Monthly Archives: March 2013

How to Set Your Programmable Thermostat for Omaha’s Spring Weather

Programmable thermostats are wonderful tools! Not only do they increase your home’s indoor air quality, but they help you save money and energy by automatically changing your home’s temperature to meet your needs. The experts at Getzschman Heating and Cooling recommend using one of these for your home.

 
Establishing the Right Balance for Your Programmable Thermostat
 
When you’re not at home, you can keep your Omaha area home a bit warmer (or cooler). Just before you’re set to get home from work or the kids get off the bus, the temperature automatically returns to more comfortable levels. Getting the balance right in the spring can be tricky. With warm days and cool nights, it takes a little tinkering to get the settings just right.
 
The Two Main Types of Programmable Thermostats
 
There are two main types of programmable thermostats for homes. 5/2 units allow you to have one weekday setting and another for weekends, while 7-day programmables allow you to have a unique setting for each day of the week. Below, we’ve provided samples for thermostat schedules for both weekends and weekdays. If you have unique needs, such as always getting home late after book club on Thursdays or you get up early to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, make sure you take that into account with your settings.
 
Getzschman’s Weekday Spring Thermostat Schedule
 
6:00 AM 70 degrees. This way, you’ll be comfortable and warm when you step out of bed in the morning.
 
8:00 AM Decrease temperature to 65 degrees. Since no one’s home while you’re at work, save a few dollars on your heating bill by letting the house stay a bit chillier. And don’t worry about pets—with their thick fur, they’re comfortable at much cooler temperatures.
 
5:00 PM Increase temperature to 70 degrees. Once you get home from work, the house will be cozy and comfortable once more.
 
11:00 PM Decrease temperature to 67 degrees. While you don’t want to go as chilly as you do during the day, there’s no need to keep the house so warm when you’re curled up under blankets. Besides, research shows people sleep better when it’s cool.
 
Programmable Thermostat Suggestions for the Weeks
 
Then the whole cycle starts again with a warm-up back to 70 to start your day. But when it comes to weekends, you might have a completely different schedule. Maybe you’ll be home all day, so it needs to stay a constant 70 degrees. Maybe you wake up later, so you can keep the home a little cooler longer. Whatever your needs, your programmable thermostat can keep you comfortable while saving money.
 
For more information on how to set your thermostat or to install one of these handy units, contact Getzschman Heating and Cooling at 402-554-1110. We will help you look through your options and find the thermostat and the settings schedule that’s right for you. 

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist: Is Your Home Ready for Spring?

After a long, cold winter, it is almost spring. That means thoughts turn to spending time outdoors. But first, you’ve got to get your house spruced up and ready to go. Follow Getzschman Heating and Cooling’s easy checklist to make sure your Omaha area home is ready for sunny days:

  • Clean your gutters. April showers might bring May flowers, but it can also bring flooding and standing puddles. Make sure rain water drains away properly by removing leaves and other debris from your gutters. Also reposition downspouts so water flows away from your house, rather than pooling at your foundation.
  • Check your sump pump. Those same spring rains can mean big problems for your basement if you’re prone to flooding. Don’t just leave it at inspecting the pump—install a battery backup in case your primary power source fails. Trust us, better to spend the money now than try to deal with a soaked basement!
  • Inspect the roof. Winter winds may have wreaked havoc on your shingles. Be on the lookout for either missing shingles or those that are curled up at the edges. If you spot problems, time to call a roofer.
  • Hook up the garden hose. You took your hose in last year, right? If so, it’s time to haul it back out and test to make sure the tap is still working. While you’re at it, connect your sprinklers and test your irrigation system so you’ll be ready for summer.
  • Clean or change your furnace and air conditioner’s filter. You should be changing your filter every month (or as directed by your manufacturer—call if you’re not sure what your replacement schedule is), but if you’ve let it slide over the winter, this is the time to get back in the habit. A clean filter will help trap airborne allergens and help the whole family breathe easier.
  • Clean and test your air conditioning unit. Brush away any leaves or other trash that might have fallen onto your AC for maximum efficiency. You can also lightly spray the air conditioner with a hose (make sure it’s off first!). Also, check your air conditioner to make sure it works. Nothing worse than waiting for the first hot day to find out you have a problem!
  • Schedule your spring furnace and air conditioner maintenance. Your entire heating and cooling system needs a tune-up twice a year. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get yours. When you schedule a full air conditioner tune-up or maintenance call, the G-Force team will identify any issues in your system before they turn into big problems. Heating and cooling system maintenance can also help save you money in energy costs, and who doesn’t want that?
To schedule your spring heating and cooling tune up, give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call at 402-554-1110. Enjoy the beautiful weather to come!