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Common Problems with Insulation

man-sits-in-front-of-fanThe 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.

  1. An Inadequate Amount of Insulation. This is a problem that we’ll sometimes come across with blown-in insulation (though certainly not when our team installs your insulation). If you have had trouble maintaining even temperatures throughout your home ever since having your insulation installed, or if your energy costs have always seemed higher than they should, it’s possible that your house want not outfitted with enough insulation to begin with. Insufficient amounts of insulation result in insufficient R-value levels, which denote the resistance to heat transfer offered by the insulation.
  2. Poor Installation Practices. Batt insulation, those fluffy pink rolls that most homeowners think of when the envision insulating materials, is still very commonly used. However, if misaligned or not installed directly against surfaces, your batt insulation is not going to provide the R-value specified by the product. We will always make sure that your batt insulation is installed correctly so that it gets off to a great start, and stays on that path.
  3. Degradation. Over time, it is possible that your insulation may degrade in quality. We don’t mean to suggest that problems with one’s insulation are always the result of shoddy service quality. It is possible that leaks in your home may damage your insulation with water. You may have an infestation of pests and varmints that damage your insulation. Whatever the case may be, though, it is always in your best interest to contact trained professionals immediately.

Is It Really That Big of a Deal?

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.

Schedule your insulation services with the pros here at Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Common Contributors to Poor Indoor Air Quality

allergens-from-natureAs 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.

  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 definitely 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 definitely 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 really can drag down air quality.

So What Can I Do?

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.

  1. Air Cleaners can be used in order 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 in order 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. Our technicians can thoroughly clean out your ducts in order to ensure that they are not distributing pollutants and allergens throughout your home.

Schedule your IAQ services with Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Why Choose a Dual Fuel AC System?

thermostat-risingAs 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.

Get Year Round Comfort and Great Efficiency

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.

So Why Not Just Use a Central AC and a Gas Furnace?

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.

If you have any questions or want to schedule dual fuel system services, contact Goettl Air Conditioning anytime.

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What Exactly Is a Swamp Cooler?

man-with-electric-fanWe live in a very hot climate, obviously. That means that you not only need a great air conditioner that will reliably cool your home, but you also want one that won’t cost too much to run. After all, you don’t want to be draining your budget just to live comfortably.

Because we also live in a very dry climate, though, you really don’t want your air conditioner drying out the air in your home further. During the cooling process, as refrigerant evaporates and draws heat out of the air, moisture condenses and is drained away by a traditional AC. How do you prevent your air from drying out excessively? You could use a humidifier, or you could use an entirely different cooling process — one that actually helps you to add humidity to the air.

How Does It Work?

Very simply, actually. Unlike a traditional central air conditioner or heat pump, an evaporative, or swamp, cooler does not rely upon a refrigeration cycle in order to remove heat from the air in your home, disperse it outdoors, and recirculate cooled air throughout the house. In fact, the evaporative cooler shares more in common with a humidifier than it does with a traditional AC, to a certain degree.

Ideal for climates like ours where humidity levels tend to be low, an evaporative cooler actually cools air coming into the house by releasing humidity into it. Air is drawn in from outdoors, and is passed over water-saturated pads in the cooling system. This causes water to evaporate into the air, cooling it by 15-40 degrees in the process.

Great Energy Efficiency Awaits!

Because there is no refrigerant cycle to facilitate, swamp coolers use far less electricity than traditional air conditioners do. Keep in mind that you are only going to get the most efficient and reliable performance possible from your system if it is of the right size for your home, installed properly, and regularly serviced. Due to the element of water in the cooling system, evaporative coolers actually require more maintenance than standard central ACs.

Pads have to be replaced, generally at least twice throughout the cooling season. There are filters that will have to be replaced, a reservoir to clean, and a pump that will need to be kept in prime working condition. You should also remember that not all swamp coolers are as efficient as others. The process is inherently efficient, but newer, two-stage models using a pre-cooler are even more effective and can save you more energy.

So Too Does Great Indoor Air Quality!

When you run a swamp cooler, you actually need to leave your windows open a bit in order to bring in fresh air that can be passed through the cooler. When you compare this to the operation of a central AC, which will usually lead homeowners to seal up their homes to conserve energy, the advantage in terms of air quality is clear.

Not only will a swamp cooler keep your home cool and comfortable efficiently, but it can also keep the air well-humidified and of a high quality. They’re not right for every home or situation, naturally. If you think that you could benefit from the use of an evaporative cooler, though, be sure to give us a call and have the job done right.

Contact Goettl Air Conditioning with any questions that you may have. 

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What Does Ice on an Air Conditioner Mean?

thermostat-going-redIn certain parts of the country, there is still snow on the ground (or even in the forecast!). In other parts of the country, signs of warmer weather are becoming more apparent, though the real hot temperatures are still a ways off. Here in Arizona, though, we’re already seeing temperatures in the upper 70’s, or even the mid to high 80’s!. Our air conditioning systems often get a much earlier start than those in other areas, which is exactly why it is so important that you have yours tuned up and ready for action sooner rather than later.

Now, routine air conditioning maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your AC up and running properly. The truth of the matter, though, is that even the best air conditioners that are the most diligently maintained are not going to function 100% reliably. No mechanical system will. The best thing to do is to learn the warning signs of problems, so that you can schedule prompt air conditioning repairs. One issue that you may encounter is ice building up on your system.

Ice on the Evaporator Coil

You may not have much cause for checking in on your evaporator coil. However, it is actually very beneficial to do so every now and then. You may not feel comfortable cleaning your evaporator coil on your own — which is something that we are happy to do for you — but peeking into that air handler from time to time means that you can catch signs of icing over early on.

Your evaporator coil is the point at which refrigerant is evaporated, hence the name. The evaporation of your refrigerant allows for the removal of heat from the air within your home. If there is ice on your evaporator coil, then it will impede this process, causing your system to overwork itself in trying to cool your home. That is why it’s a problem — but what causes the icing?

If it is your evaporator coil that’s iced over, it could be something as simple as a dirty air filter. You could also have blower fan problems. How does  this cause icing? By restricting airflow. If there is not enough hot air moving over the evaporator coil, then the coil can get too cold. When that happens, the condensation that collects 0n the coil before being drained down the condensate drain/pan assembly can freeze over. The thicker the ice gets, the more insulated the coil, so this is something of a self-perpetuating problem.

BONUS PRO-TIP!

Air conditioners do not use water in their operation (other than swamp coolers, which don’t use a refrigerant cycle). If you have a central AC or heat pump, and see water surrounding your indoor unit, it could be ice melting off of your evaporator coil.

Ice on the Condenser Unit/Refrigerant Lines

If you have ice on your outdoor unit, you’d probably be surprised considering just how hot the air outside is. Obviously, this is an abnormality. Ice on the outdoor unit, along with frost or ice on the refrigerant line themselves, will generally indicate a refrigerant leak. Basically, having too little refrigerant in the system is going to lead to issues with the heat transfer process, which can cause this icing. You may also have a refrigerant leak if your evaporator coil is iced over, though it’s not as immediately obvious and would likely be accompanied by these other points icing over.

Allowing your system to run when it’s icing over can lead to serious strain on your AC, particularly on your compressor. With weather as hot as ours, that is just inviting catastrophe to your system. Don’t let your system overheat and burn out. Contact us to have the problem resolved immediately.

Goettl Air Conditioning is here for all of your air conditioning service needs.

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Ken Goodrich, president and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber

As a young boy, native Las Vegan Ken Goodrich often was by his father’s side when he made calls for his air-conditioning business.

Today, Goodrich owns and operates two Las Vegas-based companies: Goettl Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber. Goettl AC was established in Phoenix in 1939 by brothers Gust and Sam Goettl. After acquiring the Arizona-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company in 2013, which also had a second location in Tucson, Arizona, Goodrich expanded the business to Las Vegas in 2016.

When he purchased Goettl AC, Goodrich also started The Sunny Plumber in Phoenix and Tucson. He expanded The Sunny Plumber to Las Vegas in 2015 and then to Corona, California, the following year.

Goodrich recently acquired two additional Las Vegas-based air-conditioning businesses, and he plans to continue expanding his brands across the Southwest.

Q: How many employees do you have on staff in Las Vegas at this time? What’s the total across all your company’s locations?

A: We currently are a crew of 56 in Las Vegas and are recruiting daily to get (it) up to 70 before the first 100-degree day. It warms my heart how Las Vegas has embraced our brand, beliefs and message, which have fueled our rapid growth here, especially since I am born and raised here in Las Vegas.

Q: When did you acquire Las Vegas Air and Paradise Air, and how did it come about? What has been the biggest impact overall on your company since you took over these additional businesses?

A: We wrapped up the Las Vegas Air and Paradise Air acquisition in November 2016. I’ve acquired a lot of businesses in my career, but these were different than most. This acquisition wasn’t about adding customer base or taking a big competitor out of the market. This one was about bringing experienced talent to the Goettl brand.

Michael Gamst, Stephen Gamst and Clayton Johnson, the former owners of Las Vegas Air and Paradise Air, who collectively have over 90 years’ experience in HVAC, are seasoned operators. Their impact to Goettl started immediately, bringing leadership and energy to the crew, which are key elements of our business growth and the road to create raving fans out of customers.

Q: What do your plans include for continuing to expand your company in the next year? Next five years?

A: Our mission includes becoming the market leader in each market that we serve. In Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, we have accomplished that mission. In Las Vegas, the crew is laser-focused on taking over the market leader spot in 2018. In California, our acquisition team is busy identifying acquisition targets from San Diego to San Francisco. We plan to be the market leader throughout California, as well. After the western United States are covered, we will be heading east.

Q: Will you be expanding the air-conditioning and plumbing portions of your business or focusing on one area? Any plans to combine them under one company name?

A: Our business model is both plumbing and HVAC service and modernization. We have identified and implemented many synergies that make the model less cyclical due to weather, as compared to an HVAC-only operation.

We made the decision to brand the two trades differently because the consumer focus groups we commissioned early on suggest that most consumers have their plumbing company and their HVAC company. They believe that no one can be an expert at both, and I happen to agree.

Q: What is your ultimate goal for Goettl Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber? Are you ever concerned that your company might get too big?

A: Our ultimate goal is to bring our brand, our unique customer-centric culture and processes across the nation and become the gold standard for home service in the U.S.

With regards to being concerned about growing too big, our decentralized model puts the local management on the frontline with our customers, as most of our smaller competitors are structured. To a customer in any market we serve, the relationship is transparent, as they will be dealing with a local crew making swift decisions on their behalf. As we grow, our mantra will become: “Be national, act local.”

Q: What do you believe is most important for you to instill in your employees to ensure your company’s continued growth and success?

A: First, an unwavering commitment to making the customer happy and doing whatever it takes to make that happen. Next, having a high level of respect for the trade and a commitment from our technicians to “sharpen their saws,” aka continuing their education to be the best of the best in the industry.

Last, but not least, while in our customers’ homes, do the things that protect our customers’ health and safety. Change their smoke detector batteries; replace the screws in the AC unit that the last guy left out; and check the duct system and seal up any open areas that may draw dust and dirt into the home.

Q: The Goettl AC logo features a young boy holding a flashlight; can you explain why you chose that imagery to represent your air-conditioning business?

A: Our brand is about the experience, joy and life lessons a boy learns by holding the flashlight for his dad. Most men have experienced holding the flashlight for their dads and identify that as a positive impact in their lives.

I was a 10-year-old boy holding the flashlight for my dad, Duncan Goodrich, as he worked on an air conditioner for a customer. Through many years of being the official flashlight holder, I became a skilled HVAC technician, learned invaluable business lessons and, ultimately, how to be the best at what I do and make customers happy. By the way, the boy on the logo is a digital re-creation of my son, Duncan, when he was 10 years old. I’m pretty sure he resembled me at that age.

Q: Besides learning from your father, do you have any formal education in air-conditioning and plumbing? Do you think that having a technical background is essential to running the business side of things, and if so, why?

A: My formal education in the trades came from the “school of hard knocks,” which I believe I may have enough credits (from) to earn a doctorate. I have attended many trade-related continuing education courses over the years and have read something trade-related every night for 25 years. Most of my management team, however, has no experience or training in the trades. It’s just a different skill set — leading and managing people, as opposed to knowing the trades. I was fortunate enough to be trained in both worlds, as I received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance right here at UNLV.

Q: What made you decide to support the educational component of the air-conditioning industry? How has being involved in that aspect affected you personally?

A:I’m a believer in giving back to the industry that has done so much for my family and me, and it has been a rewarding experience. I have made trade education one of my personal missions. Helping people with education can have a big, sustaining impact on their lives, their families and the industry. Some of the areas I have supported are providing scholarships for young men and women to receive an associate degree in HVAC and providing tools for post-9/11 veterans upon graduation, so they can be prepared for their first job in HVAC.

Q: What are the other companies you’ve built and sold during your career? Why did you choose to part ways?

A: I built Racee Air Conditioning, Lang Refrigeration, Economy Air Conditioning, Gardner Refrigeration, Spud Henry Plumbing, Sunset Sheetmetal &Air Conditioning, ASSAP Services and Yes Air Conditioning and Plumbing. I sold these businesses because they gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Q: What was your reaction when you found out you were chosen to receive the Contractor of the Year Award from the SNARSCA (Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Service Contractors Association) this past year?

A: It was quite a surprise and an honor to be recognized by my peers. Truth be told, I teared up and thanked my industry fellows for the honor and the recognition of my industry contributions over the past 30 years.

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Management Action Programs (MAP) Announces 12th Annual Presidential Award Recipients

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There’s much debate around what great leadership looks like today. Yet there’s no denying this fact: When leaders focus on what’s vital in their business, they’re more apt to get results and sustain success. In the spirit of recognizing and celebrating this relevant truth, Management Action Programs (MAP) is proud to announce the recipients of its 12th Annual Presidential Awards.

The MAP Presidential Award calls out the excellence of leaders who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to effectively leading themselves, their teams and their organization. Yet the award also spotlights their team’s success in using the MAP Management System™ to achieve breakthrough results. A proven business-management solution, the MAP System leverages MAP’s customized consulting and an accountability process to execute Vital Factors® Goals. This process is the critical, differentiating factor that’s enabling these organizations’ achievement. It’s also giving these organizations a significant marketplace edge in providing the strategies to sustain the healthy business-management habits of their disciplined leaders.

“These are impressive organizations,” says John Manning, president of MAP, the Los Angeles-based firm that has helped 170,000 leaders in more than 15,000 organizations over the past 50+ years. “They’ve worked hard to embrace and uphold structured accountability in everything they do. They’ve transformed their organization from the top down, developing strong companies with loyal employee and customer/client followings. With MAP’s proven system, they’re experiencing greater performance, profitability and overall health. Today, we’re celebrating their commendable commitment and notable accomplishments.”

The 2016 winners have all implemented MAP’s unique process discipline to strengthen their organizations through on-target business-plan execution and the achievement of Vital Factors® Goals. The Presidential Awards criteria include:

  • Implementation of the MAP Management System™ throughout the organization;
  • Significant improvement in company Vital Factors®, the critical elements that sustain business growth;
  • Establishment of consistent, effective leadership that provides clear company direction;
  • Reinforcement of company values through consistently “walking the talk”; and
  • Demonstration of the overall, hard work of its executives, management and employees.

MAP’s 2016 Presidential Award winners receive recognition from MAP’s leadership and consulting team, media/public acknowledgement, and mentions through MAP’s website and cutting-edge communications. This year’s winners include:

CIRE Equity / CIRE Partners
COLLIER Mfg., dba 30 SECONDS Cleaners

DNG Enterprises
Goettl Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber
Los Alamitos Enterprises
MTI Ready Mix
Pierre Landscape
String Real Estate Information Services
Zurvita

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