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Which Is the Better Way to Increase Indoor Air Quality: Duct Cleaning or Air Cleaners?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

There are lots of ways to increase your indoor air quality in Glendale, and using a combination of indoor air quality products and services is the best way to maximize on improving and maintaining healthy indoor air. Part of maintaining healthy indoor air is keeping your ductwork clean. The best way to accomplish this is to schedule a professional duct cleaning with a reputable, reliable company like Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. So is it better to just schedule a duct cleaning, or install an air cleaner? We’ll outline the benefits of both to help you gain an overall picture of what you may need.

Duct Cleaning

Ductwork can be a magnet for pollutants like dust, dirt and pet dander, and if there is any moisture in your ducts, it can become a breeding ground for biological growth like mold and mildew. Duct cleaning is a service that should be performed every 3-5 years by a professional. Benefits of duct cleaning include:

  • Better indoor air quality
  • Better health, particularly for allergy sufferers
  • Less stress on your air conditioner

Air Cleaners

Whole-home air cleaners are installed directly into your HVAC system. There are several types of air cleaners available, including mechanical filters, electronic air cleaners and UV germicidal lights. Each cleans the air in a different way, and each has some benefits that may be different from others. As a general rule, mechanical filters and electronic air cleaners are used to help reduce allergies, and UV germicidal lights are specifically used to destroy biological contaminants. However, it is best to research each type of air cleaner with a professional to determine what type is best for your needs.

The best way to achieve the highest indoor air quality in your Glendale home is to use a combination of services and products. Duct cleaning is a good choice for everyone as it removes dirt and dust build-up and helps your air conditioning system function better.

Installing an air cleaner can help maintain healthy indoor air 24/7. For more information on how to best clean your indoor air, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today.

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How Insulation Keeps Your Home Cool and Warm

Friday, January 31st, 2014

There are some misunderstandings about home insulation that we often encounter in our work. One of the most common is that the purpose of insulation is to keep a house warm. That is one of insulation’s purposes, but not the only one. Because people often associate insulation to keeping protected against the cold, they don’t often realize that insulation will also keep them cool. This is why, even in a desert climate like that in Glendale, AZ, insulation is vital for your home. Without proper insulation, your AC would struggle every moment it was on during the hot season, and you would pay a small fortune in energy bills.

To make sure you have effective insulation, talk to our comfort experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We offer a full range of insulation services in Glendale, AZ.

What Insulation Does

Insulation is a thermal barrier: it blocks the movement of heat. Heat travels in three ways: conduction (the movement of heat through contact, such as when you touch a metal pan that’s been in an oven), convection (the movement of heat through air, such as feeling warmth in the air blown from a furnace vent), and radiation (the movement of heat in electromagnetic waves off a heated object, such as feeling heat coming from sunbaked asphalt). Insulation, most of which is composed of fluffy material, stops the movement of heat through convection and conduction, although not through radiation.

During cold weather, the insulation in your home traps the heat coming from your heating system and prevents it from escaping outside. This is especially important in the attic, because heat rises and the attic is the main place it will leak out. Insulating the attic works the same way as wearing a woolen cap on your head on a cold day.

During hot weather, insulation prevents outside heat from entering your home, and thus makes it easier for your air conditioner to overcome the temperature.

You might at this point wonder what can be done with heat moving through radiation, since insulation doesn’t stop that. But there’s a solution to that as well: radiant barriers. This reflective spray put on the undersides of roofs deflects radiant heat from direct sunlight so it cannot enter a house through the attic. A single coat can block out 80% of the sun’s heat energy, which is extremely helpful in sunny Arizona.

Make Sure Your Home Has the Best Insulation

If your bills for heating and cooling seem abnormally high, you may need to have new insulation put in, or perhaps a radiant barrier added. We offer a variety of energy efficient services. For installation and repairs on insulation in Glendale, AZ, contact us today and schedule your next service appointment!

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Common Duct Contaminants to Look for

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Theoretically, your ducts should constitute part of a sealed system. Air moves from your central HVAC unit through the ducts into the rest of your house, exiting through the vents and warming or cooling your home in the process. In a perfect world, that wouldn’t be affected by anything else. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. Leaks and contaminants spring up, reducing your system’s efficiency and lowering the quality of air in the process. You can address these problems with professional duct cleaning. Glendale, AZ has its share of qualified technicians who can perform such operations, but it helps if you know what common duct contaminants to look for, and how they might affect your ducts’ ability to function.

  • Dust. The bulk of duct contaminants is dust, which gathers as air moves through the ducts. Over time, it builds up: passing into your home whenever you turn on your HVAC unit and lowering the quality of your air in the process. Dust can come from any number of places, and might include pet dander, tracked-in dirt and dust from your HVAC unit in particular. In Arizona, the sand and dust of the desert are a constant presence, and will invariably find their way into your ducts by hook or by crook.
  • Pollen. We don’t have as much of a problem with pollen here in Arizona as other parts of the country do, but local gardens can still produce pollen, and similar allergens can be found in duct systems as well. Check the conditions in your local neighborhood if this is a concern, and note the kinds or plants or trees likely to product airborne allergens.
  • Insect droppings. Bugs often thrive in out-of-the-way places in your homes, which includes the duct work. Over time, droppings from roaches, dust mites and other pests can accumulate in your ducts, then move through your household when the air blows.

Regardless of the source of contaminant, the Glendale duct cleaning experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning can get rid of it with a solid cleaning. Glendale AZ falls under our service area, as does most of the greater Phoenix area. Once you know the common duct contaminants to look for, give us a call and let us get rid of them for you properly.

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