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As 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...
About the 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
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.
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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!!
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!
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 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!
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While most of the time, when you are suffering from spring allergies, your initial instinct is to just stay indoors. But... what if your indoor air quality is worse than outside??
It is all too easy to forget about the dust and allergens living inside your house and duct work and blame your discomfort on the spring weather. Take the time to go through a spring check list to help reduce the itchy, watery eyes and runny noses so you can enjoy the beautiful shift in weather.
- First thing, as we mentioned last month, do your spring cleaning!
- Dust indoors, especially fixtures and fans
- Clean your air ducts!
- Schedule HVAC maintenance
- Prune your trees, add weed control
- Schedule an indoor air quality check
Garber Heating can provide duct cleaning, hvac maintenance, any repair or replacement work, as well as a comprehensive indoor air quality check. There are many things we can do to improve your quality of life!
Call us today and schedule your appointment. We would love to talk with you.
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!
Program For Veterans & Active Duty Military
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.
- The Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival: Now celebrating it's 49th year from September 16-19 2015
- Visit GARBER at the Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival!
- How are You Coping With the High Humidity in Illinois?
- What Exactly is Hybrid Heating??
- Learn more about Garber's Diamond Maintenance Plans
- Garber Heating & Air - The BEST HVAC Contractor in Morton!
- Save Money on Air Conditioning this Summer!
- Spring Allergies - Your HVAC system can HELP!!!
- Spring Cleaning Time - Are you ready???
- Heating for Heroes