About POPA Heating & Cooling
Started by Nick Popa in 1968, Popa Heating & Cooling is owned and operated by Pat Popa. We have been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Northwest Indiana communities since 1968. Our initial focus was on new construction, but growth and success have enabled us to now also offer new installations for existing homes and replace old systems.
Although we feature Trane, Daikin, and Aprilaire products, Popa Heating & Cooling services all makes and models of HVAC equipment, including gas forced air, ductless mini-splits and hot water boiler systems. While residential HVAC is our main focus, we also do various light commercial work including rooftops weighing up to 10 tons.
About Nick and Pat Popa
Nick Popa ran the sheet metal shop for Carl Pettit Builders, known for building many of Highland, Indiana’s homes during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1968, he ventured out on his own and started Popa Sheet Metal, which eventually became known as Popa Heating & Cooling.
In 1986, Nick’s wife, Pat, joined the company. She became CEO in 2010 and also handles most of the sales and marketing.
Pat has been 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. In 2003, she created “Downtown Ducks,” a public art project that earned her the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism from then-Governor Joseph Kernin. She has been recognized by South Shore Arts with a Lifetime Distinguished Service Membership for developing a scholarship program for art students in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties through “The County Seats” public art project. In 2011, Pat was honored by Lake Shore Public Television with the “Alice Burrell Humanitarian Award.”
Pat continues to serve the community through Highland Community Foundation and as a member of the Munster Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
“No matter what the problem with our HVAC at home or office, I always rely on Popa. They are phenomenal! No problem is too big or too small. They have a real small-town ethic with competitive prices and the kind of service that is unheard of today.”
— Marie Gambetta