Monthly Archives: April 2014

Set Your Programmable Thermostat Like a Pro & See the Savings Pile Up

The warmer months are definitely the most costly when it comes to energy expenses in Omaha. But there are a few ways you can keep more money in your wallet this spring and summer. One of the most cost effective ways is setting and utilizing your programmable thermostat. Omaha’s go-to heating and cooling company, Getzschman Heating and Cooling, explains how to use the thermostat in your home to see savings.

a picture of a woman using a programmable thermostatReady, Set, Save!

According to the Energy Information Administration, heating and cooling makes up nearly 42% of home energy costs. But you can cut that percentage down by using your programmable thermostat to your advantage. You could save as much as $180 a year in energy costs. To rack up the savings, follow this guideline on how to set your programmable thermostat:

  • Keep the temperature set at the thermostat’s energy savings set-points for at least eight hours a day. A good time to do this is during the day when you are not home, or at night when you are asleep. These set-points should be 7-10 degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.
  • Only use the “Hold/Permanent/Vacation” setting when you will be out of the house for an extended period of time, like a long weekend or vacation. Don’t use this as an everyday setting.
  • Do not try to amp up the air conditioning or heat by setting the thermostat to an extreme temperature. It will not cool or heat your home any faster, and will end up costing you more money, as your HVAC system will be working harder.
  • Use more than one thermostat around your home if it has multiple heating and cooling zones.
  • Be sure to change the batteries each year on your thermostat.

If you’ve followed all these steps and still aren’t seeing any savings, you could have a problem with your air conditioner. If that’s the case, Getzschman Heating & Cooing can help repair your air conditioner. Our expert team will help address any problems you might have, before they snowball into a bigger problem.

Don’t already have a programmable thermostat and want to save more money on your heating and cooling bills? Getzschman can help you decide which one is right for your home, and we can also install it for you.

Read more programmable thermostat tips to save money, with this blog post: Program Your Way to Savings.

If you have more programmable thermostat questions, call the technicians you can trust at Getzschman at (800) 657-2158.

G-Force has You Covered: Hide Your Ugly Wall Vents

Do you have big wall vents in your Omaha home that are an eyesore? Well, don’t let ugly vents leave you hot and bothered. There are ways to fix the problem without dishing out loads of cash. We’ve rounded up a few thrifty ideas to disguise those wall vents.

Get Crafty & Cover Air Vents with Doormats

Doormat Air Vent Cover Getzschman

This may sound ridiculous, but you just have to buy the right doormat. You can get grated rubber doormats at almost any home improvement store or market. Since they are grated, air will still be able to flow through them and into your home without obstruction. The doormats costs between $10-$20 dollars. If you’re not a fan of the black, you can paint it to match the rest of your home. Then, just hang it on two nails right above the vent. The finished product looks like an antique vent cover, and looks nice enough to be

wall art! If you find dirty vents while you’re sprucing up your covers, check out Getzschman’s air duct cleaning services. The service reduces allergy and asthma symptoms and leaves you home with better air quality.

Fake Fancy Air Vents with Spray Paint

Don’t want to cover up your vents? Try spray-painting them instead! You can buy spray paint that looks like metal, such as gold, silver, bronze or even copper, to give it a more elegant look. The paint shouldn’t cost you more than $10. This works for almost any type of vent, too, whether it’s a floor or wall vent. Just make sure you remove the vent cover first and take them outside or in a garage before you spray-paint them. You don’t want those paint fumes in your home. Also make sure to lay the vent cover on some newspaper or plastic before painting, so you don’t get paint everywhere. Then, wait for the paint to dry before putting them back in the floor or wall so they don’t stick. This is also a great idea for old vents that might be chipping or rusting. It will bring them back to life, and save you some cash! While you’re updating your air vents, why not do a little spring-cleaning? Check out Getzschman’s Spring Cleaning Checklist!

For your air conditioning and heating needs, call the technicians you can trust at Getzschman at  (800) 657-2158.