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HVAC Tips – How to Stay Cool this July 4th

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The forecast is for sizzling hot temperatures this 4th of July. That’s no surprise here in the Valley of the Sun. With monsoon storms not here yet, there’s little relief from the heat. In other words, it’s a good time to take some extra steps to stay cool.

Take Advantage of Your Window Coverings

Sun streaming through windows can quickly heat up a room, working against your air conditioner. During the peak sun hours between 10:00 and 2:00, keep blinds or curtains closed. This can lower indoor temperatures by up to 15 degrees!

Turn on Your Ceiling Fans

Like window coverings, ceiling fans offer a low-tech, low-cost way to stay cool. Make sure to turn the directional switch on fans to rotate counterclockwise. This will enable air to blow downwards, helping to keep you and your loved ones cool and comfortable.

Change Your HVAC Filters

When was the last time you replaced your HVAC filter? If you can’t remember, there is no better time than the present. A clogged filter not only hinders your air conditioner from working effectively, it also can reduce the quality of your indoor air. Nearly every local grocery store and hardware store carries air filters. Make it a point to have a couple on hand at all times, so that you can get into the habit of filter replacement once a month.

Take the Cooking Outside

Boiling pots and a hot oven can quickly increase temperatures throughout your home. And, of course, isn’t the 4th of July the perfect time to fire up the grill? Take advantage of this holiday weekend and enjoy some al fresco meal prep.

We’re Here If You Need Us

Unfortunately, air conditioner failures can happen – even during holidays. If you experience an unexpected malfunction, give us a call at 623-872-2900. We offer valley-wide emergency HVAC service even on Independence Day.

From all of us at Cool Blew, we wish you a fun and safe 4th of July.

Your Home’s Air Ducts and Your Utility Bill – What You Need to Know

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It’s that time of year when air conditioning isn’t just a refreshing option. Arizona homeowners know that without the continuous hum of their air conditioner, indoor temperatures can quickly climb to uncomfortable levels. And, with around-the-clock air conditioning comes higher energy bills. In fact, it’s very common for electricity costs to jump by 50 percent or more during the summer months. While turning off the air conditioning certainly isn’t an option, there is another way to effectively lower costs.

Many homes have a hidden HVAC problem that causes energy waste and higher-than-needed energy bills. What is it? It’s old ductwork.

In many homes, older ducts have leaks and creases which enable cool air to escape to the outside or internal areas that don’t require conditioned air. Outdated ductwork can also cause unequal cooling throughout a home and increased humidity, as well as musty, foul odors. Yuck!

If your monthly electricity costs seem to be skyrocketing, your ductwork could be the culprit. It’s time for a home energy audit. At Cool Blew, we start with a thorough inspection of your home’s ductwork. If leaks are detected, we will provide you with a detailed quote on air duct sealing.

Why Trust Cool Blew for Duct Inspection and Repairs?

As your local HVAC experts, we have many years of experience repairing ductwork. We don’t use taping or mastic to seal air ducts. They produce less than quality results. Instead, we rely on the advanced technology of AeroSeal – an advanced sealant that ensures your ductwork remains airtight with a 10-year warranty. By fixing these leaks, cooling will be evenly distributed throughout your home, and your air conditioning unit will be blowing cool air only where you want it to go – saving you each month on your utility bill. And with a thorough cleaning of your ductwork, those musty odors will be a thing of the past, too.

Isn’t it time to get a better handle on your summer energy bill? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

How a New Air Conditioner Impacts Your Indoor Air Quality

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You only need to look outside and see the brown haze blanketing the Valley to know that Phoenix is prone to summer pollution. In fact, Phoenix consistently ranks as one of the worst cities in the nation for air quality. And this is only made worse by the raging wildfires that are currently plaguing our state. In other words, it’s important to maintain the quality of the air you’re breathing in your home and pay attention to the role your air conditioner has in supporting your indoor air quality.

Your home is an enclosed environment with only limited sources of ventilation, and its HVAC system is essential for circulating fresh air. Of course, general air conditioning maintenance, such as replacing your AC filter every month, helps to filter out allergens, pollen, pesticides, dust and other outdoor irritants. But is that enough? If your home has an older air conditioner, it may not be.

Your air conditioner works by pulling outside air into your home, passing it through a filter, over a cold coil and then pushing it through vents. An older unit will struggle to complete this process successfully which can directly impact your indoor air quality. And if you have a less than clean evaporator coil and ductwork, your HVAC system can actually be contributing to diminishing your air quality. During the summer months, when you’re running your unit 24 hours a day and have windows and doors closed, what you’re breathing inside matters a lot. For those suffering from respiratory or immune issues, this can be a real problem.

At Cool Blew, we believe everyone should be breathing clean indoor air. Let us provide you with a free quote on a new air conditioner. We’re here to answer your questions and can even show you how the addition of an indoor air quality (IAQ) system can improve your air quality even more. Call us today to learn more at 623-872-2900.

Three Gas Line Issues That Can Happen – Even in the Summer

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Although gas furnaces are not in use this time of year, gas piping issues can happen anytime – even during the hot summer months. For homeowners who have gas furnaces, water heaters and ranges, it’s important to keep an eye (and nose) out for possible gas issues that have the potential of being dangerous.

At Cool Blew, we have the experience and expertise to repair your gas piping issues.

  1. Gas Line Leaks
    Fortunately, gas line leaks are not common, but when they do happen, they can be dangerous. Natural gas is inherently odorless, so a “rotten egg” scent is added to enable it to be identified. If you smell this odor, turn off your gas and call for immediate assistance. If you’re unfamiliar with where your gas valve is, call your local gas service provider or the fire department. It’s best to leave the home until the repair is made. And most importantly, do nothing that involves an open flame, such as turning on a gas range, firing up a grill or lighting a cigarette.
  2. Gas Line Blockages
    Occasionally a gas pipe can become clogged with contaminants that can hinder the function of an appliance. If you’re having issues with gas flow, this could be the problem. Once again, it’s a gas line problem that warrants professional service.
  3. Valve Malfunctions
    Gas line valves can be a source for leaks and blockages. Our technicians can quickly replace a problematic valve and get your gas flowing properly again.

If you think you’re experiencing a gas line issue in your home, don’t delay in getting help. Remember, ensure your home and family are safe by leaving the house, call your gas company, and then call Cool Blew at 623-872-2900.

Summer Plumbing Problems – And How to Prevent Them

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Summer plumbing problems? These common household issues may never have entered your mind before. Then, one day…

It’s just a reality that many unfortunate homeowners will be caught off guard this summer by unexpected plumbing issues. So, as we kick off the hot season, we felt it was our duty to share with you the most common risks you face with your plumbing system – and how you can mitigate them.

Kitchen Catastrophes

It’s the season for corn on the cob, melon, stone fruits and barbecue ribs. All of these delicious summer foods can be devastatingly tough on your garbage disposal and pipes. Rinds, pits, bones, husks and other no-go items should always be placed in the trash. And as always, remember to avoid pouring cooking oils and grease down the drain. It’s a surefire way to cause a clog.

Toilet Turmoil

Schools out, and social distancing is still the norm. Let’s face it. Home toilets are being used more than ever. We’re seeing more backed up toilets and flooded bathrooms than ever before. Consider giving little and big household members a reminder not to overdo it on toilet paper and to be careful what they flush.

Laundry Overloads

Sweaty clothes, damp pool towels and all those bathing suits. The laundry room is a busy place from May through September. The last thing you want to deal with is a leaky washing machine hose that turns your house into a wading pool. Take a moment and inspect hoses for leaks, cracks and bulges. And, make it a best practice to stay at home when your washing machine is in use. This will enable you to address a problem quickly and, if necessary, call a professional.

Hot Water Heater Hiccups

With extra laundry and plenty of hot showers, your water heater is also working on overtime in the summer. If your water heater is ten or more years old, it’s time to call in a technician for an inspection. This will ensure everything is working as it should be and prevent any unexpected and highly disruptive situation. And, remember when it’s hot outside, the water in your pipes is heating up, too. In other words, turn down your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Cool Blew Is Here for All Your Summer Plumbing Woes

We want you to have a relaxing and fun summer. The last thing you want to be dealing with is a plumbing problem. We get it! This is why we encourage you to be proactive and to call us if you need help. We’re fast, friendly and effective. Call us at 623-872-2900.

Turn to Cool Blew for Quality Commercial Air Conditioning

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As restaurants and retailers return to full operations, there is a growing focus on commercial HVAC systems and their role in helping to keep employees and customers cool, as well as safe. Faulty air conditioning during the summer months has always been a business-halting, costly situation. Now, there is the additional concern of keeping commercial spaces safe in the age of Coronavirus.

Most experts agree that masks and social distancing are the two best ways to avoid transmission of the virus. However, air conditioning also has a role in stopping the spread of the virus in public spaces. For business owners, proper HVAC can help by serving as a line of defense. Regularly replaced air filters and the installation of air scrubbers can help reduce indoor air quality risks by reducing pathogens in the air.

At Cool Blew, we pride ourselves on our longstanding reputation as the affordable, quality provider of commercial air conditioning repair and installation in Peoria and surrounding areas. We provide a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee on all our work, so businesses can be completely confident that customers and employees are cool and comfortable all year long.

Our HVAC technicians are also experts in commercial HVAC installation. We work with businesses to understand their specific air conditioning needs, and our team is experienced in installing all major commercial air conditioning models. We know that downtime without air conditioning isn’t an option – especially in the hot summer months. This is why we continuously strive to provide fast, quality service and installation for all our commercial customers.

With the commercial HVAC team at Cool Blew, businesses have a partner with the expertise and experience to get the job done right – the first time. Call today for more details, to schedule service or to obtain a quote on a new air conditioner.

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Memorial Day and Summer

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It’s that time of year again. The kids are finishing up school, and the temperature is climbing into the triple digits. Memorial Day weekend is here. And because of the unusual circumstances we’re all facing right now, many of us are spending more time than ever inside our homes. All the more reason to ensure your air conditioner is running optimally.

Air Conditioning Is a Lifesaver in this Summer of Social Distancing

Few things are more uncomfortable than having to sit in a stifling hot house. The best way to ensure you’re not dealing with a summer HVAC breakdown is to schedule a seasonal service call. We’ll check to make sure it’s running efficiently and can repair any minor issues before they turn into major problems down the road.

Consider a Residential Preventive Maintenance Agreement

With all of us spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time to invest in a preventive maintenance agreement that can keep your entire HVAC system in tip-top shape all year long. The benefits on this agreement are impressive, including:

  • Air filter cleaning
  • Check of operation of thermostat
  • Inspection of wiring, connections and fuses
  • Inspection of contractors, relays, motor bearings and amps on motors
  • Inspection of condensate pan, drain lines, coils and air ducts
  • 10% off new equipment
  • Outdoor rinse of coils
  • No overtime fees
  • Priority service
  • Schedule service reminders
  • And more!

And, Cool Blew is here for you 24/7/365 – even on holidays. So, this Memorial Day, we hope you and your family stay cool and safe. And if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call.

Your Electrical System and Coronavirus

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Around the country, COVID19 has propelled countless companies to go into work-from-home mode. This means employees are working remotely from home offices and kitchen tables and relying more than ever on their homes’ electrical systems.

Along with an internet connection, electricity is vital for any home office employee. The following are some guidelines to ensure the lights don’t go out on productivity while working from home.

Sufficient Power

Aside from power outages and power system overloads, there are other causes of decreased power that can slow down work. The most common is old, faulty wiring. Corrosion, poor insulation and neglected connections can impact your ability to power the tools you need to work from home. If you’re struggling with power issues, it’s a good idea to call in a licensed electrician who can identify the issue and safely make the necessary repairs.

Surge Protectors and Power Strips

Whether you have a designated home office or are setting up shop on your couch, you’ll want to ensure all your devices (laptop, monitors, etc.) are grounded and protected from the possibility of a power surge.

Safety First

Safety is always the top priority when it comes to anything electrical. As you work from home, follow these general practices:

  • Don’t use laptops or other electrical devices near a water source.
  • Unplug all appliances and electronics from the plug, not the cord.
  • Don’t use sockets if they appear singed, or if you see sparks.
  • Don’t use frayed or worn power cords.

At Cool Blew, our team of licensed electricians is available throughout the greater Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs. We’ve enacted a range of safety precautions during this time of social distancing to ensure your safety, and we’re available around the clock to help you keep it business as usual – even in these highly unusual times.

Coronavirus – Is It Safe to Use Your Air Conditioner?

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With triple-digit temperatures now officially here, many Valley residents are once again turning to their air conditioners to keep their homes comfortable. Yet, with the continued advice to social distance and stay at home, it begs an important question. Is it safe to use your air conditioner?

Many homeowners have asked us this question lately – especially since the publishing of evidence that suggested that air conditioners may circulate infectious droplets of COVID19. While debate continues on how the virus is spread, nearly all health experts agree that the largest risk remains close contact with other people. In other words, if you’re practicing safe social distancing measures on a consistent basis, you have little to worry about when it comes to running your air conditioner.

Added Protection from Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Because most of us are staying inside due to the pandemic, indoor air quality has become more important than ever. Clean indoor air not only contributes to overall well-being and comfort, it can increase productivity – something that’s especially beneficial for family members who are working or learning from home.

An optimally functioning HVAC system can play an essential role in purifying indoor air from airborne contaminants, including bacteria, mold, mildew, and yes, viruses. So, it’s a great time to schedule an HVAC tune-up. Belts, condenser, evaporator coils and more are inspected and cleaned. Your filter will also be replaced as it serves as a first line of defense in indoor air quality.

At Cool Blew, we are also recommending to homeowners that they consider a complete cleaning of their air ducts to remove dust, mold and other microorganisms that can negatively impact air quality. For those who are at higher risk, we suggest the Air Scrubber Plus which has been shown to reduce up to 99.99% of harmful contaminants. The system uses advanced technology that is more than 50 times more powerful than standard air filters.

Call us today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions and how we can help ensure your home’s indoor air is safe and comfortable all summer long.

Optimize Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

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As desert residents, we all know the value of having a fully functioning air conditioner in the summer. You only need to step outside and feel the rising temperatures to be reminded of just how relentless our climate can be. So, it certainly provides peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is ready to go when June arrives.

April Is Primetime for Air Conditioner Preparation

This month, temperatures are warm but still comfortable. It’s not only the perfect time to dig out those t-shirts, sandals and shorts, it’s also when you should be scheduling a spring tune-up of your air conditioner. Yes, there’s more to air conditioner maintenance than changing out your filter.

At Cool Blew, we recommend a complete inspection and evaluation of your HVAC system. Air conditioners are complex with many electrical, mechanical and moving parts that need to be checked and fine-tuned to ensure efficiency.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

If your home still has an older, manual thermostat, spring is also a good time to consider replacing it with a smart, programmable thermostat that learns your routine and regulates settings according to your habits. With this heightened level of control, the thermostat will not only pay for itself, it will save you considerably over the coming months and years.

Avoid Summer System Failures

Small HVAC malfunctions now can be very disruptive in the middle of the summer. If you haven’t had your system tuned up recently or if you’ve noticed a loss of efficiency, unusual sounds or other potential problems, don’t hesitate to call Cool Blew. We’re here for all your HVAC needs and can ensure that you’re ready to go for when hot weather hits the valley.

Coronavirus – Safety Precautions

Cool Blew remains available for all your air conditioning needs throughout the Coronavirus crisis. In addition, we’re thoroughly focused on ensuring the health and safety of our customers and employees. Call us today to schedule a spring tune-up or service at 623-872-2900.