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Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Memorial Day and Summer

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It’s that time of year again. The kids are finishing up school, and the temperature is climbing into the triple digits. Memorial Day weekend is here. And because of the unusual circumstances we’re all facing right now, many of us are spending more time than ever inside our homes. All the more reason to ensure your air conditioner is running optimally.

Air Conditioning Is a Lifesaver in this Summer of Social Distancing

Few things are more uncomfortable than having to sit in a stifling hot house. The best way to ensure you’re not dealing with a summer HVAC breakdown is to schedule a seasonal service call. We’ll check to make sure it’s running efficiently and can repair any minor issues before they turn into major problems down the road.

Consider a Residential Preventive Maintenance Agreement

With all of us spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time to invest in a preventive maintenance agreement that can keep your entire HVAC system in tip-top shape all year long. The benefits on this agreement are impressive, including:

  • Air filter cleaning
  • Check of operation of thermostat
  • Inspection of wiring, connections and fuses
  • Inspection of contractors, relays, motor bearings and amps on motors
  • Inspection of condensate pan, drain lines, coils and air ducts
  • 10% off new equipment
  • Outdoor rinse of coils
  • No overtime fees
  • Priority service
  • Schedule service reminders
  • And more!

And, Cool Blew is here for you 24/7/365 – even on holidays. So, this Memorial Day, we hope you and your family stay cool and safe. And if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call.

Your Electrical System and Coronavirus

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Around the country, COVID19 has propelled countless companies to go into work-from-home mode. This means employees are working remotely from home offices and kitchen tables and relying more than ever on their homes’ electrical systems.

Along with an internet connection, electricity is vital for any home office employee. The following are some guidelines to ensure the lights don’t go out on productivity while working from home.

Sufficient Power

Aside from power outages and power system overloads, there are other causes of decreased power that can slow down work. The most common is old, faulty wiring. Corrosion, poor insulation and neglected connections can impact your ability to power the tools you need to work from home. If you’re struggling with power issues, it’s a good idea to call in a licensed electrician who can identify the issue and safely make the necessary repairs.

Surge Protectors and Power Strips

Whether you have a designated home office or are setting up shop on your couch, you’ll want to ensure all your devices (laptop, monitors, etc.) are grounded and protected from the possibility of a power surge.

Safety First

Safety is always the top priority when it comes to anything electrical. As you work from home, follow these general practices:

  • Don’t use laptops or other electrical devices near a water source.
  • Unplug all appliances and electronics from the plug, not the cord.
  • Don’t use sockets if they appear singed, or if you see sparks.
  • Don’t use frayed or worn power cords.

At Cool Blew, our team of licensed electricians is available throughout the greater Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs. We’ve enacted a range of safety precautions during this time of social distancing to ensure your safety, and we’re available around the clock to help you keep it business as usual – even in these highly unusual times.

Coronavirus – Is It Safe to Use Your Air Conditioner?

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With triple-digit temperatures now officially here, many Valley residents are once again turning to their air conditioners to keep their homes comfortable. Yet, with the continued advice to social distance and stay at home, it begs an important question. Is it safe to use your air conditioner?

Many homeowners have asked us this question lately – especially since the publishing of evidence that suggested that air conditioners may circulate infectious droplets of COVID19. While debate continues on how the virus is spread, nearly all health experts agree that the largest risk remains close contact with other people. In other words, if you’re practicing safe social distancing measures on a consistent basis, you have little to worry about when it comes to running your air conditioner.

Added Protection from Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Because most of us are staying inside due to the pandemic, indoor air quality has become more important than ever. Clean indoor air not only contributes to overall well-being and comfort, it can increase productivity – something that’s especially beneficial for family members who are working or learning from home.

An optimally functioning HVAC system can play an essential role in purifying indoor air from airborne contaminants, including bacteria, mold, mildew, and yes, viruses. So, it’s a great time to schedule an HVAC tune-up. Belts, condenser, evaporator coils and more are inspected and cleaned. Your filter will also be replaced as it serves as a first line of defense in indoor air quality.

At Cool Blew, we are also recommending to homeowners that they consider a complete cleaning of their air ducts to remove dust, mold and other microorganisms that can negatively impact air quality. For those who are at higher risk, we suggest the Air Scrubber Plus which has been shown to reduce up to 99.99% of harmful contaminants. The system uses advanced technology that is more than 50 times more powerful than standard air filters.

Call us today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions and how we can help ensure your home’s indoor air is safe and comfortable all summer long.

Optimize Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

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As desert residents, we all know the value of having a fully functioning air conditioner in the summer. You only need to step outside and feel the rising temperatures to be reminded of just how relentless our climate can be. So, it certainly provides peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is ready to go when June arrives.

April Is Primetime for Air Conditioner Preparation

This month, temperatures are warm but still comfortable. It’s not only the perfect time to dig out those t-shirts, sandals and shorts, it’s also when you should be scheduling a spring tune-up of your air conditioner. Yes, there’s more to air conditioner maintenance than changing out your filter.

At Cool Blew, we recommend a complete inspection and evaluation of your HVAC system. Air conditioners are complex with many electrical, mechanical and moving parts that need to be checked and fine-tuned to ensure efficiency.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

If your home still has an older, manual thermostat, spring is also a good time to consider replacing it with a smart, programmable thermostat that learns your routine and regulates settings according to your habits. With this heightened level of control, the thermostat will not only pay for itself, it will save you considerably over the coming months and years.

Avoid Summer System Failures

Small HVAC malfunctions now can be very disruptive in the middle of the summer. If you haven’t had your system tuned up recently or if you’ve noticed a loss of efficiency, unusual sounds or other potential problems, don’t hesitate to call Cool Blew. We’re here for all your HVAC needs and can ensure that you’re ready to go for when hot weather hits the valley.

Coronavirus – Safety Precautions

Cool Blew remains available for all your air conditioning needs throughout the Coronavirus crisis. In addition, we’re thoroughly focused on ensuring the health and safety of our customers and employees. Call us today to schedule a spring tune-up or service at 623-872-2900.

Reduce Your Risk of Airborne Viruses with the Air Scrubber Plus

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It’s definitely a time of uncertainty with the ongoing spread of COVID19. Of course, it’s important for all of us to be doing our part in combatting the virus while protecting the health of ourselves and our loved ones. As we slowly begin to transition away from sheltering in place, it’s natural to begin thinking about ways to mitigate risks. For many of us, this may include wearing masks in public places, avoiding large gatherings and frequent handwashing.

Because researchers are now exploring the possibility that COVID19 may spread via airborne transmission, as well as droplet transmission, there has been growing interest in technologies that purify indoor air.

At Cool Blew, we’ve been impressed with the ActivePure technology used in the Air Scrubber Plus – a system designed to eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing pollutants, VOCs, cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and odors. While this technology has not been specifically tested yet against COVID19, it has been shown to reduce viruses, including swine flu (H1N1), avian bird flu (H5N8), hepatitis A and norovirus.

The ActivePure technology, built into the Air Scrubber Plus, was developed for use on the International Space Station and has been shown to reduce up to 99.99% of harmful contaminants throughout a home. The system is simple to use and helps ensure that air ducts, as well as furniture, countertops, bathroom surfaces and more are cleaner and safer for you and your loved ones. In fact, the technology reduces over 90% of pathogens in 30 minutes – making it 50 times more powerful than normal HVAC filtration. This is why it is relied upon in Major League Baseball facilities, hospitals, schools and by many hotel brands.

If you’re concerned about the quality of your indoor air and reducing your risks of viruses, as well as other airborne and surface contaminants, call Cool Blew today for more information. We’re your go-to source for indoor air quality during these challenging times.

Your Home’s Plumbing and Coronavirus – What You Need to Know

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It seems like coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting nearly every aspect of daily life these days, and this includes home plumbing systems.

As the pandemic started to spread throughout the United States, many individuals began stockpiling essentials like toilet paper, tissues and wipes for sanitary purposes. At the same time, we’ve all been obeying stay-at-home orders. All of this has led to a perfect storm of strain on sewer systems, as well as clogged sink lines and toilets.

To minimize your risk of having a pandemic-related plumbing problem, we wanted to share some preventive practical strategies.

Don’t Flush Wipes Down the Toilet!

There really is no such thing as a flushable wipe. Whether they’re for cleaning surfaces or cleaning yourself, they simply don’t break down like toilet paper and are a primary source of the current rise in plumbing issues. In other words, the only things you want to flush are the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.

Avoid Pouring Grease, Fat and Oil Down Drains

With restaurant doors shuttered, many of us are spending much more time in the kitchen. That’s a great thing. But, it’s important to remember that when you’re cooking, you want to place grease in a sealed container and dispose of it in the trash. Grease and oil poured down drains can adhere to the insides of pipes that carry wastewater from homes to sewer treatment facilities. Over time, this buildup can reduce the flow of wastewater and damage your sewer line.

Manage Toilet Paper Usage

If you’re one of those homeowners who has stocked up on a year’s worth of TP, it can be tempting to overuse toilet paper during your bathroom visits. Like wipes, too much toilet paper can clog toilets and damage pipes. Remember – more doesn’t always mean better when it comes to toilet paper usage. Be thoughtful in your approach to hygiene and breathe easy that you have more than a “square to spare.”

While we, at Cool Blew, are available for all your plumbing needs, we encourage you to follow these tips to help keep your system healthy and flowing.

Cool Blew – Coronavirus Safety Update

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Since 1986, Cool Blew has served the greater Phoenix area. As always, our top priority is the safety and comfort of our customers. With the growing spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight what we’re doing to keep you, your loved ones and our employees safe from this virus.

Our safety efforts include the following:

Customer Health

We are asking customers who may have been in contact with the virus to inform us prior to our visit. This enables our service technicians to take necessary precautions. Every case is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but we are 100 percent committed to preventing the spread of the virus.

Employee Health

Any employee of Cool Blew who has symptoms of the virus, or who has come in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, is required to stay at home. Employees who have symptoms must undergo testing and will be required to submit a written note from their healthcare provider before being allowed to return to work. Any employee who has a fever higher than 100.4 degrees will not be permitted back to work until they receive a clearance from a healthcare provider.

Sanitation

Our service technicians and installers always take steps to prevent tracking dirt into your home. They are also equipped with additional protection equipment as needed to protect customers and them from contact. As with many businesses, we’re reviewing sanitation procedures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, which include the following guidelines:

  • Cleaning hands often, including after removing gloves, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Following preventive actions, including avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning hands after blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing or after using the restroom.

At Cool Blew, we are committed to taking the threat of this virus to our customers, employees and community very seriously. And we’re doing everything we can to limit the spread of the virus while continuing to provide you with professional HVAC service and installation. For more information, call us at 623-872-2900.

Optimizing Your Indoor Air Quality for Your Home Office

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With the shift to social distancing, many of us are now working from home. While workplaces are designed for employee productivity, most home offices lack the same characteristics. Among the most important aspects of a healthy and comfortable home office space is optimized home’s air quality.

According to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and SUNY, individuals who work in better air quality have higher cognitive functioning scores – compared to those working in airtight environments with poorer air quality. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that indoor air can be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire retardants, radon and even volatile chemicals used in common cleaners. Some of these pollutants are tracked into a home, while others appear with the addition of a new mattress, furniture, paint or carpet cleaning. Then, there’s the additional issue of dust mites, mold, pet dander and other indoor pollutants.

The key to improving indoor air quality is taking a multi-pronged approach to minimizing pollutants and optimizing humidity.

Vacuum

Allergens and chemicals accumulate over time, impacting air quality. One of the best front-line defenses against this is vacuuming carpets and floors which can reduce toxins and allergens. Choose a vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and a HEPA filter. For optimal results, vacuum two or more times each week and regularly clean the filter.

Mop

Mopping is also beneficial by picking up additional dust that the vacuum has left behind on floors. Use plain water, rather than soaps and cleaners and a microfiber mop which can capture the most dust and dirt.

Use Door Mats

Place a large floor mat at every door to catch chemicals and dirt on shoes before they are tracked through the house.

Maintain a Comfortable Humidity Level

By keeping humidity around 30 to 50 percent, you can minimize the growth of dust mites and mold while preventing air from becoming too dry. With our desert air, a humidifier may be beneficial in a home office to ensure a consistent humidity level.

Don’t Smoke

Making your home a no smoking zone is essential for good indoor air quality. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and is linked to higher rates of respiratory disease, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. And in this time of a pandemic, avoiding smoke is more important than ever.

Call Cool Blew

At Cool Blew, we’re experts in indoor air quality management and recommend the Air Scrubber Plus – a new system designed to help eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing air pollutants, VOCs, cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria and odors from pets and cooking. Call us today to learn more about this system and how it can enable you to breathe easier as you work from home.

Coronavirus and your HVAC System

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You can’t turn on your TV without seeing news about the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. While plenty of people are stocking up at the local grocery stores on items like toilet paper, bread and water, there are some things we can all do at home to help minimize the spread of viruses while improving the overall quality of indoor air during cold and flu season.

One of the big questions surrounding coronavirus is how significant of a role airborne transmission plays in its spread. Currently, the general consensus is that it’s predominately spread through large droplet transfer – meaning droplets are too large to remain airborne for long. In other words, transmission is primarily happening through coughing and sneezing within a fairly close range of other people.

However, that doesn’t mean that your HVAC system can’t play a role in prevention. In fact, it can have a significant impact on keeping you healthy, so that your immune system is prepared if and when it is exposed to the virus. The following steps can help fight illness and improve your air quality.

Replace Air Filters

Air filters are a first line of defense against bacteria, viruses, pollen and other particulates that can circulate in your ductwork and indoor air. During cold and flu season, it’s always a good idea to replace your system’s filters at least once a month.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Your HVAC system should ideally be cleaned and serviced twice a year to ensure it’s working optimally. Filters, belts, condenser and evaporator coils and other parts should be tested and cleaned. With good maintenance, dust, pollen and other airborne particles can be removed from your system to prevent air quality issues.

Clean Air Ducts

Like your air conditioner furnace or heat pump, your ventilation system also needs regular maintenance. Ductwork should be cleaned and serviced to remove dust, mold and microorganisms that can collect there.

Partner with HVAC Professionals

Your indoor air quality isn’t something to take casually now – or really any time of the year. Poor quality air can have a big impact on the health of both those with chronic conditions, as well as healthy individuals. A qualified HVAC contractor is the best choice for analyzing your system, ensuring its working effectively and keeping air quality at optimal levels.

How Your HVAC System Can Help You Tackle Seasonal Allergies

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With temperatures warming up, Arizona is in bloom. While wild flowers and leafy trees are a beatiful addition to our desert landscape, they are also shedding tremendous amounts of pollen. For allergies sufferers, this means sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. While allergy medication can help curb symptoms of seasonal allergies, it’s important to not forget about the role your home’s HVAC system has in the air that you breathe. Depending on how you maintain your system, your symptoms could improve or be exacerbated.

Your HVAC Air Filters

Although replacing your HVAC air filters is important all year long, this easy maintenance task is especially vital during hay fever season. A clean filter serves as a first line of defense to maintain the quality of your air. Consider changing your filter at least once a month through late spring.

Filters

If you or family members suffer from significant allergy symptoms or respiratory conditions, like asthma, consider adding a HEPA filter that can remove even more of the particulates that lead to symptoms. Talk to one of our technicians about this option.

Ductwork

Your HVAC ducts can be harbors for dust and dirt over time. This means that when you turn on your air conditioner or heater, particulates are blown into the air – directly impacting the quality of your indoor air. Having ducts cleaned can significantly improve symptoms for many homeowners and their loved ones. It’s also an opportunity to determine if you have any leaks that hinder the performance of your system.

Enjoy the Spring

Here in the Valley, spring is primetime for enjoying great weather. Don’t let allergic symptoms prevent you from making the most of the season. Call Cool Blew today for a spring HVAC system tune-up and to answer your questions on how to improve your indoor air quality.