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Cool Blew – Coronavirus Safety Update

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Since 1986, Cool Blew has served the greater Phoenix area. As always, our top priority is the safety and comfort of our customers. With the growing spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight what we’re doing to keep you, your loved ones and our employees safe from this virus.

Our safety efforts include the following:

Customer Health

We are asking customers who may have been in contact with the virus to inform us prior to our visit. This enables our service technicians to take necessary precautions. Every case is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but we are 100 percent committed to preventing the spread of the virus.

Employee Health

Any employee of Cool Blew who has symptoms of the virus, or who has come in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, is required to stay at home. Employees who have symptoms must undergo testing and will be required to submit a written note from their healthcare provider before being allowed to return to work. Any employee who has a fever higher than 100.4 degrees will not be permitted back to work until they receive a clearance from a healthcare provider.

Sanitation

Our service technicians and installers always take steps to prevent tracking dirt into your home. They are also equipped with additional protection equipment as needed to protect customers and them from contact. As with many businesses, we’re reviewing sanitation procedures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, which include the following guidelines:

  • Cleaning hands often, including after removing gloves, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Following preventive actions, including avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning hands after blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing or after using the restroom.

At Cool Blew, we are committed to taking the threat of this virus to our customers, employees and community very seriously. And we’re doing everything we can to limit the spread of the virus while continuing to provide you with professional HVAC service and installation. For more information, call us at 623-872-2900.

Optimizing Your Indoor Air Quality for Your Home Office

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With the shift to social distancing, many of us are now working from home. While workplaces are designed for employee productivity, most home offices lack the same characteristics. Among the most important aspects of a healthy and comfortable home office space is optimized home’s air quality.

According to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and SUNY, individuals who work in better air quality have higher cognitive functioning scores – compared to those working in airtight environments with poorer air quality. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that indoor air can be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire retardants, radon and even volatile chemicals used in common cleaners. Some of these pollutants are tracked into a home, while others appear with the addition of a new mattress, furniture, paint or carpet cleaning. Then, there’s the additional issue of dust mites, mold, pet dander and other indoor pollutants.

The key to improving indoor air quality is taking a multi-pronged approach to minimizing pollutants and optimizing humidity.

Vacuum

Allergens and chemicals accumulate over time, impacting air quality. One of the best front-line defenses against this is vacuuming carpets and floors which can reduce toxins and allergens. Choose a vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and a HEPA filter. For optimal results, vacuum two or more times each week and regularly clean the filter.

Mop

Mopping is also beneficial by picking up additional dust that the vacuum has left behind on floors. Use plain water, rather than soaps and cleaners and a microfiber mop which can capture the most dust and dirt.

Use Door Mats

Place a large floor mat at every door to catch chemicals and dirt on shoes before they are tracked through the house.

Maintain a Comfortable Humidity Level

By keeping humidity around 30 to 50 percent, you can minimize the growth of dust mites and mold while preventing air from becoming too dry. With our desert air, a humidifier may be beneficial in a home office to ensure a consistent humidity level.

Don’t Smoke

Making your home a no smoking zone is essential for good indoor air quality. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and is linked to higher rates of respiratory disease, cancer, heart attacks and stroke. And in this time of a pandemic, avoiding smoke is more important than ever.

Call Cool Blew

At Cool Blew, we’re experts in indoor air quality management and recommend the Air Scrubber Plus – a new system designed to help eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing air pollutants, VOCs, cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria and odors from pets and cooking. Call us today to learn more about this system and how it can enable you to breathe easier as you work from home.

Coronavirus and your HVAC System

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You can’t turn on your TV without seeing news about the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. While plenty of people are stocking up at the local grocery stores on items like toilet paper, bread and water, there are some things we can all do at home to help minimize the spread of viruses while improving the overall quality of indoor air during cold and flu season.

One of the big questions surrounding coronavirus is how significant of a role airborne transmission plays in its spread. Currently, the general consensus is that it’s predominately spread through large droplet transfer – meaning droplets are too large to remain airborne for long. In other words, transmission is primarily happening through coughing and sneezing within a fairly close range of other people.

However, that doesn’t mean that your HVAC system can’t play a role in prevention. In fact, it can have a significant impact on keeping you healthy, so that your immune system is prepared if and when it is exposed to the virus. The following steps can help fight illness and improve your air quality.

Replace Air Filters

Air filters are a first line of defense against bacteria, viruses, pollen and other particulates that can circulate in your ductwork and indoor air. During cold and flu season, it’s always a good idea to replace your system’s filters at least once a month.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Your HVAC system should ideally be cleaned and serviced twice a year to ensure it’s working optimally. Filters, belts, condenser and evaporator coils and other parts should be tested and cleaned. With good maintenance, dust, pollen and other airborne particles can be removed from your system to prevent air quality issues.

Clean Air Ducts

Like your air conditioner furnace or heat pump, your ventilation system also needs regular maintenance. Ductwork should be cleaned and serviced to remove dust, mold and microorganisms that can collect there.

Partner with HVAC Professionals

Your indoor air quality isn’t something to take casually now – or really any time of the year. Poor quality air can have a big impact on the health of both those with chronic conditions, as well as healthy individuals. A qualified HVAC contractor is the best choice for analyzing your system, ensuring its working effectively and keeping air quality at optimal levels.

How Your HVAC System Can Help You Tackle Seasonal Allergies

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With temperatures warming up, Arizona is in bloom. While wild flowers and leafy trees are a beatiful addition to our desert landscape, they are also shedding tremendous amounts of pollen. For allergies sufferers, this means sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. While allergy medication can help curb symptoms of seasonal allergies, it’s important to not forget about the role your home’s HVAC system has in the air that you breathe. Depending on how you maintain your system, your symptoms could improve or be exacerbated.

Your HVAC Air Filters

Although replacing your HVAC air filters is important all year long, this easy maintenance task is especially vital during hay fever season. A clean filter serves as a first line of defense to maintain the quality of your air. Consider changing your filter at least once a month through late spring.

Filters

If you or family members suffer from significant allergy symptoms or respiratory conditions, like asthma, consider adding a HEPA filter that can remove even more of the particulates that lead to symptoms. Talk to one of our technicians about this option.

Ductwork

Your HVAC ducts can be harbors for dust and dirt over time. This means that when you turn on your air conditioner or heater, particulates are blown into the air – directly impacting the quality of your indoor air. Having ducts cleaned can significantly improve symptoms for many homeowners and their loved ones. It’s also an opportunity to determine if you have any leaks that hinder the performance of your system.

Enjoy the Spring

Here in the Valley, spring is primetime for enjoying great weather. Don’t let allergic symptoms prevent you from making the most of the season. Call Cool Blew today for a spring HVAC system tune-up and to answer your questions on how to improve your indoor air quality.

When Should You Turn on Your Air Conditioner?

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We all know that spring-like weather starts early in Arizona. And this year is no exception. Temperatures are already starting to creep back up above 80 degrees. Although nights and mornings can still be chilly, many of us are tempted to turn on the air conditioner in the afternoon to cool off a bit. But before you touch that thermostat (and long before that first 100-degree day hits), it’s important to ensure your air conditioner is working optimally.

Spring Cleaning for Your AC

Like with the rest of your home, your air conditioner requires maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Early spring is the ideal time to make sure it’s clean. This includes replacing or cleaning air filters, cleaning up dirt and debris around the exterior unit and cleaning the coil and condensate drain. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these tasks, the team at Cool Blew is happy to help as part of preventive maintenance service.

Professional Tune Up

As part of preventive maintenance, you will also gain the advantage of having an expert technician ensure every component of your air conditioner is working optimally. If malfunctions are identified, they can be fixed in a timely manner. This means not having to experience an unexpected system failure on a summer day when cooling is critical. Even if you think your air conditioner is working fine, it makes sense to schedule a tune-up with an HVAC professional. And spring is the optimal time before the busy summer season begins.

Considering a New Air Conditioner?

If you’ve been putting off replacing an aging, inefficient system, we can help you with that, too. We provide free in-home estimates and can help you determine the best system for your specific needs. A new air conditioner will save you a substantial amount on your monthly utility bill and will improve your home’s comfort considerably.

Why not enjoy spring and summer with cool comfort? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900
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Replace the Air Conditioner or Just the Evaporator Coil?

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In the Valley of the Sun, weather can be tough on air conditioners. While they can run for many years without missing a beat, the elements can eventually begin to erode components – including the evaporator coils. When this happens, the refrigerant that flows through the coils can begin to leak. This is a significant repair, and often it makes sense to simply replace the unit. But this isn’t always the case.

Signs of Evaporator Coil Problems

  • Loss of cooling power
  • Registers not blowing cool air
  • Hissing sounds from the unit
  • Rising electric bills

Reasons to Replace the Unit

Your AC is 10 years or older – If you have a unit that is approaching the end of its life (10 years or older), it typically makes sense to go with replacement because of the increase in efficiency that you will gain with a newer model. Here’s another way to think about it. Replacing just the evaporator coils in an old unit is akin to replacing the engine in a car with 150,000 miles on it. It just doesn’t make sense.

Your AC uses R-22 (Freon) – If you have a very old unit that uses the now banned R-22 refrigerant (Freon), replacement is a no-brainer. This type of refrigerant is no longer being produced, which means it’s in limited supply and increasingly expensive. Regardless if it’s a problem with the coils or any other type of refrigerant leak, unit replacement is the way to go if your unit takes R-22.

The evaporator coil you need is obsolete – If you have a unit with a low SEER rating, the replacement coil may no longer be available. Mismatched coils can drag down the performance of your unit and ultimately cause a full system breakdown.

Think you may have an evaporator coil problem with your air conditioner? Considering a new unit? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.

Maximize Your Air Conditioner Efficiency in 2020

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While most of us aren’t running our air conditioners in February, there’s no disputing that they are essential throughout most of the year in Arizona. So, it’s a good thing that they’re built to last and work reliably for years.

Yet, like all good things, air conditioners can be taken for granted. Most work without a problem, even in extreme heat, without missing a beat. But, if they are neglected or not properly maintained, problems can happen.

The Time to Call Is Before There’s an Issue

Consider that your air conditioning system has many components – both inside and outside of your home. These include motors, switches, fans, vents and more. They all work together to generate comfortable, cool air. Keeping this mechanical and electronic symphony playing in harmony requires regular, preventive maintenance.

Choose a Trusted Provider of Air Conditioning Maintenance and Repair

Today’s air conditioners are complicated. You want an HVAC service provider that is both highly trained and experienced. Establish a relationship so that the provider can get to know your HVAC system. The goal is to get in the habit of twice-yearly service inspections (ideally in the spring and fall), so that you don’t have breakdowns in the hot summer months or in the chill of winter. Yes, air conditioners, as well as other HVAC, parts and components can wear out or malfunction – and at different times. With regular maintenance, potential problems can be identified proactively, and parts replaced before you experience a problem.

Don’t Forget Your Ductwork

In the dusty environment that we live in, ductwork isn’t something to ignore. Ducts are vital for delivering conditioned air to every room in your house. So, if they’re loaded with dirt or mold, you and your loved ones are breathing that in. As part of HVAC system efficiency and upkeep, make sure that your ducts are checked and cleaned.

Let Us Perform a Complete Inspection and Evaluation of Your HVAC System

Make 2020 the year for an air conditioner reset. Let Cool Blew help you maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your air conditioner and entire HVAC system. Call us to schedule a tune-up and inspection today!

Is Your Heat Pump Leaking Refrigerant?

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Just like your refrigerator and air conditioner, a heat pump requires refrigerant to work. Yet unfortunately, many homeowners don’t discover that their heat pump’s refrigerant levels are low until they’re experiencing a problem like icing or no heat.

Is It a Leaking Heat Pump?

Within your HVAC system, your air conditioner and heat pump both rely on refrigerant to provide an optimal temperature inside your home. And, it shouldn’t dissipate during operation. Instead, your HVAC system should convert refrigerant from liquid to gas and vice versa – never decreasing in volume. However, leaks can happen, and they often occur at connector points.

During the cold winter months, often the first sign of a refrigerant leak is an indoor temperature that begins to drop. You may notice that the heater seems to be running continuously. Yet, the temperature doesn’t seem to be matching the thermostat setting. If it’s getting chilly, and the heat doesn’t seem to be where it should be, it’s time to call for a technician.

What About Icing?

When a heat pump is leaking refrigerant, there’s often a snowball effect of problems. The first of these can be the heat pump’s evaporator coil. Because heat absorption is the refrigerant’s purpose, leaking refrigerant can prevent the coil from absorbing heat. This ultimately causes moisture on the evaporator coil to ice over. You may be tempted to scrape off the ice but note that this isn’t going to solve the problem. What you actually need to do is call an HVAC technician who can both seal the leak and add the necessary refrigerant to enable your system to operate efficiently.

Don’t Neglect a Refrigerant Leak

Low refrigerant isn’t an HVAC problem to put off for another day. The stress caused by this problem can leave you in the cold, as well as impact the compressor and drive up electrical costs. If you’re struggling with a lack of heat, call the experts at Cool Blew. We’re here to help you identify the cause of the problem and ensure that you’re up and running as quickly as possible.

Is Your Thermostat the Problem?

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When your heater is not quite getting the job done and you’re feeling an uncomfortable chill in your indoor air, it’s natural to think there’s a problem with your furnace or heat pump. And, the unit could certainly be the culprit. But, it’s important to understand that a heating system is made up of a group of components that work together. And, if one is malfunctioning, it can cause a system-wide problem. Sometimes, the problem is one that often gets overlooked – the thermostat. Even minor thermostat problems can have an impact on your comfort and cause your utility bills to soar.

Poorly Placed Thermostats

If you’ve been struggling with HVAC challenges for a while, the problem may be with your thermostat’s installation. Often, we find that the device has simply been installed in the wrong part of a house. It should be located near the center of your home so that it’s accurately picking up the average temperature rather than the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Thermostats placed near direct sunlight or drafty doors or windows can pick up false readings and cause your heater to either work overtime or not at all.

Miscalibration

One of the most common thermostat issues is miscalibration. There is a sensor in the wall unit of your thermostat that should accurately read the temperature inside your home. Even if it’s off just a couple of degrees, it can increase energy bills and affect your comfort. Indicators of this type of problem are a heating system that runs too long or not long enough. The good news is that the experts at Cool Blew can recalibrate your thermostat quickly and get you back to an accurate reading.

Connection Failure

Thermostats are connected to your heater or air handler via wires that control when the heater and the blower motor turn on and off. If these connections are lost, you’re going to experience problems. Again, this is a common problem that we’re well-versed in repairing.

Old Thermostat

Do you still have a manual thermostat that uses sliders and dials or a stripped-down digital model? If so, you’re not getting the maximum value of your heating system. Smart, programmable thermostats offer tremendously improved control and energy savings over the older models. And, they can be conveniently controlled via an app on a phone or tablet. Don’t miss out on this technological advancement that delivers tremendous benefits in your home.

At Cool Blew, we’re focused on your comfort. Call us for heating and thermostat repairs 24/7/365.

Humidity and Your Home

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Low indoor air humidity can be a challenge in the winter months for homeowners. Dry air can impact nasal passages, mucus membranes, throats, eyes and skin. It can also dry out wood, paint and other surfaces.

In ideal circumstances, indoor humidity should hover between 40 and 50 percent. Yet, keeping it at that level can be a challenge unless you’re taking steps to regulate the humidity. One option is a room humidifier. This is a small freestanding appliance that plugs into a standard outlet. They can be placed on the floor or on a table or countertop to deliver humidity directly where you’re located without wasting energy on empty spaces.

Today’s humidifiers come with a host of features including cool and warm mist, timers and features to trap contagions. They are inexpensive, portable and easy-to-use. However, they do require regular maintenance to keep them clean. Stagnant air left in a humidifier can become an ideal breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

An alternative to a room humidifier is a whole house humidifier which is an evaporative unit that is part of your HVAC system. Attached directly to your home’s ductwork, it blows vapor through the air ducts evenly throughout each room of a home. Whole house humidifiers also monitor your indoor humidity by measuring the moisture in the air and can operate either manually or automatically based on settings.

Unlike portable humidifiers, whole home humidifiers require little maintenance. There is no risk of lingering moisture so there is no way for mold or bacteria to grow. They are also highly energy efficient and quiet.

Both room humidifiers and whole house humidifiers tackle the same issue of dry air but in slightly different ways. However, both have the ability to increase your home comfort. Learn more about indoor humidity from the experts at Cool Blew.