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Is HVAC Duct Cleaning Necessary?

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With air quality more of a concern than ever, many of our customers have inquired about HVAC duct cleaning. They wonder if it’s a good idea or a waste of money. At Cool Blew, we’re here to provide you with honest answers and professional advice.

Air duct cleaning is not typically part of general HVAC maintenance, but there are times when it is a good idea. We follow guidance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which recommends that air ducts in a home should be cleaned when:

  • There’s visible mold growth inside the ducts or other components of the HVAC system.
    Mold can make for dangerous conditions, including making you and your loved ones sick. If mold is found, you’ll not only want to get your ducts cleaned, you’ll also need to identify the cause of the mold and get it corrected.
  • Vermin, rodents, or insects are in the ducts.
    Whether you’re alerted to the presence of critters because you hear them or see evidence of their droppings, you’ll want to schedule a duct cleaning, along with an exterminator. You will also want to eliminate any sources of water or food that are attracting them.
  • Excessive dust and debris
    Over time, plenty of dust and debris can collect in your ducts. By looking at your air filter, you can gauge just how much is building up and being circulated in your home. By scheduling duct cleaning every few years, you can reduce allergens and help keep your entire HVAC system running more efficiently.

How Are HVAC Ducts Cleaned?

Ducts are primarily located above the ceiling or under the floors of a home. This means that it really does take an HVAC professional to clean them. At Cool Blew, our technicians have a specialized cleaning process that removes the debris from your ducts without causing any to spill out into your home. We thoroughly clean and sanitize ducts, always keeping your safety and comfort in mind.

Have questions about HVAC duct cleaning or want to schedule a service call? Call the experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

What to Do If Your Tap Water Looks Rusty

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Seeing discolored water is a common occurrence if you’ve been away from home for a week or more. The cause is dry pipes and turning on the taps usually solves the problem quickly. But what if rusty discoloration in your water continues? We have some tips that can help.

The Source of the Discoloration

A red, brown, or orange tinge to water and a distinctive metallic taste is indicative of oxidized iron – commonly referred to as rust. While it doesn’t pose any particular health hazard, it can be unsightly, and it can stain dishware and clothing. But more importantly, rust is a sign that there may be a more serious problem with your plumbing.

What Should You Do?

The first step in addressing rusty water is determining its source. There are two primary possibilities – your home’s plumbing or the municipal water supply. To identify the source, you’ll want to start with a simple test. See if the discoloration is coming from only the hot water tap or both taps. If it’s only the hot water, you can pretty much assume that the source of the problem is your water heater. If the rust is coming from both hot and cold taps, you may want to make a call to your water department. They might need to make repairs to correct the problem.

If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with the water being distributed to your home, there are other possibilities, including corrosion of your pipes or water main. When the rust is caused by your home’s plumbing, the best solution is to call a professional plumber who can swap out rusted-out parts before they lead to more serious problems.

Whether it’s the water heater or aging pipes, repairs can be made rapidly with little disruption to you and your family. Don’t wait until corrosion of pipes or plumbing fixtures causes a leak or worse.

Want to learn more about repiping, water heater replacement, or other plumbing services? Call the experts at Cool Blew today – 623-872-2900 for all your plumbing needs.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Programmable Thermostat in 2021

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Are you still using a manual thermostat that requires you to rotate a dial? If so, you could be losing out on both comfort and money. Here are three reasons why it makes real dollars and sense to make the switch to a programmable thermostat in 2021.

Reason #1 – You’ll Save Energy and Money

The single most significant benefit of installing a programmable thermostat in your home is the savings that it offers. Your energy bills will fluctuate from season to season while continuing to rise with each passing year. With a programmable thermostat, you can identify the optimal temperature for comfort and establish a temperature schedule that follows your daily routine. With less energy being used while you’re not at home or asleep, you’ll start seeing both your energy usage and your utility bills drop.

Reason #2 – Consistency

Imagine never having to crank up the air conditioning on a hot day or blast the heat on a cold winter’s morning. With a programmable thermostat, you can maintain a steady flow automatically that works with your schedule. As well, you can set up multiple “climates” in your home with the zoning feature. Each zone is programmable to further improve energy efficiency.

Reason #3 – More Control

Programmable thermostats enable you to set or reset the temperature any time of the day, from anywhere. This means that you can change the temperature while you’re at work or on vacation from any mobile device. No more running home at lunch to turn down the air conditioning or having to call a neighbor to check to see if you left on the heater. Now, that’s control!

Need another reason to consider a programmable thermostat? We’re happy to share with you their benefits, including HVAC optimization, improved system lifespan, and more. Give us a call at 623-872-2900 if you’re interested in installing a programmable thermostat or want assistance on picking the right model for your home.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

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The new year is finally here – time to wipe the slate clean and maybe even make a few improvements in 2021. While eating healthier or getting a solid eight hours of sleep each night are positive resolutions to tackle, they both require self-discipline and dedication to stay with them for more than a couple of weeks. On the other hand, vowing to take better care of your HVAC system is easy to accomplish while also delivering some significant benefits.

Are you ready to be a better HVAC system owner in the coming year? At Cool Blew, we can help. The following resolutions can extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment, while enabling you to improve your home’s comfort and save you money.

Change Your Filters Regularly

Your indoor air has contaminants that can trigger allergies, asthma and other health issues. When was the last time you changed your filter? If you can’t remember, it has been too long. Consider filter replacement a quick monthly task. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll be able to swap out a filter in less than 60 seconds. Not only will this improve your home’s air quality, it will help keep your system running more efficiently, too.

Invest in Preventive Service

Seasonal maintenance checks on your heating and cooling equipment can help keep moving parts functioning optimally. They’re also helpful for spotting problems early on before they turn into costly breakdowns. Call us any time to schedule preventive service.

Get Ductwork Inspected

HVAC duct leaks can cause temperature fluctuations in your home, along with costing you a lot of money. With a thorough inspection, duct leaks can be identified and repaired. You might be surprised by how much you can save with this one simple HVAC decision.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Gain better control of the temperature in your home in 2021. With a programmable thermostat, you can easily set the right temp for when you’re home and when you’re not, as well as different times of the day and night. Trust us when we say that it will help you save on your monthly utility bill while making your home much more comfortable.

Get More HVAC Knowledgeable

By learning about your HVAC system, you can become more proactive about identifying and addressing minor concerns before they become serious issues. Even if you don’t want to tinker around with the system yourself, having a basic understanding of how heating and cooling systems operate can be downright helpful. You may even find yourself offering a few tips to others, too.

Wishing you and your family the best HVAC year ever!

Happy Holidays from Cool Blew

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From our family to yours, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones health and happiness this holiday and throughout the coming year. We thank you for your service. Because of you, our business is possible, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

While you may be excited about a few days off, opening a present under the tree or eating some holiday cookies, it’s important to remember that Cool Blew is here for you with valley-wide emergency services. Call us anytime at 623-872-2900 for HVAC, plumbing and electrical service.

Don’t let a malfunctioning heater or a sink backup ruin your festivities this year. At Cool Blew, our team of experienced technicians is ready to help. Rest assured that our dedication to customer service is front and center when you call on us. In other words, you will always get the friendliest, most knowledgeable and timely service.

With offices in the West Valley, our large team of service technicians and fleet available enables us to reach almost everywhere in Maricopa County. Call us now to schedule service.

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Trees and Your HVAC System

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Although Christmas 2020 may be a little smaller and quieter than past years, many of us are still decorating the house and putting up Christmas trees. While decking the halls is still happening, it’s important to remember some tips when it comes to your HVAC system.

Pick a Safe Location for Your Tree

First and foremost, you don’t want to put your tree, or any other holiday decorations, near a vent or heating source. Avoid fire hazards by placing trees and decorations away from heaters, candles, vents, electric blankets and other items that can spark a blaze.

Real or Artificial Tree?

If you go with a real tree, make sure you choose one that is hydrated. Do the “needle test” by bending the needles on a branch. If they break, leave it. You want to be able to run your hands along a branch without the needles falling off. With an artificial tree, make sure to dust it off before putting it up. Artificial trees can be breeding grounds for mold which can decrease your home’s indoor air quality.

Replace Your Air Filter

Whether you choose a real or artificial tree, it’s likely to circulate an increased number of particulates that can promote allergies and breathing issues. To help keep the air clean, change your HVAC system’s air filter and check it a couple of times throughout the holiday season to make sure it doesn’t need replacing.

Watch the Temperature

Turning up the heat indoors can dry out a real Christmas tree, indoor wreath or live indoor plants. Instead of keeping things toasty by adjusting the thermostat, consider lighting a fire in the fireplace or baking some holiday cookies.

Schedule a Maintenance Tune Up

Don’t get a surprise gift of a broken HVAC system this Christmas. Schedule a tune up and get the peace of mind of knowing that your home will be warm and comfortable throughout Christmas, New Year’s and beyond.

Call the experts at Cool Blew today to schedule your winter maintenance tune up.

Give the Gift of an HVAC Preventive Maintenance Agreement

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Looking for a special gift for a friend or family member? Tired of giving gift cards, money or gadgets that just don’t get used? We have another idea for you to consider. How about a preventive maintenance agreement for your loved one’s HVAC system? It’s a unique, thoughtful gift that is also practical.

The benefits of a preventive maintenance agreement are impressive and ideal for any homeowner. Services include:

  • Priority service
  • Improved capacity and extended life of the system
  • Discount on repairs
  • Emergency service
  • No overtime
  • Schedule service reminders

And with each maintenance visit, the system will be thoroughly cleaned and checked to ensure its optimal performance. This includes:

  • Clean and check air filter
  • Check operation of thermostat
  • Check temperature split
  • Inspect wiring, connections and fuses
  • Inspect motor bearings
  • Lubricate all motors
  • Inspect condensate pan
  • Check condensation drain line
  • Clean outdoor coil
  • Inspect air ducts for leaks
  • Check amps on motors and correct low and high voltage
  • Check all run and start capacitors
  • Monitor gas pressure
  • Clean and insect burners and burner assembly
  • Clean flame sensor
  • Inspect igniter
  • Monitor flue draft
  • Inspect heat exchanger for rust and cracks
  • Monitor defrost cycle
  • Run and test system

2020 – The Year of the Practical Holiday Gift

In this time of social distancing, home has become more important than ever. And our HVAC systems are essential for keeping home comfortable. This is exactly why a preventive maintenance agreement makes such a great gift this year. Whether you have a loved one who has just bought their first home or is retired and on a fixed income, a maintenance agreement can eliminate the hassles of maintenance and help ensure that unexpected breakdowns don’t happen.

Worry-free HVAC is a gift that will continue to give throughout the year. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to learn more about our preventive maintenance agreements.

Unclogging a Drain Pipe

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Happy Woman Using Plunger In Kitchen Sink At HomeClogged drains are one of the not-so-fun certainties of home ownership. Over time, clogs can happen in the kitchen or bathroom – often due to a build up of food particles, hair or soap scum. In most cases, minor clogs happen in the mouth of the drain and can be eliminated with a plunger or drain cleaner that can loosen the blockage. However, if they’re not treated, they can cause more serious problems.

What You Can Do First

So you have a clog. A simple first step is to use a toilet plunger. With a fast motion, plunge up and down several times to forcefully loosen debris. Turn on the faucet to see if the water is draining with ease. If not, repeat the plunging.

If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to try a chemical drain cleaner. These products are especially useful for hard-to-reach clogs that can’t be loosened with a plunger. Because drain cleaners contain oxidizing chemicals, such as lye, they are caustic and shouldn’t be used in poorly ventilated spaces. Open a window or turn on the fan before using them. If you don’t want to use chemicals, you can also try a combination of baking soda and vinegar as a natural drain cleaner.

When a Clog Is More Serious

If the plunger and the drain cleaner both fail to eliminate the clog, the next step may be to use a snake or auger tool. You can find these items in a hardware or home improvement store. Both augers and snakes are beneficial when the clog is within the sewer line. If you’re hearing gurgling sounds from the drain or pipes, or multiple drains are backing up, you’re likely dealing with a sewer line problem.

You’ll want to locate the sewer line access port which is often identifiable as a Y-shaped access port close to your home. Stand clear when opening the access cover as raw sewage may spew out. To unclog the blockage, feed the snake or auger into the section of the pipe where you think the clog is happening. You may need to move it back and forth several times to break up the clog.

Call the Experts at Cool Blew

Of course, not everyone wants to take this DIY approach to eliminating a clog. We get it! That’s why we offer professional clog removal. Our team of licensed plumbers have the equipment to break up clogs and clean your drains, pipes and sewer lines so that you won’t have to deal with a backup again.

Need emergency plumbing assistance or drain cleaning? Call the experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

COVID-19 Update – Our Continued Commitment To Your Health and Safety

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As we enter the holiday season, cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing throughout the greater Phoenix area. At Cool Blew, we wanted to take this opportunity to ensure you that we’re continuing to take extra precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus.

As a home service provider, we appreciate your trust in our work and are very grateful to be invited into your home. To maintain this privilege, we are carefully following a host of best practices to help keep you, your family, and our employees safe and healthy throughout this challenging time.

If you or anyone in your home is having symptoms of illness or has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you inform us so that we can provide service while keeping a safe distance and enlisting extra safety protocols. Cool Blew team members, who develop any signs of illness, have been instructed to stay home and self-quarantine.

Our technicians have been equipped with masks, booties and hand sanitizer. They will wash their hands per CDC guidelines before and after every visit. They will keep a safe distance from others during service calls. This means you’ll get a friendly wave, instead of a handshake for the time being. And, as HVAC experts, we’re also here to help with your indoor air quality. Please ask about options to help keep your household safe.

At Cool Blew, we’re proud to be part of this community and to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID while providing quality service. We will continue to adapt to changes as they occur and will keep you up to date.

For more information on our current COVID-19 best practices or to schedule a service visit, call us at 623-872-2900.

Heat Pumps vs. Gas Furnaces

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Heat pumps have become increasingly popular for home comfort – and for good reason. They offer both heating and cooling in just one unit and typically cost far less to operate than gas furnaces. In fact, heat pumps can save a typical household up to 30 percent off their annual heating bills, according to a US government study.

What’s the Controversy with Heat Pumps?

Some homeowners are reluctant to choose a heat pump because they’ve heard that they don’t effectively heat in all climates. It is true that heat pumps aren’t ideal for temperatures that fall below freezing. However, this is seldom the case in sunny Arizona. In other words, you’re highly unlikely to have a situation when a heat pump would have difficulty providing ample heat. And the cooling ability of a heat pump is the same as any air conditioner of the same size.

Heat pumps are also durable and long-lasting. They typically last 15 years or more for a unit that is well maintained.

What About a Gas Furnace?

Gas furnaces are another option for Arizona homeowners. They work by heating cool air from inside the house and distributing it into living spaces. A furnace requires a fuel source, such as propane or natural gas, to warm the air.
Gas furnaces are effective in warming a home, but they also pose more health risks due to improper handling and maintenance. These include fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Which Is Better?

Here in the Valley of the Sun, a heat pump is typically the better option considering our warm climate and mild winter. Of course, you’ll want to factor in your upfront and operating costs. Want to learn more about heat pumps or gas furnaces? Call the HVAC experts at Cool Blew at 623-872-2900. We provide maintenance, repair and installation throughout the greater Phoenix area.