Goettl Tells All: Even Though you live in NorCal, I bet you didn't know this trick about your HVAC system..

AC System Tips and Tricks
Does it feel like you spend more and more each year to keep your home cool and comfortable? In hot, humid climates, going without air conditioning isn't an option. However, you shouldn't break the bank to beat the heat. Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your air conditioning system. Established HVAC leader Goettl experts let you in on the secrets!

Keep these 10 AC system tips and tricks in mind to stay cool without going broke this summer:

1. Weatherize Your Home - Air conditioning systems often work harder than they should because much of the conditioned air that they produce escapes outside. At the same time, warm air from outside seeps in. If you haven't done so in a while, weatherize your home. Replace old insulation as needed, and seal gaps and cracks with caulk and weather-stripping.

2. Keep Your Unit in the Shade - If possible, keep your air conditioning unit in the shade. The air in shady areas is cooler, so the unit won't have to work as hard to produce cool air for your home.

3.Keep the Thermostat Away from Heat - Similarly, make sure that the thermostat isn't subjected to direct sunlight, bright lights or other sources of artificial heat. These can trick your AC into thinking that more cool air is needed than is truly necessary, unduly taxing the system.

4. Apply Window Film - If you don't already have low-e, or low-emissivity, windows, consider investing in some. A cheaper, simpler alternative is to apply tint film to the windows on your home to deflect away sunshine from inside your home.

5.Turn Up the Temperature - For every degree that you turn down the temperature below 78 degrees, there is an 8-percent increase in energy use. Consider keeping the thermostat set as closely to 78 degrees as possible to save.

6. Use Radiant Barriers - Having radiant barrier insulation installed in your attic can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your home cool during the summer. This foil is installed between the attic floor and the overlying insulation. During the summer, it prevents heat from sinking down into the home; during the winter, it prevents warm air below from escaping into the attic.

7. Replace Air Filters Often - Check your HVAC air filter at least one time per month. During the summer, filters are subjected to many allergens, dust and other particles, so check it often and replace it as needed.

8. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat - Switch out your old analog thermostat for a programmable model. There are even smart thermostats that you can operate via your smartphone, so you can adjust the heat in your home from wherever you happen to be.

9.Replace Your AC - If these tips don't seem to make much of a difference, odds are that your AC unit is simply old and very inefficient. Major advances have been made in energy efficiency in the heating and cooling world over the last 10 to 15 years, and you can save a lot by upgrading to a newer, more efficient model.

10. Have Your System Tuned Up - At least once a year--but twice, ideally--you should have your AC system tuned up by a professional HVAC contractor. In addition to catching issues while they are still small and cheap to correct, this is the best way to maintain the efficiency of your system.

If you're looking for an HVAC contractor to install a new AC system, to tune up your existing one or to assist you with all manner of heating and cooling needs, Goettl Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialists is the name to trust. Our company was founded by two brothers way back in 1926, and it's been going strong ever since. Although the business has changed hands many times through the years, it has always lived up to its motto: A Name You Can Trust.

Like many companies, Goettl experienced its share of bumps in the road along the way. By the 2000s, it was struggling to stay afloat in the rapidly changing market. At the time, it was owned by a large out-of-state company that focused more on profits than on delivering exceptional customer care. In 2013, Goettl was purchased by Ken Goodrich, who immediately went to work to change the culture of the company. Instead of focusing exclusively on squeezing every last penny out of every last job, Goodrich trained his employees to focus on customer satisfaction.

Goodrich's strategy worked. Since he purchased Goettl, the company has grown by more than 500 percent and now boasts more than $50 million in revenue per year. During the brief period in which he has owned Goettl, Goodrich has helped the company earn a reputation of volunteerism and charitable giving. For example, Goettl recently donated more than $1,000 worth of tools to the College of Southern Nevada. On a different occasion, the company helped an elderly local woman who had been relying on an inefficient swamp cooler for 20 years by installing a new air conditioning system and ducts free of charge.

Goettl is available to install, repair and service all models of air conditioners. We offer same-day service, extended summer hours and flexible appointments, including on holidays and weekends. To help you keep your system in shape easily, we also offer convenient preventative maintenance plans. Contact us today to learn more. http://www.goettlshdm.com/about/


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