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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!

Save Money on Air Conditioning this Summer!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

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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!

Heating for Heroes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

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:

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!

Unique HVAC Ideas

Friday, October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)


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! 

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