Monthly Archives: June 2014

G-Force Tips: The Biggest Mistakes Omaha Homeowners Make in The Summer

thermostat mistakesAs the temperatures outside rise, so do the energy bills. Your air conditioner is probably the biggest consumer of electricity in your home, even more than your furnace in the winter. This means it’s also probably the most expensive. And if you make some of the most common mistakes homeowners make, it’s costing you more than it should. Getzschman Heating & Cooling wants to keep you comfortable when it comes to your home, and your wallet this season. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most common air conditioning mistakes homeowners make and how you can fix them.

Turning Off the AC When You Leave for the Day

This very expensive mistake is a common misconception. Many people think that turning off your AC during the day while you’re at work will save you money because your system isn’t running for several hours. In reality, it will cost you more though. That’s because it takes an enormous amount of energy for your air conditioner to get your home back to a comfortable temperature again. Instead, we suggest your turn your thermostat up a few degrees (5-7 is usually sufficient) during the day when you’re out of the house. Use your programmable thermostat to set the temperature by time of day. This will keep your system efficient, your home comfortable, and save you up to 10% annually on your heating & cooling bills.

If you’re following these best practices and still seeing high bills every month, you might have a more serious problem with your AC system. If that’s the case, call one of our G-Force rapid response technicians to come address the issue.

Cranking the Air Conditioner to Cool Your Home Quickly

Another mistake many homeowners make is trying to cool their home quickly by drastically turning down the thermostat. Cranking the AC doesn’t actually cool your home any quicker, though. All it does it make your air conditioning system work at maximum capacity, which only ends up costing you more on your next energy bill. If you want a quick fix while your AC system does its thing, try turning on your ceiling fans. This can help your room feel up to 5 degrees cooler.

For air conditioning tips, repairs and installation, call Getzschman Heating & Cooling at 1800-657-2158.

Why You Should Install a High Efficiency AC & Furnace System

Save Energy Chalkboard scaledThe summer is starting to heat up, which means your Omaha area home’s air conditioner is going to be working full throttle now. The harder it has to work, the more energy it’s using to cool your home, and the more likely it is to need repair. Now is the perfect time to consider installing a high efficiency air conditioning and furnace system. Getzschman Heating & Cooling explains how it could benefit your home.

It Will Cost You Less In The Long Run

Installing a brand new system isn’t always cheap, but it will cost you less in the long run. Older, less efficient systems require often air conditioning repair and maintenance, which can add up over time. New high efficiency systems are more efficient and durable, though. This means they require less energy to keep your home comfortable, saving you money when it comes to your energy bills, especially since air conditioners consume more energy than any other piece of equipment in your home.

High efficiency systems with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings, or SEERs, sometimes come with incentives and rebates, as well. Many name brand manufacturers offer rebates, and sometimes the government offers incentives, like tax breaks. These offers can drastically reduce the cost of a new system if you take advantage of them.

You’ll Be More Comfortable in Your Home

Like we mentioned above, high efficiency systems are usually much more efficient than old models. They can provide your home with a more consistent temperature throughout your home thanks to a more even airflow. This means you’ll be more comfortable wherever you are in your home.

High efficiency systems can also remove moisture from the air more effectively. These systems are more controlled, running longer cycles at lower temperatures. This helps cool the air more comfortably, and can deter mold and other airborne problems.

Your Home Will Be Greener

Since high efficiency systems consume less energy, they are also better for the environment. These systems emit fewer greenhouse gases and use less fossil fuel because they take less energy to operate. Not only will you be helping your wallet, but your community as well.

For more air conditioning tips or services, call the technicians you can trust at Getzschman Heating & Cooling at (800) 657-2158.

How to Camouflage Your AC Unit

Hide AC UnitOutdoor AC units are nice when you are inside your Omaha area home. But when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, like in the summer, they can be an eyesore. Here are a few ways to camouflage your AC unit that might make you forget it’s even there! But after you beautify them, don’t forget to take care of your AC units with regular maintenance from Getzschman Heating & Cooling.

Use a Partial Fence to Hide Your AC Unit

Fences are made to keep unwanted attention out, which makes them perfect for concealing an eyesore. But this project requires much less material & time. Pick a type of fencing that harmonizes with your home, be it a picket fence or a lattice screen. You’ll need roughly two, 9-12 square feet slabs if you want to cover two sides of your unit.

Add Some Strategic Greenery to Your Yard As a Distraction

One issue with covering up AC units is that they require 2-3 feet of room around them, to allow air to circulate. They also push out a steady flow of hot air when they’re running, which can inhibit many types of plants from growing. Keeping this in mind, a good idea is to attract attention somewhere else with strategic landscaping. Group some of the fine textured plants around your air conditioning unit, and then create a focal point a few feet down from there, using bolder shaped and sized plants.  This strategy is simple and effective, because plants with bigger leaves and dramatic shapes draw more attention than plants with fine textures and leaves. For even more camouflage, combine strategically placed landscaping with a partial fence.

Want more ways to conceal eyesores around your home? Read our G-Force blog post on hiding ugly wall vents.

Use a Pallet to Add Character While You Disguise

Add character, and camouflage at the same time with this pallet idea from Pinterest. It’s a double whammy! It doesn’t even need to be a new pallet. Use an old pallet that’s lying around.  Paint it to complement your home’s exterior and your landscaping. To add even more character, add a flower box at the top. Then just place it strategically in front of your AC unit and watch it turn from eyesore to adorable nook.

For more air conditioning tips or services, call the technicians you can trust at Getzschman Heating & Cooling at (800) 657-2158.