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Protecting Your Home’s Electrical System During a Storm

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While the monsoon has seemed more like a non-soon so far this year, we still have two more months to go. This means there’s plenty of time for at least a few wild and wooly summer storms. With the much- needed rain, these storms can also bring plenty of wind and lightning, which can wreak havoc on your home’s electrical system. To address these concerns, the team at Cool Blew is here to provide some guidance.

Power Surges

One of the most common types of damage that can occur during a summer storm is a power surge. This can happen when lightning strikes on or near a power line. It will increase the amount of electricity through the line, which can overwhelm electronics, appliances and machinery that are plugged in. The best way to protect against power surge damage is to unplug items before a storm. Of course, that may not always be possible. The next line of defense is a home surge protector which can tame significant power spikes.

Breaker Damage

If your home is actually struck by lightning, it can cause damage to your breakers and impact your entire home’s electrical system. This is more likely to happen if you have an outdated electrical system. With newer homes, the circuit breaker is more likely to withstand the strike and protect your home’s electrical equipment.

Power Outages

With lightning and rain comes wind. Strong gusts can knock out power to your neighborhood, leading to a surge that trips your home’s circuit breakers. If you experience a tripped circuit breaker for your HVAC system, it’s important to know how to reset it. Here’s how:

  1. Turn your HVAC system off at the thermostat.
  2. Find the circuit breaker in your electrical panel for your HVAC system.
  3. Turn the switch to OFF and then back to ON to reset the external circuit breaker.
  4. Leave your HVAC off and wait 30 minutes and then turn it on.
  5. If your system doesn’t turn on, it may have experienced electrical damage.

To learn more about the professional electrical services we provide after a storm, give us a call. We’re here to help.

Optimizing Your HVAC for Distance Learning

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Here, in the greater Phoenix area, it’s back to school time. Yet it certainly doesn’t feel like a normal start to the school year. In-person classes are being delayed until at least August 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And with children remaining at home for now, parents are tasked with creating designated areas that support effective learning. This includes providing a space with a flat surface, comfortable seating, good lighting, and a place to store class materials. It also means ensuring that the indoor temperature is comfortable, which can sometimes be a challenge when it’s well into the triple digits outdoors.

While optimizing your indoor temperature might not have been at the top of your to-do list when it comes to your child’s remote learning, it is an important factor. Just as temperature affects worker productivity, it also impacts children’s learning. Whether too hot or too cold, temperature can be a real problem when it isn’t properly regulated.

According to many workplace studies, the sweet spot of indoor temperatures is between 72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, there are other factors at play. Children who have a lower-than-average body mass index (BMI) often get cold easier. And humidity can also affect how children perceive temperature. If the air is overly humid, it can impact the ability to sweat – making it feel warmer. Low humidity can cause skin, throat and nasal passage irritation. Most experts will tell you that a relative humidity level of 40 percent is optimal for year-round comfort in a home.

So, as you set up your home classroom for your children this school year, make sure to consider the temperature. Take time to set your thermostat, change the air filter and, if you haven’t already, call for a tune-up. A malfunctioning air conditioner definitely isn’t something you’ll want to deal with while trying to support your at-home student.

Want to learn more about how to optimize your home’s comfort? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

Water Heater – Repair or Replace?

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It can sometimes be challenging to figure out when it’s the right time to replace a large home appliance, such as a water heater. Of course, you don’t want to spend needlessly on an upgrade. But you also don’t want to be investing in repairs that won’t be lasting. The following are some considerations as you weigh your decision to repair or replace your water heater.

The Age of the Water Heater

According to data from Consumer Reports, the average tank water heater lasts 10 years, and tankless water heaters have a lifespan of approximately 20 years. So, if you’re experiencing a malfunction of your water heater, it’s important to consider the age of it. If it’s nearing the end of its expected life, replacement typically makes the most sense.

Increasing Energy Bills

Your water heater accounts for up to 15 percent of your total energy bill. So, its efficiency isn’t something to just ignore. If you’re seeing your utility bill go up, it is likely that your water heater is decreasing in efficiency. This happens when it is working longer and harder to keep water temperature consistent. In other words, if your water heater is past its prime and losing efficiency, you will save in the long run by going with a replacement.

Cost of Repair

When it comes to water heater repair, you can do some simple mathematics to determine if repair is the right way to go. If the repair is more than 50 percent of what it would cost to replace, go with the replacement. If the repair cost is less than this, you will still want to consider the water heater’s age. You should also think about how many times it has broken down over the last two years. Multiple repairs signal the need for replacement.

In the Long Run

More often than not, replacement is the right strategy. Throwing money at a failing water heater will ultimately cost you more than buying a new one. Need help in making this decision or choosing a new model? Give the experts at Cool Blew a call today.

Protecting Your HVAC System During an Arizona Monsoon Storm

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Although monsoon season officially started on June 15th, we still are awaiting the dramatic conditions that come with this annual weather phenomenon. With humidity now finally starting to creep upwards and tall cloud formations building in the afternoon sky, we’re likely to begin seeing those monsoon storms, here in Phoenix, very soon.

While these storms are exciting to watch, they can wreak havoc on your HVAC system if you’re unprepared. So, we wanted to provide you with some timely tips as we enter this wild and wooly time of year.

Stock Up On Air Filters

High amounts of dust and other contaminants and particulates circulate through the air during summer storms in the Valley. And they can end up being sucked into your home and through your HVAC filter. To ensure clean indoor air quality throughout the summer, get into the habit of replacing your filter at least every 30 days. Choose a pleated filter that offers increased surface air to collect the maximum amount of debris.

Add a Surge Protector

With summer monsoon storms, lightning strikes can cause electrical surges that can trip your home’s circuit breaker and even kill power to your air conditioner. With a surge protector for your air conditioner, you can protect your breaker, your AC unit and eliminate a costly service call to get everything back up and running.

Clean Up the Yard

Winds often exceed 50 miles per hour during an Arizona summer storm, sending tree branches and loose debris flying. If they get blown into your air conditioning unit, they can damage the rather delicate coils that surround it. As we’re entering the thick of monsoon season, take some time to look around your yard for overgrown landscaping and loose items that can potentially go airborne. And remove them!

Call for Maintenance

Although monsoon storms can bring some relief from triple digit temperatures, it’s still very hot. In other words, you’ll still be relying on your air conditioner for many months to come. So, if you haven’t already, call for preventive maintenance to ensure your air conditioner is up to the challenge of keeping you and your loved ones cool and comfortable.

Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

HVAC Tips – How to Stay Cool this July 4th

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The forecast is for sizzling hot temperatures this 4th of July. That’s no surprise here in the Valley of the Sun. With monsoon storms not here yet, there’s little relief from the heat. In other words, it’s a good time to take some extra steps to stay cool.

Take Advantage of Your Window Coverings

Sun streaming through windows can quickly heat up a room, working against your air conditioner. During the peak sun hours between 10:00 and 2:00, keep blinds or curtains closed. This can lower indoor temperatures by up to 15 degrees!

Turn on Your Ceiling Fans

Like window coverings, ceiling fans offer a low-tech, low-cost way to stay cool. Make sure to turn the directional switch on fans to rotate counterclockwise. This will enable air to blow downwards, helping to keep you and your loved ones cool and comfortable.

Change Your HVAC Filters

When was the last time you replaced your HVAC filter? If you can’t remember, there is no better time than the present. A clogged filter not only hinders your air conditioner from working effectively, it also can reduce the quality of your indoor air. Nearly every local grocery store and hardware store carries air filters. Make it a point to have a couple on hand at all times, so that you can get into the habit of filter replacement once a month.

Take the Cooking Outside

Boiling pots and a hot oven can quickly increase temperatures throughout your home. And, of course, isn’t the 4th of July the perfect time to fire up the grill? Take advantage of this holiday weekend and enjoy some al fresco meal prep.

We’re Here If You Need Us

Unfortunately, air conditioner failures can happen – even during holidays. If you experience an unexpected malfunction, give us a call at 623-872-2900. We offer valley-wide emergency HVAC service even on Independence Day.

From all of us at Cool Blew, we wish you a fun and safe 4th of July.

Your Home’s Air Ducts and Your Utility Bill – What You Need to Know

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It’s that time of year when air conditioning isn’t just a refreshing option. Arizona homeowners know that without the continuous hum of their air conditioner, indoor temperatures can quickly climb to uncomfortable levels. And, with around-the-clock air conditioning comes higher energy bills. In fact, it’s very common for electricity costs to jump by 50 percent or more during the summer months. While turning off the air conditioning certainly isn’t an option, there is another way to effectively lower costs.

Many homes have a hidden HVAC problem that causes energy waste and higher-than-needed energy bills. What is it? It’s old ductwork.

In many homes, older ducts have leaks and creases which enable cool air to escape to the outside or internal areas that don’t require conditioned air. Outdated ductwork can also cause unequal cooling throughout a home and increased humidity, as well as musty, foul odors. Yuck!

If your monthly electricity costs seem to be skyrocketing, your ductwork could be the culprit. It’s time for a home energy audit. At Cool Blew, we start with a thorough inspection of your home’s ductwork. If leaks are detected, we will provide you with a detailed quote on air duct sealing.

Why Trust Cool Blew for Duct Inspection and Repairs?

As your local HVAC experts, we have many years of experience repairing ductwork. We don’t use taping or mastic to seal air ducts. They produce less than quality results. Instead, we rely on the advanced technology of AeroSeal – an advanced sealant that ensures your ductwork remains airtight with a 10-year warranty. By fixing these leaks, cooling will be evenly distributed throughout your home, and your air conditioning unit will be blowing cool air only where you want it to go – saving you each month on your utility bill. And with a thorough cleaning of your ductwork, those musty odors will be a thing of the past, too.

Isn’t it time to get a better handle on your summer energy bill? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

How a New Air Conditioner Impacts Your Indoor Air Quality

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You only need to look outside and see the brown haze blanketing the Valley to know that Phoenix is prone to summer pollution. In fact, Phoenix consistently ranks as one of the worst cities in the nation for air quality. And this is only made worse by the raging wildfires that are currently plaguing our state. In other words, it’s important to maintain the quality of the air you’re breathing in your home and pay attention to the role your air conditioner has in supporting your indoor air quality.

Your home is an enclosed environment with only limited sources of ventilation, and its HVAC system is essential for circulating fresh air. Of course, general air conditioning maintenance, such as replacing your AC filter every month, helps to filter out allergens, pollen, pesticides, dust and other outdoor irritants. But is that enough? If your home has an older air conditioner, it may not be.

Your air conditioner works by pulling outside air into your home, passing it through a filter, over a cold coil and then pushing it through vents. An older unit will struggle to complete this process successfully which can directly impact your indoor air quality. And if you have a less than clean evaporator coil and ductwork, your HVAC system can actually be contributing to diminishing your air quality. During the summer months, when you’re running your unit 24 hours a day and have windows and doors closed, what you’re breathing inside matters a lot. For those suffering from respiratory or immune issues, this can be a real problem.

At Cool Blew, we believe everyone should be breathing clean indoor air. Let us provide you with a free quote on a new air conditioner. We’re here to answer your questions and can even show you how the addition of an indoor air quality (IAQ) system can improve your air quality even more. Call us today to learn more at 623-872-2900.

Three Gas Line Issues That Can Happen – Even in the Summer

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Although gas furnaces are not in use this time of year, gas piping issues can happen anytime – even during the hot summer months. For homeowners who have gas furnaces, water heaters and ranges, it’s important to keep an eye (and nose) out for possible gas issues that have the potential of being dangerous.

At Cool Blew, we have the experience and expertise to repair your gas piping issues.

  1. Gas Line Leaks
    Fortunately, gas line leaks are not common, but when they do happen, they can be dangerous. Natural gas is inherently odorless, so a “rotten egg” scent is added to enable it to be identified. If you smell this odor, turn off your gas and call for immediate assistance. If you’re unfamiliar with where your gas valve is, call your local gas service provider or the fire department. It’s best to leave the home until the repair is made. And most importantly, do nothing that involves an open flame, such as turning on a gas range, firing up a grill or lighting a cigarette.
  2. Gas Line Blockages
    Occasionally a gas pipe can become clogged with contaminants that can hinder the function of an appliance. If you’re having issues with gas flow, this could be the problem. Once again, it’s a gas line problem that warrants professional service.
  3. Valve Malfunctions
    Gas line valves can be a source for leaks and blockages. Our technicians can quickly replace a problematic valve and get your gas flowing properly again.

If you think you’re experiencing a gas line issue in your home, don’t delay in getting help. Remember, ensure your home and family are safe by leaving the house, call your gas company, and then call Cool Blew at 623-872-2900.

Summer Plumbing Problems – And How to Prevent Them

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Summer plumbing problems? These common household issues may never have entered your mind before. Then, one day…

It’s just a reality that many unfortunate homeowners will be caught off guard this summer by unexpected plumbing issues. So, as we kick off the hot season, we felt it was our duty to share with you the most common risks you face with your plumbing system – and how you can mitigate them.

Kitchen Catastrophes

It’s the season for corn on the cob, melon, stone fruits and barbecue ribs. All of these delicious summer foods can be devastatingly tough on your garbage disposal and pipes. Rinds, pits, bones, husks and other no-go items should always be placed in the trash. And as always, remember to avoid pouring cooking oils and grease down the drain. It’s a surefire way to cause a clog.

Toilet Turmoil

Schools out, and social distancing is still the norm. Let’s face it. Home toilets are being used more than ever. We’re seeing more backed up toilets and flooded bathrooms than ever before. Consider giving little and big household members a reminder not to overdo it on toilet paper and to be careful what they flush.

Laundry Overloads

Sweaty clothes, damp pool towels and all those bathing suits. The laundry room is a busy place from May through September. The last thing you want to deal with is a leaky washing machine hose that turns your house into a wading pool. Take a moment and inspect hoses for leaks, cracks and bulges. And, make it a best practice to stay at home when your washing machine is in use. This will enable you to address a problem quickly and, if necessary, call a professional.

Hot Water Heater Hiccups

With extra laundry and plenty of hot showers, your water heater is also working on overtime in the summer. If your water heater is ten or more years old, it’s time to call in a technician for an inspection. This will ensure everything is working as it should be and prevent any unexpected and highly disruptive situation. And, remember when it’s hot outside, the water in your pipes is heating up, too. In other words, turn down your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Cool Blew Is Here for All Your Summer Plumbing Woes

We want you to have a relaxing and fun summer. The last thing you want to be dealing with is a plumbing problem. We get it! This is why we encourage you to be proactive and to call us if you need help. We’re fast, friendly and effective. Call us at 623-872-2900.

Turn to Cool Blew for Quality Commercial Air Conditioning

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As restaurants and retailers return to full operations, there is a growing focus on commercial HVAC systems and their role in helping to keep employees and customers cool, as well as safe. Faulty air conditioning during the summer months has always been a business-halting, costly situation. Now, there is the additional concern of keeping commercial spaces safe in the age of Coronavirus.

Most experts agree that masks and social distancing are the two best ways to avoid transmission of the virus. However, air conditioning also has a role in stopping the spread of the virus in public spaces. For business owners, proper HVAC can help by serving as a line of defense. Regularly replaced air filters and the installation of air scrubbers can help reduce indoor air quality risks by reducing pathogens in the air.

At Cool Blew, we pride ourselves on our longstanding reputation as the affordable, quality provider of commercial air conditioning repair and installation in Peoria and surrounding areas. We provide a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee on all our work, so businesses can be completely confident that customers and employees are cool and comfortable all year long.

Our HVAC technicians are also experts in commercial HVAC installation. We work with businesses to understand their specific air conditioning needs, and our team is experienced in installing all major commercial air conditioning models. We know that downtime without air conditioning isn’t an option – especially in the hot summer months. This is why we continuously strive to provide fast, quality service and installation for all our commercial customers.

With the commercial HVAC team at Cool Blew, businesses have a partner with the expertise and experience to get the job done right – the first time. Call today for more details, to schedule service or to obtain a quote on a new air conditioner.