Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for March, 2014

How to Select the Right Commercial HVAC System for Your Business

Friday, March 28th, 2014

When shopping, eating in a restaurant, or spending time in any type of commercial building, we often take our comfort for granted. However, the owners and managers of the business didn’t: they made sure to select the right commercial HVAC system to provide ideal, “invisible” comfort for patrons, customers, and clients. They also made certain their employees would enjoy the same comfort.

When you’re looking to install commercial HVAC in Mesa, AZ for your business, you should take the same steps these other successful businesses did in order to have the best system possible put in. It will make for happier workers and more content customers.

Because of the complexity of commercial HVAC systems and the number of factors to consider when choosing and then installing a system, you should hire a professional contractor that specializes in commercial work. Look to Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and our staff of commercial cooling and heating professionals for the work you need done.

Selecting the Right Commercial Unit

The most popular type of HVAC system for businesses is the rooftop package unit, which comes pre-assembled with all the necessary components to provide both heating and cooling. (You can choose to have a unit that only provides air conditioning if you prefer.) These units are simple for technicians to install and easy for them to maintain without interfering in regular business operations.

But choosing the right unit is about more than pointing toward a rooftop heater/AC and saying, “that one.” You need to have the right size system. Sizing an HVAC unit is important for home comfort, but it is even more critical—and more difficult to determine—in the commercial world. You will need installation professionals to determine the amount of heating and cooling the HVAC system must produce based on the size of the space, the number of people in it on average, and the output of heat from appliances. Your installers will perform a complete load calculation to determine the unit size. This is known as a “Manual J,” which specifically evaluates business facilities.

Ask your installer to quote you on the specifications for standard-efficiency and high-efficiency units, including the estimated costs for its full lifespan. It may turn out that the high-efficiency unit, although costlier to purchase upfront, will offer lower costs for its lifespan. In this case, you are better off paying more for the initial installation in order to receive greater energy savings over all.

Have the Installers Involved As Soon As Possible

You do not want to make an error when selecting a commercial HVAC system. An error in a home installation can turn out costly, but your business will suffer because of the discomfort from a poorly chosen and sized HVAC system. Make sure you start out in the right direction with guidance from HVAC professionals with long experience selecting, sizing, and installing commercial HVAC in Mesa, AZ.

With business history stretching back to 1939, make Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning you first choice. Give us a call today and set up your next service appointment with us.

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Why High Indoor Air Quality Is Important

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified low indoor air quality as one of the major health threats in the country today. Most Americans spend 85% of their time indoors in buildings that are essentially sealed environments with little circulation of outdoor air, and this contributes to health issues.

Since you spend much of that 85% of your indoor time inside your own house, you need to know why it’s so important to have high quality air circulating through your vents. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers indoor air quality services, and we can assist you with the installation and cleaning necessary to improve the air in your home. Call us for installation of air cleaners in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as duct cleaning services.

The Problems of Low Indoor Air Quality

The U.S. EPA has identified a number of health problems stemming from excess dirt, dust, pollen, and dander contaminating indoor air. The list of immediate effects due to short exposure includes eye, nose, and throat irritation; dizziness; fatigue; nausea; and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms will be much worse for anyone with allergies.

The long-term effects of low indoor air quality are lingering cold and flu-like symptoms, as well as general susceptibility to viruses. The EPA has identified other serious complications from long-term exposure, such as respiratory illnesses. Studies are still uncertain of the link between low indoor air quality and seriously debilitating conditions, since these diseases can come from a number of factors and vary with individuals.

Health issues due to mold infestations inside homes can become serious. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, indoor molds such as Aspergillus and Caldosporium can result in respiratory track symptoms, coughing, and wheezing in people with otherwise normal health. People sensitive to airborne pollutants can suffer from severe asthma attacks. The worst reactions include fever and shortness of breath.

You’ve Convinced Me…Now What Can I Do to Have Better Indoor Air Quality?

There are a number of tools that can help you raise your indoor air quality. One of the simplest is to allow in more outside air with open windows. However, this isn’t always an option in the weather in Arizona. As a second line of defense, you can have professionals install mechanical or electronic air cleaners in your HVAC system, as well as UV germicidal lights to eliminate molds. Regular duct testing and cleaning will help keep your ventilation system clear of contaminants.

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and talk to our HVAC specialists about indoor air quality services in Scottsdale, AZ. They can help determine what steps to take to provide you with cleaner air. We install many types of air cleaners from mechanical filters to electronic cleaners. Let us help you get the best indoor air quality you can.

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Reasons to Install a New Heating System ASAP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring in Paradise Valley is one of the finest times of the year, bringing a warm climate that hasn’t yet climbed to the summer sidewalk sizzle. Now is a good time to install a new heating system in your home if you think you need to replace your old one: you won’t have to worry about being stuck in the cold during the installation, and technicians will have more open schedules.

Do you have a reason to install a new heater? You might have a very urgent one: here are a few that should make you call up professionals like those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning right away and discuss new heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ. Our many decades of experience will make the installation smooth and quick.

Some Reasons to Replace Your Current Heater Right Away

  • Carbon monoxide leaks: If you have a natural-gas heater in your home, you want to make sure that it isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. Since CO is colorless and odorless, make sure you have detectors in your home. If the CO detectors alert you, leave your home and contact a heating contractor right away to see if your gas-powered heater is responsible. An old heater that leaks CO should be replaced immediately.
  • Continual loud noises from the cabinet: If your heater starts to make a constant racket as it runs, not just a single odd sound, then it’s probably on the verge of a complete breakdown that will require expensive repairs to fix—if it can be fixed at all. Call in professionals to assess if you need a replacement to head off a potential breakdown.
  • It costs too much to repair: Look over the bills for repairs to your heater over the last two years. If the cost per year to keep it running with repairs exceeds $500, you’re wasting money. Schedule a replacement right away before you have to call for repairs again.

You Don’t Need to Install the Same Type of System

Here’s something to keep in mind: when you replace your old heater, you can take the opportunity to change to a different type of heater. If you had a furnace, you can have installers easily hook up a heat pump to your existing ductwork. You might consider radiant floor heating if you want to plan to also do some house remodeling. Ask your contractor about some of the new possibilities for heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Give us a call today and talk to our experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to learn more  about our many heating service options in Paradise Valley, whether you stay with the tried and true or want to try something new.

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Chandler AZ

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The statistics on indoor air quality in the United States can sound intimidating. According to the U.S. EPA’s Indoor Environments Division (IED), the poor ventilation in homes can contribute to making the quality of the air inside far lower than that outside, even factoring in outdoor air pollution. Since a person spends on average 85% of his or her time indoors, low indoor air quality can pose a serious health risk.

You can help improve your air quality in Chandler, AZ by allowing more outdoor air inside your home with open windows. However, we know this will not always be an option with the Arizona weather; here are some other ways to protect your air quality. Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today to find out about the ways we can help you have cleaner air.

Regular Duct Cleaning

A basic step for cleaner air in your home is to schedule regular professional cleaning for your HVAC system’s ductwork. No matter how clean your home or well-maintained your heating and cooling system, dust will still enter the ducts and start to build up. Depending on your home, you should have professional duct cleaning done on the ventilation system every one to two years. The extensive process of power vacuuming and agitation will remove most particles from your ductwork.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners installed into your ducts will help prevent dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and even bacteria and smoke from entering your living spaces. Mechanical air filters, such as ones that use HEPA filters, can trap larger particles, while electronic air cleaners using ionization of the air can remove tiny particles that mechanical filters miss.

UV Germicidal Lights

One of the most unpleasant pollutants that can infiltrate your ducts is mold. Different kinds of bacteria can begin to grow inside ducts due to trapped moisture, and these biological contaminants can trigger many health problems such as flu-like symptoms. They are especially hazardous for people with allergies. The best way to put a stop to mold and other biological nuisances is with the installation of UV germicidal lights, which destroy bacteria without damaging ductwork or harming your air.

Although you can often tell when your ducts need cleaning (just unscrew one of the vents and use a handheld mirror to peer at the interior) you may not know what remedies to use. That’s why you should contact our indoor air quality specialists in Chandler, AZ, to find out about all your options for improving your home’s air. We perform quality duct cleaning, and install a variety of air cleaners and UV germicidal lights to satisfy your need for healthier air.

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