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The “H” in HVAC Is for Halloween – A Great Reminder Winter Is Not Far Off

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The signs of autumn are everywhere. Pumpkins for carving, fall decorations and Halloween costumes are on display in stores. Children are choosing their favorite scary characters in preparation for the big night of trick or treating. And you are correct, the “H” in HVAC is not for Halloween – it’s for heating. However, Halloween serves as a great yearly reminder that the extreme 100+ degree temperatures of summer will soon be replaced by the cooler nights of fall. That means winter is not far off.

October is the perfect month to schedule an appointment to have your furnace inspected. The “H” in your HVAC system has been idle for months. After avoiding the extreme Arizona heat for six months, many Phoenix area residents forget winter nights in the desert can get very chilly.

Your Furnace Has Been on Summer Vacation

HVAC systems are complex, and your AC has been getting heavy use throughout the summer. Switching to heat means engaging a separate component that has not been used for a long time. Here are a few reasons why October is the perfect month for a fall HVAC checkup:

  • The Heat Is On – The first time you turn on your furnace each year can bring an unwelcome smell of burning dust. A fine layer of desert dirt and grime from summer wind storms can cover your heating elements and cause problems. During a fall service call, our technicians will inspect your furnace and remove any dust or debris from inside your heater. Also, it’s not uncommon for us to find evidence of furry friends making a home for themselves in your furnace. Air filters, which are also dust magnets, will be replaced. Remember, whenever you notice a burning smell, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out.
  • Gas Furnaces – Gas furnaces are generally very reliable. With their igniters and gas burners, they are slightly more complex than electric heaters. Unfortunately, with months of sitting idle, they don’t always fire up perfectly the first time. There is nothing more annoying than trying to figure out the instructions for lighting the pilot with a flashlight in your hand on the first cold night. To ensure a safe, first time start up for your gas furnace, have it checked in advance.
  • Have You Checked Your Thermostat Lately? – One of the most unsung and underappreciated elements of any HVAC system is the thermostat. Because they tend to work reliably and trouble free for years and years, we often inspect thermostats that are decades old. Replacing your old thermostat with a new smart thermostat can save money and make it easier to program your settings. Our service techs can explain the many options available. However, if your happy with your current thermostat, we’re happy to check it out and make sure it’s working properly.
  • Thinking Ahead to the Holidays – If you schedule a fall HVAC checkup for October or November, you can put your mind at ease knowing you’re set the holidays ahead. Now is truly the best time to get prepared for winter.

Happy Halloween

Each year, October 31st marks the start of the holiday season. We wish you and your children a safe and happy Halloween. For service so good that it’s scary call Cool Blew today for your fall tune-up.

Illnesses You Can Get from a Poorly Maintained Air Conditioner

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If you’ve ever caught a summer cold, you know how surprisingly bad they can be. In fact, these nasty viruses often last longer than winter colds! Why? In many cases, the culprit is an air conditioner circulating less than pristine air. The reality is a poorly maintained air conditioner can cause a range of very unpleasant health problems.

Even if you keep your home pristinely clean, unseen pollutants can circulate through your HVAC system if it’s not clean. Often, these go under the radar because they’re not visible to the naked eye. And, their effects are usually associated with other conditions or causes.

Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

Of course, not every illness can be traced back to your HVAC system, but the following symptoms could indicate the possibility of an AC-related illness:

  • Frequent colds
  • Ear infections
  • Chronic headaches
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Lingering cough
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Irritated nasal passages
  • Sore throat
  • Dry or watery eyes

Mold, dust, dander, bacteria and viruses can all circulate through your HVAC system. Individuals living or working in an environment where these particulates are in the air frequently report health problems ranging from allergies to serious illnesses. For those with weakened immune systems, young children and the elderly, symptoms can often be more pronounced.

What You Can Do

Air conditioner filters are designed to clean inside air and prevent the circulation of symptom-causing particulates. However, as they collect pollutants, they become less effective. Not only does this decrease the air quality, it also causes an air conditioner to work less efficiently. An easy and simple way to prevent symptoms from occurring is to change filters on a monthly basis.

Professional HVAC System Maintenance

Although changing your filter is an important step in preventing illnesses, it’s not enough to eliminate all pollutants. HVAC systems require regular maintenance. This includes cleaning the system and, if necessary, using a chemical cleaner to kill fungi, bacteria and viruses.

Learn more now about preventing illness by maintaining your HVAC system. Call the experts at Cool Blew today!

Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

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You can’t step outside this time of year and not be very aware of the tremendous summer heat. When average daily temperatures are in the triple digits, it can be difficult to keep your home comfortably cool while containing your utility bill. This is when an energy audit can come in very handy.

What is a Home Energy Audit?

An energy audit is a thorough inspection and analysis of energy uses in your home to determine the amounts of energy used and the costs. These findings can guide strategies to reduce energy use through energy efficiency improvements and conservation.

What to Expect During Your Home Energy Audit

At Cool Blew, we take a comprehensive approach to home energy audits. We don’t just look for locations of leaking air. We’re here to provide you with the latest information on ways to increase efficiencies while empowering you with the knowledge and tools you need to make them happen. Because we’re also specialists in HVAC systems, we assess your air conditioning and heating units to ensure they’re running efficiently. We also check for sufficient insulation, while identifying issues with windows, doors, attics, ductwork and more.

Customers are often surprised by the savings found with an energy audit and upgrades. While we offer plenty of products to help improve efficiencies, we also offer highly effective, yet simple DIY tips that can boost savings. In fact, the savings can be up to 30 percent or more on utility bills. Often, a few minor fixes can produce significant savings.

Are you tired of that continuously climbing, monthly utility bill? Don’t wait another month. Call Cool Blew today to schedule an energy audit. Whether you’re in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria or any other city in the Greater Phoenix area, we’re to help you save money and stay comfortable all year long.

Holiday Horror Show – Avoid This Air Conditioning “Nightmare on Your Street”

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Fright night is a lot of fun at the movie theater, which is a place, by the way, where many Arizonans go to avoid the heat. Years ago, there was an amusing ad campaign for a scary movie. In the radio commercials, the announcer implored, “When you get to the theater, just keep reminding yourself, it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie!” With Memorial Day approaching and the Fourth of July just around the corner, here’s an air conditioning summer holiday “Nightmare on Your Street” that’s unfortunately going to be all too real for some Arizona homeowners.

A Four Day Holiday Weekend with No Air Conditioning

In fact, one Phoenix area resident recently recalled a long and scary Fourth of July holiday weekend (Thursday through Sunday night) that made her think she was starring in her own horror show. A heatwave had descended on the Valley with temperatures hovering around 114, her air conditioner started pumping not-so-cool air on Thursday night then completely stopped working by early Friday morning and (cue the shrieking violins from Psycho) all of the air conditioning companies she called were booked solid. The combination of a heatwave and a holiday weekend meant every available service tech was working overtime. By Friday afternoon, her house was hotter than (well, you know), and there was no repairman in sight. Even with windows open and fans blowing, the inside temperature reached 98 degrees. Sleeping was almost impossible. It took four days, numerous phone calls and multiple appointments to get her problem resolved.

Early Warning Signs Your Air Conditioner Might Need Service

Some might consider this story a “scary” tactic, but unfortunately, it’s all true and in Arizona, it happens every year. If your air conditioning system is causing you concern, please don’t wait for a breakdown to occur. Some warning signs your AC may need a service check include:

  • Major red flag – warmer air (not as cold as it usually is) coming out of your vents
  • Decrease in airflow or a noticeable increase in your energy bill over same time last year
  • Loud thumping, straining or unusual noises coming from your air conditioner
  • Musty smell or excessive water leaking from AC unit
  • Unusual electrical or burning smell from AC unit (important to call for service immediately)

If you are experiencing any of these problems, your air conditioning system may need to be checked. With Memorial Day and Fourth of July coming, make sure to get out in front of this situation so your holiday weekends are cool, and the only horror shows you see are at the theater. Call Cool Blew today to schedule a summer tune-up.

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC System

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Spring cleaning is a term generally associated with a thorough house cleaning or emptying the garage to get rid of accumulated junk. Out with the old, in with the new. Are you aware that your HVAC unit runs better with regular maintenance? And, your air filters and system also benefit from a deep cleansing on a regular basis. Spring is the perfect season for yearly maintenance before the HVAC busy summer season hits.

One of the most important, yet unseen, aspects of a clean house is clean air to breathe day in and day out. Protecting your family from dust and allergens, especially during the pollen-heavy spring and summer months can be crucial to those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. The fact that we cannot see the insides of our home air delivery system often means air ducts suffer from neglect. Dust and dirt accumulates over time, and it’s important to include air ducts on your spring cleaning list.

Desert Climate

When it comes to air conditioners and compressors, the desert can be a harsh and unforgiving environment. Exposed to the elements, often installed on roofs where temperatures soar, air conditioning units are subjected to intense sunlight, extreme wind, heavy rainstorms and constant dust. No other household appliance withstands the year in, year out stresses that your HVAC system routinely absorbs. Dirt and dust blowing in the desert wind is an ever-present nemesis and can negatively impact the workings of your compressor and air conditioning unit. It would surprise many homeowners to see what an HVAC spring cleaning reveals.

Spring Checkup

During the winter months, your air conditioning compressor can accumulate dirt and debris which may hinder the inner workings of the unit. Our trained technicians will perform a detailed inspection and restore your air conditioner to top form. Just like your car, regular maintenance checks of your HVAC unit will help prevent major problems from occurring.

Spring in Arizona is the best time to take advantage of the most perfect winter weather in the U.S. While you’re busy with outdoor activities, don’t overlook the opportunity to schedule a checkup for your HVAC system before the summer heat hits. Call Cool Blew today to schedule your maintenance check at 623-872-2900.

Don’t Gamble with Air Conditioner Maintenance

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During the winter months, Arizonans enjoy the best weather in the country. However, it’s a given that triple-digit temperatures are just around the corner. And, when they arrive, you don’t want to be “hot under the collar” dealing with an air conditioner that doesn’t work.

Each year, across the valley, calls flood into HVAC repair companies around late April to early May. Why? This is when temperatures reach a point when air conditioning is necessary. Homeowners who haven’t scheduled maintenance checks on their air conditioners are often surprised to find that their units don’t work when they flip their thermostat to the “cool” setting. With an influx of calls, there can be extended wait times for repair work. This is never a good way to kick off the summer season!

Don’t Put the “Pro” in Procrastination

While it’s easy to put some things off, it’s never a good idea to procrastinate on scheduling air conditioning maintenance. The stakes are too high. Not only are you risking having an unexpected system problem just when you need some cool air, you’re also jeopardizing the long-term function of a very expensive piece of household equipment.

An Ounce of Prevention…

If you think about it, there are few things more valuable in your home than your air conditioner. And, the good news is it’s incredibly easy to keep it functioning optimally whenever you need it. This begins with choosing an expert in air conditioner repair. With Cool Blew, you not only have a trusted contractor you can count on for all air conditioner repairs, you have a partner to help extend your air conditioner’s lifespan. With regular tune-ups and a residential, preventative maintenance agreement, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is ready to go whenever you need it.

Find out more about preventative service for your air conditioner. Call Cool Blew at 623-872-2900 today.

Give the Gift of Home Comfort This Season

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Whether it’s for you or a loved one, the gift of home comfort is truly a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. While it’s easy to not think about your HVAC system when it’s working properly, it can quickly become top of mind when there is a system problem or if energy bills start escalating due to decreasing system efficiency.

If you or someone you know could benefit from lower heating bills or wants to simply increase the energy efficiency of their home, here are some gift ideas to consider:

Maintenance Contract

A professional maintenance contract is an ideal gift because it improves the performance of an HVAC system while lowering energy bills and reducing the risk of unexpected system breakdowns. With a maintenance contract, you also gain the advantage of discounted repairs and preferred appointment scheduling.

Programmable Thermostat

An outdated thermostat not only creates the potential for an unexpected breakdown, it’s also highly inefficient. A new programmable thermostat is the gift of accurate, programmable temperatures that can ensure home comfort is maintained throughout the day.

Filters

While not expensive, filters are not something most of us think about on an average day. Yet, HVAC system filters should be replaced at least once a month. A year-long supply of filters is an inexpensive, thoughtful gift that provides better air quality, along with greater energy efficiency.

An Energy Audit

Is there someone on your gift list who is struggling with high energy bills? Call Cool Blew today to evaluate their home. With a comprehensive energy audit, leaks, cracks and areas that require more insulation can be quickly identified.

New HVAC Systems

Consider giving yourself the gift of a new HVAC system to provide greater home comfort and save you substantially on your energy bills in 2018. At Cool Blew, we offer free expert guidance on HVAC system installations in Peoria, Arizona and throughout the Valley.

Happy Holidays from the entire team at Cool Blew

6 Scary Things That Can Happen without HVAC Maintenance

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It’s Halloween, the time for scary, spooky things like ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Yet, for homeowners, there are few things more haunting than an HVAC problem that could have been prevented with regular HVAC maintenance.

With temperatures beginning to drop in the Valley of the Sun, it’s the ideal time to schedule preventive HVAC service. This can greatly reduce the risk of your system experiencing a frightful malfunction. Here are 6 scary things you can avoid by scheduling an HVAC maintenance appointment.

  1. Unexpected Loss of Heat or Cool Air

    Minor issues can be identified early during an HVAC maintenance check and repaired so they don’t turn into system failures. This can prevent the unexpected frustration of having a home without heat or air conditioning.

  2. Reduced Efficiency

    Without regular maintenance, you can have a host of issues that impact your HVAC system’s efficiency. The result can be one downright frightening utility bill! Cleaning, early identification of problems and proactive repairs are fundamental to ensuring your system is functioning at full capacity.

  3. Compressor Failure

    Dirty condenser coils cause your compressor to work harder than it needs to, shortening its lifespan and putting you at risk for a costly system failure. During regular HVAC maintenance, your coils are cleaned, greatly reducing your chance of a compressor failure.

  4. Leaking Refrigerant

    Your air conditioner requires a set amount of refrigerant to properly function. Even with a minor leak, your system efficiency can be reduced by 20 percent or more. Don’t take chances with this easily corrected problem. During a system-wide tune-up, leaks can be identified and repaired.

  5. Heater Exchange Failure

    Do you have a gas heater? A failing heat exchanger can result in the seeping of dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. Besides having working carbon monoxide detectors, it’s vital to get regular maintenance on your heating system to ensure your heater exchanger is functioning properly.

  6. Motor and Bearing Malfunctions

    Like with any piece of machinery, HVAC equipment requires lubrication to keep the motor and bearings operating smoothly. Without this, the motor can heat up and result in a completely preventable system failure.

Schedule your fall maintenance appointment today with Cool Blew. We’re here to help you maximize the life and efficiency of your HVAC system.

Preparing Your HVAC System for the Fall

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Yes, it’s finally happening! Temperatures in the greater Phoenix area are finally cooling down. Soon, it will be time to turn off the air conditioning and even flip the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to dip. In other words, it’s now the perfect time to get your HVAC system ready for the fall and winter months.

Start with Your Air Filter

Summer dust storms can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Your air filter likely is loaded with dust and needs to be replaced. A simple swap with a new, clean filter can take you less than two minutes and can have you breathing cleaner air.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Lower night time temperatures will keep it much cooler in your home. Go ahead and turn your air conditioning off or set the temperature for what feels comfortable. You definitely will save money over what you’ve been spending throughout the summer months. If you’re getting chilly over night or in the mornings, you may even want to switch your thermostat to the heat setting.

Remove Debris Around Outdoor HVAC Equipment

While summer winds and rain are now over, you may continue to see their impact around your exterior air conditioning unit. Take a few minutes and clear away vegetation, debris, tree limbs and other things that could potentially obstruct your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Regularly servicing your air conditioner, heater and ductwork can add years to your HVAC system, as well as improve your interior air quality. While many homeowners get tune-ups on their air conditioners before the hot summer months begin, far fewer take the time to schedule a fall maintenance check to ensure their heat pump or furnace is working as it should be. This can be a costly mistake that can leave you in the cold when you need heat.

Call Cool Blew today to schedule your fall tune-up. As a leader in preventive maintenance plans for residential and commercial property owners, we encourage you to call us to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working efficiently for as long as possible.  Call us now 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.