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Is Your HVAC Ready for Memorial Day Weekend?

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Memorial Day honors those who’ve died in our nation’s wars. Also, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer. With excessive heat on the way in Arizona, you’ll want to make sure your house and HVAC system are ready. Your AC unit is your first line of defense for keeping your family cool and comfortable. This is when an HVAC system tune up is beneficial to ensure your system can keep pace with increased usage demands, help extend its lifespan, and even prevent costly repairs.

Maintenance is Your AC Lifesaver

Ideally, you should schedule system maintenance two times per year. It’s best to have a full inspection of your HVAC system before the Valley of the Sun shifts into extreme weather conditions. This is the perfect time to have your local experienced technicians at Cool Blew ensure that your AC unit is working properly, and the system is all set for summer. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy by scheduling servicing now.

Decreased Energy Costs

Regular servicing helps to keep your AC unit operating efficiently, and it won’t have to be continuously running to cool down your home. With all components checked and serviced, a tuned-up system will help your family stay cool and safe from the outside heat. An HVAC system running less often means less electricity is consumed. This can translate to a noticeable decrease of your monthly utility bills even during the summer months.

Preventative Care

Cool Blew’s experts have the training and knowledge to work on all types of HVAC systems. During maintenance, they’ll inspect your system to identify issues and address any needed repairs on the spot. Small problems such as blown fuses, low refrigerant levels, or even a dirty air filter can turn into big problems when you least expect them. By scheduling your tune up now, you can potentially reduce the chances of suffering from expensive system breakdowns by up to 95%.

Maintain System Warranty

If your HVAC system is covered by a manufacturer warranty, a system repair claim may be denied if you can’t provide proof that you’ve had the system regularly serviced. HVAC maintenance is key to proper functioning of your AC all summer long. The cost of a tune-up will be well worth it if your air conditioning unit experiences an unexpected and costly failure.

Call Cool Blew for Your Tune Up

If you haven’t already scheduled your air conditioner tune-up, now is a great time to do so. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment. We’re open 24/7 including all holidays and weekends. Happy Memorial Day from Cool Blew!

What to Do When a Major Water Leak Happens at Your House

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Most home leaks are caused by excess water pressure, broken seals, clogged lines, loose water connections, and damaged pipe joints. But sometimes there can be burst pipes inside your home that can cause major damage. You might not have experienced any major home water leaks, but you’ll want to know what to do when this type of situation occurs. Here are a few basics when it comes to major water leaks and shut off valves.

Water Shut Off Valves

When there’s a major water leak anywhere at your home, it’s vital to know where the water shut off valves are located. You’ll want to turn off the water quickly before water begins to flood the surrounding area.
For the entire house, there’s a primary shut off valve where the cold-water supply goes into your home, usually located near the front door or on the side of your house.

For water leaks at specific fixtures, there’s generally a valve behind or below the fixture to turn off the water supply.

A leaky hot water heater is a common issue that can result in a large volume of water loss. It’s one of the most used appliances in your home and the last thing you want is for it to break down and not know how to turn off the water supply. If it’s leaking, you’ll want to immediately turn off the water supply to the entire house. Then, call your local knowledgeable plumbers at Cool Blew for additional assistance.

Burst pipes inside your house can be caused by a number of factors. When a pipe bursts, it might start as a small leak, but before you know it, hundreds of gallons of water can flood inside your home. There are a number of common causes for burst pipes including aging pipes, slab shifts, pipe clogs, and tree roots growing into pipes. Immediately turn off the water to your entire house and call your plumbing experts at Cool Blew for help.

When to Call a Pro

Cool Blew has expert plumbers available 24/7/365 in the Valley of the Sun to quickly handle minor and major plumbing problems. Call us today at 623-872-2900 for help finding your shut off valves or to schedule plumbing service. There’s no better choice locally than Cool Blew to help with your plumbing issues.

Best Reasons to Change Out Your HVAC Air Filters

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An important part of maintaining your HVAC system includes changing air filters to keep your indoor air clean. Most Valley of the Sun heating and cooling professionals recommend a twice-yearly check-up of HVAC systems to keep them running efficiently, reducing energy costs, and extending the lifespan of these units. Changing out air filters can lower monthly utility costs by up to 15% in the Valley of the Sun. Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to check and change out your air filters.

Importance of Air Filters

Your first line of defense against dust, debris, and allergens from entering your home is your HVAC system’s air filtration. An HVAC system works by bringing air into your house by way of the heating or cooling system. It’s important that this air getting heated or cooled is clean, and the air filter is what keeps the air clean indoors. A clean air filter reduces contaminants such as dust, debris, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, and other household allergens.

Reasons to Change Air Filters

When air passes through the filter, microscopic particles of dust and debris get trapped by it. These particles eventually become so widespread that it’s difficult for air to pass through. When the air filter becomes clogged, many issues can occur impacting your HVAC system and energy costs. Also, when your HVAC system works harder, it releases even more carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases into your home’s environment. Changing out your air filter takes less than five minutes and is one of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to keep your system running smoothly all year long.

When to Change Air Filters

The EPA recommends changing out air filters at least every three months. Your family may benefit from changing out air filters more often for these reasons:

  • Family members with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues
  • Young children at home
  • Smokers in the home
  • Long-haired cats or dogs
  • Elderly family members

In these situations, you may want to consider changing out your air filter monthly. Replacing your air filter at the same time each month, when you pay the utility bill, helps develop a regular habit to maintain clean indoor air.

Call Cool Blew

Cool Blew professionals are your local experts in understanding HVAC air filters. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your maintenance visit and check your air filters. Our technicians will be happy to answer any of your HVAC system concerns 24/7/365. Our customers are our number one priority.

How Your HVAC System Helps with Spring Allergies

In the Valley of the Sun, spring means a fever pitch of beautiful wildflowers, blossoming trees, and the Sonoran Desert hiking trail areas in full bloom. Spring is also the time of year when Arizona residents who are sensitive to allergy triggers encounter a great deal of discomfort. There are dozens of native and non-native species of plants, trees, and weeds that can cause a whole slew of allergies. The other big trigger for allergies in Arizona is dust.

The great news is your HVAC system is the command center for your indoor air quality which can help you limit exposure to prolific pollinators, such as thistle, ragweed, mulberry, and juniper. Distressful signs of allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, fatigue, headaches, and itchy, watery eyes. Let’s take a look at how your HVAC system can help with spring allergies.

Best Ways to Achieve Pollen Free Clean Air Inside Your House

According to Statista, about 49% of adults reported they had seasonal allergies and about 27% said someone in their household suffered from seasonal allergies in 2021. You can take these three steps to lower the effects of pollen and other allergens inside your house by:

1. Change Out Your HVAC Air Filters

Replacing air filters on a regular basis helps eliminate pollen, mold, smoke, and dust from getting into your AC system in the first place. As wind-blown allergens float through the air, your HVAC air filter forms the first line of defense in safeguarding your indoor air quality (IAQ).

2. Add a Pollen and Dust Collector

For individuals with high sensitivities to allergies, high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove more than 99% of particles. These special HEPA filters can be added to your existing HVAC system. Our certified service technicians will be happy to discuss the benefits of adding a HEPA option as another line of defense for improving your home’s IAQ.

3. Schedule Time for a Spring Tune Up

One of the best things you can do for your family’s health and for your air conditioner is to schedule a spring inspection of your entire HVAC system.

Call Cool Blew for Cleaner Indoor Air

When you schedule a spring HVAC system tune up today at 623-872-2900, our technicians can help you pinpoint any potential air quality issues that may be affecting your health. We’re here 24/7 every day of the year to help ensure your home’s air is as pure as possible.

Common Air Conditioning Myths

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Common Air Conditioning Myths

Here in the Valley, we all rely on our AC when daytime temperatures begin rising in spring. You don’t want to waste your time or energy by buying into false rumors about air conditioners. Whether myths come from your neighbor or a less than scrupulous HVAC service provider, they can hinder your ability to maximize the efficiency of your system. Our Cool Blew expert technicians want to share four common air conditioning fallacies and bust them wide open.

Myth:

Running your air conditioner lets in dust and other allergens.

Fact:

Turning on your AC will actually keep out most dust and allergens from impacting your indoor air quality. HVAC air filters, depending on the level of filtration, will filter out dirt, dust, dander, viruses, bacteria, smoke, and volatile organic chemicals from entering your home.

Myth:

Closing most AC vents will save energy.

Fact:

Closing most of your home’s AC vents will not lower your energy bills. The HVAC system is designed for the air handler or blower to move a certain amount of cool air inside your house. Closing too many vents will reduce the total amount of cool air moved by the AC blower, which reduces its working efficiency. Only close doors and vents in unused rooms.

Myth:

To cool down your home faster, you should turn the thermostat six to 10 degrees below the desired temperature until your home is cool.

Fact:

Lowering the temperature on your thermostat below your desired temperature doesn’t enable your air conditioner to work any faster. It just extends the amount of time that your air conditioner is running, which uses even more energy, and over time can result in shortening the HVAC system’s lifespan.

Myth:

It’s best to turn your air conditioner off when you’re away from home to save energy.

Fact:

When temperatures hit above 95 degrees outdoors, it can climb well into the 80s or low 90s inside your house when it’s not being cooled by an air conditioner. When the AC is turned back on, the unit will have to work longer to cool down your house. The most energy efficient solution is to raise your programmable thermostat up by six to nine degrees during the hours you’ll be away. If you have pets or heat sensitive plants or home furnishings, it’s best to not change the AC setting.

Schedule AC Maintenance Today

Air conditioning is vital for all of us Arizonans. Call our certified technicians at Cool Blew today to ensure you and your family keep cool at 623-872-2900. We’re your trusted local HVAC partner to resolve all your AC questions and concerns 24/7 including weekends and holidays.

HVAC Energy Saving Tips for Earth Day 2023

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HVAC Energy Saving Tips for Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is observed on April 22 as a global effort to change what we do in our daily lives to make planet earth a better place to live. Over five decades since Earth Day’s founding in 1970, climate change and how to mitigate its effects is front and center internationally. Every action, no matter how small, can help change our environment for the better.

According to some estimates, HVAC systems account for 28% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Proper maintenance and efficient HVAC operations can make a real difference in building a healthy, sustainable world. Here are four helpful tips to conserve energy and ensure your HVAC system is running as smoothly as possible in the greater Phoenix metro area.

1. Use Your Window Coverings

A simple trick to decrease energy consumption is to close your curtains, drapes, and blinds. This is the perfect way to help control temperature inside your house. In the cooler months, you can keep them open letting the sun’s rays heat your home. In the warmer months, keep your window coverings closed during daytime hours to reduce the radiant effects of the sun.

2. Check Your Filter

The easiest way to make certain your HVAC system runs efficiently is to check and change your air filter at least monthly. An air filter clogged with dirt, dander, and debris disrupts the airflow through your heating and cooling system making it work longer which increases your monthly energy bills.

3. Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment

By adhering to regular maintenance, you’ll be on the way to saving energy and money. That means scheduling twice yearly servicing on your air conditioner and heating system. By having your system checked by a trained HVAC professional, you’ll ensure it’s operating at its most efficient level and that all components and parts are in good working order. This will catch any issues before they become costly.

4. Seal Your Heating and Cooling Ducts

Sealing your heating and cooling ducts is vital to the health of your HVAC system. Air ducts are designed to move air from your heating and cooling system throughout your house.

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By performing these tasks, your family can have a positive impact on the environment. Contact your cooling and heating professionals at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to learn more about how you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Our technicians are available 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Join us in celebrating the world’s largest environmental movement on Earth Day 2023.

New HVAC Tax Incentives and Rebate Programs

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Living in the Valley of the Sun, you know how vital it is to have an HVAC system running with the best air circulation for our excessively hot and dry Sonoran Desert climate. In terms of home energy efficiency, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will be reshaping our home energy systems for decades to follow. The transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy is expanding the incentives for homeowners to transition quickly to new energy efficient air conditioners and heat pumps. By 2030, it’s expected the average taxpayer will save at least $1,000 a year in energy costs. What are the three major programs for homeowners?

The 25C Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Tax Credit

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 increased tax incentives to 30% of your total HVAC project cost. The 25C Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Tax Credit can only be used to offset your tax liability. This cap includes:

  • Up to $600 for a qualified air conditioner or gas furnace.
  • Up to $2,000 for electric and gas heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and boilers.

There are no income requirements for this program, and it may be combined with other new federal energy programs such as HEEHR or HOMES. 

The High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program (HEEHR)

This 10-year rebate program enables homeowners to switch over to electric home appliances and systems. It’s a point-of-sale rebate you’ll receive upon purchasing qualifying products. As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, the HEEHR program will cover new electrification projects and installation costs of 100% for low-income homeowners and up to 50% for moderate-income households. Qualifying products include:

  • HVAC electric heat pumps with a maximum rebate of $8,000.
  • Electric heat pump water heaters with a maximum rebate of $1,750.
  • Weatherization such as insulation, air sealing, and ventilation with a maximum rebate of $1,600.

The Home Energy Performance-Based Whole-House Rebate Program (HOMES)

The HOMES and HEEHR program implementations will be overseen by the state of Arizona’s energy office. The HOMES program is based on the overall performance of energy efficiency and electrification improvements in your house. The goal is to incentivize local companies doing these energy improvements to complete high-quality installations with maximum energy savings.

Cool Blew Is Ready

Ready for professional help with your home HVAC and weatherization projects? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900. We’re your locally owned servicing and installation professionals serving the Valley of the Sun homeowners 24/7 including nights and holidays.

APS and SRP Rebate Programs to Reduce Costs and Decrease Energy Usage

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The greater Phoenix area is well known for many things, including nearly 300 days of sunshine on average, upscale resorts, outstanding hiking trails in the Sonoran Desert, and beautiful golf courses. We’re also known for relentless heat starting in May, impacting monthly energy bills. Fortunately, APS and SRP both offer several cost-saving rebates and discounts to help reduce energy use and save you money. Let’s take a look at the available HVAC rebates from the two energy providers in Phoenix Metro.

APS

If you’re an APS customer, you may qualify for a $200 rebate when you replace your outdated or broken air conditioner with a new one installed by a participating contractor. Cool Blew is an APS qualified contractor. To qualify for the $200 rebate, Cool Blew can submit the rebate form on your behalf when the AC unit is:

  • Replaced with a new, energy efficient AC unit with a minimum SEER of 15.
  • Installed by a participating contractor (Cool Blew) in accordance with the APS Quality Installation Standards.

SRP

If your old AC unit, heat pump, or mini-split system needs to be upgraded, the SRP Cool Cash Rebate offers an air conditioning unit rebate of up to $1,125 on a new energy efficient AC. Cool Blew is a qualified SRP contractor and can help you determine the best qualifying equipment that meets or exceeds efficiency minimum standards.

  • Depending on the unit’s tonnage and compressor type, homeowners 15-year savings estimates run from $3,600 to $9,150 not including the 30% federal tax incentive and other potential rebates.

Smart Thermostat Program

APS

A qualifying smart thermostat can earn you a $30 rebate.

SRP

Smart thermostat users can earn up to $100 by enrolling in SRP’s program.

Insulation Rebate

APS

Receive a $250 rebate when you insulate your house.

SRP

Earn up to $600 off the cost of installing new insulation.

Duct Repair Rebate

APS

Get a $250 rebate when you repair and seal ductwork.

SRP

Earn up to a $400 rebate when your house’s ducts are tested and repaired.

Home Energy Audit

As part of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, 30% of home energy audit costs up to $150, for a homeowners’ principal residence, can be deducted on federal income taxes.

APS

A specially trained and certified contractor will inspect your home and tell you about energy efficiency improvements that you can make.

SRP

Homeowners can save up to $100 on a home energy audit to help uncover hidden issues.

Start by Calling Cool Blew

Our experienced technicians can work directly with you to maximize energy-efficiency savings. Why not call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment.

What You Should Know about Garbage Disposals

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One of the most useful gadgets in your kitchen is your garbage disposal. Rather than scraping every bit of food into the trash can, you can grind it up in the disposal. You probably don’t think too much about this kitchen appliance until it stops working. There’s a long list of items not to put in the garbage disposal. Here’s the scoop on some of those items to avoid and ways to keep your garbage disposal running in tip-top shape.

Hands and Fingers Out

Keeps your hand and fingers out of the disposal. Drop something in the disposal that shouldn’t be in it? Never put your hand in. Items like coins, broken glass, or kitchen implements should be fished out using tongs after you’ve unplugged the disposal. If you’re ever in doubt, call your handy local plumber.

Keep Out Rice, Potato Peels, Eggshells, and Celery

Rice expands when it’s in the drain, celery is excessively stringy, eggshells, and potato peels can all cause the disposal blades to lock up. These items are difficult for the disposal to break down. Best to toss in the garbage can or mulch pile.

Keep the Water Running

Always run water when you’re using the garbage disposal. Food is ground up by the blades and water helps flush it down the disposal. Running water keeps food from sticking around on the garbage disposal sides and stinking up the kitchen.

No Bones

Even if the garbage disposal is rated to grind up bones, hard bones should be thrown in the garbage can. Animal bones are strong and most bones other than soft bones such as fish and chicken, will clog up the disposal.

Grease, Oil, and Fat

Tossing oil, fat, and grease down the disposal will end up catching all the food waste coming through after, eventually causing a clog. These three offenders will solidify in the plumbing. In any case, run cold water at all times when running the garbage disposal.

Meat and Poultry Skin

Put all meat skin in the garbage can. Meat skins are rubbery and filled with a lot of fat. They’re hard to grind up and will lead to smelly clogs.

Call Cool Blew for the Best Plumbing Advice

If you need garbage disposal repair or replacement, call our experienced plumbers today at 623-872-2900. We know how to get the job done right the first time. There’s no better choice than Cool Blew to keep your disposal running every day.

How to Sweep Away Spring Allergens from Your Home

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Spring is the best time of the year in the Valley of the Sun. With fabulous weather and colorful flowers blowing in the breeze, it couldn’t be more beautiful. But there’s a big drawback as this unusually rainy winter has resulted in pollen levels exploding. Pollen exposure can trigger your body to respond by sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion—commonly known as hay fever.

Over 30% of the general population suffers from some form of allergen sensitivity and climate change is leading to increases in how much pollen is in the air and our risks of experiencing allergy symptoms according to the CDC.

Allergies and Your HVAC System

For those affected, hay fever can be a miserable condition. Pollen is not the only allergen floating in the air. There’s also air pollution, particulates, desert dust, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. It all adds up to a big challenge for your air conditioning system, too. Once you’re inside, with the doors and windows shut, your house becomes a closed system. Here are three things you can do to get relief from hay fever inside your house:

1. Change Your Air Filters

As air flows through your AC system, the air filters collect pollen, dust, and other particulates. If your air filters are dirty or haven’t been changed for months, they’ll fill up with dirt and dust dramatically decreasing your AC effectiveness. Make sure to check and change your air filters on a regular basis, especially if you’re experiencing any respiratory distress.

2. Check for Mold

Standing water or condensation in your AC system can increase indoor humidity levels. High humidity can cause mold growth which will negatively impact your allergies. If you notice a faint, musty smell coming from your vents, you may need to have your air ducts checked. Extra humidity in bathrooms or the laundry room can cause mold which may show up as dark gray or black mottled streaks on the walls or tiles. Our service technicians will offer advice on how to reduce the relative humidity in your house.

3. Schedule a Spring Inspection and Tune Up for Your Air Conditioner

Having a clean, fully functioning AC system will insure you’re breathing clean air free of pollen, mold, dander, and dust. Call your local experts at Cool Blew today to schedule a time to check your HVAC system and make any necessary repairs at 623-872-2900. We’ll make certain your air conditioner is ready for the summer months ahead.