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Why You Shouldn’t Wait on Your Furnace Replacement

We’re nearing the end of the summer season, so if you’ve been discussing replacing or upgrading your current heater at all in preparation for winter, you’re probably tempted to wait until the fall or the next fall when you might desperately need it. We understand this temptation. After all, why spend money on something you don’t need right now?

Well, if you paid for repairs a couple of times already this past winter and spring, and your system is aging, you’re wasting money anyway. Why not look into a replacement? Additionally, it’s always better to replace your system now rather than waiting until you actually need it and struggling to get on your HVAC technician’s schedule.

Plus, considering your furnace replacement now gives you time to look into various system options without the pressure of needing the system very shortly. But, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Luckily, we’ve shared some common indicators, below!

Old Age

We mentioned age above—this tends to be the best measurement method for furnace replacement. The average natural gas-powered furnace can last about 15 years while an electric model could technically go a little bit longer, if well-maintained. If your system is a couple decades old, it’s definitely time to start considering replacement. We recommend contacting a pro to have any system 15 years or older thoroughly inspected to check for any signs of inefficiency or disrepair.

Repair Frequency

We alluded to this a bit above. It’s natural for furnaces to need repairs here and there over the years. What’s not okay is if you find yourself calling for repairs multiple times a year, especially in an older furnace. A general rule of thumb to go by in this case, is if your next repair or set of repairs is going to cost you half of what the system is worth, it likely makes more financial sense to replace it.

Decline in Energy Efficiency

One major warning of a furnace that’s in decline from age is a growing rise in the costs to operate it. Compare your utility bills from this year to those of previous years around the same time. If the cost is rising even though you aren’t using the furnace more often than normal, we recommend looking into a replacement system.

Loud Noises

A furnace that makes loud, unsettling noises every time it operates is telling you that it is having issues, whether it’s a loose component or a worn-down part. A single odd noise here or there may mean your furnace needs repair. But if you can’t rid your furnace of rattles, clanging, or electrical humming through repair, it’s probably time for an upgrade!

The Furnace Can’t Meet Your Demands

Is your furnace system unable to warm up your home as well as it used to? There’s no need to keep turning the thermostat up—this won’t do you any good. The best thing to do is call our team, and we’ll be happy to help you determine whether it’s more cost-effective to replace the system or repair it.

As leaders in the community, the Getzschman reputation is everything. Our heating and cooling company bears our name and we don’t take that lightly. From furnace & air conditioner repairs to heating & cooling replacements, your comfort is our singular focus.

Can Your AC Unit cause Allergy Symptoms?

Using your air conditioner can cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you aren’t utilizing the right indoor air quality practices and products.

Ideally, you are well aware that your central air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis (every 1-3 months, to be exact—it depends on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home). A clean air filter helps your cooling system operate as it should. What it won’t do, however, is filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have flare-ups.

The standard air filter is actually designed with the purpose of protecting the air conditioner itself. It should provide a basic level of filtration, but may not be all you need. In fact, it probably isn’t. Read on as we explain.

How Particles Get Circulated in Your Indoor Air

When your home is sealed up tightly—all your doors and windows are closed—you don’t need to worry about your air-conditioned air getting out, right?

Well, as efficient as it is to keep your home sealed up like this, it doesn’t do much for your indoor air quality. Particulates and airborne contaminants have no way to get out of your home, and therefore whatever isn’t caught by the standard air filter (which isn’t a whole lot—remember, improving your indoor air quality isn’t the purpose of this filter) gets blown back through and around your living space when air comes rushing through your vents.

The Limitations of a Standard Air Filter

Your home’s HVAC systems have air filters in them to stop particles from getting inside the air conditioner or forced-air heater so the HVAC system doesn’t accumulate damage. Some air filters are designed to block small particles like pet dander, but since the air filter is on the intake side of your air conditioner, anything that doesn’t get trapped just circulates back into your home.

“So, What Can I Do to Protect My Indoor Air Quality?”

If you do want better air quality without sacrificing the use of your air conditioner, there are certain steps you can take. Homeowners and household members with allergies or asthma symptoms will greatly benefit from adding the right indoor air quality products and services to their home solutions. These include:

  • UV Germicidal Lights: Also referred to as a UV air purifier or air cleaner, this is an excellent addition to any ducted HVAC system. How it works is that it tackles harmful bacteria like mold and mildew, right at the source—the cool, dark, and often damp crevices of your ductwork.
  • Air Filtration: The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner might not be enough to manage those pesky allergies, but a whole-house air filtration system certainly can be! This system has a much larger surface area than a standard air filter and is designed specifically to trap particles and allergens.
  • Electronic Air Purifier: This is a type of air purifier that charges particulate in the air so it clings to a metal plate in the system, to later be cleaned off. Though it does require action on your part, this is better than having dust and other allergens settle on the other surfaces of your home.
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Getzschman Heating 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.

What To Do With Your Family When Your AC Is Broken Down

Unfortunately, AC units can break down at the most inconvenient of times, such as in the middle of the summertime. 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.

Utilize Ceiling Fans and Windows

Although it seems like an archaic way of cooling down, windows and ceiling fans can direct airflow and ventilate a hot property 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. In rooms with ceiling fans, it’s probably best to close the windows and make the most of the cooling motion that the fans can provide when circulating air.

Cook More Efficiently

Cooking is one of the most significant contributors to rising temperatures and energy uses in our homes. If it’s possible to grill outside in the summer months, this will save energy and help to reduce the heat inside your property. Additionally, you can place slow cookers in your basement or garage. These devices are excellent, as they have short cooking times and release less heat. 

Use Your Shades

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. We also advise opening up the shades in the evening time to maintain temperatures.

Spend More Time Outside

If you have a pool or live close to a lake, make the most of the summer weather and spend some time outdoors until your AC is fixed. Use the water to cool down and stay refreshed. Even running through the garden sprinklers is a great way to cool the body’s core temperature down during the summer heat.

Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has been installing air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps in the Omaha area for over 50 years. The Getzschman family started in the heating and cooling business with one simple goal: to provide the best customer service and quality work. Call us today!

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.

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.

4 Reasons to Get a Spring Tune-Up for your Air Conditioner

Getting a spring tune up from Getzschman can save your air conditionerSpring is finally here and temperatures outside are rising. Goodbye winter! Although we will still have some evenings here in Omaha where the weather dips into the 40’s it looks like May is promising to bring us days with temperatures rising into the 70s. While we are anxious for sunshine and blue skies, we also want to keep our homes a comfortable temperature. Make sure your AC is ready for spring by scheduling a spring tune-up. Here are four reasons why you should schedule an air conditioning tune-up now before the summer heat hits:

Catch Small Problems before They Become Big (Expensive) Problems

Having an expert look at your equipment in the spring can help catch any little things that might be about to go wrong. Our professional maintenance team will check that your AC is running smoothly and will continue to run smoothly in the foreseeable future. Our technicians can locate any minor (or future potential problems) before they become a big deal. It’s far better for your system (and much cheaper for your wallet) to find and fix any problems before they get worse.

Help Your System Run the Most Efficiently

A tune-up will save you money by helping your unit use less energy. Over the winter, dust and debris can build up on the coils of your air conditioner. This will cause your system to work harder than necessary, thus using too much energy. By cleaning these coils, your system’s fan, and other parts,  your technician will help to increase the operating efficiency of your air conditioner and will ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill. A clean HVAC system will lead to lower cooling costs.That’s sure to make you and your air conditioner both happy.

Extend Your Air Conditioner’s Lifespan

Air conditioners are not cheap to replace, but with a regular air conditioning tune-up, you can postpone replacing your system for the longest time possible. Coils can become dirty, air filters fill with dirt, and fans can become clogged. If you’ve had your HVAC system for a while, it is likely that there are places inside your system which need a good cleaning. A well-maintained air conditioner should continue to cool your house for a long time. Our technicians are great at estimating how much life your system has left.

Reduce the Chance of Breakdowns

In order to reduce the chance that you’re living without air conditioning in the hottest part of summer, our technicians will check, tighten, lubricate, and repair all the parts and pieces of your system during a tune-up. This will help to align the stars and keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape for summer’s hottest days.

Be sure to give us a call today at (402) 554-1110 so we can get your scheduled for a tune-up.

5-Star Heating and Cooling Service in Omaha

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving Omaha and the surrounding areas since 1960. We take pride in our name and strive to honor it every day. Our reputation is at stake each and every day we serve you and no Getzschman takes that lightly.

Getzschman heating and cooling gets 5 star reviews

Today Getzschman Heating is one of Nebraska’s premier heating and air conditioning repair and installation companies. We’ve had almost 60 years to learn what our customers want most – hard work, honest prices, and excellent customer service, and that’s what we deliver. But don’t take our word for it. Hear from some of our customers. Their word is worth even more than ours. Listen to these 5-Star reviews:

Excellent Customer Service and Technicians!

Total Experience: 5 Stars       Service: 5 Stars

I purchased my house in March and with the house came a wonderful HVAC unit. My concern was, maintenance had been done yearly and I didn’t know if the warranty would cover me. I took a picture of the information on the unit and called Getzschman to ask about maintenance and warranty. They were cordial, thorough and knowledgeable and gave me all the information about how to handle the maintenance, costs and what to do next. They also advised me I had a maintenance service for 2018 that was already paid for by the previous owner. They came out to my house and wore booties around my house so as not to get dirt anywhere; answered all of my questions and only replaced what needed and showed me the bad humidifier filter which clearly needed replacing. I will always recommend Getzschman and their technicians and their customer service specialists. Whether it is a service technician running late or a reminder, they always handle everything professionally with exceptional service. You won’t find anyone better.

Customer: Pamela Laveau         Location: Ashland, NE 8-31-2018

Reinstilling Faith in Heating and Air Companies

Total Experience: 5 Stars      Service: 5 Stars

One of the most painful parts of being a homeowner is having to deal with the upkeep and maintenance of your heating and air system. I have dealt with too many companies that come out appearing as their training was more in finding revenue and upselling. My Getzschman technician Joseph was great. Our conversation during his visit was educational and informative. I was schooled on common steps I could take to help extend the life of my unit. I have already discussed my experience with several family members.

Customer: Steve Murray                    Location: Omaha, NE 8-3-2018

Exceptional Service

Total Experience: 5 Stars   Service: 5 Stars

We are a Service Agreement customer. Our air conditioner stopped working on a Friday evening during record-breaking heat. We called Getzschman for help and the Service Tech, Nathan, was at our home in 30 minutes! He was very knowledgeable and fixed our problem within 15 minutes. He then checked our whole system. We couldn’t be more pleased with the service we received from Getzschman Heating & Cooling!!

Customer: Norm Nelson            Location: Fremont, NE 6-5-2018

As leaders in the community, the Getzschman reputation is everything. You can count on us! Call us if you need any help with your furnace or AC at (402) 554-1110. We’d love to show you what great customer service looks like!

A Whole-House Humidifier Keeps the Doctor Away

woman itching her skin due to humidity levelsIn the colder months, most people notice that the air inside their homes seems dryer. Many people blame it on the chilly weather, but the culprit is actually a combination of lower humidity outside plus indoor heating. Because cold air has less capacity to hold moisture than warm air does, as outdoor temperatures drop, humidity levels drop as well. Add to that the fact that furnaces keep us toasty in the winter, but they also dry out the air. How do you know if your home has low humidity levels? By the telltale static shock. If you’re experiencing static shock, your home is lacking humidity. That’s a problem because your health is more dependent on humidity than you think.

Winter Packs a Double Punch

Colds and viruses are most common in the winter months, but not because the germs love the cold. Germs survive longer in low humidity conditions, so they have longer to spread between people. Low humidity also dries out the mucous membranes in your nose and throat, which would usually catch germs before they can cause trouble. Compromised by low humidity, these membranes can’t perform their function, and you’re left vulnerable to any virus that comes along. Dry air can also cause irritations like coughs, sore throats, and dry eyes.

Dry Itchy Skin Is a Sign of Low Humidity

Most people notice that their skin dries out in the winter, getting tight and itchy from the lack of humidity. If anyone in your household has skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or dry skin, dry air can cause the issue to get much worse. If your skin dries out enough, it may crack and bleed, which can lead to infection. With eczema or other skin conditions, scratching may open the skin.

Whole-House Humidifiers Add Humidity Automatically

All of these problems can be helped simply by adding humidity to your home. A whole-house humidifier system can replace the humidity that heating removes, making you and your family much more comfortable. As an added bonus, because humid air feels warmer than dry air, you can lower your thermostat a couple of degrees and save money without sacrificing comfort.

Get the Right Humidity Level All Winter Long

A whole-house humidifier is easy to use and practically maintenance free. Once installed, it automatically introduces the right amount of moisture into the air according to your settings. You almost never have to think about it, apart from changing the filter about once a year. This one-time purchase can save you money on your energy bills and keep you out of the doctor’s office for years to come, but most importantly, it will make everyone more comfortable. It’s a great investment in your home and your family’s health.

 

Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing heating and cooling services to the Omaha area for over 50 years, and we’d like to help you save money and feel better in the cold winter months. If you’d like a whole-house humidifier installed, please give us a call at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

What’s That Smell? 5 Furnace Odors And What They Mean

Whenever you turn on your furnace, you expect your unit to circulate clean, fresh air throughout your house. On a regular day, you might not even notice your furnace at all, as it runs quietly and efficiently.

Lately, you’ve noticed an unusual smell emanating from your machine. Sometimes, the odor overwhelms you and your family, and other times, you only catch a faint whiff of the scent, making you question whether it comes from your furnace at all.

But no matter how strong the smell, some scents you should never ignore, as they often indicate unit damage or failure. To ensure your family stays safe, take a look at the most common smells a furnace makes and the causes behind them.

1. Rotten Eggs or Sulfur

Natural gas is highly flammable, and that combustibility makes it a good fuel source for appliances throughout your home. Unfortunately, natural gas is also dangerous when inhaled, causing dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and irregular breathing.

As natural gas has no odor of its own, many gas companies add the chemical mercaptan as a safety precaution. This sulfur-based chemical gives off the distinct smell of rotten eggs so you know when natural gas is nearby.

If you have a propane- or gas-powered furnace that smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, you may have a gas leak. Due to the risks involved, you should take gas leaks seriously and never try to pinpoint the source on your own. Call in a professional and exit your home until you know the area is safe again.

2. Dirty Socks or Locker Room

You are likely all too familiar with that overwhelming scent of corn chips, fish sauce, and old cheese, but you might never expect these locker-room scents to come from your furnace.

Dirty sock syndrome occurs when bacteria build up on your heating system coils. During the spring and fall seasons, the coils cool with outdoor temperature drops and reheat when you turn up the thermostat. This constant cycle between warm and cold often results in condensation buildup, and the moist environment, in turn, results in bacterial growth.

The best way to eliminate this foul odor comes from a good, old-fashioned cleaning. Start by replacing your unit’s air filter and by cleaning the evaporator coils with a non-acid coil cleaner. If the smell still lingers, you may need an HVAC technician to thoroughly clean your air ducts and the rest of your unit.

3. Electrical Burning or Ozone

If you’ve ever stood out in a thunderstorm, you’ve likely smelled the sharp smell of ozone, a scent reminiscent of chlorine. Your furnace might create a similar electrical or metallic smell when it overheats.

As your furnace ages, worn bearings may cause the blower motor to seize up or bind. Your furnace may then draw additional electricity to push through the resistance, and that additionally voltage may result in excessive heat buildup in the motor. The heat is often enough to melt away wire insulation, and soon your unit could produce electrical shorts and sparks that emit the smell.

If left untended, these sparks and melting wires create enough heat to start a fire in your home. If you smell electrical burning, cut the power to your unit and call a technician for help.

4. Diesel or Burning Oil

Your furnace could create a smoky or burning oil smell for a variety of reasons:

  • If you keep your furnace in a basement or storage area, nearby items (such as toys, decorations, and clothing) could fall too close to the pilot light. These items could catch fire or melt, resulting in the smell of smoke and burning plastic.
  • If you have an oil furnace, your unit might not ignite all the oil that passes through the burner. Instead, the oil creates a fog that smells much like a diesel engine. If that fog ignites, it could result in a large flame and excessive smoke.
  • If you filled the oil tank, any spillage may give off an odor as it dissipates. This smell should fade after a day or two. But if it continues to linger, you may have an oil leak.

Not sure why your furnace smells of burning oil? Let an expert pinpoint the problem for you.

5. Dust or Must

When you haven’t used your furnace for a while, your furnace might smell like a damp, dusty, or musty basement.  The odor may smell particularly strong for the first few uses of the season, and then it may fade gradually.

This musty smell occurs when dust, dirt, and other debris collect on your unit and in your air ducts. As your furnace warms, the dust and dirt may burn away and smell faintly of smoke. Though the smell may seem worrisome, you don’t have to panic about damage to your unit.

However, if the smell persists, you could have a clogged filter that allows dust and dirt to reach your motor. Check and replace your air filter as needed.

Your Nose Knows When to Schedule Repairs

As you can see, your nose can clue you into a broken or damaged furnace. If you smell any of the above, don’t hesitate to call in an HVAC technician for furnace repairs. Even if your furnace’s particular odor doesn’t make the list, you should at least have a professional inspect your unit to ensure it functions safely.