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Top 4 Allergens in Your Home and How to Get Them Out

Child struggling with allergies

More than 50 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from allergies. If you find yourself a victim to allergies you know spring is one of the hardest times of the year. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning wants to help. We may be a heating and cooling company, but we also want to help you with your allergies,.

Are You Always Sick?

One way to prevent this sickness is by improving the air quality within your home. If you have health problems that improve when you leave your house and worsen when you return, this is a big clue. At least one third of your life is spent within your home (mostly when you are sleeping) so it may be time to take preventative steps towards improving your air quality indoors.

Everyday Irritants in Your Home’s Air

Everyone is familiar with air quality problems like asbestos, second-hand smoke, and radon. These issues are all dangerous, but they are not the only or the most common air pollutants. If you’re looking for everyday air quality issues, look for the following:

1. Bacteria and Viruses

Not all germs make you sick. However, there are various kinds of bacteria and viruses that will give you the flu or a cold and they can worsen other problems like asthma. If you or a family member continues to get sick, you may have an issue with too many germs in your air.

Additionally, many germs thrive in warm humidity. One way to prevent this is to make sure your home is well ventilated and the humidity is not over 50 percent. Buying a dehumidifier can help with the high levels of humidity.

2. Dust Mites

Microscopic bugs, known as dust mites, feed on dead human skin cells often found in dust. These dust mites aren’t dangerous but can trigger a reaction for those with asthma or allergies. This reaction may cause someone to get a cough, sneeze constantly, become congested, or have a severe asthma attack.

Reducing your home’s humidity level to below 50 percent can help get rid of dust mites. The best treatment is to get rid of places they can live, like upholstered furniture, curtains, and carpets. Additionally, brushing your bedding once a week with a damp cloth and hot water will help as well.

3. Mold

As mentioned above, extra humidity will spread germs and contribute to an increase in dust mites. But its most common effect is mold growth. Mold spores can cause nasal congestion, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, and sore throats. Just like dust mites, those with asthma or allergies may have particularly nasty reactions to mold.

Mold tends to grow in places with extra water, like your bathroom. You might also smell a musty odor. In order to eliminate mold, you need to eliminate the excess water, which sometimes is caused by leaky pipes and poorly ventilated bathrooms. Again, keep the humidity level in your home below 50 percent.

Fix any leaks in your home or in your plumbing, run an exhaust fan in your bathroom, and increase airflow and ventilation. Clean the places where you see mold growing often.

4. Building Materials

New or recently remodeled homes may have materials that emit fumes. For example, building materials made of pressed wood, like plywood, can emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs in your home’s air can irritate eyes, noses, and throats. You can even feel nauseous and have trouble breathing. Some VOCs, such as formaldehyde, can cause cancer.

VOCs can also be found in products like paint, paint remover, cleaning chemicals, glue and air fresheners. When purchasing these products, try to find the lowest VOC levels. Then get rid of the unused materials after your project is done.

Ventilation will also improve the air quality indoors. Allow proper time for materials like plywood to air out before using them. Once you bring the materials into your home, open a window and turn on a fan.

3 Solutions for Ridding Your Home of Allergens

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer several ways to help rid your home of allergens:

1. Duct Cleaning

One ounce of dust contains nearly 42,000 living dust mites. Consider that up to 40 pounds of dust gets into your home every year, and up to 15 pounds of that can get trapped in your duct system. Get rid of that dust as well as pollen, fungi, and bacteria with our duct cleaning service.

Related Read: 7 Houseplants That Can Help You Breathe Easier

2. Air Scrubbers Remove Particles from the Air in Your Home

Once the dust and allergens are out of your home, you’ll want a way to keep them out. For this, we recommend the Air Scrubber Plus air cleaner. There are three classes of indoor air pollutants:  particles, mold-mildew-bacteria, and odors/chemical vapors.

Our Air Scrubber Plus system uses positively and negatively charged ions to make the particles attracted to each other. This attraction makes the particles clump together so they can be trapped by your air filter.

Related Read: 3 Reasons to Install an Air Cleaner in Your Home

3. UV Germicidal Lamps

Mold, mildew, and other biological contaminants can settle on surfaces inside your HVAC system and circulate through your home’s air. UV germicidal lamps emit rays of ultraviolet light that penetrate the cell walls of these contaminants and kill them. They work continuously even when your heating or cooling system isn’t on. Just one less thing to bother your allergies.

Timely Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Keep the House Closed Up Tight – Don’t be tempted to open the windows on a nice day. This will let more than just fresh air into your home.

Shower at Night – Your hair harbors all kinds of allergens. Showering at night will not transfer this to your pillow to breathe all night long. Go to bed with clean hair to ensure you don’t exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Change Your Filter on Your AC Often – Keep the air as clean as possible by replacing your air filter at least once a month.

Go Barefoot at Home – Don’t drag in all of the allergens on your shoes. They will embed themselves into rugs and carpeting. Remove your shoes when you get home.

Use the Re-Circulate on Your Vehicle’s AC – By recirculating the air in your vehicle instead of letting new air in, you will decrease the amount of allergens you are exposed to. And definitely keep the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on.

Lower the Humidity in Your House – Mold loves humidity. If you lower the humidity level to less than 60%, it will discourage mold growth.

Pay Attention to the Allergy Reports – If the pollen, ragweed, mold, etc. count is high, it’s best to limit your outdoor activities that day if possible.

If you suspect the air in your home is causing problems, give the indoor air quality team at Getzschman call and we can let you know all of your options for cleaner air. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

3 Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Tips to keep your AC condenser working

With a hot Omaha summer right around the corner, you know your air conditioner will be working hard. Hiring a dedicated professional to inspect and maintain your unit remains the best way to get your AC in shape. But there are several things you can do on your own to ready your air conditioning unit for the brutal heat of summer.

Make Sure Your Condenser Unit Is Unobstructed

The condenser unit (that large box that sits outside) is the heart of a central air conditioning system. It is responsible for refreshing and circulating the refrigerant used to cool your home. Because it is outdoors, the unit is vulnerable to dirt and debris that can impede its performance.

One of the most basic things you can do for your AC is to ensure that the condenser unit remains clean and unobstructed. Remove any leaves, plants, or bushes that touch the unit. Ideally, there should be at least two feet of space around the condenser on all sides. This space guarantees that the unit can enjoy the necessary degree of airflow.

Clean Your Condenser Unit

One of the responsibilities of the condenser unit is to pass unwanted heat from the refrigerant to the air around the condenser. This transfer happens thanks to a dense network of thin metal fins. Over time, these fins often accumulate a layer of dirt and debris that can slow down the rate of heat transfer. You can ensure proper functioning by spraying down your condenser fins with a hose.

Straighten Your Condenser Fins

In order to work at peak efficiency, your condenser fins should remain perfectly parallel to one another. Unfortunately, the delicate metal fins often end up getting bent or crushed by accidental contact. Bent fins reduce the overall efficiency of your unit, causing it to work harder to accomplish its cooling task.

Fortunately, you can often repair bent fins using a tool known as a condenser fin comb. Running this comb over the surface of the fins will straighten out the fins and allow them to transfer heat with the desired level of efficiency. You can pick up a fin comb at your local home improvement store for under ten dollars.

If you’re not the DIY type, call us at (402) 554-1110 to schedule a tune-up and we’ll send a skilled Getzschman technician to make sure everything about your AC is in tip-top shape!

Don’t Fall for This Killer Masquerading as the Flu

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Flu-like symptoms might have you hurrying to the doctor. However, if you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, an upset stomach, chest pain, and confusion, it might not be the flu.

It might be carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Over 400 per Year in the US

Because carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless, it’s extremely hard to detect. Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 Americans and sends more than 20,000 to the emergency room. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning can kill. Long-term exposure can result in neurological and cardiac problems, sometimes with only mild symptoms that can easily be ignored. Over one-third of all poisonings occur in December, January, and February.

Where Does CO Come From?

Carbon monoxide is found in the exhaust from cars, trucks, and other internal combustion engines. It is also often produced by your stove, fireplace, or furnace. Generally, carbon monoxide only builds up to dangerous levels indoors. Many incidents of poisoning are caused by using a gas camp stove or generator indoors during a power outage (generators should always be used outdoors and kept at least 20 feet away from windows and doors so the fumes cannot get inside).

Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protecting yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning involves making sure that anything that burns wood, gas, oil, or coal is serviced every year, including your furnace. Avoid using camp gear indoors, and get your chimney checked and cleaned every year (this is particularly an issue for cabins, as debris can end up in the chimney during the offseason).

Make Sure Your Home Has a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Finally, you should get a carbon monoxide detector. This will let you know when levels become high so that you can leave the building before acute poisoning becomes damaging or fatal. Detectors can be purchased from discount stores and home improvement stores. The detector should be placed close enough to the bedroom to wake you up if it goes off. If you have a large home, you may need to get multiple detectors. Change the batteries on your detector every six months and replace the detector itself every five years.

You should also get your furnace checked every year. The team at Getzschman Heating completes a carbon monoxide safety test with every furnace tune-up and can advise you on the best place to put your carbon monoxide detector. Give us a call at  (402) 554-1110 or contact us online to schedule a furnace tune-up.

3 Signs It’s Time for a New Furnace

Time For A New FurnaceThere will come a time in the life of your furnace when it makes more sense to replace your existing furnace than repair it once again. A furnace will last from 15-20 years with good maintenance, and you may be at a stage where it makes more sense, financially, to replace a dying, inefficient furnace. If you are unsure, the team at Getzschman Heating and Cooling created this list of three signs to look for.

1. Your Furnace Breaks Down Frequently

One of the first signs that a furnace will probably need to be replaced is that your furnace is breaking down all the time. If you are spending more time calling for repairs than you are enjoying a warm home, you probably need a new furnace.  

2. Your Heat Isn’t Warm Enough

Sometimes a furnace that needs to be replaced won’t be able to heat your home properly. If you have the heat turned up but you are constantly cold, the efficiency of your furnace may be way down. It is going to cost you a lot of money in fuel to try to heat your home to a comfortable level when your furnace isn’t efficient.

3. Furnace Repair Costs Are High

If your furnace is hitting the 15-year mark and your repair costs are going to be more than a third of the cost of a replacement, it’s time to cut your losses and go with a new furnace. While you might pay for just one more repair to get a little more life out of your furnace, a repair that is more than a third of the cost is not recommended once your furnace is close to the end of its life expectancy. Get a free quote to find out how much it will cost to repair or replace your existing furnace.

To make the right decision, it’s important to have your furnace tuned up to see how efficiently it is currently running. Getzschman Heating & Cooling can provide you with the professional opinion you need when it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace your existing furnace.

Call us today at (402) 554-1110 and schedule a tune-up to determine the efficiency of your current furnace. Or fill out our online Request Service form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible to schedule your furnace service.

4 Tips to Save You Money on Your Heating Bills

Save Money on Heating Bills

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the cold, harsh weather that comes with it – and the strain that can put on your heating bill. Don’t break out the long-johns just yet, however. By following just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to keep your home nice and toasty without causing your heating bills to skyrocket. Here are four tips that will help you keep your heating bills nice and low this winter.

Control Your Vents Wisely

One great way to save money on your energy bills is to close off the vents to any rooms you don’t use regularly. If no one’s spending time in that guest bedroom, spare office, or storage area, why heat them? By shutting those vents, you’re allowing your furnace to focus on the rooms that do need heat. That means it won’t have to work nearly as hard to heat those rooms properly.

In the rooms that you are using, you’ll want to make sure those vents are open all the way. Vents that are only partially open force your furnace to work twice as hard to reach the desired temperature, wasting energy and money. Make sure no furniture or rugs are blocking the vents to ensure maximum airflow with minimum effort.

Check Your Insulation

Old, worn out, or missing insulation can’t function the way it’s meant to, which means precious heat is escaping your home without your knowledge. If you haven’t had it checked or replaced in a while, now’s the perfect time to get that taken care of. Because heat rises, the attic is typically the biggest culprit when it comes to heat escaping your home. Make sure yours is properly insulated.

Don’t forget to check the insulation on your heating ducts, as well. If they aren’t properly insulated, then heat can escape before it ever reaches your vents. This results in lost efficiency, wasted energy, and higher bills. This is especially important in unfinished areas of your home like basements.

Seal Up Those Cracks

Just like missing insulation, missing or cracked seals around your home can either let your heat seep out or cold air creep in. By properly sealing up your heating ducts, caulking around your windows, and installing strips to cover any gaps in your exterior doors, you’re helping to keep the hot air in and the cold air out — where they belong. Even electrical outlets and places where pipes enter your home can let a lot of warm air leak out.

Let The Sun Shine In

Even if it’s below freezing outside, the sun can still provide a great deal of warmth. By opening your curtains during the day when it’s sunny, you can easily raise the temperature in your house without having to crank up the thermostat! When the sun goes down, close the blinds and curtains to keep that heat inside.

These are just a few of the steps you can take to reduce your heating bills this winter, but even following just these simple tips can help reduce your heating bills noticeably. If you need help with your furnace, please give us a call at (402) 554-1110 or request service online.

Like Saving Money? Join the G-Force Maintenance Club

G-Force Maintenance ClubAt Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we want every one of our customers to have a perfectly working furnace and air conditioner. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and machines wear out. However, if you get a furnace and AC tune-up every season, it will go a long way in preventing surprise breakdowns. One way to ensure you get your tune-ups every season is to join our G-Force Maintenance Club. Not only will you save on those tune-ups, but you’ll also get discounts on repairs year round.

Become a member of our G-Force Team and Save

There’s no good reason not to join our G-Force Maintenance Club. There are three levels you can choose from – Basic, Silver, and Gold membership. Even with the Basic, you’ll get savings on tune-ups and discounts on any repairs you may need all year long.

Silver and Gold Members Save Even More

With our G-Force Club Membership, the higher you go, the more benefits you receive.

Silver Club members get two free tune-ups every year, plus a 10% discount on new furnaces and ACs, a 10% discount on indoor air quality products, and a 15% discount on all repairs. You’ll also save $50 on our diagnostic fee and get guaranteed appointments in 24 hours.

Gold Club members receive 25% discounts on repairs, plus free diagnostics and guaranteed same-day appointments.

The G-Force Club Membership really is worth it. Never worry about your heating and cooling system again. Become a G-Force Club member and relax!

G-Force Maintenance Club Benefits

  • Energy Savings – Proper adjustment, lubrication, and servicing your furnace and AC systems keep it running at peak efficiency.
  • Reduced Repairs – Many times our servicemen will spot minor problems before they become major problems.
  • Preferred Customer – Get priority scheduling when you have a service call. Our dispatcher will work with your schedule for convenience.
  • Discount on Repairs – Receive a 15% discount on all labor and parts when repairs are required.
  • Competent Experts – A competent, factory-trained expert looks after your equipment to give you peace of mind.
  • 24-Hour Service – Our service department never closes. We are available 24 hours per day.
  • Automatic Renewal – We will automatically extend your service agreement upon expiration. You are always free to cancel our service at any time with no penalty.

Silver Club Membership

  • $50.00 savings on our normal diagnostic fee
  • Guaranteed appointments in 24 hours
  • Two free precision tune-ups included
  • 15% discount on all repairs
  • 10% discount on Indoor Air Quality Products
  • 10% discount on new heating & cooling equipment

Gold Club Membership

  • Free Diagnostic
  • Guaranteed same day appointments
  • Two free precision tune-ups included
  • 25% off on all repairs
  • 15% discount on Indoor Air Quality Products
  • 10% discount on new heating & cooling equipment

Ask our representative for a G-Force Membership Agreement. He has the prices and the simple one-page form or give us a call at (402) 554-1110 and we’ll get you signed up and saving money fast. Join our hundreds of G-Force Maintenance Club members today!

5 Clever Ways to Camouflage Your Ugly Outdoor Air Conditioner

Fall is the best time of year to landscape. The cooler temperatures make it easy for the new plants to become established. By the time next spring rolls along, they are comfortable and ready to spread their roots. One of the best places to landscape is around your ugly air conditioner. It’s big, square and unsightly, and you don’t have to look at it anymore. The team at Getzschman took to Pinterest to inspire you with some beautiful ways to hide your ugly AC. But first things first. Let’s talk about safety.

Safety Tips for Landscaping around Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner has a job to do and it needs space to do it. Your condenser unit has to be able to suck in air to work properly. To be sure you give it enough room, make sure you don’t plant anything within two feet of the unit. This also makes sense because you want to have access to it when any repairs need to be done. Okay, now onto the fun part!

Fenced Facade

Fenced FacadeA couple of wooden fence pieces with a gate for access provide the perfect backdrop for some potted plants. Now the air conditioner is invisible, yet accessible when needed.

 

Attractive Trellis

Attractive TrellisThis metal trellis provides just enough of a visual disturbance to become the focal point, making the air conditioner behind all but disappear from view. The curved edge also offers an artistic flair that plays nicely with the soft edges of the surrounding flowers and trees.

 

Vertical Garden

Vertical GardenThis vertical garden is a great way to add some greenery while hiding an ugly metal box. Now, not only is the ugly gone, but some extra color and texture make your view even better!

 

Portable Planters

Portable PlantersTalk about convenient, these trellises on wheels are portable so you can simply move them outside in the spring to plant and grow and store them inside in the winter. They’re tall enough to hide your air conditioner, trash bins, lawn mowers and more. Or just use them to create a privacy fence on your patio!

 

Outstanding Obelisk

Outstanding ObeliskThis little number does double duty as camouflage for your air conditioner and as a storage closet for lawn tools. While this is not a purchase-and-place item, it sure is a classy way to hide you condenser unit! If you’re the handy sort, this project may be right up your alley.

We know air conditioners aren’t the prettiest things in your yard, but they sure are necessary when dealing with the Omaha heat! We hope this blog provided some great ideas for hiding your air conditioner. Just remember, if you do hide it, give it a few feet to breathe. If you’ve found a clever way to hide your AC, we’d love to see it! Send your photos to us and we may feature it in a blog post or on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner, or you need AC repairs, please give us a call at Getzschman Heating & Cooling at (402) 554-1110. We’re here to help!

5 Signs Your AC Has a Refrigerant Leak

AC Refrigerant LeakHave you noticed your AC is not working quite the way it used to? Is it taking longer to cool down or feeling like it’s not really getting cool at all? If this is the case, you might have a refrigerant leak. A leaking system can cost a lot of money over time if it is not repaired, so if you suspect you might have a leak, it is important to have it checked by a professional. The team at Getzschman Heating and AIr Conditioning has put together a list of signs that you may have a refrigerant leak. Look for these symptoms:

  1. Your House Is Not Getting Cold Enough

This will likely be your first sign that something is wrong. If you walk into your house and the cool air is not as refreshing as it once was, even after dropping the temperature a few extra degrees, there may be a leak.

  1. Cold Air Is Not Coming from Your Vents

The air coming out of your vents should be cold. The refrigerant absorbs the warm air from your house and moves it outside. If you notice warm air coming from your vents, it’s a sign that your refrigerant is not doing what it is supposed to do.

  1. Your Utility Bill Is Higher Than Normal

Air conditioning systems that are low in refrigerant utilize longer cooling cycles to get your house cool. This means your AC runs almost nonstop to meet the demand. This will result in a higher electric bill. If you notice a sudden change in your monthly bill, it’s a good idea to take a look at your AC system.

  1. You Hear a Hissing Sound Coming from Your AC

Because your AC condenser unit is outside, a hissing sound coming from your unit may not be the first symptom you notice. However, if you find that your system is not cooling or you have an increased bill, you should step outside and listen to your unit. If you hear an abnormal hissing sound, it’s time to call a technician.

  1. The Evaporator Coils Are Frozen

Again, this will likely not be the first sign you notice. If your AC is acting funny, take a peek inside. If you see ice inside your unit, it’s a good sign you are leaking refrigerant. Turn off your air conditioner so it will thaw and call a professional.

It is important to note that If you have a refrigerant leak, adding more refrigerant will not solve the problem. You will only end up replenishing the system every year. Instead, you need a qualified HVAC technician to repair or replace your unit.

If you think your system might have a leak, call us toll-free at 800-657-2158 or visit us online.

How to Get Through Summer with a Struggling AC

Getting Through SummerYou know your air conditioner is old. You know it’s time to replace it. But you’d really like to make it through one more summer before buying a new one. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand. A new air conditioner is a big purchase and it may not be in the budget yet. To help you eek out one more season, here are five tips from the AC pros at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning to make it through the summer with a struggling air conditioner.

1. Expect to Pay More in Electric Bills

Older systems are less efficient than newer systems just because they were built 10 to 15 years ago before some of the newer technology was even available. Add to that the fact that an older system has wear and tear from running for more than a decade (think dirt and dust, worn parts, loose connections, etc.) and you can imagine how inefficient your old AC is. The harder your AC has to work, the longer it will have to run to reach the temperature on the thermostat and the higher your electric bills will be.

2. Change the Filter Monthly

One of the biggest things you can do to help your old system is to change the air filter monthly. A dirty filter will impede your system’s ability to push air through it, making it work harder and cost more.

3. Expect to Pay Dearly for Freon

If your AC is older, chances are it runs on Freon. As units age, the chances of a refrigerant leak increase. If your system is leaking Freon, it will cost you a lot of money every time you need to recharge it. Freon was banned by the EPA (because it damaged the ozone layer) and is no longer being manufactured. Because of this, the price has skyrocketed as demand has built and supply has decreased. It will cost you several hundred dollars each time you need to add Freon. Newer systems use R410a, an environmentally safe refrigerant that costs much less. Unfortunately, older units are not designed to use the newer refrigerants.

4. Be Ready to Be a Bit Too Warm

Your old AC may not be able to keep your home comfortable. Even new air conditioners are only designed to keep your home 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. If it’s 100 degrees, your home may stay in the upper 70s to 80 degrees. An older, inefficient unit will certainly not be able to do better than that. Expect to be on the warmer side especially when the temperatures soar.

5.Get a Tune-Up

A tune-up on an older system may be what gets your AC through the season. Not only will it help it run more efficiently, it will reduce the number of unwanted breakdowns and emergency service calls. A technician will replace any worn parts, check all electrical connections, lubricate any moving parts, clean your system and repair any broken parts. Simply cleaning your air conditioner will help it run more efficiently too.

Employ the $5,000 Rule with Repairs

If your air conditioner breaks down, the immediate question is: do you repair it again or do you replace it entirely? Thankfully, there’s a simple way to figure out which way to go. It’s called “the $5,000 rule”: It’s simple. Note the age of your AC and multiply the age by the amount of your most recent repair bill. If this results in a number less than $5,000, a repair is likely the best way to go! Of course, this is meant as a first step; a professional consultation from a trusted repair provider is another great data point to gather. But the decision is ultimately yours, and this is a great way to pin down what might be the best way to spend your money in the long run.

3 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your AC

The formula above is a great rule of thumb, but there are a few signs that clearly signal you’d be better off replacing your system than repairing it:

  • If you’ve repaired  your AC more than three times over a three-year period, that implies that there is a larger issue that a fourth repair might not address fully.
  • If you have your AC repaired and energy bills remain exceedingly high, that’s another major warning sign that the overall health of your AC system is ailing.
  • And finally, refilling the Freon after multiple repairs means that patching it up and refilling it yet again will not solve the systemic issues with your AC.

Hopefully, these tips will get you through the summer, but if not, give us a call. We’ve got great credit options to help you afford a new air conditioner. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online if you need repair or replacement.

4 Costly AC Mistakes Homeowners Make

Costly AC MistakesAs a homeowner, you already know how costly air conditioners can become. Between maintenance and monthly energy costs, you could be paying quite a bit just to keep your home cool. There are a few common mistakes that many homeowners make regarding their AC. By avoiding the following mistakes, you are ensuring your AC is being used in the most efficient way possible.

Not Replacing the Air Filter

The purpose of the air filter is to remove dust and allergens from the air passing through the AC unit. After about six months, that filter is full and unable to do its job. Air will have a harder time getting through, and more dust and allergens will enter your home. By regularly replacing your air filter, you’re greatly increasing the AC unit’s efficiency.

Not Scheduling Regular Tune-Ups

Failing to schedule regular tune-ups is one of the most costly mistakes you can make with your AC. Certain factors, such as leaks and a dirty AC, can cause your air conditioner to perform poorly. Regular tune-ups help ensure your air conditioner is working in the most efficient way possible.

Not Using Ceiling Fans

Never forget about your ceiling fans! Ceiling fans help improve airflow throughout your home, and they are cheaper to use than an AC. They are a great way to keep your entire home cool, especially during the hot summer months. Ceiling fans don’t actually change the temperature inside your home, they create a wind-chill effect that makes it feel cooler. You can turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees and not feel uncomfortable. Ceiling fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer to make the air flow downward and clockwise in the winter to redistribute warm air that has risen to the ceiling. There is a small switch on the body of your ceiling fan to change the direction the blades turn.

Not Using a Programmable Thermostat

With today’s AC technology, a programmable thermostat is beyond necessary. Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures for different times of the day, and you can even set them to lower the temperature during the most expensive hours of the day.

Don’t let these mistakes cost you. If you need assistance with your air conditioner this summer, don’t hesitate to call Getzschman Heating and Cooling a call at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.