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5 Home Heating Safety Tips Every Family Needs to Know

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We’re finally past the summer’s triple digit heat and enjoying the amazing fall weather that Arizona is famous for. Soon, the temperatures will drop enough that you may want to turn on the heat. Before you dial up your thermostat, it’s important to remember some critical home heating safety tips.

It’s a sad fact that the majority of home fires occur during the winter months, and many are due to heating-related factors. The following tips can help you and your family stay safe this season.

Keep Household Items Away from Heating Equipment

Newspapers, holiday decorations, clothing, toys and other household items can be extremely flammable when they’re placed too close to heating equipment like furnaces, fireplaces and portable space heaters. To avoid this common cause of house fires, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from sources of heat.

Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by installing alarms that can alert you and family members that there is a leak. Test these alarms monthly to ensure they’re working properly. Remember, if you smell gas in your home, leave your home immediately and call either your local fire department or your gas provider.

Use Only Qualified Professional Installers

Whether it’s a heat pump, water heater or stationary space heater, choose a qualified professional who installs equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Choose a Sturdy Fireplace Screen

A fire can be a cozy treat on a cold winter’s night. But, it can also be a fire hazard. Make sure that your fireplace has a sturdy screen that prevents sparks and embers from flying into the room. Let fire ashes cool completely before putting them into any kind of container, and always keep ashes a safe distance away from your home.

Schedule Regular Maintenance on HVAC Equipment

HVAC equipment requires regular maintenance to ensure its safety. Call Cool Blew today to schedule a seasonal tune-up at 480-610-2100.

Is It Time to Consider Solar Panels?

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There is no metro area more suitable for solar panels than Greater Phoenix. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, we’re ideally situated to capture the power of the sun. Yet, many homeowners are reluctant to make the shift to solar because they believe it’s too expensive. The good news is solar is more affordable than ever.  There are low-cost loans, rebates and even 3rd-party-ownership models that can let you lease a solar power system without having to commit to buying one.

What Is the Savings?

Here in Arizona, the average solar system will save you nearly $33,000 over 20 years. This savings is seen each month in your utility bill. In other words, you can say goodbye to those frustratingly high summer electricity bills that are a result of air conditioning usage.

Most solar experts will tell you that the system typically pays for itself within five to seven years. When you consider that the average system has a 25-year expected life-span, you can begin to calculate how much you’ll save over time. It’s substantial!

Many homeowners wonder if there’s value if they don’t plan to be in their home for 20+ years. The answer is still yes, it’s worth it. Solar adds considerable value to a home which means that it will sell faster at a higher price with functioning solar panels on the roof. And, solar doesn’t add anything extra to property tax. At Cool Blew, we can help you calculate your planned electricity demands to help you gain a clear idea of your long-term savings from adding solar to your home.

Solar Panel Maintenance

Unlike many other home improvements, solar panels require surprisingly little maintenance. Because there are no moving parts, there’s little to do except a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months. And, solar panels can even help protect the areas of your roof located under the panels. It’s important to work with an experienced solar installer to ensure panels are placed in the optimal location on your roof.

Want to find out more? Call Cool Blew today to speak with a solar expert. We’re here to answer your questions and to help you determine the best option for your home and family.

Preparing Your HVAC System for the Fall

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Yes, it’s finally happening! Temperatures in the greater Phoenix area are finally cooling down. Soon, it will be time to turn off the air conditioning and even flip the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to dip. In other words, it’s now the perfect time to get your HVAC system ready for the fall and winter months.

Start with Your Air Filter

Summer dust storms can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Your air filter likely is loaded with dust and needs to be replaced. A simple swap with a new, clean filter can take you less than two minutes and can have you breathing cleaner air.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Lower night time temperatures will keep it much cooler in your home. Go ahead and turn your air conditioning off or set the temperature for what feels comfortable. You definitely will save money over what you’ve been spending throughout the summer months. If you’re getting chilly over night or in the mornings, you may even want to switch your thermostat to the heat setting.

Remove Debris Around Outdoor HVAC Equipment

While summer winds and rain are now over, you may continue to see their impact around your exterior air conditioning unit. Take a few minutes and clear away vegetation, debris, tree limbs and other things that could potentially obstruct your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Regularly servicing your air conditioner, heater and ductwork can add years to your HVAC system, as well as improve your interior air quality. While many homeowners get tune-ups on their air conditioners before the hot summer months begin, far fewer take the time to schedule a fall maintenance check to ensure their heat pump or furnace is working as it should be. This can be a costly mistake that can leave you in the cold when you need heat.

Call Cool Blew today to schedule your fall tune-up. As a leader in preventive maintenance plans for residential and commercial property owners, we encourage you to call us to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working efficiently for as long as possible.  Call us now at 623-872-2900.

What Is a Water Heater Booster?

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Do you have family members who take long showers, leaving you in the cold? If you’ve discovered the chilly truth of running out of hot water due to a too-small water heater, you may want to consider a simple addition to your water heater called a water heater booster.

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that a single shower can use 10 or more gallons of hot water. If you have a standard 50-gallon tank, you can quickly surpass your family’s hot water needs. Dishwashers and washing machines only add to the daily consumption. If you’re tired of running out of hot water mid-shower, it might be time to consider the installation of a water heater booster.

What is a Water Heater Booster?

A water heater booster is installed directly on the water line to provide more hot water than the tank can provide. In fact, this small device, that is attached to the tank or nearby wall, can nearly double your shower time. Compatible with both electric and gas tanks, a water heater booster detects the temperature of the water from the tank outlet and activates when it senses that the inlet temperature has dropped below a set activation temperature.

Should You Invest in a Water Heater Booster?

If your household is battling the daily challenge of not enough hot water, it may make sense to consider a water heater booster. A unit can be added to an existing tank or installed along with a new water heater. Call Cool Blew today to learn more about the benefits of a water heater booster and if it’s right for your home.

Looking to Reduce Hot Water Use for Energy Savings

Nearly 15 percent of your home’s energy costs can be attributed to your water heater. While a water heater booster can help increase the amount of available hot water in your home, it’s also wise to consider ways to increase the efficiency of your water heater. Often, a few small modifications can make a big difference.

Consider Low Flow Showerheads

Reducing the flow of water in your shower and sinks can mean more hot water when you need it.

Insulate the Tank

Wrapping your tank can save up to 10 percent in heating costs. Check your tank’s manual for specific insulation requirements.

Replace an Inefficient Water Heater

Today’s energy-efficient water heaters can save 15 percent or more in energy costs over older models. Look for an Energy Star model that has heat traps that prevent convective heat losses through inlet and outlet pipes.

Have questions about water heaters? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900. Serving Peoria, AZ and the greater Phoenix area.

Should You Invest in a Water Softener?

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Are you contemplating the purchase of a water softener? Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, we have some of the hardest water in the country. This is a result of two common minerals that are naturally occurring in Arizona soil – magnesium and calcium. These minerals dissolve in our water and create those unsightly, white chalky deposits that we commonly see on our glasses, faucets and shower doors.

The solution for reducing water hardness is to install a water softener. At Cool Blew, we install water softeners for homeowners throughout the entire Phoenix valley. Along with helping you keep your glasses and bath fixtures free from those unsightly deposits, there are many other advantages to installing a water softener.

Protects Pipes

Those mineral deposits also collect and build up in your home’s pipes. This can result in frequent clogs and even corrosion which may lead to costly leaks. Converting hard water into soft eliminates the minerals before they enter into pipes.

Protects Your Clothing

Washing your clothes in hard water leaves them feeling rough and over time will damage them. With a water softener, you’ll be amazed by the softness and appearance of your clothing.

Protects Your Skin and Hair

The hot, dry desert air of Arizona is hard enough on skin and hair. Hard water only makes this worse, leaving your skin dull and your hair lifeless. Soft water results in softer, healthier skin and hair.

Better Tasting Water

A water softener will also eliminate the unpleasant smells and tastes that are inherent in water with a high mineral content. With a whole house water softener, you will have great tasting water from every faucet and eliminate the need for bottled water.

Extend the Life of Your Appliances

Appliances that use water, such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators were not built for hard water use. Over time, they can be impacted with a variety of issues due to the build-up of minerals. This means that an appliance that would otherwise have a 10-year lifespan, may only last six or eight years because of problems caused by hard water.

Cost and Comfort

When you look at the advantages of a water softener, you’ll likely be amazed at how it can save you money on plumbing and appliances while improving the overall comfort and value of your home. Learn more today by calling Cool Blew.

Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

During the summer months, Arizona homeowners are often shocked and dismayed by sky-high utility bills. Air conditioning costs to keep a home cool can jump up tremendously when temperatures are over 100 degrees. What if there was a way to potentially reduce these costs? There is, and it starts with a home energy audit.

The Ins and Outs of a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is a multi-step inspection of the potential drains on the energy efficiency of your home. This begins with carefully looking at your entire HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently. Often, there are simple efficiency issues, like clogged filters, that can be replaced to make your system more efficient.

During the audit, your home will also be evaluated to identify hold and cold spots that could indicate costly leaks. This includes windows, doors, attic, ductwork and other areas throughout your home. A window or door that isn’t properly sealed can be a big source of wasted energy. Simple repairs can make a big difference on your utility bill each month!

It’s Not About Pushing New Products

Unfortunately, many companies offer home energy audits with a single goal of selling products. This deters many homeowners from scheduling an audit on their home. At Cool Blew, Inc, this isn’t our goal. We are focused on finding the deficiencies in your home that can be driving up your energy expenses. We are also dedicated to educating and empowering homeowners to make the decisions that are right for them and their budget. Yes, we have the HVAC and indoor air quality products that can improve your home’s efficiency, but we also offer do-it-yourself tips that can save you money.

Get Ready to Start Saving!

Most homeowners are surprised at the level of savings they’ll experience following upgrades prescribed during a home energy audit. Customers have saved up to 30 percent by making just a few quick and easy improvements to improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Don’t spend another month paying more than you should for energy costs. Call Cool Blew’s Home Energy Audit Service today at 623-872-2900.

Maximizing Your Air Conditioning Efficiency during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is officially here, and in full force. It’s hot and muggy out with plenty of wind, dust and rain, too. These aren’t the most optimal conditions for running your air conditioner. Yet, with a few simple strategies, you can stay cool while ensuring your unit is functioning efficiently.

Remove Tree Branches and Yard Debris

One of the biggest risks to air conditioners during monsoon season is flying tree branches and other items caused by high winds. Because gale force winds are not uncommon, it’s important to remove any dead branches and items from near your air conditioner. Because leaves and twigs can also be blown into the unit, it’s also wise to thin out trees and cut back surrounding vegetation.

Be Proactive with Air Filters

We’ve all seen how dust can blanket the entire Phoenix metro area during a haboob. With each one of these weather events, dust collects in your air conditioner’s filter. This is why it’s important to replace or  clean filters at least once a month or even more often if there is a series of dust storms.

Check Drain Lines

Dirt and dust can also clog your air conditioner’s drain lines. If water is collecting in the drain pan, you probably have a clogged line. You can unclog it using a wet/dry vacuum or call us to help you. It’s important to not ignore this problem. A clogged line can cause your unit to work harder than it needs to and can even result in a complete system failure.

Don’t Take Chances

Has it been years since your air conditioner was last serviced? Don’t try and make it through the remainder of the season without a tune up. You could already have an underlying problem which could be effecting your unit’s efficiency. During a tune up, problems can be identified and repaired proactively so that your air conditioner is working optimally now and will function next season, too.

Call us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance at 623-872-2900.

Why You Should Choose a N.A.T.E. Certified HVAC Technician

When it comes to HVAC service providers in the greater Phoenix area, you have no shortage of options. You’ll find everything from national companies to single operators. With so many choices, many homeowners are uncertain who to turn to when they need service on an air conditioner or heater. Industry experts will tell you that your best choice is choosing a technician with certification from the North American Technician Excellence, the largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

There are many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to choose a NATE certified technician. Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Time Savings – Because technicians are tested in an extensive range of complicated situations, NATE certification means they have the capabilities to quickly identify the source of a problem and determine the right solution.

Cost Savings – With this higher degree of knowledge, NATE certified technicians know how to optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system. This translates into less energy waste and more money saved on utility bills.

Peace of Mind – NATE certification is the top technician certification in the industry. By hiring a NATE certified technician, you’ll gain the peace of mind that your HVAC system is in good hands and that work will be done right the first time.

Don’t take chances with less-than-qualified HVAC companies and technicians. Yes, there are plenty of them out there. Don’t be tempted by the lowest price on service or installation. Instead, select the service provider that takes pride in their work and has invested the time and money to become certified in this highly specialized field.

At Cool Blew, our technicians are NATE certified and 100 percent dedicated to your satisfaction – guaranteed! We’re here for you 365 days a year with unbeatable knowledge and experience. Call us today to learn more about our home and commercial air conditioning installation and repair services.

How Can You Protect Your Water Heater?

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Even during scorching summer heat, Phoenix-area homeowners still rely tremendously on their water heaters. Having continuous hot water is something that all of us rely on whenever we want to take a shower, clean dishes or wash a load of clothes. A well-functioning water heater is not only an investment in your home, it’s necessary for busy households. In other words, it’s not something to take for granted. Water heaters require regular maintenance and upkeep just like other home appliances.

Preventing Water Heater Corrosion

The most common reason why a water heater fails or leaks is corrosion, particularly in Arizona where mineral content is high in the water. It’s important to keep an eye on key trouble spots that are most commonly impacted by corrosion to maintain the lifespan of your water heater. These include electrical elements, combustion chambers, anodes and vent pipes.

Identifying Leaks

Water heater leaks can certainly come from a tank that is corroded. They can also occur where the cold-water supply line comes in or where the hot-water line goes out. Frequently, these leaks start small and are difficult to detect. Over time, they can cause tremendous damage as they saturate drywall and floors.

Because of the challenge of identifying a leak, it’s always a good idea to provide ample space around your water heater to be able to evaluate it on a regular basis. If it is blocked by garage items like furniture, bicycles or boxes, leaks are far more likely to go unnoticed until costly damage has already occurred.

Every homeowner is wise to get into the habit of inspecting and monitoring their water heater on a frequent basis. This includes checking for moisture around the plumbing connections and areas of sitting water on top or below the tank.

What Happens When the Tank Fails?

Unfortunately, some water heater tanks burst, particularly those that haven’t been properly maintained. Don’t panic. This is the time to call your local water heater specialist for a new installation. If your tank is relatively new, it may even still be under warranty. At Cool Blew Inc., we offer valley-wide emergency service. Call us at 623-872-2900.

What to do if Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On

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Uh oh! It’s hotter than a pistol outside, and your air conditioner isn’t turning on. This is the quintessential desert living problem that every Phoenix area homeowner dreads. Yet, before you get hot under the collar about it, there are a few tricks to try that may get your air conditioner back up and running.

  1. Take a Look at Your Thermostat – The first thing a repair person will do is check this, so you might as well check it first! You will want to make sure that it’s set to COOL and then lower the temperature setting by five or more degrees below the indoor temperature. You’d be surprised how often this solves the problem.
  2. Look for a Blown Fuse – A power surge or even too many appliances used at once can blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker. First, check your home’s main electrical panel. In older homes, there will be a fuse box. Replace any blown fuses. On a circuit breaker, check for any sign of a tripped circuit and flip it to “on.” There may also be a shutoff box near your AC unit. If this fuse is blown, you will need to replace it to get your AC unit working again.
  3. Check Your Condensate Line – Air conditioners create condensation. Normally, this moisture is drained out via a drain line. However, it can sometimes get clogged. When it does, it can trip a safety switch that shuts off your air conditioner. You can attempt to unclog the drain line yourself by using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the blockage.
  4. Try Resetting Your Air Conditioner
    Some models of air conditioners have reset switches. You can try flipping this switch to see if it will kick your unit back on. If your air conditioner doesn’t have a reset button, turn off your unit at the thermostat and wait at least five minutes. Turn it back on again.
  5. Call Cool Blew
    These tips may solve your problem completely. However, if your air conditioner is still malfunctioning, call Cool Blew. We’re experts in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of air conditioners. We help homeowners just like you throughout the Valley. Call us at 623-872-2900 now for service.