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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

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Feel that chill in the morning air? Fall has arrived in Arizona, and there are probably at least a few tasks on your to-do list to prepare for the changing season. Here’s a short checklist of autumn chores to help prepare your house:

Gutter Clutter

Clean debris from your home’s gutters. If you’re the DIY type, you can use common items, such as a broom or even an old spatula or wooden spoon to clean gutters. Renting a power spray washer is another way to easily clean gutters, and you won’t have to climb a ladder or go on your roof. There are even gutter cleaning robots you can rent or purchase!

Chimney Sweep

On cool mornings and evenings, you may want to light up your fireplace for extra warmth. Before your first-of-the-season fire, check to make certain that your chimney is clear of debris and then test it for proper ventilation. Probably best to hire your local chimney sweeper to make a clean sweep of your chimney and fireplace.

Battery Check

Check all the batteries in your home safety devices, including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and radon detectors. Smoke detectors running on batteries typically last for up to 10 years, CO detectors last about six years before needing replacement, and radon detectors are accurate for approximately two years.

Fire Extinguishers

Home fire extinguishers should be checked regularly to make certain they are ready to be used in case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following steps in your fire extinguisher inspection:

  • Ensure easy access to all your home’s fire extinguishers.
  • Check the pressure gauge to ensure the device is in the proper operating range.
  • Look for signs of physical damage.
  • Clean the outside of the fire extinguisher.
  • Replace fire extinguishers over 10 years old.
  • Check your local fire department’s website for additional resources like a home safety and evacuation plan.

Schedule a Fall Tune Up

Fall is the time to test out your home’s heating system, and more importantly, schedule a fall tune up of your HVAC system. This allows time for any necessary repairs or maintenance. Don’t wait until temperatures dip to freezing levels.

Need professional advice, maintenance, or repairs for your home? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule a visit. Our experts will gladly help you complete your fall home checklist.

Fall is Almost Here and Your HVAC System Needs to be Prepared

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Fall is nearly here, and temperatures throughout the Phoenix area will thankfully begin to cool down soon. By mid-autumn, it may even be time to turn off the air conditioning and flip the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to drop. In other words, it’s now the perfect time to get your HVAC system ready for fall and winter months. Here are the priority areas to focus on.

Change Out Your Air Filter

Summer monsoon dust storms can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Your air filter likely is loaded with dust, dirt, and pollen. Simply remove and dispose of your dirty air filter and replace with a clean filter. This small step takes less than two minutes and can have you and your family breathing cleaner air.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Fall means lower nighttime temperatures, a substantial drop in humidity, and a cooler home interior. Go ahead and turn your air conditioning off when daily temperatures are below 85 degrees or whatever temperature is most comfortable inside your home. You’ll notice a rapid decline in monthly energy bills versus what you encountered during the late spring and summer months. If you’re getting chilly overnight or in the mornings, you may even want to switch your thermostat to the heat setting in November.

Clean Out Debris Around Your HVAC

Even though days will be mostly sunny, you may still see rain, even a random hailstorm or high winds impacting your exterior air conditioning unit. Take a bit of time or ask your landscaping company to clear away vegetation that has grown over the summer, monsoon storm debris, tree limbs, fallen fruit from your trees, and other potential hazards that may obstruct your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils.

Time to Schedule Your HVAC Check Up

Just like scheduling a yearly physical with your health provider, scheduling maintenance for your HVAC system can add years of efficient cooling, heating, and your interior air quality. While many homeowners schedule an AC tune-up before summer starts, fewer homeowners take the time to schedule an autumn maintenance check to ensure the 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 the most during the Valley of the Sun’s cooler months.

Call Cool Blew Now

Call Cool Blew today to schedule your fall HVAC system tune-up. As a leader in preventive maintenance plans for residential homeowners, we encourage you to call us to learn more about how to keep your HVAC system working efficiently for as long as possible in Arizona. Call us now at 623-872-2900.

HVAC Tips: Ideas on Keeping Your House Cool

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The first day of summer is just around the corner. To be exact, summer arrives with the solstice on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 8:32 p.m. Arizona time. It’s the longest day of sunshine hours and the shortest noontime shadow of the year! With all the optimal sunlight, keeping your house cool will be a priority. Here are a few tips from the HVAC experts at Cool Blew:

1. Keep your shades, blinds, or curtains closed during the day to keep direct sunlight out of your house. Install blinds on any windows or window doors without them to reflect the sun’s heat. You can even apply reflective window tint to keep you even more comfortable and save a bit of money on your energy bills.

2. Have a flat roof? Consider painting it white. The Climate Change Research Conference advises covering your roof with any of the available reflective white paints. These paints can reflect 80-90% of sunlight and protect your roof from UV light damage.

3. Don’t over cool your house. Every degree of cooling below 78 degrees can add six to eight percent to your monthly energy bill.

4. Keep the air moving in your house. Ceiling fans and portable fans help to increase air movement which increases evaporation from your skin, making the room you’re in feeling two to three degrees cooler than it is. Remember, ceiling fans help keep you cool, so there’s no reason to leave them on if you leave the room.

5. Buy an attic fan. Attic fans can reduce the heat in your attic, as well as the entire house. These devices operate using a thermostat, so they can automatically turn on and off. There are even solar-powered attic fans. An attic fan brings the attic space to match outside temperatures instead of having attic temperatures exceeding 150 degrees. Another added bonus is your air conditioner will not need to work as hard—saving you money.

6. Plant low water-use shade trees. Shade trees help to cool your house. The placement of shade trees is the key to energy savings. Planting trees on the south side and west side of your house provides the most energy benefits.

7. Add shade screens. Did you know 50% of the heat entering you home comes through your windows? Installing shade screens on east, west, and south facing windows may qualify for shade screen rebates with APS and SRP. Shade screens protect interior furniture from sun damage, reduce cooling costs, and provide privacy.

For the best service in the Phoenix area, call the professionals at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.

Remembering and Honoring All Who Served this Memorial Day

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This Memorial Day weekend, our entire team at Cool Blew would like to take this opportunity to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives to defend America’s freedom.

We appreciate you for trusting us to be your plumbing, electrical, and HVAC service provider in greater Phoenix. We know you have many companies to choose from, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to help you and your family.

We’re Here for You

With summer fast approaching, we know the busiest time of our service year is beginning to start. Service calls increase markedly during the summer when the temperatures heat up outside. Our friendly professionals have decades of experience servicing Arizona homes. We’re here to give you peace of mind that your home will be comfortable all summer long.

If you’re going away for the holiday, don’t be tempted to completely turn off your air conditioning system. Although you may want to set high, uncomfortable AC temperatures while you’re away, it’s not the best for your AC system. It will result in your air conditioner struggling to lower the temperature inside your home to a comfortable level upon your return, overworking your system.

Our Community

At Cool Blew, we’re proud to be part of this community. We understand that issues may come up at any time during the Memorial Day weekend. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call. As a locally-owned company, we’re here and ready to serve you—day or night.

Call us at 623-872-2900, 24 hours a day, if you run into any air conditioning, electrical, or plumbing issues.

HVAC Unit Recycling – What You Should Know

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Here in the desert, we all heavily rely on cooled air to keep us comfortable for an extended part of the year. It’s hot here, and air conditioning is essential to making it livable.

With the relentless heat that we experience, our HVAC systems work hard and often need to be replaced sooner than they do in other parts of the country. With Earth Day later this month, here’s what you need to know about recycling an aging HVAC system to ensure you’re also protecting the environment and using resources wisely.

Most HVAC contractors, including Cool Blew, remove old equipment as part of the process of installing a new system. HVAC system parts can then be recycled, including steel, aluminum, copper, and brass components. No, it’s not as simple as tossing components into a recycling bin. Materials must be separated and organized by metal type. The specific components that can be recycled include:

  • Motors
  • Coils
  • Sheet metal
  • Compressors
  • Brass fittings
  • Copper tubing
  • Furnaces
  • Metal duct work
  • Cardboard boxes

The items that can’t be recycled include:

  • Fiberboard
  • Capacitors
  • Tiny plastic parts
  • Flex duct

What about Refrigerant?

Leftover refrigerant in HVAC systems must be reclaimed, so that it isn’t left to evaporate and contribute to ozone depletion. Reclamation is required by the EPA, and HVAC technicians carry licenses to do it following specific safety guidelines. Air conditioning technicians are also required to keep logs about refrigerant usage. This includes details on storing, reclaiming, and charging air conditioners with refrigerant.

Get a Free Estimate

If you’re ready for a new HVAC system, call Cool Blew today. We can help you determine which products will work best for your home. Call us at 623-872-2900 to obtain a free estimate and to get more details on recycling your existing system.

HVAC Filters Explained

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With hay fever season approaching rapidly, it’s a great time to showcase one of the most integral components of your HVAC system—the air filter. HVAC filters help keep your home clean and healthy. But there is more than one option when it comes to choosing a filter. Here are the types of air filters to choose from and a few details to help you make the right choice for your household.

Fiberglass

These are the most common and most affordable option. Fiberglass air filters are effective in helping to keep your system efficient, but they’re not the best choice for removing dust and pollutants from your indoor air. If you’re prone to allergies or other respiratory problems, you may want to consider a higher-grade filter.

Pleated

Fabricated from polyester or cotton folds, pleated air filters are more effective at filtering particulates than those made from fiberglass. Filtering performance of pleated filters is determined by the number of pleats. The more pleats, the greater the performance. Both fiberglass and pleated filters should be swapped out at least once a quarter. Here in the desert, it’s a good idea to get on a regular monthly schedule of changing your air filter.

Washable

Although more expensive than disposable fiberglass or pleated filters, washable filters can save you in the long run. They can be easily cleaned, so you don’t need to replace them. It’s important to clean them according to the recommended schedule determined by the manufacturer. You’ll want to ensure the filter is completely dry before using it to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

Electrostatic

Electrostatic air filters attract dust and airborne particulates through electrostatic charge, preventing them from being blown through your home. These filters come in both washable and one-use models.

HEPA

High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are a good choice for homeowners with allergies and respiratory conditions. They have been proven to be effective in screening up to 99.97% of contaminants. The US Department of Energy recommends this type of filter in homes and businesses.

UV

Using ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses, UV filters have become more popular since the start of COVID-19. However, it’s important to note that these filters are better at killing microorganisms than screening dust and other pollutants. This is why some recommend using a UV filter in conjunction with a standard air filter.

Cool Blew – Your HVAC Experts

Have questions about HVAC filters? Call Cool Blew today. We’re here with the answers and the service you need to ensure your home is comfortable 24/7/365.

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.

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!

Can You Get a Tax Break on a New HVAC System?

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If you’re like many homeowners facing the reality of HVAC system replacement, you probably have wondered if there are any tax incentives. The answer is yes.

In January 2020, Congress renewed the Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit or Section 25C of the tax code. This means that you can get up to $500 in tax credits when you install any energy efficient (Energy Star-certified) air conditioner, heater, boiler or other HVAC appliance. To obtain the tax credit, you’ll need to fill out IRS Form 5695. The energy efficiency tiers are determined by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency with a standard air conditioner unit obtaining a $300 credit. This credit is only available on a primary residence, not on vacation homes or investment rental properties.

Of course, there are many other benefits to upgrading your HVAC system. These include:

  • Lower operational costs
  • Greater efficiency
  • More advanced technology
  • Increased value to your home
  • Improved temperature control
  • Enhanced indoor air quality
  • Peace of mind that your system won’t break down

Consider that the US Department of Energy estimates that over 40 percent of a homeowner’s power bill stems from cooling and heating. The financial gain of upgrading to a new unit is substantial! And the tax credit sweetens the deal even more. It’s also true that you may even be able to claim interest as an itemized deduction if you finance a new HVAC system. A qualifying loan is one that’s taken out to add “capital improvements” to a home. Call us for more details at 623-872-2900.

What about Home Businesses?

If you have a home-based business, you may be able to qualify for even greater tax savings. The costs related to purchasing and installing an HVAC system can be deductible if you can show that the system is an ordinary and necessary expense to operate your business.

Want to learn more about obtaining the greatest value from a new HVAC system? Call the experts at Cool Blew today.

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!