Monthly Archives: October 2014

5 Signs You Need a Whole House Humidifier

Dry Air Itchy SkinFurnace season is almost in full force now in Omaha, but it comes at a price. When your furnace runs all day and all night, the humidity levels in your home can easily become unbalanced. If you can’t immediately tell that the air in your home is parched, here are five telltale signs to look for.

Itchy, Dry Skin

Is your skin, or your family members’ skin itchy and dryer than usual? Skin, your body’s largest organ, requires plenty of moisture to maintain its health. If you’re using moisturizer regularly, but still find you are itchy and dry, your home’s air could be too arid.

Bloody Noses

Has anyone in your family had a bloody nose lately? If they haven’t sustained a nose injury recently, or aren’t suffering from an illness, it can signal there isn’t enough moisture in the air. Skin inside your nose is thinner than most skin, and is more susceptible to imbalances of moisture.

Lingering Cough & Sore Throat

If you aren’t sick but can’t seem to kick that sore throat and cough, it could be a sign you need a whole home humidifier.

Static Electricity

Do you seem to get shocked every time you touch the metal door handles in your home? If you didn’t just shuffle through your house with socks on, it could very well be caused by low humidity in your home. Static electricity increases when the humidity levels drop. Think of how dry hair behaves in the winter when you rub it wrong on your coat. That’s the same thing.

Wood Furniture Cracks

If you’ve been noticing changes in your furniture, it could also be due to humidity levels in your home dropping. Look for cracks and flaking in your wood furniture or floors. Wood furniture and floors also rely heavily on steady humidity levels to maintain their shape.

A whole home humidifier from Getzschman Heating & Cooling can reverse all of these problems. Our technicians can attach it directly to your furnace and your plumbing so it has a constant supply of water. This means you never have to forget about refilling it, which often happens with portable humidifiers. A whole home humidifier will deliver the optimal amount of moisture to every room in your home that has air ducts.

Call the technicians you can trust with your house keys at G-Force to talk about financing your new whole home humidifier before furnace season sucks all the moisture out of your home.

Fire Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know Before Turning On Their Furnace

furnace tips for fire preventionThere is something about the colder months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? Getzschman Heating & Cooling wants to share these safety tips and precautions from the National Fire Protection Association with Omaha area homeowners.

Be Warm and Safe This Winter

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have chimneys and heating equipment inspected and cleaned every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

Do you want to ensure that your heating equipment is operating safely this year? Give the G-Force team a call, at 402-721-6301, and schedule a furnace tune-up today.

The Getzschman Brothers Have History with Heating & Cooling

Getzschman BrothersThe brothers behind the name have quite a history in Omaha and in the heating and cooling industry. You may know about their quality work, but do you know how they built this business? Here’s the Getzschman story and why it helps them better serve your heating and cooling needs.

Getzschman Company Timeline

Scott, Ron, and David’s father first opened the original business in 1960. Back then it was called Getzschman Heating & Sheet Metal. The company focused on air conditioning and heating, but still employed many of the same fundamental operations as it still does today. All three sons started out working in the family business at a young age, and still remain involved today. In 1998 Lennox bought the company and the Getzschman patriarch was able to retire. The brothers still managed the business for several years, until 2004 when they decided to buy the business back and have full ownership once again.

How The Brothers Found Their Way

While each brother took his own path, each led them back to their family business, Getzschman Heating & Cooling. All three brothers started working at the company by the time they were 12 years old, doing almost every job they employ. From service requests to system installation, the brothers have done it all. It’s taught hem a lot over the years, and the brother literally know the heating and cooling business from top to bottom.

Their Business Foundation

From beginning to present, the company is built on honesty and integrity. Their policy has always been to put the homeowner first. They’ve always employed a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, and still stand by that today. The brothers credit the fact that they each head a different department to the great success of the business in recent years. It has allowed them to be more efficient when it comes to their work, and has allowed them to have an even more personal relationship with their customers, which helps them focus on their customers’ needs. Every single customer is important to the brothers, big or small, and that’s never going to change.

 

Call the technicians you can trust with your house keys at (402) 721-6301 for the best heating and cooling service in Nebraska.

Don’t Forget About Your Furnace Tune-Up this Fall

Prepare Omaha home for fall with tips from Getzschman Heating and Cooling.The first few days of falling leaves signal the beginning of a new season . . . furnace season that is. But before you have to rely on your furnace full time, make sure it’s ready to operate full throttle. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your Omaha area home’s furnace healthy. Here’s why you should call Getzschman Heating & Cooling this season to tuneup your furnace.

Your Furnace Blower Needs a Refresher

Think your furnace has been sitting dormant all summer? Think again. Your furnace blower is still running year round. It helps your air conditioner by blowing cool air into your house. This means it’s probably accumulated a lot of dirt, dust and other debris while it’s been busy keeping you comfortable all spring and summer. A furnace tune-up will refresh your furnace blower, and make sure it’s working at peak efficiency, as well as blowing clean, fresh air into your home this fall.

Avoid a Breakdown When You Really Need Your Furnace

While fall’s crisp air makes it perfect for you to open your windows and turn off your heating and cooling systems altogether, it’s definitely not the time to forget about scheduling regular maintenance for your furnace system. You may not need your furnace right now, but you will desperately need it come November and beyond. If you forgo a furnace tune-up now you could be tempting fate. A breakdown in the midst of winter is just horrible timing. A furnace tune-up now can keep you from shivering for a few days before you can get your furnace repaired.

Beat the Busy Season

A furnace tune-up this season is also ideal to beat the busy season for heating specialists. Right now the demand for furnace repairs is lower, hence we have more time to help you prepare for the colder weather. Once the cold air settles into the Midwest, business picks up and it’s more difficult to schedule service. Take advantage of convenient service hours and schedule now.

Call us today at (402) 721-6301 to get your furnace in shape for the cooler months with a furnace tune-up from Getzschman Heating & Cooling.