Monthly Archives: May 2013

3 Tips to Avoid Cranking the AC

Temperatures outside are rising, but that does not mean you have to crank your home’s AC quite yet! Getzschman Heating & Cooling wants to help you keep your Omaha area home’s energy bills low with a few cooling techniques. Check out our list of three tips to avoid cranking the AC this year.

 
Fans Make Rooms Feel Cooler, So Your Thermostat Can Stay Put
 
Believe it or not fans do not actually make rooms cooler, they just make them feel that way. When people are hot, they sweat. Moving air creates a “wind chill effect” by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on the skin. When the breeze of a fan circulates through a room, it makes people feel cooler so homeowners do not need to turn down the temperature on their thermostat to feel comfortable.  Ceiling fans are the best at moving air, but box fans or stands are also effective!
 
Keep Your Blinds Closed During the Day to Keep Temperatures Cool
 
Keeping your blinds closed throughout the day is a highly effective technique for lowering the temperature within your home. If you do not want to keep the blinds drawn all day, consider doing so during the hottest part of the day, 12-4 PM. When combining this technique with the others, you will be able to see the difference in your energy bills! On top of that, if your cooling system works less, you avoid expensive air conditioner repairs in your Omaha home. And that’s always a good thing.
 
Effective Insulation is Not Just for the Winter
 
When most people hear the word insulation, they associate this material with winter and keeping out cold drafts. However, just as cold air can creep through your home, warm air can do the same. To find drafts, walk around the exterior of your house with a candle. When it flickers around doors or windows, you can add a small like of caulk or weather stripping!
 
Take advantage of these tips while the weather is not sweltering and you will be seeing lower energy bills for your home in no time! For more information about air conditioning during this time of year, give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call.
 

A Bigger Air Conditioner Is Not Always Better

 With many things, bigger is better. People want a big house, a big car and big appliances. After all, having a bigger oven or dishwasher often means a top-of-the-line model. But with air conditioners, size has nothing to do with quality. Sometimes, the opposite can be true and having an air conditioner that’s too large for your Omaha area home can cause major problems. Getzschman Heating and Cooling put together this quick guide as to why!

Oversized Air Conditioners Do Not Benefit the Homeowner

The first problem is that large air conditioners work well. In fact, they work too well. Because air conditioners pump a lot of cool air into your home, you reach your set temperature point in a flash and then it turns off. This rapid on/off cycle cheats you of humidity control, which is a reason you want an air conditioner in the first place.

When your air conditioner is running it doesn’t just cool your home, it also serves to extract moisture from the air. Think about how the air is always drier in winter. The same principle applies. But when the air conditioner only runs in short, powerful bursts, it doesn’t fully get the chance to extract that moisture, resulting in a cool but clammy home.

Oversized Air Conditioning Units Cost More Money to Run

You will also pay more to run an oversized unit. Think about what happens when you drive your car in stop-and-go traffic. The starting and stopping activity burns more fuel than if your car was moving at a steady pace. The same is true for your air conditioner. Oversized units cool too quickly and cycle off. As soon as the temperature starts to rise they cycle back on. More electricity is consumed as you start and stop the unit than when it is running. So a larger unit will actually be less efficient.

The frequent on/off cycle will quickly wear your unit down, resulting in maintenance problems or even failures. And on top of all of this, it won’t be very comfortable as the temperature swings widely with the cycles of the unit. The end result is high electricity bills and an uncomfortable home. Not exactly what you were aiming for.

Have a G-Force Heating and Cooling Expert Calculate the Right System for your Home

The solution is simple: work with a qualified HVAC technician from Getzschman Heating and Cooling to calculate the right system to fit your home—and no more. They’ll make this calculation based on the square footage of your home, the number of windows and doors, the amount of direct sun or shade around your house, the type of insulation you have in your attic and walls and general temperature patterns in your area. They will use all this information combined with their expertise to help you find the system that meets your needs. Remember, quality has nothing to do with size in HVAC. A small unit can be more efficient, more cost-effective and more reliable if it’s fitted to the space.

For more information about air conditioner installation, give Getzschman Heating and Cooling a phone call at toll free (800) 657-2158.