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!

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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!

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!

Heating Problems- Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Uh-oh! Did you forget to schedule your furnace maintenance this past fall? You may be forgiven for the time being, but that is only until your heating system decides to stop working. (And Indiana winters are not very forgiving!) Don’t wait until your house drops to a chilly 50 degrees, try your best to schedule an appointment at least once a year. Remember, it’s important to get your system checked annually due to some simple fixes that will help keep you warm all winter long.

Regular maintenance check ups help you avoid common furnace repairs such as:

  • Problems with the Thermostat. Yes, it could really be as simple as changing the batteries. The thermostat really works as the brains of your heating system. Unfortunately, more times than not a thermostat is often the culprit when your system malfunctions. But thankfully, a quick fix also tends to be a fairly inexpensive fix as well.
  • Dirty Filters. (Achoo!) Cleaning or replacing an the filter is easy, but it’s also very important. Filters should be inspected regularly to ensure they’re working to their full potential. Clogged filters impair the system’s airflow reducing the efficiency. This could take a toll on your allergies too, be careful!
  • Pilot Light Failure. Intermittent ignition can cause your system to heat unevenly or in worst cases not at all! If your heating system has a pilot light, your system’s approximately 25 years and is at the end of its lifecycle. At this point, you might want to look into a replacement heating system.

The most common repairs are often the most avoidable. Try and remember to scheduled a maintenance appointment to avoid an inner-home deep freeze later. Contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning and set up an appointment.We also provide 24 hour service for those heating, cooling and plumbing emergencies!

Air Duct Odor-Pooman’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Winter is upon us and cranking up the heat in your home is almost inevitable…unless you’re living in the southern most states, which even those lucky ones have had an interesting ‘winter’ thus far. When you were forced to turn on your central heating system this year, did you experience an interesting odor that came along with the nice warmth coming from your vents?

This odor can sometimes be caused by collection of dust in duct work caused by the lack of use of the furnace during the off season.  Don’t panic just yet, but if the odor tends to continue for an extended period of time, make sure your furnace filter is cleaned. Ensuring that your furnace has a clean and functioning filter is imperative. A dirty filter can cause odor, build up and overheating. An overworked filter could create a serious fire hazard for your home.

If your filter is regularly changed the second step is to check your sewer lines for leaks. Leaks in your sewer lines can mean that methane gas is leaking into your air intake causing your ducts to release this harmful gas. Call a professional to come out and inspect this immediately.

If you’re lucky enough to have avoided a sewer line leak, next make sure to inspect all the ducts connected to your system. There is a possibility that a gap has been created between your duct work. Any unpleasant odors may find their way into the duct system and thus into the house as the blower pushes the smell out through the vents. Your duct system can be inspected and replaced to help eliminate the odor and faulty duct work.

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!

Energy Efficient Offices

Do you think your office lacks in the performance factor? Statistics show that the act of ‘going green’ is on the rise…and frankly, why shouldn’t it be?  Going green definitely has its benefits in the environmentally friendly category, but it also can help you save green in the long run!

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 Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, faithful installers of Trane products in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are becoming all too familiar with the green approach to resident and commercial property. Recently the Trane website created a section titled, Making Your Building Perform Better.  This blurb (a few sentences really) explains the benefits that a few energy efficient changes can make.

Read it here: Making Your Building Perform Better

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!

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!

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!

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!