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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.

5 AC Energy Saving Tips for Omaha Residents

Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s never too late to save money on your energy bills. If your energy bills are going through the roof and you’re looking for reputable tricks to help your wallet out, we got you covered. The team at Getzschman understands the need for comfort (and saving money!). Check out our 5 top energy saving tips:

1. Keep Your Blinds Shut 

Close your blinds to keep your home from accumulating heat from the sun. If you keep your blinds open, your AC unit has to work harder!

2. Use Your Ceiling Fan 

Ah, a sweet breeze. We recommend using your ceiling fan whenever you can. The good news is it doesn’t require a lot of energy to operate. It also helps move around the cool air throughout your room.

3. Don’t Turn Off Your Thermostat

Yes, this might seem like the smart thing to do, especially if you’re going to be gone, but unfortunately, this typically allows humidity to build up. This means that your system has to work really hard to remove that humidity from your home when you turn it back on. Also, it’s not uncommon for excess humidity and heat to lead to mold growth. Keep your thermostat on and choose a higher temperature you can leave it at.

4. Try Setting the Temperature Up a Few Degrees

Setting the temperature up a few degrees can help your air conditioner work less. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that you can save as much as 1% on your utility bills for every degree you bump the temperature up if the setback period is at least eight hours.

Higher temperatures can help you use less energy and keep your humidity level steady. We recommend setting your thermostat up no more than five degrees.

5. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know you can easily control the temperature in your home using a programmable thermostat? Go ahead and set it for a warmer temperature and keep it there while you’re gone. Even better, feel free to program it to lower the temperature an hour or so before you return home from work so your home will feel comfortable.

Our final tip? Get an AC tune-up to ensure your unit is always running efficiently. If your AC is on the fritz, call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

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.