May 30th, 2017
May 30th, 2017
When you think about “comfort” during summer months in the Valley, your mind probably jumps right to your air conditioning system. We live in one of the hottest areas of the country, after all, so your home cooling system plays a vital role in keeping you comfortable throughout the much of the year. Secondly, you may think of your heater. It’s used far less, of course, but is still important. If you are only thinking of temperature control when it comes to your home comfort, however, you are making a major oversight.
The quality of the air in your home must also be taken into serious consideration. Unfortunately, it frequently is not in many homes. There are many reasons as to why your indoor air quality may suffer. In recognition of May being Allergy Awareness Month, here are a few examples, as well as some suggestions, for boosting your indoor air quality.
1. Pollutants from outdoors can make their way into your home, aggravating allergy and asthma symptoms. Plant matter is a common cause of such issues, along with grass clippings, etc.
2. Do you live near a busy roadway? If so, the dust and dirt from a heavily traveled road could lead to problems with reduced indoor air quality. You don’t want to have to keep your windows shut on a nice day to avoid the problem.
3. Are you in a rapidly developing area? Are there new buildings being constructed near your home? The construction process can take a toll on the air quality surrounding your home, and that can lead to issues indoors.
4. General cleanliness is a major factor, as well. If you don’t keep up with vacuuming and sweeping, for instance, settled dust and dirt can be sent airborne with the basic day to day activities in your home.
5. We all love our pets, but the fact of the matter is that your dog or cat could be one of the driving forces behind your low indoor air quality. From shedding fur to dander and more, pets can drag down air quality.
Obviously, we are not going to tell you that you need to pull up your roots and move away from major roadways or wooded areas. We certainly wouldn’t suggest giving up beloved pets to avoid allergens in your home. So, what can you do about it?
It’s simple, really. Call indoor air quality specialists that can outfit your home with the systems that you need to boost the quality of the air that you breathe. Just remember that no system is a cure-all solution. You may need a multi-pronged approach to get the job done.
Possible steps could include:
1. Air cleaners can be used to remove pollutants from the air in a more proactive way than basic air filtration. Electronic air cleaners can trap pollutants that may otherwise pass through filters.
2. UV germicidal lights can be used to deal with biological pollutants. These are pollutants that are living microorganisms, capable of reproducing. Destroying them is necessary.
3. Duct cleaning is a service, not a system. Technicians can thoroughly clean out your ducts to ensure that they are not distributing pollutants and allergens throughout your home.
Ken Goodrich is the president and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning, a company that operates in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson.
May 12th, 2017
Name: Dan Bonner
Title: Vice President at Goettl Air Conditioning & Sunny Plumber
Kids: 2 daughters Samantha and Emily, and my son Zack
My day is like…
getting through a significant day of work, then ending it with my family.
I was born…
in Philadelphia, let’s go E-A- G-L- E-S!
My favorite thing about Arizona…
is the weather. No more daily rain, raking, shoveling, wind hurting my face, dressing in a dozen layers just to run a quick errand, etc.
I’m listening to…
our newly adopted puppy squeaking his new toy. He is making sure that is all anyone can hear at the moment, a payback gift from mom, it contains 5 squeakers.
One thing I cannot live without…
is my coffee in the morning. I need to get in at least one cup at 5 am just before diving into my work emails.
When I was younger, I wanted to be…
older. I’ve gained more patience since.
I’m inspired by…
my wife. She is a strong person. She bends without breaking, while keeping everything together and holding the family up at the same time. She is incredible.
The one person who motivates me is…
there has been several people that I have met, but the man in the mirror does it most. It has not been easy, but I’ve found that when I took the responsibility for my own motivation, I was able to meet more of my own goals and exceed my own expectations.
The perfect day would be…
an early round of good golf followed by an evening with my wife. She is my best friend. It doesn’t matter what we do, we always have a wonderful time.
My first job was…
caddying at a country club. A group of us from the neighborhood would get up early on Saturdays’ hitch hike out to the Country Club. The job was a good way for an underaged kid to earn some real money for some real unnecessary stuff I’m sure I had to have at the time.
has been an adventure, struggle, and a joy. I’m grateful for it all.
I’m currently working on…
tweaking two already successful companies, Goettl Air Conditioning & Sunny Plumber to the next level in customer experience.
April 14th, 2017
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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March 30th, 2017
Furnaces make all kinds of noises during operation. You’re probably familiar with the kinds of noises that your furnace tends to make. However, some furnace noises can indicate a problem with the system. If your furnace starts to make unusual noises, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some common furnace noises that indicate repair needs.
If your furnace sounds like a cannon firing when it starts up, it probably means that you have a dirty burner assembly. Carbon particles build up on the furnace burner assembly over time, eventually clogging the jets and causing them to fire later than they should. When the jets finally do ignite, they burn through a lot of excess gas and cause a deep booming sound. Having the burner assembly cleaned should fix the problem. Best to do it quickly, though, as the longer the particles buildup the more likely it is that they will completely clog the assembly.
Furnaces use air handlers to move air around the house. The air handler is essentially a large motor with a fan attached to it. The fan uses oiled bearings to cope with the friction generated during operation. These bearings wear down over time, however, which produces a loud grinding sound. If the bearings are not replaced in time, the air handler motor will overheat and burn out. Call for repairs as soon as you hear this sound coming from your furnace. It is far cheaper to replace worn out bearings than it is to replace a burned out air handler motor.
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March 30th, 2017
Because we live in such a warm climate, a broken down heater may not elicit the same level concern as a broken down air conditioning system. As anyone that has lived here for a while can tell you, though, even our arid climate is not immune to the chill of winter. If your furnace needs repairs, then you definitely want to have them completed promptly.
Of course, in order to do so, you must ensure that you are able to recognize the signs of trouble that your furnace may exhibit. Here are a few tips to help you do so. Contact us the moment that you notice any of these issues in your home.
Now, a furnace is a forced air heating system. A forced air heater is not going to operate completely silently. There is a big difference between normal operating sounds, however, and alarming new noises.
A gentle whoosh as the system cycles on and starts distributing air is normal. Screeching, clanging, banging, or grinding sounds are not. Don’t ignore them just because the heater is still running – for now.
When you run your furnace, you shouldn’t smell burning. It is very possible that you’ll smell a bit of burning when you first turn the furnace on for the season, as dust may be built up on the burners or electric heating elements. However, it should go away quickly.
If you continue to smell burning, or if you ever smell gas, schedule repairs immediately. You cannot put your comfort at risk by ignoring such problems. Dial our number when your nose puts you on alert.
Are your heating bills creeping higher and higher? You will see some fluctuation, obviously, based on how much you run your heater. However, you shouldn’t see big spikes with no clear cause.
If your bills seem like they’re getting a bit out of hand, just let us know. Your system may be getting old enough that efficiency is just starting to slip. It may be the result of a problem with a solution, though.
March 30th, 2017
While we are still quite a ways off from the hottest weather of the year, there is no denying that the 70 degree days are giving us some glimpses of warm weather to come. The nights are still chilly, and you aren’t going to be retiring your heater for the year just yet. That being said, you may want to start thinking about your options if you’re planning on replacing your air conditioner this year.
It’s not a decision that you should rush, of course. We live in a very hot area for much of the year, so you want to be sure to choose your system carefully. Here are a few options to consider. Remember to schedule your AC installation or replacement with our team.
This is the most common of all home cooling systems, and it may be what you’re using right now to cool your home. By removing heat from the air and then circulating that cooled air around the house via a system of ductwork, central ACs are not only very effective but also allow for prompt cooling. They are far more efficient than using multiple window units throughout the house.
If you don’t have ductwork installed in your home, or if you are looking to avoid the use of air ducts due to potential problems with leaks, then a ductless mini split system may be right for you. You can cool different areas of the house to different temperatures, thanks to the use of independent blowers. You can also take advantage of heat pump technology to reverse the operation of the system and to use it to heat your home with great efficiency.
These cooling systems are great for our dry area. They use very little electricity, as no compressor is used. Instead, they force air through a soaked pad that not only cools that air, but which can help to humidify the house a bit as well.
Contact Goettl Air Conditioning with any questions that you may have regarding your air conditioning options.
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March 30th, 2017
The heat of our summer seasons around here is legendary. Our winter weather is obviously far milder than the heat of summer, but we still have plenty of uncomfortably chilly nights during that time of the year. When you think of overcoming such discomfort in your home, your mind may immediately go to your heating and air conditioning systems. There is another important factor to consider, however, and that is your insulation.
Chances are that you don’t think about your insulation all that much. It’s not like it is going to suffer mechanical problems the way that a heater or an AC might, right? Well, this is true. That does not, however, mean that your insulation is always going to function properly or maintain its integrity indefinitely. Here are a few problems that you may encounter with the insulation in your home. If you suspect trouble with your insulation, be sure to give us a call right away.
You may not think that subpar insulation is really that big of a deal. After all, you are still able to heat and cool your home effectively, right? Well, there are a lot of negative consequences to ignoring signs of trouble with your insulation. For instance, you may put excess strain on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain balanced temperatures throughout your home. That increases the risk of a breakdown. You may also be paying more than you should have to in order to live comfortably. We believe that you deserve better than that.
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March 30th, 2017
As soon as you hear the word “comfort,” your mind probably jumps right to your air conditioning system. We live in one of the hottest areas of the country, after all, so your home cooling system definitely plays a vital role in keeping you comfortable throughout the much of the year. Secondly, you may think of your heater. It’s used far less, of course, but is still important. If you are only thinking of temperature control when it comes to your home comfort, however, you are making a major oversight.
The quality of the air in your home must also be taken into serious consideration. Unfortunately, it frequently is not in many homes. There are many reasons as to why your indoor air quality may suffer. Here are a few examples, as well as some suggestions for boosting your indoor air quality.
Obviously we are not going to tell you that you need to pull up your roots and move away from major roadways or wooded areas. We certainly wouldn’t suggest giving up beloved pets to avoid allergens in your home. So what can you do about it?
Simple, really. Just give us a call! Our indoor air quality specialists can outfit your home with the systems that you need in order to boost the quality of the air that you breathe. Just remember that no system is a cure-all solution. You may need a multi-pronged approach to really get the job done.
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March 30th, 2017
As far as summer heat goes, Arizona can be pretty brutal. While we don’t have to deal with the wet, heavy, and humid air that certain other locales do during the summer season, our dry heat can still be overbearing. That is why it is so important that you have a great air conditioner in place that will be able to take care of your cooling needs day after day, in a successful manner.
If you are in need of a new air conditioner, or if you are having a home built and the time has come to get the HVAC system in place, you should really consider the use of a dual fuel AC system. These systems are very unique, and have a lot to offer. We’ve got some information for you to keep in mind regarding the design and function of dual fuel systems, and we offer full services for dual fuel ACs including installation, repair, and maintenance.
What exactly are you getting when you get a dual fuel air conditioning system installed on your property? Well, you’re getting two different HVAC systems: a gas furnace and a heat pump. Why would you want to buy two systems at once, though, especially when a heat pump offers year round comfort anyway?
It is true that a heat pump can both heat and cool your home, and you can certainly get away with using just a heat pump in order to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. It is also true, however, that as efficient as heat pumps may be, they are not always at their most efficient in every situation. In truth, there are circumstances in which a gas furnace may operate more efficiently than a heat pump in heating mode.
Because, for the most part, the heat pump will be the more efficient heating option. There is a bit of a misconception about heat pumps that they cannot handle heating when the temperature outside drops below a certain point. This isn’t really true, as modern heat pumps are actually effective in colder temperatures than we ever even experience. While the performance may not really suffer, however, efficiency can and does.
Remember, heat pumps run on electricity, and electricity is expensive. Because they use electricity to transfer heat, rather than to generate it, heat pumps heat homes very affordably. When the temperature falls too much, though, and the heat pump starts using more and more electricity to transfer heat effectively, it starts to cost more to run. That is when the gas furnace in a dual fuel system kicks on.
The switch is automatic, and the system will switch back to the heat pump when it is the more efficient option automatically, as well. This ensures that you have the most effective and efficient heater running at all times, and still leaves you with the dependable cooling power of the heat pump as well.
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