For Las Vegans, air conditioning is a life support system, not a luxury. with 113-degree days forecast in the coming week, local cooling systems will be put to the test.
Goettl Air Conditioning owner Ken Goodrich suggests planning ahead to keep your family safe and comfortable.
Six Energy Saving Tips
1. Check your filters. A clogged filter reduces airflow into the system and reduces the output of cooled air. Restricted air flow also strains the system, increasing the chance for failure.
2. Close draperies. Keep drapes and blinds closed to keep out direct sun.
3. Mind your gadgets. Minimize use of heat-producing appliances (ovens, dishwasher, dryers) during the day’s peak heat. Rely more on the microwave for cooking or better yet, grill outside.
4. Go programmable. Install a programmable thermostat so you can raise the temperature set point a few degrees while you’re away. Keep this within 5 degrees of your normal setting; more may be counterproductive, requiring additional energy to reduce the temperature to your original setting.
5. Circulate the air with ceiling fans. A ceiling fan won’t change the temperature, the moving air helps you feel cooler.
6. Maintain your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance helps keep your system running at peak efficiency and will prolong the life of the equipment. The Energy Star program recommends two services per year; one in spring to prepare for the cooling season and one in the fall for the heating season.
PROTECT YOUR PETS FROM THE HEAT
Locally owned Goettl Air Conditioning advises valley residents to plan ahead to keep their pets safe this summer.
Here are some helpful tips.
1. Paws off the pavement. Cement, asphalt, and even truck beds can be hotter than they look. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends trying to stay off hot surfaces during the summer as they can burn your pet’s paws. If you can’t hold the back of your hand to sidewalk for 10 seconds without feeling the heat, consider moving your walks to the morning or late evening.
2. It’s screen time. Pets with short, light colored coats are especially susceptible to sunburn. To beat the heat, apply a pet-safe sunscreen to your pet’s ears and nose 30 minutes before outdoor activity.
3. Get groomed. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping your pet’s properly groomed to provide better circulation and temperature relation. Ask your veterinarian the best cut for your pets.
4. Make way for water. Because your pets can’t sweat like you do, it’s harder for them to keep cool during the summer. The Humane Society of the United States recommends ensuring that your pets have access to fresh, cool water and shady places during the summer. Also, keep an eye out for dehydration while they are outside.
5. Splish-Splash! Doggie pools let your pets keep cool and play with at the same time. A pool can be a pooch’s new favorite toy.
6. Garage dangers. Summer heat can cause antifreeze to leak from overheating cars, leaving sweet-tasting puddles that can harm pets. If your car leaks, keep your pets away from the mess. Some fertilizers and garden products can also imperil your pet’s health. Keep them up and out of your pet’s reach.
Goettl Air Conditioning was originally created by Gust and Adam Goettl in 1939 and came to the Las Vegas Valley in 1968. As a result of the recession, the company left Southern Nevada in 2007. Ken Goodrich purchased the Arizona company in 2013 and, in April 2016, opened a branch office in his hometown of Las Vegas, where his love of the Goettl product first began.
As a 10-year-old boy, Goodrich held the flashlight when his father went out on evening service calls to repair air conditioners; as he worked, the soft-spoken patriarch imparted knowledge and wisdom that would stay with Goodrich for life: “When a person needs help, you respond right away, not when it’s convenient for you;” “Always do the right thing; always’s do what’s right” and “The Goettl Iron Horse is a magnificent machine; nothing else even comes close.”
For more information on Goettl Air Conditioning, visit goettl.com.
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