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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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!

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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!