Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 Things to Have on Hand in Case You Lose Power in a Winter Storm

Picture of a FlashlightThis time of the year Omaha and the surrounding areas can be a beautiful winter wonderland. On occasion, it can also turn into a nightmare when a massive storm rolls through knocking out power lines and electricity to homes in the area. It’s always best to be prepared for this scenario. Here’s what you need in order to get through a similar episode this winter.

Quick Start Logs for the Fireplace

When the power goes out in your home, so does your furnace and heating system. Don’t get stuck in the cold when the power goes out. Make sure you have some quick start logs on hand and ready to go along with a long lighter. To keep the heat concentrated and conserved, close the door to the room with the fireplace if possible.

Lots of Warm Blankets

Another good thing to have on hand when the power fades are lots of warm blankets. Without the heat, your home can get pretty cold during a blizzard or winter ice storm. Be sure to keep cozy and gather everyone in the same room to generate heat.

Clean Water

One of the most important things to have on hand when the power goes out is fresh water for drinking. A rule of thumb is to have one gallon per person per day stashed away. Your body needs to be hydrated during a stressful time like a power outage.

A Flashlight

Also make sure you’re able to see and get around your house. Blizzards and ice storms can make it difficult for sun to brighten up the earth, and no power at night can cause some real problems. Have several operating flashlights on hand so you can see what’s going on in your home. Candles are another option, but they are more dangerous because of their ability to start a fire. The last thing you need is a disaster during an emergency.

There is a way to avoid being without power all together, though. Consider investing in a whole house backup generator installed by Getzschman Heating & Cooling to safeguard your home from this issue. A back-up generator can sustain the power in your home when the power lines cut out. Call us today at 402-739-8437 to find out which size back up generator is right for your Omaha area home.

How to Create a Festive Fireplace Mantel

DIY Holiday DecorationsAt Getzschman Heating & Cooling, we understand that keeping your Omaha area home warm this holiday season is about more than making sure your furnace has had it’s annual tune-up. It’s about filling your home with love, laughter, and joy. This season fill your home with warmth by decorating your fireplace mantel with festive holiday cheer. Here are our tips to building the most cheerful holiday mantel.

Use Weighted Hooks

Start off by deciding where to hang your holiday stockings. You can evenly space them across your mantle, gather them toward the middle, or hang a few off to each side. When it comes to actually hanging them, we suggest you use weighted hooks rather than nails, for two reasons; first of all nails can damage your fireplace mantel, and secondly you can find really festive weighted hooks at your local Target or Hobby Lobby. These holiday themed hooks can help you add even more flair! And who doesn’t want that.

Choose a Garland Style

Next, choose a style of garland to lay across your mantel. If you have a retro style, choose metallic tinsel garland, or if you have a shabby-chic style choose a burlap garland. If you’re traditional just go with a simple pine or ribbon garland. You can weave your garland around your weighted hooks and stockings for a more ornate look. Make sure you choose materials that won’t easily catch fire if they get too warm. We want to make sure that your fireplace decorations are safe, too!

Create a Focal Point

Lastly, make sure you create a focal point on your mantle to attract more attention to all your hard work. Use big glittery letters to spell out “joy” or “noel”. Another great idea is to use a mirror, and hang a wreath on top of it. This adds some festive flair and some reflective power that amplifies any twinkling lights you might add, as well as makes the room look larger.

You can make your house look great, but if for some reason it doesn’t feel great, make sure to call the technicians you can trust with your house keys at Getzshcman Heating & Cooling at (402) 554-1110. We’ll make it feel cozy again.