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Spring Cleaning Time - Are you ready???

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

Spring clean up includes your HVAC Unit.

Don't believe us?  See what our friends at HGTV

have to say about it. There are a lot of thing to check out, including your heating and air conditioning units.  Many of us get lost in the day to day aspects of cleaning the house or the dryer vents, but spring time is a great reminder to look a little deeper into the things that run your home. Things like your HVAC units, fire extinguishers and batteries in the smoke alarms.  Your gutters and water spigots should be looked at, and of course, sprinkler units and concrete outside. Springtime is also a great time to think about your air quality and what your plans are for dealing with allergy issues.  Your local HVAC company has a host of solutions for for indoor air quality and ventilation. 

And don't forget to call Garber Heating and Air conditioning today to schedule a routine checkup before the summer heat hits!



Heating for Heroes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

Program For Veterans & Active Duty Military

NOMINATE YOUR VETERAN OR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBER BY MARCH 7, 2015

All of us at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning would like to first honor and thank all those who are serving or have served in our armed forces. It is the sacrifice’s and services of all these individuals that make them our heroes. The freedoms we so often take for granted are a result of those who are currently serving or have served to protect us, the people of the United States of America. We want to give just a small token of our appreciation by providing and installing a new Carrier comfort heating and cooling system in the home of a needy military family who has been struggling in a difficult time. Once again our prayers and thanks go out to all those who are standing in our behalf to protect us.

Home Automation - The Future... or Now???

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

So when we were kids, 2015 sounded like “the future”, as in hovercars and teleportation, instant meals, and space age living…

Maybe we over estimated, but we do have some things we saw on the Jetsons such as video chat, computerized everything, and cars that sometimes park themselves! Plus, HOME AUTOMATION!!!  Did you know home automation allows you to access and control critical systems and appliances from a remote or centralized location?  By using your smartphone, specialized apps, or a touchscreen thermostat you can set temperatures, turn off lights, set your security systems, open and close garage doors, and many other convenient home options. It may sound complicated – and maybe even unnecessary – but there are very real and immediate benefits to using home automation systems.

The number 1 reason? Convenience! Most home automation systems let you control what is happening in your home…whether you’re actually at home or not! You can turn alarms on or off from your smartphone, or control multiple audio and video devices with one button. You can set timers for almost anything. A great example would be to have everything preset for when you get home from work. The thermostat has already been adjusted to complement the cool night temperatures perfectly. You sit down and touch one button on an advanced remote that turns on your satellite TV, activates your favorite channel and launches your most used audio preset on your surround sound system. Almost Jetson like! 

The second most valued reason: Security. Did you lock your doors? Did you shut the garage?  Need to open the back door for the kids?  All of this can be done remotely and automatically.  Imagine the peace of mind knowing you can check and secure your house from work or while on vacation. You can have live security feeds on your smartphone or computer. Home automation security systems make this all possible and easy. 

Finally, it will save you money! Home automation can reduce your utility bills when managed properly. An intelligent thermostat can not only be set remotely, but can operate on week-long cycles to provide customized comfort to match the way you want to live. Turn your HVAC system down when on vacation, and have it return to your preferred temperature on the day you return. Your house now works with you to manage itself for optimal efficiency. It is genius!

You probably already use your smartphones or tablet to manage most of your life, so extending that to your home is an easy and exciting transition. More home automation manufacturers are designing smartphone apps that allow us to use the devices we already know and love instead of bulky custom controllers with non-intuitive interfaces. So if you think home automation is limited to a huge touchscreen remote that you’ll never use for anything else….think again!

Let us here at Garber help you decide which home automation device is worthwhile for your life.  We can direct and provide you with intelligent thermostats and other options to home automation. While it is not entirely the way we envisioned it as kids,  we are certainly closer! Contact us today to learn about real life home automation!

Dryer vents CAN and DO cause house fires.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Are your clothes taking longer to dry? Does your laundry room heat up when your dryer is running?

These are just a couple of signs that your dryer vent may be clogged or in need of cleaning.  Thousands of fires are sparked each day by clogged dryer vents.  It is not something that you think of on a daily basis,  so it is important to have your certified HVAC technicians out for routine maintenance.

Here are some of the signs that it's time to clean your vent:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
  • Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration.
  • A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
  • A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer.
  • Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle.
ABC News and Angie's list wrote a great article about the risks of dryer vent fires and how to prevent them. Read the article in its entirety here: http://www.abcactionnews.com/money/angies-list/thousands-of-fires-are-sparked-each-year-by-clogged-dryer-vents

Garber Heating can help protect your home from dryer vent fires.  Contact us to schedule your dryer vent cleaning and maintenance.

It's New Year's 2015!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

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It's New Year's 2015!!!

And probably most everyone you know is planning to make a change for the better. What are you're plans for the upcoming year? 

Whatever your goals are, be it joining the gyms that are being flooded with new members or revisiting some of those oh so important things we meant to do last year, be sure to take time to reflect on what made 2014 memorable. Just don’t forget to contact us here at Garber for any of your new 2015 HVAC needs. We would love to be at your service.

Happy New Year!

Christmas is coming!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 | Comments (0)

Christmas is just around the corner and we are sure you have people coming to visit.

There will be doors opening and closing,  Christmas trees hauled through windows, and lots of kids running in and out of your house.  

How will you manage your heating bills to be sure to save enough money to help pay for all those presents and donations?  Here at Garber,  we have a few tips to help you get through the holidays unscathed, or at least... less than your neighbors?? 

Tip #1: Try to manage the traffic. I know, I know, easier said than done,  but where there is a will, there is a way. Keep the kids contained and try to make sure people know to close the doors behind them.  It is helpful to have a friend around to open and close the doors as you haul people and things through them. 

Tip #2: Keep your windows and doors closed.  This one is tough, especially when you are cooking up a storm for your family and friends.  But,  just for a second, just to let the heat out, can turn into a forgotten item, and your furnace will just keep on running. If you absolutely have to "let the heat out",  make sure you put someone in charge of closing it as soon as possible.

Tip #3: Make sure all your weatherproofing is secure on the exterior doors and windows, this keeps your heating in.  Put the little wind blockers under doors that seem to let cold air in.  This is all stuff you probably already did for fall, but it is a good time to double check them.

Tip #4: As usual,  check your filters and fireplace chimneys, make sure it is all in working order.  A good fireplace or wood burning stove can save you hundreds on your heating bills.

And finally,  just relax and enjoy the holidays!

These are such special times and it is important to put the electronics down, and really focus on the people who matter to you.  We here at Garber wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!


Suffering from Fall Allergies???

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Here are a few ideas that might help you breathe a bit better during this beautiful, but unpredictable season.

  • Keep your windows closed. There are many outdoor allergens such as ragweed pollen and moldy leaves,and having the windows open basically turns indoor air into outdoor air, even with a great screens and filters. 
  • Keep the air conditioning on for as long as possible. Forced AC can cut indoor pollen counts almost 90%. 
  • By rinsing your nasal passages with saline,  you can flush out a lot of the irritants and keep your nose much more clear. 
  • Medicate as needed. Over-the-counter antihistamines are the first line of treatment. Be sure to use non-drowsy formulas. For more severe cases, a doctor can help you explore prescription options. 
  • Forget spring cleaning,  it's time to ramp it up for fall! To protect yourself from indoor allergens, keep the house as clean as possible, vacuum furniture and carpets frequently and don’t allow pets on furniture.
  • Check your air filters and dryer vents frequently for dust build up.
Don’t forget that Garber Heating and Air Conditioning can help you with your indoor air quality issues!  Give us a call and we would be happy to help you out.

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.