(Goettl Tells All: Even Though you live in NorCal, I bet you didn’t know this trick about your HVAC system)
In the Norcal News the HVAC company Goettle advises readers how to keep cooling costs down this summer.
One suggestion is to keep the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. Every degree you set your thermostat below 78 increases your energy use (and cost) by 8%.
Put radiant barrier insulation in your attic. This goes between your attic and the insulation above it. It’s a sort of foil. That prevents heated air from sinking into your house during the summer. In the winter it cuts your heating bills by preventing hot air from escaping your living quarters by rising into the attic.
Go for a programmable thermostat. Chances are, you want your house cooler at some times than at others. Maybe you like it really cool when you first go to bed, so you feel snug. But once you’re asleep, you’d like to save energy by letter the temperature rise by five or ten degrees. That’s not possible with older models, because you have to be awake to reset them. Are you away from home for long hours because of work? But you hate to turn the thermostat up when you leave because you can’t face a hot house when you get back? You can program the thermostat to go down an hour before you arrive home. Now, with many, you can change the programming with your smart phone.
The Goettl Brothers started the HVAC company in Phoenix Arizona in 1929, long before it was common in private homes, even in hot places such as Phoenix. They developed their own line of highly regarded air conditioners and equipment, which they just stopped manufacturing in 2007.
In 2013, two more Goettl Brothers, Adam and Ted (grandsons of one of the original Goettl brothers) founded Goettl’s High Desert Mechanical. They serve northern and central Arizona with air conditioning.