Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for November, 2014

The Mother of Thanksgiving: The Story of Sarah Josepha Hale

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, with a proclamation that made the last Thursday of November a national day of thanks. But would you believe the person who wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” played a major role in setting this precedent? Sarah Josepha Hale was the prominent writer, magazine editor and a strong supporter of female education who is often credited as the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”

Thanksgiving had long been celebrated in the United States before 1863, but there had not yet been a national day set aside as commemoration. Many of us have heard that the common mythology that the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. For years, many Americans had celebrated their own version of the holiday, but it was often a religious event rather than a stable annual gathering. An increasing interest in a national holiday grew in the mid-19th century, but the holiday was much more sporadic. States celebrated the tradition anywhere from October to January, and it remained largely unobserved in the South.

Sarah Josepha Buell was born in 1788 to Captain Gordon Buell, a Revolutionary War officer, and Martha Whittlesay Buell, both of whom believed in the right to equal education for women and made sure their daughter was well-read. Hale married in 1813 but became a widow nine years later, left to care for five children on her own. She supported them with her passion for writing, establishing a literary reputation before becoming editor of the Ladies Magazine, which would become renamed as the popular Godey’s Ladies’ Book ten years later.

Hale believed that there were “too few holidays” and that there was a need for a national holiday that would allow people to set their differences aside and bring families together. For nearly 17 years, beginning in 1846, Sarah Hale wrote editorials urging readers to seek support for this idea. She wrote to five different presidents on the matter: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and, finally, Abraham Lincoln. While her first attempts at establishing this holiday were unsuccessful, about a week after receiving Hale’s letter, Lincoln appointed Secretary of State William Seward to draft a proclamation which Lincoln hoped would bring people together and “heal the wounds of the nation.”

From all of us here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving this year. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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Why Call Goettl for Your Air Conditioning and Heating Needs

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Why call just any heating and air conditioning company in Phoenix when you can get in touch with a contractor who not only has the proper experience, training, and tools for the job, but also takes pride in the quality of their work? Here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we’re committed to customer satisfaction, and we want to prove it to you. Take a look at just a few of the reasons you should call Goettl any time you need service for your heating or air conditioning system.

  • Experience and Training: We train our technicians as often as possible to make sure they have the most up-to-date information about technology, proper installation, repairs, and safety procedures. You can be certain that the technician in your home knows the ins and outs of your heating and air conditioning system and arrives prepared for the job at hand. Furthermore, each and every one of our employees is background checked and tested. You wouldn’t let just anyone onto your property—so neither would we!
  • Craftsmanship: All Goettl technicians take pride in their workmanship—so much so that they photograph their work and share it with their peers and management! In fact, because we stand by our work, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
  • Options: Unlike other companies that try to convince you there is only one suitable option for your home, we’ll make sure you know all of your options for heating and air conditioning  repairs or installation. We want to make sure you get the services that work best for your home and budget, so we’ll work with you to find the best option out there.
  • Community Support: Here at Goettl, we do what we can to give back to the community we service. In recent years, Goettl donated an evaporative cooler to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Safe Haven, donated money to the Foundation for Senior Living, matched water donations for the homeless and members of the community in need, established a $100,000 endowment for veterans at College of Southern Nevada, and initiated veteran hiring campaigns as well.

Goettl is a residential and commercial heating and air conditioning contractor that also provides indoor air quality services, duct testing, and more.

When you decide to call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for your air conditioning and heating needs, you’ll get the exceptional service you need from technicians you can trust in your home.

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What Does El Niño Mean for Your HVAC System This Season in Phoenix?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

El Niño (technically termed “The El Niño Southern Oscillation” or ENSO) is a condition that occurs off the Western Coast of South America when the sea surface temperature is warmer than normal. In turn, this triggers unusual changes in climate that can affect parts of the Western Pacific United States. The variations can lead to higher precipitation in some regions, and drier climates in others. For 2014, the current predictions for El Niño through to January is that it will be weaker than usual, and the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has cautioned that there is “reduced confidence that El Niño will fully materialize in at least five overlapping consecutive 3-month values.”

What does this mean for us in the Valley? Generally, during El Niño we would experience a wetter and cooler winter season. Historical tracking of precipitation during El Niño across central Arizona over a hundred-year period shows an average increase in rain fall of 143% compared to non-El Niño years. Although the current predictions for the season lean toward a weaker El Niño—or possibly none at all—we may still experience a large increase in rain fall in the Valley, rising from 2.71 inches for the winter to 4.81 inches, with generally cooler conditions than usual. We at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning want to make sure you are prepared for any event and can keep your house warm through the season.

It’s important that you have maintenance done for your heating system before the winter weather arrives, especially considering the unpredictable conditions and the chance of long rainy stretches due to El Niño. Heating systems in Phoenix, AZ need complete inspections and tune-ups this season more than ever. If you use a heat pump for warmth—as many Phoenix homes do—it is crucial to make sure that the outdoor unit of the system is weatherproofed in case of extended periods of rain that might damage it.

Another reason to call for HVAC technicians to inspect your heating is to see that the ventilation system doesn’t have any obstructions and its filters are clear. An increase in moisture brings with it a danger of mold infestations in your ductwork, which you want to stop as soon as possible or else it will affect your indoor air quality.

To help prepare heating systems in Phoenix, AZ to keep homes warm, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers quality maintenance and inspections services.

Our heating tune-up will make sure that your home’s HVAC system is ready to weather whatever El Niño can send our way. Call us today!

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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Heating Season in Phoenix

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Taking some time to prepare your HVAC system for winter can go a long way toward keeping your winter heating costs down. One of the most important steps to take is to schedule heating maintenance in Phoenix. Remember that the trained and certified technicians of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning are available for all your heating needs, so call us today.

Why Maintenance Is Important

Maintenance is a full tune-up for your HVAC system. During a routine maintenance appointment, your entire system undergoes a thorough inspection, cleaning and adjusting, and all moving parts are lubricated. If there are small issues, such as frayed wiring or a worn fan belt, these items are attended to during the appointment. Professional maintenance helps prevent repairs, increases energy efficiency, and extends the life of your equipment, which is why it’s important to schedule maintenance before the winter comes.

Other Ways to Prepare Your System

Here are some other ways to prepare your HVAC system for the coming heating season:

  • Change the filter – it is recommended that you change the filter on your HVAC system every 3 months. A clogged air filter can lead to a decrease in airflow, which can put strain on your system.
  • Check your thermostat – is your thermostat accurate? Are you using an old one? Having a precise, functional thermostat can go a long way toward increasing energy efficiency, so if yours is outdated, you may want to consider an upgrade.
  • Have your ductwork cleaned – dirty ducts can impact the air flow in your system as well as your indoor air quality. Cleaning your ductwork before winter arrives opens up the airways and helps reduce the amount of contaminants that can circulate around your home.

Taking the time to prepare your HVAC system with a heating maintenance appointment can go a long way toward ensuring a comfortable, efficient winter for you and your system.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and schedule a maintenance appointment with one of our experts.

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