Category Archives: Indoor Air Quality

Is Your Air Conditioner Making Your Allergies Worse?

Air Conditioner Make Allergies WorseWhen you think about potential asthma triggers in your home, your home’s air conditioner is usually the last thing to come to mind. But the fact is that the air quality inside your home could be even worse for your asthma than the air outside.

Dirty Air Filters Spread Allergens

This is the case when you have dirty air conditioner filters. The air in your home is contaminated with dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and other particles. Consequently, about 60% of asthma cases are caused by those particles. A good-quality air conditioner filter can help reduce these air contaminants. However, a dirty air conditioner filter has the opposite effect. Air conditioners filter harmful airborne particles from the air before blowing it around your house, yet when your air conditioner’s filter fills up, its efficiency decreases. Thus, air contaminants and asthma triggers are pushed with the air conditioner’s cooled air throughout your house, causing asthma flare-ups.

How Your Air Conditioner Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms

To prevent asthma attacks caused by particles in the air, there are a few precautions you can take.

Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed

Open doors and windows allow more harmful particles to enter your home. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep all the particles out of the air, and it may not be as efficient. Even for those who don’t have asthma, dirty air filters can cause unwanted symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, sneezing, red eyes, and respiratory tract infections.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filter Regularly

The more contaminants that are in the filter, the less efficient your filter becomes. Changing your air conditioner’s filter regularly will reduce the number of particles in your home’s air, reducing asthma flare-ups.

Get a High-Quality Pre-filter and Secondary filter

The pre-filter is the filter you change monthly. For families with a member who suffers from asthma, a secondary filter is usually attached. When looking for an air conditioner filter or a filter replacement, you should look for a filter that removes smaller particles from the air. HEPA filters are best for allergy sufferers as they filter out much smaller particles.

Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential for your family’s health, especially for those with asthma and respiratory problems. By using high-quality filters and changing them regularly, you can reduce symptoms and live healthier.

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide a variety of indoor air solutions, including air filters, air scrubbers, and UV germicidal lamps. Need help? Give us a call at (402) 554-1110 and we’ll be happy to show you your options.

Getzschman’s Air Conditioning Guide for Dummies

air conditioning guideIn the summer heat, air conditioning is a welcome relief, but do you know how it keeps you cool? Understanding air conditioning is not only for certified technicians! Learning the basics of how an AC works can help you troubleshoot issues and prevent future problems. Here is a guide to the parts and processes involved in an air conditioning system.

What Parts Make Up an Air Conditioning System? 

An air conditioning system generally consists of five mechanical components:

  1. Compressor
  2. Fan
  3. Condenser Coil (Hot)
  4. Evaporator Coil (Cool)
  5. Chemical Refrigerant

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How Your Air Conditioning System Cools the Air

When liquid becomes gas, it absorbs heat. Air conditioners use this principle to cool air. A fan moves warm air from the room over the unit’s evaporator coils. They contain liquid refrigerant. Compounds in the liquid refrigerant absorb heat from the air when they become a gas. Heat leaves the air, and the temperature lowers. Once the refrigerant becomes a gas, it stops absorbing heat. To continue to cool the air, the refrigerant must expel heat and become liquid again.

How Your AC Expels the Heat

The refrigerant gas expands and gets pushed through the compressor. The compressor is an electrical pump that pressurizes this gas inside of condenser coils. Under high pressure, the refrigerant gas condenses into a liquid and expels heat. Another fan blows heat away from the condenser coils.

What Controls Your AC

An expansion valve controls how fast the liquid refrigerant re-enters the evaporator coils. When the liquid returns to the evaporator, the cycle restarts. The expansion valve works with a thermostat and a control unit to control the cycle.

How Your AC Cleans Your Air

Air conditioners contain a filter that removes particles from the air. This filter cleans the air of dust, dirt, and allergens while the AC runs.

Window Versus Central AC

A window air conditioner has the compressor and the condenser coils outside on the back of the unit. A fan blows heat away from them. In contrast, the evaporator coils are inside to absorb heat from the room air. The unit has its own thermostat controls on the front.

In a central air conditioner (split-unit), the controls hook into the thermostat of the building. The compressor, condenser coils, and a fan are in a separate unit outside the building. The evaporator coils are often within a furnace. The furnace blows air through an evaporator coil, which cools the air, and routes this cool air throughout your home through your ductwork.

Window and central air conditioning systems work in the same way. Central air conditioners are just split into two parts, one outside and one inside of the building. Split-systems cool a larger space faster and cheaper than window units. They are quieter, too, as the noisy compressor is in the outside unit.

How Your AC Is Rated

Air conditioners have a British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating. Window air conditioners are around 10,000 BTU. Your AC needs around 30 BTU for every square foot of the space being cooled.

The BTU rating affects the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of the air conditioner. EER is the BTU divided by the wattage. A unit with a high EER is more efficient and saves electricity costs but may have a higher price up front.

Your knowledge of air conditioning will help you troubleshoot problems and fix simple issues. If you need a technician’s help, you will better understand what he is fixing. For more information on air conditioning and our services, please contact us.

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

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Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. If you’re not one of them, count your lucky stars. If you do suffer from allergies, you know spring is one of the hardest times of year. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning wants to help. While we are a heating and cooling company, we want you to know that we can help with allergies, too.

Keep Getting Sick?

Improve your home’s air quality. If you suspect that the air in your home is making you sick, you might be right. If you have health problems that improve when you leave your house and worsen when you return, this is a big clue. You spend at least one third of your life in your home (when you are sleeping) so maybe it’s time to take steps to better your indoor air quality.

Everyday Irritants in Your Home’s Air

You have probably heard about 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

Most types of germs don’t make you sick. However, other kinds of bacteria and viruses can give you the flu or a cold, or they can worsen problems like asthma. If you keep getting sick, you may have an issue with too many germs in your air.

Additionally, many germs thrive in warm humidity, make sure your home is well ventilated and the humidity is not over 50 percent. Buy a dehumidifier if you do have high humidity levels

2. Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed on dead human skin cells found in dust. They are not dangerous. Most homes have at least some dust mites. However, if you or another person in your family has asthma or allergies, dust mites can trigger a reaction. They can 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 most effective treatment is to get rid of places they can live, like upholstered furniture, curtains, and carpets. Additionally, wash your bedding once each week with hot water and use a damp cloth or rag for cleaning instead of a dry one.

3. Mold

As previously mentioned, extra humidity contributes to dust mites and germs spreading, but its most common effect is mold growth. Mold spores in your home’s air can cause nasal congestion, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, and sore throats. Additionally, like with dust mites, those with asthma or allergies may have particularly nasty reactions to mold.

You may see mold growing in places with extra water, like your bathroom. You might also smell a musty odor. To eliminate mold, you need to eliminate excess water, which can be caused by leaky pipes and windows 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

If your home is new, or if you have recently remodeled, your home may have materials that emit fumes. For example, building materials made of pressed wood, like plywood, can emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. If VOCs are in your home’s air, your eyes, nose, and throat can get irritated. You can even feel nauseous and have trouble breathing. Some VOCs, such as formaldehyde, can cause cancer.

You can also find VOCs in products like paint, paint remover, cleaning chemicals, glue, and air freshener. Try to purchase products that have low VOC levels. After your project, get rid of unused materials so they don’t stay in your home.

Ventilation can help your indoor air quality here, too. Let building materials like plywood air out before using them to get rid of most of the VOCs. After bringing these materials into your home or using paint, let your home air out by opening windows and turning 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. 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 positive and negative charges (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

Biological contaminants like mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses 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 – You may be tempted to open the windows on a nice day to let the fresh air in, but don’t, if you have any allergy sufferers in your home.

Shower at Night – Your hair harbors all kinds of allergens. Don’t 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.

How Humidity Affects Your Health

It’s no secret that optimal humidity levels can make your home more comfortable, especially during the coldest and warmest parts of the year. But humidity can also affect your health and that of your family, both directly and indirectly. Here’s how.

How Humidity Levels Are Measured

Humidity is conveyed as a percentage that represents how much moisture is in the air at any given time. In your home, humidity is considered too high when it reaches more than 50% concentration. Your humidity levels may be too low if they fall below 30%.

Generally, the optimal humidity level in the summer is 40 to 50% and the ideal level in the winter is 30 to 40%. These differing ranges help account for seasonal temperature changes.

High Humidity

In many locations, including the Midwest, the summer months have the highest levels of humidity. Here in Nebraska, you may see outdoor humidity levels of more than 80% during the summer.

These higher humidity levels make it feel hotter both outside and inside. For example, imagine a summer afternoon with a temperature of 95°F. If the humidity were 30%, it would feel like 95°F outside. But if the humidity climbed to just 65%, the temperature would feel like a scorching 117°F. At Nebraska’s upper humidity range, the temperature could feel as high as 125°F.

High humidity can have a range of negative health effects, including:

  • Increased risk of heat-related conditions—Long periods of exposure to high temperatures and humidity can result in inefficient bodily cooling. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can cause loss of salts and fluids, as well as dangerous symptoms like fainting.
  • Poor-quality sleep—Most individuals get their best quality sleep in a cool environment. When the temperature in your bedroom climbs, you may have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Over time, poor-quality sleep can contribute to irritability, lack of focus, and lethargy.
  • Worsening allergies—Pollen and dust mites thrive at higher humidity levels, which means that people with allergies to airborne particles or people with respiratory conditions may experience more intense symptoms. Additionally, humidity contributes to mold growth which can make indoor air toxic.

To beat the heat, it’s important to keep your indoor humidity within optimal levels over the summer.

Low Humidity

In the winter, humidity levels drop. While Nebraska’s outdoor humidity generally stays above 40% in the winter, using your heating system reduces the overall moisture in your home.

If your indoor air becomes too dry, you may experience the following health problems:

  • Congestion and cough—Dry air irritates your body’s mucous membranes, such as those found in the nose and throat. When the membranes in your nose and sinuses become too dry, you may experience runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. When dry air affects your throat, you may experience soreness and coughing.
  • Dry skin—Exposure to dry air depletes the moisture in your skin. The dry your skin gets, the more likely you are to experience itchiness, cracks, and scaliness. If you have a skin condition like eczema, dry conditions may exacerbate your typical symptoms.
  • Itchy eyes—Dry air can reduce your eyes’ ability to produce enough tears to properly lubricate the surface of the eyeball. You may notice itchiness, excessive blinking, redness, or a gritty feeling. Dry eyes can increase your risk of eye injury since the symptoms of dry eye encourage you to rub at your eyes, which can lead to corneal abrasions and the introduction of foreign particles.
  • Persistent illness—Many individuals experience colds or the flu more often in the winter. This increase in illness frequency is due in part to low humidity levels. The flu virus, for example, lives longer on surfaces when the humidity is lower. Extremely low humidity levels increase your risk of illness and make it more difficult to recover from a seasonal ailment because you have to work harder to stay hydrated and get quality sleep.

In order to keep yourself and your family comfortable throughout the winter, you may need to dramatically increase your indoor moisture levels.

How to Control Humidity in Your Home

You can make small changes to the humidity levels in your home by making smart choices. For example, in the summertime, use ventilation and fans to disperse the moisture created by bathing and running appliances.

In the winter, you can increase humidity by taking hot showers and air-drying your laundry. However, if you notice negative effects caused by either high or low humidity, consider a long-term solution instead.

Use a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier to better control your home’s air quality and seasonal health conditions. Learn more about dehumidifiers in our blog “Dehumidifiers 101: What This Appliance Does and Why You Need One.”

Pay attention to the connection between your home’s humidity and the way you feel to ensure that every member of your household stays as healthy as possible, regardless of how the weather changes.

Furnace Filters: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Furnace Filter PicAs a homeowner, you depend on your furnace to regulate a comfortable temperature for you and your family. This is especially true as the winter months draw nearer. But what can you do to maintain your system’s integrity between those all-important professional tune-ups? The answer: regularly change your furnace filter! Read on for more important furnace filter facts from the team at Getzschman.

Related Read: 3 Tips for Preparing Your AC for Fall

What Is a Furnace Filter?

If you have a furnace, you have a filter. This fiberglass sheet has one purpose, to filter the air that flows through your return ducts. You see, your furnace draws in air through these return ducts, warms it, and blows it back out as heated air. Of course, air is not the only thing the return duct sucks in… dust, hair, and other airborne particles also get swept up, but they are stopped from affecting the blower fan by (you guessed it!) your filter.

Why Do I Need to Change My Filter?

Changing your filter is an integral step in ensuring your furnace is running efficiently. Too much particle buildup will force your furnace to work harder in order to pull air through the intake. There are also some filters that help improve the air quality in your home by removing pollen and bacteria from the air. The bottom line: too much buildup could prevent your filter from doing its job and cause your system to shut down.

Related Read: What Will Be Trapped All Winter in Your House with You?

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

This question is best answered by your furnace user manual. Recommendations may also vary depending on what kind of filter you use, how many pets you have, if you suffer from allergies, etc. If you use disposable filters, it is generally recommended that you change them once a month. Pleated filters typically have a longer lifespan and last anywhere from three months up to a year.

What Kind of Furnace Filter Should I Buy?

There are several kinds of furnace filters available and it depends on the machine you have and the strength of filtration you are hoping to achieve. As mentioned above, pleated filters tend to last longer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should use them. If you are looking for the cheapest option, fiberglass disposable filters are your answer. It should be noted, however, that fiberglass filters are much less sturdy and typically have lower ratings (remove fewer particles) than pleated filters.

Related Read: Allergens in Your Home and How to Get Them Out

Ratings? What Ratings?

That’s right! Filters have efficiency ratings too. It’s not related to the efficiency of your furnace, but a clean filter will certainly help keep your furnace’s efficiency rating up as well. Filters are given Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings. These ratings measure the “worst-case efficiency performance” or how well the filter can still perform while choked in dust. The higher the MERV rating, the higher the efficiency.

If you have any questions about your furnace or filter, please contact us today! And don’t forget that the G-Force team is available for all of your heating and cooling needs. Just give us a call at (402) 554-1110.

What Will Be Trapped in Your House All Winter with You?!

Air Duct Cleaning PicAs the days begin to get shorter and cooler, it’s time to start tackling those end-of-summer home maintenance tasks. One task you shouldn’t put off is duct cleaning. The team at Getzschman has put together three reasons why the end of summer is the perfect time to have your ducts professionally cleaned.

Winter Means Less Air Circulation

In the summer, you may not notice how dirty and stagnant the air has become because you, most likely, have the windows open frequently allowing fresh air inside. As the temperatures drop, your house will be closed off. This means your furnace system will be circulating the same air through your home all winter. This is the biggest reason we recommend end-of-summer duct cleaning: so that your family can spend the fall and winter with fresh, clean air circulating throughout your home.

Related Read: Want Cleaner Air? Go the Natural Route

Summer Air = Dirty Air

In the summer, kids and pets track in tons of dirt, dust (and dust mites), pollen, and other allergens and debris from outside. These unpleasant pollutants get into your ducts and blow around your home every time the furnace kicks on, leading to lower indoor air quality. Getting all of this dust and dirt cleaned out of your ducts will help your furnace work more efficiently, potentially lowering your heating bills this winter.

Related Read: Allergens in Your Home and How to Get Them Out

Clean Ducts Are Important for Your Family’s Health

If anyone in your family has asthma or allergies, regular duct cleaning is even more important. Cleaning your ducts removes common irritants like dust particles, pet hair, pollen, dander, and even mold and mildew. You may notice a sharp decline in watery eyes, stuffy noses, and respiratory symptoms once your ducts have been cleaned.

 

As you can see, getting your duct work cleaned at the end of summer is good for your family and home. To schedule your duct cleaning by Getzschman Heating & Cooling, contact us today!

 

6 Simple Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer

When summertime rolls around, thoughts of swimming, picnics, and barbecues come to mind. But there’s one thing we just can’t seem to welcome with open arms: the ever-rising summer heat.

Let’s face it: it’s hot out and will only get hotter as the months roll on. But there’s no need to feel helpless against the sun’s relentless rays! Below are six tips and tricks that you can use to keep your home cool this summer.

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Related Read: 4 Quick AC Tips to Save Money When You’re Away on Vacay

1. Shut Out the Heat

Did you know that 30% of heat in your home might be coming through your windows? This one may seem like a no-brainer, but a great way to help keep your home cool is to shut those blinds and curtains while the sun is out. Here’s some good news—you can save up to 7% on your electric bill just by utilizing blinds and curtains during the day! If you think you have a bigger issue, it may be time to get your windows checked out.

2. Get Grillin’

Most homeowners know that using your stove or oven will make your house hot. If you would rather have a hot meal over a cool salad for dinner, try taking it out to the grill to cook meals. This is a great way to keep your home cool, while taking advantage of the great outdoors and creating delicious meals this summer.

3. Change Up Your Sheets Routine

Everyone loves good silk or satin bed sheets, but not so much for those toasty summer nights. Swapping out those fancy slick sheets for a good old-fashioned cotton sheet set can definitely change the way you sleep this summer. Cotton is a naturally breathable material, so hitting the sack with cotton sheets is sure to help keep it breezy as you snooze.

4. Unplug & Unwind at Night

We all love our electronics, but when they’re not being used, they can emit heat that definitely makes a difference during those sweltering days. Unplugging electronics that aren’t currently in use will also save you a few bucks on your utility bill, and who doesn’t like to stash some cash for more summer fun?

5. Plant a Tree!

If you are a homeowner, you can make a long-term investment of strategically planting a few trees around your home to keep out the heat during the summer months. The shade created by the trees keeps rays away from windows while managing to cool your entire home a few degrees—kind of like natural insulation!

6. Check Your Filters

Air conditioning units come with a filter component that will eventually need to be changed routinely due to clogging by dirt and other debris. If left untouched, a dirty air filter can block the cool air the unit is attempting to put out. A dirty filter will also cause the AC unit to work harder, thus increasing that darn electric bill.  

Related Read: Keep Getting Sick? Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

 

Have a happy summer from our team at Getzschman Heating and Cooling! Contact us now, if you have any further questions about your AC or would like to schedule a visit from us for one of our many services.

 

3 Signs Your AC Unit Is On Its Last Leg

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Hot weather is descending on us faster than an Olympic sprinter. The A/C unit is one of the most effective methods for keeping a building cool. The last thing you want is for the equipment to fail in the middle of a heat wave. Here are three signals it is time to replace the machine itself.

Related Read: AC Troubleshooting: Things to Check Before Calling a Tech

1. Nothing Lasts Forever

The nature of using things means eventually they do wear out. If an A/C is over 15 years old, almost assuredly it is not efficient and needs to be replaced. This is especially true if you’re an avid or constant user of the equipment. In addition, if running it all hours doesn’t seem to help, then replacement time is upon you.

2. Environmental Issues

Sitting around and sweating profusely is never comfortable for anybody. However, hot rooms and humidity are more than unpleasant. Computers, laptops, and all sorts of electronic devices get damaged from moisture, in addition to overheating. If you are experiencing such issues, then exchanging your old AC for a new one is an immediate necessity.

3. AC Units Are Expensive, but Shouldn’t Leave You Broke

It is no secret that running this equipment (especially in hot weather) is never cheap. If your bill seems astronomically high compared to previous years, it is highly suggested to replace the unit. Repairs are costly, yet many often prefer this to the cost of getting a new unit; but should fixing your A/C become a recurring ordeal, then this evidence demonstrates the machine is no longer functioning properly.

Freon, known as R-22, is the refrigerant which enables most older air conditioners to cool your home. When low, the equipment will cease delivering cold air. If this problem arises regularly (usually due to a leak), then you will want to replace the unit; especially since the EPA is phasing out this chemical, causing prices to skyrocket. Refilling Freon constantly is, therefore, an untenable proposition.  

 

Experiencing three or more of the above problems? Then a new AC unit is now priority number one. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or  contact us today for more information on the services we provide, and for more helpful information continue reading our blog.

 

What Is My SEER Rating & Why Does It Matter?

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Air conditioners all have an energy efficiency rating. It’s called a SEER rating. A SEER rating is defined as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The rating is determined by the output of heat or air for each unit of energy the unit consumes. The higher the output, the higher the rating. Higher ratings indicate higher efficiency.

Related Read: 4 Quick AC Tips to Save Money When You’re Away on Vacay

 

SEER Rating Requirement

The requirement as of January 2006, mandated by the federal government, is that each new a/c unit has to be at least SEER-13. These ratings are important to consumers for a couple of main reasons. First, utility companies will often offer compensation in the hundreds of dollars for a homeowner to install a higher efficiency unit. Consumers can also check for current rebates that are available. Higher efficiency also results in lower utility bills and less stress on the environment.

There are a handful of ways to find the SEER rating of your current unit. The easiest is to get it off the yellow and black Energy Guide sticker, if it’s still intact on your condenser. You may also have a piece of paper taped to your indoor unit that might show the rating. Your model nameplate on your unit may provide an indication (although it may not be exact) of your SEER rating. If you are still having trouble locating it, you can copy down the manufacturer and serial numbers and contact the manufacturer.

 

Time for a New Unit?

Check out this list of recommendations from ENERGY STAR on when to consider upgrading your AC unit:

  • If your heat or AC unit is more than 10 years old
  • Furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old
  • Energy bills are rising and repairs needed are frequent
  • Unequal heating or cooling in different rooms of your house
  • If you are gone for long stretches of the day and don’t have a programmable thermostat
  • Your home has humidity problems
  • Your home has excessive dust
  • Your system is noisy
  • Your score on the home energy yardstick  is below 5

 

Getzschman Heating and Cooling is a family-owned business and has been serving the community of Omaha since 1960. We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us for additional information, and continue reading our blog for more useful tips and tricks for your home.

 

Allergens in Your Home and How to Get Them Out

shutterstock_388715146Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. If you’re not one of them, count your lucky stars. If you do suffer from allergies, you know spring is one of the hardest times of year. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning wants to help. While we are a heating and cooling company, we want you to know that we can help with allergies, too. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer several ways to help rid your home of allergens:

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

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. We recommend the Air Scrubber Plus air cleaner. There are three classes of indoor air pollutants:  particles, mold-mildew-bacteria, odors-chemical vapors. Our Air Scrubber Plus system uses positive and negative charges (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

UV Germicidal Lamps

Biological contaminants like mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses 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 – You may be tempted to open the windows on a nice day to let the fresh air in, but don’t, if you have any allergy sufferers in your home.

Shower at Night – Your hair harbors all kinds of allergens. Don’t 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.

 

Need some help? Visit our website to find out how Getzschman can help with all of your air conditioning needs!