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:
Metal duct work
The items that can’t be recycled include:
Tiny plastic parts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Here, in the greater Phoenix area, it’s back to school time. Yet it certainly doesn’t feel like a normal start to the school year. In-person classes are being delayed until at least August 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And with children remaining at home for now, parents are tasked with creating designated areas that support effective learning. This includes providing a space with a flat surface, comfortable seating, good lighting, and a place to store class materials. It also means ensuring that the indoor temperature is comfortable, which can sometimes be a challenge when it’s well into the triple digits outdoors.
While optimizing your indoor temperature might not have been at the top of your to-do list when it comes to your child’s remote learning, it is an important factor. Just as temperature affects worker productivity, it also impacts children’s learning. Whether too hot or too cold, temperature can be a real problem when it isn’t properly regulated.
According to many workplace studies, the sweet spot of indoor temperatures is between 72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, there are other factors at play. Children who have a lower-than-average body mass index (BMI) often get cold easier. And humidity can also affect how children perceive temperature. If the air is overly humid, it can impact the ability to sweat – making it feel warmer. Low humidity can cause skin, throat and nasal passage irritation. Most experts will tell you that a relative humidity level of 40 percent is optimal for year-round comfort in a home.
So, as you set up your home classroom for your children this school year, make sure to consider the temperature. Take time to set your thermostat, change the air filter and, if you haven’t already, call for a tune-up. A malfunctioning air conditioner definitely isn’t something you’ll want to deal with while trying to support your at-home student.
Want to learn more about how to optimize your home’s comfort? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.
The forecast is for sizzling hot temperatures this 4th of July. That’s no surprise here in the Valley of the Sun. With monsoon storms not here yet, there’s little relief from the heat. In other words, it’s a good time to take some extra steps to stay cool.
Take Advantage of Your Window Coverings
Sun streaming through windows can quickly heat up a room, working against your air conditioner. During the peak sun hours between 10:00 and 2:00, keep blinds or curtains closed. This can lower indoor temperatures by up to 15 degrees!
Turn on Your Ceiling Fans
Like window coverings, ceiling fans offer a low-tech, low-cost way to stay cool. Make sure to turn the directional switch on fans to rotate counterclockwise. This will enable air to blow downwards, helping to keep you and your loved ones cool and comfortable.
Change Your HVAC Filters
When was the last time you replaced your HVAC filter? If you can’t remember, there is no better time than the present. A clogged filter not only hinders your air conditioner from working effectively, it also can reduce the quality of your indoor air. Nearly every local grocery store and hardware store carries air filters. Make it a point to have a couple on hand at all times, so that you can get into the habit of filter replacement once a month.
Take the Cooking Outside
Boiling pots and a hot oven can quickly increase temperatures throughout your home. And, of course, isn’t the 4th of July the perfect time to fire up the grill? Take advantage of this holiday weekend and enjoy some al fresco meal prep.
We’re Here If You Need Us
Unfortunately, air conditioner failures can happen – even during holidays. If you experience an unexpected malfunction, give us a call at 623-872-2900. We offer valley-wide emergency HVAC service even on Independence Day.
From all of us at Cool Blew, we wish you a fun and safe 4th of July.
We recently received an emergency call from the North Pole. It seems a certain S. Claus is having trouble with the furnace in his workshop, and his elves are getting cranky. They’re shivering and sneezing, coughing and wheezing and planning a work stoppage – which would be disastrous. You might say their relationship with their employer has grown a little frosty. “Do you work over the holidays?” Mr. Claus inquired. We told him our lines are always open – 24/7, 365 days a year. And that goes for anyone in the Valley who might need our services over the holiday season.
We Pause to Reflect
During this time of year, we like to take the time to reflect on our many blessings. Arizona is a special place, and we feel lucky to live and work here. As reports of arctic blasts and winter snowstorms keep our northern neighbors indoors, we smile and say, “Looks like another perfect day in the Valley.” We’re happy to be here. We love working on heating and air conditioning issues. Every system is different, each presenting its own unique challenge. Believe it or not, providing truly great HVAC service is like figuring out a series of interesting puzzles every day. Our job never gets boring.
At Cool Blew, We’re Grateful for You
Many good things have happened this year. We are, most of all, grateful for you, our wonderful customers. All that we have and all that we do is because of you. We never forget that you are the very reason our company exists. We’re grateful that this area has prospered and grown. We’re happy the phone never stops ringing, and service requests keep coming in. Thanks for another great year!
If You Need Us Over the Holidays – We’re Here
The next few weeks will be filled with family, fun and good cheer! We hope you don’t need service on your HVAC system, but if something goes wrong – we’re always here. We wish you and your family all the best over the holidays. We’ll take care of Santa – you have a blast!
These days it’s plug and play. Televisions, cell phones, laptops, electronic gear, home office equipment and kitchen appliances – just about everything in your home is delivered in a box and installed in a snap. Sure, when breakdowns occur, some items can be repaired, but more often than not, repair shops are a thing of the past. The refrain for our order-the-newest-model-online culture is rarely repair and primarily replace.
Your Air Conditioner Is Extremely Complex
Without a doubt, the most complex, repairable appliance in your home is your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system, including ducts and vents, extends from outside or above your house (if your air conditioner is installed on the roof) into every room in your home, providing environmental comfort for you and your family. There are many elements, motors, fans and electrical parts in an HVAC system. So, when something goes wrong, it’s difficult to know if a component should be repaired or replaced.
That’s where we come in.
At Cool Blew, we take the time to get to know your HVAC system completely. Our friendly service technicians have years of training and experience to know when it’s best to repair a component or replace it.
Why a Spring HVAC Inspection Is Money Well Spent
Even without global warming, summers in Phoenix have always been extreme. From May to October, air conditioners are pushed to the limit. Scheduling a spring inspection is one of the wisest things a homeowner can do to avoid service failures during the summer months. We all know, living without AC during an Arizona heatwave is a most unpleasant experience. Here are factors to consider during your HVAC yearly evaluation:
What Is Your Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating? – If your air conditioner is older, you may have an AC unit with a less desirable SEER rating, which translates into lower efficiency and higher monthly utility costs. Our specialists will inspect your AC system and inform you of the SEER rating on your unit and explain the cost benefits of having an air conditioner with greater efficiency.
Ducts and Vents – When a home is built and the original HVAC system is installed, ducts and vents are checked and inspected multiple times. However, once a home is sold, the ducts and vents are mostly forgotten. If you’ve noticed excessive dust, musty smells or if your home has uneven cooling from one room to the next, it’s time to have your ducts and vents inspected. As part of a full springtime HVAC evaluation, our technicians will evaluate the ducts and vents and check for any problems that may have developed over the years.
Zone Controls – In years past, many Phoenix air conditioning systems were installed without zone controls. If you’ve added a master suite or remodeled your home extensively or if you notice large discrepancies in temperature in different areas of your house, you may want to consider zone controls. The design of your original HVAC system may, at this point, be many years old and not optimal for the square footage you are trying to cool today. Let us provide you with a system evaluation that will include options to get more cool air to the rooms that need it.
When It Comes to Air Conditioning, There’s So Much More
There are many more factors to consider when reviewing your home’s HVAC system. Let us take the time to get to know your air conditioner and get you ready for the summer ahead. Why not give us a call today.
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