Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for December, 2014

Why Do We Hang Up Mistletoe?

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Of course, you probably know part of the answer to this question already. You hang up mistletoe so that the people standing underneath can share a romantic holiday kiss! But what you may not realize is that the origin of this longstanding ritual predates many of the other holiday traditions we celebrate today. Why would a plant that has many poisonous varieties (most types sold for use in the home have few negative effects, but you can wrap it in netting to prevent children from consuming any fallen berries or leaves) be used as a symbol of holiday affection?

There are a couple of ways to explain the positive associations of (potentially hazardous) mistletoe. For one, this semi-parasitic plant has long been hailed as a treatment for illnesses and pain. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to cure cramps, epilepsy, and more. Even today, mistletoe extracts are one of the leading alternative medicines studied for their effectiveness in killing cancer cells. And because the early Celtic Druids saw it as a sign of healing and life, they may be the first to bestow upon the plant its romantic associations, deeming it worthy of treating the infertile.

But it is Norse mythology that is likely responsible for a majority of the modern traditions associated with this small hanging bunch. One of the powerful Norse god Odin’s sons, named Baldur, was said to be invincible due to an oath his mother took to protect him from harm. But Loki, a god who often set out to make trouble for the gods, set out to find the one thing that could do some damage, and eventually discovered that Baldur’s mother Frigg had never included mistletoe in her invincibility oath. When mistletoe was finally responsible for her son’s demise, the grieving Frigg vowed that the plant would never again be used to hurt another living thing, and that she would plant a peaceful kiss upon anyone who walked underneath it.

And that is one of the reasons that, today, kissing under the mistletoe is viewed as a source of good luck. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe holiday season, and we hope that you and your family are full of joy and good fortune—mistletoe or not! Happy holidays from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning!

 

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What Parts of My Home Need Insulation the Most?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Insulation isn’t just for the walls in your home; it really should be used top to bottom. Unfortunately, many homeowner miss insulating some key areas of their home, leading to a decrease in comfort and an increase in energy costs. While it’s easy to say that your entire home should be insulated from roof to basement, it’s more beneficial to take a look at the areas that can be overlooked or missed entirely when installing or adding new insulation to your home:

The Attic

Your attic space, particularly if it is unfinished, can be a vacuum for energy year-round. Why? Insulation slows the transfer of heat. If your attic isn’t well-insulated, it is the place where warm air will move to during the winter and where hot air will invade during summer. Warm air always moves into cool-air spaces and insulation helps reduce this transfer of energy. By properly insulating your attic, you do two things at once: form a barrier to keep the air outside from coming in, and reducing the transfer of your indoor air to the wide, open space of your attic.

Crawl Spaces

The question of whether or not to insulate a crawl space depends on the type of crawl space you have: ventilated or unventilated. This is because crawl spaces that are ventilated are the ones that need insulation. The reason a crawl space will have ventilation is to help reduce moisture levels. Unfortunately, during the cold months, these vents allow cold air to blow through; this is why it’s important to insulate ventilated crawl spaces. If you have an unventilated crawl space, the radiant heat from your home will be contained in the crawl space, so you shouldn’t experience the same kind of drafty, cold floors one can experience with a ventilated crawl space.

Ductwork

If your ductwork resides in a space that isn’t conditioned by heating or cooling, in whole or in part, those portions of ductwork should be sealed and insulated. The reason for this is that ductwork can lose latent heating and cooling while in operation if they reside in an unconditioned area.

One of the best ways to assess whether or not your home has the right amount of insulation is to work with a trained professional.

The experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning have been helping customers install insulation since 1939, so call us today!

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Why Many Homeowners Feel Radiant Heat Is Superior to Forced-Air Heating

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Before you decide which type of heating system is right for your home, you may want to compare the benefits of forced-air vs. radiant heating. Forced-air heating systems are more commonly installed in the United States because they involve the use of ductwork which most homes already have installed. However, if you think that this is the only option that will work for your home, you may want to think again.

Many homeowners today are switching to radiant heating upon discovering its enhanced levels of comfort and efficiency. Radiant heating involves the use of a hot water system such as a boiler and an endpoint such as a radiator, baseboard, or an in-floor piping system. It emits waves of heat into a room quietly and efficiently, prompting many homeowners to take the time to make the switch. If you decide you’d like to take advantage of any of the following benefits of radiant heat systems in Phoenix, call on the expertise of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

  • Comfort: Radiant heating systems are often described as more comfortable than forced-air because they heat objects around the room and people in the room rather than only heating up the air. Temperatures are usually more consistent than they are with a furnace and you’ll never notice hot and cold spots around the house so long as your system is functioning properly.
  • Zone Control: Another benefit of a radiant heating system is that you get built-in zone control. You can vary the temperature throughout the home in whatever way you please rather than keeping all areas the same, meaning your family members are more comfortable in any room.
  • Energy Savings: Hot water systems do not require much energy to operate because they contain so few mechanical parts.
  • Longer Lifespan: This also makes them less susceptible to repair since the parts will not wear down as quickly as they would with a forced-air heating and air conditioning system.
  • Better Air Quality: Finally, with a radiant heating system, you won’t have to worry about a system that circulates the same stale air over and over again, as you may with a forced-air heating system. This means the air you breathe will be cleaner, resulting in fewer respiratory symptoms in some family members.

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to learn more about the advanced comfort of radiant heat systems in Phoenix.

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Some Services to Improve Home Energy Efficiency in Chandler, AZ

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Are you looking to improve your energy efficiency this winter, but aren’t sure what kinds of services and products can help? Here are some options to consider:

  • Insulation installation – good insulation makes your home both energy efficient and comfortable year-round; without good insulation, you risk having high energy bills, stressing your heating and cooling system(s) and being uncomfortable. By adding more insulation to your home, or ensuring that the right amount is installed correctly into a new one, you can achieve better energy efficiency and comfort for years to come.
  • Duct sealing – do you have a forced-air system and are seeing the signs of faulty ductwork? Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss. This kind of air loss can significantly reduce your heating and cooling and drive up your monthly energy bills. Duct sealing can significantly reduce and/or eliminate the problems created by faulty ductwork, restoring a great deal of lost energy to your home.
  • Blower door testing – blower door testing is used by professional home energy auditors to determine the air tightness of your home. A blower door test allows the technician to pinpoint the exact areas of energy loss in your home, and create a plan to remediate the problems.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – are you still using a mercury-based dial thermostat, or even a slide thermostat? You may be missing out on potential savings. By upgrading to a digital, programmable or smart thermostat, you can have better control over your heating through precise temperature-setting and an ability to program (depending on which type of thermostat you choose).
  • Zone control system – a zone control system divides your home into separate zones that heat and cool independent of one another. This allows you to use only the amount of heating or cooling you need, and allows you to turn off heating and cooling to rooms or zones that are unused or unoccupied.
  • Annual maintenance – scheduling annual maintenance for your heating and cooling system(s) is one of the best ways to prevent repairs and increase energy efficiency. The full tune-up your system receives during a routine maintenance appointment allows the system to operate optimally.

As you can see, there are a number of available products and services that can increase your energy efficiency in Chandler. Interested in finding out more?

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our experts today!

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