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Do I Need a Home Water Filtration System?

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Perhaps your tap water tastes a little off. Maybe, you’re concerned about your water’s safety. If you’re worried about your water, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system might be right for your home. We have answers.

How does a whole-home water filtration work?

A whole-home water filtration system works by filtering in the water that comes into your home. Instead of a portable filter or one that fits on your tap, it actually catches contaminants at the inlet of your home. These contaminants may include chlorine and chloramine, as well as a wide range of chemicals and toxins.

Here in the Valley of the Sun, the water is hard, so many homeowners choose a filter that also makes the water softer by adding sodium or potassium which breaks down hard minerals.

Water Safety

Throughout the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing water safety standards. These standards place limits on the amounts of contaminants that are allowed in public water supplies. By law, your water provider is required to send you a report each year that details concentration levels of any contaminants in water being supplied to your home. By reviewing this report, you can gain an understanding of your water’s quality and whether or not a filtration system is necessary.

Types of Water Filtration Systems

The most common types of water filtration systems include:

  • Activated Carbon System – This uses carbon granules to soak up chemical impurities in the water. While this type of system is effective and commonly used, it’s important to note that it will not filter out heavy metals or limescale.
  • Reverse Osmosis System – This type of system forces water through a fine filter at high pressure. When the water passes through the filter, impurities are left on the other side of the barrier.
  • Ion Exchange System – By exchanging magnesium and calcium ions for hydrogen or sodium ions, an ion exchange system is able to remove contaminants and minerals that create hard water. This is often considered the “Cadillac” of home water filtration systems.

Benefits of Home Water Filtration

Yes, there are many benefits that you’ll gain by investing in a water filtration system, including:

  • Improved taste of water
  • Protection from contaminants, chemicals and pathogens
  • Cleaner dishes, surfaces and clothing
  • Softer skin and hair
  • Cost savings from not having to buy bottled water and filters

Want to learn more about a home water filtration system? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.

Repair or Replace That Old Garbage Disposal?

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It’s unlikely that you often think about your garbage disposal. It sits there patiently in your sink, always ready to do its job. And then one day, uh-oh, something goes wrong. As a homeowner, it can be difficult to know when you should call out a plumber or replace a garbage disposal. The good news is that your garbage disposal usually gives you a clear indicator of what to do.

Not Turning On

With an overloaded or overheated garbage disposal, the overload protector (reset switch) may be tripped. This is designed to protect it from damage. To reset, locate the button under the disposal. Press the button and try to start it. If not, wait 10 minutes and try again.

If an overload is a problem, you’ll want to check the circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. If these two solutions don’t work, it’s time to call in a technician. At Cool Blew, we offer both electrical and plumbing services to ensure we get to the bottom of your problem.

Clogs

Garbage disposals are sturdy appliances, but they’re not designed to grind all types of food. Before you call an expert, consider what you’re putting down the drain. Here’s a list of what you should never expect your disposal to grind up.

  • Bones
  • Celery
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fruit seeds and pits
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Potato peels
  • Other starchy or fibrous vegetables
  • Liquid grease and oil

Bad Smells

It’s no wonder your garbage disposal gets stinky on occasion. There’s plenty of places for debris and bacteria to build up. Baking soda and vinegar can help quell the smell. But, if the odor persists, call in a professional.

Leaks

If your garbage disposal begins leaking under the sink, it may be time for a new unit. Call the plumbing experts at Cool Blew. We’ll look at connections, pipes and other possible sources for the leak. But, it’s likely that a replacement is in order.

Call the plumbing and electrical experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

Can You Get a Tax Break on a New HVAC System?

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If you’re like many homeowners facing the reality of HVAC system replacement, you probably have wondered if there are any tax incentives. The answer is yes.

In January 2020, Congress renewed the Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit or Section 25C of the tax code. This means that you can get up to $500 in tax credits when you install any energy efficient (Energy Star-certified) air conditioner, heater, boiler or other HVAC appliance. To obtain the tax credit, you’ll need to fill out IRS Form 5695. The energy efficiency tiers are determined by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency with a standard air conditioner unit obtaining a $300 credit. This credit is only available on a primary residence, not on vacation homes or investment rental properties.

Of course, there are many other benefits to upgrading your HVAC system. These include:

  • Lower operational costs
  • Greater efficiency
  • More advanced technology
  • Increased value to your home
  • Improved temperature control
  • Enhanced indoor air quality
  • Peace of mind that your system won’t break down

Consider that the US Department of Energy estimates that over 40 percent of a homeowner’s power bill stems from cooling and heating. The financial gain of upgrading to a new unit is substantial! And the tax credit sweetens the deal even more. It’s also true that you may even be able to claim interest as an itemized deduction if you finance a new HVAC system. A qualifying loan is one that’s taken out to add “capital improvements” to a home. Call us for more details at 623-872-2900.

What about Home Businesses?

If you have a home-based business, you may be able to qualify for even greater tax savings. The costs related to purchasing and installing an HVAC system can be deductible if you can show that the system is an ordinary and necessary expense to operate your business.

Want to learn more about obtaining the greatest value from a new HVAC system? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.

Have You Been Putting Off Air Conditioning Maintenance?

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Procrastination is a problem for many of us. Whether you tend to put off dental cleanings or stall until April 15th to pay your taxes, waiting for another day is a common human trait, but also one that is rife with risk. In the case of air conditioning maintenance, procrastination can lead to an array of costly and inconvenient problems.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

It’s easy to ignore maintenance when your system seems to be working fine, but this can be a costly mistake. Remember the old idiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it’s definitely a true statement. By changing your filters and having your system cleaned on a regular schedule, you can greatly minimize the chance of having a major breakdown.

Diminished Efficiency

Even if you’re lucky enough to dodge a system failure, HVAC procrastination will cost you when it comes to energy efficiency. Dirt buildup, clogged drains and leaky ductwork can all result in your system working harder than it needs to. By simply scheduling maintenance service with Cool Blew, you can avoid wasted energy consumption and sky-high utility bills.

Lack of Comfort

An air conditioner that’s not getting the attention it deserves will also lead to problems with maintaining a consistent temperature. Neglect will result in poor indoor air quality and even wiring hazards. Want home comfort? Schedule maintenance service today!

Replacement Sooner than Later

A properly maintained air conditioner should last you at least 15 to 20 years. Yet one that has been ignored will often fail in under 10 years. With at least five more years of service, you’ll substantially lower your cooling costs.

If you’ve been putting off getting maintenance or keep forgetting to call for service on a minor problem, take this opportunity to pick up the phone and call Cool Blew now. Yes, it’s late in “air conditioning season,” but you’re likely to still be using your system until late fall or even into the early days of winter. In other words, you still need your air conditioner. And procrastination only makes any problems you have even worse. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

Just a Few Common Electrical Jobs We Can Tackle for You

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When it comes to electrical work, Cool Blew handles everything from the installation of outlets to full rewiring of homes. Our fantastic team of licensed and insured electricians are proud of the work they do and are ready to assist with whatever electrical need you may have. Here a few of the most common electrical jobs that we can tackle for you:

Outlets and Switches

We offer installation and repairs on outlets, switches and sockets. This includes dimmers and remote-control electronic switches.

Ceiling Fans

Need a ceiling fan installed inside or outdoors? We have you covered. Instead of attempting a DIY fan installation, call us instead. We have the experience and expertise to ensure wiring and installation are professionally done for optimal safety and comfort.

Light Fixtures

Like ceiling fans, we can also help you with light fixtures. Whatever type of fixture you have, from hallway lights to entryway chandeliers, we can install them.

Whole House Surge Protectors

Power surges can follow any wire in your home, damaging plugged-in devices and appliances in your home, including air conditioning units, TVs, refrigerators and computers. While you can gain some protection from plugging a device into a low-cost, multi-outlet surge suppressor, complete surge protection can only be gained by hardwiring it into your main electrical panel.

This is why we recommend whole house surge protectors for our customers. Once installed, a whole house surge protector can withstand power surges for many years, regardless of their source.

Want to learn more about electrical service from Cool Blew, including the installation of a whole house surge protector? Call us today at 623-872-2900. Our team is here to answer your questions and schedule service calls at your convenience.

3 Reasons Why Fall Is the Right Season to Purchase a New Air Conditioner

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After a long, incredibly hot summer with record-breaking temperatures, we’re thankfully seeing the first glimpses of relief. Temperatures are beginning to drop, making it an ideal time to begin the process of purchasing a new air conditioner. The following are just a few of the key advantages of buying a new AC unit in the coming months, rather than waiting until next spring.

You’ll Eliminate Any Chance of Installation Delays

Spring and summer are incredibly busy seasons when it comes to air conditioner installations for good reason. Many homeowners wait until their unit has failed before they purchase a new one. Thus, when temperatures rise, and they experience a system failure, Cool Blew is called. A simpler option is to buy a new air conditioner now, so that you don’t have to deal with the problems of a failed air conditioner.

Consider that a new air conditioner will run between 10 and 20 years, depending on usage, maintenance and environmental factors. If your system is approaching or past this mark, you may want to start planning on a replacement sooner than later. By buying a new system in the fall, you’ll not only avoid any potential installation delays, you’ll also set yourself up for lower cooling bills with a higher efficiency system.

You’ll Have Time to Research Your Options

Buying an air conditioner while dealing with an unexpected breakdown is stressful by anyone’s standards. In the heat of the summer, when your indoor temperature is climbing, it’s easy to get sucked into purchasing a larger, more expensive unit than you actually need.
By planning your air conditioner replacement while your system is still running, you can carefully compare your options and make a decision based on facts, rather than urgent need.

Your Best Pricing

While we, at Cool Blew, always strive to deliver the best pricing options for your next air conditioner, lower demand in the fall can often add up to greater savings. HVAC suppliers often have systems on hand that didn’t sell over the summer that they’re willing to discount to make room for new models in the spring.

Your Residential Air Conditioner Specialist

At Cool Blew, we understand that purchasing a new air conditioner is a big decision that requires careful planning and evaluation. This is why we offer access to our experts by phone and free estimates on new air conditioners. Call us today at 623-872-2900.

3 Plumbing Tips for Labor Day Weekend

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The last long weekend of summer is here. It’s time for one final celebration of the season. What you don’t need this Labor Day is the hassles of a plumbing problem. Before you fire up the grill or jump in the pool, please read our three plumbing tips.

1. Get to Know Your Main Water Valve

Do you know how to shut off your water if you had to? If you’re like many homeowners, you might not know where the shutoff valve is. Take a few moments to locate it. The valve may be in the garage, a utility closet or outside in the yard.

What are you looking for exactly? The main valve typically looks like a wheel with spokes that turns to the right, or a lever that turns until it is perpendicular to the pipe it’s connected to. Once you’ve located it, turn the valve and see if the water is still running. If it isn’t, you were successful in shutting off the main valve.

If anything unexpected happens this holiday weekend with any of your water-using appliances, you will now know how to stop the water before experiencing a flood. And, if you’re leaving home for an extended summer vacation, it’s always a good idea to turn the water off at the main valve before leaving.

2. Prevent Clogs

Prepare for a possible holiday weekend clog by purchasing a plunger and an inexpensive three-foot auger. These two simple tools can prevent the vast majority of clogs and backups. Of course, prevention is your best strategy. Remind the kids (and the kids at heart) not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. And potato peels, melon rinds and chicken bones belong in the trash can, not in the kitchen sink.

3. Watch the Washer

With summer comes lots of dirty laundry. Dirty play clothes, wet bathing suits and lots of towels can strain your washing machine and its hoses and connections. Take a few moments and inspect behind your machine for any evidence of leaks, cracks, or bulges. If something looks suspicious, consider calling the experts at Cool Blew.

As we wind down Summer 2020, we would like to remind you that you can always count on Cool Blew for all your plumbing needs. We’re here for routine maintenance to emergency calls. Call us whenever you need us at 623-872-2900.

Optimizing Your HVAC System for A Good Night’s Sleep

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A solid night of sleep not only makes a big difference in your ability to function during the day, it also impacts your overall health, and your ability to engage with others. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, while children typically need eight to 10 hours. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done.

Consider that one in three Americans don’t get sufficient sleep. More than 50 million Americans suffer from over 80 different sleep disorders with another 20 to 30 million experiencing intermittent sleep problems. It’s a big health problem, and one that is growing.

While there are countless treatments and strategies for improving sleep quality, one of the easiest solutions is to adjust your HVAC system. The temperature and humidity level in your bedroom can have significant impacts on your sleep. The following are some HVAC tips that can help you improve your sleep.

Set Your Thermostat to an Optimal Temperature

Your body temperature drops when it prepares to go to sleep. Because of this, it’s helpful to have your bedroom a few degrees cooler at night. Actually, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees during sleep hours.

With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the settings so that it lowers the temperature at bedtime and adjusts it to a warmer temperature during waking hours.

Turn on Your Ceiling Fan

Your ceiling fan can also help keep your room cool without additional output from your HVAC system. And some people think that the humming sound of a fan is actually conducive to good sleep.

Change Your Air Filter

It can be difficult to sleep if you’re suffering from allergic symptoms, like sneezing, itchy eyes or wheezing. By regularly changing out your air filter, you can improve your indoor air quality and reduce the number of allergy-inducing particulates in your home’s air.

Get an HVAC Tune Up

Don’t take chances with sleep-hindering HVAC breakdowns. Get a seasonal tune up and gain the peace of mind that your system is working optimally. Call Cool Blew today!

Evaporator Coils – How Often Should Evaporator Coils Be Cleaned?

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Don’t let the summertime heat or winter season get the best of your air conditioning system. Keep your unit working without a hitch with routine maintenance. That includes having the evaporator coils cleaned at least once a year. However, if the dust levels are high in your home or facility, then you need to get the coils cleaned more often.

What are evaporator coils?

Air conditioners don’t actually create cool air in your home, contrary to what some believe. What the system does instead is to condition your air or cool it by removing heat from the air that’s already inside. There are two types of air conditioner coils that do this: the evaporator and condenser.Evaporator coils—located inside the AC assembly—remove the heat and humidity from inside your home. Condenser coils, on the other hand, are units outside of the AC system that use refrigerant to transfer heat from inside to the outside of your home.

Why keep the coils clean?

Clearing the coils of dust allows the heat exchange to occur much more efficiently, allowing it to power through the coils. Dirt and debris can block the exchange, though, which could be why your energy bills are so high. Dirty coils force your unit to work so much harder, so you also get higher energy consumption levels and bills.

How often should they be cleaned?

You’ll want to get those coils cleaned at least once every year along with a seasonal tune-up. However, if there are high levels of dirt and dust at your location or site, you’ll need to get the coils cleaned with greater frequency.

How do I clean the coils?

Evaporator coils are inside the unit, which means you’ll need to open up your AC system to get to the coils. That’s easy enough with DIY manuals and online tutorial videos. However, only attempt a DIY approach if you are confident about your ability to follow instructions. If that isn’t the case, it’s best to hire pros. An expert knows how to clean evaporator coil.

Why should I hire a pro?

A professional has the experience to pull this off. The right credentials and qualifications mean that if something comes up during the cleaning process, an expert is in a much better place to address or resolve those issues or even nip potential problems in the bud. A proalso has better tools along with considerable industry knowledgethat’s up-to-date and accurate that ensures safety during the installation as well as stellar results.

Related Read:Replace the Air Conditioner or Just the Evaporator Coil?

How do I choose a pro?

Look for a business that offers AC maintenance & cleaning services. Ask them if they clean evaporator coils just to make sure you’re covered. One way to solve all your AC maintenance problems, though, is to go for a maintenance plan. That way, even when you’re busy, your AC unit won’t be neglected. You won’t have to worry about forgetting the next tune-up or having your unit checked for issues. The maintenance program should take care of that for you.

How Does a KVAR Unit Work?

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Before you ask about how a kVAR unit works, it’s essential to know a few things first. Let’s start by being clear about what kVAR is. That means talking about the power factor.

What is the power factor?

The term refers to the ratio between active power and apparent power. Apparent power is the power we supply and is also called kVA. Apparent power is then broken down into two types: active power, which is symbolized kW, and reactive power, which is symbolized with kVAR. Essentially, though, the power factor is the measure of how effective the incoming power in your electrical system will be.

What are kW and kVAR?

Active power—or kW—is the one that supplies the energy for heat, sound, motion, and light. Reactive power, on the other hand, is inductive and is the energy that powers magnetic fields that are essential in rotating equipment. So, if something in the equipment moves, it’s likely operating under the inductive load. These are often in the form of compressors, refrigerators, freezers, motors, washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, and computer fans along with furnace blow motors, air conditioning units, well pumps, ceiling fans, and more. Now that you’ve answered the question: what is kVAR?, the next thing you should know about is a kVAR unit.

What is a kVAR unit?

You already know what the power factor is and its ratio of working power to total or Apparent power. To understand that with greater ease, the higher the kVar percentage in your load, the lower the ratio of the kW to the kVA. The result is a poor power factor. That’s where a kVAR unit comes in. It essentially reduces the reactive power that is supplied by the Utility. With the unit in place, you get to effectively use your electricity, reducing the amount of energy supplied to your system.

What does a kVAR unit do?

It increases the power factor, allowing you to make optimum use of your electricity. That matters because the reduced energy consumption levels mean that you save on electricity and energy costs. Installing a kVAR unit, then, is a smart cost-saving measure, one that you’ll want to take advantage of, so you won’t need to pay more than you need to.

Where is a kVAR unit usually installed?

Both residential and commercial spaces can benefit from the installation of a kVAR unit. Any facility or location that has a circuit breaker panel that comes with breaker switches is a good candidate for it. However, homes or facilities that still rely on the old screen-in type of switch will need to upgrade their systems before they think about installing a kVAR unit.

How do you install the unit?

Look for a reputable installation service that offers kVAR unit installation assistance. It’s always ideal to rely on the expertise and knowledge of industry pros. With their help and guidance, you can rest easy in the background. You know you can trust them to get the job done and done right.