Seasonal Allergies

The summer season is coming to an end and that means that fall allergies are quickly approaching. In order to better enjoy the fall season it’s important to prepare your home for the seasonal change. Keep in mind that throughout the summer months dust and other inconveniences have a tendency to collect in your home.

How do you prepare your home for the change of seasons?

  • Air filters: We always suggest changing out your filters with each changing season, sometimes even more frequently depending on your location and how often you run your system.
  • Duct Cleaning: Throughout each season dust collects in your ductwork causing poor indoor air quality. During the summer months pollen has a tendency to collect in your ducts making your summer allergies continue throughout the fall months as well. It’s important to get your ducts cleaned following the summer in order to improve your homes indoor air quality.
  • Ventilation: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests ventilating your home properly. If the fans used in your kitchen and bathrooms do not vent outside, this move is an excellent place to start. Opening windows when the weather is nice will also allow fresh air in and to help push pollutants out.

If you’re in need of any HVAC maintenance in order to get your home ready for the fall and winter seasons, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, (260) 422-3534. We take great pride in our services as well as the satisfaction gained from our loyal customers. 

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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.

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.

2014 Readers’ Choice Best Of…

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Yes, Fort Wayne Fans it’s that time of year again! Help spread the word regarding your great service from Poorman’s by voting for us in the 2014 Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice Best of…contest!

Poorman’s Heating and Air can be found in the ‘Show Services’ category under the Home-Heating and Cooling section! Check out the website here! We greatly appreciate your support and we take great pride in serving the Fort Wayne area!

If you’re in the need of some HVAC 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!

Weather Affecting Your Bill

If you’re not on a fixed monthly electricity bill, do you sometimes have trouble figuring out the rhyme and reason behind the payment you’re making? The weather definitely plays a factor in your billing fluctuation.

During the warmth of the summer cooling your house can account for up to 50% of your electricity bill. Lowering your thermostat to keep cool and comfortable causes your AC unit to run longer thus increasing the electricity use. Turning your thermostat up a few degrees or on ‘Auto’ can help save a few dollars throughout the summer months.

If you find that cool air is escaping through your home, it might be best to have your house inspected. The colder air can be escaping through old windows, doors, your chimney and even surprisingly enough your electrical outlets!

You may also find that if your home was built around or before the 1980s that your attic lacks any type of proper insulation. This can pose a problem due to the fact that both your cool and warm air (depending on the season) can easily be escaping through the lack of insulation. This issue can be remedied with additional insulation added to your attic area.

If you’re in the need of some HVAC 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!

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!

 

The Top Geothermal Myths

Many customers of ours are unaware of the fact that we are fully qualified to install geothermal systems.  If you’re confused as to what exactly a geothermal system consists of, you’re definitely not alone.  Although it’s safe to say that this type of heating and cooling system is far from new, it has become quite a bit more popular over the years.

As popular as geothermal may seem there tends to be several myths that go along with this interesting twist on heating and cooling. Here are a few myths we’ve come across when helping ease our geothermal interested customers:

  • Geothermal heat pumps are too loud. The truth is that actually geothermal pumps run very quietly.  There also fails to be any visible equipment outside your home to bother your neighbors.
  • Geothermal pumps can only heat one item at a time ie: water heater, home, etc.  Depending on the size of your system your G.P. can handle multiple outlets at the same time.
  • Geothermal systems put Freon in the refrigerant lines going into the ground. Actually the majority of the time the liquid going into the unground loops is a mixture between water and antifreeze.
  • Geothermal systems use too much water. The geothermal systems do not actually use up any water. Older geothermal models had issues with water waste once the water passed through the heat exchanger, but those problems have since been resolved and are no longer used. The systems now actually save millions of gallons of water due to being unable to evaporate underground.
  • Geothermal systems do not use renewable energy because they use electricity. Although geothermal systems do in fact use electricity they only need to function on one unit in order to push up to five units of either heating or cooling to the proper location.

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!

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!

Stray Energy

Are there times when you leave the house and forget to turn off an important appliance? Perhaps you left a light on or the television playing to an empty room—it’s happened to all of us: stray energy waste. Did you know that often times stray energy waste can unintentionally be due to your heating and cooling equipment without you even being aware?

Here are some examples of stray energy:

  • Broken or malfunctioning sensors: Sensors help fans or pumps to run when necessary.  If an issue occurs where the sensor is not working properly your equipment could be running when not needed wasting energy.
  • Thermostat: Have you ever adjusted your thermostat only to forget to go back and readjust it?  If you fail to reset your thermostat you could be losing an incredible amount of energy unintentionally.

Within the past few months the Natural Resources Defense Council has published a report titled, Real Time Energy Management, which helps support evidence about the possibility of fairly significant savings when the loss of stray energy is recognized.

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!