Monthly Archives: September 2016

3 Tips for Preparing Your Furnace & AC for Fall

 

Fall Furnace Prep PicWith Autumn just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your heating and cooling system for Fall weather. Now don’t fret, there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy, but if you want to make sure your furnace and blower are ready when you need it them this winter, you’ll need to start making preparations soon.

Your furnace and AC system is an important piece of machinery, and as a machine, it needs a little TLC every now and again. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do yourself that will assist in the proper maintenance and functioning of your furnace and blower throughout the coming months. The G-Force team has put together this maintenance list for you to follow:

Replace Your Furnace Filters

You’ll want to take a look at the filters in your furnace and humidifier (if you have one). The changing of furnace filters isn’t too hard, and you can easily do it yourself. Typically, you should change your filters monthly, but sometimes things fall through the cracks during summer months – we understand. In winter, fresh filters are far more important. Most folks don’t keep windows or doors open in December, meaning that air quality in your home is profoundly impacted. Additionally, clean filters means your unit doesn’t have to work as hard to pump air through your house. Clean filters help cut costs when it counts! You’ll want to make sure your humidifier filter is clean too.

Related Read: 3 Signs Your AC Is on Its Last Leg

Clean Inside Your Furnace and Air Conditioner

A damp cloth works wonders for cleaning your AC coils, fan, and furnace block assembly. Make sure that all power sources that run to your furnace and AC unit, including battery backup systems or electrically generated power, are unplugged. Slide the fan out and clean it with a damp cloth or use a brush to remove dust. A small vacuum can be used to get dust out of cracks and crevices. Some parts of your HVAC system aren’t all that accessible, and checkups and maintenance will require the deft hands of professionals. If you’re not comfortable cleaning your system yourself, just call the pros at Getzschman.

Related Read: 4 Quick AC Tips to Save Money While You’re Away on Vacay

Clean Your Ducts to Get Rid of Dust and Allergens

Speaking of pumping air throughout the house, you can also take a look at the vents and intake. Are they dusty? You’ll want to dust the vents throughout the year to help keep air flowing as efficiently as possible. Fall is an ideal time of year to have your ducts cleaned as well. Air duct cleaning gets rid of dust, pollen, animal hair & dander, dust mites and more. It’s important to have clean ducts when you’re going to be cooped up all winter with the windows closed and no fresh air circulating. It’s even more important if you have allergy sufferers living in your home.

 

If you’d like more information regarding preparing for fall and winter weather, or to schedule a maintenance call, please contact us online or call us at (402) 554-1110.

 

What Will Be Trapped in Your House All Winter with You?!

Air Duct Cleaning PicAs the days begin to get shorter and cooler, it’s time to start tackling those end-of-summer home maintenance tasks. One task you shouldn’t put off is duct cleaning. The team at Getzschman has put together three reasons why the end of summer is the perfect time to have your ducts professionally cleaned.

Winter Means Less Air Circulation

In the summer, you may not notice how dirty and stagnant the air has become because you, most likely, have the windows open frequently allowing fresh air inside. As the temperatures drop, your house will be closed off. This means your furnace system will be circulating the same air through your home all winter. This is the biggest reason we recommend end-of-summer duct cleaning: so that your family can spend the fall and winter with fresh, clean air circulating throughout your home.

Related Read: Want Cleaner Air? Go the Natural Route

Summer Air = Dirty Air

In the summer, kids and pets track in tons of dirt, dust (and dust mites), pollen, and other allergens and debris from outside. These unpleasant pollutants get into your ducts and blow around your home every time the furnace kicks on, leading to lower indoor air quality. Getting all of this dust and dirt cleaned out of your ducts will help your furnace work more efficiently, potentially lowering your heating bills this winter.

Related Read: Allergens in Your Home and How to Get Them Out

Clean Ducts Are Important for Your Family’s Health

If anyone in your family has asthma or allergies, regular duct cleaning is even more important. Cleaning your ducts removes common irritants like dust particles, pet hair, pollen, dander, and even mold and mildew. You may notice a sharp decline in watery eyes, stuffy noses, and respiratory symptoms once your ducts have been cleaned.

 

As you can see, getting your duct work cleaned at the end of summer is good for your family and home. To schedule your duct cleaning by Getzschman Heating & Cooling, contact us today!