Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for August, 2014

Upgrades to Consider with Air Conditioning Replacement

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Purchasing a new air conditioner doesn’t have to be stressful. While shopping around for a new system may seem like a difficult job, the money you save by upgrading your AC can be worth it. Here are some of the upgrades you may consider asking your technician about during air conditioning replacement, all of which are available in Phoenix from the technicians at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

Energy Efficiency

Your older air conditioner may have lost some efficiency over the years, so a new air conditioner can help you save money right away. In fact, your old system may not have had an efficiency rating as high as those available on the market today. Because standards for efficiency have changed in the U.S. in recent years, you may be able to find a new air conditioner that saves you hundreds every year. Look for a system with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and the ENERGY STAR seal.

Thermostat

If you currently use a manual thermostat to control the temperature in your home, you may not get the comfort or efficiency you need. These models are rarely accurate, and you may end up setting the temperature one or two degrees too high or low, so that you and your family members are never comfortable. And if it’s set too low, you may spend more on cooling costs than is necessary. While you may keep your old thermostat during AC replacement, purchasing a digital model means greater accuracy, and a programmable thermostat gives you the ability to set the temperature ahead of time for comfort and efficiency.

Zone Control

Another upgrade you may consider during air conditioning replacement is zone control. Upgrading to a zone control system involves the installation of dampers throughout the ductwork, each of which is controlled with its own thermostat. This is especially helpful in larger homes with uneven temperatures, or in homes where family members often have different temperature needs. Or you may choose to use zone control to save money by shutting off the air in areas of the home that go unused throughout the day.

For upgrades and more information about air conditioning replacement in Phoenix, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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What Zone Air Conditioning Installation Involves

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A lot of things can affect the cooling in your home: the sun’s position during the day, the indoor architecture and even the placement of your thermostat. But there is a way you can control the amount of cooling you use in Gilbert while maintaining comfort: zone air conditioning.

Continuing to build on the 75 year legacy of the Goettl brand, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning continues to help our customers achieve the comfort they need, and we are here to help you, too.

What Is Zone Control?

Understanding how zone control works is the first step toward understanding the benefits it can offer. Zone control systems utilize a series of motorized dampers that are installed into the supply vents of your ductwork. These dampers are controlled by thermostats or a main control panel. Zones are designated by you. If more cooling is needed for a zone, the damper opens; if less is needed, it closes. Each zone maintains its own temperature, allowing you to cool as needed.

What Does Installation Involve?

There are three key components that are added to your system for zone control:

Installation involves the ductwork of your HVAC system, so the power to your AC needs to be turned off completely before work can begin. Once the power is off, the technician will access your ductwork and start the installation.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System

There are several important benefits a zone control system can offer:

  • Increased energy efficiency – the level of control you attain with a zone control system allows you to cool only what you need to; as such, less energy is used, thus increasing your energy efficiency.
  • Customized comfort – there’s no need to fight over the thermostat anymore, as each zone can be set to its own temperature.
  • Less wear on your AC – needing less cooling means less operation for your AC. This can reduce the rate of wear on the system.

It usually takes less than a day to install a zone control system, but the benefits of one can last for years. If you think you may benefit from the installation of a zone air conditioning system in Gilbert, call and schedule an appointment with one of the experts from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

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How Professionals Perform Duct Sealing

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Air loss is one of the main problems you can encounter with ductwork. In fact, 30% of your total air loss can come from faulty ductwork. The best way to repair your ducts, and reduce air loss, is with professional duct sealing in Scottsdale. Working on ductwork can be arduous and complex, and it can be easy to miss troublesome cracks and holes. This is why it’s important to use professionals for any ductwork repair, and why Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is the company to call.

How Are Ducts Sealed?

Here is an overview of how ductwork is sealed:

  • It’s important the ducts are clean, so your technician will wipe the ductwork to make sure the surface is dry; this helps the sealant bond correctly.
  • The technician will use a product called mastic, a sticky, thick, fibrous sealant, in combination with a fiberglass or foil tape, to seal your ducts. Mastic has a cure time in which it becomes extremely hard, which is why it is used. Important note: never use duct tape to seal ducts. Duct tape, and any other tape, usually doesn’t stick and will degrade quickly.
  • Using a stiff-bristled paintbrush, your technician will spread duct mastic across the seams, joints, holes and cracks of your ductwork. He/she will then lay the tape over the mastic, and apply another layer of mastic over the tape. This will continue wherever leaks are found.
  • Typically, your technician will work from the indoor unit to the furthest register in your home. This is because holes, leaks and gaps tend to appear closer to the indoor unit due to the higher air pressure in this area. Leaks also tend to be common close to the blower fan and where the ductwork emerges from your indoor unit.

Successfully Combat Air Loss with Professional Duct Sealing

Air loss can stress your air conditioner, push your energy bills up and decrease comfort levels; by decreasing your air loss, you can seriously reduce these problems. However, to ensure you are getting the most from your duct sealing, always use a trained professional. Ductwork can run through crawl spaces and attics, and cracks and holes can be difficult to find. Building on 7 decades of the Goettl brand, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been helping customers in Scottsdale with their air conditioning. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our technicians!

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Advantages of Zone Control for Your Air Conditioning in Paradise Valley

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We’ve all been there: the silent fight over the thermostat. You turn it down, someone else turns it up, and it goes back and forth until everyone is annoyed and no one is comfortable. And to be honest, your air conditioner isn’t too thrilled, either, as every switch of the thermostat changes the cycling, putting undue stress on your system. So how can you maintain comfort and control over your Paradise Valley air conditioning without living next to the thermostat? Try a zone control system from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

What Is a Zone Control System?
The delivery system for your air conditioning is your ductwork. Controlling the airflow going through your ductwork is at the heart of a zone control system. How? Motorized dampers are placed inside your supply air ducts; each damper has its own thermostat. These dampers are then connected to a central control panel, which is regulated by the dampers’ thermostats. The dampers inside the ducts open and close as needed to raise or lower the temperature in a given zone.

What Is a Zone?
A zone can be a single room, a group of rooms, an entire floor, a wing of your home – whatever you want it to be. Before installing your zone control system, you and your HVAC technician will create a zone plan that will delineate the different zones you want in your home.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?
There are multiple benefits to installing a zone control system:

• Better energy efficiency – when you cool only the spaces you need to rather than your whole house, you cut down on the usage of your air conditioner. This can save energy.

• Customized comfort – that fight with the thermostat is over! With a zone control system, you have the ability to cool a given zone just as you want, without affecting other zones.

• Less strain on your AC – needing less cooling for your home means your air conditioner runs less; this helps reduce the strain on your system.

Is It Time to Get in the Zone?
A zone control system can help you to boost efficiency and comfort and comfort levels, but it is not a DIY project.

If you think your air conditioning system in Paradise Valley can benefit from zone control, call the trained experts you can trust: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

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