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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.

Stay Cool and Save with a Solar Attic Fan

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Temperatures are rising once again in the Valley of the Sun. While we are gearing up for another long, hot summer in the greater Phoenix area, there is a solution that ironically uses the sun that to help keep your home cooler and more comfortable. It’s a solar attic fan, designed to ventilate your attic which can quickly reach over 140 degrees on a hot summer day. With this cost-effective, solar solution, you can substantially lower the temperature inside your home. The benefits of a solar attic fan also include:

  • Reduced energy usage, resulting in lower utility bills
  • Less wear and tear on your HVAC system
  • Reduced aging of roof shingles

How a Solar Attic Fan Works

Powered by the sun, this attic fan creates air circulation which pulls hot air and moisture out of your attic. The result is a cooler home and a reduced load in your air conditioning system. There are solar attic fans for nearly every type of roof found in Arizona homes and commercial buildings. The most popular residential model is installed directly on the roof and is powered by a remote solar panel. Running on solar energy, it is small, quiet and reliable – especially here in sunny Arizona! Solar attic fans can be attached to shingle, shake and tile roofs and have a low profile so they blend seamlessly with the roof line.

Remove Moisture during Monsoon Season

Along with hot temperatures, Valley homeowners know that it can get downright muggy during the upcoming monsoon season. Moist air rising from the inside of a home can condense and cause mold and mildew to form inside your attic. With a solar attic fan, moisture is removed so that humidity can’t lead to costly damage to insulation, sheetrock, trusses and drywall.

Advanced solar attic fans include real-time status updates to intelligently run the fan at the most optimal times to reduce attic temperature and moisture. They can also be powered after dark with electricity to enable attic temperature to continue to cool after the sun sets.

Learn more about the benefits of solar attic fans from the experts at Cool Blew. We’re here to help you stay cool all summer long!

Is It Time to Call a Licensed Electrical Contractor?

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Like plumbers and HVAC repair technicians, electrical contractors are often only called when there is a problem. Yet, how do you know if your electrical problem warrants a service call? Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to make that call to a licensed electrical contractor to prevent any risks and hazards to you, your family and your home.

Your Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping

Having a circuit breaker trip is actually a safeguard from a dangerous electrical overload. Yet, ongoing issues with breakers and fuses is a serious problem that can lead to shocks, fires and even electrocutions. Before there is a potentially dangerous circuit-breaker tripping issue, call a licensed electrical contractor to determine the source of the problem and make safety-driven repairs.

You Need GFCI Outlets Installed

The National Electrical Code now mandates that outlets in certain areas of the home where is water, including the kitchen, bathrooms and garages, have extra protection. This requires installing outlets with ground-fault circuit interrupters which you’ll recognize by their test and reset buttons. If you live in an older home that doesn’t have these outlets, it’s time to call an electrician.

Is Your Electrical Service Panel or Its Wiring and Fuses Old?

Metal electrical service boxes can take a beating, especially when they’re located on the outside of Phoenix area homes. At the first signs of deterioration or rust, you may have a moisture or aging problem that could lead to serious electrical problems. Also, beware of old wiring and fuses in the electrical service panel. Antiquated wiring is a safety risk and requires updating. If your home is more than 25 years old, and you haven’t upgraded your electrical system, don’t delay and call today to bring your home up to today’s electrical code standards.

Do Your Lights Dim When You Turn on Your Dryer or Other Appliances?

Many large household appliances, such as air conditioners, clothes dryers and washing machines, require additional power to start. This can draw current away from lights and other electrical items, which can eventually cause damage to them.

You Are Using Many Accessory Plug-Strips

Too many items plugged in at one outlet can increase the current demand to a level that it can’t safely handle. Adding more multiple plug-in strips doesn’t solve this problem. You need more outlets and potentially new wiring to support them.

Have a home electrical question or concern? Call the expert licensed electrical contractors at Cool Blew. We’re here to help with answers and service that you can depend on.

5 Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

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AC Costs
Triple digit temperatures return this month and that means opening those dreaded triple digit utility bills. While we Arizonans are used to the heat, we still need a little cool relief. Yet, the challenge is keeping our home while not breaking the bank. While it’s almost inevitable that you will use more electricity during the summer months due to air conditioning usage, there are plenty of ways to help keep energy consumption under control. The following are 5 simple ways to keep your cool and your money, too!

  1. Manage Your Thermostat
    You can save up to 15 percent of our total air conditioning bills by raising the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away and don’t need cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When you are home, the optimal temperature for most individuals ranges from 75 to 80 degrees.
  2. Turn on Your Fans
    Air circulation is the key to keeping your home cool. Turn on ceiling fans and consider purchasing smaller, portable fans for other rooms. Moving air also helps to evaporate sweat from your skin which can provide an extra cooling effect.
  3. Keep Your Meals Cool
    Stop-top cooking and oven baking can increase the temperature inside your home. During the hottest days and evenings, consider eating salad or sandwiches instead of flipping on the kitchen heat. If you must cook, make sure to use the kitchen exhaust to remove heat and moisture at its source.
  4. Add Window Screens
    Mesh window screens can block up to 70% of solar energy before it can heat up your home. While it’s great to place screens on every window, it’s most important on east and west-facing windows that obtain the most sun exposure. If you don’t like the aesthetics of window screens, consider window film which can be virtually transparent yet block the sun’s rays.
  5. Maintain or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
    Your air conditioner’s efficiency can drastically impact how much electricity you’re using. Keep the filter clean and obtain regular preventive maintenance to ensure your AC unit is working properly. If you are regularly calling for repairs or if your utility bills are climbing quickly, it may be time for a new unit. By choosing an air conditioner with a high SEER rating, you can save up to 50 percent on your monthly air conditioning costs.

It’s also important to have a trusted provider of HVAC repair in the Phoenix metro area who you can count on when you need maintenance, repairs or installation. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.

The Value of an Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance Agreement

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You’ve probably heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly rings true when it comes to the function of your air conditioning system. In other words, it’s much easier to obtain preventive maintenance on your air conditioner than to deal with costly repairs. Unfortunately, air conditioners have a habit of breaking down at the most inopportune time – like during a holiday weekend when the temperatures are soaring into the triple digits. The fact of the matter is that it’s always easier to proactively prevent a problem than to deal with it after it has happened.

With a Residential Preventive Maintenance Agreement from Cool Blew for your home in Peoria, AZ or anywhere in the Phoenix area, you’ll gain the advantage of regular inspections and maintenance to ensure your air conditioning system is working optimally. This includes cleaning and inspecting the air filter, as well as checking the operation of the thermostat, wiring, connections, fuses, coils, amps, motor bearings and more. You’ll also enjoy priority service, if and when you need it, as well as a 15 percent discount on all parts and labor, access to emergency service, no overtime charges, and scheduled service reminders.

Measurable Cost Savings

You’ll enjoy considerable savings by investing in a preventive maintenance agreement. This includes lowering the number of repair calls you’ll need over the lifetime of your air conditioner, as well as decreasing repair costs and lowering the risk of a system failure.

Yet, perhaps the most important benefit of a preventive maintenance agreement is gaining the peace of mind knowing that Cool Blew technicians will identify problems before they turn into system failures. We are the experts in Arizona air conditioner repair. And, if you need a new system, we are a certified American Standard Customer Care Dealer.

What to Consider

Before signing any preventive maintenance agreement, you’ll want to evaluate the cost of routine maintenance for your unit to make sure the cost of the service contract is comparable. Ask if emergency repairs are included and carefully read the fine print before signing any contract. Remember – a maintenance contract is only as good as the service provider who is backing it.

Learn more about residential preventive maintenance agreements. Call the experts at Cool Blew today to find out more about the benefits of a preventive maintenance agreement.

The Dollars and Sense of a Solar Water Heater

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Are solar water heaters worth the investment? Arizona homeowners commonly ask this question. Thanks to the warm climate in Peoria and throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” A solar water heater offers more benefits than most home improvements and can even deliver a significant return on your investment. Here are a few of the many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to make the switch.

Did you know? Solar water heaters may seem like new technology, but they’ve actually been commercially available since the late 1800s.

Cost Savings

Perhaps, the most important benefit of a solar water heater is that you’re going to save money each month on your electric bill. In colder, less sunny areas of the United States, solar water heaters need to be augmented considerably by water-heating electricity. This means the cost-savings is less impressive. However, Arizona homeowners can expect a water-heating bill decrease of 90 percent or more! In hard numbers, you can expect to save $50 or more per month, depending on your family’s size and average water usage. You may also be able to reduce the cost of your initial investment. There are utility rebates, as well as federal and state tax incentives that can help make a solar water heater very affordable.

Reduction in Your Carbon Footprint

By relying on the sun to heat your water, you are also conserving nonrenewable fuels every time you turn on your shower, washing machine or dishwasher. This results in a corresponding reduction in pollution. Thus, a 90 percent decrease in energy use results in a 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Over time, this really adds up!

Increased Home Value

Installing a solar water heater definitely increases a home’s value in sunny Arizona. In fact, homeowners often regain the full cost of their investment once they sell because homeowners will pay a premium for green energy features, such as a solar water heater.

Considerations

Like with any home improvement, it’s important to weigh the cost of the investment versus the benefits. You’ll also want to consider your community’s building codes and regulations, as well as the construction of your roof. Ideally, solar thermal collectors should face south to maximize the amount of solar radiation reaching the collectors. You will also want to ensure there is plenty of space on the roof that isn’t obstructed by shade, trees, electrical cables or vents. Your best bet is to work with a professional solar water heater installer who can help ensure you gain the full benefits of this smart home improvement. Call the experts at Cool Blew today to find out more about the benefits of solar water heaters.

The Future of Smart HVAC Systems

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Smart devices are now commonplace items in our homes. From smartphones and tablets to security systems and TVs, we have become increasingly accustomed to being connected to the Internet over the past decade. Home appliances are the latest products to join the “Internet of Things.” Refrigerators, washing machines and even HVAC systems are becoming wired to increase the level of automation in our homes.

For HVAC manufacturers, the potential of integration with smart devices and the Internet is vast. The industry is beginning to see the tremendous opportunities in developing innovative new smart features that will increase the value of their products and improve the overall customer experience. Early examples of this include thermostats with applications to enable users to operate them via smart devices, such as smart phones, tablets, or even Amazon Echo or the Google Home speaker. It may be hard to believe, but it’s now becoming as easy as saying “lower the temperature to 68 degrees” to get relief from the Arizona heat.

However, this is just the beginning of the level of connectivity we will likely see in HVAC systems. Air conditioning and heating units soon will likely be able to notify a homeowner via a smart device when there is the possibility of a malfunction or when it’s time for service. The notification will be sent to your service provider who will proactively call you to schedule an appointment and order any necessary parts. This has the potential of eliminating the majority of unexpected system malfunctions. It will also mean that your technician will have a diagnosis of a problem before arriving to your home and will have the exact parts needed to make the repair. Additionally, reminders to schedule seasonal tune-ups can be even better coordinated to increase the efficiency and lifespan of a unit.

What If Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor Could Talk?

The level of connectivity of products is becoming increasingly granular in many industries. With so many working parts, it’s likely that each component of an HVAC system will be linked to the Internet. For example, your air conditioner’s compressor may be wired to signal to a local service provider when there is a low level of refrigerant and requires immediate service to avoid a system failure. Even an inexpensive air filter that is no longer functioning properly can signal to a homeowner or to a service provider that it needs to be replaced. When you consider how much we rely on cooling and heating in the Phoenix area, you can begin to see the potential for these amazing new technological advancements.

We’ll Keep You Up to Date

At Cool Blew, we stay current on the latest industry innovations to ensure you get the highest quality products and services available. Whether you’re in need of a tune-up or repair on an existing system or want to discuss replacing a unit that is past its prime, our team of experts is here to help. Call us at 623-872-2900 today.

Why It’s Worth It To Have Your Air Ducts Sealed

Did you know that you could save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill ,and all it requires is a call to your AC service in Peoria?

Air duct cleaning is an important part of keeping your ductwork in optimal condition. Though it’s not necessary to do it all the time, you should have your air ducts cleaned by a professional as needed. If there is mold in your ductwork, excessive debris or pests, it’s a good time to call in an HVAC company.

Another way to keep your air ducts in good working condition is to have them sealed. A duct system that is properly sealed makes your home more comfortable and energy efficient. This is how you can see up to 30% savings on your monthly utility bill and enjoy continued comfort and safety for years to come.

What is Duct Sealing Exactly?

Over time, ductwork can develop a number of leaks and creases that let out cool air. This can lead to multiple problems such as making your AC unit work harder than it needs to, extra humidity in the ducts, indoor air quality issues and higher energy costs. Since you can’t see these leaks, the only way to determine if you have a problem is by being proactive.

If you’ve noticed unusually high energy bills or if your ductwork is old, it might be time to seal things up. Thanks to improved technology, sealing up air ducts is simpler, cleaner and easier than in years past.

How are Air Ducts Sealed?

Many trusted HVAC companies used a product called AeroSeal to seal up ductwork. With AeroSeal, a technician doesn’t have to crawl through your ducts, which means less work and lower costs for you. Not to mention, places that would otherwise be unreachable can be sealed. The product also comes with a 10-year warranty.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits to having your ductwork sealed by an HVAC service in Peoria.

Increased Comfort

Your home is your comfort zone, so should it feel like anything less? When your air ducts are properly sealed, you can enjoy consistent temperatures throughout the home. Living in sunny Arizona, you can expect to see the most difference in the summer.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Plenty of things enter your duct system, including insulation particles, dust and fumes from household cleaners. When these pollutants build up, they blow back out into the air and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. With sealed ductwork, you can improve indoor air quality by decreasing the number of pollutants circulating in your home.

Enhanced Safety

You might not think that having your ductwork sealed by AC repair in Peoria would offer safety benefits, but it does. When your appliances are running, they release combustion gases through their ventilation systems. If you have leaky ductwork, your system might cause “backdrafting” which is when gases are pushed back into the home rather than outside.

Reduced Expenses

Sealing your ductwork pays for itself in a short time. At Cool Blew, our air duct sealing can save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill. By sealing up leaks and creases, you save energy consumption and keep your home more comfortable. Your AC system won’t have to work as hard, either.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having your ducts sealed. This simple procedure can be done during one visit, so give Cool Blew a call for an estimate on air duct sealing services.

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Is Your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?

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Are you considering solar for your home? Some homes are better candidates than others, although living in sunny Arizona is usually enough in itself! There is plenty of sun to provide energy, and the facing of your home isn’t as important as you might think. You can have solar panels installed southeast, east and north-northwest.

It’s not just which properties are a good fit but also which households. Homes with large families consume a lot more energy than a couple of empty nesters and are probably going to see more benefits from going solar.

In this post, let’s look a few of the most important factors that determine whether or not your home is a good candidate for solar power.

How much are you currently paying for energy?

The purpose of going solar is to pay less than you currently pay for electricity, lock in your electricity rates and generate your own clean energy.

To determine if solar energy will be a cost effective switch for you, calculate how much energy you use on a monthly basis and how much your utility company charges. Many areas have different tiers of usage and are charged differently depending on the tier they’re in.

The general rule of thumb is that if you spend $100 or more on electricity each month, solar is a good investment. Going solar replaces utility energy with solar energy, and you want to see a return on this investment. If you’re already paying $100 or more each month, you will see a reduction on your energy bills.

What type of roof do you have?

The type of roof that your home has makes a difference, as it impacts the cost of installation. It’s easier and more cost effective to install solar panels on Spanish tile or shake compared to asphalt shingles since they are more brittle.

On the other hand, asphalt rooftops are generally stronger and more durable, so they make a good choice for solar panels, too. The difference is that installation takes more time and is more labor intensive, so it costs more on the front end.

How old is your roof?

Aside from the type of rooftop that you have, it also matters how old it is. If your roof is near the end of its lifespan, it’s recommended that you replace it. Solar panels have an average life expectancy of 30+ years, so a roof that is at the end of its life won’t hold up to a brand new solar panel installation.

Additionally, solar panels should always be installed on roofs that are in good condition. As long as you choose a qualified installer, the solar panel installation won’t harm your roof.

How much sunlight does your home see?

Living in Arizona, there is no limitation to sunny skies. That said, some homes naturally receive more sunlight than others. Consider the amount of shading that your home receives from nearby trees or obstructions. The more clear space, the better.

We also talked about the direction that your home faces. South facing is ideal, but this makes more of a difference for homes in the Northern hemisphere. There are many other options you can go with – east and north – and still receive plenty of energy.

If you are considering adding solar to your home, we recommend calling Cool Blew for a consultation. One of our installers will be happy to come out, take a look and provide you with a custom quote.

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