Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Keep Your Bedroom Cooler at Night

Keep Bedroom Cool at NightAs the air conditioning season is winding down, many homeowners choose to forgo the convenience of air conditioning to save money. While the air may not seem quite as hot and humid, it can still cause problems at night when you’re trying to get a little quality shuteye. It’s been proven that sleeping in a cooler room promotes deep, restorative REM sleep. Warmer rooms can cause sleepers to feel stuffy and toss and turn more. So, how can you keep your air conditioning off and still sleep well at night? Here are a few sure-fire ways to keep cooler and save money as summer in Omaha comes to an end this year.

Use Cotton Sheets

Forgo the fancy satin or silk sheets, and just say “no” to synthetic fabric sheets. Instead, opt for 100% cotton sheets. They are lighter weight, and more breathable.

Go For Loose

Don’t wear your spandex or gym clothes to bed. Choose loose fitting clothing to sleep in at night. Go for a light tank top or oversized t-shirt, and boxer shorts. Loose fitting clothing allows your body to breathe at night and doesn’t restrict your movements.

Unplug in the Evenings

Everything that uses electricity generates heat to some degree. From your computer, to your TV, to your bedside lamps. Unplug all of these things at night to decrease the amount of ambient heat.

Related Read: How to Keep Warm Air From Creeping Into Your Home

Don’t Cook with Heat at Night

To keep heat at a minimum, try to avoid using your oven or stovetop at night. It’s hard when you want a good home cooked meal, but try to use your microwave or outside grill instead. Ovens and stoves create a lot of heat that gets trapped in your home long after you’re done cooking. Why do you think people leave their oven doors open when they’re done cooking in the winter?

Avoid Running Washers or Dryers at Night

Other activities to avoid doing at night include running your dish or clothes washers and dryers. These also create heat that can warm up your home at night. Instead, run these in the morning before you leave for work.

Use Fans the Right Way

Start off by utilizing your ceiling fan. Make sure its settings are switched so the blades run counter-clockwise, which pulls hot air up and out. This can help keep the lower portion of your room cooler. If you have a box fan, point it out the window, which helps push hot air outside.
For more tips on keeping your home more comfortable, call the heating and cooling experts of Omaha at Getzschman Heating & Cooling at 402-554-1110.

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Air Conditioner

AC FactsYour home’s air conditioner is complicated. It consists of several pieces of equipment that all work together to provide you with a cooler, more comfortable home environment. While the way it works is no laughing matter (a broken air conditioner can be costly, and not much fun for homeowners), there are some mostly unknown facts about your air conditioner that you might find fascinating.

The First Places to Use AC?: Movie Theaters

Suprised? Us too. Movie theaters were among the first public places to have air conditioning, as a ploy to try and get everyone to come to the movies. Theaters would release big pictures in the summer, hence the term “summer blockbuster.”

What Relies on Air Conditioning to Survive?: Medications

Air conditioners allow many of the medications you take each day to be studied and developed. Researchers require cool and less-humid air in their labs to accurately study these groundbreaking necessities.

The U.S. Uses the Same Amount of Energy to Power AC Systems as Which Continent?: Africa

The U.S. is one of the biggest consumers of air conditioning in the world. We use so much of it, that our energy consumption for them is equal to the amount of energy Africa uses every year to power the entire continent.

Before BTU’s, How Were Air Conditioner Output Ratings Judged?: Ice

Prior to the invention of the air conditioner, people used to keep cool with large blocks of ice. So, when air conditioners were first introduced in 1902, their output ratings were judged based on how much ice you would need to get the same cooling power.

What Was the Driving Factor Behind the Invention of the Air Conditioner?: Newspapers

In 1902, Willis Carrier came up with the idea when working at a publishing company. He needed a way to keep his paper from expanding and the ink from running. Viola!

Air Conditioners Are Responsible for Changing What in Humans?: Our Heat Tolerance

Scientific studies have shown that the introduction of air conditioning has actually lowered the natural human tolerance for heat. Meaning a hot summer’s day seems much more amplified than it did to people generations ago.

Who Created The First Pseudo Air Conditioner?: The Chinese

In 180 AD, a Chinese artisan invented a 10-foot wide rotary fan that had seven connected wheels. It could cool an entire hall of people just by turning a crank.

Who Is Considered the Father of Air Conditioning & Refrigeration?: John Gorrie

Gorrie was a Floridian doctor, and in 1842 he developed a machine that made ice in order to cool the air for his patients. He was granted a patent to create a similar machine for homes and buildings, but died before he could create it.

What U.S. Landmark Building was Among the First Ever to Use Air Conditioning?: The New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange Building was one of the first buildings to use air conditioning in 1903.

The Invention of the Air Conditioner Changed What Other Industry? Architecture

Before air conditioners, architects used to design homes and buildings with high ceilings, porches, breezeways, and landscaping that provided shade in order to keep occupants cool.
Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning Cooling may not be the original inventors  of air conditioning, but we sure are the Omaha AC industry experts. Give us a call at 402-554-1110  if you ever have any questions or need AC service fast.