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Unique HVAC Ideas

Friday, October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Looking for ideas to spice up that boring old HVAC unit or hide that unsightly thermostat??

Click here to see a few great ideas we found on a pinterest board. You might just want to give some a try. 

With a little bit of creativity and/or duct tape ;), you too can have a beautiful or at least not ugly thermostat or HVAC unit at your home. 

Check these out, and feel free to comment or post some of your own ideas as well.  We would love to see and hear about them! 


HVAC = Halloween, Visitors and Candy! Are you ready??

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Comments (0)
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Kids and adults alike look forward to Halloween! It’s fun dressing up in costumes, getting candy, and making new friends. Kids, better guard that candy from your parents though… some adults are known for stealing from the giant pumpkin!

Grown ups, make your child's Halloween a fun and safe night to remember. If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do. Trick or Treating can be very memorable for everyone! Lots of safe neighborhoods hold special times and events for just their people. Other towns will provide a halloween festival in the local mall or farmers market. It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safeon Halloween.

 

  • Always have an adult accompany the children. It is a safe deterrent for others who may be up to no good, as well as a way to enjoy the night with your little ghost or goblin.
  • Plan your time. Littler ones usually go out earlier when its not so dark and scary, and keep in mind that some towns do have curfews in place.
  • Plan your route with the older kids so you always know where, when, and what they are doing.  Make a meeting point to check in and always make sure you and your teenager have a cell phone ready and available.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
  • Examine all the candy prior to letting your child eat it. Individaully wrapped, unopened candy is still your safest bet.
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Try to make trick or treating a group activity.  The kids will be safer and more noticeable as a mass of little ones. And it can be more fun for the adults to have other grownups to trick or treat with as well.
From everyone here at Garber Heating,  have fun, be safe,  and hopefully these little tidbits will prove to help everyone enjoy a memorable halloween night! 

Remember your FurBabies this winter!

Monday, October 06, 2014 | Comments (0)

Does your dog shiver when you go outside?

heatingDuring the winter season, many dogs feel the cold as much as their people do, especially when they are not habituated to the cold. Keeping your dog warm through the winter months is important to maintaining top health, and it won't take you much extra effort to ensure winter coziness for 4 legged friends.

First, understand your breed! Some dog breeds are more susceptible to the cold, while others thrive in the winter. Obviously huskies, malamutes and other siberian breeds love to roll around in the snow.  Dobermans, greyhounds, and most sleek coated breeds might benefit from a sweater!

Always, always, always, provide appropriate shelter. Best case scenario is that your dog can remain indoors throughout winter, only going outside to play or potty. This will ensure that your dog doesn't get cold while you're out or asleep. The younger the puppy, the more difficult the severe weather can be on him. But, if you have an outside dog, make sure he has a nice insulated dog house with warm bedding. You can use fresh straw as an inexpensive insulating layer. It should be changed when soiled or wet to keep your pet healthy and warm. The entrance should be protected from rain or snow. If the winter is exceptionally tough,  bring even your outside pets indoors.  Even a barn or garage is warmer than an outdoor dog house.

Ensure that your dog bedding is warm and well placed. Bedding is an important part of keeping a dog warm through winter. If your dog sleeps on the ground or somewhere with drafts, place the bed up off the floor. A custom-made bed with cushioned insert, blankets, and old clothing make good, warm bedding.
For old and arthritic dogs, consider using a heated dog bed. Be sure to clean and change bedding regularly to reduce fleas, germs, and mess.

Sometimes canine clothing becomes necessary for particular dogs and situations. Sweaters and jackets can help to keep your dog warm through winter, especially for small or toy dogs, dogs without long hair, and old or sick dogs. Keep in mind though, that just because you are cold,  that does not mean your alaskan malamute needs a cable knit sweater…

Booties can protect your dog's paws when walking on snow and salt. Salt is very hard on doggie paws and snow is cold and can be sharp. You may need to train your dog to accept booties. Use positive reinforcement training – put a bootie on one foot, feed a treat, then remove it. Repeat daily and gradually increase the amount of booties until the dog is used to having them put on.

Try to avoid trimming, shaving or cutting your dog's hair in the winter. A dog's full weight coat is his source of warmth. It provides insulation against the cold and a water barrier as well. It is important to maintain a good grooming regime through winter too, as matted hair is less efficient at keeping out the snow and cold rain, and does not insulate the dog as well. Consistent grooming can alleviate dander problems in dogs living through dry winters, should this be a problem for your dog. Keep the hair around paw pads well trimmed. This will help prevent ice and snow balling up between footpads.

All of us here at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning want to make sure your pets and your people stay comfortable this winter.  Call us today to check out that furnace or heater before the first big storm!! It will be here before you know it. 

Are you ready for winter???

Friday, September 05, 2014 | Comments (0)
The days are getting shorter, the wind a bit crisper… winter is on its way! Are you ready?  Is your HVAC system ready? In fact, the changing of seasons is a great reminder for scheduling not only routine maintenance, but also making sure your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is ready for the cold weather that’s surely on the way.

Among the things to do to get ready: replace or clean all the filters in your HVAC system (this really should be done monthly). Dirty filters aren’t all that effective and they restrict free flow.

Adjust the registers on your HVAC system, recognizing that hot air rises and cool air falls; open some supply registers on the first floor and close some on the second floor. Also adjust your thermostat and humidistat for winter, and maybe even change the times of day for different temperatures if you have that option.

Ideally, your HVAC system should be checked twice a year by professionals to ensure efficient, reliable and safe operation. They can check filters; inspect working parts such as belts, motors, and electrical switches and contacts; make sure that thermostats and humidistats are set and working properly; check gas pressures and replace or add refrigerants in accordance with EPA guidelines. And they will welcome any questions you may have.

So take advantage of a routine maintenance agreement to be sure that your seasonal checkups are done on schedule; if you have such an agreement, you’ll get priority service in case of equipment failure or other problems during the year and likely will enjoy a reduced rate for service and same-day service in most instances.

Here at Garber, we can help you with all of the above.  Don’t delay, and set up an appointment to get your heating system checked today!!

Shut The Front Door!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Shut the front door, no seriously, you don’t want to let your ice cold a/c out!

Looking for a new a/c unit, but not sure where to start? Why not pick a company that has been in business for over 40 years. Garber Heating & Air Conditioning is a brand you can trust with the track record to back it up.

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Quality You Can TRUST! 

Reasons you should purchase your next a/c unit from Garber

  • Quality work
  • Fair prices
  • Licensed and insured technicians
What to expect after you purchase an a/c unit from Garber

  • Timely installation of your a/c unit
  • 24 hour emergency services available
  • Service provided by a proven company that has been in business for more than 40 years

A company that uses only the finest products

Garber heating and air conditioning proudly offers several different product lines including Carrier and Amana products. We choose brands that are known for their quality, durability, and performance and offer industry leading warranties. Any of our products is a great choice for providing you with premium, lasting comfort while lowering your energy costs. Because at the end of the day you just want an a/c that works!

Ready to purchase a new a/c unit but not sure how you’ll pay for it? Garber Heating & Air Conditioning offers great financing options. They offer low monthly payments, preferred interest rates, flexible terms, and an online bill paying option. Don’t delay, visit www.garberheating.com today.

Don't be left out in the HEAT!!

Friday, August 01, 2014 | Comments (0)
Do you need a new a/c unit, but not sure where to start?  Why not pick a company with quality work practices, premier service advisers, and many happy and satisfied customers??!!  

Here are just a few reasons for purchasing your next a/c unit from Garber Heating:

  • Quality work
  • Fair prices
  • Licensed and insured technicians

What to expect after you purchase an a/c unit from Garber Heating:


Garber Heating offers Carrier, Gibson, Ruud, Heil, York, Trane, Bryant, Amana, Lennox, Rheem, among many others.  Please contact us if your brand is not listed, we probably have it! Because at the end of the day you just want an a/c that works!

Ready to purchase a new a/c unit but not sure how you’ll pay for it? 

Garber Heating offers great financing options.  They offer low monthly payments, preferred interest rates, flexible terms, and an online bill paying option.  

Don’t delay, visit www.garberheating.com today and get your house ice cold now!

Diamond Club Maintenance Plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Routine heating & air conditioning system maintenance and check-ups will extend the life of your residential system. Plus, maintenance can keep your system operating at peak performance - saving you money! 

When your HVAC system runs well, it keeps you and your family safe and comfortable. Lower operating costs come with regular check ups ultimately lowering your home utility costs. 

System maintenance consists of verifying safety controls, clean/inspect ignition/starting components, lubricate motors, check heat exchange and heating elements, amp and voltage checks, electrical connection checks, adjusting system for optimum cooling, cleaning condensate drains, and outdoor coils.

HVAC Maintenance Plans

Bonus benefits of being a Diamond Club Member include, standard rate on emergency calls after hours and on Saturdays, discounted labor rate on Sunday and Holiday emergency calls, postcard reminders for renewal and service dates, transfer of contract if you move, 10% discount on parts, as well as preferred scheduling. 

 Call 309-266-9372 for your custom contract plan TODAY!

Suffering from Seasonal Allergies?

Monday, March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

After a long winter, we are officially into Spring and looking forward to warmer days ahead. For some of us, the change in seasons triggers the onset of seasonal allergies. Did you know that air quality in your home can play a significant role in how well you are able to deal with allergy symptoms?  In fact, your HVAC system can actually help with your allergy symptoms – when properly maintained.

With warmer temperatures, many people are inclined to want to open up windows in their home rather than use their AC system. While fresh air seems like a good idea, if you suffer with allergies, you may want to reconsider. When opening  the windows, you are inviting pollens and other allergens into your home. These pollens and allergens can attach to rugs and other soft surfaces in your home and hang around long after your windows are closed. 

When your HVAC system has been properly maintained and kept clean, it is highly effective at helping with allergy symptoms. Routine filter changes are crucial to keep your system running at peak performance. It is also very helpful to have professional cleanings done on your system frequently to prevent dust and mold growth inside of your unit. In addition to your HVAC system, Garber offers several additional options for your home comfort and health.

Air purifiers added to your unit provide maximum air purification, cleaning over 100x more air than portable units. These purifiers capture and kill airborne viruses, bacteria and mold and do not need to be cleaned – simply replace the media cartridge.

Humidifiers are another option for those battling allergies. These units are nearly silent while running and humidify air to avoid irritated sinuses, noses, throats and dry skin. When the time comes, removal and replacement of the pad is quick and convenient.

If you haven’t had HVAC system maintenance performed recently on your system or would like to learn more about the options we can offer to help make your home more healthy, call us today!

 

Spring is Coming!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

HVAC Mainentance Plan

Most people today still believe there will not be a problem until there is one. This is called “reactive” thinking. Even though you know that is far better to use a scheduled maintenance plan, most or us continue to spend the bulk of our time and money operating reactively. The most common reason given for this is lack of resources. But wouldnt it be better to be able to plan ahead for these “emergencies”?

This approach to maintenance with respect to HVAC systems is particularly troubling. Your HVAC system is responsible for more than 40 percent of your total energy use. Keeping HVAC systems running properly and at peak efficiency is key to saving you money and headache in the long run. 

The importance of good HVAC system maintenance goes beyond just controlling energy use. Homes today depend on properly operating systems for more than just your family’s comfort. For example, most electronics, internet, and telephone systems have requirements for specific environmental conditions to operate properly. Temperatures and humidity levels that fall outside of this range can lead to interruption in services and even costly system failures. 

Sometimes the difference between keeping a family or business running and having to shut down is nothing more than proper HVAC system maintenance.It is hard to remember because your HVAC system is not the most thought of component in your household. They are out of sight and out of mind… until there is a problem. By then, it is too late for a simple maintenance fix. You have to “react” to the issue at hand, and this usually can turn into a very costly mistake. 

Families that have opted for a comprehensive, planned and predictive maintenance program show dramatic decreases in maintenance costs. And when factors are included, such as extended equipment life, reduced energy use, less frequent system downtime find that their total costs can be as much as 50 percent lower than the costs for those people who continue maintain equipment reactively. 

Just a thought… Garber Heating and Air Conditioning has a maintenance plan for you! Call us today to discuss your needs and wants. Remember, spring is just around the corner, followed by SUMMER!!!

5 BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | Comments (0)

1. Lower Operating Cost (More Efficiency)

The most efficient gas furnace has an efficiency rating of about 90% to 94%. Geothermal delivers a over 400% efficiency rating. That means 4 units of energy are delivered for every 1 unit of electrical energy!

2. Quiet Operation

It’s very, very quiet. Unlike air conditioners or heat pumps there is no outdoor unit. Geothermal units are very smooth and quiet in operation, comparable to a refrigerator. Geothermal units are also very reliable since the units are not subjected to wear and tear caused by snow, rain, ice, or vandalism.

3. Low Environmental Impact

Did you know that the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a home. Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gasses which contribute to air quality pollution. Additionally, low electricity demand from geothermal systems help reduce peak grid demand and the need for more electric generating plants. 

4. Clean and Safe

There is no combustion in a geothermal heat pump; therefore there is no chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning. By adding high efficiency air cleaners with geothermal, a high indoor air quality level can be reached.

5. Positive Cash Flow

Geothermal is an investment. For many retrofit applications and especially new construction the energy savings more than offset the cost of installation over a short period of time. Think of geothermal in terms of Net Present Value (NPV). If you install a system which produces significant cash flow savings over its lifetime with a salvage value (equal to the value of the ground loop), the NPV is almost always positive. Many people want to know the “payback” period. We often ask these individuals what the payback period is on their car, or the current payback period of their gas furnace, there is none. 

Geothermal Will Produce Energy Savings

A GeoThermal Heat Pump will produce energy savings that will equal and/or exceed the cost of the system installation over the course of ownership!