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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Why is the cost to recharge your AC unit going up?
By 2020, Arizona air-conditioning users will be forced to find new sources of refrigerant to recharge their systems as R22, a popular Freon now in use, will be phased out by order of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA believes R22 harms the ozone layer and its use will be banned forever in January 2020. There are other types of less harmful refrigerants that will replace R22, but homeowners today need to make informed decisions when servicing and replacing their AC units.
Here are some common questions:
I keep hearing about R22. What is it and how does it impact air-conditioning in my home? R22 is a type of Freon refrigerant that helps your air conditioning produce cool air. The EPA has determined R22 harms the ozone layer and has ordered it to be phased out of use by 2020. Once this happens, R22 will no longer be produced or imported and will be replaced with R-410A. Air-conditioning manufacturers stopped production of R22-charged systems in 2010.
Why is the EPA phasing out R22? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs, are chemicals that are mainly used as refrigerants. Unfortunately, the EPA has found the releases of HCFCs can deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change.
What should I do? Do I need to replace my AC unit? No, you don’t have to replace your AC system at this time. You can continue to use R22 in existing systems, however, it will be available only from older systems that have been recycled, reclaimed or recovered. Lower supply of R22 is already resulting in much higher costs to recharge AC systems, and there will be no guarantee that R22 will be available in the future. In fact, R22 costs 10 times what it did five years ago. According to the EPA, “as a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost and the refrigerant used.”
Should I buy a new unit now or wait until 2020? It really depends. You’ll need to balance the age of your system with cost benefits realized from new systems. New, energy-efficient air-conditioners save on energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model, according to the EPA.
How do I know what kind of AC unit I should consider buying? A central air-conditioner that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is at least 14 percent more efficient and will save you money. Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning.
Monday, June 19th, 2017
List of General Tips
- Beware the Sidewalk
Cement, asphalt, and even truck beds can be hotter than they look! The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends trying to stay off hot surfaces during the summer as they can burn your pet’s paws. If you can’t hold the back of your hand to sidewalk for 10 seconds without feeling the heat, consider moving your walks to the morning or late evening.
- You pets can get sunburn too!
Pets can get sunburn too, and pets with light colored, short coats are especially susceptible. To beat the heat, apply a pet safe sunscreen to their ears and nose 30 minutes to outdoor activity.
- Set an appointment with your groomer!
Keeping your pets well-groomed in the summer months helps them regulate their temperature. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping your pet’s properly groomed to provide better circulation and temperature relation. Call your local veterinarian to figure out the best cut for your pets.
Because your pets can’t sweat like you do, it’s harder for them to keep cool during the summer. The Humane Society of the United States recommends making sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water and shady places during the summer, and keep an eye out for dehydration while they are outside.
Consider getting a doggie pool for your pets to play in during the heat. A doggie pool will give your pets a way to keep cool while also provide them with a new toy to play with at the same time. It’s a win-win!
- Gardens, Garages, and Grass oh my!
Summer temperate can cause antifreeze to leak from overheating cars, leaving sweet tasting puddles that are harmful to pets. Keep an eye out for leaking cars, and make sure to keep your pets away from the mess. Some lawn and garden products could be harmful to your pet’s health. Keep fertilizers and other garden related products up and out of your pet’s reach.
- Day at the Beach (Lake)?
While the cool water may be tempting to a hot dog, make sure they don’t drink too much (lake? salt?) and the salt in the water could make them sick. Did Fido make a splash? At the end of the day, make sure to rinse their coat with freshwater, as salt and other minerals found in ocean (lake?) can cause damage to your pets coat.
- BBQ and Fireworks
With BBQ season in full swing, Make sure to keep your dogs and cats out of foods containing grapes, avocado, chocolate, fatty meats, and onions, as these foods are harmful to your pets. When it’s time for fireworks, remember your pets might get scared! According to the ASPCA, more animals go missing around 4th of July than any other time, so give your pets a safe, comfortable place to hide during the festivities, and make sure their collar tag is up to date.
Friday, April 14th, 2017
Ken Goodrich saw the usual signs of a business in need of a rescue: no profits, mostly losses and poor morale.
Buying broken businesses and fixing them had been Ken Goodrich’s specialty for years. By the time he purchased Goettl Air Conditioning in 2013, he had done that 15 times.
But his 16th, the storied air-conditioning company that has operated in Phoenix since 1939, gave the air-conditioning and HVAC industry veteran a challenge he had never faced.
The once family-run company that was founded by brothers Gust and Adam Goettl changed ownership hands several times over the years. When Goodrich purchased it from the large out-of-state company that had owned it for five years, Goodrich saw the usual signs of a business in need of a rescue: no profits, mostly losses and poor morale.
Problem-solving new challenges
The former ownership had been cited by the attorney general for questionable business practices, Goodrich said. The legal matter was settled, but the public-perception scars remained.
“Consumer confidence and the legal issues: That was something I never experienced before in terms of fixing a broken business,” Goodrich said of the new territory he was in.
Goodrich approached this new problem the old-fashioned way. He focused on building morale within the company. He did that by emphasizing the needs of customers and employees’ roles in that process.
He incorporated daily conversations with employees about making positive impact on customers, other team members and the industry overall. They established charitable initiatives, such as an annual drive that delivers more than 50,000 cases of water during the summer to the homeless, and rallying around veterans’ initiatives.
Goodrich also got Goettl involved in the community. A recent example: Goettl installed for free a new unit and ducting in the home of an elderly woman in Chandler who had been coping with an aged swamp cooler for the past 20 summers.
With the company culture rebuilt on a positive cornerstone, Goodrich saw the rest come together. Employees were motivated and excited to take service from the heavy lifting of installation and repairs to interactions with clients to a higher level.
“National companies are all about the money, so I took that out of the equation,” he said. “We stopped talking about the dollars and started talking about (how) did we make a happy customer.”
From there, Goettl was built back up one customer at a time. Since the ownership change, Goettl has grown more than 500 percent, Goodrich said. It has expanded into Tucson, Las Vegas and Southern California and generates in excess of $50 million in annual revenue, he said.
Stiff competition and a customer-first strategy
A solid product helps. Goodrich said the average air-conditioning unit runs 10-12 years. He sees 30-year-old Goettls that are running strong.
The business of keeping people cool or warm, depending on the season and part of the country, has become a crucial and big one. More than three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air-conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Globally, the air-conditioning systems market is projected to be a more than $167 billion industry by 2024, according to the firm Transparency Market Research.
Competition is intense. Goodrich’s customer-first strategy may not be new, but it’s effective.
Goettl replaced Randy Pullen’s unit in 2016, and also evaluated his Phoenix home and broke it into cooling areas where little-used rooms don’t get cooled down. This has amounted to savings, Pullen said.
It was the second unit that Goettl had installed for Pullen. The first was a brand that the company was considering carrying; it gave Pullen a nice offer to replace his old unit with this one to see how it worked. After three years, Goettl decided not to carry it and replaced it with a Carrier last year.
Pullen said all of the technicians have been professional, and he has been pleased with the service. He said they take photos and send them to Goodrich, so they know he is looking at the equipment and work. Everyone has showed up on time and the jobs have ended on time without overcharging.
“It goes back to the way Ken does business. He’s very customer-oriented and it comes from the top,” said Pullen, who met Goodrich through a business contact in 2011. “They do what they say their going to do, and they deliver.”
“People are proud to be part of Goettl”
Goodrich’s history with Goettl goes back much further than his four-year ownership.
He was 10 growing up in Las Vegas, where his father owned an air-conditioning company. One night, he had the chance to work with his dad on a job. His father asked him to hold a flashlight so he could see what he was doing. This instilled Goodrich’s interest and passion for the industry.
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Incidentally, that flashlight shone on the first air-conditioner Goodrich saw up close. It was a Goettl — the brand that his father’s company specialized in. Goettl stopped making the units in 2007.
This inspired the radio ads that tout Goettl, the company today. Goodrich had replicas made of the old-style silver heavy-duty flashlights to give out to community members.
As Goodrich grew up, the air-conditioning company remained a big part of his and his family’s lives. Goodrich was 25 when his father died and left him in charge of the family business. Goettl was the only company that was willing to extend credit to the young, rookie owner thrust into business ownership.
“(Their) comment was, ‘We know you can do it,’” Goodrich recalled. “Without Goettl, we would not have been able to keep the family business going.”
Fast forward decades later to when the opportunity arose to purchase the company, he credited with keeping his father’s legacy going. Goodrich jumped at it.
“I am so proud to own Goettl because it meant so much to me. I know it’s heritage and quality products that have helped allow millions of people to live in this severe desert climate,” he said. “People are proud to be part of Goettl and what we’re doing.”
What: Goettl Air Conditioning
Where: 1845 W. First St., No. 108, Tempe
Interesting stat: 86 percent of American households have air-conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Monday, December 12th, 2016
Because we run our air conditioners pretty much 24/7 during the cooling season, it can be relatively easy to tell when something is wrong with the AC or its ductwork. The same is not really true for our heating systems, though. We don’t rely on our heaters nearly as much as we do our air conditioners, so noticing problems can be a bit trickier. That is why it’s best to go into the brief and mild heating season with an idea of what to look for.
The symptoms of leaky ductwork in the winter are much the same as they are in the summer. It’s just spotting them that is a bit trickier. Keep the following warning signs in mind, and contact our technicians for quality duct sealing in Phoenix, AZ.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
A chill has finally settled over Arizona, and as you start to consider blasting your furnace to make the inside climate feel like the desert once more, you first might want to consider some tips from Goettl Air Conditioning.
Turning on the heater for the first time in months after a long summer can cause severe reactions to family members and pets, so you want to make sure the process is safe and effective.
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 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!
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.
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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