Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Your HVAC System Can Help Beat Allergies

The weather is warm, the birds are chirping, trees and flowers are starting to sprout. That all means just one thing: allergy season in Omaha is right around the corner. But this year is going to be different! You don’t have to be miserable anymore. Getzschman is bringing you some simple but important tips for reducing allergy symptoms.
Believe it or not, your HVAC system can have a big effect on the state of your sinuses. So instead of suffering through another year with itchy eyes and a runny nose, follow these G-Force allergy reducing tips to nip allergens in the bud:
1.  Clean or change your filter. This is the single most important thing you can do to reduce indoor allergens in your home. Dust, mold and spores become trapped in your furnace filter and are spewed throughout your house, resulting in unpleasantness.
Not sure how to change your filter? Every furnace or air conditioner is different. Some filters need to be changed monthly, others every other month or even just once a year. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you understand how often to change yours and what replacement filters you need.
Don’t forget to clean your heating registers, too—dusty registers just spread allergens around. Yuck.
2.  Get a dehumidifier. Spring showers might bring flowers, but they also bring mold and make it easier for dust mites and cockroaches to thrive. Get rid of that excess moisture with a dehumidifier that keeps your house at about 40% humidity.
3.   Run your AC. Once the weather heats up enough to flip your HVAC system from heat to cool, you can start making a dent in your allergy suffering. By keeping your windows closed, you’re keeping that pollen out of your home and out of your lungs. If you have a recycle option on your unit, turn it on so you move the same air through the house instead of bringing in new spore-laden air.
Mold can grow inside your air conditioner, too. To reduce your risk, turn off the cooling in your house, then run the air conditioner for 30 minutes to zap any lurking spores.
There’s no reason to spend this beautiful weather being miserable. With a little care and attention to your HVAC system, you’ll be breathing easier all spring and summer long. For more information on reducing your allergies, call Getzschman. Our friendly technicians will walk you through hypoallergenic filters, dehumidifiers and regular maintenance tips that can make your life so much better. Happy spring from your friends at Getzschman Heating and Cooling.

Does Your Home Really Need Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Think back to the last time you used your air conditioner. Was it working efficiently and effectively? Most homeowners who answer yes to this question assume that they do not need to schedule a spring maintenance check up. But, is that actually the case? We will let you make the call! Here are the benefits of getting an air conditioner tune up by the G-Force team before the hot weather hits.

Maintain your Air Conditioner’s Warranty
 
Many air conditioners require that you demonstrate you have had regular maintenance in order to honor the warranty. Missing an appointment might result with you having to pay out of pocket for repairs that should be covered under warranty.
Extend the Life of Your AC System
 
Proper air conditioning maintenance is key to making sure your unit lasts for years to come. Just as you regularly change the oil in your car or empty the bag on your vacuum cleaner, preventative measures keep your AC unit running better, longer.
 
Avoid Problems with Your AC Unit
 
Most AC problems begin small and gradually develop into something a little more severe. For example, a sluggish fan can turn into a stalled one or a loose wire can turn into a severed connection and a seemingly dead unit. However with regular maintenance, an HVAC technician is often able to spot trouble before your unit stalls out on the hottest day of the year, saving you from a big air conditioner repair bill in your Omaha area home. 
 
Tune-ups for your Air Conditioning Unit Help Save Money
 
Even if these small problems do not turn into a bigger one, they still can impact your wallet with higher electricity bills. As long as these minor issues exist, your air conditioner will have to work harder to cool down your home. This means your home is using more electricity and increasing your bills. During a maintenance call your Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning tech will check your system and these potential problems, as well as ensure that your air conditioner is working as efficiently as it can.
Are you now convinced of the importance of receiving spring air conditioning maintenance? If so, give the G-Force team a call to schedule an appointment!