We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to hiring a heating and cooling company in Omaha. What you may not know is that Getzschman Heating and Cooling has been serving the Omaha area since 1960. Yes, we have been in business for over 60 years. What does that mean for you?
We Know What Our Customers Want
After hearing customer feedback for six decades, we know what makes our customers happy. Such as 24-hour heating and cooling service so you don’t have to wait in the heat of summer or dead of winter for someone to get your AC or furnace running again. We know you want someone who can fix all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, ductless systems, and even geothermal systems. We know having friendly professional technicians who will fix it right the first time and leave your home clean when they are finished is a priority. We also offer service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year because we know when your furnace or AC doesn’t work, you need a solution immediately. And we always respect your home by wearing shoe covers and using floor savers and drop cloths to keep your home clean.
We Offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
Not only do we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, we back it in writing. We take customer satisfaction seriously and that’s how we’ve been able to grow our business and thrive over the last 60 years. At Getzschman, the job is not complete until the customer is 100% satisfied. We know people like to do business with live people, so we make sure our customers can talk to a real person when they call us. While an answering service may be more efficient, it doesn’t deliver the personal touch we know our customers have come to expect from us.
Family Owned Heating & Cooling Company
The reason we’ve been able to be as successful as we have been is because we are family owned and operated. Sons Scott, Ron, and David remain deeply involved in the day-to-day operations to ensure all quality standards are met. Our family name and reputation are on the line with every service call we make. We care about our customers and take pride in providing top-notch service from people you can trust.
When you’re looking for a heating and cooling company, look no further than Getzschman Heating and Cooling for the best AC and furnace service and the best customer service in Omaha. Call the G-Force team – Omaha’s most trusted air conditioner and furnace repair team and see why we plan to be in business for the next 60 years!
Is a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Right for my Home?
You may have heard about ductless mini-split heat pumps, but just what are they, how do they work, and are they right for your home? SImply put, a ductless mini-split heat pump is a heating and cooling unit that doesn’t use a ductwork system like traditional furnaces and air conditioners. It is an efficient choice for managing your home comfort in our Omaha, Nebraska, climate. Here’s a little more information about ductless mini-split heat pumps.
How Do Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work?
A ductless mini-split heat pump heats and cools individual rooms. The installation features an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air handling units that are typically mounted to the wall near the ceiling. These are connected to the outdoor unit by refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, a power cable, and a condensate drain line. All of these tubes pass through a three-inch hole in the wall.
Each indoor unit has its own heat pump and can be individually controlled. This means you can adjust the temperature on each unit to deliver the ideal amount of heating or cooling in every part of your home.
Heating and Cooling with a Ductless Mini-Split System
Heat pumps both heat and cool your home. While traditional furnaces generate their own heat, heat pumps move heat from one area to another. In cooling mode, they pull heat from the air inside the home and vent it outside. In heating mode, the system brings heat from the outside air in to warm your home.
Pros of Ductless Systems
Ductless heat pumps offer many advantages over traditional ducted systems. If you switch to a ductless system, you’ll enjoy:
Adjustable comfort in every part of the home that has a unit
Lower utility bills because the heat transfer system is more efficient
No 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, here are 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 a typical ducted system to another ducted system.
A ductless heat pump is more expensive than baseboard heating if you’re warming a single room.
The heating mode is not sufficient for extremely cold temperatures (below 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Mini splits come in different ratings. If you want to ensure that your ductless mini-split will perform at top capacity during low temperatures, we recommend that you invest in a system with a higher HSPF Heating Seasonal Performance Factor rating. Here is a breakdown:
Economy Mini Split warms down to 30 degrees
Mid-Level Mini Split warms down to 20 degrees
Low-ambient mini split warms down to 10 degrees and lower
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall leaves with their dozens of vibrant colors are a beautiful and welcomed sight every autumn. But what happens once they hit the ground? Believe it or not, terrible things happen if you are an allergy sufferer. If your allergies are acting up this fall, the foliage collecting on the ground could be the problem. Piles of Moist Leaves Create Mold & Mildew Piles of fallen leaves on the ground collect moisture. The warmth of the sun heats these piles making a great place for mold and mildew to grow. This mold and mildew is picked up by your shoes and pants when trudging through the leaves and enters your house. Leaves Collect Dust & Pollen The piles that don’t get wet, or that dry quickly after a rain can collect irritants such as ragweed pollen or dust. When 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 when you can.
Keep Allergens at Bay in Your Home When you get home, all of the allergens you picked up on your shoes and pants are still with you. Try to get into the habit of leaving your shoes at the door to keep from tracking allergens throughout your home, especially if you have carpet. Leave coats close to the door too for the same reason. If your allergies are particularly bad or if it’s a very windy day, you may consider changing clothes or even showering when you get home.
Help your home filter out the pollen, dust, and mold that does make its way in by changing your furnace filter at least once every three months or more often if you’re struggling with allergy issues. Consider additional measures to improve your indoor air quality like installing an air cleaner. We can help with that.
If you’re having trouble breathing comfortably in your home, we can help. Contact Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning at 402-554-1110 to find out which air quality solutions are best for you.
We’re all guilty of it. We wait until our furnace or air conditioner actually breaks down before we replace it. We understand. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we know a new furnace or AC is expensive and most people put it off until they really have no choice. But there are several good reasons not to wait.
4 Reasons to Replace Your Old Furnace Now If you know your furnace is nearing the end, have you considered these things:
You’re probably spending more money on repairs to a furnace that will fail soon anyway.
If you wait until it completely fails, you will have to rush into a decision on something that’s fairly costly.
If you replace it now, you’ll avoid dealing with no furnace in freezing temperatures
Heating and cooling companies are the busiest at the start of each season, so you may have to wait longer for replacement.
5 Signs You Need a New Furnace
There are lots of good reasons to act before an emergency, but, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Here are five signs to look for: 1. Your Furnace Is 15 Years Old The average gas furnace, when it has been well maintained, will last about 15 years and an electric furnace may last just a bit longer. If your system is over 15 years old, you’re on borrowed time. It may last a bit longer, if you’re lucky, but start looking around now so you don’t have to choose quickly. 2. Repair Calls More than Once a Season The second biggest sign of a furnace on its last leg is the number of repair calls. If you call for repairs more than once a year, you’re throwing good money after bad. You’re paying for new parts meant to last for 15 years when the actual furnace may only have months left. A good rule of thumb is that if the repairs cost more than a third of what a new system is worth, it makes more sense to replace it instead. 3. Higher Utility Bills Bigger utility bills mean your furnace is operating at a lower efficiency. Your furnace will cost you more and more just to keep your home comfortable. Take a look at your utility bills from year to year and how much more it’s costing you to keep that old furnace running. It may surprise you.
4. It Makes Loud Noises An older furnace will make more noise, but if the noises are loud and annoying every time it turns on or off, or while it’s running, it’s a cry for help. Worn down components and loose parts happen, but once repaired, they shouldn’t make noises. Beware, a breakdown is near.
5. Your House Feels Too Cool Even though you set your furnace to 72 degrees, it never seems to be able to get there. Or maybe your furnace runs non stop even though it’s not extremely cold outside. Your system is struggling because it just isn’t as efficient as it used to be. When turning up the thermostat doesn’t increase the temperature in your home, your furnace is giving up.
If your furnace is showing three of these five signs, don’t wait for it to quit completely. It’s time to replace it. Give the G-Force team a call and we’ll help you find the right furnace at the right price. Call us or fill out a service request form on our home page and we’ll be glad to help!
How Your Air Conditioner Makes Allergy Symptoms Worse
If you suffer from allergies, you know being outside amongst the dust, pollen, mold, etc., can make your symptoms much worse. When you come home, you think your air conditioned home should be allergen free, right? Not so much. Simply using your air conditioner to move air around your home may be aggravating your allergies as well. Here’s why:
Regular Air FIlters Are Created for the HVAC, Not Allergens Most homeowners know that the air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis – every 1-3 months to be exact (it varies depending on the type of system and filter). You might think a filter would filter out allergens in the air, but you’d have another think coming. Actually, a clean air filter helps your cooling system operate by keeping large particles out of the air, but it does not filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have allergy flare-ups. Every time your air conditioner kicks on, it blows any allergens in your home through the air.
A Vicious Air Cycle Allergens make it into your home when you leave the windows open on a nice day, or when they follow you in on your shoes or clothes. Because our homes are sealed up so tightly these days for energy efficiency, not much air escapes once it gets in. So what happens to those allergens? They simply keep recirculating every time the air conditioner or furnace kicks on. You keep breathing the same old stale, allergen-laden air.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality If you want to improve the air quality in your home, we have some products that will help. Allergy sufferers will benefit greatly from adding:
UV Germicidal Lamps UV germicidal lamps can kill these biological contaminants. 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.
Air Cleaners Our Air Scrubber Plus air cleaner uses positive and negative charges (ions). The charges cause particles to be attracted to one another and clump together. Once the particles are large enough, they are caught by your heating and cooling system filter. It works on all three classes of indoor air contaminants – particles, mold/mildew/bacteria, and odors/chemical vapors.
Keep your family healthier with one of these indoor air quality upgrades. Just give us a call and we can help you decide which one is best for your home and family.
Getzschman has become one of Nebraska’s premier heating and air conditioning service companies providing repairs and installations of furnaces and air conditioners in the Omaha area. Call us if you need help with your furnace, air conditioner, or indoor air quality solutions.
Remember when you were a kid and there was a power outage, or maybe a tornado warning, or even just a snow day. Those days, the normal routine was messed up, but it also provided a rare opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. Sitting by candlelight telling stories instead of watching TV…gathering in a corner of the basement and playing games or eating snacks instead of dinner around the table…sleeping in or making snowmen outside instead of going to school…half the fun of it was that it was made more magical because it was somehow accidental. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. When life doesn’t go as planned, look at it as an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and special.
Tips to Survive an Air Conditioner Breakdown Let’s face it, it’s never a good time for the AC to break down. As air conditioner professionals, we want to educate families on how they can prepare for, and survive an AC breakdown. The tips below should provide ample advice to help you keep cool in an emergency and make the best of a bad situation.
Grill Outside or Order Delivery The last thing you want to do is turn your oven or stove on and create more heat in your home. If it’s possible to grill outside in the summer months, this will save energy and help to reduce the heat inside your home. Grill hot dogs on sticks like a campfire and add s’mores for dessert. Order pizza or other delivery food and take it to a local park where you can sit in the shade. Or use a slow cooker and place it in your basement or garage where it won’t add heat to the house.
Made in the Shade Keeping the shades drawn during the hottest part of the day can help to keep the inside of your home cool during warmer weather conditions by keeping the sun’s rays out. Once the sun sets, open up the shades to let cool breezes in and create air movement.
Pools & Sprinklers If you have a neighborhood pool or live close to a lake, make the most of the summer weather and spend time enjoying the outdoors until your AC is fixed. Water is a great way to cool down. Fill a spray bottle with water and spritz yourself. Turn on the garden sprinkler and run through it. The kids will love it and you just might feel like a kid again too! Water balloon fight, anyone?
Open Windows and Crank Up Ceiling Fans Windows and ceiling fans can increase airflow and ventilate your home in the event of an air conditioning emergency. Make sure that your windows and doors allow a steady flow of air if there is a breeze outside. Depending on how hot it is outside it may be best to close the windows in rooms with ceiling fans and make the most of the cooling breeze the fans provide. TIP: Make sure your fans are rotating counterclockwise during the summer months. This pushes air down and creates a nice breeze that will cool your skin with a windchill effect.
Try to make the best of it and call Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning right away. We’ve been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. We offer 24-hour service and we’ll get you up and running as soon as possible.
Omaha summers can get pretty hot. If you don’t want to be a victim of the heat, get your air conditioner tuned up now. Need more convincing? Here are several good reasons to seek maintenance before the summer hits:
The Beginning of the Season Is the Busiest
Once the heat wave hits, everybody’s system is running at capacity and that’s when they tend to break down. That means that air conditioning companies are all busy and you may not be able to get same-day service. Don’t get stuck in the miserable and uncomfortable heat waiting for a busy technician to eventually get to your house. Call now and get your AC tuned-up today from one of our air conditioner specialists.
Time Off Isn’t Necessarily Good for Your AC
When an AC unit sits idly for months, you may think that it’s resting and that’s good for it. In reality, while it’s resting, it’s also collecting dirt and debris. Dirty parts can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the components which can reduce its efficiency costing you extra money in the long run. A clean system is more efficient.
Tune-Ups Extend the Life of Your AC
The proper care and maintenance of an AC system involves much more than merely cleaning the unit. Let one of our highly-trained technicians clean, lubricate, tighten, check electrical connections and make sure all is working as it should. This will ultimately extend the life of your air conditioner and considering the cost of replacement, that alone is worth it.
Reduce the Chance of Breakdowns
We can’t promise that your system won’t ever have trouble, but by having annual maintenance, you greatly reduce the chance of breakdowns happening. We tend to catch any small problems early and prevent them from becoming big problems later. Plus, your system will run as efficiently as possible which saves you money on your energy bills.
What to Expect from a Tune-Up
A tune-up includes many steps, but basically, we clean the system, check all the parts, make adjustments and ensure that everything is working properly. Our tune-ups 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 loose parts
Checking electrical connections
Lubricating moving components
Checking refrigerant for leaks
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.
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:
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.
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.