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Have You Been Putting Off Air Conditioning Maintenance?

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Procrastination is a problem for many of us. Whether you tend to put off dental cleanings or stall until April 15th to pay your taxes, waiting for another day is a common human trait, but also one that is rife with risk. In the case of air conditioning maintenance, procrastination can lead to an array of costly and inconvenient problems.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

It’s easy to ignore maintenance when your system seems to be working fine, but this can be a costly mistake. Remember the old idiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it’s definitely a true statement. By changing your filters and having your system cleaned on a regular schedule, you can greatly minimize the chance of having a major breakdown.

Diminished Efficiency

Even if you’re lucky enough to dodge a system failure, HVAC procrastination will cost you when it comes to energy efficiency. Dirt buildup, clogged drains and leaky ductwork can all result in your system working harder than it needs to. By simply scheduling maintenance service with Cool Blew, you can avoid wasted energy consumption and sky-high utility bills.

Lack of Comfort

An air conditioner that’s not getting the attention it deserves will also lead to problems with maintaining a consistent temperature. Neglect will result in poor indoor air quality and even wiring hazards. Want home comfort? Schedule maintenance service today!

Replacement Sooner than Later

A properly maintained air conditioner should last you at least 15 to 20 years. Yet one that has been ignored will often fail in under 10 years. With at least five more years of service, you’ll substantially lower your cooling costs.

If you’ve been putting off getting maintenance or keep forgetting to call for service on a minor problem, take this opportunity to pick up the phone and call Cool Blew now. Yes, it’s late in “air conditioning season,” but you’re likely to still be using your system until late fall or even into the early days of winter. In other words, you still need your air conditioner. And procrastination only makes any problems you have even worse. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

Just a Few Common Electrical Jobs We Can Tackle for You

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When it comes to electrical work, Cool Blew handles everything from the installation of outlets to full rewiring of homes. Our fantastic team of licensed and insured electricians are proud of the work they do and are ready to assist with whatever electrical need you may have. Here a few of the most common electrical jobs that we can tackle for you:

Outlets and Switches

We offer installation and repairs on outlets, switches and sockets. This includes dimmers and remote-control electronic switches.

Ceiling Fans

Need a ceiling fan installed inside or outdoors? We have you covered. Instead of attempting a DIY fan installation, call us instead. We have the experience and expertise to ensure wiring and installation are professionally done for optimal safety and comfort.

Light Fixtures

Like ceiling fans, we can also help you with light fixtures. Whatever type of fixture you have, from hallway lights to entryway chandeliers, we can install them.

Whole House Surge Protectors

Power surges can follow any wire in your home, damaging plugged-in devices and appliances in your home, including air conditioning units, TVs, refrigerators and computers. While you can gain some protection from plugging a device into a low-cost, multi-outlet surge suppressor, complete surge protection can only be gained by hardwiring it into your main electrical panel.

This is why we recommend whole house surge protectors for our customers. Once installed, a whole house surge protector can withstand power surges for many years, regardless of their source.

Want to learn more about electrical service from Cool Blew, including the installation of a whole house surge protector? Call us today at 623-872-2900. Our team is here to answer your questions and schedule service calls at your convenience.

3 Reasons Why Fall Is the Right Season to Purchase a New Air Conditioner

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After a long, incredibly hot summer with record-breaking temperatures, we’re thankfully seeing the first glimpses of relief. Temperatures are beginning to drop, making it an ideal time to begin the process of purchasing a new air conditioner. The following are just a few of the key advantages of buying a new AC unit in the coming months, rather than waiting until next spring.

You’ll Eliminate Any Chance of Installation Delays

Spring and summer are incredibly busy seasons when it comes to air conditioner installations for good reason. Many homeowners wait until their unit has failed before they purchase a new one. Thus, when temperatures rise, and they experience a system failure, Cool Blew is called. A simpler option is to buy a new air conditioner now, so that you don’t have to deal with the problems of a failed air conditioner.

Consider that a new air conditioner will run between 10 and 20 years, depending on usage, maintenance and environmental factors. If your system is approaching or past this mark, you may want to start planning on a replacement sooner than later. By buying a new system in the fall, you’ll not only avoid any potential installation delays, you’ll also set yourself up for lower cooling bills with a higher efficiency system.

You’ll Have Time to Research Your Options

Buying an air conditioner while dealing with an unexpected breakdown is stressful by anyone’s standards. In the heat of the summer, when your indoor temperature is climbing, it’s easy to get sucked into purchasing a larger, more expensive unit than you actually need.
By planning your air conditioner replacement while your system is still running, you can carefully compare your options and make a decision based on facts, rather than urgent need.

Your Best Pricing

While we, at Cool Blew, always strive to deliver the best pricing options for your next air conditioner, lower demand in the fall can often add up to greater savings. HVAC suppliers often have systems on hand that didn’t sell over the summer that they’re willing to discount to make room for new models in the spring.

Your Residential Air Conditioner Specialist

At Cool Blew, we understand that purchasing a new air conditioner is a big decision that requires careful planning and evaluation. This is why we offer access to our experts by phone and free estimates on new air conditioners. Call us today at 623-872-2900.

3 Plumbing Tips for Labor Day Weekend

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The last long weekend of summer is here. It’s time for one final celebration of the season. What you don’t need this Labor Day is the hassles of a plumbing problem. Before you fire up the grill or jump in the pool, please read our three plumbing tips.

1. Get to Know Your Main Water Valve

Do you know how to shut off your water if you had to? If you’re like many homeowners, you might not know where the shutoff valve is. Take a few moments to locate it. The valve may be in the garage, a utility closet or outside in the yard.

What are you looking for exactly? The main valve typically looks like a wheel with spokes that turns to the right, or a lever that turns until it is perpendicular to the pipe it’s connected to. Once you’ve located it, turn the valve and see if the water is still running. If it isn’t, you were successful in shutting off the main valve.

If anything unexpected happens this holiday weekend with any of your water-using appliances, you will now know how to stop the water before experiencing a flood. And, if you’re leaving home for an extended summer vacation, it’s always a good idea to turn the water off at the main valve before leaving.

2. Prevent Clogs

Prepare for a possible holiday weekend clog by purchasing a plunger and an inexpensive three-foot auger. These two simple tools can prevent the vast majority of clogs and backups. Of course, prevention is your best strategy. Remind the kids (and the kids at heart) not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. And potato peels, melon rinds and chicken bones belong in the trash can, not in the kitchen sink.

3. Watch the Washer

With summer comes lots of dirty laundry. Dirty play clothes, wet bathing suits and lots of towels can strain your washing machine and its hoses and connections. Take a few moments and inspect behind your machine for any evidence of leaks, cracks, or bulges. If something looks suspicious, consider calling the experts at Cool Blew.

As we wind down Summer 2020, we would like to remind you that you can always count on Cool Blew for all your plumbing needs. We’re here for routine maintenance to emergency calls. Call us whenever you need us at 623-872-2900.

Optimizing Your HVAC System for A Good Night’s Sleep

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A solid night of sleep not only makes a big difference in your ability to function during the day, it also impacts your overall health, and your ability to engage with others. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, while children typically need eight to 10 hours. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done.

Consider that one in three Americans don’t get sufficient sleep. More than 50 million Americans suffer from over 80 different sleep disorders with another 20 to 30 million experiencing intermittent sleep problems. It’s a big health problem, and one that is growing.

While there are countless treatments and strategies for improving sleep quality, one of the easiest solutions is to adjust your HVAC system. The temperature and humidity level in your bedroom can have significant impacts on your sleep. The following are some HVAC tips that can help you improve your sleep.

Set Your Thermostat to an Optimal Temperature

Your body temperature drops when it prepares to go to sleep. Because of this, it’s helpful to have your bedroom a few degrees cooler at night. Actually, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a temperature of between 60 and 67 degrees during sleep hours.

With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the settings so that it lowers the temperature at bedtime and adjusts it to a warmer temperature during waking hours.

Turn on Your Ceiling Fan

Your ceiling fan can also help keep your room cool without additional output from your HVAC system. And some people think that the humming sound of a fan is actually conducive to good sleep.

Change Your Air Filter

It can be difficult to sleep if you’re suffering from allergic symptoms, like sneezing, itchy eyes or wheezing. By regularly changing out your air filter, you can improve your indoor air quality and reduce the number of allergy-inducing particulates in your home’s air.

Get an HVAC Tune Up

Don’t take chances with sleep-hindering HVAC breakdowns. Get a seasonal tune up and gain the peace of mind that your system is working optimally. Call Cool Blew today!

Evaporator Coils – How Often Should Evaporator Coils Be Cleaned?

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Don’t let the summertime heat or winter season get the best of your air conditioning system. Keep your unit working without a hitch with routine maintenance. That includes having the evaporator coils cleaned at least once a year. However, if the dust levels are high in your home or facility, then you need to get the coils cleaned more often.

What are evaporator coils?

Air conditioners don’t actually create cool air in your home, contrary to what some believe. What the system does instead is to condition your air or cool it by removing heat from the air that’s already inside. There are two types of air conditioner coils that do this: the evaporator and condenser.Evaporator coils—located inside the AC assembly—remove the heat and humidity from inside your home. Condenser coils, on the other hand, are units outside of the AC system that use refrigerant to transfer heat from inside to the outside of your home.

Why keep the coils clean?

Clearing the coils of dust allows the heat exchange to occur much more efficiently, allowing it to power through the coils. Dirt and debris can block the exchange, though, which could be why your energy bills are so high. Dirty coils force your unit to work so much harder, so you also get higher energy consumption levels and bills.

How often should they be cleaned?

You’ll want to get those coils cleaned at least once every year along with a seasonal tune-up. However, if there are high levels of dirt and dust at your location or site, you’ll need to get the coils cleaned with greater frequency.

How do I clean the coils?

Evaporator coils are inside the unit, which means you’ll need to open up your AC system to get to the coils. That’s easy enough with DIY manuals and online tutorial videos. However, only attempt a DIY approach if you are confident about your ability to follow instructions. If that isn’t the case, it’s best to hire pros. An expert knows how to clean evaporator coil.

Why should I hire a pro?

A professional has the experience to pull this off. The right credentials and qualifications mean that if something comes up during the cleaning process, an expert is in a much better place to address or resolve those issues or even nip potential problems in the bud. A proalso has better tools along with considerable industry knowledgethat’s up-to-date and accurate that ensures safety during the installation as well as stellar results.

Related Read:Replace the Air Conditioner or Just the Evaporator Coil?

How do I choose a pro?

Look for a business that offers AC maintenance & cleaning services. Ask them if they clean evaporator coils just to make sure you’re covered. One way to solve all your AC maintenance problems, though, is to go for a maintenance plan. That way, even when you’re busy, your AC unit won’t be neglected. You won’t have to worry about forgetting the next tune-up or having your unit checked for issues. The maintenance program should take care of that for you.

How Does a KVAR Unit Work?

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Before you ask about how a kVAR unit works, it’s essential to know a few things first. Let’s start by being clear about what kVAR is. That means talking about the power factor.

What is the power factor?

The term refers to the ratio between active power and apparent power. Apparent power is the power we supply and is also called kVA. Apparent power is then broken down into two types: active power, which is symbolized kW, and reactive power, which is symbolized with kVAR. Essentially, though, the power factor is the measure of how effective the incoming power in your electrical system will be.

What are kW and kVAR?

Active power—or kW—is the one that supplies the energy for heat, sound, motion, and light. Reactive power, on the other hand, is inductive and is the energy that powers magnetic fields that are essential in rotating equipment. So, if something in the equipment moves, it’s likely operating under the inductive load. These are often in the form of compressors, refrigerators, freezers, motors, washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, and computer fans along with furnace blow motors, air conditioning units, well pumps, ceiling fans, and more. Now that you’ve answered the question: what is kVAR?, the next thing you should know about is a kVAR unit.

What is a kVAR unit?

You already know what the power factor is and its ratio of working power to total or Apparent power. To understand that with greater ease, the higher the kVar percentage in your load, the lower the ratio of the kW to the kVA. The result is a poor power factor. That’s where a kVAR unit comes in. It essentially reduces the reactive power that is supplied by the Utility. With the unit in place, you get to effectively use your electricity, reducing the amount of energy supplied to your system.

What does a kVAR unit do?

It increases the power factor, allowing you to make optimum use of your electricity. That matters because the reduced energy consumption levels mean that you save on electricity and energy costs. Installing a kVAR unit, then, is a smart cost-saving measure, one that you’ll want to take advantage of, so you won’t need to pay more than you need to.

Where is a kVAR unit usually installed?

Both residential and commercial spaces can benefit from the installation of a kVAR unit. Any facility or location that has a circuit breaker panel that comes with breaker switches is a good candidate for it. However, homes or facilities that still rely on the old screen-in type of switch will need to upgrade their systems before they think about installing a kVAR unit.

How do you install the unit?

Look for a reputable installation service that offers kVAR unit installation assistance. It’s always ideal to rely on the expertise and knowledge of industry pros. With their help and guidance, you can rest easy in the background. You know you can trust them to get the job done and done right.

Conserving Power While Maintaining Home Comfort in Times of Extreme Heat

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As we continue to experience record-breaking heat in the greater Phoenix area, the possibility of power supply shortages grows. This week, both APS and SRP have asked customers to conserve energy to balance supplies. While we are not yet experiencing rolling blackouts like those in California, they are a possibility. To minimize the chance of experiencing an outage, we can all do our part to reduce our energy consumption. Here are a few strategies which can help:

Increase Your Thermostat Setting

Maintain a thermostat setting no lower than 80 degrees. To keep things cool, use ceiling or portable fans in occupied rooms.

Close Blinds, Drapes or Shades

Blocking the sunlight will help prevent your indoor temperature from soaring during the hottest part of the day.

Turn Off Lights

Check around your home for lamps and overhead lighting that are switched to on. Use only the lights that you need and consider switching to energy-conserving bulbs.

Use Your Outdoor Grill or Toss a Salad

Instead of turning to your oven or stove for meals, choose your outdoor grill or microwave. Or better yet, enjoy the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables and prepare a healthy salad that requires no cooking at all!

Use Appliances in the Evening

Wait to wash clothes and dishes until after the sun goes down. This will help reduce your energy usage during peak consumption hours.

Reset Pool Pump Timer

Like with indoor appliances, it’s a smart strategy to have your pool pump operating after dark.

Change Your HVAC Filter

A dirty filter results in your HVAC system having to work harder to keep your home cool. This simple step can go a long way towards conserving energy while improving your home’s air quality and the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

The good news is that by taking proactive steps to reduce our energy consumption, we likely won’t have to deal with the rolling blackouts currently occurring in California. And by pitching in right now to conserve energy, you may also see the benefit of a smaller utility bill next month.

Want more tips on how to maintain your home comfort? Call the experts at Cool Blew at 623-872-2900 today.

Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

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It may be hard to fathom right now, but the overwhelming summer heat we’re feeling here in the Valley of the Sun will let up before you know it. As we turn our thoughts to fall wardrobes, cool morning hikes and jack-o-lanterns, it’s also a good time to get your HVAC ready for the change of season ahead. This means taking care of a few simple tasks which can ensure your home remains comfortable and your system is running efficiently.

Schedule a Tune Up

The benefits of twice annual maintenance on your HVAC system are substantial. Not only will it extend the life of your equipment, it will increase its energy efficiency. Call today to get your tune up scheduled and cross that one to-do off your list.

Replace Filters

Dust is plentiful in the summer and has been collecting in your HVAC filter. By replacing your filter, which only takes a minute to do, by the way, you’ll go a long way towards enabling your system to run efficiently. To put it another way, you’ll save money on cooling and heating by doing this minor maintenance task.

Consider an Upgrade

Were you having issues with your heating last year? Has your air conditioning been less than cooling this summer? Fall is an ideal time to purchase a new HVAC system. Our team is ready to help you determine the best option for your specific needs and will provide you with a detailed quote and explain our various financing options.

Valley-Wide Service

When it comes to your HVAC system, Cool Blew is the right choice for maintenance, repairs and installation. With nearly 20 years serving the entire valley, we’re proud to be one of the leading air conditioning and heating companies in the Greater Phoenix area. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your tune-up or new system quote today.

Protecting Your Home’s Electrical System During a Storm

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While the monsoon has seemed more like a non-soon so far this year, we still have two more months to go. This means there’s plenty of time for at least a few wild and wooly summer storms. With the much- needed rain, these storms can also bring plenty of wind and lightning, which can wreak havoc on your home’s electrical system. To address these concerns, the team at Cool Blew is here to provide some guidance.

Power Surges

One of the most common types of damage that can occur during a summer storm is a power surge. This can happen when lightning strikes on or near a power line. It will increase the amount of electricity through the line, which can overwhelm electronics, appliances and machinery that are plugged in. The best way to protect against power surge damage is to unplug items before a storm. Of course, that may not always be possible. The next line of defense is a home surge protector which can tame significant power spikes.

Breaker Damage

If your home is actually struck by lightning, it can cause damage to your breakers and impact your entire home’s electrical system. This is more likely to happen if you have an outdated electrical system. With newer homes, the circuit breaker is more likely to withstand the strike and protect your home’s electrical equipment.

Power Outages

With lightning and rain comes wind. Strong gusts can knock out power to your neighborhood, leading to a surge that trips your home’s circuit breakers. If you experience a tripped circuit breaker for your HVAC system, it’s important to know how to reset it. Here’s how:

  1. Turn your HVAC system off at the thermostat.
  2. Find the circuit breaker in your electrical panel for your HVAC system.
  3. Turn the switch to OFF and then back to ON to reset the external circuit breaker.
  4. Leave your HVAC off and wait 30 minutes and then turn it on.
  5. If your system doesn’t turn on, it may have experienced electrical damage.

To learn more about the professional electrical services we provide after a storm, give us a call. We’re here to help.