Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

WIth the cold weather and snow fall quickly approaching, it’s time to get your home winterized before it’s too late.  I’m sure you’ve already made your annual HVAC maintenance appointment with Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, but what about the easily preventable winterization you can do on your own?  No service fee required!

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The biggest worries but also misconceptions sprout from your water pipes.  Water pipes freezing during the winter months can cause more than just a seasonable headache.  Frozen pipes that burst can cause thousands of dollars in damage in your walls, ceilings, and pipes themselves.

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Doityourself.com has a very informative article devoted solely to freezing pipe prevention.  These prevention tips are especially helpful for those who decide to migrate south for the winter or for those who have a beautiful lake cottage up north.  Having more than one residence can make the home maintenance more difficult to keep track of.  Read this article to better prepare yourself and hopefully prevent a potential frozen tundra in your own home.

Check out the doityourself.com article here! Stopping Pipes from Freezing.

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’sspecializes 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!

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Step-By-Step Guide To Changing Your Furnace Filter

At Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we don’t suggest you work on your serious furnace issues without the help of an expert. However, when it comes to changing a dirty filter the task proves to be fairly simple. This quick filter change may save you taking the morning off of work to wait for the repairman…or perhaps you’d prefer a morning off work?

We recently came across a blurb on Snapguide.com that goes through the filter changing process step-by-step.  (By the way, snap guide is also a free app for your smartphones or tablets.) Check out the ‘How To’ guide here: How to Change Your Furnace Air Filter.

If you find that your filter isn’t exactly the same as the one in the tutorial, snapguide also offers other tutorials for different units as well.

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. 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!

Unlocking your Trane Thermostat

At Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, it’s no secret that we only use the best of the best when it comes to providing you with service and products to help your home perform better on the coldest of nights or the hottest of days. For heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems we use and trust are none other than Trane.  Believe it or not, Trane products are used in famous landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument.

If you’ve had a Trane HVAC system installed in your home, you may have the option of locking your thermostat in order to prevent changes from others. This feature is great, until you’re ready to unlock it after a long period of time and happen to forget exactly how.

It’s your lucky day, here’s how to unlock your thermostat:

1) Examine your thermostat and find both the (+) and (-) buttons.

2) Put one finger on the (+) and one finger on the (-) button.  Press these buttons at the same time.

3) Hold both buttons down for approx. five seconds and then release. Your thermostat should now be unlocked.

It’s easier than you remembered, right? Don’t hesitate to return to this blog once summer arrives and you’re ready to crank up the air conditioning!

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. 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!

Are Space Heaters Dangerous?

It appears as though this will be the last ‘warm’ day of the fall season.  For the past few days we’ve seen temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 80 degrees. Yes, you read that correctly…last Friday was 46 degrees and today they are anticipating hitting the 80 degree mark. (Hellllllo allergies!)

Sometimes in order to keep the peace in your household the heat needs to be set at less than pleasing temperature.  Of course this means you may be freezing while the others are pleasantly comfortable.  Do you go ahead and purchase a space heater to help compensate for your coldness?  Or is a space heater too much of a fire risk?

Here are the facts:

For starters, which type of space heater are you looking into purchasing? A convection or radiative?  A convection heater warms the air directly and a radiative heater causes heat to pass through a certain spectrum and bypasses the heating of the surrounding air.  Sounds complicated, but really a radiative heater has a tendency to heat your body faster due to its ability to skip heating the surrounding air.

…But are they safe? Studies have shown that there are an average of 25,000 fires a year caused by space heaters. Out of those fires came 6,000 injuries and 300 deaths. The statistics are scary no matter which way you look at it, but in turn if you correctly use your space heater a fire can easily be avoided. The number one most important rule with a space heater is to never leave it unattended! If you can’t watch the heater, simply don’t leave it on. (We understand that sometimes you just forget, it happens…but do it often and you may not be so lucky.) Also remember to keep the heater on a solid, steady surface.  This ensures that the heater won’t risk tipping over causing the carpet or other objects on the floor to catch fire.

The choice is really up to you when it comes to purchasing a small space heater for you home, just make sure it’s completely safe in the surroundings.

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. 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!