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Tips to Stay Cool for July 4th

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Your home’s air conditioning system is likely working full force around the clock this time of year, keeping you and your family comfortable. If you’re hosting a 4th of July get-together, here are a few tips to ensure your guests are comfortable inside while reducing the strain on your cooling system.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help keep air circulating and provide an easy way to quickly cool down indoors. Turn on your ceiling fans to keep each room of your house feeling up to four degrees cooler. This way you can avoid adjusting your smart thermostat and ceiling fans are a great way to be more energy efficient. Remember to turn off ceiling fans running in any empty rooms.

Close the Blinds

Whether you’re hosting guests inside or outside, blocking out the sunlight from heating up your home’s interior is a great way to keep guests happy and reduce your utility bills. Draw blinds, close sliding glass doors, shutters, and drapes to keep the heat out.

Use Heat Generating Appliances Less

The 4th of July holiday weekend is a wonderful time to fire up the outdoor grill instead of cooking indoors. You’d probably be surprised how much heat ovens, clothes dryers, and dishwashers emit as they run. Try to avoid using these appliances during daytime hours. Run full loads of dishes and laundry in the evening. This will decrease wear and tear on your appliances, keep your home cooler, and decrease energy usage.

Maintain Your AC

You don’t want to have your AC breakdown during July 4th celebrations nor anytime during Arizona’s sweltering summer. You can help keep mechanical and electrical issues in check by having your system properly serviced. Scheduling a twice-yearly air conditioning tune-up and inspection with a trusted local HVAC company can extend the lifespan of your unit and help steer clear of unwanted surprises during the summer. The inspection can alert you to potential issues that can be easily repaired before they turn into expensive problems. Regular tune-ups keep the AC components running smoothly all summer long.

Schedule AC Service Today

Looking for an HVAC company you can trust with keeping your AC system running 24/7? Cool Blew has you covered with experienced technicians available year-round, including the July 4th holiday weekend. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule servicing or to find out more about our home services. Have a happy 4th of July!

Is Your HVAC System Prepared for the Monsoon Season?

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On June 15th, we kicked off the monsoon season in Arizona. Throughout the Grand Canyon state this time of year means wild thunderstorms, dust storms, heavy rains, occasional hailstorms, and flash floods. Humidity levels will soon be rising to uncomfortable levels, and the Valley of the Sun will no longer experience a dry heat.

In other words, it’s a good time to prepare in advance for the impending monsoon storms that can cause power outages knocking out your AC. And it’s also a good time for our professional team to share some tips to help keep your HVAC system running properly.

Check and Replace Air Filters

Probably the most important tip we can offer is to check and replace your air filters on a frequent basis during monsoon season. With all the dust in the air, HVAC air filters can quickly become clogged causing your air conditioning unit to work harder to pump out clean, cool air. Rather than wait for a problem to arise due to dirty or clogged air filters, change out your air filters at least once a month.

Keep Up on Landscaping Maintenance

Monsoon thunderstorms bring gusty winds that can range from 30 to 40 mph to sometimes 60 to 70 mph during a localized microburst. There may even be more widespread bursts of damaging winds called downbursts. These winds can break off tree branches, cacti, kick up leaves, rocks, and dirt. All this debris can fly into the AC unit along with your home’s exterior. To reduce the chances of this happening, make certain to clear around the outside of your AC unit, and make sure trees and shrubs are properly pruned.

Schedule an HVAC Tune Up

It’s never too late for HVAC maintenance. Don’t wait for your air conditioning to fail before giving us a call. With a quick tune up, Cool Blew’s technicians can identify and repair small issues before they become big problems. We’ll help ensure that your air conditioning system is running efficiently to save you money on your summertime energy bills.

Call Cool Blew to Help Keep You Cool

With daily outdoor temperatures ranging from the low 100 degrees to potentially over 117 degrees during monsoon season, you want your family to be comfortable indoors. Before the next monsoon storm arrives, call your expert technicians at Cool Blew to check on your HVAC system. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment. We’re not comfortable until you are!

Four Questions to Ask Prior to Your Next AC Repair

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Want to ensure you get the right HVAC provider performing the right service? Here are four questions to ask:

1. Should I repair or replace?

In some situations, repairing your air conditioning unit isn’t enough to have it properly functioning. There are a few signs that indicate you may need to replace your AC.

  • Your air conditioning system is 10 years or older.
  • You’re paying a lot of money for constant repairs.
  • Repairing your AC unit will cost more than purchasing a new unit.

If you’re unsure if you need a replacement, have a licensed HVAC professional inspect the unit. A trustworthy, certified technician will only propose replacing it when it’s really required.

2. Do You Offer a Free Quote?

No matter if you require maintenance, repair, or replacement, professional HVAC contractors always provide pricing upfront. A legitimate contractor will offer a concise, accurate, and justifiable quote to make a service call, perform repairs, or install a new system.

3. What About Regular Maintenance Compared to Repair Expenses?

Regularly scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning system ensures you’ll lessen the need for costly repairs. Scheduling twice-yearly inspections by Cool Blew’s technicians to check, clean, and perform necessary repairs costs significantly less than costly, unexpected repairs when systems are not maintained. Regular maintenance also helps to decrease your monthly energy bills.

4. Are you Insured and Bonded?

It’s always important to do your due diligence when it involves any company or technician who will be working in your home. Not all HVAC companies are insured and bonded, and some are fly-by-night operations that disappear once you’ve used their services. Take the time to do your homework and ensure that the business you’re considering is committed to 100% customer satisfaction.

Call the Professionals at Cool Blew

Take time to ask the right questions. Not all HVAC companies are created equal. Don’t sweat it before your next AC repair. Cool Blew’s industry certified technicians are here to help you 24/7 including holidays. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment. Keeping you cool is our business!

What Is the Best Thermostat Setting for Summer?

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With daily temperatures in the Valley of the Sun now hovering above 100 degrees, you may wonder what’s the target setting for your thermostat during summer. Before you start randomly lowering your thermostat setting, let’s look at some recommended temperature settings.

Home Thermostat Settings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says 78 degrees for warmer months is the best setting when you’re at home. You may be tempted to set your thermostat even lower to 68 or 70 degrees when you’re home or sleeping. This will require a great deal of energy for your AC to maintain these temperatures even with a well-insulated home. Your monthly energy bills will skyrocket!

Instead, when you’re home, turn on the ceiling fans. Fans help occupied rooms feel cooler by blowing air downwards without having to lower the thermostat on your AC unit. In fact, ceiling fans help to make you feel up to four degrees cooler indoors. By circulating air around your house, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a consistent temperature. Best of all, ceiling fans can save four to eight percent on cooling costs when combined with your air conditioning unit.

Away Thermostat Settings

EnergyStar.gov studies have shown that you can save three to five percent on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat. If you have pets, you can increase the thermostat up to four degrees from its normal setting when you’re away from home. This ensures a safe, comfortable environment for your furry family members. If you have indoor plants, but no pets, you can safely increase your thermostat to a high of 85 degrees. Using a programmable thermostat, you can set it to run six or more pre programmed temperature settings. This is the best way to ensure against unpredictable surges in your utility bills.

Don’t be tempted to set your thermostat to an excessively cold setting when you return home to quickly cool down your home. Your house will not cool down any faster, and it will result in excessive cooling and extra energy expenses.

Call Cool Blew

Cool Blew’s team of technicians are ready to answer additional questions on thermostat settings for your AC unit. Call us today at 623-872-2900 and one of our industry certified professionals will be glad to help you.

Making Certain Your HVAC is Ready for Memorial Day

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School is out, temperatures are climbing into the triple digits, and Memorial Day weekend is here. The unofficial kickoff to summer has arrived, and it’s important to ensure that your air conditioning system is running properly.

Going Away for Memorial Day?

Don’t consider setting your thermostat to an uncomfortably high temperature if you’re heading out of town. The worst thing you can do is come back from a holiday weekend away to a stifling hot house. When you arrive home and blast the air conditioner to lower indoor temperatures, your HVAC system will be working overtime, and your next month’s utility bill will increase proportionately.

The idea of turning off your HVAC system is even more detrimental. Indoor temperatures will climb rapidly, and indoor plants will wilt. Mold and mildew can potentially begin growing due to a lack of air circulation and high humidity levels. Running your AC at a slightly higher than normal temperature is the way to keep air circulating and avoid having to crank your system upon your return.

Cool Tips

Whether you’re staying home or going away, these suggestions will help your home’s air conditioning system work efficiently.

  • Change out your air filter. A clogged air filter will result in your unit working harder and running more often to keep your home cool. According to the EPA, dirty air filters contribute to an indoor concentration of pollutants that is two to five times higher than outdoors, impacting your family’s health, especially for family members suffering from seasonal allergies or respiratory ailments.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat. These thermostats can be set to help you maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and save on your monthly energy bills. They’re easy to install and use remotely with a smartphone app. Local utility companies even offer special incentives for homeowners to install programmable thermostats. APS offers rebates or credits for qualifying smart thermostats. SRP offers a bill credit per thermostat for eligible smart thermostats.
  • Closing blinds, drapes, and curtains will help keep your home cool whether you’re away or at home. Sunshine can heat up indoor temps, causing your AC to work harder and less efficiently.

The professionals at Cool Blew understand the extreme summer heat and the demands placed on your HVAC system. If you haven’t already scheduled your spring air conditioning tune-up, now is a great time to do so. Call our expert technicians today at 623-872-2900 to schedule maintenance.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Advantages and Disadvantages of Touchless Kitchen Faucets

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Thinking about a plumbing upgrade for your kitchen? You’ve seen them in restaurant bathrooms most everywhere in Arizona—touchless faucets. They save time and effort by simplifying cleaning. These technological wonders deliver a stream of water anytime motion is detected. How do these faucets work and what are the advantages and disadvantages of installing them in your kitchen by your local plumber?

How Do Touchless Faucets Work?

Touchless faucets have a sensor positioned usually at the base of the faucet. When you move your hand or even a pot or plate in front of the infrared detector, the sensor sends a signal to the solenoid valve, turning water on or off.

Advantages of Touchless Faucets

Hands Free

Whether you have dirty hands or hands full, you only need to place your hands close to the sensor to begin the flow of water. Less spreading of germs and food debris on faucets.

Saves Water

No water is wasted because the faucet turns off when there’s nothing in front of the sensor. The sensor takes three seconds or less to send a signal to shut off the water. Better for the environment and your monthly water bill, as you’ll save hundreds of gallons over a few years.

Safety

No need to reach for knobs or handles. Easy to use for all family members and automatic water temperature and flow settings.

Easier Cleaning

The spray head with a pull-down feature allows you to utilize the faucets’ stronger water flow to quickly clean dishes and cookware with less mess.

Disadvantages of Touchless Faucets

Sensor Malfunction

Since these faucets are activated by motion sensors, having too few sensors or low-quality sensors means the faucet won’t quickly turn on or off, leading to a frustrating situation.

Cost

Generally more expensive than standard faucets and the solenoid or valve can stop functioning properly over time.

Flow Rate

It can be difficult to change the water flow rate or temperature. You’ll have to touch different areas of the faucet, or for some models, use a remote control.

Call Your Plumbing Experts

Need additional information on touchless kitchen faucets or require other plumbing services? Your family-owned plumbing professionals at Cool Blew have the expertise to help you anytime of the day or night.
Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to providing unbeatable customer service and quality products.

Cool Blew Money Saving Tips

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Homeowners deal with many costs to keep a house cool, the pool running, and the landscaping green. Now that the heat is on, you’ll be spending more on utilities. Here are some best practices to consider when it comes to keeping costs in check.

Keep Air Filters Clean

Replacing your AC system’s HVAC air filter every month will cool your home faster with better air flow.

Lower Your Water Heater Thermostat

Lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees or less can save up to 15% per month on utility bills. And with hot weather in the foreseeable future, taking a cooler shower just feels better, too.

Raise Your AC Thermostat

A common misconception is that setting your thermostat at a cooler than normal setting when you turn on the AC cools down your house quicker. In fact, your AC will not cool the house down faster and could even result in excessive cooling. Higher utility bills will be the outcome. By raising the thermostat up to 9 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day, you can save almost 19% in energy costs. Even raising the thermostat by one degree can save up to 4% on monthly utility costs.

Implement These Other Seemingly Minor Tweaks

Even small adjustments can have a big impact on your utility bill when it comes to energy usage.

  • Closing blinds, drapes, and curtains during daytime hours helps keep the heat outside. Your home will feel cooler and more comfortable.
  • Check your fireplace damper to make sure it’s closed to prevent cool air from going up the chimney. Turn on ceiling fans to reduce the feels-like indoor temperature by a few degrees.
  • Reduce your use of heat generating appliances like dryers, ovens, and stovetops.
  • Check to make certain that any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing issues are fixed. Properly maintained appliances and systems run efficiently using less electricity.
  • Change out incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. The many benefits include lower electricity bills, a longer bulb life, and an improved quality of light. Smarter LED lights have glowing reviews as they can last 10 years or longer.

Cool Off with Cool Blew

Our experts at Cool Blew will offer you the best solutions for energy savings. Let our certified technicians help today. Just give us a call at 623-872-2900.

Air Conditioning Issues That May Spring Up

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With the heat on in the Valley of the Sun, the need for staying comfortable and cool is a necessity. Your AC needs to run efficiently all spring long. For the most part, air conditioning units operate smoothly, but Sonoran Desert conditions can result in accelerated wear and tear on your HVAC system. You may be experiencing more problems depending on how many years your air conditioner has been operating. Here are some of the most common problems:

Fans and Blowers

After months of not running, AC fans and blowers may have issues firing up in spring. When there’s arcing or pitting on the motor contactors, it can be difficult for the motors to start up. Sometimes with servicing, fans and blowers can start working again, but many times these components need to be replaced at some point during the lifespan of your AC.

Condensation Drain Line

The condensation drain line may become clogged for a few reasons. There may be water around or beneath the drain pain under the evaporator. Typical causes include algae or mold in the pipes blocking the drain line.

Refrigerant

Even though air conditioning refrigerant lines are completely sealed, over time leaks can start in the coils or fittings through very tiny holes. It can be difficult to visually spot or even hear any refrigerant leaks except for a hissing sound which may or may not be audible. The best way to detect refrigerant line leaks is during a springtime HVAC system tune-up.

Breakers or Fuses

Breakers and fuses keep the AC motor and compressor from overheating. When triggered, your AC unit will not work.

Condenser Coils

The most common cause of condenser coils leaking is when the coils are dirty due to dirt, dust, and debris. When cleaning with a water hose doesn’t resolve the issue, an HVAC technician will have to service the coils. Another cause of condenser coil leaks is traces of fluoride in household water causing the coil to become corroded over time.

Capacitor

Failed capacitors can occur from wear and tear, electrical power surges, or other fluctuations in power. Sometimes, a visual inspection can spot a burned-out capacitor. Other times, the capacitor appears fine, but isn’t functional. With electrical problems causing about 80 percent of AC repairs, fixing them is best left to trained professionals.

Call Cool Blew

Your safest bet is to schedule a spring AC servicing appointment with your trusted technicians at Cool Blew. Call us today at 623-872-2900.

Typical Water Heater Issues

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Water heaters are a convenience homeowners expect at all times. Even though water heaters are manufactured to last, problems can still occur—and usually at inconvenient times. An interruption in hot water or low water pressure when you want to take a shower or run a load of laundry can quickly become a stressful situation. Let’s look at some typical water heater problems.

Temperature Issues

Water temperature problems can be very frustrating. The water can be too hot, too cold, or not hot enough.

Cold Water

Issues arising from water being cold when it should be hot may include the water heater not getting power, or the thermostat and heating elements not working correctly. If your water heater is gas powered, check to see if the pilot light is lit. If there isn’t a pilot light, then the water heater may not be getting an adequate gas flow. If it’s an electric water heater, check if the power cord is plugged in properly, reset the power breaker, and check for blown fuses. If the pilot light won’t relight, there’s not enough gas, or the power supply isn’t functioning properly, call your trusted local plumbing company.

Not Hot Enough

When the water is warm, but not hot enough, there may be a thermostat problem or a heating element that’s not functioning. A water heater too small for your household water needs may be another cause. These issues are best taken care of by a professional.

Overly Hot Water

Thermostat settings are the most likely cause of water that is too hot. The thermostat may have been set above the recommended setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends this setting for optimal power efficiency and to reduce the chances of scalding hot water.

Stinky or Discolored Water

Foul smelling water flowing from your faucets may be the result of a failing water heater element. A foul odor may be caused by the heating element releasing hydrogen causing the bad smell.

Rust-colored water is most likely caused by corrosion inside the water tank from a failing element. This is when you should call your plumbing technician to inspect the unit and decide if the water heater element needs to be replaced or the entire water heater needs replacement.

Call Cool Blew

These are a few of the typical water heater issues you may encounter. Call our expert plumbers at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your plumbing appointment.

Earth Day and Your HVAC System

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This year, April 22 is Earth Day. It’s a yearly reminder to make a difference by being an active participant in your local and global environment. Over one billion people across the world will celebrate Earth Day in over 190 countries—all with the goal of helping to make our planet a better place to live, reduce waste, and lessen pollution. Did you know that your HVAC system consumes the most energy of any system in your household? Let’s look at some actionable steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Seal HVAC Ductwork

The average home cooling and heating ducts lose up to 30% in air leakage. Sealing ducts reduces cooling and heating costs on your utility bill, improves HVAC efficiency, and eliminates air leakage.

Change Out Air Filters

Earth Day is a great day to change your HVAC system air filters. Dirty, clogged air filters waste precious energy resources, cause your HVAC to work harder, and contribute to air pollution. A clean air filter reduces indoor contaminants, allows air to circulate properly inside your home, and keeps your system working efficiently.

Plant Trees

Planting trees on your property increases shading for your home and decreases your energy bills. Trees help to purify the air we breathe and regulate neighborhood temperatures.

Schedule Maintenance

Small changes can have a big impact on the environment. Your HVAC system contributes upwards of 46% of combined energy usage in your house. By scheduling spring maintenance, you’ll help ensure it’s running effortlessly, and conserving valuable energy. You can’t expect your AC to be operating at peak performance levels without a tune-up. Without regular maintenance, you’re taking a chance on a breakdown of your HVAC unit.

Reduce Heat Entering Your Home

You’ll save substantial amounts of money on monthly utility bills by blocking solar heat from entering your house. By drawing the blinds or shutters, closing curtains or drapes, or even installing UV window film, helps keep direct sunlight out. Furniture, carpets, drapes, and curtains can fade over time from UV exposure. Your HVAC system benefits from a reduced workload trying to keep your house cool.

Call Cool Blew Today

These simple steps will save you money on air conditioning, reduce your carbon footprint, and help make our planet a better place to live. Would you like to learn more about HVAC energy saving tips for Earth Day 2022? The professionals at Cool Blew will be happy to answer all your questions. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule a maintenance appointment.