Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for September, 2014

How Blower Door Testing Prepares Your Home for HVAC Installation

Monday, September 29th, 2014

When you need a new heating or air conditioning system, you want to make sure your unit is as efficient as possible for maximum savings every month. But even if you purchase the most efficient system on the market, the condition of your home may contribute to inefficiency as energy is lost due to poor insulation or air leaks.

One of the best ways to keep your new unit as efficient as it is meant to be is by scheduling blower door testing for your home. Blower door testing involves the use of a large fan installed temporarily in a doorway to reduce the indoor pressure. This allows outdoor air to flow into any parts of your home that are not properly sealed, which technicians use special tools to detect.

Heat moves naturally from a warm area to a cooler area. When a part of your home is vulnerable to leaks, heat can move easily from the inside to the outside or vice versa. In the summer, heat moves into your home, reducing the efficiency of your air conditioner. Heat can move out of some parts of your house in the winter, affecting heating efficiency as well. Besides, your HVAC system will have to work much harder, which means it will take longer to get your home to a comfortable temperature. Blower door testing helps narrow down problem areas so that you can keep them sealed in order to improve the performance and efficiency of your unit.

Blower door testing requires the help of a trained professional with the right equipment. It involves a thorough inspection as well as some questions for the homeowner. This is to ensure that blower door inspection is a safe process for your home. The technician will close doors and windows that lead to the outside, shut off the gas and check for any other visible areas of the home that may allow air to leak in or out.  Then, the technician will make thorough calculations as to the volume of the home, and use tools to gauge pressure and airflow during and after the test in specific parts of the home.

For comprehensive blower door testing services in Paradise Valley, call the team at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers, have been around for a long time. While today’s models are more sophisticated than earlier ones, the method of cooling homes with water has been enjoyed by many. Swamp coolers are used in arid climates, so installing a swamp cooler in Chandler may be a great option for you. One of the best ways to determine if a swamp cooling system is good for your home is to work with trained professionals.

How Does a Swamp Cooler Work?

A swamp cooler uses water evaporation to cool the air. It does this by saturating a pad inside the cooler from a reservoir of water. A fan draws in warm air from the outside and blows it through the saturated pad. As the dry, warm air passes through the pad, the water from the pad cools the air by removing the heat. This cooled air is then blown into your living space.

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Swamp Cooler?

There are a few benefits swamp coolers have that other systems may not:

  • Very efficient – swamp coolers only need a small amount of electricity to operate, making them very energy efficient.
  • Very “green” – there is no use of refrigerant in a swamp cooler, making them very environmentally-friendly.
  • Constant stream of fresh air – swamp coolers draw in air from the outdoors to cool your home, so while the system operates, you are assured a constant stream of fresh air.
  • No need for ductwork – a swamp cooler does not need ductwork to distribute the cool air.

Other Considerations

As we mentioned above, swamp coolers are meant for arid climates. Before you install one, it’s important to make sure the humidity level in your home is low enough to make the swamp cooler effective. Additionally, swamp coolers sometimes need more maintenance than other systems due to its water usage.

A swamp cooler can be a great option for some people, but they aren’t for everyone. Working with a specialist from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can help you determine if a swamp cooler in Chandler is for you.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been helping people stay cool in Chandler since 1934, so call us today and speak to one of our experts.

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Scheduling an Air Conditioning Tune Up Can Lower Your Bills

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The best way to keep your AC in top shape is scheduling an air conditioning tune up. Maintenance is an important part of owning an air conditioning system, but if your unit appears to be working just fine, this vital step may fall by the wayside. During a maintenance visit, a technician cleans and inspects your system, and makes adjustments to some components. This is important because there may be hidden problems that need repair. However, did you know that an air conditioning tune up can actually lower your monthly bills? Let’s look at a few specific steps of an air conditioning tune up that may actually save you money.

  • Cleaning the Coils: The indoor evaporator coil absorbs heat from your home, while the outdoor condenser coil helps it to dissipate. If either of these coils are too dirty, the heat exchange process slows down, which means decreased efficiency.
  • Checking Electrical Connections: Electrical problems are one of the main reasons people call for repairs, but they may be caught ahead of time with maintenance. A technician will test the electrical connections and ensure the correct voltage, keeping contactors from wearing down and consuming energy.
  • Oil the Motors: The fans in your AC are run by motors, and if one of these needs lubrication, it may not be effective. A slow indoor fan will take longer to distribute air throughout the home, which means you’ll spend more running your AC for longer periods of time.
  • Test for Refrigerant Leaks: Your system needs a certain amount of refrigerant to run efficiently. Low levels means it will take longer to cool your home, reducing efficiency, and it may also cause problems for the compressor.
  • Check the Thermostat: If you set your thermostat one or two degrees lower every day, you’ll notice the difference in your bills. So a thermostat that is inaccurate may cost you more every month, and could lead to compressor damage if faulty wiring causes to your unit to hard start.

Scheduling a thorough air conditioning tune up in Tempe with the folks at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can save you a lot of money when done regularly. Give us a call today!

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Goettl Promotes Dan Burke to Chairman of Board of Advisors

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Goettl Promotes Dan Burke to Chairman of Board of Advisors

Kenneth D. Goodrich to assume role of CEO

PHOENIX (Aug. 25, 2014) – Kenneth D. Goodrich, managing partner of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, announced today that Dan Burke, Goettl’s president and CEO, has been promoted to chairman of the company’s board of advisors. Goodrich will now serve as the CEO and assume the responsibilities of this position for the company.

As chairman of the board of advisors, Burke will assist Goodrich and the members of the management team with all strategic initiatives involving the Goettl brand. He will also lead the company’s participation in and support of community and industry initiatives.

“Dan’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of Goettl,” Goodrich said. “His dedication to the brand and the betterment of the communities we serve is extremely admirable. I am confident that our company will continue to flourish with his continued presence and leadership of the board.”

Burke joined the Goettl team 25 years ago. He has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in the heating and air conditioning industry and formerly served as president of both Williams Furnace Company and Phoenix Manufacturing Inc.

With Burke serving as president and CEO, Goettl was voted in the top 10 percent of Arizona businesses in 2014 by Ranking Arizona. The company was also a runner up for the 2014 Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Business (GPCC) Impact awards and was named the GPCC member of the month for August. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently recognized the company for its continued support of many community initiatives.

About Goettl 

The best built and longest lasting unit will do no better than the cheapest if it is installed improperly. Goettl is committed to doing the job correctly the first time. The company guarantees that jobs will be handled in a fast and efficient manner – with satisfaction always being the main goal. Goettl specializes in the most reliable, high-quality, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating equipment available. For more information, visit http://www.goettl.com.

 

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Which Is the Better Way to Increase Indoor Air Quality: Duct Cleaning or Air Cleaners?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

There are lots of ways to increase your indoor air quality in Glendale, and using a combination of indoor air quality products and services is the best way to maximize on improving and maintaining healthy indoor air. Part of maintaining healthy indoor air is keeping your ductwork clean. The best way to accomplish this is to schedule a professional duct cleaning with a reputable, reliable company like Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. So is it better to just schedule a duct cleaning, or install an air cleaner? We’ll outline the benefits of both to help you gain an overall picture of what you may need.

Duct Cleaning

Ductwork can be a magnet for pollutants like dust, dirt and pet dander, and if there is any moisture in your ducts, it can become a breeding ground for biological growth like mold and mildew. Duct cleaning is a service that should be performed every 3-5 years by a professional. Benefits of duct cleaning include:

  • Better indoor air quality
  • Better health, particularly for allergy sufferers
  • Less stress on your air conditioner

Air Cleaners

Whole-home air cleaners are installed directly into your HVAC system. There are several types of air cleaners available, including mechanical filters, electronic air cleaners and UV germicidal lights. Each cleans the air in a different way, and each has some benefits that may be different from others. As a general rule, mechanical filters and electronic air cleaners are used to help reduce allergies, and UV germicidal lights are specifically used to destroy biological contaminants. However, it is best to research each type of air cleaner with a professional to determine what type is best for your needs.

The best way to achieve the highest indoor air quality in your Glendale home is to use a combination of services and products. Duct cleaning is a good choice for everyone as it removes dirt and dust build-up and helps your air conditioning system function better.

Installing an air cleaner can help maintain healthy indoor air 24/7. For more information on how to best clean your indoor air, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today.

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The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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