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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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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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How Blower Door Testing Prepares Your Home for HVAC Installation

Monday, September 29th, 2014

When you need a new heating or air conditioning system, you want to make sure your unit is as efficient as possible for maximum savings every month. But even if you purchase the most efficient system on the market, the condition of your home may contribute to inefficiency as energy is lost due to poor insulation or air leaks.

One of the best ways to keep your new unit as efficient as it is meant to be is by scheduling blower door testing for your home. Blower door testing involves the use of a large fan installed temporarily in a doorway to reduce the indoor pressure. This allows outdoor air to flow into any parts of your home that are not properly sealed, which technicians use special tools to detect.

Heat moves naturally from a warm area to a cooler area. When a part of your home is vulnerable to leaks, heat can move easily from the inside to the outside or vice versa. In the summer, heat moves into your home, reducing the efficiency of your air conditioner. Heat can move out of some parts of your house in the winter, affecting heating efficiency as well. Besides, your HVAC system will have to work much harder, which means it will take longer to get your home to a comfortable temperature. Blower door testing helps narrow down problem areas so that you can keep them sealed in order to improve the performance and efficiency of your unit.

Blower door testing requires the help of a trained professional with the right equipment. It involves a thorough inspection as well as some questions for the homeowner. This is to ensure that blower door inspection is a safe process for your home. The technician will close doors and windows that lead to the outside, shut off the gas and check for any other visible areas of the home that may allow air to leak in or out.  Then, the technician will make thorough calculations as to the volume of the home, and use tools to gauge pressure and airflow during and after the test in specific parts of the home.

For comprehensive blower door testing services in Paradise Valley, call the team at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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Advantages of Zone Control for Your Air Conditioning in Paradise Valley

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We’ve all been there: the silent fight over the thermostat. You turn it down, someone else turns it up, and it goes back and forth until everyone is annoyed and no one is comfortable. And to be honest, your air conditioner isn’t too thrilled, either, as every switch of the thermostat changes the cycling, putting undue stress on your system. So how can you maintain comfort and control over your Paradise Valley air conditioning without living next to the thermostat? Try a zone control system from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

What Is a Zone Control System?
The delivery system for your air conditioning is your ductwork. Controlling the airflow going through your ductwork is at the heart of a zone control system. How? Motorized dampers are placed inside your supply air ducts; each damper has its own thermostat. These dampers are then connected to a central control panel, which is regulated by the dampers’ thermostats. The dampers inside the ducts open and close as needed to raise or lower the temperature in a given zone.

What Is a Zone?
A zone can be a single room, a group of rooms, an entire floor, a wing of your home – whatever you want it to be. Before installing your zone control system, you and your HVAC technician will create a zone plan that will delineate the different zones you want in your home.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?
There are multiple benefits to installing a zone control system:

• Better energy efficiency – when you cool only the spaces you need to rather than your whole house, you cut down on the usage of your air conditioner. This can save energy.

• Customized comfort – that fight with the thermostat is over! With a zone control system, you have the ability to cool a given zone just as you want, without affecting other zones.

• Less strain on your AC – needing less cooling for your home means your air conditioner runs less; this helps reduce the strain on your system.

Is It Time to Get in the Zone?
A zone control system can help you to boost efficiency and comfort and comfort levels, but it is not a DIY project.

If you think your air conditioning system in Paradise Valley can benefit from zone control, call the trained experts you can trust: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

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Why Are Commercial Air Conditioning Systems Located on the Roof?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The great workhorses of the commercial HVAC world are packaged rooftop units that serve to both air condition and heat a workspace. You’re probably familiar with the sight of these from any time you’ve been high up enough to see the tops of buildings. However, residential homes rarely have their heat pumps or air conditioners on the roof (although you see it occasionally, usually for evaporative coolers, a.k.a. swamp coolers), so why are commercial systems different? We’ll look at this further in this post.

If you operate a business with packaged rooftop air conditioning, then you must rely on professionals to handle maintenance and repair work. For quality commercial air conditioning in Paradise Valley, AZ, look to the many decades of experience here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Valley of the Sun since 1939 and offer high-efficiency commercial AC installation, repairs, and maintenance.

Why is that AC up on the roof?

Air conditioners first moved up to the roofs of commercial buildings because conditions in downtown U.S. cities, with high-rises pressed close to each other, were too crowded to allow placement on the ground. Because the roof location offered other advantages, the air conditioners have remained up there even in less congested commercial districts.

Considering how large commercial air conditioning systems need to be in order to meet the cooling requirements of a business, the roof is one of the most economical and attractive places to install them. An AC on the roof not only consumes less valuable commercial space, it looks better. Although modern HVAC manufacturers strive to make their units systems as sleek as possible, air conditioners are still not “pretty” to look at, so keeping them restricted to a place removed from eye-level creates a less cluttered and inviting appearance for a business. Since these large ACs also generate a great deal of noise when they run, putting them on the roof keeps extra sound pollution out of the workplace.

Rooftop units are easier to service without causing disruption to a business. A rooftop AC for a home is a nuisance to access—even potentially dangerous—but for a business it is an ideal spot.

The HVAC systems for businesses are more prone to damage from outdoor elements, as well as possible targets for vandalism. The rooftop location keeps the sensitive components of the AC removed from damage due to vegetation, gravel, cars, and humans.

Keeping your business’ workplace cooled down during the heavy Arizona summers is important for the happiness of your employees, customers, and clients. We take pride in the work we provide for commercial air conditioning in Paradise Valley, AZ, and we will strive to deliver complete satisfaction that will make us your regular choice for AC service. Call us today.

If you encounter any troubles with your rooftop air conditioner, you can reach Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning any time of the day or night for emergency service.

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Reasons to Install a New Heating System ASAP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring in Paradise Valley is one of the finest times of the year, bringing a warm climate that hasn’t yet climbed to the summer sidewalk sizzle. Now is a good time to install a new heating system in your home if you think you need to replace your old one: you won’t have to worry about being stuck in the cold during the installation, and technicians will have more open schedules.

Do you have a reason to install a new heater? You might have a very urgent one: here are a few that should make you call up professionals like those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning right away and discuss new heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ. Our many decades of experience will make the installation smooth and quick.

Some Reasons to Replace Your Current Heater Right Away

  • Carbon monoxide leaks: If you have a natural-gas heater in your home, you want to make sure that it isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. Since CO is colorless and odorless, make sure you have detectors in your home. If the CO detectors alert you, leave your home and contact a heating contractor right away to see if your gas-powered heater is responsible. An old heater that leaks CO should be replaced immediately.
  • Continual loud noises from the cabinet: If your heater starts to make a constant racket as it runs, not just a single odd sound, then it’s probably on the verge of a complete breakdown that will require expensive repairs to fix—if it can be fixed at all. Call in professionals to assess if you need a replacement to head off a potential breakdown.
  • It costs too much to repair: Look over the bills for repairs to your heater over the last two years. If the cost per year to keep it running with repairs exceeds $500, you’re wasting money. Schedule a replacement right away before you have to call for repairs again.

You Don’t Need to Install the Same Type of System

Here’s something to keep in mind: when you replace your old heater, you can take the opportunity to change to a different type of heater. If you had a furnace, you can have installers easily hook up a heat pump to your existing ductwork. You might consider radiant floor heating if you want to plan to also do some house remodeling. Ask your contractor about some of the new possibilities for heating installation in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Give us a call today and talk to our experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to learn more  about our many heating service options in Paradise Valley, whether you stay with the tried and true or want to try something new.

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How Can a Bad Capacitor Cause Me to Need AC Repairs?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your home’s air conditioning system is a complicated piece of equipment. Its main purpose is to remove heat from your home and then exhaust it outside. In order to do that, it uses two fans as well as a compressor—each with their own motor. Attached to each motor is a capacitor that performs an essential function. We wanted to share a little bit about what capacitors are and why they’re important to your air conditioning system. Give us a call here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning if you need any Paradise Valley air conditioning repair services. Otherwise, read on below to learn more.

Paradise Valley Air Conditioning Repair: Bad Capacitors

If you remember the movies Back to the Future, you may recall that one of the key components of the DeLorean time machine was the flux capacitor which required 1.21 gigawatts of power in order to travel through time. Similarly (kind of), your air conditioning system’s capacitors store an electrical charge and then they deliver it to their attached motor to give it a boost of power.

Each motor in your air conditioning system has its own capacitor that is about the size and shape of a can of soda pop. If the capacitors stop working, these are a few of the issues that can happen.

  • AC producing warm air – If your AC is blowing warm air into your home, it could be that the capacitor for your compressor has stopped working. This would prevent your system from getting the correct pressurization of the refrigerant to allow it to absorb heat out of your home’s air.
  • No cooling – If you aren’t getting any airflow from the registers in your floor or ceiling it could be that the capacitor for the indoor fan isn’t working. If this is the case, you will likely hear the outdoor unit turn on but the indoor unit of your AC remains silent. It could be making a buzzing noise which is likely the sound of the motor trying to operate on its own.

If you need Paradise Valley air conditioning repair services, make sure that you call the experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

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