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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!!

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.

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.

Spring Allergies - Your HVAC system can HELP!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 | Comments (0)

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. 

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 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!

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!!!

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