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!

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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!

Tips to Save Energy Over the Holidays Pt. 2

If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season make sure you take some extra time to downgrade the energy use in your home.  Being energy conscious while you’re away is incredibly easy and can help save you extra money on your bill!

Save energy now, here’s how:

  • Lowering your thermostat can help save money and energy.  It’s recommended that you lower your thermostat to 60 degrees, but it really is a preference.  Bottom line is, why have the heat set at 72 degrees if you’re not around to need it?
  • If you turn your water heater to a lower setting (Or vacation setting if available) you can save quite a bit of energy by avoiding running your heater as usual.
  • If you’re concerned with the safety of your home on top of saving energy while you’re vacationing, try purchasing some light timers.  Using timers on the inside and outside of your home can help ensure you’re not wasting energy by leaving a light on 24/7, but also can lead unwanted visitors to believe you’re still home.

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.  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!

Tips to Save Energy Over the Holidays Pt. 1

Holiday decorating, although festive can take quite a toll on the monthly electric bill. Have no fear, there’s a way to enjoy the holiday decorations and avoid an outrageous bill. With a little planning, you can have a dazzling display that will have little impact on your energy bill:

Christmas light bulbs have come a long way since the beginning of decorating.  In order to save some money and energy, try purchasing energy-efficient lights or LED lights to avoid the power overload.

Turn off your outdoor decorations when you’re not home or sleeping.  This can be done manually, or even with an outdoor light timer.  You can purchase a timer from any hardware store.  You’d be amazed at all the extra energy you’ll save by being conscious about leaving your outdoor lights on.

Lastly, consider using decorations that require minimal (if any) lighting. You can choose to take a less expensive route and decorate with wreaths, garland and holiday bows to help cut back on energy costs. Some people even prefer this alternative do to a classier outdoor look.

If you’re in need of some assistance, don’t hesitate to 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!

Vote Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning!

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Every year Fort Wayne Newspapers holds a contest to highlight the best of the best in the city.  The Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice consists of hundreds of businesses in several different categories. This year, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning is nominated!

Since 1978, Poorman’s has been recognized for our quality of service throughout the Greater Fort Wayne area. If you’ve been satisfied with your Poorman’s service, we’re asking our faithful patrons to help vote for us as the best ‘Home Heating and Cooling’ company in Fort Wayne.

Voting takes place until July 29, 2013. You can vote on FortWayne.com or the direct web address here.

Thank-you in advance! We appreciate your business and your vote.

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding service 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 and Cooling System Basics Fort Wayne, Indiana

With temperatures reaching far beyond the summer norm, air conditioners are working extra hard to keep our  houses cool. With extra pressure on the air conditioner often times comes extra visits from the HVAC technician. Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne, Indiana has made several residential as well as business calls this season due to over-worked air conditioning units.   As much as they appreciate the business, some of these calls can be easily avoided. Howstuffworks.com recently posted an article on the basics of heating and cooling systems.  This article was phoneminal in regards to learning a few important facts about your system to ensure you’re calling the technician for the right reasons.  Some issues with your unit are easily fixable, not needing a technician at all. Now, who doesn’t want to save that $$?

Read the article here: Heating and Cooling System Basics

When a visit from the HVAC technician is necessary, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning. 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. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

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!