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Is My AC Low on Refrigerant?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

technician-repairing-ACThe answer? Hopefully not. If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, then your system is simply not going to function properly. Considering just how hot our summer weather is here in this part of the country, an air conditioner that is not functioning properly can be a huge problem indeed. Plus, you must keep in mind the fact that your air conditioner does not actually consume refrigerant in its operation.

That means that an AC low on refrigerant either was not charged properly, or that it has developed a leak somewhere in the refrigerant lines. Whatever the case may be, you need a professional technician to diagnose the problem properly, and to resolve it completely. We’ll make sure that any refrigerant leaks in your system are pinpointed and repaired promptly.

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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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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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How Duct Cleaning Helps Your HVAC System

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The ducts in your home serve an extremely important role in your HVAC system. Your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner is responsible for producing the heating and cooling that you need, but without a functioning duct system in place it cannot properly distribute air to the home. One of the ways to keep your duct system in top shape is by scheduling regular duct cleaning.

The most notable benefit of professional duct cleaning is better air quality. The HVAC system uses the ducts to draw in air from a vent in your home and redistribute conditioned air throughout the house. Although an air filter helps to keep out some particles that may aggravate allergies and other respiratory issues, some particles may still pass through. These can cling to the ductwork, circulating through your home over and over again. But one of the added benefits is what it can do for your HVAC system. Professional duct cleaning can improve the state of your HVAC system and keep you from spending too much money later on.

  • Greater Efficiency: Duct cleaning can actually improve the efficiency of your unit. Although your HVAC system was efficient when you first purchased it, it has likely lost some efficiency over the years. Your unit must be in top shape in order to use as little energy as possible. And dirt in the ducts creates friction that may make it more difficult for air to travel to your home, inhibiting efficiency.
  • Fewer Repair Needs: When friction creates trouble for air distribution, it means your system will have to work harder to cool or heat your home. And if this is the case, parts may become worn down from all of the extra strain on the system, causing problems for major components such as the compressor or blower fan.
  • Detect Leaks: Finally, with duct cleaning, a technician may be able to tell you if there are leaks in your ductwork. Air leaks greatly reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system and may cause reduced performance. With duct cleaning, you may be able to schedule repairs before the problem worsens.

For thorough, quality duct cleaning with professional equipment in Scottsdale, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!

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How Professionals Perform Duct Sealing

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Air loss is one of the main problems you can encounter with ductwork. In fact, 30% of your total air loss can come from faulty ductwork. The best way to repair your ducts, and reduce air loss, is with professional duct sealing in Scottsdale. Working on ductwork can be arduous and complex, and it can be easy to miss troublesome cracks and holes. This is why it’s important to use professionals for any ductwork repair, and why Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning is the company to call.

How Are Ducts Sealed?

Here is an overview of how ductwork is sealed:

  • It’s important the ducts are clean, so your technician will wipe the ductwork to make sure the surface is dry; this helps the sealant bond correctly.
  • The technician will use a product called mastic, a sticky, thick, fibrous sealant, in combination with a fiberglass or foil tape, to seal your ducts. Mastic has a cure time in which it becomes extremely hard, which is why it is used. Important note: never use duct tape to seal ducts. Duct tape, and any other tape, usually doesn’t stick and will degrade quickly.
  • Using a stiff-bristled paintbrush, your technician will spread duct mastic across the seams, joints, holes and cracks of your ductwork. He/she will then lay the tape over the mastic, and apply another layer of mastic over the tape. This will continue wherever leaks are found.
  • Typically, your technician will work from the indoor unit to the furthest register in your home. This is because holes, leaks and gaps tend to appear closer to the indoor unit due to the higher air pressure in this area. Leaks also tend to be common close to the blower fan and where the ductwork emerges from your indoor unit.

Successfully Combat Air Loss with Professional Duct Sealing

Air loss can stress your air conditioner, push your energy bills up and decrease comfort levels; by decreasing your air loss, you can seriously reduce these problems. However, to ensure you are getting the most from your duct sealing, always use a trained professional. Ductwork can run through crawl spaces and attics, and cracks and holes can be difficult to find. Building on 7 decades of the Goettl brand, Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning has been helping customers in Scottsdale with their air conditioning. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our technicians!

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3 Benefits of Ductless Cooling Systems

Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you’re looking for a new air conditioning system with a lot of long-term benefits, a ductless cooling system may be right for you. Ductless cooling systems are a great option for homes that do not have any ductwork installed. Sometimes, ductwork installation can be difficult or impossible, and many homeowners choose window air conditioners to meet their cooling needs. However, these systems are noisy and inefficient, and ductless cooling systems have many benefits.

How Does It Work?

Ductless cooling uses a split system, as does central AC, but the indoor air handlers contain all of the components of an indoor evaporator unit to eliminate the need for ducts. During installation, a technician drills a small hole in the wall to connect the two units via a conduit that contains the refrigerant and drain lines. Each outside unit can usually accommodate up to four indoor units.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Limited Space: If you have a new room addition or an older home, you may not have the space to add ductwork to the home. The outdoor component of a ductless system is fairly compact, and the indoor handlers, while visible in the home, may be a much less intrusive option than installing bulky ductwork.
  • Zoned Cooling: Many homeowners can benefit from a zoned cooling system. Often, the members of your household have different temperature preferences. With a ductless system, each room or zone has its own thermostat, which means one family member can choose to raise the temperature of a room while the other family members enjoy cooler air elsewhere.
  • Low Energy Bills: Ductless cooling systems are often very energy efficient, and many have a significantly higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios) than some ducted systems. The lack of ductwork can also save you money, as a lot of energy is lost in the ducts of a central AC system. Zoned cooling may also save you money by giving you the option of shutting off the air conditioner in unoccupied areas of the home.

Call Goettl Phoenix for ductless cooling installation in Scottsdale.

Our experienced technicians can help you decide whether ductless cooling is right for your home and can also provide professional installation. Call us today!

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Why High Indoor Air Quality Is Important

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified low indoor air quality as one of the major health threats in the country today. Most Americans spend 85% of their time indoors in buildings that are essentially sealed environments with little circulation of outdoor air, and this contributes to health issues.

Since you spend much of that 85% of your indoor time inside your own house, you need to know why it’s so important to have high quality air circulating through your vents. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers indoor air quality services, and we can assist you with the installation and cleaning necessary to improve the air in your home. Call us for installation of air cleaners in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as duct cleaning services.

The Problems of Low Indoor Air Quality

The U.S. EPA has identified a number of health problems stemming from excess dirt, dust, pollen, and dander contaminating indoor air. The list of immediate effects due to short exposure includes eye, nose, and throat irritation; dizziness; fatigue; nausea; and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms will be much worse for anyone with allergies.

The long-term effects of low indoor air quality are lingering cold and flu-like symptoms, as well as general susceptibility to viruses. The EPA has identified other serious complications from long-term exposure, such as respiratory illnesses. Studies are still uncertain of the link between low indoor air quality and seriously debilitating conditions, since these diseases can come from a number of factors and vary with individuals.

Health issues due to mold infestations inside homes can become serious. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, indoor molds such as Aspergillus and Caldosporium can result in respiratory track symptoms, coughing, and wheezing in people with otherwise normal health. People sensitive to airborne pollutants can suffer from severe asthma attacks. The worst reactions include fever and shortness of breath.

You’ve Convinced Me…Now What Can I Do to Have Better Indoor Air Quality?

There are a number of tools that can help you raise your indoor air quality. One of the simplest is to allow in more outside air with open windows. However, this isn’t always an option in the weather in Arizona. As a second line of defense, you can have professionals install mechanical or electronic air cleaners in your HVAC system, as well as UV germicidal lights to eliminate molds. Regular duct testing and cleaning will help keep your ventilation system clear of contaminants.

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and talk to our HVAC specialists about indoor air quality services in Scottsdale, AZ. They can help determine what steps to take to provide you with cleaner air. We install many types of air cleaners from mechanical filters to electronic cleaners. Let us help you get the best indoor air quality you can.

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How Do Air Cleaners Work?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Low indoor air quality poses a major health threat in the U.S. today, especially since Americans spend approximately 85% of their time indoors. One of the best solutions for improved indoor air quality is to ventilate a house with open windows and doors for a few hours. However, this is not always an option, especially in a city like Scottsdale, which often experiences blistering hot days. Letting this much heat enter your home also puts tremendous strain on your AC.

However, there are methods to improve your indoor air quality with upgrades to your HVAC system. At Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we recommend our customers look into installing air cleaners into their ductwork. These devices filter the air passing from your air conditioner (and heater) to remove the contaminants that may enter it, such as dirt, dust, pollen, dander, bacteria, and residue from construction. There are two main types of air cleaners, and we’ll go over how they work. Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning for more information about air cleaners in Scottsdale, AZ.

Mechanical Filters

The basic air cleaner catches particles in a filter. The most common type of filter is the HEPA filter, which is composed of a mat of randomly arranged fibers, usually made of fiberglass strands between 0.5 and 2.0 microns. These filters do not work like strainers however, where some particles are stopped while others are allowed to flow through. The HEPA filters instead catch even smaller particles, down to 0.3 microns, through a process where particles that pass within one radius of a fiber will adhere to it. Although HEPA filters can stop most physical particles from passing through, they are not effective at stopping gas and odor molecules.

Electronic Filters

The next level up from mechanical filters are the electronic filters, which can catch particles down to 0.1 microns and can affect smoke, gas, and even bacteria that would otherwise escape a mechanical filter. Electronic filters work through static charges. The fibers of an electronic filter generate a strong static charge as air passes through them. This positively charges the particles in the air, and when those particles pass through a layer in the filter with negatively charged fibers, they are drawn toward them and trapped.

Find The Right Filter

Which type of filter should you have installed? It depends on the sort of contaminants in your home (and there’s certainly nothing preventing you from having both installed). Call in an indoor air quality specialist from Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning to see what sort of air cleaners will provide the most benefit for your home, and then rely on our team to properly install them. Make us your choice for improving your indoor air quality in Scottsdale, AZ with air cleaners.

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This Is How Dirty Ducts Affect Your Home’s Heating

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Modern gas furnaces depend on a system of ducts to distribute hot air throughout your house. Over time, dust can build up inside those ducts. We live in a dusty part of the country, and over time that can create severe problems with your indoor air quality.  Even worse, dirty ducts can affect your furnace’s ability to heat the household, making it work harder to do its job.   If you need duct cleaning in Scottsdale, give Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning a call today.

In the first place, air flow through the ducts can be restricted if the build-up gets high enough. Reduced air flow means that the heated air isn’t circulated through your home as quickly as it could be, slowing the heating process and forcing your system to work harder to get to the temperatures you need it to be. That means higher monthly heating bills as well as increased wear and tear on the components.

Dirty air ducts can also lead to clogged air filters, which can cause your heating system to heat less effectively. Really dirty filters can restrict air flow so much your furnace will shut down to prevent overheating! If you have to change your furnace filters often because they keep getting clogged, its a good sign you need your ducts cleaned.

Furthermore, dust and dirt can lead to poor air quality. This can exacerbate allergies and increase irritation in the nose and throat, which you certainly don’t want to accompany a cozy temperature.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with the problem. Once you know how dirty ducts affect your home’s heating, you can take steps to correct it. Here in Scottsdale, duct cleaning services are provided by the professionals at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We’ll get the dust out of your duct system and set up a maintenance schedule to help keep your heating system free of dust going forward. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

From the point-of-view of a person standing in a room where a vent is sending out warm air, there seems to be little difference between a heat pump and a furnace. The end result is the same: heated air. The two units, wherever they are housed, may make different sounds, but otherwise nothing else is.

This is an illusion however. In almost all important ways, furnaces and heat pumps are vastly different devices that operate on separate principles. We’ll go into a bit more details about the differences between the two comfort systems. We hope this will help you if you’re trying to make a choice between the two for your home. But to make a final decision, you should have expert guidance: Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our many decades of experience will help you decide if a furnace or a heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ is right for you.

Furnaces and heat pumps

Furnaces create heat and then transfer it to the air. In a general sense, they are similar to ovens (from which they originally developed): they heat up the air using their fuel source. Most furnaces either use electricity or natural gas (again, similar to ovens) to create this heat. The heat is transferred to the air, and then fans blow that air into the ducts that send it through your home. Natural gas furnaces have to vent away the exhaust from combustion. All this occurs inside a single indoor cabinet.

Heat pumps do not create heat at all, however. They move heat from one place to another, using separate units: one indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor unit draws heat from the air, then transfers it indoors using refrigerant. The inside unit then releases the heat to the indoors, which blowers send through vents. (There are ductless versions, however, called ductless mini splits.) Heat pumps use electrical power to run and do not create any emissions from burning fuel.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that the heat pump can also serve as an air conditioner: if it reverses the direction of heat exchange, drawing heat from indoors and putting it outdoors, it will cool down the inside of a home. Furnaces will only heat; heat pumps can heat and cool.

So why doesn’t everyone install a heat pump?

They sound a bit too good to be true, don’t they? But heat pumps are not ideal for every home or every climate; sometimes they have trouble providing enough heat, something at which furnaces excel. However, the easiest way to know which system will work the best for you is to consult with experts, such as those at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. Our specialists are devoted to bringing you the best comfort they can, and they’ll help you decide in your debate of furnace vs. heat pump in Scottsdale, AZ.

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