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Considering installing a WiFi thermostat? Here’s why you SHOULD!

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We’re heading towards the coldest weather of the year and nothing is more important than keeping your home comfortable and cozy. However, high temperatures could equal high utility bills. Did you ever wish you could set your thermostat just a few degrees cooler while you’re not home to save some cash, and then come back home to a warm house at your preferred temperature? Installing a WiFi thermostat could help you do just that. Program your thermostat to 68 degrees while away at work, and come home to a comfortably warm house at 72 degrees, all while controlling through your smart phone or tablet! And that isn’t all a WiFi compatible thermostat can do. Certain models can even track which temperatures you like and auto schedule without you having to lift a finger! You could save 10% on your bill per year with a WiFi thermostat.

Do you own a second home that is far away from your first home? Let’s say, a house down the shore or a lake house in the Poconos? If so, the WiFi thermostat is the way to go. You can check on your home’s temperature directly on your smart phone or tablet to make sure you’re not overly heating or cooling an empty home. You may even program safety temperature alerts direct to you in case of dangerously low temperatures. This could save a water pipe from freezing and bursting. In case of any issues with your Heating or Cooling system, you will be easily alerted and able to get the issue fixed.

And, how about an added bonus? If you have your home set up with Amazon Echo, you can pair certain models of your WiFi thermostat to this device and allow “Alexa” to set your thermostat for you! The list of benefits for installing a WiFi thermostat goes on. Call Professor Gatsby’s Heating and Cooling for more information on WiFi thermostats and installation. You won’t regret it!


WiFi Thermostat

Lyric™ T6 Pro Wi-Fi Thermostat

Serving South Jersey, Williamstown, Washington Township, Sewell, Turnersville, Glassboro, Sicklerville, Pitman, Clayton, Deptford and surrounding areas

Don’t buy or sell your house without reading this first!

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Don’t buy or sell your house without reading this first!

Heat Certifications: Are you buying or selling your home? Do you have concerns about your heating or air conditioning system? A very popular concern for a buyer would be that the heating and air conditioning system has no issues and is running smoothly. Our company, Professor Gatsby’s Heating and Cooling, offers customers heating and air conditioning certifications to give our customers peace of mind to inform them of the condition of the system. In addition to performing a certification, this is a great way for you to learn more about the type, age and model of your system and how it operates.

There are many steps we take to ensure that your system is working properly such as:

  • Checking your heater for proper combustion
  • Inspecting Heat Exchanger for cracks, which can lead to Carbon Monoxide leaks
  • Ensuring that the Carbon Monoxide levels are proper
  • Inspecting your flu-draft to ensure that your unit is operating efficiently


These are just a few of the many important steps of a heating certification. Call us at Professor Gatsby’s Heating and Cooling for more information. Save yourself aggravation and have your system inspected today!


We also install Wi-Fi Thermostats!

Serving South Jersey, Williamstown, Washington Township, Sewell, Turnersville, Glassboro, Sicklerville, Pitman, Clayton, Deptford and surrounding areas

Professor’s Tips – It’s that time of the year again!

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It’s that time of the year again! Are you concerned that your Heater isn’t up to par for the winter? Have you had your PM done yet this season?


Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your Preventative Maintenance (PM) done! It is good practice to have your equipment serviced twice per year, spring and fall. Most people don’t realize that your HVAC system can run up 2600+ hours per year! Having maintenance done in advance can inform you of the condition of your system and prevent costly repairs, and most importantly, time spent without heat. In addition to this, having your system operating at peak performance will be save you money on your utility bills! Think of a PM as getting your oil changed on your car. In most cases, not doing it costs you significantly more in the long run.


Professor Gatsby does $89 flat PM’s on all gas furnaces! We also do oil PM’s as well

We want the opportunity to be your Heating and AC Service Company!



Serving South Jersey

Williamstown, Blackwood, Turnersville, Cherry Hill, Glassboro, Pitman, Washington Township, Sewell

Professor’s Tips – Looking for a Free Estimate on your AC system?

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Looking for a free estimate on an AC system replacement? Make sure the contractor that you get your quote from performs a load calculation! There are many measurements that the technician/salesmen need to gather to properly size your heating and air conditioning system. It is very common for us to find that the homes that we are replacing with new equipment have had systems that weren’t properly sized. Many homeowners and contractors think that replacing their system with one of the same is the proper thing to do. A 2.5 ton system today is not necessarily the same as a 2.5 ton system 10-15 years ago, not to mention, your previous contractor could have improperly sized your unit from the beginning!

It is Professor Gatsby’s standard to require our salesmen to perform this test. A load calc takes things likes windows, flooring, insulation, roofing and siding into consideration when performing the calculation.


Having your system properly sized can:

  • Ensure longer life expectancy
  • Provide better comfort
  • Cut down on service calls and time without Heat or AC!
  • Maximize efficiency and minimize utility costs!

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For service, or a free estimate, Call us at 856-885-2231 or email at


Sewell, Williamstown , Washington Township , Cherry Hill , Marlton , Pitman , Clayton , Turnersville, South Jersey

Professor’s Tips – Surge Protecting your AC unit!

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Does your outside AC unit have one of these?! What you’re looking at, in this pic, is a surge protector! Inside your home, you have or should have these behind every major electrical device such as PC’s and TV’s. Your AC unit has a control board in it and during a power surge; it’s possible for your unit to be harmed by the sudden spike in power. Spending a few hundred dollars to save equipment worth thousands is definitely cost efficient! One of our responsibilities as your HVAC contractor is to keep you informed. You will want a professional to install this since it is tied into high voltage wire and will also need to have the warranty registered in case there is a catastrophic event.




ac surge protector


Servicing Southern NJ, Williamstown , Washington Township , Sewell , Blackwood , Glassboro , Cherry Hill , Marlton


Professor’s Tips – Lowering Summer Electric Bills

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Are you dreading the peak of summer because you’re terrified of your utility bills? Did you know that the majority of your electric bill in the summer is directly related to your air conditioning system? If your system is older, than it is generally very inefficient. Have you had a tune up recently? If your system is older and hasn’t been tuned up recently, odds are it is running even longer and working harder causing your electric bills to sky rocket!

Go outside and watch your electric meter once your AC kicks on. Normally your meter spins somewhat lazily, but when the AC is on, it spins much faster, which of course means more $$$$.

Most of the time, a simple Preventative Maintenance (tune-up) will lower your bills, and gives you the peace of mind that your equipment is running properly.


Things you can do to help lower your bills

  1. Keeping blinds closed. Sunlight allows heat to come through windows, causing more heat load.
  2. Running your ceiling fan the correct way. Did you know that you’re supposed to run your ceiling fan counterclockwise in the summer? Here’s a quick test.
    1. Stand under fan, turn on high. You should feel a breeze.
    2. If you don’t, turn off the fan and adjust fan to have blades spin in opposite direction.
  3. Raise your thermostat. Raising the temp by just a degree will positively impact your electric bill.
  4. Installing a programmable thermostat to have the system maintain the temps at the right times.

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Give us a jingle and we will schedule you for a PM service to keep you running cool, all summer long.



Professor’s Tips – My two story home always feels uncomfortable in the summer!

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Do you have that two-story home that never gets comfortable upstairs or in the bedrooms? Professor Gatsby’s has solutions for this common situation! In addition to the possible solutions below, feel free to reach out to us so we can get you a better diagnosis of your system.


Option 1: If your system is older and you are considering a new one

  • Make sure you ask your contractor to install a variable speed motor.
    • Not only is it more efficient, but these types of motors help push more air, further.
    • Make sure your contractor Is using the proper tools to determine which size system to install (this is an extremely common mistake we find)
    • Ask about the warranty on the equipment. (Amana’s warranty is lifetime heat exchanger and compressor parts replacement!)

Option 2: Having your attic air sealed

Wherever a wall meets a ceiling on the second floor, there is air leakage that goes down the wall causing more heat that your air conditioner is trying to transfer. It is important to create a barrier between your living space and the attic to keep you comfortable and efficient. After air ceiling these gaps, add insulation. Insulation is one of the best ways to make your home more efficient. Insulation levels are measured using an “R” value, where the higher the R value, the more efficient the home.

  • Homes that were built in the 1970s typically had an R value of 11 or under, where as homes built today have R values as high as 38!

Option 3: Add some return ductwork

Many times we find that homes were built with inadequate return ducts. By increasing the return, the system is able to pull more hot air from your home. We may be able to add additional returns in a bedroom(s) to help make it more comfortable for you.

At Professor Gatsby’s, we have the knowledge and tools to provide you with the correct solution for your home!



Call us to see if you qualify for the NJ’s BPI Program. We can perform an energy audit on your home




Amana Warranty

“Additionally, our most efficient furnace units offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty* protection on the heat exchanger to the original, registered*, single-family homeowner of a properly matched system. If the original owner should have a compressor failure or heat exchanger, we will replace the air failed unit with a comparable Amana brand product at no cost.”

Professor’s Tips – Things to know about your new AC system

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Professor’s Tip of the week!


Did you know that if you had your Heating and Air system replaced during the winter time, the refrigerant levels need to rechecked? The contractor should come back in the spring and check the refrigerant levels. Most customers and even some contractors don’t know that most manufacturers’ state that in order to check the refrigerant levels properly, the outside temp needs to be between 65 and 75 degrees.


Why does this matter to you?


Effects of Lower Refrigerant levels:

  • Too little refrigerant can actually drop the temp in the cooling coil, causing frost buildup
  • Loss of cooling ability because of the decreased heat exchange between indoor & outdoor units
  • Inefficient operation, causing higher utility bills $$$$$$
  • Strain on compressor in outdoor unit. It works harder, can cause issues like tripped circuit breaker
  • There are side effects of both having too little and too much. Either of the two can lead to an inefficient system and decreased system life expectancy.
  • We believe in providing value through education to our customers. After all, the more you know, the better decision you will make on your investment.
  • Call Professor Gatsby’s to check out your system.
  • 856-885-2231

Serving South Jersey

  • Washington Township, Sewell, Turnersville, Williamstown, Clayton , Glassboro , Marlton , Cherry Hill



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Professor’s Tips – Checking your AC System’s Temp Differential

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Professor’s Tips

If you’re like us, you get curious about how things work. After all, your HVAC system is very complex and does provide most of the comfort in your home. The following is a test that you can do at home to help see if your system is working efficiently.

  1. Turn on your AC , run for a minimum of 10 minutes
  2. Take a standard thermometer and hold it up to one of your supply registers that’s blowing cold air
  3. Take the reading
  4. Now that you have your reading, check the temp on your thermostat

                Generally, you want to see a 20 degree temp difference. Ex. Thermostat says 70 deg, Register says 50 degrees.

If you notice a difference of 15 degrees or under, your unit may not be running efficiently, causing higher utility bills, strain on your system and discomfort inside your home.

And remember, the Professor would love to service your equipment as well!




Is your AC Drain Clogged?!

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Is your AC drain clogged?

This is the clear tube known as a condensate line. When your AC is running, it is pulling the moisture out of the air in your home. This moisture accumulates in your coil cabinet and drains into the condensation pump. The pump turns on and pumps the water outside. The issue occurs when this drain line gets clogged!

We can’t tell you how many service calls we get for this issue! When this line gets blocked, the water can’t escape properly and it can cause issues like:

  • Hundreds or even thousands in water damage to ceilings, carpets, drywall
  • Starting a house fire if water leaks onto electrical components
  • Increased humidity, musty odors, and algae


Avoiding these calls

  • Getting Preventative Maintenance Services (PM’s) once per year at the minimum
    • Our PM service includes checking & cleaning this line
  • Having a float switch installed to have system shut off when there is a clog (see below)
    • We install these in every single install we do!
  • Cleaning the drain yourself
    • We don’t recommend this because the cost for us to do this in a PM Service is so low, it isn’t worth you possibly doing this incorrectly.

Call us for a PM Service today


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Serving South Jersey
Sewell,Turnersville,Washington Township, Williamstown,Clayton,Monroe,Cherry Hill



Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown
20:04 11 Jun 17
Their techs were clean and punctual. AC unit wasn't working. Called them on a hot, sunny Sunday and they took care of everything same day. Very knowledgeable. Explained each step and what needed to be repaired. Reasonably priced too! Would HIGHLY recommend this company!
Alyssa Ciarrocchi
Alyssa Ciarrocchi
02:49 13 Jun 17
Called on an extremely hot evening with little to no hope of having anyone come out. Matt said he would be out within the hour and he arrived within thirty minutes. He assessed the problem and then explained it to myself and my room mate. He set off to work and it was dark outside. He continuously kept us updated on the progress and was extremely knowledgeable in helping us understand what went wrong. Matt was amazing and will be recommended to anyone and everyone for his prompt service, his expertise and his saving the day. I am switching over to Professor Gatsby now for all hearing and air conditioning needs! Thank you for your help!
BJ Collings
BJ Collings
01:37 16 Jun 17
Very professional and clean! Matt and his crew did a wonderful job. They replaced our entire HVAC system, added a second return duct and installed a new water heater. Now our system is now well balanced on all floors and with the recent hot weather it really showed. After a few days Matt followed up with us just to see how everything was working and if I had any concerns. I said I couldn't be happier with everything overall. I would definitely recommend Professor Gatsby's.
Rich F
Rich F
02:53 01 May 17
So Matt came out at 9pm on Sunday night to check my AC. He diagnosed and fixed the issue in an hour and charged me an extremely reasonable fee. I'm extremely happy we found this company because if I ever have another issue I don't have to be nervous about who might come out. I'd pay what he charged me just for the peace of mind. Extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy
Marty Long
Marty Long
16:02 14 Jan 17
Saturday morning ... snow expected in the afternoon ... and ... of course ... our heater goes out. We are fortunate enough to know the owner of Professor Gatsby's Heating and Cooling and he was our first call. I can not rave enough about not only the quality of the service ... but the ethics that drive the company are unsurpassed ... especially in their industry. I would not, and do not, hesitate to recommend Professor Gatsby's for all of your heating and cooling needs. Reputable, reasonable, responsible, caring and ethical. What else could you possible ask for in a heating and cooling contractor? Thanks, Matt ... and continued success to you and your company!!!
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