Monthly Archives: September 2015

How to Make Natural Ventilation Work In Your Home

Open Window VentilationNatural ventilation is a great way to keep your home cooler and less stuffy without the workings of an air conditioner. While an air conditioner can help keep your home cooler, it can’t always mimic the invigorating effects of natural air and wind. Getzschman Heating & Cooling understands that homeowners don’t want to have to run their air conditioners all the time, to save money, and to enjoy the fresh air when the temperatures are right. You can try and make this work in your home by adjusting a few things and save on your cooling bills as we transition into the fall months.

How Natural Ventilation Works

To make natural ventilation work you need two things, wind and the “chimney effect”. Natural ventilation works best in climates with cool nights and regular breezes. Wind can naturally ventilate your home as it enters or leaves windows. Here’s how: When wind blows against your home, air is forced into your windows on the side facing towards the wind, while a natural vacuum effect tends to draw air out of windows on the leeward (downwind) side. The “chimney effect” works by way of convection and occurs when cool air enters the home on the first floor or basement, absorbs heat in the room, rises, and exits through upstairs windows. Convection in your home creates a sort of vacuum, which pulls more air in through lower-level windows. This works best in homes with tall or cathedral ceilings and windows located near the top of the house, or in operable skylights. Related Read: When to Start Giving Your Furnace Some TLC You can enhance natural ventilation in your home with the right landscaping. Depending on the house design and wind direction, a windbreak like a fence, hedge, or row of trees that blocks the wind can force air either into or away from nearby windows. Call Getzschman Heating & Cooling today at 402-721-6301 to get your home’s furnace ready for fall. The temperatures may be perfect now, but a furnace tune-up can help ensure a more comfortable transition into fall and winter.

When to Start Giving Your Furnace Some TLC

Early Furnace Tune UpNow. That may seem short and abrupt, but it’s true. Late summer and early fall are full of abundant sunshine and perfect temperatures. Windows are usually open, and the chill of late autumn and winter seem far off. While you do have plenty of time before you need to worry about turning on that furnace, there are plenty of perks to servicing your furnace now rather than later.

You Won’t Have to Wait for Service

Calling Getzschman Heating & Cooling for furnace service this early in the season will put  you way ahead of the game. Most Omaha area homeowners wait until well into fall to schedule a furnace tune-up, and when that happens there’s a mad rush to service them all before the cold sets in for good. It’s harder for us to accommodate all of our customers’ schedules at that point, so locking in an appointment now will nearly guarantee that you get the time slot that works best for you – not all of your neighbors.

Skip the Complications When You Turn Your Furnace On

When you forgo furnace maintenance like regular tune-ups until later in the season, you put yourself at risk for experiencing complications in the meantime, and in the future this winter. You’ll not only save yourself the hassle of scheduling when you want to, but you’ll also forgo many issues homeowners have when they turn on their furnace for the first time this fall. When your furnace system kicks on for the first time in nearly half a year, it can cause some problems like uneven temperatures throughout your home, a musty burning smell, loud growling noises, and more. Having a furnace tune-up will fine tune your system (parts checked, cleaned, lubricated, tightened and running smoothly) and work out all those kinks so your fall and winter are stress-free, cozy, and a breeze.

Related Read: Don’t Forget About Your Furnace Tune-Up This Fall

Keep Your Warranties Air Tight

Don’t let your lack of maintenance allow  your warranties on your furnace system become invalid. Regular tune-ups satisfy any warranty requirements on parts. Keeping your system well tuned can set you up to save more when your system finally does decide to stop working. If those parts, or your system, was well maintained and is still under warranty, you’ll probably end up getting it fixed for very little or even for free. And don’t forget safety. A furnace tune-up will also ensure that no deadly carbon monoxide gas is leaking from your furnace , keeping your family and home safe all year round.
Call Getzschman today at 402-554-1110  to schedule your early season furnace tune-up now. We’re ready to help you get your furnace prepped for the cooler season.