With a woman in charge, things tend to get done. “Yes, there has been a bit of a role reversal at our company,” chuckles Pat Popa, owner and operator of Popa Heating & Cooling. “I’m running the show these days!”
Previously a realtor, Popa joined the company in 1986 to assist with sales and marketing and took over operations four years ago for the company, which has been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Northwest Indiana since 1968. Originally started by Nick Popa, who now consults for the company, Popa Heating & Cooling first focused on new construction. Yet, throughout the years, the company has grown to provide service for all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Replacement equipment for existing homes is another area where the business has flourished.
With seven employees under her helm, Popa says that there are many advantages for a customer to work with a smaller, family owned company. “As the owner of the company, I am going to be the one coming into people’s homes and making sure that the job is getting done properly,” she explains. “It’s not like they are going to have to deal with some flashy salesperson or something like that. We will truthfully tell them what needs to be done, when we can do it and why it is necessary.”
Providing quality services at fair prices for standard 1,400 square feet homes to custom built homes as large as 10,000 square feet, Popa Heating & Cooling is well versed in energy savings, manufacturer’s recommendations, building code requirements and federal laws that have an effect on today’s wide range of heating and cooling systems. Their qualified technicians are always on hand to thoroughly inspect systems and are able to give customers an upfront firm price on repair if needed.
They also offer the latest and greatest heating and air conditioning options, including whole house air cleaners, automatic humidifiers, electronic thermostats, carbon monoxide detectors, air purifiers and light commercial HVAC for retail, medical and office buildings.
And while their excellence and workmanship has been recognized multiple times, perhaps it is the company’s involvement within the community which truly sets them apart. Pat is also involved with community organizations and is instrumental in organizing projects in Downtown Highland to help increase traffic for the retail business district and improve the quality of life for its residents.
“Throughout our history, we have always been community minded,” explains Popa, whose husband Nick ran the sheet metal shop for Carl Pettit Builders, who built many of the homes of Highland during the 1950s and 1960s. “We have done much in terms of the downtown redevelopment projects and worked hard to get the gateway sign erected for downtown Hammond.”
Of course, they love the downtown so much, the family lives directly over their downtown offices. “We just love the lifestyle of downtown Highland,” exclaims Popa. “There is nothing better than living here and working here. The downtown business district is thriving these days, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
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Popa Heating & Cooling
2643 Highway Ave.