year of this great Fort Wayne expo!  Come out and visit us at booth #358 today through Sunday (March 2).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show

Thursday, February 27 – Sunday, March 2, 2014

With over 650 exhibits it is the largest Home and Garden Show in the Tri-State area.  It is much more than your average Home Show, we offer fun for the WHOLE Family.

For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show website.

Thursday & Friday: 11-9

Saturday: 10-9

Sunday: 11-5

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing 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!

What’s Your Energy Usage?

With one of the coldest winters on record, we can almost bet that your energy bills have been quite a bit higher than normal.  Granted, we know it’s the winter season…but has your heat ever been cranked up this high?

Did you know that www.energystar.gov has a website that helps you to determine your homes energy usage? This website also helps you determine how your home measures up on energy usage compared to the homes in your neighborhood.

You can find out this useful information by answering just a few questions:

  • Zip Code
  • Your Home’s Square Footage
  • Those Occupying Your Home
  • Different Fuel Usage in Your Home
  • Your Last 12 Months Utility Bills

Check out the website here!

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing 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!

Remodeling and your HVAC

Remodeling can be exciting but it’s important not to forget about your HVAC system.  Not only may you find yourself having to move your unit, but also dust and dirt can cause harm to your system as well.  Before you start your remodel, here are some easy tips that can keep your HVAC system safe…

Contact Your HVAC Contractor: When remodeling you should contact your HVAC contractor in order to received important guidelines and specifics involving your system to keep it running during your project.

Dust and Air Conditioning Don’t Mix: Your HVAC system pulls air from your home to heat and cool when necessary.  When remodeling, if you leave your system running it’s likely that dust will fly and get sucked into your unit.  Not only does this cause the filter to clog but it makes your unit work much harder. If you leave your unit off you’ll save yourself a trip from the duct cleaner and some extra cash!

Close Those Vents: Another way to keep dust from collecting is to remember to close the air registers in your work area. Floor vents are more likely to collect more dust, even when not in use.  It’s wise to close or block off vents for extra protection.

Watch Your Filter: Even if you take the extra precautions, some dust is still bound to collect in and around your HVAC system.  Make sure you check your air filter regularly and change it when needed.

If you’re ready for a remodel, contact Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning before venturing into your project. Our servicemen take great pride in protecting your furnace and air conditioning unit to help prevent problems in the future.  Good luck on your remodel and enjoy!