When elected to serve on the nation’s largest non-profit association of indoor environmental systems professionals, an organization representing more than 60,000 individuals, one must be an expert on the topic at hand. That’s the position in which Ken Goodrich, CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning, found himself last spring as the ACCA met in Charlotte, North Carolina for its annual meeting and expo. The announcement of Goodrich’s election to the board was officially made on Goettl Air Conditioning’s Linkedin page.
With triple digit heat being a way of life during desert summers, Goettl is quick to provide tips to keep your air conditioner running efficiently so your home can stay cool. Such tips include having a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats give you the flexibility to easily set the temperature you prefer while you’re at home while adjusting the temperature upwards a tad while at work. Set the timer and your home is nice and cool when you return. Regular maintenance, including changing filters, is strongly encouraged to keep that piece of home cooling equipment running in tip top shape and to prevent break downs in mid-August. Having your air conditioning ducts cleaned also helps with machine efficiency. During the cleaning process, Goettl employees check for breaks in the ductwork, areas where all that air you pay to cool your home leaks.
Goodrich does more than just consider his clients’ comforts. He is also concerned about the welfare of our four legged friends during the dog days of summer. He recommends you consider when you take your pooch for a walk. If the surface is too hot to hold your hand over for 10 seconds, you should find a cooler time so those paws don’t get burned. While you are outside, if your pet has short or light colored hair, use sunscreen to prevent sunburn. They’re susceptible, too. Grooming them properly can aid with circulation and temperature regulation. Goodrich reminds us that while we can get a drink when we’re thirsty, our pets rely on us. Make sure there’s plenty of drinking water available. But not just drinking water. Many dogs, and a few cats, enjoy playing in the water. Set up a kiddie pool and let them splash! And finally, be aware that the garage posts many dangers to cats and dogs. Anti-freeze and many yard care products can be fatal.