Monthly Archives: January 2016

How Adding Humidity Keeps Energy Bills Lower & Your Home More Comfortable

humidifier-cartoonAt Getzschman Heating & Cooling, we’ve got dozens of tips and tricks up our sleeve that can help homeowners not only live more comfortably but save money too. One of those tricks involves your home’s humidifier. We break down the specifics below!

Adding Humidity to Your Home Makes the Air Feel Warmer

Think about the last time that you stepped outside on a warm 75 degree day. If humidity was in the air, which is typically the case in Omaha, it caused the air around you to feel warmer than that 75 degrees. The same principle applies in your home. When you set your thermostat to a certain temperature during the winter months, a humidifier will help keep your home feeling warmer and more comfortable. That’s because a humidifier puts water into the air which makes perspiration evaporate more slowly so you don’t feel as cool. Evaporation cools. Reduce evaporation and you reduce the cooling effect. At Getzschman, we recommend keeping humidity levels in your home somewhere between 35% and 50%

Related read: How Dry Air Can Wreak Havoc on Your Home

How Humidity Helps to Save Money on Energy Bills

Think about the scenario that we just painted for you. Humidity helps to make the air around you feel warmer. Because of this, homeowners can lower the temperature that they set their thermostat at in order to achieve a comfortable temperature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can expect savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. Over time, that can really add up!

Related read: Set Your Programmable Thermostat Like a Pro & See the Savings Pile up

Interested in learning more about how your home could benefit from a whole-house humidifier? Give the GForce team a call today, at (402) 554-1110, or fill out our online service request here.

Cool News – Heating Costs Predicted to Drop in 2016

Lower Heating Costs ThermostatOmaha homeowners, get ready to rejoice! There’s good news for homeowners across the country – heating costs are expected to drop compared to the past two winters thanks to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. This will definitely help you save a few bucks this winter, and we all know every penny saved helps. Getzschman Heating & Cooling outlines everything you need to know about this good news.

Savings That Add Up

Nearly every region of the country is expected to have warmer weather this winter. Here, in the middle of the country, it is expected to be 11% warmer than last year. The fluctuation in seasonal temperatures paired with dropping fuel costs makes for big savings for homeowners this winter.

Your savings will vary depending on what type of fuel you use to heat your home. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Winter Fuels Outlook, average household expenditures for homes breaks down like this:

Homes that use natural gas will total $578 this winter – a savings of about $64 over last winter.

Homes using propane are expected to spend $1,437 this winter – that’s $322 less than last year).

Homes heating with heating oil are expected to spend $1,392 – (a $459 savings). Homes heating with electric heat will spend $930 ($30 less than the previous year).

Individual fuel expenditures are highly dependent on the size and energy efficiency of individual homes and their heating equipment, and thermostat settings.

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How to Maximize Savings in Your Heating Bills

Almost every Omaha homeowner should see some savings this winter when their heat bills roll in, but why not make that number even lower? Implement these smart heating practices to see the biggest jump in energy savings this winter. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Programmable Thermostats – these automatically lower the temperature in your home when you’re away at work or school.
  • Seal Cracks & Leaks – make sure to seal cracks and leaks in windows or doors. Caulk is a cheap and easy to use.
  • Close the Flue – make sure the flue to your fireplace is closed when there’s no fire burning to prevent warm air from escaping.
  • Change Your Furnace Filter – a clean filter helps your furnace run efficiently saving you money on energy bills.
  • Get a Furnace Tune-Up –  this will make your furnace more efficient and prevent breakdowns. If you skipped your fall tune-up, it’s not too late to reap the benefits of a winter tune-up.

If you find high heating bills are a problem this winter despite this new trend, you may have a broken furnace system. If you have this problem, call the heating experts at Getzschman Heating & Cooling today at (402) 554-1110.