Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Eve: The Tournament of Roses Parade

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The East Coast has their own traditions for New Year’s Eve, notably the dropping of the ball in Times Square to signal the beginning of the New Year. We have our own traditions here on the West Coast, and with 2014 almost upon us, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the biggest: the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Parade is held every year on New Year’s Day, save when January 1 falls on a Sunday (in which case it is held on the 2nd). Tradition holds that they don’t host it on a Sunday in exchange for God preventing rain on the parade, though it has actually rained ten times since the first parade. It all began in 1890, when members of the Pasadena Valley Hunt club organized and staged it on Colorado Boulevard. Their parade consisted of horse carts covered with flowers, followed by a series of athletic events (including races and polo matches). Football was first added in 1902, when Michigan beat Stanford by a score of 49-0. The football tradition was dropped for a few years, but came back in 1916 for good. The game has traditionally featured the champions of the Big 10 and Pac 10 Conferences, though teams from different conferences have appeared from time to time.

As for the parade itself, it soon added motorized floats, marching bands and equestrian units to its array of features. A “Rose Queen” is chosen every year from the ranks of Pasadena girls ages 17 through 21, along with six princesses to serve as her court. 2014’s Rose Queen is high school student Ana Marie Acosta. A Grand Marshall is chosen every year as well, and has previously included such varied luminaries as Walt Disney, John Wayne, Dwight Eisenhower, Hank Aaron, George Lucas, Charles M. Schulz, Kermit the Frog, and Fred Rogers. The Grand Marshall for 2014 will be legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate New Year’s Day, we here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning wish you nothing but the very best. May 2014 bring you all good things, and may your New Year’s celebrations – in whatever form they take – be happy, safe and fun for your entire family. Happy New Year!

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Wishing You a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s the holiday season once again, and everyone at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning wishes the very best for you, your family, and your friends. We hope that whatever brings you joy fills these last days of the year.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide you with services that improve your lives and help you better enjoy this time with your loved ones. You are the reason that we exist as a company, and that’s something we always keep that in mind. We are eager to work with you in the coming year.

Here’s something to remember for the season: many companies in our industry are very busy on service calls during December—it’s one of the most crowded times of the year. If you need service, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of this time of year.

Lastly, we at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning want to conclude with a thought from the late Earl Nightingale to help remind us all that we do not need to wait for a holiday to have a reason to enjoy or celebrate ourselves, our lives or our family:

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

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Heating Repair Caused by Poorly Sized Ductwork

Friday, December 20th, 2013

You probably haven’t considered how important your ductwork is for your heating system, whether it’s a gas furnace or a heat pump. The reason people often forget about ductwork is because most of the ducts remain out of sight, hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, and rooms you rarely enter. But if you have ductwork that suffers from maladies such as leaks, bad connections, or poor construction, it can have a large negative impact on your heater, possibly leading to it requiring repair.

Another problem with ductwork that can affect your heater: improper sizing. If the installers who put in your ducts in the first place picked the wrong size—either too large or too small—your heater will struggle. Here are some of the heating repairs that we often encounter because of poorly sized ductwork.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is an excellent source for both fixing duct issues and providing heating repair in Chandler, AZ.

We can take care of your heating system, and we also specialize in duct cleaning and testing.

The effect of poorly sized ducts on your heater

If your ducts are too large, you’ll probably notice the issue right away, because the system will make noise from the restriction on the air flow. The reduced air flow from the constriction will build up pressure inside the ductwork.

If the ducts are too large for your heating system, they will cause low airflow, and this will result in uneven heating throughout your home, since the air will not reach all the vents.

Studies have shown that improper ductwork design can cause as much as a 60% loss in heating efficiency. This is not only bad news for your pocketbook, it’s also bad news for your heater, which will struggle to reach the temperature set for it and begin to degrade and age rapidly. This means more repairs to things such as motors, fan belts, and compressors. And it can also end up with a need for an early retirement for your heater and the expense of purchasing a new one.

You should never let any heating repair go without attention. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning knows both your heater and your duct work: we can provide repairs for your heating system, and cleaning and sealing services to take care of your ducts. Give us a call for your heating repair in Chandler, AZ and let us take a look at your ductwork so we can advise you on what you should do. You can reach us 24/7.

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What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

From the point-of-view of a person standing in a room where a vent is sending out warm air, there seems to be little difference between a heat pump and a furnace. The end result is the same: heated air. The two units, wherever they are housed, may make different sounds, but otherwise nothing else is.

This is an illusion however. In almost all important ways, furnaces and heat pumps are vastly different devices that operate on separate principles. We’ll go into a bit more details about the differences between the two comfort systems. We hope this will help you if you’re trying to make a choice between the two for your home. But to make a final decision, you should have expert guidance: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our many decades of experience will help you decide if a furnace or a heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ is right for you.

Furnaces and heat pumps

Furnaces create heat and then transfer it to the air. In a general sense, they are similar to ovens (from which they originally developed): they heat up the air using their fuel source. Most furnaces either use electricity or natural gas (again, similar to ovens) to create this heat. The heat is transferred to the air, and then fans blow that air into the ducts that send it through your home. Natural gas furnaces have to vent away the exhaust from combustion. All this occurs inside a single indoor cabinet.

Heat pumps do not create heat at all, however. They move heat from one place to another, using separate units: one indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor unit draws heat from the air, then transfers it indoors using refrigerant. The inside unit then releases the heat to the indoors, which blowers send through vents. (There are ductless versions, however, called ductless mini splits.) Heat pumps use electrical power to run and do not create any emissions from burning fuel.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that the heat pump can also serve as an air conditioner: if it reverses the direction of heat exchange, drawing heat from indoors and putting it outdoors, it will cool down the inside of a home. Furnaces will only heat; heat pumps can heat and cool.

So why doesn’t everyone install a heat pump?

They sound a bit too good to be true, don’t they? But heat pumps are not ideal for every home or every climate; sometimes they have trouble providing enough heat, something at which furnaces excel. However, the easiest way to know which system will work the best for you is to consult with experts, such as those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our specialists are devoted to bringing you the best comfort they can, and they’ll help you decide in your debate of furnace vs. heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Heating Issues During the Winter

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If you’ve ever talked with a friend or relative who lives in a northern state about troubles you have heating your home in Arizona, they may have acted as if you were crazy. Who needs heat in Arizona? Although it’s true that we enjoy one of the warmest year-round climates in the U.S., anyone who has lived here for at least a year knows that winter evenings can get quite chilly. Your home needs effective insulation and a sturdy heater to keep you comfortable during the upcoming months, especially at night. Below are just some of the heating problems you may encounter during this winter. Some will require you schedule heating repairs, and when that happens, make sure you call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

Having problems with your heater in Mesa, AZ? Don’t fret – call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for quick and easy heating repair.

Common winter heating issues

  • Heater won’t turn on: When the season starts, you may encounter trouble with your heater failing to turn on at all. Perhaps it comes on at some times and not others. A common reason for this is a thermostat miscalibration that developed during the summer and fall, which means the thermostat isn’t recording the correct colder temperature that will make it signal that the heater needs to turn on. Your heater may need more serious repairs to its motor or fuel supply—troubles that could have developed from neglect during the months it sat idle.
  • Uneven heating: If your heater does come on, but some rooms aren’t getting warm, then there are a number of possibilities to check. Vents might be blocked or shut. Hot air may be escaping through cracks around the edges of windows or outside doors. The insulation could be deteriorating. Don’t immediately leap to the conclusion that the heater is malfunctioning—although this may ultimately be the reason. Have an HVAC expert come to your house to help you discover the source of the problem.
  • Unexpectedly high bills: If you’ve already gone through one heating season with your current system, you will know what to expect to see on your energy bills when your heater comes on for the season. But should you discover surprise spikes on your monthly bills, then your heater may have a malfunction that developed over the summer. Schedule repairs right away before the issue becomes worse.

Let Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Help Make Your Winter That Much More Pleasant

Make sure you act on any issues that develop in your heater during the coming chillier months. Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning—any time of the day or night—and we’ll take care of your Mesa heating repair service needs so you won’t have to spend any unpleasant nights in the future without your heater.

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