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Prepare Your HVAC System For Unpredictable Weather

We all know that here in the Midwest, weather this time of year can be…. strange.

One second it could be freezing, snowing, windy, and pretty miserable and the next the sun is shining and we’re hitting warmer temperatures and all is happy and right with the world.

The question is, how do you prepare your HVAC system for this unpredictable weather? 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? Our team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning want to help you navigate this unpredictable weather and prepare your HVAC system and your home as best possible.

Prepare To Save Energy

When the weather takes a turn for the unpredictable, one of the most prominent ways it affects your life is in your electricity and gas bills. Switching from heating, to cooling, opening windows, bundling up, can keep your HVAC constantly running in one way or another. This can add up quickly, costing more than double your standard electricity bill, without seeing many real benefits.

Keep these fluctuations down by establishing temperature settings for certain weather conditions. A good way to mitigate spending during warm fluctuations is to let your thermostat stay on Auto, and Heat at a low temperature (we recommend 67). This may allow your home to get a little toasty during the day, but when the temperature takes the inevitable dive back down at night, you will have prepared your HVAC system to heat appropriately during your sleeping hours.

Similarly, if you fear a cold snap, but the standard temperature is a comfortable range for you it might be worth leaving the windows open and monitoring the cold levels. Having the HVAC set to cool to a very high temperature, such as 76 or higher, and closing the windows before night can help keep your house a comfortable temperature without spending any additional money.

Prepare To Stay Comfortable

Unpredictable weather can not only hurt your wallet, but also your comfort levels. No one likes waking up to freezing temperatures after throwing off the blankets in a fit of heat and exhaustion. Maintaining comfortable temperatures does require a little planning and forethought, but once you start implementing these systems, you can best prepare your HVAC system for staying comfortable.

When the temperature is warm, it might seem counterintuitive to set your thermostat to heat, but it is exactly what you will want to do at night during these unstable seasons. During the day, you might prepare your HVAC system to cool your house to 72 or whatever you find most comfortable, but at night the best way to maintain a comfortable temperature is to set your thermostat to heat at 72. This can incur extra costs, because your HVAC system is constantly running all day, but it will prepare your HVAC to keep you at your most comfortable, at all times.

Prepare With Technology

One of the best ways to prepare your HVAC system for fluctuating weather is to install a smart thermostat. These wonders of technology can be charted to your schedule, monitor the weather and temperature, and be programmed to do a host of all other things. These prepare your HVAC system to maintain a temperature within certain thresholds, allowing you to program it to cool if the temperature reaches above 74, but heat if it dips below 65.  This can cost extra on your bills, due to the changing modes of your HVAC system, but it can guarantee your temperature remains within your comfort levels.

Balance this out by programming the thermostat to turn off heating and cooling when the house is empty, or during the hottest or coolest hours of the day. By having a programmable thermostat, you can save or spend as much money as you are willing to.

Prepare With Regular Maintenance

To best combat changing weather, your HVAC system has to be able to act fast and efficiently. The best way to make sure this happens is to schedule and perform regular cleaning and maintenance. Dust and other airborne items can clog your HVAC unit and its filters. Making sure to have your regular maintenance done will absolutely help to keep your house cooler when it is warm and warmer when it is cool.

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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As thunderstorms creep into the forecast, you may want to think about how they can affect your cooling system. While cooling systems are made to be durable and can withstand the elements, they do not fair well with power surges. Surges in power can cause irreversible damage to your cooling system and while you can’t stop power surges from happening you can take some precautions to help protect your cooling system.

Power Surges and How They Affect HVAC Systems

Power surges don’t last long, but they can cause expensive damages to your electronic devices. There are two basic types of power surges you should be aware of, those are external and internal power surges. External power surges are surges that originated from outside of your home. Events like electrical storms or a damaged power line can cause external surges in power.

Most homeowners don’t know that suddenly turning off an electrical device can cause a power surge. Small devices such as blow dryers can cause power surges, and your cooling system is no different. Based on the system’s size and the fact that they are constantly running, cooling systems have the potential power surges.

Routine Maintenance

Not keeping up with your routine HVAC maintenance can lead to issues with your cooling system that can cause power surges. Here are some common causes for your AC unit to trip the circuit breaker:

  • Dirty air filter
  • Motor has a short
  • Compressor won’t start
  • Compressor is grounded

Surge Protection

Power surges can cause significant damages to not only your electronic device and HVAC system they can also start fires which can ruin your entire home. There is no way to prevent a power surge from occurring, but you can give your home some protection by installing whole home surge protection.

Whole home surge protectors are installed in the primary breaker box between your home’s electrical system and the power grid. They protect your home and HVAC system from external power surges. If you have an older cooling system, we can replace it with a high-efficiency AC unit that draws less power, making them less likely to cause power surges.

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 Winter Makes Indoor Air Quality Worse

Have you noticed seasonal changes in indoor air quality in your Omaha home? Getzschman Heating wants our customers to know how the air inside your home deteriorates during the coldest months of the year — even here in Nebraska. Taking some simple precautions may correct this common problem.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

The quality of air circulating indoors matters enormously. Dirty, stale air allows noxious odors and allergens (like pollen) to cause discomfort. It contributes to a poorer quality of daily life. During winter months, several factors potentially degrade interior room air in the Omaha area:

  • Many households keep doors and windows tightly closed to prevent drafts.
  • Emissions from gas stoves and wood-burning fireplaces may circulate through the home.
  • Sometimes wet conditions foster mold growth in basements or other damp indoor locations.

Three Steps to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Here are three ways you can enhance seasonal air quality inside homes and businesses. These common-sense measures help promote the flow of fresh, clean air (even during winter months):

  • Reduce sources of indoor air pollution by cleaning surfaces often.
  • Encourage the circulation of indoor air with proper duct maintenance.
  • Clean dirty interior air with a purifier.

Applying Indoor Air Improvement Measures

The specific measures someone takes to enhance indoor air quality depend upon many factors. Identifying sources of interior air pollution offers a useful first step. For instance, if applicable, consider obtaining regular chimney cleaning services. It may also prove useful to replace some old carpeting with hard flooring to reduce odor accumulation. Remove molds and implement waterproofing measures, too.

To encourage better interior air circulation, adding a built-in bathroom fan or a kitchen fan helps prevent moist air from producing condensation indoors. On warm days, considering opening windows. Property owners should also clean dirty air. Consider installing air purifiers. Replacing dirty HVAC air filters also proves helpful.

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.

Can I Use a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump to Heat My Home?

A ductless mini-split heat pump is an efficient choice for managing your home comfort. In our Omaha, Nebraska, climate, a heat pump is effective for both heating and cooling. If you’re looking for an innovative new way to tackle your home temperatures, this could be the solution that you’re looking for. Read on to learn more about what ductless mini-split heat pumps are and how they work.

How Ductless Heat Pumps Work

A ductless mini-split heat pump is a heating and cooling system that operates without the use of ductwork. This installation features an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air handling units. The indoor units are typically mounted to the wall near the ceiling. These are connected to the outdoor unit via refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, a power cable, and a condensate drain line. These pass through a small three-inch hole in the wall.

Each indoor unit is managed independently with a ductless heat pump. This gives you zoned home comfort. You can adjust the temperature on each unit to deliver the ideal amount of heating or cooling in individual parts of the home.

Heating and Cooling with a Heat Pump

Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. Heat pumps don’t generate heat like a furnace. Instead, they move heat from one area to another. When they’re in cooling mode, they pull heat from the air inside the home and vent it outside. In heating more, the system brings heat from the outside air in to warm your living space.

Pros of Ductless Systems

Ductless heat pumps offer many benefits over their more traditional ducted counterparts. If you switch to a ductless system, you’ll enjoy perks like:

  • Adjustable comfort in every part of the home that has a unit
  • Lower utility bills from the efficient heat transfer system
  • Freedom from 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, there are also 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 one ducted system to another.
  • The heating mode is not sufficient for extremely cold temperatures.
  • A ductless heat pump is more expensive than baseboard heating if you’re warming a single room.

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.

5 Ways You Can Save on Heating Bills This Winter

If you’re dreading the annual heating bills that come with cooler winter weather in Omaha, Nebraska, there are several things that you can do to try and combat this issue. With the right tactics, you can keep your home warm without increasing your energy bills significantly. Try these tips for a comfortable yet affordable winter season this year.

1. Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Your heater 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 autumn before you turn on your heating system for the first time. However, if you haven’t seen a furnace technician in the last year, you should book your maintenance visit as soon as possible.

During a tune-up, your system is thoroughly cleaned which helps it run more efficiently. Your technician will also clean out your drain line, tighten electrical connections, and adjust critical components. In addition to lowering your heating bill, this will also help prevent repair needs and increase the life of your system.

2. Adjust Your Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a powerful tool for trimming your utility bills. In the winter, you should set the temperature back to keep the house cooler. This is especially true during periods when you’re out of the house or asleep. 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.

3. Keep the Air Filter Clean

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. When the filter is clean, it takes less energy for the furnace to pull air through. A dirty filter results in higher energy bills.

4. Seal the Chimney Flue

If you don’t use your fireplace regularly, you should seal the chimney flue entirely. This prevents warm air from escaping. While a fire offers cozy warmth and a welcome glow, it’s not as energy efficient as your furnace. Sealing the chimney when not in use is a good way to keep the home warmer and increase your overall energy efficiency.

5. Use Window Coverings Wisely

Your windows can provide a welcome source of warmth when you use them properly. Open the curtains on south-facing windows during the day 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.

If your heating bills are climbing without explanation, this could indicate that your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan. Upgrading to a new heater could instantly decrease your energy expenses. Contact Getzschman Heating and cooling at 

402-554-1110 to learn more about the benefits of a new heating system.

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.

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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