Monthly Archives: June 2013

Customer Questions About Air Conditioner & Furnace Installation


You want a new cooling system, how much will it cost? Can’t you just call and find out? Unfortunately, determining the price of your cooling system is not like buying something off the shelf at your grocery store. That’s why, at Getzschman Heating & Cooling, we do not give phone quotes. There are several very good reasons for this, and although it may be frustrating, it is to benefit you. We want to give you an exact price, not just a guess.

 
Why We Don’t Quote Prices for Air Conditioners or Furnaces Over the Phone
There are too many variables to be accurate. The main reason we don’t give price quotes over the phone is that if we did, it would most likely be the wrong price. There are just too many pieces of the puzzle that we don’t have. So, until we can look at your current system and ask you some questions, we are not able to give you an accurate price. Here are just a few of the variables we have to consider:
 
·         Every home is a different size and configuration
·         Units must be sized correctly for each home
·         Duct work differs greatly from home to home
·         There are hundreds of different combinations of units that we could install
·         We need to evaluate your current system and find out how it performed
·         We need to ask if you have problem areas in your home 
 
If a heating and cooling company gives you a quote over the phone, expect it to be inaccurate. There’s no way they can know exactly what you need. We’d rather give you a quote that’s to the penny so you don’t end up frustrated later.
 
Free In-Home Estimates for Furnace and Air Conditioner Installation
Another question we hear often is “How much time should I set aside for our meeting?”
Typically an appointment lasts about 1.5 – 2 hours. It largely depends on how many questions you have for us. During the appointment we will check the health of your duct system and determine a system that is compatible for your home. We want to make sure we answer any and all of your questions so you are comfortable with your purchase.
 
At Getzschman Heating and Cooling, we want to find the perfect system for your home.
Give us a call and set up an appointment to find out how much your new system will cost.

Summer Time Is Duct Cleaning Time in Omaha

summer duct cleaningAs the weather warms up in the Omaha area, we tend to increase our outdoor activity. Kids are out of school and are constantly running in and out, bringing dust, dirt and pollen into your home. Your pets are probably enjoying the warmer weather, too.

In addition to the dirt they are bringing in from outside, you have probably noticed more hair as they shed on furniture and rugs! So how can you use duct cleaning to help increase your home’s indoor air quality? Find out below from the experts at Getzschman Heating & Cooling!

Air Conditioners Filter the Air in Your Home as Well as Cool It
Did you know that your air conditioning system doesn’t just cool the air in your home, but that it also filters? Typically, the AC will circulate the air in your home five to seven times a day. Warm, stale air is pulled in through the air return and moved along the ducts of your HVAC system. The air laden with dust and debris moves through your air filter, where many of the particles are trapped. The cooler, cleaner air is then pumped back through the ducts to each room in your home. 
Duct Cleaning Supplements Your AC’s Filtering
If the filter is cleaning the air, why should you consider duct cleaning services as well? In the hot summer months, you want as much cool air as your system can generate and a dirty filter may be slowing you down. As dirt, hair and dust start to clog your filter, your air conditioner’s fan needs to work harder to push air through. Removing debris and cobwebs eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system, in extreme cases by as much as 40%.
How to Tell if Your Ducts Need Cleaning
  •   If you see clumps of dust, cobwebs or particles blowing out of supply registers, your ducts need cleaning.
  • Take the register off one of the vents and inspect the inside surfaces for visible mold, rodent droppings or dead insects. If you see any of those, it’s time for a duct cleaning. Remember, there may be accumulation further into the ducts than you can see.
  • If your ductwork is made of fiberglass, it tends to collect more dust along the surface than sheet metal.  Not sure what your ducts are made of? Just ask your heating and cooling contractor the next time they come out to conduct routine maintenance on your system.
For more information about duct cleaning in the Omaha area, give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call. 

Vacation Checklist for Your Omaha Area Home


Have you ever noticed how many things need to be done before you leave town for a vacation? As you’re making arrangements for your pets and notifying the post office and newspaper to hold delivery, don’t forget to get your Omaha area home ready for vacation, too. Follow these simple steps from Getzschman Heating & Cooling to keep your house safe and in great shape while you’re off having fun!


Make Your Omaha Area Home Look Occupied 

 
o   If you’ll only be gone a few days, leave a light on. For longer trips, invest in a timer to turn lights on and off at appropriate times.
o   Ask a friend or neighbor to drop in and look around every few days. It’s a good idea for other people to see a car in the driveway, just so they know someone’s checking in.
o   Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed. Not only will it make the home look occupied, it is really nice to come home to one less chore.
o   Unplug your electric garage door opener. It’s easy to crack the code and why give potential thieves one more easy way to get in? As you’re leaving, be sure to do one last swing through the house checking all those doors and windows, just in case. You’ll be able to enjoy your vacation so much more knowing your house is safe.

Save Energy & Money While You’re On Vacation


o   Shut your blinds to keep out the warm summer sun. This is actually a good idea even when you are home. Keeping the blinds closed can keep your home cooler, which means your air conditioner needs to run less often.
o   The experts at Getzschman recommend adjusting your thermostat to a higher temperature, but don’t turn it off. Circulating the fan will keep the humidity down and make sure you don’t return to a stale-smelling home. Taking time the time change your furnace filter before you leave will improve airflow as well and help keep your home less dusty while you’re gone.
o   Lower the temperature on your water heater. It won’t cycle as often, but you won’t have cold showers on your first night home either. Just make a note to turn it back up when you return!
o   Unplug nonessential appliances such as your computer or TV so there is no risk of damage due to energy surges during a big storm. And while we’re on the subject of storms, be sure to test your sump pump before you leave. Coming home to a flooded basement is just no fun. If you’re gone more than a few days, you may want to shut off the water to your washer to prevent flooding.

As you head out the door, taking a few extra minutes for these last-minute tips will keep your home secure while you are gone and comfortable when you return. For more tips for your home, give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call today!