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Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner in the Winter?

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Temperatures in the Valley of the Sun have finally dipped into the comfortable zone. During the fall and winter, Arizona homeowners rejoice in switching off their air conditioners for at least a couple of months. While it’s easy to turn your attention away from your air conditioner when you don’t need it, it may be the ideal time to consider replacement. If you’ve already identified that you will soon need a new unit because it’s old and beginning to malfunction, there are significant benefits to replacing it now, rather than waiting until the spring or summer.

Most HVAC experts will tell you that mid-October through April is the right time to replace your air conditioner for several important reasons. First, fewer homeowners and business owners are replacing units during these months. This means that you won’t have an extended wait for an estimate or for installation. Replacing your unit while you’re not reliant on it also means that you won’t be caught unexpectedly with a system failure. As anyone who has survived the heat of an Arizona summer knows, an air conditioner failure can be very disruptive.

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Of course, it’s important to know when it’s time to invest in a new air conditioner. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict exactly when your air conditioner will stop functioning.  However, there are some indicators that signal that you should consider a replacement.

Greater than 10 Years Old

Although some air conditioners will function seamlessly for decades, others don’t. A good rule of thumb is to begin considering the possibility of replacement when your unit hits 10 years in service.

Efficiency Issues

Have your utility bills increased considerably despite no change in your usage pattern? Has your unit always underperformed or cycled excessively? It may be time to call out an expert for a load calculation. An HVAC professional can help you understand what size unit you need, based on your square footage, insulation, windows and other factors.

You may also be struggling with an older air conditioner with a low Seasonal Energy Efficiency (SEER) ratio. Today’s air conditioners must have a rating of at least 13, and many quality units will have ratings well above 14.  A higher SEER rating means greater efficiency and a lower monthly utility bill.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioner

While a new air conditioner can ensure you’re cool for many years to come, you may still have plenty of years of life left in your existing unit. If so, the best way to maximize its lifespan is to get it serviced regularly. Air conditioners in the hot temperatures of the greater Phoenix area work hard to keep your home cool. By keeping your HVAC system well-maintained, you can extend its usability dramatically.

Want to learn more? Call your cooling experts, Cool Blew, for a home energy evaluation.

Pros and Cons of Having Two Air Conditioning Units for a 2-Story Home

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Here in the greater Phoenix area, there are neighborhoods that primarily have 2-story homes. These include many of the relatively newer communities in Ahwatukee, Gilbert and Peoria. While these homes can be great for growing families, they can be challenging when it comes to maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature with a single air conditioning unit.

Balancing Temperature

There’s the obvious issue of warm air rising. In general, upstairs bedrooms will be warmer than the rest of the house. Thus, one area of the house can seem too hot or too cold. With separate central air conditioning units for each floor of your home, you can maintain a comfortable temperature for each defined space. This not only improves comfort but can also enable you to save money on utility bills.

Energy Savings

With a single, non-zoned air conditioning unit, you have to keep every area cool at the same time. With a second unit, you can choose to cool just the upstairs bedrooms at night. Or, if you primarily spend your time downstairs, you can turn off your upstairs unit when you’re not up there. This can reduce the square footage you’re regularly cooling considerably.

System Failure

As many Arizonans know, air conditioners have a habit of failing at the worst possible time. With two units, you can at least keep the house cool enough while repairs are being made. However, it’s also important to note that two units double your chances of a system failure and increase your overall cost of repairs over time.

Other Cost Considerations

Yes, two air conditioning units are more expensive than one to purchase, too. But the cost difference is often not as high as you think. This is because you will need two smaller units compared to one larger unit to cool the entire home. The added cost of the second unit can also be offset by the ongoing energy savings. Much of this depends on your home’s floorplan and how you plan to use the air conditioner.

A Zoned System

Another option is to install a single air conditioning unit with two or more thermostats. This is particularly beneficial for larger homes. A zoned system uses dampers within the ductwork that open and close to control the temperature and flow of air within each zone. This type of system costs more than a regular zone-less system, but the energy savings can add up over time.

Call Cool Blew today for a free estimate on cooling equipment for your home at 623-872-2900.

Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

During the summer months, Arizona homeowners are often shocked and dismayed by sky-high utility bills. Air conditioning costs to keep a home cool can jump up tremendously when temperatures are over 100 degrees. What if there was a way to potentially reduce these costs? There is, and it starts with a home energy audit.

The Ins and Outs of a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is a multi-step inspection of the potential drains on the energy efficiency of your home. This begins with carefully looking at your entire HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently. Often, there are simple efficiency issues, like clogged filters, that can be replaced to make your system more efficient.

During the audit, your home will also be evaluated to identify hold and cold spots that could indicate costly leaks. This includes windows, doors, attic, ductwork and other areas throughout your home. A window or door that isn’t properly sealed can be a big source of wasted energy. Simple repairs can make a big difference on your utility bill each month!

It’s Not About Pushing New Products

Unfortunately, many companies offer home energy audits with a single goal of selling products. This deters many homeowners from scheduling an audit on their home. At Cool Blew, Inc, this isn’t our goal. We are focused on finding the deficiencies in your home that can be driving up your energy expenses. We are also dedicated to educating and empowering homeowners to make the decisions that are right for them and their budget. Yes, we have the HVAC and indoor air quality products that can improve your home’s efficiency, but we also offer do-it-yourself tips that can save you money.

Get Ready to Start Saving!

Most homeowners are surprised at the level of savings they’ll experience following upgrades prescribed during a home energy audit. Customers have saved up to 30 percent by making just a few quick and easy improvements to improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Don’t spend another month paying more than you should for energy costs. Call Cool Blew’s Home Energy Audit Service today at 623-872-2900.

Maximizing Your Air Conditioning Efficiency during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is officially here, and in full force. It’s hot and muggy out with plenty of wind, dust and rain, too. These aren’t the most optimal conditions for running your air conditioner. Yet, with a few simple strategies, you can stay cool while ensuring your unit is functioning efficiently.

Remove Tree Branches and Yard Debris

One of the biggest risks to air conditioners during monsoon season is flying tree branches and other items caused by high winds. Because gale force winds are not uncommon, it’s important to remove any dead branches and items from near your air conditioner. Because leaves and twigs can also be blown into the unit, it’s also wise to thin out trees and cut back surrounding vegetation.

Be Proactive with Air Filters

We’ve all seen how dust can blanket the entire Phoenix metro area during a haboob. With each one of these weather events, dust collects in your air conditioner’s filter. This is why it’s important to replace or  clean filters at least once a month or even more often if there is a series of dust storms.

Check Drain Lines

Dirt and dust can also clog your air conditioner’s drain lines. If water is collecting in the drain pan, you probably have a clogged line. You can unclog it using a wet/dry vacuum or call us to help you. It’s important to not ignore this problem. A clogged line can cause your unit to work harder than it needs to and can even result in a complete system failure.

Don’t Take Chances

Has it been years since your air conditioner was last serviced? Don’t try and make it through the remainder of the season without a tune up. You could already have an underlying problem which could be effecting your unit’s efficiency. During a tune up, problems can be identified and repaired proactively so that your air conditioner is working optimally now and will function next season, too.

Call us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance at 623-872-2900.

Why You Should Choose a N.A.T.E. Certified HVAC Technician

When it comes to HVAC service providers in the greater Phoenix area, you have no shortage of options. You’ll find everything from national companies to single operators. With so many choices, many homeowners are uncertain who to turn to when they need service on an air conditioner or heater. Industry experts will tell you that your best choice is choosing a technician with certification from the North American Technician Excellence, the largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

There are many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to choose a NATE certified technician. Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Time Savings – Because technicians are tested in an extensive range of complicated situations, NATE certification means they have the capabilities to quickly identify the source of a problem and determine the right solution.

Cost Savings – With this higher degree of knowledge, NATE certified technicians know how to optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system. This translates into less energy waste and more money saved on utility bills.

Peace of Mind – NATE certification is the top technician certification in the industry. By hiring a NATE certified technician, you’ll gain the peace of mind that your HVAC system is in good hands and that work will be done right the first time.

Don’t take chances with less-than-qualified HVAC companies and technicians. Yes, there are plenty of them out there. Don’t be tempted by the lowest price on service or installation. Instead, select the service provider that takes pride in their work and has invested the time and money to become certified in this highly specialized field.

At Cool Blew, our technicians are NATE certified and 100 percent dedicated to your satisfaction – guaranteed! We’re here for you 365 days a year with unbeatable knowledge and experience. Call us today to learn more about our home and commercial air conditioning installation and repair services.

What to do if Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On

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Uh oh! It’s hotter than a pistol outside, and your air conditioner isn’t turning on. This is the quintessential desert living problem that every Phoenix area homeowner dreads. Yet, before you get hot under the collar about it, there are a few tricks to try that may get your air conditioner back up and running.

  1. Take a Look at Your Thermostat – The first thing a repair person will do is check this, so you might as well check it first! You will want to make sure that it’s set to COOL and then lower the temperature setting by five or more degrees below the indoor temperature. You’d be surprised how often this solves the problem.
  2. Look for a Blown Fuse – A power surge or even too many appliances used at once can blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker. First, check your home’s main electrical panel. In older homes, there will be a fuse box. Replace any blown fuses. On a circuit breaker, check for any sign of a tripped circuit and flip it to “on.” There may also be a shutoff box near your AC unit. If this fuse is blown, you will need to replace it to get your AC unit working again.
  3. Check Your Condensate Line – Air conditioners create condensation. Normally, this moisture is drained out via a drain line. However, it can sometimes get clogged. When it does, it can trip a safety switch that shuts off your air conditioner. You can attempt to unclog the drain line yourself by using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the blockage.
  4. Try Resetting Your Air Conditioner
    Some models of air conditioners have reset switches. You can try flipping this switch to see if it will kick your unit back on. If your air conditioner doesn’t have a reset button, turn off your unit at the thermostat and wait at least five minutes. Turn it back on again.
  5. Call Cool Blew
    These tips may solve your problem completely. However, if your air conditioner is still malfunctioning, call Cool Blew. We’re experts in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of air conditioners. We help homeowners just like you throughout the Valley. Call us at 623-872-2900 now for service.

5 Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

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AC Costs
Triple digit temperatures return this month and that means opening those dreaded triple digit utility bills. While we Arizonans are used to the heat, we still need a little cool relief. Yet, the challenge is keeping our home while not breaking the bank. While it’s almost inevitable that you will use more electricity during the summer months due to air conditioning usage, there are plenty of ways to help keep energy consumption under control. The following are 5 simple ways to keep your cool and your money, too!

  1. Manage Your Thermostat
    You can save up to 15 percent of our total air conditioning bills by raising the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away and don’t need cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When you are home, the optimal temperature for most individuals ranges from 75 to 80 degrees.
  2. Turn on Your Fans
    Air circulation is the key to keeping your home cool. Turn on ceiling fans and consider purchasing smaller, portable fans for other rooms. Moving air also helps to evaporate sweat from your skin which can provide an extra cooling effect.
  3. Keep Your Meals Cool
    Stop-top cooking and oven baking can increase the temperature inside your home. During the hottest days and evenings, consider eating salad or sandwiches instead of flipping on the kitchen heat. If you must cook, make sure to use the kitchen exhaust to remove heat and moisture at its source.
  4. Add Window Screens
    Mesh window screens can block up to 70% of solar energy before it can heat up your home. While it’s great to place screens on every window, it’s most important on east and west-facing windows that obtain the most sun exposure. If you don’t like the aesthetics of window screens, consider window film which can be virtually transparent yet block the sun’s rays.
  5. Maintain or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
    Your air conditioner’s efficiency can drastically impact how much electricity you’re using. Keep the filter clean and obtain regular preventive maintenance to ensure your AC unit is working properly. If you are regularly calling for repairs or if your utility bills are climbing quickly, it may be time for a new unit. By choosing an air conditioner with a high SEER rating, you can save up to 50 percent on your monthly air conditioning costs.

It’s also important to have a trusted provider of HVAC repair in the Phoenix metro area who you can count on when you need maintenance, repairs or installation. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.

Why It’s Worth It To Have Your Air Ducts Sealed

Did you know that you could save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill ,and all it requires is a call to your AC service in Peoria?

Air duct cleaning is an important part of keeping your ductwork in optimal condition. Though it’s not necessary to do it all the time, you should have your air ducts cleaned by a professional as needed. If there is mold in your ductwork, excessive debris or pests, it’s a good time to call in an HVAC company.

Another way to keep your air ducts in good working condition is to have them sealed. A duct system that is properly sealed makes your home more comfortable and energy efficient. This is how you can see up to 30% savings on your monthly utility bill and enjoy continued comfort and safety for years to come.

What is Duct Sealing Exactly?

Over time, ductwork can develop a number of leaks and creases that let out cool air. This can lead to multiple problems such as making your AC unit work harder than it needs to, extra humidity in the ducts, indoor air quality issues and higher energy costs. Since you can’t see these leaks, the only way to determine if you have a problem is by being proactive.

If you’ve noticed unusually high energy bills or if your ductwork is old, it might be time to seal things up. Thanks to improved technology, sealing up air ducts is simpler, cleaner and easier than in years past.

How are Air Ducts Sealed?

Many trusted HVAC companies used a product called AeroSeal to seal up ductwork. With AeroSeal, a technician doesn’t have to crawl through your ducts, which means less work and lower costs for you. Not to mention, places that would otherwise be unreachable can be sealed. The product also comes with a 10-year warranty.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits to having your ductwork sealed by an HVAC service in Peoria.

Increased Comfort

Your home is your comfort zone, so should it feel like anything less? When your air ducts are properly sealed, you can enjoy consistent temperatures throughout the home. Living in sunny Arizona, you can expect to see the most difference in the summer.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Plenty of things enter your duct system, including insulation particles, dust and fumes from household cleaners. When these pollutants build up, they blow back out into the air and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. With sealed ductwork, you can improve indoor air quality by decreasing the number of pollutants circulating in your home.

Enhanced Safety

You might not think that having your ductwork sealed by AC repair in Peoria would offer safety benefits, but it does. When your appliances are running, they release combustion gases through their ventilation systems. If you have leaky ductwork, your system might cause “backdrafting” which is when gases are pushed back into the home rather than outside.

Reduced Expenses

Sealing your ductwork pays for itself in a short time. At Cool Blew, our air duct sealing can save up to 30% off your home’s energy bill. By sealing up leaks and creases, you save energy consumption and keep your home more comfortable. Your AC system won’t have to work as hard, either.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having your ducts sealed. This simple procedure can be done during one visit, so give Cool Blew a call for an estimate on air duct sealing services.

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8 Ways To Beat The Heat In AZ Without Touching The Thermostat

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8 Ways To Beat The Heat In AZ

Arizona is hot. Sometimes unbearably so. It almost makes one wonder why people stopped here when pulling their wagons west. Well, they had some ways of beating the heat that have fallen out of common usage, for one.  Secondly, it’s beautiful here. But we’re here to talk about the heat today, not the beauty, and how to be cool in it.

Let’s go over the ways you can stay cool, without ever needing to adjust the thermostat.

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