The Scariest Season of them all: Fall Attractions sure to Please!

Halloween has long been known as the scariest day of the year, and people love being scared. This leads to a month’s worth of celebrations; for the entire month of October, Wisconsin plays home to festivals aplenty that recognize this distinguished day.

That said, October isn’t only about Halloween. With the first day of autumn falling on September 23, October is also devoted to celebrating what many believe to be the most beautiful time of year. The weather cools down, the leaves change colors, and families gather to watch their favorite sports teams take on the competition.

Whether you’re hoping to be scared out of your wits or enjoy a family day out and about, the areas surrounding Green Bay, Wisconsin offer plenty of fall attractions that are sure to bring you terrifying joy!

Haunted Houses

  • Terror on the Fox: Deemed by Fox as the “haunted house of the year,” Terror on the Fox is Green Bay’s best haunted attraction this Halloween season. With three chilling attractions designed to terrify you to the very core, you’ll leave Terror on the Fox having satisfied your thirst for horror – and maybe more.
  • Green Bay Fear: Where terror calls home. With a selection of horrors that bring nightmares to life, you’ll be blown away by the three heart-pounding attractions Green Bay Fear has to offer. We just hope you make it out in one piece…
  • Burial Chamber is the Midwest’s largest haunted complex. Located in Neenah, Wisconsin, Burial Chamber is home to two massive indoor haunted houses, an outdoor wooded trail, and four coffin rides! If you’re looking to pack the most possible entertainment into one evening, Burial Chamber is the place to be. Just be careful not to bite off more than you – or the roaming dead – can chew.

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

  • Meuer Farm, LLC: There’s nothing quite like a good corn maze, and you’ll find none better in Chilton, Wisconsin than Meuer Farm, LLC. With hayrides, trails, and pumpkin patches galore, you’ll find that Meuer Farm is the place to take your family this fall season. Plus, Meuer Farm also offers an activity area for kids of all ages to enjoy, so whether you’re looking to make memories that last forever or simply in need of a break from the day’s other tiring events, the activity area is a perfect stop on your way to making a day in Chilton at Meuer’s special!
  • Polly’s Pumpkin Patch: Looking to take your family to the best pumpkin patch in town? Look no further than Polly’ Pumpkin Patch in Chilton, Wisconsin! With a corn maze, wagon rides, produce stands, petting zoo, and family fun center, you can make an entire day out of a trip to Polly’s!
  • Harvest Hill Family Farm: Harvest Hill is Seymore, Wisconsin’s number one place for pumpkin picking during autumn. Open from September 14 – October 27, Harvest Hill is the place to be if you’re looking for the best pumpkin to display on your front porch this Halloween. And with a petting zoo, 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin painting, and other fun fall activities to take part in, your whole family can enjoy a day at this beautiful family farm!

Other Activities

  • Zoo Boo’s 25th Anniversary: From 3 – 11 p.m. on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26, New Zoo Adventure Park in Suamico will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Zoo Boo! Celebrate wildlife and nature like only New Zoo Adventure Park can with Suamico, Wisconsin’s best fall attraction!
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Halloween Event: Want to bring your kids to a totally non-scary Halloween event this October? Look no further than the annual Wildlife Sanctuary Halloween Event. With 600 acres of urban wildlife refuge, this annual Halloween event in Green Bay, Wisconsin is the perfect way to both educate and entertain kids on a brisk autumn day!

It’s no secret that Halloween is one of the most exciting times in the Green Bay area. What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions? Comment on this post, or on our Facebook page, for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon, which can be used on anything from your favorite scary movies to Halloween decorations for your home!

Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information on how Van’s can help you make it through the Halloween season (and beyond) without heating or air conditioning problems, please call us at 866-573-8386.


What are the Signs that You Might Need a Furnace Replacement?

The seasons are close to changing, and if you aren’t careful, you could see a significant uptick in the cost of your monthly heating bill.

If you haven’t called Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your yearly HVAC checkup, we strongly recommend you do as soon as possible. Scheduling a checkup can save you from dealing with a host of problems that often arise throughout the winter season, and who wants to be stuck with no heat in the middle of January?

Still, checkups will not save your HVAC unit forever. These machines are still just that – machines – and while tune-ups can stretch their lifespan for years, eventually they do need to be replaced. So what are some of the signs that your unit is running on its last legs?

  • Your heating system is nearing the two-decade mark.Twenty years is a benchmark in the heating and air conditioning world. If your system lasts you longer than it takes to put a child through high school, chances are you kept up with the maintenance and invested in a great system. That said, age isn’t everything when it comes judging how much longer your unit will last.
  • You’ve had to repair your unit more often and at higher costs.As HVAC systems age, they become increasingly more difficult to repair. This results in bigger bills for what may feel like routine work, especially if you need to call maintenance specialists multiple times every year. A good rule of thumb is to replace a unit if any HVAC repaircosts more than 50 percent of a new unit. If your unit is older (nearing or past the two-decade mark) and costs more than 10 percent of a new unit to repair, you should also consider replacing the system. Why? Because the odds are that it will soon break down again.
  • Different rooms throughout the house are different temperatures.While this isn’t a sure-fire way to know you need a new furnace, it can be the determining factor if you’re also dealing with other issues. Ducting issues are usually the culprit when it comes to uneven heating or cooling and you can save big on those duct repairs when coupled with purchasing a new furnace at the same time.
  • You hear loud noises.Old furnaces are noisy. While they’re expected to make some noise when they turn on and off, they should not rattle, pop, hum, or screech throughout the day and night. If they do, you likely need to replace some part of the furnace– if not the entire unit.

Furnace replacements are a large investment that will ensure your family’s comfort and safety for years to come. Trusting a group of professionals with invaluable experience installing these units is a crucial part of the process, and you’ll find no better than the trusted team at Van’s One Hour.

For more information on how Van’s One Hour, located in Green Bay, WI, can help you determine whether or not you need a furnace replacement, call 866-573-8386.


Make Your Tailgate the Talk of the Town this Football Season!

Can you believe the Green Bay Packers have already played their first game of the 2019 season? Football is officially back, and with this great time of year comes everyone’s favorite pre-game tradition: tailgating!

A football tradition that dates back 158 years, tailgating has always been seen as one of the greatest American traditions the country has to offer. With one of the richest histories the NFL has to offer, it’s no secret why Cheeseheads love to get their party on before their Packers kickoff!

Because we love football and all the fun events that come with it just as much as the next fan, our team at Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning compiled a list of places to pick up tailgating foods in the Green Bay area. Whether we’re talking about a gourmet restaurant, a popular farmer’s market, or your local grocery store, you’re sure to be the hero every party needs after arriving with a delicious dish from one of these destinations!

  • Downtown Appleton Farm Market: A year-round farmer’s market that moves inside at the start of November, the Downtown Appleton Farm Market, located on W. College Avenue in Appleton, WI, is the premiere location for all the best produce all season long. With over 150 vendors present weekly, you’re bound to find something fresh that you can use in your tailgating contribution. If your dish calls for any fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bread, or baked goods, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for in Appleton!

  • Van Abel’s of Hollandtown: Looking to bring that feeling of family with you to the game? Choose Van Abel’s catering services, located in Kaukauna, WI, to bring a home-cooked meal with you anywhere you go. With the best sandwiches, salads, and tailgate foods in the area, you can fuel up better than ever before a day of pure excitement.

  • Carmella’s Bistro: If you want some good pasta dishes to help fill up your squad, look no further than Carmella’s catering in Appleton. Carmella’s works with customers to create the perfect catering menu, ensuring that your tailgate is the best – and tastiest – that it can possibly be.

  • Festival Foods: Festival Foods is the best place to find the perfect recipes and ingredients for awesome tailgating food. With a click-and-go online service, you can choose all of the ingredients you’ll need a la cart and schedule delivery around your schedule. And, for a limited time, you can also win an MVP-deck experience at a Packers game! How’s that for some double-dipping?

  • Maplewood Meats: Nothing screams “Packer’s tailgate” like a good bratwurst. Brats are something of a Wisconsin tailgating staple, and you’ll find no better than brats from Maplewood Meats. Maplewood Meats, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, provides both e-shop and pick-up options that make shopping easy and convenient for customers. With tons of options to choose from – including bacon, hams, and sausages – you’ll never face a shortage of options for the ultimate tailgating experience.

What are some of your favorite tailgating dishes? Catering services? Locations? We want to hear from you. Comment on this post (or on our Facebook page), and we’ll choose three lucky winners to receive a free air filter, courtesy of Van’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning!

For more information on how you can keep your family warm and safe throughout football season, call 866-573-8386, or visit us online at http://onehourgreenbay.com/.


Whole House Gas Furnaces

Replaces your old Gas Furnaces and get a great deal on a new Daikin Air Conditioning system

Football season is right around the corner, which can mean only one thing: cold weather is a-brewin’ here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Instead of waiting for something to happen to your gas furnace, score a deal on us and consider upgrading or replacing your old unit before the cold season strikes.

Daikin-Brand Performance – Built to Keep You Warm All Winter Long

Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in installing Daikin whole-house furnaces. Daikin furnaces can run with unmatched efficiency, and with unique designs for heat exchangers that result in some of the most durable units on the market, buying a Daikin is a no-brainer.

Until August 31, 2019, Van’s One Hour is running a Daikin special you won’t find anywhere else, and it starts with the Daikin-brand DM96VC Variable-Speed Two-Stage Gas Valve ComfortNet™ Communicating Systems Furnace.

The Daikin DM96VC is an exceptionally quiet unit unlike any other model on the market, and it is a great unit to replace an old gas furnace. With a two-stage gas valve and variable-speed airflow system, you can rest assured that your family’s home will remain just as delightful as the weather outside is frightful all winter long.

Some of the other features included in the Daikin DM96VC include:

  • Durable stainless-steel tubular heat exchanger and a secondary stainless steel heat exchanger (for unmatched efficiency)
  • Silicon nitride ignition system
  • ComfortNet™ communication-system compatible, giving you the ability to communicate with your Daikin from the palm of your hand
  • Self-diagnostic control board that monitors your system 24/7
  • Indoor blower motor for optimum sound control
  • Fully insulated heat exchanger and blower section

Daikin gas furnaces such as this also come with a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty, a 12-year unit replacement limited warranty, and a 12-year parts limited warranty to ensure longevity and security for your new heating system.

Buy One, Get One Half Off!

Right now, for a very limited time, when you buy a Daikin DM96VC furnace through Van’s,  we’re offering half off a Daikin Fit HVAC system!

The Daikin Fit system is a side-discharge HVAC unit with smart capabilities. If your family is short on space, you shouldn’t have to compromise the quality of your HVAC system, and the Daikin Fit is a stylish and quiet solution. Some of the features that come with a Daikin Fit include:

  • Low profile air conditioner with inverter (variable speed) technology
  • Durable heat exchanger
  • Control board with self-diagnostic capabilities
  • Near soundless machine

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, located in De Pere, Wisconsin, if you’re in need of a new furnace, HVAC system, or any sort of HVAC service. Visit www.onehourgreenbay.com or call 866-573-8386.


Common problems with heaters: are you in need of a checkup?

Last winter, did it seem like your heating system wasn’t working as well as it did in years past? Did you see a spike in your monthly heating bills even though your system was running the same way as always? If so, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may be experiencing some minor problems that can be fixed with a little maintenance.

Well-maintained heaters are so important for your comfort, safety, and wallet. Regular maintenance might seem like a burden and something you can “put off” until a later date, but if you wait too long, the results can be costly.

If you’ve yet to get a heating system tune-up this year and have experienced any of the following problems, it’s time to call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Expensive bills. It’s been said before, and it’ll be said again: an increase in your monthly bill is a sure-fire sign that something about your system is off, especially if your monthly usage hasn’t really changed. Is it possible that your utility company has increased your heating costs? Yes, but an equally-likely scenario is that something internal is causing the bulk of your problems. If your system isn’t running at an optimal level, then it needs to work harder to produce the results you’re used to seeing. And more work equals more money. It’s that simple.
  • Loud or strange noises. It is perfectly normal for a heater to make noises when it either begins or stops running; however, new sounds are a good indication that something is wrong. As a resident of the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, you’re most likely familiar with the sounds your heating system makes, seeing how they are often left running for months on end. If you hear anything out of the ordinary (such as squeaking or grinding), that means your system might have broken parts that need to be fixed before they cause further, or even permanent, damage.
  • Foul odors. When you start running your heating system, the smell of the air inside your house should not change. If it does, the odor could indicate that there are some internal issues with mold, mildew, drain clogging, or even the heater’s wiring. These issues are usually met with bad smells, so if the air starts to stink, it’s time to think (about calling Van’s)!
  • Changes to your home’s temperatures. When you set the thermostat to a number, that number shouldn’t fluctuate while your system is running. Similarly, your house should not have hot and cold spots; the temperature throughout the building remain the same no matter where you go. If it isn’t, then that is a sign that either something is wrong with your thermostat or something is wrong with the system. Either way, the problem should be addressed before your HVAC system causes more costly issues.

Considering a professional tune-up before winter strikes – especially if you faced heater-related problems last year – is one of the best things you can do before the seasons change. By doing so, you could very well save yourself a boatload of trouble – and money – when the cold weather eventually hits Wisconsin.

And winter is indeed coming.

For more information on how Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (located in De Pere, Wisconsin) can prolong the life of your HVAC system, please call us at 866-573-8386 today!