Monthly Archives: June 2015

How to Keep Warm Air from Creeping into Your Omaha Home

Air Leaks in HomeYour home is your haven from the hot, humid air in the summer. So, it’s important to protect it from the brutal elements outside at all costs. Keeping windows and doors shut isn’t enough sometimes. While there are a few tactics you can enforce to keep your home cooler this summer, to really feel a difference, you need to seal out the summer air at the source of the problem. Cracks and openings near doors and windows may not be noticeable with the naked eye, but they are surely there. Here’s how to seal them off and reap the benefits of a cooler home this season.

Seal the Source of the Problem

The first way to address the problem is to stop air leakage at the source. But you need to find those problem areas. There are a few areas that are known for their susceptibility to leak air into your home. Energy.gov reccommends that you visually and manually inspect these areas in your home for possible air leakage:

  • All exterior corners
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Areas where siding and chimneys meet
  • Areas where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet
  • Electrical outlets
  • Switch plates
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Baseboards
  • Weather stripping around doors
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic hatches
  • Wall or window-mounted air conditioners
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Areas where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Vents and fans

Add Caulk or Weatherstripping

Once you’ve figured out where your problem areas are, you can start to fix the issue. We suggest using caulk and weatherstripping where it’s appropriate.

Air Tight WindowsCaulk is a flexible material used to seal air leaks through cracks, gaps, or joints less than 1-quarter-inch wide between stationary building components and materials like door and window frames, cracks, etc. The best time to apply caulk is during dry weather when the outdoor temperature is above 45°F (7.2°C). It’s important to ensure low humidity during application to prevent cracks from swelling with moisture. Warm temperatures are also necessary to ensure that the caulk will set properly and adhere to the surfaces.

Keep Hot Air OutFor moving components such as doors and operable windows, you should use weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is fairly easy to install. First, determine how much weatherstripping you will need. Add the perimeters of all windows and doors you want to seal, then add 5% to 10% to cover any waste. Also consider that weatherstripping comes in varying depths and widths for a more customized fit.
We want to ensure that you’re not wasting your money letting your air conditioner run to no avail this summer when all that cold air is being suppressed by hot air leaking into your home.

If you need help figuring out where your air leakage problem areas are, call the Omaha heating and cooling experts at Getzschman Heating & Cooling today at 402-554-1110 .

How to Beat the Humidity

Humidity The Omaha area has had a tough go of it so far this spring and summer. The entire Midwest has been pummeled by rain, rain, rain. With these seemingly endless storms, homeowners might begin to experience a few problems. Issues such as basement flooding and leaks can lead to longer-lasting problems like mold growth and musty smells. Just the added humidity outside can be enough to seep into your home and cause issues. So what can you do to avert these situations? The G-Force team has put together our best tips to help you keep your home drier, less humid, and more comfortable.

Install a Dehumidifier in Your Home

This is one of the best ways you can combat the effects of humidity in your home. Oppressive humidity can make you feel sticky, clammy, and makes it harder to cool off since sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly off of your skin. Installing a whole house dehumidifying system will help  you start feeling more comfortable almost immediately. Plus, dehumidifying systems, like the Honeywell one we install here at Getzschman, also help lower your energy bills associated with your heating and cooling system. Decreasing the humidity levels in your home also help decrease the strain on your cooling system in the summer months, thereby making it more efficient and requiring less energy.

Related Read: G-Force’s Tips to Keeping Your Home Cooler This Summer

Other Ways to Decrease Humidity in the Home

As a whole, keeping humidity levels down is important to maintain optimal comfort, as well as the integrity of your home and the furniture inside. Here are some other ways you can help decrease the amount of humidity in your home this summer:

  • Use your kitchen and bathroom ventilators when cooking and showering, and leave them on for longer periods of time after you’re done.
  • Use ceiling fans to create more air movement throughout your home.
  • Take colder, shorter showers.
  • Temporarily place houseplants outdoors or concentrated in one room. Plants release moisture vapor into the air.
  • Hang damp clothes outside instead of using the clothes dryer.
  • Open windows at night to let cooler air ventilate the home.

Use these tips to keep your home comfortable through the rain and humidity! If you are experiencing any problems, be sure to give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call. Our client care representatives are available 24 hours a day to serve you. Call us at (402) 554-1110.