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Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Comments (0)


Everyone here at Garber Heating would like to wish our customers and their families the best this wonderful holiday season! 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Comments (0)


Everyone here at Garber Heating and Air would like to with our family, friends, and most importantly our wonderful clients a very Happy Thanksgiving!!  

We are so thankful to get to work with the amazing group of people that make up our customer list.  We are thankful for our great employees are suppliers. We are thankful to be able to make a living doing what we love in a country that allows free trade and commerce.  What are you thankful for??

Take some time this Thanksgiving to reflect on what makes your life special.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Why should you winterize your HVAC unit

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

As summer gives way to fall and the weather turns cool, there are certain steps that should be taken to prepare your home for the winter. This process, collectively known as winterization, is best done before the cold weather hits in full force. There are many different projects included in this winterization process, but one of the key concerns is ensuring that your HVAC unit is ready for the cold weather ahead. Ensuring that the unit is ready for winter will go a long way toward reducing cold winter’s drafts and increasing the longevity of your HVAC unit.

One step involved in winterizing an HVAC unit is ensuring that the air conditioning vents are sealed for the winter. This one step goes a long way to eliminating drafts in the home and is one of the major reasons that winterization of your air conditioner is so important. By keeping the cold air out, you improve the efficiency of your furnace during the cold winter months, saving you money on your utilities.

Another great benefit of winterizing your HVAC unit is that it improves the longevity of the equipment. Although central air conditioners are quite hardy, there are a few key components which do not respond well to the cold. Furthermore, there are few machines in existence that are not adversely affected when ice collects on the components. A few simple winterization steps ensures that the unit is well protected from snow and other wintry precipitation, and is one of the simple things that can be done to ensure that your air conditioning unit continues to function at peak performance for years on end.

Winterizing your HVAC unit also presents a great opportunity to clean it and the surrounding area of fall leaves and other debris. This improves the look of your home and also helps to protect your system from degradation or breakage. Debris can hide damage done to the unit already, clog the unit, and promote rust. Furthermore, a clean area makes other winterization projects that much easier.

A properly winterized HVAC unit goes a long way toward preventing some HVAC issues. By keeping water and debris out of the air conditioning unit, rust damage, clogs, and other such issues are eliminated. Likewise, covering the unit protects it from ice damage and keeps the unit reasonably well insulated from wind and snow. Additionally, by cutting the power supply to the air conditioning unit, you save money on your electricity bill during the winter. Not only does cutting the power supply ensure that you never accidentally turn on the air conditioning during the winter, but it also prevents the HVAC unit from leaching small amounts of electricity from the circuits. Stopping this standby usage could shave a few dollars off of your electricity bill.

There are many good reasons to winterize your HVAC unit, but perhaps the best reason is that it is a part of the standard seasonal maintenance of your HVAC system. By keeping up on seasonal maintenance, you maximize the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

Call us today to schedule your winterization!!

The Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival: Now celebrating it's 49th year from September 16-19 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Celebrating it's 49th year in a row, the Morton Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Annual Pumpkin Festival!

Starting on September 12th with the Art and Photography show entries, the festivities take off with a bang on the 16th. Big events like the Pumpkin Princess or the Pumpkin Idol Jr. are only the start of the fun. Pumpkin grills, sweet shops, business expo, bingo, and so much more pumpkin goodness is just waiting to be had.

The Morton Pumpkin Festival has been a tradition since 1967 as a fundraiser and a celebration of the pumpkin harvest for the local Libby's Pumpkin Plant. in 1978, the governor of Illinois declared Morton the pumpkin capital of the world due to its 85 percent contribution to the world's pumpkins. Since then, with the help of over 2,000 volunteers every year, over 30 special events are hosted for a four day period of appreciation for the pumpkin.

While the festival is about fun and admiration of the town's bountiful pumpkin crops, it is also a vital part of the communities growth and connectivity to each other. The citizens of Morton take pride in their event while coming together as a group to make it the best they can every year. The festival is a chance for local business and community activists to come together in a fun, open setting to either advertise their services or just come together as a combined workforce that keeps the town of Morton strong.

As far as the event itself goes, there's a lot coming. The part most people enjoy most about the pumpkin is probably the taste, and the Morton Pumpkin festival doesn't leave out any option of enjoying it. Hearty, pumpkin based meals can be found at the Pumpkin grill which opens every day during the festivities, but when looking for something that brings out the sweetness of the squash, the Pumpkin Sweet Shop will open with plenty of options to choose from. So many things ranging from chili to ice cream, donuts and burgers, and of course, pie is just waiting to be eaten.

Each day is focused around a certain theme rather it be Senior appreciation or an all out kids day and is worth staying for the four days of pumpkin madness. Certified as the largest celebration of pumpkins, the Morton Annual Pumpkin Festival will be here rocking the squash for generations to come.

The celebration doesn't stop with the food, and there are multiple events for kids, adults, and seniors to enjoy. The big wheel race always brings out the best of competition in the youngsters, while Pumpkin Bingo can bring the heat for the older generation. Adults can enjoy live entertainment every day of the festival on our main stage, and connect with the locals as well as GARBER Heating and Air Conditioning at the Business Expo.

Visit GARBER at the Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

Morton Pumpkin FestivalAs we are heading into the end of summer, nothing says Fall like the sight of a bright orange and dark green pumpkin field ready for harvest...

If you're looking forward to going to the 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Morton, Illinois, you're in for a treat! With an action packed festival that is sure to surprise and delight, you'll find something for everyone from kids to seniors! While you're visiting, be sure to stop by the Pumpkin Business Expo tent! There, we at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning will be happy to talk to you about your heating and air conditioning needs and make a plan to keep your home or business warm through the Winter and cool and refreshing through the Summer.

About the 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
For nearly 50 years now, the Morton Pumpkin festival, sponsored by Libby's Pumpkin, has been a tradition enjoyed by Illinois residents. The festival features a variety of competitions and shows, popular entertainment and delicious food. Kids love the many child friendly activities available at the festival, such as the Special Kids Day for special needs children and their caregivers, the Pumpkin Princess talent pageant for 5 and 6 year old girls, and the We Care Precious Baby Contest.
An opening ceremony and parades are major attractions for the whole family. Mom and dad will be interested in checking out the Classic Run and Walk, the Craft Faire and the Business Expo. The Run and Walk anticipates up to 1,800 participants for the event. Grandparents will love the free pumpkin pie and coffee on Senior Appreciation Afternoon. When visiting, be sure to check out the daily festival schedule to see what performers will be playing the event that day and what events are going on. There's so much to see, including a pumpkin pie eating contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, concerts by the Peoria Jazz Allstars and the Central Illinois Banjo Club, and, of course, a pumpkin weigh off! If you're coming to the festival, we'll see you there.

About Garber Heating and Air Conditioning
Working in Peoria, East Peoria, Washington and Morton, we here at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning have been committed to quality customer service, reliable labor and top of the line equipment since 1972. Ours is a family founded that you can know and trust. Since 1984, when we installed our first geothermal heating and cooling system, we've been perfecting our craft - we've now been installing geothermal temperature control systems for homes and businesses for 25 years. We have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau, the Building Performance Institute and North American Technical Excellence. Our years of technical experience come in handy- we offer HVAC repair, HVAC service and HVAC replacement, hybrid heading, equipment warranties, 24 hour emergency service and more. When the seasons change, we're there to help you maintain the HVAC equipment for your home or business. We can help to assess air quality and service and sell electronic air cleaners and high efficiency filters to help keep those dust bunnies out from under the couch over the Winter.

We look forward to meeting you!

How are You Coping With the High Humidity in Illinois?

Monday, July 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

Awareness and Prevention of Heat Related Illnesses

How are you coping with this high humidity in Illinois? Although there has been many occurrences regarding slowly rising temperatures over the past decades, many people are not used to high summer temperatures. It is a known fact that early high summer temperatures are more dangerous than temperatures that occur later in the summer. When a person's body cannot properly cool itself, heat related illnesses can occur. When your body's temperature begins to rise, your body is in danger of overheating and dehydration. Other factors that can play a part in such heat related illnesses are age, obesity, dehydration, and drug or alcohol use. These factors can make it harder for the body to stay cool during hot, humid weather. Heat related illnesses are easily preventable. Doing simple things can prevent you from dehydration and putting your body at risk for heat related illnesses. Simple prevention such as drinking more water, limiting your alcohol intake, wearing light weight, light colored, and loose fitting clothes can help you keep cool when out in this high humid, summer heat. You can also do things such as staying indoors where it is air conditioned, using electric fans, taking a cool bath or shower, to keep cool.

Is Your Air Conditioning System Getting the Job Done?

Dealing with high humidity is as big a problem as the high temperatures associated with having to cool your home. In the summer months, the high humidity can result in higher than necessary energy bills. When you are listening to the weather reports and you hear "Heat Index", humidity is behind it. Humidity is the cause of the “feels like” temperatures that are usually several degrees hotter than the actual temperature. Properly sizing and selecting your air conditioning system or equipment to deal with humidity is a little more difficult than just getting something that keeps you cool on those hot and high humid days.

The majority of household central air conditioning systems are more than capable of removing humidity from the air in your home. Effectively controlling humidity in your home so you are comfortable day and night can best be achieved with a central cooling system. When an air conditioning system is not running or being used, humidity tends to build up. Do to the air not being in a constant cycle of being conditioned, the humid air can cause mold in the walls and attic to be far more likely. If or When this happens, you have a world of new problems and illnesses that may occur. To have to deal with these types of issues and illnesses, and having to fix the problem of mold and mildew can be costly, time consuming, and an all out pain in the rear.

Garber has a Solution for you!

Garber Heating and Cooling can help you find a new air conditioning system that fits your needs and budget. In this high humidity, a whole house dehumidifier can help! Contact us at Garber Heating and Cooling today!!

What Exactly is Hybrid Heating??

Monday, June 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

When it comes to heating and cooling a home, savvy home owners are often in search of the most cost effective and energy efficient system possible. Although a simple fan is a cheap alternative to most high-tech solutions, heating and cooling fans, on their own, simply push air around the room with little in the way of heating or cooling options. Generally, most modern homes have some type of HVAC system for controlling indoor temperatures. Unimpressed with the typical HVAC systems, many of which reduce fossil fuels, waste energy and increase monthly living costs, home owners are taking an active interest in hybrid heating systems to address some of these concerns. A hybrid heating system attempts to operate in conjunction with changes in temperature to maximize energy efficiency and uniform heat distribution throughout a home. Here are some specifics that will help better explain what a hybrid heating system is and how such a system operates.

The General Concept of Hybrid Heating

Where a typical HVAC system combines a heating furnace with an air conditioning unit, a hybrid heating system exchanges the AC unit with a heat pump. In warmer weather, the heat pump will be able to act in place of an AC unit to help keep a home cool. In the colder months, the heat pump will work to heat the home. A hybrid heating system monitors the changes in temperature and adjusts the energy use to strive to produce the maximum energy savings possible. This not only helps to reduce a home owner's carbon footprint, it will also help to reduce costs due to the system producing far less waste.

Hybrid Heating Systems and Saving Energy

One way a hybrid heating system helps to save energy, other than monitoring and adjusting for temperature changes, is by its method of generating heat. Instead of using a burning flame and requiring a constant stream of fuel, a hybrid heating system relies more on the circulation of substances like puron refrigerant to affect temperature change throughout a home. The uniform distribution of heat or cooling is produced by direct current motor-based fans, which is a more energy efficient alternative to PCS motor-based fans. The amount of energy savings in many areas averages out to three to four-percent cost reductions annually. To determine if a hybrid heating system will provide a home with these savings benefits, it will be prudent to consult with a local utility provider or call us here at Garber Heating, your local heating and cooling contractor. We can perform an energy-savings and cost-analysis for moving to a hybrid heating system as contrasted with the energy usage and cost of the current system your home is using.

Although heating systems have become more energy efficient and cost effective over the last few decades, it is always best to strive to improve their efficiency as technology permits. From more effectively combining mechanical components to reducing the need to waste fossil fuels, these improvements help to preserve the environment in conjunction with other greener living solutions. By minimizing carbon footprints and the costs associated with heating, hybrid heating options help to make for a more sustainable future!

Learn more about Garber's Diamond Maintenance Plans

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Comments (0)
If you're in need of dependable heating, ventilation and air conditioning service, Garber Heating & Air Conditioning can provide it for you. If you're looking for dependable HVAC service but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on it, the Morton, Illinois-based company can help you with that, too. Garber Heating & Air Conditioning offers a convenient Diamond Club maintenance plan that enables their customers to experience both peace of mind and significant savings.

Regular upkeep is vital if you want to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape. If you make a point to get your system checked regularly, you can prevent a lot of problems from emerging later on down the line. These problems can often be extremely costly, as well. If you invest in regular maintenance for your system, you can rid yourself of a lot of potential headaches. No one wants to spend a lot of time and money repairing their HVAC system, after all. 

If you get your system professionally checked frequently, you can keep it alive for a lot longer. You can also ensure that it will run at optimal performance -- another serious benefit. An efficient system can also ensure the comfort and well-being of your household. 

Regular maintenance is also excellent if you're concerned about saving money. An efficient system reduces operating costs. This, in turn, leads to reduced utility costs. If you're frustrated by high monthly utility bills, regular maintenance is undoubtedly the way to go.

Many different components make up system maintenance, all of which are vital. These components include ignition inspection, ignition cleaning, safety control verification, motor lubrication, heating element assessment, heat exchange evaluation and electrical connection analysis. HVAC System maintenance also involves condensate drain cleaning and tweaking the system for enhanced cooling. 

If you want access to regular system maintenance at a budget-friendly price, there's no better option than Garber Heating & Air Conditioning's Diamond Club maintenance plan. Not only does this plan offer system maintenance services, but it also offers an array of other exciting advantages. If you're part of the Diamond Club, you can receive reduced labor rates for emergency service on holidays and Sundays. You can receive normal rates if you place an emergency call with Garber on Saturday and after business hours, too. You can even receive a convenient 10 percent discount on any parts you need to purchase. The perks don't end there, either. If you're interested in preferred scheduling, contract transfers in cases of moves and postcards that inform you of exactly when you need service and renewal, you'll have a total blast being part of the Diamond Club. 

If you're serious about keeping your HVAC system in A+ condition, call Garber Heating & Air Conditioning today to get a maintenance contract. Remember, an efficient system can do wonders for the health and happiness of your household. An efficient system can also keep your utility costs way down. Not many things can be more enticing than health and saving your hard-earned dollars.

Garber Heating & Air - The BEST HVAC Contractor in Morton!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | Comments (0)

Garber Heating and Air ConditioningGarber Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Morton, IL and Peoria, IL areas. We offer all HVAC services and are currently offering $25.00 off any HVAC repair work!

When it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable, you need the best products and services. At Garber Heating & Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality products backed by the greatest service. We meet all of your HVAC needs and will have your home heating and cooling system performing at an optimal level all year long. For ALL of your cooling and heating needs, call Garber Heating at 309-266-9372 today!

All the Services You Need
Keeping your home at an optimal temperature, requires attention to your entire HVAC system as well as all of the details. At Garber Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer all of the services you need, so you don’t have to worry about your air conditioner not functioning during the summer, or your heater going out in the winter.

Among our variety of services, we offer emergency and holiday services. Even if your system quits running during the evening or on a holiday, if you call us, you’ll reach a real person, and we’ll dispatch a technician to you as soon as possible. We also offer a unique maintenance plan that includes routine maintenance and check-ups to extend the life of your system. Not only that, but we’ll also help you save money by making sure your system is functioning at an optimum level.

In addition to these special services, we also offer a variety of regular service options. We provide comprehensive HVAC services including repair, service, replacement, hybrid heating installation, leak detection and repair and more. We also service and sell roof top units and other commercial equipment, cooling towers, central air conditions, heat pumps, gas furnaces, digital thermostats and more.

Our Commitment
It is our top priority to offer you, our customer, with the peace of mind that your system will not only last for years to come but also that you save energy and money using our systems. We deliver on this promise by employing only the most dedicated employees and installing only the highest quality products.

Garber Heating was established in 1972, and boasts a history that started that very day. In 1973, Ralph Garber, the founder of the company, began selling the Carrier name, and it’s still a product we carry today. Garber Heating & Air is an accredited business that also hold the seals of the North American Technical Excellence (NATE) and the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI).

It is always our goal to offer our customers the best services at an optimal price. We are able to deliver on this effort by keeping our business costs low and transferring those savings to our customers. We also offer our customers a variety of different specials, like our current one for $25 off any HVAC system repair. The discount is good for any repair on your heating or cooling system but cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, special offer, or contract.

It’s our pleasure to assist you with any of your HVAC needs. If you are in the Morton or Peoria, IL area and need any HVAC services, call Garber Heating & Air today at 309-266-9372!

Save Money on Air Conditioning this Summer!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Air Conditioning

Heating and cooling costs can eat up almost half of your household budget.

There has to be some way to cut down on this large chunk of your bank account without succumbing to the heat of summer. Luckily, there are several ways you can cut your air conditioning costs this summer while staying clear of the heat that comes with it.

Plant Around Your Home
A lot of the heat that builds up in your home comes from direct sunlight. A great way to cut back on the amount of sun shining directly into your home is by planting trees and other leafy plants outside. The addition of these trees will help block the direct sunlight that heats up your home, and it will keep your property looking beautiful for many years to come.

Keep Your Windows Shut
When the weather starts warming up, we love to open our windows and air out the house. Unfortunately, once the summer heat sets in, these open windows are invitations for the warm air outside. The old habit of putting a fan in your window to help cool off is actually doing more harm than good. So help keep your home cool by closing those windows when the thermometer starts climbing a bit too high. Open them up when the sun sets and the cooler nighttime air begins creeping in.

Eat Cool Food
No, we aren't talking about eating the latest trends in food, but eat food that is actually cooler. Fruit salads are a perfect dish to enjoy on a warm summer day. By consuming the lower temperature food, you are enabling your internal body temperature to remain lower and keep you cooler. Cooler food also requires little or no cooking, which will also help keep your home much cooler.

Program Your Thermostat
Many of us have programmable thermostats in our home. The problem many of us face is programming it correctly. Pay attention to the times that your family is up and at home. Those are the times your thermostat should be set a little lower. If you are going to be gone for awhile or when your family is asleep, be sure to set the thermostat a bit higher. These little changes can save you upwards of 15% on heating and cooling costs.

Smaller May Be Better
Central air conditioning is one of the great conveniences of the modern era, but it is also a very costly convenience. Think about shutting off the central air occasionally in favor of smaller window AC units or even a few fans. A window AC unit uses the fraction of the energy a central air conditioning unit does, and it focuses on the areas where people actually live and play. Strategically placed box fans can do wonders for keeping your home cool, and they use even less energy than window AC units.

Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are not only a great design addition, but they can actually help you feel cooler in the summer. Today's ceiling fans are inexpensive and easy to install, so next time you are looking at AC units, check out the ceiling fans too. As an added bonus, they can help you warm up during the cool winter months.

Don't forget to contact us here at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your HVAC needs!  We try to help out any way we can.

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