Monthly Archives: March 2015

Spring Forward With a Fresh Air Conditioning & Heating System

Air Conditioner Tune-Up It’s been a long winter here in Omaha, but spring is finally starting to show up! If you’re anything like most people, this is the time of the year when excess clutter and other problems around the house become apparent. It’s time to lighten up and prepare your house for the warmer weather. Here are three ways to prepare your home’s air conditioning system for the change in season. Taking action to complete these three steps will result in a more comfortable home for you and your family all season long.

Get an Air Conditioning Tune-Up

First and foremost, your air conditioner needs a tune-up. Annual maintenance on your AC system is the best way to ensure a more comfortable summer and to avoid inconvenient breakdowns. A thorough tune-up from a trusted company, like Getzschman Heating & Cooling will refresh all parts of your system, like your furnace blower, your air filters, your condenser coil, and more.

Clean Those Dirty Ducts

You’ve been inside all winter long, along with your pets, invited guests, and un-invited guests (think accumulated dust and debris). Your air ducts are likely filled with a lot of stuff you don’t want there. Fresh air from your heating and cooling system is pumped through your air ducts, and it will pick up dust and debris accumulated inside when it circulates your home. Make sure your family is breathing clean, fresh air, by cleaning your air ducts this spring.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Another way to ensure a more comfortable spring and summer is to install an air cleaner in your Omaha home. Pollen, mold, and other allergens are quite prevalent in the spring and summer months, making breathing difficult for anyone with allergies or other medical conditions. While you can’t control the level of allergens in nature, you can control their levels inside your home’s environment with an air cleaner. At Getzschman we install the Lennox PureAir system which uses UVA-light to attack pollutants, allergens, and even ozone for the cleanest air.

For help preparing your home and your air conditioning system for spring and summer, call Getzschman Heating & Cooling today at 402-721-6301.

What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump & Furnace?

What System Here in the Midwest, heating and cooling your home efficiently is very important. We experience the extreme high and lows and everything in between. That means a large part of our monthly utility bills is made up of heating and cooling expenses. So when you’re looking for the best heating and cooling system for your home, it’s always best to assess all of your options before deciding which is best for you. The Omaha heating and cooling experts at Getzschman explain the main differences between a heat pump and furnace in hopes that it will help you make a more informed decision for your home and your family.

They Use Different Mechanisms

The biggest difference between heat pumps and furnaces is the way in which they operate. A furnace, usually located somewhere in your basement or indoor closet,  uses natural gas or propane to create a flame that burns. This flame then heats up small tubes called heat exchangers. When the furnace fan blows air over these tubes, the air is heated as it gets pushed into your home’s duct system and into your living quarters.

A heat pump uses electricity instead of gas to heat your home. Your heat pump is located outside of your home, and looks very similar to an air conditioning unit. This unit is connected with wires and copper tubing to an air handler located inside your home. The air handler is composed of two important parts, a fan and a coil. The fan operates similar to a furnace, as it pushes air throughout your home, but the coil is what gets hot in the winter and cool in the summer. While most homes have these air source heat pump systems, some use geothermal heat pumps in Omaha and across the country. These types of systems use the ground temperature to heat and cool the home. This option can be more expensive to install at first, but is much more efficient over time.

You Can Use Both

Some people choose to install both a furnace and heat pump for optimal efficiency and comfort. The heat pump can heat and cool your home efficiently most of the year, except for when it gets really cold, in which case the furnace would kickon. These hybrid systems are more common in more temperate environments, but can work in areas like the Midwest too. It all comes down to personal preference and comfort.

If you’re interested in either a furnace or a heat pump, call G-Force at 402-721-6301 today. We will work hard to keep your family comfortable around the clock.