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Try These 5 Forehead Slappers before You Call for Air Conditioner Repair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You depend on your air conditioner to keep you comfortable during the hot Omaha summers. But what happens when it stops working? Sometimes you need to call an expert like one of the G-Force technicians at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. But sometimes, it’s something you can troubleshoot yourself. In fact, many times it’s a simple fix that may make you feel silly for not checking first. 

Top 5 AC Simple Fixes

Here are the top five things to check before calling a professional and paying for an unnecessary service call:

  1. Thermostat: Make sure it is set to cool instead of heat or even set to off accidentally.
  2. Electrical Panel: Make sure the breaker isn’t tripped. If it is, flip it back.
  3. Filter: A dirty air filter, in some cases, can shut down your entire AC system. Replace it with a clean one. 
  4. Batteries in Thermostat: If these attempts don’t work, the batteries in your thermostat may need to be replaced.
  5. Power Switch: Your outdoor AC unit has a power switch (usually near the unit  inside a metal box mounted to your home and sometimes labeled “emergency shut-off”). Look for a red button and press it to reset.

Okay, it’s not always something this simple that goes wrong, but you might as well rule out the obvious before calling in the big guns. If you’ve double checked these five things  and your AC is still not working, give us a call. Oh, one more tip – if your coils are frozen, turn off your AC and let them thaw before calling us. We can’t work on a frozen unit, and it can take several hours for them to thaw. 

When you need AC repairs, call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. We offer 24-hour service and we’ll get you up and running as soon as possible.

HVAC Tips for Staying Comfortable during Fluctuating Temperatures

Here in the Midwest, the weather patterns are very unpredictable. It’s not uncommon to have a 70 degree day followed by a sharp drop to 40 degrees the next day. Spring and Fall are a guessing game. Do you run the AC or the furnace? Do you leave your windows open when it is nice out, risking a cold snap to chill your house? Do you build up some heat in your home over a cold day, only to have it be even warmer outside the next day? The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning want to help you navigate this unpredictable weather. Here are a few tips for staying comfortable and saving money on energy bills. 

Hedge Your Bet to Save Energy

When your HVAC system is forced to switch back and forth, it costs you energy. Heating and cooling bills both rise. Instead of trying to keep indoor temperatures exactly where you want them, hedge your bet a bit. 

During warm fluctuations, let your thermostat stay on Auto, and set your Heat to a low temperature (like 67 or lower). This may allow your home to get a little toasty during the day, but when the temperature drops back down at night, your furnace will be set to heat appropriately during your sleeping hours.

Similarly, if you know a cold snap is coming, but the temperature is a comfortable range for you, it might be worth leaving the windows open and monitoring the outside temperature. Set the HVAC to cool at a very high temperature, (like 76 or higher), and close the windows before night so your home can stay at a comfortable temperature without spending any additional money.

Set the Thermostat for the Predicted Temperature at Night

When the temperature is warm, it might seem like a bad idea to switch your thermostat to Heat at night, but since the temperature drops at night, setting the thermostat to kick on when it gets cold is your best bet to stay comfortable. That way you won’t wake up freezing. 

Let the Thermostat Do the Work

One of the best ways to always be comfortable and lower energy bills is to install a programmable or smart thermostat. These thermostats can be set to predetermined temperatures throughout the day every day of the week. You don’t have to watch the weather and try to predict what it will do. Your thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature to your pre-determined settings. 

You can also save money by programming them to adjust the temperature when no one is at home during the day. You can set them to resume heating or cooling an hour or so before people return home so the house is a comfortable temperature when they arrive. This will save you money on your heating and cooling bills year round. 

Stay Prepared with Regular Maintenance

Keeping your HVAC system in peak working condition will help to ensure your comfort. The best way to make sure this happens is to schedule and perform regular cleaning and maintenance. When loose parts are tightened and moving parts are lubricated, everything runs more smoothly and efficiently and breakdowns are less likely to happen. Dust and other particles in the air can build up quickly, so make sure to change your filter when recommended. 

Service is the cornerstone of the G-Force Rapid Air Repair Team. We have the most extensively trained, longest tenured service staff in the area. Our technicians are trained to work on all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps. While they are highly trained in HVAC repairs and installations, you can expect a little more from a Getzschman technician. They will never curse or smoke in your home. They will wear covers on their shoes to keep your floors clean, and they will leave your Omaha home as neat and clean as they found it. We think you should expect nothing less. 

Call Getzschman Heating and Cooling if you need air conditioner or furnace repairs or replacements. We stand behind our name.

How To Protect Your HVAC System From Power Surges

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Thunderstorms can cause a lot of damage with high winds and downed trees, but one of the biggest dangers they pose is power surges. Power surges are not limited to lightning storms – they occur at any time throughout the year for various reasons. When a power surge hits, not only can it cause serious damage to appliances, televisions, computers, and other plugged-in devices, it can damage your HVAC system as well.

What Causes Power Surges?

Power surges are spikes in electricity that usually occur when the flow of electricity is interrupted and then begins again. They usually only last a couple of seconds. Surges can be internal or external. Internal surges originate from a source inside the home like faulty wiring or damaged components on an appliance or other electric powered device. Lightning strikes are external surges. Power surges also occur due to electricity flow changes within the power grid, such as:

  • The sudden surge when electrical power is restored following an outage
  • Electrical utility equipment malfunctions, such as broken electrical lines or overheated transformers
  • Tree limbs falling on electrical lines, rerouting electricity to the ground instead of through the line

While lightning strikes are the most powerful surges, they are also the rarest. Smaller surges from within the home are actually the most common cause of power surges.

How Can a Power Surge Damage Your HVAC System?

Today’s furnaces and air conditioners have circuit boards and electronics that are highly sensitive to changes in electrical currents. A power surge can cause your furnace or AC to stop working or even blow out. It could also overheat and possibly start a fire. With a power surge, some electricity escapes causing arcing. Overheating also causes damage to the capacitor. Wiring can melt due to arcing and overheating. Depending on the level of damage, repair costs can be extremely expensive. In some cases, it costs less to replace your furnace or air conditioner than repair it.  

Protect Your HVAC System

The best defense for your heating and cooling system against a power surge is a whole home surge protector.  Whole home surge protectors are installed in the breaker box between your home’s electrical system and the power grid and absorb excess electricity, channeling it into your home’s grounding wire. It will protect your entire home from any surges that occur, including lightning strikes and power surges from within the house.

If you have an older cooling system, we can replace it with a high-efficiency AC unit that draws less power, making it less likely to cause power surges. Call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning if you need air conditioner or furnace repairs or replacements. We stand behind our name.

How to Improve Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

Winter is notoriously the worst season for indoor air quality. All winter long you’re cooped up in your home with the windows tightly sealed and the furnace blasting to keep you comfortable. No fresh air enters the home. The humidity level drops and the same dry, stale air is recirculated again and again. Cold and flu germs along with pet and other leftover allergens from the summer months are trapped in this never ending cycle. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning wants you to know that taking some simple precautions may correct this common problem.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

The quality of air circulating indoors matters enormously. Emissions from gas stoves and wood-burning fireplaces circulate through the home. Sometimes wet conditions foster mold growth in basements or other damp indoor locations. This dirty, stale air can aggravate nasal passages, exacerbating allergy symptoms, coughs and colds, and sore throats as well. Dry air can also cause nose bleeds, chapped lips, and dry itchy skin. Static electricity is a sure sign the air in your home is too dry. 

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

The good news is that you can greatly improve the air quality in your home in the winter with some simple, common-sense actions. Doing these things will help promote the flow of fresh, clean air and have your whole family breathing easier:

  • On milder days, open a few windows to let some fresh air inside
  • Make sure your furnace filter is changed at least once a month
  • Get an air purifier to help clean dirty air. (We recommend the Air Scrubber Plus) 
  • Add a whole-house humidifier to keep moisture in the air
  • Have your ducts cleaned to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, etc.
  • Install a UV germicidal lamp to kill mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses inside your HVAC system

Whether you need duct cleaning, a new air filter, or an air purifier, we have a variety of options that can significantly improve the air inside of your home. Service is the cornerstone of the G-Force Rapid Air Repair Team. We have the most extensively trained, longest tenured service staff in the area. Our technicians are trained to work on all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps. While they are highly trained in HVAC repairs and installations, you can expect a little more from a Getzschman technician. They will never curse or smoke in your home. They will wear covers on their shoes to keep your floors clean, and they will leave your Omaha home as neat and clean as they found it. We think you should expect nothing less. 

Call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning if you need help with indoor air quality, air conditioner and furnace repairs or replacements, or geothermal heating and cooling. We stand behind our name.

Is a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Right for my Home?

You may have heard about ductless mini-split heat pumps, but just what are they, how do they work, and are they right for your home?  SImply put, a ductless mini-split heat pump is a heating and cooling unit that doesn’t use a ductwork system like traditional furnaces and air conditioners. It is an efficient choice for managing your home comfort  in our Omaha, Nebraska, climate. Here’s a little more information about ductless mini-split heat pumps.

How Do Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work?

A ductless mini-split heat pump heats and cools individual rooms. The installation features an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air handling units  that are typically mounted to the wall near the ceiling. These are connected to the outdoor unit by refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, a power cable, and a condensate drain line. All of these tubes pass through a three-inch hole in the wall.

Each indoor unit has its own heat pump and can be individually controlled. This means you can adjust the temperature on each unit to deliver the ideal amount of heating or cooling in every part of your home.

Heating and Cooling with a Ductless Mini-Split System

Heat pumps both heat and cool your home. While traditional furnaces generate their own heat, heat pumps move heat from one area to another. In cooling mode, they pull heat from the air inside the home and vent it outside. In heating mode, the system brings heat from the outside air in to warm your home.

Pros of Ductless Systems

Ductless heat pumps offer many advantages over traditional ducted systems. If you switch to a ductless system, you’ll enjoy:

  • Adjustable comfort in every part of the home that has a unit
  • Lower utility bills because the heat transfer system is more efficient
  • No air loss through leaky ducts, which results in higher energy bills

Cons of Ductless Systems

If you’re considering a switch to a ductless mini-split, here are a few drawbacks that you may want to consider. These systems are best when you’re using them throughout the whole home, as this is the most efficient way to offset the installation cost.

  • Installation costs are higher than switching from a typical ducted system to another ducted system.
  • A ductless heat pump is more expensive than baseboard heating if you’re warming a single room.
  • The heating mode is not sufficient for extremely cold temperatures (below 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Mini splits come in different ratings. If you want to ensure that your ductless mini-split will perform at top capacity during low temperatures, we recommend that you invest in a system with a higher HSPF Heating Seasonal Performance Factor rating. Here is a breakdown: 
    • Economy Mini Split warms down to 30 degrees
    • Mid-Level Mini Split warms down to 20 degrees
    • Low-ambient mini split warms down to 10 degrees and lower

If you’re interested in adding a ductless mini-split heat pump to your home, our experienced installation technicians can help. Call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about how you can incorporate a heat pump into your home. We can offer an installation quote for a heat pump, as well as other options so you can compare your choices and select the best heating solution for your home.

4 Ways to Save on Heating Bills That Cost Nothing

Having a nice cozy home is wonderful during the cold Omaha winters, but paying big heating bills…not so wonderful. The team at Getzschman has you covered! Here are some simple tips that will save you money on your winter heating bill, but cost you absolutely nothing. Try these tips for a comfortable yet affordable winter season this year.

1. Set Your Programmable Thermostat for Maximum Savings
Your  programmable thermostat is your most important tool for lowering your utility bills. What’s great about it is that you can set it and forget it and it will continue to save you money all season. Surprisingly, many homeowners don’t know the best way to program it. In the winter, you should set the temperature a bit lower to keep the house cooler. This is especially true during periods when you’re out of the house or asleep. This can add up to 16 hours a day if you work out of the home.

You can compensate for cooler temperatures at night with flannel sheets, extra blankets, and warmer pajamas. Aim to maintain set temperatures for at least eight hours at a time. This is the most efficient way for your furnace to operate. It’s easy to program it to come on an hour before you get home from work so it’s nice and comfortable. And don’t worry if your thermostat is set lower and you are home unexpectedly. They all have an easy override feature that automatically resumes the regular schedule at the next cycle, so it’s easy to change on the fly!

2. Change Your Air Filter
All of the air in your home has to cycle through the air filter. When the filter is clean, it takes less energy for the furnace to pull air through. A dirty filter results in higher energy bills. Check your air filter once a month. If you can see a visible buildup of dust and dirt, change the filter immediately. Swap your air filter for a new one at least once every three months. This doesn’t take much time. Mark a reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget each month.

3. Make Damper Is Closed in Your Fireplace
A fireplace feels cozy when you use it, but it’s not very efficient. When not in use, it can be extremely inefficient if you leave the damper open. All of the warm air in your home will escape right up the chimney flue. Because it’s out of sight, many people forget about it and leave it open costing them precious warm air all winter long. Make sure yours is closed.

4. Use Window Coverings Wisely
Don’t forget to take advantage of Mother Nature. Your windows can provide a wonderful source of warmth when you use them properly. On sunny days, open the curtains on south-facing windows to allow the sun’s warmth to shine in. Keep the curtains closed on other windows to stop warm air from escaping. Close all the blinds and curtains at night to keep warm air in. It’s that simple.

Bonus Tip: Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Our fifth and bonus tip is not free, but a very good idea regardless, so we didn’t want to leave it off the list. Your furnace is more efficient when it’s well maintained. You should schedule a furnace tune-up once a year. The best time for this is in early fall. That way, you won’t turn your system on when it gets cold and find out it doesn’t work. During a tune-up, your system is thoroughly cleaned which helps it run more efficiently, loose parts are tightened, moving parts are lubricated, electrical connections are double checked and your furnace will run at peak efficiency. In addition to lowering your heating bill, this will also help prevent repair calls and extend the life of your system.

If your heating bills seem extremely high and you have an older system, it may be time for a new one. Upgrading to a new furnace could instantly decrease your energy expenses. Contact Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning and we’ll be happy to take a look and discuss your needs.

Training is Key to High-Performance Contracting

In the world of Performance-Based Contracting™, training is the cornerstone to success. Even if you are not following the high-performance path, training is the secret weapon to keep your company ahead of the competition so it can better serve customers. Period.

Here at Getzschman, we believe that a company without training is a company destined for failure. Trained employees are ambassadors for your company. The more experience they gain from training, the more valuable they are to your entire team.

Training on Purpose

The key to putting together a program that keeps your technical team on top of the best techniques, skills, and processes is one that is done on purpose. It requires thought, planning, and of course, enactment. That requires you to have money set aside to cover the costs, and in our case, to pay our techs while they are taking training classes.

Left-to-right: Ron and Scott Getzschman accepting one of many recognition awards over the years. This one is the 2018 Contractor-of-the-Year Award from National Comfort Institute

Sometimes, membership organizations have rebate programs you can use to help pay for training. For us, our membership with National Comfort Institute (NCI) has a benefit where a percentage of the dollars you spend doing business with their vendor partners are rebated back to you in the form of what they call NCI Training Bucks (ncilink.com/bucks).

We do a great business and buy a lot of equipment and tools through NCI’s vendor partners. So, we earn a lot of NCI Bucks, which we use to help pay for nearly all the technical training for our team. We often use those bucks to bring trainers into our facility to train just our people. We believe that is the best way to train your entire team in the most correct methods for testing, measuring, and diagnosing HVAC system performance issues in the field.

We also do a lot of vendor training as needed for new products, new equipment, and new tools. That covers our outside training.
Like many HVAC companies, we do a lot of internal training led by the company owners as well as our service manager. Our human resources manager keeps tabs on who has done what, who needs what, and maintains all the training records. That way we have all the information necessary when applying for licenses and permits.

Our service department meets weekly and the installation crews meet daily to cover job and code issues as they come up.

Training is a Process

Training is a process that needs to be continuous for it to stick. It must be top-of-mind awareness. If you don’t regularly reinforce the importance of those processes to your people, the process will suffer. This applies not only to training itself but to other processes like sales. For example, if we aren’t always talking about maintenance agreements with our techs, they soon stop talking about them with customers. It’s out of sight, out of mind.

The same goes for training. If we aren’t continuously holding classes and teaching sessions, the lessons slip away, and techs tend to revert to old routines and habits. That is human nature.

So training is a process that must be maintained and nurtured continuously.

Furthermore, we use our training programs to determine a technician’s capabilities. This helps us note his or her strengths and weaknesses and enables us to plan for the training necessary for them to grow. It is up to them to want to ‘climb the ladder.’ We provide the ‘rungs.’ The truth is, the more advanced a tech becomes, the more valuable he or she becomes.

Training and the COVID Pandemic

We have made training a vital component of our culture. With the onslaught of the pandemic, however, our training regimen was seriously interrupted because the shutdowns and social distancing rules make it very difficult to get the teams together for training. In the spring, we missed many weeks of regular training and obviously missed NCI classes as well. We have noticed the impact of that on our operating efficiencies and in company growth.

For example, when we look at whether techs are conducting static pressure tests on every call, we are finding they are slipping because we stopped getting together to talk about it. After all, there weren’t any meetings and training sessions due to the COVID situation.

National Comfort Institute Trainer David Richardson (right-front) leads a class on combustion and carbon monoxide safety for the Getzschman technical team in an offsite hall.

At Getzschman, internal virtual training has not been fully implemented. At the beginning of the shutdowns, we simply didn’t have the technology or skills to set these types of sessions up. Because there is no end to this pandemic in sight, we are seriously looking into a virtual approach today and suggest that if training is important to you, you need to develop virtual capabilities as well.

The good news is that NCI and other organizations have developed virtual training and that certainly helps. A lot. But we still believe that live, face-to-face meetings work better because it gives our guys the ability to interact with each other and the instructors more fully. Plus, there is the hands-on component which is so important when teaching technicians how to troubleshoot, take static pressure readings, install testing ports, and so on.

But for now, and in the near future, those types of meetings just aren’t going to happen as regularly.

Seven Key Tips to Successful Training Programs

People often say, ‘Training your people is just a waste of money because they will just leave you for a competitor anyway.’

We don’t agree.

You can spend money on training and while you have those employees, they will do the right things for you and your customers. We don’t have a lot of turnover, possibly BECAUSE of the training we provide.

Here are seven tips that we’ve found work in our company:

Commitment to Training and the Process – That commitment must extend beyond classes you hold internally to those you need that are held in other locations. This includes training provided by manufacturer reps and equipment suppliers, as well as third parties like trade associations and membership groups like NCI.

That commitment must include the willingness to attend such classes, even if they run much of the day. Many contractors won’t make that commitment because it’s inconvenient or takes the tech out of the field for a day.

But you have to look at this as an investment for the future of your company, as well as for the benefit of your customers and the techs themselves.

One of the biggest dangers is the rationalization that if something goes wrong, you can always go back and fix it. That is self-deception. Call-backs are expensive, eat into productivity and profits, and in the end, is still training, though in a more negative way. It’s still a learning experience.

Belong to a third-party training organization like NCI – This includes any national organization in this industry that can teach you better ways to operate your company, how to price your services, as well as manage people, time, and money. This helps to legitimize your efforts and reinforce it with your people and customers.

Redundancy – You can’t just train once. Repetition reinforces – This goes back to commitment. You must commit to repeat training because that reinforces it with the technicians. For example, we spend time on basic electrical diagrams for furnaces. This is the basis for nearly every furnace manufactured. This teaches the secrets of operation and what each component contributes to the overall comfort system.

The challenge comes from younger people who graduate from tech schools but don’t understand control voltage and low voltage. It’s rare to find someone with a strong control voltage background. So we teach it. Regularly.

A Maintenance Program is required for success – Getzschman has 3,000 maintenance agreements. This helps us not only through slow periods in terms of work, but also helps us manage our maintenance and service techs in terms of conducting performance testing and diagnostics on every call.

At the end of the day, training is one of the most valuable things we can do for our people. If someone DOES leave, they are going out into the industry knowing how to do things right, and that is good for the entire industry. So, it’s a win-win.

Process Back-Up – Back-end support systems are also key. We have a service coordinator who manages that process – from sales to record-keeping and more.

Many contracting companies use a top tech for this function. We are among them, though we hate to take a top tech out of the field.

However, there are many benefits to having someone as a resource for younger techs who may need help while in the field. This top tech is who they call when something is causing them issues.

The top tech service coordinator is also the guardian of the reminder – reminding the field teams what they must or must not do on every job. The service coordinator can and does lead in-house training on the four working systems we have in-house just for that purpose.

He teaches the techs how to troubleshoot, how to do CO (carbon monoxide) readings, take static pressure readings, and so on.

So we invested in taking one of our top techs out of the field and putting him in this position to be a resource and guide for all the other techs.

Warranties and Guarantees – Any business must have warranties and satisfaction guarantees. We don’t squabble over anything with our customers. If a customer disagrees or is unhappy about something we’ve done; we take care of them – no matter the cost.

Community Involvement – Though not directly tied into training, but it is tied into our culture and ethic. You need to give back. That involvement is important to your success.

At the end of the day, training is one of the most valuable things we can do for our people. If someone DOES leave, they are going out into the industry knowing how to do things right, and that is good for the entire industry. So, it’s a win-win.

Ron and Scott Getzschman are the owners of Getzschman Heating LLC., Fremont, NE. Their award-winning contracting firm has been recognized by national and local associations and trade groups for achievements in training, sales, and community service. Getzschman employs 60 people and serves HVAC residential, commercial, service, and new construction markets.

What to Expect from Your Furnace in Subzero Temperatures

Your furnace works hard all winter long, but when temperatures dip below zero, what can you expect from it? Will it be able to keep your Omaha home warm enough. What’s normal? Should it run almost constantly? We answer these questions below so you know what to expect during a cold snap.

  1. Properly sized and installed furnaces are designed to maintain a 70-degree temperature difference. That means that if it’s 0 degrees outside, your furnace should be able to keep your home at 70 degrees.If it drops below zero, it may have trouble keeping your home at the desired temperature. 

  2. Even when temperatures plunge below zero outside, the structure of a home has “thermal mass,” which resists temperature change. This means that in below-zero weather the heating system will often still be able to keep the desired temperature inside.

  3. When the outside temperature is in single digits your furnace will run close to 60 minutes per hour. It will either run continuously, or it will shut off for a short time period and then come back on for long cycles.  This is normal, and it is okay.

  4. Because of thermal mass, if you know there is a cold spell coming, you can overheat your home by bumping up the temperature before it drops outside and it will help to keep your home warmer for a while. 

  5. If you use supplemental heat (like an electric heater) don’t use it near the main system thermostat. This may cause the thermostat to assume the entire house is warmer than it is and it will shut off too soon.  

  6. A fire in the fireplace sounds cozy and you might think it adds heat, but fireplaces are notoriously inefficient. It will actually draw a lot of heated air out of the house. Make sure your damper is shut when there is no fire burning to keep air from escaping through the flue. 

  7. Don’t forget that your furnace can only provide so much heat, so if you have water pipes on outside walls, in attics, garages, or crawl spaces, make sure they are insulated or have electric heat tape on them. Also, you can open bathroom vanity doors and doors under the kitchen sink to allow room air to circulate near the water piping and keep it from freezing. You can leave your faucets on a slow drip overnight when temperatures are the coldest and the moving water will help keep it from freezing solid. This works for both cold and hot water taps. 

 

If you have concerns about your furnace, call our expert technicians. They can answer your questions, give you peace of mind and fix any problems you may be experiencing. Don’t forget that we get very busy during extended cold snaps as older furnaces tend to fail, so don’t wait. Call the G-Force team. We service all makes and models and we are here for you 24 hours a day!

Allergies? Watch for Fallen Leaves

flat lay photography of purple and red leaves

Fall leaves with their dozens of vibrant colors are a beautiful and welcomed sight every autumn. But what happens once they hit the ground? Believe it or not, terrible things happen if you are an allergy sufferer. If your allergies are acting up this fall, the foliage collecting on the ground could be the problem.

Piles of Moist Leaves Create Mold & Mildew
Piles of fallen leaves on the ground collect moisture. The warmth of the sun heats these piles making a great place for mold and mildew to grow. This mold and mildew is picked up by your shoes and pants when trudging through the leaves and enters your house.

Leaves Collect Dust & Pollen
The piles that don’t get wet, or that dry quickly after a rain can collect irritants such as ragweed pollen or dust. When stirred up in a fall breeze, these can really cause your allergies to act up. Dispose of leaf piles if you can, and avoid walking through them when you can.

Keep Allergens at Bay in Your Home
When you get home, all of the allergens you picked up on your shoes and pants are still with you. Try to get into the habit of leaving your shoes at the door to keep from tracking allergens throughout your home, especially if you have carpet. Leave coats close to the door too for the same reason. If your allergies are particularly bad or if it’s a very windy day, you may consider changing clothes or even showering when you get home.  

Help your home filter out the pollen, dust, and mold that does make its way in by changing your furnace filter at least once every three months or more often if you’re struggling with allergy issues. Consider additional measures to improve your indoor air quality like installing an air cleaner. We can help with that. 

If you’re having trouble breathing comfortably in your home, we can help. Contact Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning at 402-554-1110 to find out which air quality solutions are best for you.

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Furnace

We’re all guilty of it. We wait until our furnace or air conditioner actually breaks down before we replace it. We understand. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we know a new furnace or AC is expensive and most people put it off until they really have no choice. But there are several good reasons not to wait.

4 Reasons to Replace Your Old Furnace Now
If you know your furnace is nearing the end, have you considered these things:

  1. You’re probably spending more money on repairs to a furnace that will fail soon anyway. 
  2. If you wait until it completely fails, you will have to rush into a decision on something that’s fairly costly. 
  3. If you replace it now, you’ll avoid dealing with no furnace in freezing temperatures
  4. Heating and cooling companies are the busiest at the start of each season, so you may have to wait longer for replacement.

 

5 Signs You Need a New Furnace

There are lots of good reasons to act before an emergency, but, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Here are five signs to look for:

1. Your Furnace Is 15 Years Old

The average gas furnace, when it has been well maintained, will last about 15 years and an electric furnace may last just a bit longer. If your system is over 15 years old, you’re on borrowed time. It may last a bit longer, if you’re lucky, but start looking around now so you don’t have to choose quickly. 

2. Repair Calls More than Once a Season

The second biggest sign of a furnace on its last leg is the number of repair calls. If you call for repairs more than once a year, you’re throwing good money after bad. You’re paying for new parts meant to last for 15 years when the actual furnace may only have months left. A good rule of thumb is that if the repairs cost more than a third of what a new system is worth, it makes more sense to replace it instead.

3. Higher Utility Bills

Bigger utility bills mean your furnace is operating at a lower efficiency. Your furnace will cost you more and more just to keep your home comfortable. Take a look at your utility bills from year to year and how much more it’s costing you to keep that old furnace running. It may surprise you

4. It Makes Loud Noises

An older furnace will make more noise, but if the noises are loud and annoying every time it turns on or off, or while it’s running, it’s a cry for help. Worn down components and loose parts happen, but once repaired, they shouldn’t make noises. Beware, a breakdown is near.

5. Your House Feels Too Cool

Even though you set your furnace to 72 degrees, it never seems to be able to get there. Or maybe your furnace runs non stop even though it’s not extremely cold outside. Your system is struggling because it just isn’t as efficient as it used to be. When turning up the thermostat doesn’t increase the temperature in your home, your furnace is giving up.

If your furnace is showing three of these five signs, don’t wait for it to quit completely. It’s time to replace it. Give the G-Force team a call and we’ll help you find the right furnace at the right price. Call us or fill out a service request form on our home page and we’ll be glad to help!