Air Conditioning Troubles

Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne, Indiana wants you to stay cool this summer! With the record high temperatures this summer it feels as though the U.S. can’t catch a break when it comes to the heat.  Well guess what? This means your air conditioning can’t catch a break either! Recently, Doitbest.com posted an article titled, Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems. If you’re having air conditioning problems this article goes through several scenerios to help give you an idea as to why your unit isn’t running properly.

Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems

Once you’ve gained a better understanding of your air conditioner, 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.

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Save Money Air Conditioning

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Does the cost of air conditioning your home cause your more discomfort than the actual summer months heat?  Don’t sweat it, literally!  Here are some excellent energy saving tips that will help ease your mind.

  • Plant trees on the south and west side of your home.  This provides shade for your home in the summer and also warmth in the winter.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that can automatically raise and lower your home temperature when you’re out of the house or sleeping.
  • Make sure your house is correctly insulated in order to prevent cold air from escaping.
  • Use exhaust fans while cooking, this will help keep the oven and stove temperatures bearable.
  • Window treatments can help keep the sunlight out when you find necessary.
  • A whole house attic fan can help circulate air through the house. It can also help shift the warmer air to the outside.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced before it’s too late!

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. Poorman’s also specializes in geothermal systems, call for an estimate.  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!

You can now set up an appointment for service online! Don’t forget to check out our website!

Environmentally Friendly HVAC

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Since the month of April withholds the wonderful but sadly understated, Earth Day, it only seems appropriate that we create a blog that discusses how Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s biggest  HVAC manufacturer stays green.

Trane takes great pride in creating environmentally friendly products and factory atmosphere.  Here’s a direct quote from our partners at Trane’s website:

Energy & the Environment – Energy, IAQ & the Environment

Better Buildings Create Greener Communities™

Demand for environmentally responsible buildings grows as people realize that it’s not a cost, it’s an investment. Green buildings are designed with energy efficiency, indoor air quality (IAQ), and sustainable materials in mind.

The right HVAC system is critical to green building. As a leading global supplier of HVAC systems and services, with more than 450 LEED Accredited Professionals, Trane can help you achieve your green building goals.

Building Green

Because more and more businesses recognize the importance of building green, Trane actively supports the Green Building Councils (GBC) around the world (such as USGBC, Canada GBC, Indian GBC, China GBC, Brazil GBC, Mexico GBC, etc) and Green Building conferences such as Greenbuild and Green Building Congress. We are advancing building technologies and solutions that accelerate the design and construction of green communities.

Here are just some of the ways Trane is helping buildings go green and attain LEED certification.

Designing and Engineering Your Green Building

  • TRACE™ 700 is the complete design tool for load, system, energy and economic analysis, and is recommended by the USGBC to receive LEED points

Constructing Your Green Building

  • EarthWise Systems use state-of-the-art Trane products, systems and controls to optimize performance. This includes the ability to balance installed cost and operating cost while improving comfort, indoor air quality, and acoustics. EarthWise Systems provide high efficiency/low emissions performance over the entire lifetime of the building with advanced documentation sustaining the performance.
  • EarthWise™ chillers are rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as best-in-class energy-efficient designs
  • TRANE CleanEffects™whole-house air filtration system for the residential sector removes up to 99.98 percent of particles and allergens from the filtered air, making the home a more healthful place for living. Learn more about Trane residential products.

Operating and Controlling Your Green Building

  • Tracer Summit™ controls give advanced control of complex systems to achieve energy savings and measure performance

  • Performance Agreements for Comfort from Trane (PACT™) guarantee energy cost savings enabling businesses to invest future savings today.

Check out these energy saving items from Trane and your Trane provider, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning! **Plus they’re all also eligable for a 2013 Federal Tax Credit!

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Washable Air Filters

Air filters keep your HVAC units working efficiently and safely. This is done by trapping particles like pollen and dust particles that would otherwise be spread throughout your home through the air vents.

Although there are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing an air filter, some options are better than others.

There’s the option to purchase a disposable air filter, which allows you to replace the filter on a regular basis or when the filter is no longer clean enough to function. There’s also the option for a washable air filter, but this style of air filter is a poor choice for you to buy.

Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Choose A Washable Filter:

  • The performance is poor. The performance for an air filter is based on a MERV rating. The ratings can range from a 1-16. However, a washable air filter typically has a MERV rating of  1 to 4. This means that although a washable filter may collect bigger particles (dust) smaller particles like pet dander, cigar smoke or hair spray manage to escape the filtering process.  This means loose particles are freelancing around your home.
  • They’re needy. Washable air filters require more maintenance than any other. Although the thought of washing your filter and returning it to your HVAC unit sounds fairly simple…you mustn’t forget that the water your filter was scrubbed and rinsed in is not to be dumped at random. This is because that water was exposed to bacteria, it’s considered a wastewater hazard and should be disposed of appropriately. Who has extra time for that? Also, if you fail to return the filter before it is completely dry, fungus can grow on your filter and spread it throughout your home.
  • They cost more. Even if you buy just one at a time, each washable air filter costs more than an equivalent disposable filter (which may do a better job in your home than the washable one).

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. 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. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Plumbing and Sump Pumps Fort Wayne, IN

With Hurricane Isaac making its way through the U.S. it has us thinking about all those poor folks witnessing the terrible aftereffects of flooding problems in their homes.  Granted, many are thankful that their houses are still standing…but as a company that specializes in plumbing services we can’t help but think of that too. Even Fort Wayne, Indiana, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s hometown is expecting a few inches of rain throughout the weekend. Is your basement prepared for a possible rain overload?

Howstuffworks.com has an article devoted to the ever helpful, sump pumps. What on Earth is a sump pump?Do you have one? A backup?   Here’s the 4-1-1 on sump pumps and how they work.  Read this article to avoid being knee deep in…water.

Read up on sump pumps here!

If you’re in need of plumbing services, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. 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. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Air Conditioning Problems Fort Wayne, Indiana

Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne, Indiana wants you to stay cool this summer! With the record high temperatures this summer it feels as though the U.S. can’t catch a break when it comes to the heat.  Well guess what? This means your air conditioning can’t catch a break either! Recently, Doitbest.com posted an article titled, Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems. If you’re having air conditioning problems this article goes through several scenerios to help give you an idea as to why your unit isn’t running properly.

Troubleshooting Central Air Conditioning Problems

Once you’ve gained a better understanding of your air conditioner, 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.

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: