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The Smells of a Failing Furnace

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Chilly winter temperatures mean you’re probably running your furnace in the morning and evening. As a reminder, it’s important to pay close attention to unusual smells from your home’s furnace. A malfunctioning furnace can actually be dangerous and pose hazards to your house and family. When in doubt, turn off the furnace and immediately call your local HVAC professionals. Here are some faulty furnace smells to watch out for.

Burning Smell

An overpowering burnt smell from your furnace may mean a blower motor has overheated. An excessively clogged air filter can cause dust and dirt to rapidly collect on the furnace. A dusty, burning smell when the furnace is running, lasting over an hour, may swiftly turn into a fire danger.

Electrical Smell

A burning electrical smell from your home’s air vents requires immediate attention. Electrical components may be broken or the blower motor may be overheating. The risks for an electrical fire or blower motor fire rapidly increase and may put your family in danger.

Gunpowder Smell

Do you sense a gunpowder odor when your furnace is running? An overheated circuit board or an overheated fan motor can create a smell similar to gunpowder. It’s another sign that it’s time to call for service sooner than later.

Plastic Smell

Burning plastic smells are immediately noticeable. A myriad number of things can cause this smell. Some type of object may have fallen into the furnace or have been placed next to it. The causes may range from a plastic bottlecap, a children’s or pet’s toy in or near the furnace, rubber or plastic casing from electrical wiring, an overheated furnace motor or a cracked heat exchanger. The fumes created by burning plastic are not safe to breathe in.

Metallic Smell

Smelling or tasting an acrid, metallic-like smell from your home’s air vents? Some parts of the furnace made entirely of metal may overheat or furnace insulators may be burning. The metallic odor is unmistakable and requires immediate attention.

Rotten Egg Smell

If your furnace is running on natural gas and you’re getting a rotten egg smell from the air vents, there’s most likely a leak. Shut off the furnace, evacuate your home, call your gas company immediately, so they can inspect for a gas leak, and notify your HVAC company.

Call Cool Blew

Call your HVAC technicians for further investigation and repair with any unusual odor coming from your furnace. Until the professionals arrive at your home, turn off the furnace. Remember – you can call us anytime of the day or night at 623-872-2900 for all your heating and air conditioning issues. Call Cool Blew today to schedule an inspection appointment with one of our certified professionals.

Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bills in 2022

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It’s a new year and a great time to implement new strategies to decrease what you spend on monthly utilities. With these five home improvements, you’ll not only be making your home more efficient in 2022, you’ll also be saving money.

Replace Your Home’s Drafty Windows

One smart fix to save on your utility bills is to replace old, single-pane glass windows with ENERGY STAR rated windows. Old windows do an inferior job of keeping out cold and excessively hot air. Upgrading to low-E double- or triple-paned window glass can save you 15% or more on annual household energy bills.

Invest in Water Efficiency

According to EPA.gov, the average family spends about $1,100 per year in water costs. You can easily save up to $420 annually by retrofitting with WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and ENERGY STAR certified appliances such as faucets, toilets, shower heads, and dishwashers. And you’ll also save up to 38,000 gallons of water per year, which is the amount of water needed to supply an average family for over four months.

Other Great Tips

  • Change out outdated, energy wasting classic incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR approved light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). LED bulb prices have dropped sharply in recent years making them more affordable. These bulbs last much longer, are more energy efficient, and utilize smart programmable technology to turn off and on according to your schedule.
  • Lower your thermostat when you leave home. Heating and cooling can account for up to 48% of home energy consumption according to the Department of Energy. Depending on the time of year, lowering or raising thermostats by seven to 10 degrees from normal settings for eight hours a day will achieve annual utility savings of up to 10%.
  • Turn off or unplug appliances. Appliances and devices off-but-ready or on standby power, continue to use energy. So-called phantom energy or vampire power, makes up about 25% of all your home energy consumption.

Call Cool Blew

Cool Blew is your go-to service provider to help you save money in 2022 on your utility bills! You can call us any time of the day or night at 623-872-2900 for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

Happy Holidays to You and Your Loved Ones

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As we get ready to celebrate Christmas and bid farewell to 2021, our family at Cool Blew wishes you and your loved ones the merriest holiday and the very best in the new year ahead. We thank all of our loyal customers for another year. As your preferred local Arizona experts in HVAC and plumbing repairs and installation, here are a few things to keep in mind during the holidays:

Reduce Holiday Plumbing Stress

The holiday season means additional guests and extra stress on your plumbing. During this time of the year, you want to make certain your pipes and drains are prepared to properly function.

  • Clear any clogs in sinks, showers, and toilets before guests arrive and make sure all toilets are flushing.
  • Make certain to have toilet plungers on hand in all the bathrooms.
  • Be careful of what you and your guests put down the garbage disposal by placing a garbage can nearby.

Be Electrical Safe

  • Be sure to keep an eye out for these potential holiday electrical hazards.
  • Check your Christmas tree, whether freshly cut or artificial, to make sure it is at least three feet from any heating source like fireplaces, space heaters, and vents.
  • Don’t overload your home’s electrical circuits by running all your festive holiday lights and decorations, both inside and outside your home, at the same time.
  • Remember to always turn off holiday lights before you go to bed or leave your house.
  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to make sure they’re working correctly.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive for HVAC Servicing

And remember, winter is an ideal time for HVAC service. By scheduling maintenance in January, February, or early March now, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that your HVAC system will be running smoothly when spring arrives. Unfortunately, many people wait for their HVAC unit to break down before they call for service. We refer to that as reactive service. Better to be proactive and get out ahead of potential HVAC issues. Our talented service professionals are trained at diagnosing and repairing small problems before they become major ones.

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Call us any time of the day or night at 623-872-2900 for any servicing issues that may pop up during the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Home Heating Safety Tips

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Even in the desert southwest, home heating is necessary this time of year. Yet, safety should always be a paramount focus while using furnaces, heat pumps, and space heaters. Why? Home heating-related fires account for nearly 50% of all home fires in the winter months. By implementing a few safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most home heating fires from happening while keeping you and your loved ones comfortably warm and safe this winter season.

Safety Tips

Did you know that approximately half of all home heating fire deaths were caused by having heating equipment too close to household items that can quickly burn, such as mattresses, bedding, clothing, upholstered furniture, and drapes? Even though there are several safety features built into home heating systems, accidents do happen. But by following these safety tips, you can dramatically lower the risk of them happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Always have a qualified, licensed professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Test smoke alarms and CO2 (carbon monoxide) detectors once a month.
  • Check and replace any dirty HVAC air filters monthly.
  • Don’t overload electrical extension sockets.
  • Make certain there are working fire extinguishers on hand and know how to use them.

Space Heaters

Another fact to keep in mind during winter is that portable and stationary space heaters cause over 80% of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Here are some important tips to keep in mind.

  • Don’t leave a space heater on while you sleep.
  • Never leave a space heater running in an empty room.
  • Use a safety gate around any space heaters to keep children and pets safe.
  • Make certain that your space heater has an auto shut off mechanism when it’s tipped over.

Call Cool Blew

By following these tips and precautions, along with having your HVAC system professionally inspected at least twice yearly, you’ll be safely prepared for the chilly months.
For additional questions, call Cool Blew, your locally owned experts in HVAC, at 623-872-2900.

Three Home Plumbing Improvements to Make in 2022

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Conserving water is an important aspect of living in the desert southwest. Decades long drought conditions have left Lake Powell only 35% full and Lake Mead less than 38% full. With the federal government declaring an unprecedented water shortage for the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a formal shortage declaration for the first time ever in 2021. The Colorado River provides water for 40 million people, and under Level 1 water usage cuts, Arizona will face the biggest reduction with farmers being directly affected first. With all that in mind, here are three home plumbing improvements you can make for 2022 to help reduce your home’s water demand and help you save on water bills.

Low-Flow Toilets

According to the EPA, toilets account for almost 30% of water use in the average house. The EPA estimates that you’ll save up to $110 per year on your water bills with the addition of low-flow toilets. And they will last up to 30 years before needing replacement. To do your part in reducing water usage, installing a low-flow toilet can help save thousands of gallons of water every year. Some additional tidbits of information to consider: the average person will flush the toilet six times a day and a low-flow toilet will use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, amounting to a 70-80 percent water savings. Low-flow toilets have smaller tanks and some even have the option of a dual flush providing even more flexibility in flushing usage.

Water-Saving Showerheads

Installing water-saving showerheads can also make a big difference. The EPA estimates if every home in the U.S. replaced existing showerheads with WaterSense labeled models, more than 260 billion gallons of water would be saved, resulting in $5.4 billion in reduced water and energy costs annually. WaterSense labeled showerheads are independently certified to meet EPA water efficiency standards and performance criteria. These showerheads not only use less water, but also provide high water pressure. The showerheads provide optimum water pressure at 80psi, so there’s no need to be concerned about the showerhead not providing enough water pressure to shower comfortably.

Tankless Right-Sized Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters providing unlimited hot water and space-saving design can be an excellent addition to your home’s plumbing system in 2022. You’ll never run out of hot water again! You can run hot water taps at the same time or even multiple showers simultaneously without a reduction in hot water supply. Tankless heaters save space, are more cost effective, more durable with life spans ranging from 20 to 25 years, and the efficient functionality of tankless water heaters allows for instant hot water!

Call Cool Blew

For additional details on these money saving, climate friendly plumbing improvements for 2022, call Cool Blew, your locally owned experts in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Call Cool Blew today Valley Wide at 623-872-2900.

Holiday HVAC Gift Giving Ideas

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The holiday shopping season is the time of year to make charitable donations, volunteer, and give thoughtful gifts to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. As your go-to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical professionals, we specialize in gifts that keep on giving all year long. There may be trendier gifts stashed under your tree, but possibly none will be more appreciated than gifts for year-round temperature comfort and control.

Seasonal HVAC System Check

Having an HVAC experienced technician check all the components of a system pays off when cold weather arrives in the Valley of the Sun. When timely maintenance is complete, an HVAC system will be recharged and set to warm a home, even on the coldest of nights. And it will also help maintain home comfort hour after hour, day after day throughout the year. In other words, a seasonal HVAC system tune-up service is a gift that keeps on giving!

Service Contract

When you give the gift of a service contract, you’re giving peace of mind throughout the year. Your gift recipient will get the benefit of regular tune ups, along with priority service if ever repairs are needed—even on holidays.

Smart Thermostat

We all love getting new electronic gadgets to play with. Whether it’s a new tv, smartphone, or a video gaming system, these gifts provide something that makes our daily lives entertaining. A smart thermostat is another electronic option that will benefit the entire family, making life easier, by automating routine tasks that save time and money. These thermostats are very easy to set up and use, allowing you to adjust indoor temperatures and set heating and cooling schedules whether you’re at home or away. Smart thermostats encourage consistent indoor temperatures by operating less often and using less energy. A great home investment!

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump

Any homeowner that has converted an interior space into a home office, would love this gift. Ductless mini-split heat pumps move heat from one place to another. When using this type of heat pump, a homeowner is only paying to capture existing heat resulting in lower energy bills and creating a comfortable, warm working space.

Call Cool Blew

For additional details on buying practical HVAC gifts, call Cool Blew, your locally owned experts in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Call Cool Blue today Valley Wide at 623-872-2900. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

This Thanksgiving Holiday, Cool Blew Thanks You

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Thanksgiving, as the gateway to the holiday season, provides the perfect opportunity to thank you—our customers. Since our inception in 2002, Cool Blew has been committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction. In the spirit of giving for the holidays, Cool Blew, the Valley’s leading plumbing, heating, AC, solar, and electrical repair, service, and installation contractors, gives thanks to you, our loyal customers. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you and your family. Our commitment to high quality service and customer satisfaction year-round is ingrained in our DNA. We consider our customers to be like family. As such, we strive to always maintain the highest standards of service each and every day.

We Appreciate Our Customers and Our Team of Service Technicians and Staff

We believe that 100 percent customer satisfaction extends not only to our customers, but also to our employees. We’re proud of our 2021 award from Expertise.com as Best HVAC Professionals in Glendale. Each of our highly trained, industry-certified technicians and support staff are deeply committed to responding quickly to any plumbing, heating, air conditioning, solar, or electrical issues no matter what time of day or night, even on holidays. Our company would not be where it is today without our dedicated employees.

Happy Thanksgiving

We know you have many choices when selecting HVAC companies in the Valley of the Sun. We truly appreciate your continued business with us, and we’re very grateful to be your number one choice for experienced, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful HVAC service. If the need arises during the holidays for heating or air conditioning service, call us at 623-872-2900. Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful holiday season from our family at Cool Blew to yours.

Don’t Let These Household Issues Spoil Your Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal with family and friends. But one of the busiest cooking days of the year can become a stressful situation where you’re in immediate need of an electrician, plumber, or HVAC professional. One bad decision can lead to a backed-up kitchen sink, garbage disposal not grinding, clogged toilet, broken heater, or an electrical emergency. These are just some of the common issues that may happen on the day you least want problems! Let’s help prepare you to avoid these Thanksgiving disasters.

No Heat

Thanksgiving family and friends have arrived. Suddenly, the heat stops working on a chilly late afternoon. Make certain the air filter has been replaced if it’s dirty, that the thermostat is set to “heat.” Next, check the electrical breaker box to make sure the circuit breaker for the heater hasn’t been tripped. Still not working? Give Cool Blew a call.

Electrical Outlets Overloaded

Family and guests may be charging their phones, the stove and oven are both on, the dishwasher is running, and you turn on the Cuisinart mixer to mash potatoes. Suddenly, the mixer stops working. Most likely, the culprit is a tripped GFCI outlet in the kitchen shutting power off to the mixer. Simply press the red reset button and the mixer will be ready to go. A blown fuse is another possibility. Can’t figure it out? Call Cool Blew.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Kitchen Sink Backed Up

Your Thanksgiving dinner usually requires at least the entire day to prepare dishes for the feast. Sometimes during food prep and doing the dishes, food scraps that should have been thrown in the garbage can end up in the sink and down the garbage disposal. Fatty liquids like turkey gravy, potato peels, and leftover food off plates can turn the sink and disposal into a trash can.

Often, these items cannot be easily ground up by the garbage disposal blades, causing the disposal to stop working. Liquid and food may backup into the sink creating a real mess. To prevent this from happening, position a garbage bag or garbage can in an area near the sink where everyone can quickly scrape food off their plate. If something like a turkey bone has ended up stuck in the garbage disposal jamming the blades, the quickest fix is to insert a hex (Allen) wrench in the bottom of the disposal. Or, give Cool Blew a call.

Toilet Overflowing

Depending on the number of guests for your holiday meal, the toilet can be flushed four to six times the normal usage. All that flushing and toilet paper used can cause the toilet to clog and potentially overflow. Make certain that a trash can is placed nearby so guests don’t toss anything that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. About 90% of the time, the quickest DIY fix is to use the handy toilet plunger to unclog it. If that doesn’t work, you can count on Cool Blew.

Call Cool Blew

If you do find yourself dealing with a drain or toilet that won’t unclog, a heater not blowing out warm air or an electrical outage, call your Valley of the Sun professionals for the fast, reliable service you deserve, any day of the year, at any time, even on the Thanksgiving holiday. Call Cool Blew at 623-872-2900 for servicing and repairs.

Save Money on Your Utilities

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Energy prices are climbing this holiday season, resulting in more expensive utility bills. With inflation the highest it has been in 30 years, you’ll likely be racking up more than a few extra dollars in electricity charges during the holidays. One way to cut costs is to implement a few energy-saving strategies.

Clear Vents

Blocked vents can result in your HVAC working harder than it needs to. It’s vitally important to make certain that no objects are blocking both inside and outside vents. You need to have at least one foot of space around vents to allow for proper airflow. Prune tree branches, pull weeds, and trim bushes blocking vents outdoors. Move furniture, objects, throw rugs, and plants blocking airspace around indoor vents.

Cook Efficiently

Appliances like air fryers, microwaves, crock pots, and toaster ovens are more energy efficient than cooktops and ranges. Using these alternative cooking methods can help save you money on your electricity bills.

Run a Full Dishwasher

Did you know that dishwashers use less water than washing by hand? Energy Star rated dishwashers use less than five gallons of water per cycle. Washing dishes in the sink can use up to 20 gallons of water. It’s best to run your dishwasher only when it’s completely full. Change your dishwasher setting to air dry instead of heat dry. The air-dry setting, called energy-saver or no-heat setting on some Energy Star Certified models, uses at least 15% less energy.

Wash on Cold

Washing your clothes in hot or warm water takes considerably more energy. Use cold water for most clothing and household items. And use hot water only for bed sheets or sanitizing baby items. Wash large loads instead of running your washing machine more frequently with smaller loads.

Dry Less

You can save additional energy by purchasing dryer balls. Not only do they dry your clothes quicker, they’ll also be fluffier and less clingy from reduced static electricity. 100% wool dryer balls are environmentally friendly, reusable hundreds to thousands of times, compostable, and highly absorbent. Use them instead of fabric softener or dryer sheets. The savings add up quickly and dryer balls may also increase the lifespan of your dryer.

Cool Blew

At Cool Blew, our experienced team of licensed electricians are available throughout the Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs and energy saving questions. Call our experts today at 623-872-2900.

Easy Ways to Save Money by Regulating Your Indoor Temperatures

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In between running your dishwasher, washing machine, and the oven, it can be challenging keeping your home’s indoor temperature comfortable, without causing a large increase in monthly utility bills. Here are some simple adjustments that can help without having to change your thermostat setting.

Area Rugs

Flooring, such as Saltillo tile, linoleum, bamboo, natural and engineered, hardwood can be chilly to walk on during cooler months. If you want a warm, comfortable experience for your feet, place area rugs in strategic locations throughout your home to keep heat from escaping through the tile and floorboards.

Thermostat Placement

A thermostat placed on an interior wall will operate at higher efficiency levels when it is not in direct sunlight emanating from a skylight, nearby windows, or exposed to frequent air drafts from opening doors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Thermostats should be located where natural room air currents — warm air rising, cool air sinking — occur,” Your local handyman or certified HVAC professional can help you with the optimal thermostat location.

Seal Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are the biggest offenders for heat loss. The best way to check for heat loss is to use a flashlight. When light shines through frame cracks or caulking, it means your home is losing heat. In other words, it’s a clear signal that it’s time to add caulk and sealant.

Change Filters

Dirty, clogged HVAC air filters can contribute to uneven indoor temperatures. Changing your home’s air filters regularly will save you money on utility bills and reduce mechanical strain on your HVAC system.

Smart Home

A smart, long-term investment would be to consider installing a home automation system to save even more on monthly expenditures. A home automation system may include smart thermostats, smart power strips, smart lighting, smart appliances, and any other home automation technology that will remotely monitor and control your house. You won’t have to remember whether you turned off the oven or dryer after leaving home. There are upfront costs of purchasing and installing home automation systems, but you’ll save money in the long run-on utility bills and make your life easier.

Call Cool Blew

These helpful tips will save on your energy costs. How to skillfully manage indoor temperatures, recommend, and install smart automation products is what your local professionals at Cool Blew do best. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment with our expertly trained technicians.