Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Archive for February, 2015

How Duct Sealing can Boost Energy Efficiency

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Do you find yourself paying more than you would like to in order to keep your home comfortable throughout the year? If you have always faced high heating and cooling costs, then it is possible that your HVAC system is of a low efficiency or that it was not properly sized for your home at the time of its installation. However, if you have only recently noticed a climb in your heating and cooling costs, there could be a problem that has recently developed with your system. One such issue may be air leaks or poor connections in your ductwork. Fortunately for your, the Scottsdale energy efficiency service technicians at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning are never more than a phone call away. We offer a number of services which can seriously boost energy efficiency in your home, including professional duct sealing.

A large number of homeowners throughout the area still depend on ducted forced air distribution systems in order to distribute heated and cooled air throughout their homes. There is nothing inherently wrong with this method, of course. Ductwork is actually a very effective means by which to do so. The problem is that ductwork can degrade over time, developing leaks and suffering from loose connections. Because so much of our ductwork is hidden from view, these problems are often compounded by the fact that they are not discovered for some time. If you believe that your HVAC system is not functioning as efficiently as possible, duct sealing may be the solution you’re looking for.

Professional duct sealing can boost energy efficiency by reducing air loss due to leaky ductwork and poor connections. If you think that you can just slap duct tape on your ducts in order to achieve these same results, think again. Only professional technicians can pinpoint the source of the problem accurately and resolve it entirely.

Keeping air in your ductwork, where it belongs, isn’t the only way in which duct sealing can boost energy efficiency, though. Because leaky ductwork can allow airborne pollutants into the system, those pollutants can build up on vital heating and cooling components. This can impede the operation of your heating and cooling systems, dragging down efficiency and driving up energy costs.

By scheduling professional duct sealing in Scottsdale with Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, you can avoid such undesirable situations.

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What Is MERV?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Every other month or so, you should change the air filter in your home air conditioning and heating system to help protect the air you breathe. The air filter traps particles that would otherwise continue to circulate through your home. And it protects your air conditioning and heating unit from damage. If large particles were to enter the unit, they may damage the equipment. In fact, this is the reason the air filter was originally added into forced air systems, which means its primary purpose was not for air purification but as a safeguard against costly damages.

You must change the filter every couple of months so that your AC and heating unit does not run into trouble if the airflow is insufficient. When you do, try to locate the MERV of the new filter you’ve selected. The MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) is a number 1 through 16 which represents how effective that filter is at improving the indoor air quality. A higher number means the filter will remove more and smaller particles.

The MERV of your standard home filter is anywhere between one and six. This may not remove some of the most common contaminants known to cause allergies, such as pollen and mold spores. A higher MERV should keep your air cleaner, but this isn’t always the case. If the MERV is too high, there may not be enough airflow to your HVAC system, and it can suffer from a number of common issues like short cycling. You may want to consult with a technician to find the level of filtration that works best.

Air purification systems may also be rated using the MERV scale if they contain filters. Ask your HVAC technician whether an electronic air filtration system is right for you. It often works in coordination with your home HVAC unit so that every portion of your home is protected.

Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning gives you access to indoor air quality experts with years of experience installing and servicing indoor air quality needs. Call now!

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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

 

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

 

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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What Is an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Though many people are unaware of it, the air quality inside the average home is actually quite poor. Millions of microscopic airborne contaminants are constantly circulating through the home, infecting and adversely affecting the health of the people inside. Often, these pollutants are not strong enough to cause life-threatening illness. However, they can substantially lower your quality of life if left unchecked. Let’s take a look at some of these contaminants, where they come from, and how an electronic air cleaner can help get rid of them.

Airborne Contaminants

Most of the pollutants floating around in a home’s air are things like dust, mites, pollen, and dander. These are definitely lung irritants, and can be a bane to allergy sufferers, but are otherwise not harmful. If you find yourself coughing and sneezing a lot while inside your home, you may have high levels of these contaminants in your air. Other airborne contaminants are more serious, like viruses, mold, and bacteria. These can obviously cause several varieties of sickness if allowed to infect someone, including influenza and the common cold.

These pollutants tend to collect in the ductwork of your home, where lack of human activity allows them to build in numbers. Then, when the heater or air conditioner is turned on, the contaminants are blown around the house. This increases the likelihood of exposure to the people in the home. Several kinds of air purifiers are available that can remove these contaminants. One of the most popular varieties of air purifier is the electronic air cleaner.

The Electronic Air Cleaner

An electronic air cleaner is an air purifier that captures particulates through the use of an electrical field. These cleaners are available as portable models, or as whole-house systems. When air flows through the cleaner, the contaminants that it carries gain a negative charge. These negatively charged particles will then seek out, and stick to, the closes positively-charged surface. Electronic air cleaners include metal plates for this purpose, providing a convenient place for the pollutants to stick to. The plates can then be removed and cleaned to get rid of the particulate buildup. By doing this, the air cleaner improves the quality of your indoor air.

If you’re interested in learning more about air cleaners, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We provide air cleaners throughout the Paradise Valley area.

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