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7 Tips to Help Lower Your Winter Heating Bill

As winter breezes over to Omaha, Nebraska and the cold chill settles upon us, many of us will be relying on our heaters to stay toasty this season. Unfortunately, this comes at a high cost. Energy Star broke down the typical utility bill and found that the biggest share of a household’s energy consumption went to heating. The good news about this steep seasonal heating bill is that you can reduce it with our tips below. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to delivering services that help families stay comfortable in their homes at prices they can be happy with, too.

Take advantage of other sources of heat

There are plenty of household activities that generate warmth, such as baking or taking a shower. Next time you bake some delicious treats, crack the oven door open to let the heat travel throughout your home. The same concept applies to when you shower. By leaving the bathroom door open, steam can spread to other rooms. Just remember to leave the ventilation fan off, or else it will remove the warm air.

Lower your thermostat

One of the simplest things you can do is lower the temperature a few degrees. While the suggested thermostat setting in the wintertime is 68°F, setting it back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day can make a considerable dent in your heating expenses. You won’t even notice the setback if you do it while you’re at work or sleeping.

Consider a programmable thermostat

Manually adjusting the temperature every day can become tedious, which is why you should consider a programmable thermostat. These models can store and repeat multiple daily settings, so you don’t have to waste money heating an empty home.

Lower your water heater

Right behind heating and cooling, water heating is the largest energy user in the home. If you’ve never adjusted your water heater’s temperature, then it’s most likely set to 140°F. Most homeowners will never require water at that scalding temperature, and reducing it can save you $12-$30 annually for every 10°F it’s lowered. The Department of Energy suggests 120°F as the optimal setting, but you can always adjust it to your household’s preferences.

Clean or replace your furnace’s filter

Routine HVAC maintenance can do wonders to extend the life of your heater and reduce costs. Part of this maintenance includes changing your furnace’s filter every 3 to 6 months. When your heater is at the top of its game, it will work efficiently and effectively, while using far less power.

Seal any drafts

It’s expensive to heat a home, so don’t let any of that precious air escape through an unsealed leak. Check for hidden drafts by lighting a candle and holding it near windows and doors. If you notice flickering, then cold air is likely getting in. Apply weatherstrip or caulk on these gaps, so you don’t lose any more heat.

Open your curtains during the day

For those days where the sun is shining, open your blinds to get some free heat. The natural light can help warm up your home, but remember to cover your windows once the sun sets to trap that heat inside.

Contact Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning

These individual changes are small, but when added up, it can amount to significant savings. To ensure you stay warm and comfortable all season, get in touch with Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning. You can depend on our certified specialists for repair, installation, maintenance, or replacement for your furnace, boiler, or heat pump.

Is the Fall Foliage Impacting Your Allergies?

flat lay photography of purple and red leaves

Fall is a beautiful season filled with picturesque vistas of colorful leaves in the Omaha, Nebraska, area. Unfortunately, those same charming leaves can present allergy hazards when they hit the ground. If your allergies are acting up this fall, the foliage collecting around you is a likely culprit.

The Hazards of Foliage on the Ground

Fall foliage is lovely while it’s still on the trees, but once those leaves begin to fall, they can become serious allergy hazards. Fallen leaves collect moisture on the ground, and the welcoming warmth found in the center of a large pile makes a cozy home for mold and mildew. These common allergens grow on the leaves, then travel with you on your shoes or clothing when you come into contact with them.

Fallen leaves can also collect irritants such as ragweed pollen or dust when they’re left sitting. 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 to steer clear of these irritants.

Poorly Equipped Filtration Systems at Home

Your shoes and pants can easily pick up the allergens from fallen foliage outside. Keep these irritants under control in your home by doing all you can to leave the mess at the door. Create a drop spot for shoes and coats so they don’t come too far into the house.

Make sure your home is equipped to filter out the pollen, dust, and mold that does make its way in. Change your HVAC filter at least every three months or more often if you’re struggling with allergy issues. Consider additional measures to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), such as an air cleaner or whole home air purifier.

If you’re having trouble breathing comfortably in your home, the right IAQ system can make all the difference. Contact Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning at 402-554-1110 to find out which air quality solutions are best for you.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait on Your Furnace Replacement

We’re nearing the end of the summer season, so if you’ve been discussing replacing or upgrading your current heater at all in preparation for winter, you’re probably tempted to wait until the fall or the next fall when you might desperately need it. We understand this temptation. After all, why spend money on something you don’t need right now?

Well, if you paid for repairs a couple of times already this past winter and spring, and your system is aging, you’re wasting money anyway. Why not look into a replacement? Additionally, it’s always better to replace your system now rather than waiting until you actually need it and struggling to get on your HVAC technician’s schedule.

Plus, considering your furnace replacement now gives you time to look into various system options without the pressure of needing the system very shortly. But, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Luckily, we’ve shared some common indicators, below!

Old Age

We mentioned age above—this tends to be the best measurement method for furnace replacement. The average natural gas-powered furnace can last about 15 years while an electric model could technically go a little bit longer, if well-maintained. If your system is a couple decades old, it’s definitely time to start considering replacement. We recommend contacting a pro to have any system 15 years or older thoroughly inspected to check for any signs of inefficiency or disrepair.

Repair Frequency

We alluded to this a bit above. It’s natural for furnaces to need repairs here and there over the years. What’s not okay is if you find yourself calling for repairs multiple times a year, especially in an older furnace. A general rule of thumb to go by in this case, is if your next repair or set of repairs is going to cost you half of what the system is worth, it likely makes more financial sense to replace it.

Decline in Energy Efficiency

One major warning of a furnace that’s in decline from age is a growing rise in the costs to operate it. Compare your utility bills from this year to those of previous years around the same time. If the cost is rising even though you aren’t using the furnace more often than normal, we recommend looking into a replacement system.

Loud Noises

A furnace that makes loud, unsettling noises every time it operates is telling you that it is having issues, whether it’s a loose component or a worn-down part. A single odd noise here or there may mean your furnace needs repair. But if you can’t rid your furnace of rattles, clanging, or electrical humming through repair, it’s probably time for an upgrade!

The Furnace Can’t Meet Your Demands

Is your furnace system unable to warm up your home as well as it used to? There’s no need to keep turning the thermostat up—this won’t do you any good. The best thing to do is call our team, and we’ll be happy to help you determine whether it’s more cost-effective to replace the system or repair it.

As leaders in the community, the Getzschman reputation is everything. Our heating and cooling company bears our name and we don’t take that lightly. From furnace & air conditioner repairs to heating & cooling replacements, your comfort is our singular focus.

Can Your AC Unit cause Allergy Symptoms?

Using your air conditioner can cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you aren’t utilizing the right indoor air quality practices and products.

Ideally, you are well aware that your central air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis (every 1-3 months, to be exact—it depends on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home). A clean air filter helps your cooling system operate as it should. What it won’t do, however, is filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have flare-ups.

The standard air filter is actually designed with the purpose of protecting the air conditioner itself. It should provide a basic level of filtration, but may not be all you need. In fact, it probably isn’t. Read on as we explain.

How Particles Get Circulated in Your Indoor Air

When your home is sealed up tightly—all your doors and windows are closed—you don’t need to worry about your air-conditioned air getting out, right?

Well, as efficient as it is to keep your home sealed up like this, it doesn’t do much for your indoor air quality. Particulates and airborne contaminants have no way to get out of your home, and therefore whatever isn’t caught by the standard air filter (which isn’t a whole lot—remember, improving your indoor air quality isn’t the purpose of this filter) gets blown back through and around your living space when air comes rushing through your vents.

The Limitations of a Standard Air Filter

Your home’s HVAC systems have air filters in them to stop particles from getting inside the air conditioner or forced-air heater so the HVAC system doesn’t accumulate damage. Some air filters are designed to block small particles like pet dander, but since the air filter is on the intake side of your air conditioner, anything that doesn’t get trapped just circulates back into your home.

“So, What Can I Do to Protect My Indoor Air Quality?”

If you do want better air quality without sacrificing the use of your air conditioner, there are certain steps you can take. Homeowners and household members with allergies or asthma symptoms will greatly benefit from adding the right indoor air quality products and services to their home solutions. These include:

  • UV Germicidal Lights: Also referred to as a UV air purifier or air cleaner, this is an excellent addition to any ducted HVAC system. How it works is that it tackles harmful bacteria like mold and mildew, right at the source—the cool, dark, and often damp crevices of your ductwork.
  • Air Filtration: The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner might not be enough to manage those pesky allergies, but a whole-house air filtration system certainly can be! This system has a much larger surface area than a standard air filter and is designed specifically to trap particles and allergens.
  • Electronic Air Purifier: This is a type of air purifier that charges particulate in the air so it clings to a metal plate in the system, to later be cleaned off. Though it does require action on your part, this is better than having dust and other allergens settle on the other surfaces of your home.
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Getzschman Heating has become one of Nebraska’s premier heating and air conditioning service companies providing repairs and installations of furnaces and air conditioners in the Omaha area.

What To Do With Your Family When Your AC Is Broken Down

Unfortunately, AC units can break down at the most inconvenient of times, such as in the middle of the summertime. As air conditioner professionals, we want to educate families on how they can prepare for, and survive an AC breakdown. The tips below should provide ample advice to help you keep cool in an emergency.

Utilize Ceiling Fans and Windows

Although it seems like an archaic way of cooling down, windows and ceiling fans can direct airflow and ventilate a hot property in the event of an air conditioning emergency. Make sure that your windows and doors allow a steady flow of air if there is a breeze outside. In rooms with ceiling fans, it’s probably best to close the windows and make the most of the cooling motion that the fans can provide when circulating air.

Cook More Efficiently

Cooking is one of the most significant contributors to rising temperatures and energy uses in our homes. If it’s possible to grill outside in the summer months, this will save energy and help to reduce the heat inside your property. Additionally, you can place slow cookers in your basement or garage. These devices are excellent, as they have short cooking times and release less heat. 

Use Your Shades

Keeping the shades drawn during the hottest part of the day can help to keep the inside of your home cool during warmer weather conditions. We also advise opening up the shades in the evening time to maintain temperatures.

Spend More Time Outside

If you have a pool or live close to a lake, make the most of the summer weather and spend some time outdoors until your AC is fixed. Use the water to cool down and stay refreshed. Even running through the garden sprinklers is a great way to cool the body’s core temperature down during the summer heat.

Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. The Getzschman family started in the heating and cooling business with one simple goal: to provide the best customer service and quality work. Call us today!

Don’t Sweat It: Let The Pros Handle Your Air Conditioner Maintenance This Summer

Well, summer’s finally here. And along with the BBQs, baseball games, and trips to the park, there’s still one drawback of spending summertime in our area: the oppressive heat and humidity.

Once that first heat wave hits, you’re going to want to crank your air conditioner. But what if it doesn’t work? Don’t get stuck in the miserable and uncomfortable heat, waiting for a busy HVAC technician to eventually get to your house. Get your AC tuned-up today from one of our air conditioner specialists.

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing air conditioner maintenance to Omaha and the surrounding areas for over 50 years. That means we’ve not only survived 50 summers but have kept our customers cool and comfortable throughout every single one of them.

When an AC unit sits idly for months, it collects dirt and debris. This can not only cause unnecessary wear and tear on the components, but can reduce its efficiency which can cost you extra money in the long run.

Leave it to the Pros

The proper care and maintenance of an AC system involves much more than merely cleaning the unit. That’s why it’s always best to let one of our highly-trained technicians handle it. We provide a comprehensive approach to AC tune-ups to keep you cool throughout the entire summer.

This comprehensive approach can include:

  • Checking the air filter and replacing it if necessary
  • Cleaning the air vents and testing them for mold
  • Adjusting the blower
  • Inspecting the evaporator and components
  • Calibrating the thermostat
  • Tightening electrical connections
  • Lubricating moving components
  • Checking refrigerant for leaks

Consider a Replacement
Over time, HVAC systems can begin to break down from the wear and tear of everyday use. Sometimes, constantly repairing them can actually be more expensive than replacing your existing AC system and upgrading it to a more efficient and cost-effective cooling method.
At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we have ductless mini split air conditioning systems. These space saver AC units are sleekly-designed and quiet, and can provide your home or office with a cool and comfortable indoor climate this summer.


Don’t wait until the unexpected cost and discomfort of a complete AC system breakdown derails your entire summer. Get your air conditioner maintained or replaced today with Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning!

Take Care of Your Air With Indoor Air-Quality Solutions

When walking through a bustling city street or along the dirt-filled road of a foreign country, our instincts prompt us to cover our mouths. Theoretically, we should then be treating the air inside of our home with the same level of hesitancy. It’s true! Day to day activities can significantly impact the air quality in our home — and these toxins can potentially harm ourselves and our loved ones.

How Do I Contribute to My Home’s Air Quality?

There are a number of factors that contribute to the air quality in your home. This includes a variety of chemicals, pets, household products, and bacteria and mold — the list goes on. Inadequate ventilation can also result in a low air exchange rate, reducing the amount of fresh air that circulates throughout your home. According to the EPA, by understanding which air pollutants are most common indoors and how to control them, you can reduce the risk of relating health concerns.

Some of the most common culprits of indoor air pollution include:

  • Poor Ventilation
  • Combustion Products
  • Bioaerosols
  • Tobacco Products
  • Excess Moisture
  • Household Products & Chemicals

What You Can Do

Improve Ventilation System

The thing about poor indoor air quality is that most people don’t know they have it. To ensure you and your family are breathing in clean air, be sure to contact Getzschman Heating for a thorough inspection of your indoor air quality. Whether you need duct cleaning, a new air filter, or air purifier, we have a variety of options that can significantly improve the air inside of your home.

Reduce Combustion Products

Be mindful of the combustion that emits from fireplaces and gas stoves. Carbon monoxide, which is found in these fumes, can build up indoors and cause harm to anyone who breathes it in. Take precautions when operating combustion products to reduce its effect on indoor air quality.

Let in Fresh Air

To prevent toxic chemicals from building up in your home, be sure to let in some fresh air by opening up your windows. In addition to opening your windows, consider getting houseplants that can filter the air inside of your home.

Your indoor air quality is essential in keeping your family healthy and comfortable. Indoor air quality entails more than just clean air. It also includes humidity levels. At Getzschman, we’ve got you covered. We carry a variety of products that can help keep the air in your home as healthy and comfortable as possible.

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.

Why A Bigger AC Unit Isn’t Better

AC Too BigBigger isn’t always better. This rings especially true when referring to air conditioning systems. It’s actually much more efficient and effective to have a unit that is appropriately sized for your home. Here are some of the biggest problems you’ll experience if you install a cooling system that’s too big, and how you can figure out what size air conditioner you should be considering instead.

Humidity Problems

Installing an air conditioner that is too big for your home can cause a your home to feel more humid, which can cause other issues. Air conditioners are supposed to remove heat and humidity from the air in your home, but if your system is too large, it will cool your rooms quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This can leave your home feeling damp and clammy. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively as it cools.

Related Read: How to Beat the Humidity

Cost Concerns

An oversized unit can also end up costing you more. Not only will you have to cash out more to buy it, but to operate it as well. A unit that is too large will start and stop more often. It starts up and shuts down a lot more because it runs for only a short time to meet the thermostat set point. All those starts and stops mean you’ll probably be repairing it more often and replacing it sooner, meaning it will have a shorter lifespan.

Figure Out the Right Size for Your Home

First, determine the square footage of the area to be cooled using the following formulas:

  • For square and rectangular rooms, multiply the length of the area by its width
  • For a triangular area, multiply the length of the area by the width and divide by 2

Next, using the square footage and the chart below provided by Energy Star, determine the correct cooling capacity. Cooling capacity is measured in British thermal units (BTUs) per hour.

AC Unit Chart

Lastly, make any adjustments for the following circumstances:

  • If the home is heavily shaded, reduce capacity by 10 percent.
  • If the home is very sunny, increase capacity by 10 percent.
  • Adjust capacity based on how many people will occupy the home, as each person adds 600 BTUs.

For help figuring out which air conditioning system will be the most cost effective and efficient for your home, call the Omaha air conditioning company you can trust, Getzschman Heating & Cooling at 402-554-1110.

5 Simple Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

5 simple tips to get your home ready for springMarch is here which means spring is on its way! As you shake off the winter blues and prepare for summer, here are some spring cleaning tips from the experts at Getzschman Heating to keep your home clean and comfortable as we move into the warmer months. Schedule an appointment with Getzschman today to spring clean your HVAC system. 

Clean or Replace Furnace Filters

cleaning or replacing the furnace filter in your homeYou should change your furnace filters every 3 to 6 months depending on the type of filter and your family’s needs. Filters remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants to keep your home’s air cleaner and safer.  filters screen out dust, pollen, and pollutants from the air to keep your home air cleaner and safer. Clean filters make your system more energy efficient and extend the life of your a/c unit. 

Check Registers and Vents for Dust

Inspect your registers and vents. If you see a buildup of dust, you should strongly consider getting your air ducts cleaned. If any members of your family have allergies or asthma, it is important to make sure the air coming from your vents is clean and free of pollutants. If you want to deep clean your home’s air filter system, call Getzschman to do your air duct cleaning for you.

Change the Batteries in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Daylight Savings Time in March is a great time to test your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them as needed. Nearly two thirds of fire related deaths occur because smoke detectors weren’t working due to dead or missing batteries, or homes didn’t have any smoke detectors at all, according to the National Fire Protection Association. It is recommended that smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries be changed at least once a year.

Get an A/C Tune-Up

To prepare for the summer heat, spring is a great time to tune-up your HVAC system. Get to any minor problems before they become major problems. The last thing you want is to have your A/C go out in July! A system that has a yearly tune-up experiences considerably fewer breakdowns, saving you money and providing ease of mind. Take a look at Getzschman’s planned maintenance program that includes an annual tune-up. Save 15% with our G-Force Membership today!

Clean Out That Dryer Vent

Lint builds up over time and becomes a fire hazard. Unplug the dryer from the wall and remove the vent from the back of the dryer. Use a lint brush to clean out the lint. When you are through, the flaps on your vent on the outside of your house should move freely. 

For help with spring cleaning your HVAC system, call the experts at Getzschman 1-800-657-2158 or schedule an appointment online.