Monthly Archives: October 2013

5 Facts You May Not Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Most Omaha area residents know that carbon monoxide is a dangerous, potentially deadly gas that is not only colorless but odorless as well. But what else do you know about this poisonous gas? At Getzschman Heating & Cooling, our goal is to keep you and your family safe, which is why we want to educate you about the gas that many of the objects in your home produces.

  • 1.     Each year 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning.
  • 2.     More than 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.
  • 3.     Carbon monoxide can be found in stoves, generators, fireplaces, water heaters, vehicles, and furnaces.
  • 4.   When vented properly, the carbon monoxide in these products will exit by being pushed outside the home.
  • 5.     Carbon monoxide can enter your home if these products have blocked airways, are not properly vented, or have an equipment malfunction.
So how do you keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide? Getzschman Heating & Cooling recommends scheduling a furnace tune-up for your Omaha area home. When we come out and perform a furnace tune-up, we perform tests to make sure that your furnace is operating properly, is well vented, and that the airways are not blocked. We also suggest replacing the batteries in your carbon monoxide monitor. If you do not have one in your home, have one installed.
We provide furnace tune-ups and furnace repair services to the entire Omaha, Nebraska area. To schedule a tune-up for your furnace to make sure it is being properly vented or to have a carbon monoxide monitor installed, give Getzschman a call.
*Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Why You Need a Furnace Tune-up

Fall weather has arrived in Omaha! Some of us may have made the big switch on our thermostat and turned on the heat, while others are waiting for the weather to drop a bit further. Regardless of whether or not you are waiting , it is important to have your furnace tuned-up. Why? Getzschman Heating put together a couple of reasons for you.

Furnace Tune-ups Help Save Money on Energy Bills
When you receive a furnace tune-up for your Omaha area home, you are receiving an inspection on your unit that will help to ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible. When your unit is operating at its peak efficiency, that means that it is running at its best and using the least amount of energy possible. Throughout the course of the winter months, the amount of money saved adds up. Below is a list of everything that the G-Force team checks to help ensure the efficiency of your furnace.

·      Check evaporator coil
·      Monitor expansion valve
·      Clean evaporator drain
·      Adjust bypass dampers
·      Clean or replace filters
·      Tighten electrical connections
·      Evaluate safety controls
·      Measure temperature difference
·      Clean condenser coil
·      Adjust thermostat calibration
·      Check fan blades for tightness
·      Lubricate fan motor
·      Check start and run capacitors
·      Check start and run delays
·      Monitor refrigerant level
·      Adjust operating pressures
·      Measure voltage differences
·      Measure amperage draw
·      Clean and adjust burners
·      Evaluate vent system
·      Set burner adjustment
·      Measure gas input
·      Set manifold pressure
·      Test fan limit switch
·      Clean blower wheel
·      Inspect valves
·      Check flue
·      Check flame baffle
·      Clean combustion chamber
·      Clean heat exchanger
·      Test thermocouple
·      Check combustion air

Keep Your Home Safer with a Furnace Tune-up
There is a lot that goes on when it comes to operating a furnace. So how do you ensure that everything is up to code and operating safely? As part of your Getzschman tune-up, we also perform various tests within your system to do just that. Included in this is a check that monitors the level of carbon monoxide in your furnace.
So this year, give yourself some peace of mind knowing that your home’s furnace is operating safely and that you are saving some money when it comes to your energy bill. Give Getzschman Heating a call today to schedule a furnace tune-up!