Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for January, 2015

Is Zone Cooling a Good DIY Project?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

There are a number of things you can do around your house that are good choices for a homeowner to handle: gardening, lawn maintenance, small painting tasks, etc. But when it comes to working on any kind of whole-home system, it’s best to leave these kinds of jobs to the experts. Installing a zone cooling system in Scottsdale requires training and expertise, so call the people you can count on: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

What Is Zone Cooling?

Zone cooling, also known as zone control, is a zoned temperature control system for your home. Using a series of motorized dampers installed into the supply ductwork, a zone control system allows you to manage the temperatures in your home via individual zones, each with its own thermostat, versus using a single thermostat for the entire house.

How Does a Zone System Work?

The first step is to designate what the zones in your home are going to be; working with the technician, you’ll outline these zones. Once the zones have been determined, the motorized dampers will be installed into your supply ducts and connected to a main control panel. Thermostats will be installed into each zone, and the thermostats will also be connected to the main control panel. The main control panel will open and close the motorized dampers as needed to maintain the different temperatures in each zone.

What Are the Benefits?

One of the biggest benefits of zone cooling is the ability to customize your indoor comfort. If you’ve had to deal with uneven cooling, a zone control can eliminate that. You can also turn off the cooling (or heating) to a specific zone when that area isn’t occupied, which you can’t do with regular ductwork. Using only the amount of cooling you need can reduce your energy use and as a result, possibly save you money on monthly energy bills. Lastly, less operation of your system means less wear and tear on it, and less wear and tear means reduced aging.

If you’ve been looking to maximize both comfort and energy efficiency levels from your air conditioner, consider the installation of zone cooling in your Scottsdale home.

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The Steps of a Heating Tune Up

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Just as you’re supposed to bring your car to the mechanic or the dealer for a tune up every six months to a year, a professional tune up can benefit your home heating system as well. Because it’s likely one of the largest appliances in your home, and because it can be costly to replace, your heating system deserves attention too, and most experts recommend a maintenance visit every year.

Call on the professionals at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for a thorough heating tune up or to enroll in our money-saving maintenance program.

A heating tune-up can help you to save a lot of money over the course of a year. Not only does a tune-up keep your system running as efficiently as possible; it also can reduce the potential for repair needs in the future. The following steps used during a heating tune-up may save you hundreds over the course of the year—but only if you allow a professional to do the work.

  • Cleaning: When the parts of your heating system are dirty, they cannot perform as necessary. If a coil in your heat pump is blocked by a layer of dust, for example, it may be unable to absorb heat from the outside air. A dirty furnace burner may be unable to generate heat as needed. Cleaning the components allows your unit to run as intended at optimum efficiency.
  • Adjustment: Sometimes parts must be adjusted occasionally as they can become loose or bent as time goes on. This may include a bent flame sensor of a furnace, a loose furnace panel, or a bent heat pump coil. If one small component is faulty, the other components may also begin to struggle as a result and can become overworked
  • Inspection: One of the most important steps of maintenance is the inspection, during which a technician looks for any potential health and safety risks or anything that may affect the performance of your unit. You’ll be informed of anything in need of urgent repair so you can schedule any additional services ASAP.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers a maintenance program with additional benefits such as preferred pricing on repairs and equipment along with two maintenance visits a year.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to schedule a complete heating tune up in Phoenix today.

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What Is a Packaged Air Conditioner?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Traditionally, an air conditioner has two parts: the outside condenser unit and the indoor air handler. Refrigerant cycles between the two units, and the indoor air handler connects to the ductwork. Refrigerant removes heat from the indoors as it evaporates at the inside unit and releases heat at the outside portion as it condenses. A fan blows air over the cooling coil on the air handler and moves cool air through the ducts. But with a packaged unit, all of the parts are enclosed in a single cabinet, usually located right outside of the building or on the rooftop.

The cabinet also contains the parts of your heating system as well. This is convenient for a commercial property, especially for any time a technician needs to access your HVAC equipment for repairs or maintenance. Because packaged units are located on the roof of a commercial building much of the time, a technician can stay out of the way of your business during repairs or maintenance so that you can keep your business going throughout the day in some cases (weather permitting).

Packaged air conditioners are ideal for their location and convenience for businesses and because they are often modular. A modular unit can be modified at any time. Usually, if your air conditioning sizing needs change because your business has expanded, you’ll need an entirely new system. But with a modular packaged unit, a technician can simply add or another unit or remove one, effectively changing the sizing load of the system.

You can even install a packaged air conditioner at your home. This is ideal for people with limited indoor space or for those homes where indoor installation would be difficult. Packaged air conditioners are available in a variety of sizes and efficiency ratings. You can find packaged units with very high SEERs (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings) so that you won’t have to resort to a low efficiency window or wall unit if you don’t have much space for an indoor installation.

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and learn whether your particular needs are best suited to installing packaged air conditioners in Gilbert, AZ.

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When Is the Right Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Though most of the country is focused on keeping warm at the moment, Arizona weather tends to warm up a bit faster. That means we’ll have to start thinking about getting our air conditioning up and running before the rest of the country. Read on to find out when it’s the right time to schedule air conditioning maintenance, and what can happen if you neglect it.

Proper Timing

The best time to schedule maintenance on any sort of system is right before you plan on using it more extensively. Doing so ensures that your system is in the best possible shape to take on the added strain of more regular usage. For air conditioning systems, the season with the heaviest usage is summer. That makes spring the best time to have regular maintenance conducted.

The other thing you have to consider with regards to timing is that demand for air conditioning services will go up during the summer. This means that if you wait to conduct maintenance, and your air conditioning breaks down, you’ll potentially be waiting much longer for a professional to come help you.

Whenever You Notice a Problem

Though you should have your air conditioning unit checked at least once a year, that doesn’t mean you should ignore problems that develop before that annual appointment. If you happen to notice odd noises, air flow problems, or any other unusual occurrence with your air conditioner, you should schedule an appointment with a professional as soon as possible.

Though it may be tempting to hold off and get it all done at once, allowing issues to build up in your air conditioning system will drastically increase the chances of a breakdown. Once the system breaks, it is always more difficult and more costly to fix it. If you want to save yourself some money, and a lot of frustration, call a professional whenever you notice an issue with your air conditioner.

If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your air conditioner in a while, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We provide air conditioning maintenance services throughout the Mesa area.

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How Duct Leaks Can Lead to Heating Repair

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The ducts in your home essentially have two very important jobs: transporting the air from inside of your house to the heating and air conditioning unit and bringing the newly conditioned or heated air into your home. So a well-designed duct system is vital to the operation of any forced-air heating system such as a furnace or heat pump.

A good installer will design the ducts in such a way that it will be difficult for them to develop leaks and cracks, yet a majority of homes in the U.S. still have a problem with leaky ducts.

Ductwork Holes

Many homes have at least a small hole somewhere in the ductwork, but this may seem like no big deal to some. However, when your heating system generates warm air and some of that leaks into an unconditioned attic or crawlspace, it can mean a lot of trouble for your heating system. It may surprise you to learn that duct leaks can cause components of a furnace or heat pump to break down, leading to the need for heating repair.

Duct Leaks

Duct leaks can be difficult for the average homeowner to detect. A leak is often located well in the duct system, away from your sight, but your heating system still suffers. As heat escapes through small leaks and cracks, the air that finally arrives at the vents is slightly cooler, and there’s less of it. This means it will take your home a long time to finally reach the proper temperature, which means your unit will have to run for a lot longer. This can cost you more in utilities, and overwork the parts of your system.

Suddenly, the components of your heater have to work overtime to raise the temperature as needed. The fan motors may begin to fail, the heat pump compressor may begin to stutter, or the controls of a furnace may give out. So how can you avoid this possibility?

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers blower door testing and duct inspection to help determine whether there are leaks that require immediate repair. For duct sealing, home efficiency testing, or heating repair in Tempe, AZ, call our skilled team today.

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When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning hopes you have a wonderful 2015!

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