As a local business, we work within the same community that we live in. That means that we have a personal stake in the general comfort, safety, and well-being of the city of South Bend, and while we work hard to make our community a better place through our services, we know that our job doesn’t stop after we clock out. Our team at Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning is always looking for new ways to get involved with our community through charity, outreach, and more, and our customers love that they can rely on us for more than just quality home services and equipment.
Helping Our Neighbors However We Can
We’ve been in business since 1957, and over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of success. We like to share that success with our community, so we’re always finding new ways to give back. Our charitable partnerships and community outreach projects help us show South Bend just how much they mean to us.
Our Outreach and Charity Efforts Include:
- Regularly hosting community events, including parades and Open Houses
- Involvement, regular donations to, and partnership with local charity RiverBend Cancer Services
- Auction benefit in support of Mari, a local girl who has been diagnosed with blood cancer, and her family
- And more!
Committed to Our Honor Code
At Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning, all of our technicians are held up to our strict honor code. We want to be a team that our community can always trust, so we make honesty, respect, and integrity the foundation of everything we do. Even outside of our heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical work, we ensure that everyone we encounter knows that we’re committed to quality and compassion in everything we do.
We Promise Our Community that We’ll Always:
- Act with integrity
- Focus on the customer
- Operate with excellence
- Champion teamwork
- Develop people
- Embrace innovation
Community Events Hosted By us
- Open House – October 6th-9th Tuesday-Friday
- Open House – October 1st-4th Tuesday-Friday 9am-7pm
- Walkerton Parade – July 3rd | 7:30 pm
- North Liberty Parade – July 4th | 2:00 pm
- Open House – October 2nd-6th | Details to come!
See what we’re doing for our neighbors in South Bend, Michiana, and beyond – call (574) 498-7556 today to meet our team!
How much is a new furnace or Air Conditioner?Every home is different and our systems are custom designed to match your home. Sounds expensive, right? Well with our years of experience and efficiency combined with our massive buying power we are able to provide you with a true custom system at a cookie cutter price. Is a new system cheap? Not when compared to say a blanket to keep warm but for what we provide we believe we are not only the best but also the cheapest in town! You will find our customers agree. Check out our reviews here.
What sets you apart and why should we choose you over a “comparable” competitor?While there are many reasons you should choose Great Lakes, we believe the best way to sum that up is with an honest challenge- Call our office and see if you can get the home phone number for our owner. Then call our competitors and do the same. You will find our entire team from the owner down are here to serve you and are dedicated to ensure your happiness!
We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.