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Earth Day and Your HVAC System

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This year, April 22 is Earth Day. It’s a yearly reminder to make a difference by being an active participant in your local and global environment. Over one billion people across the world will celebrate Earth Day in over 190 countries—all with the goal of helping to make our planet a better place to live, reduce waste, and lessen pollution. Did you know that your HVAC system consumes the most energy of any system in your household? Let’s look at some actionable steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Seal HVAC Ductwork

The average home cooling and heating ducts lose up to 30% in air leakage. Sealing ducts reduces cooling and heating costs on your utility bill, improves HVAC efficiency, and eliminates air leakage.

Change Out Air Filters

Earth Day is a great day to change your HVAC system air filters. Dirty, clogged air filters waste precious energy resources, cause your HVAC to work harder, and contribute to air pollution. A clean air filter reduces indoor contaminants, allows air to circulate properly inside your home, and keeps your system working efficiently.

Plant Trees

Planting trees on your property increases shading for your home and decreases your energy bills. Trees help to purify the air we breathe and regulate neighborhood temperatures.

Schedule Maintenance

Small changes can have a big impact on the environment. Your HVAC system contributes upwards of 46% of combined energy usage in your house. By scheduling spring maintenance, you’ll help ensure it’s running effortlessly, and conserving valuable energy. You can’t expect your AC to be operating at peak performance levels without a tune-up. Without regular maintenance, you’re taking a chance on a breakdown of your HVAC unit.

Reduce Heat Entering Your Home

You’ll save substantial amounts of money on monthly utility bills by blocking solar heat from entering your house. By drawing the blinds or shutters, closing curtains or drapes, or even installing UV window film, helps keep direct sunlight out. Furniture, carpets, drapes, and curtains can fade over time from UV exposure. Your HVAC system benefits from a reduced workload trying to keep your house cool.

Call Cool Blew Today

These simple steps will save you money on air conditioning, reduce your carbon footprint, and help make our planet a better place to live. Would you like to learn more about HVAC energy saving tips for Earth Day 2022? The professionals at Cool Blew will be happy to answer all your questions. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule a maintenance appointment.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your HVAC System

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If you haven’t already done so, you may want to spring forward with preparations to ready your HVAC system for even warmer weather ahead. By following these steps, your AC will be set for the official start of spring on March 20.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

After fall and winter, your outdoor HVAC unit might be surrounded by excessive debris, leaves, branches, and dirt. Clean the top and sides and clear a three-foot radius around the unit making certain nothing is obstructing air flow.

Check the Air Filter

Changing your air filter is a great way to ensure proper airflow in your home. Often an afterthought, the AC air filter is one of the most important system components. An air filter that has become clogged with undesirable contaminants or excessively dirty with pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust will let pollutants and allergens circulate throughout your home environment. The cleanliness of AC air filters is essential for family members who are especially sensitive to air quality indoors and outdoors. Filters with a paper or cardboard frame are disposable, while those air filters with a plastic or metal frame may be reusable and washable. From April to October, it’s best to replace your disposable air filters monthly or thoroughly clean reusable air filters.

Check the Drain Line

The condensate drain line is vitally important to the proper functioning of your AC system. The drain line does several things with the most critical function being to drain excess moisture outside of your home. When air is cooled inside your HVAC system, humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Inspect the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and check to make certain it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.

Schedule a Maintenance Visit

While there are many AC spring cleaning tasks you can easily do as a homeowner, a spring preventative maintenance appointment is necessary to make certain your AC system is running safely and efficiently for the hot weather ahead. Your local professionals will do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and any needed repairs, ensuring your AC system and all its parts are functioning properly.

Schedule an appointment today with your highly trained and dependable professionals at Cool Blew. Call us today to schedule your spring AC maintenance tune up at 623-872-2900.

Five Spring Cleaning Tips

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The first day of spring arrives on Sunday, March 20th. With the changing of the season comes the proverbial spring cleaning—a tradition that allows you to freshen up your home and prepare for warmer days ahead. As your experts in HVAC and plumbing, here are five spring cleaning tips to help you get started.

Clean Room by Room

Nothing feels as satisfying as a clean home. It can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. We recommend taking it room by room to clean up your house’s trouble spots. Tackle your home’s dirtiest areas first, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Then, you can move on to decluttering, dusting, and vacuuming other rooms.

Change Air Filters

Checking and replacing your air filters on a regular basis just makes good sense. Clean air filters help trap all sorts of indoor pollutants such as dust, dirt, pet dander, mold, and other particulates as air circulates through your HVAC system. When an air filter is dirty and clogged, not only will the air quality in your home worsen, but your HVAC system will have restricted air flow, which can cause damage to your system.

Flush Out Drains

You can spring clean your plumbing just like the rest of your home. You don’t want a clog to wreak havoc on your household, so check your kitchen sinks, floor drains, bathroom sinks, and shower drains for any debris that may cause a clog later. Hair, soap scum, mineral deposits, and food can build up inside the pipes, restricting water flow, and potentially backing up your drain. Use an eco-friendly drain cleaner, a plunger, or a plumbing snake to clear any clogged drains.

Air Leaks

Get touchy-feely by checking your home for any air leaks. Even if your HVAC unit is running smoothly, it will have difficulty cooling or heating your home when air is leaking through the barriers of your house. Feel around windows, vents, and doors for tiny holes, gaps, and imperfect seals that can all add up to a drafty house that needs additional weatherization.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Your spring cleaning checklist would not be complete without routine maintenance for your HVAC system. Our experienced technicians will thoroughly check your system to find any potential issues and fix them before they turn into a major breakdown in the future.

Call Cool Blew

A good spring cleaning helps to keep your home environment clean and running smoothly. Why not call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your spring maintenance or tune up appointment.

Give Your Loved Ones Cleaner Air with a New HVAC System

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Are you noticing dust floating around your house even after costly HVAC repairs? Are you or family members often suffering from a sore throat, watery eyes, and a runny nose? A common cause of allergies is a deteriorating HVAC system that can no longer properly filter the contaminants inside your home.

Why not consider replacing your system now rather than dealing with the hassle and discomfort of continual indoor air issues? Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your love and appreciation by giving the gift of a new HVAC system. Let’s look closer at why you should replace your HVAC system.

Comfort

Do you notice some rooms in your house are too hot and other rooms are too cold? HVAC systems nearing 10 years of age or older often have difficulty keeping temperatures regulated from room to room. It’s a common reason why your entire home never gets warm enough or cool enough. With a new system, you’ll have a noticeable improvement in air flow throughout your home.

Efficiency

Aging HVAC systems are costly to repair, more likely to have electrical issues, more component corrosion, and can be noisy due to issues with a compressor or coil. With airborne contaminants pulled into your HVAC system, it’s probably best to replace your old system rather than continuing with low air quality, higher utility bills, and maintenance costs from an inefficient unit. Installing ENERGY STAR certified high-efficiency units will have a big impact on your energy bills and can save 20% to 30% on cooling and heating costs.

Cleaner Air

Your heating and cooling system operates like lungs for indoor air quality. Leaky ducts can pull in dirty, dusty air from attics and crawl spaces causing indoor air to be too dry in the winter and too humid in the summer. This causes the system to work harder leading to higher dust mite levels, mold, airborne viruses, insect allergens, and particulate matter. A new, high-efficiency HVAC system will immediately improve indoor air quality for your family.

Call Cool Blew

Your valentine will love the gift of a brand new HVAC system! It’s a gift that will keep on giving cleaner, healthy air throughout the year. Cool Blew has dedicated experts available 24×7 for installation, maintenance, and repairs. So, give us a call today to schedule your appointment at 623-872-2900.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cool Blew!

Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bills in 2022

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It’s a new year and a great time to implement new strategies to decrease what you spend on monthly utilities. With these five home improvements, you’ll not only be making your home more efficient in 2022, you’ll also be saving money.

Replace Your Home’s Drafty Windows

One smart fix to save on your utility bills is to replace old, single-pane glass windows with ENERGY STAR rated windows. Old windows do an inferior job of keeping out cold and excessively hot air. Upgrading to low-E double- or triple-paned window glass can save you 15% or more on annual household energy bills.

Invest in Water Efficiency

According to EPA.gov, the average family spends about $1,100 per year in water costs. You can easily save up to $420 annually by retrofitting with WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and ENERGY STAR certified appliances such as faucets, toilets, shower heads, and dishwashers. And you’ll also save up to 38,000 gallons of water per year, which is the amount of water needed to supply an average family for over four months.

Other Great Tips

  • Change out outdated, energy wasting classic incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR approved light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). LED bulb prices have dropped sharply in recent years making them more affordable. These bulbs last much longer, are more energy efficient, and utilize smart programmable technology to turn off and on according to your schedule.
  • Lower your thermostat when you leave home. Heating and cooling can account for up to 48% of home energy consumption according to the Department of Energy. Depending on the time of year, lowering or raising thermostats by seven to 10 degrees from normal settings for eight hours a day will achieve annual utility savings of up to 10%.
  • Turn off or unplug appliances. Appliances and devices off-but-ready or on standby power, continue to use energy. So-called phantom energy or vampire power, makes up about 25% of all your home energy consumption.

Call Cool Blew

Cool Blew is your go-to service provider to help you save money in 2022 on your utility bills! You can call us any time of the day or night at 623-872-2900 for your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

Holiday HVAC Gift Giving Ideas

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The holiday shopping season is the time of year to make charitable donations, volunteer, and give thoughtful gifts to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. As your go-to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical professionals, we specialize in gifts that keep on giving all year long. There may be trendier gifts stashed under your tree, but possibly none will be more appreciated than gifts for year-round temperature comfort and control.

Seasonal HVAC System Check

Having an HVAC experienced technician check all the components of a system pays off when cold weather arrives in the Valley of the Sun. When timely maintenance is complete, an HVAC system will be recharged and set to warm a home, even on the coldest of nights. And it will also help maintain home comfort hour after hour, day after day throughout the year. In other words, a seasonal HVAC system tune-up service is a gift that keeps on giving!

Service Contract

When you give the gift of a service contract, you’re giving peace of mind throughout the year. Your gift recipient will get the benefit of regular tune ups, along with priority service if ever repairs are needed—even on holidays.

Smart Thermostat

We all love getting new electronic gadgets to play with. Whether it’s a new tv, smartphone, or a video gaming system, these gifts provide something that makes our daily lives entertaining. A smart thermostat is another electronic option that will benefit the entire family, making life easier, by automating routine tasks that save time and money. These thermostats are very easy to set up and use, allowing you to adjust indoor temperatures and set heating and cooling schedules whether you’re at home or away. Smart thermostats encourage consistent indoor temperatures by operating less often and using less energy. A great home investment!

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump

Any homeowner that has converted an interior space into a home office, would love this gift. Ductless mini-split heat pumps move heat from one place to another. When using this type of heat pump, a homeowner is only paying to capture existing heat resulting in lower energy bills and creating a comfortable, warm working space.

Call Cool Blew

For additional details on buying practical HVAC gifts, call Cool Blew, your locally owned experts in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Call Cool Blue today Valley Wide at 623-872-2900. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

This Thanksgiving Holiday, Cool Blew Thanks You

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Thanksgiving, as the gateway to the holiday season, provides the perfect opportunity to thank you—our customers. Since our inception in 2002, Cool Blew has been committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction. In the spirit of giving for the holidays, Cool Blew, the Valley’s leading plumbing, heating, AC, solar, and electrical repair, service, and installation contractors, gives thanks to you, our loyal customers. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you and your family. Our commitment to high quality service and customer satisfaction year-round is ingrained in our DNA. We consider our customers to be like family. As such, we strive to always maintain the highest standards of service each and every day.

We Appreciate Our Customers and Our Team of Service Technicians and Staff

We believe that 100 percent customer satisfaction extends not only to our customers, but also to our employees. We’re proud of our 2021 award from Expertise.com as Best HVAC Professionals in Glendale. Each of our highly trained, industry-certified technicians and support staff are deeply committed to responding quickly to any plumbing, heating, air conditioning, solar, or electrical issues no matter what time of day or night, even on holidays. Our company would not be where it is today without our dedicated employees.

Happy Thanksgiving

We know you have many choices when selecting HVAC companies in the Valley of the Sun. We truly appreciate your continued business with us, and we’re very grateful to be your number one choice for experienced, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful HVAC service. If the need arises during the holidays for heating or air conditioning service, call us at 623-872-2900. Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful holiday season from our family at Cool Blew to yours.

Save Money on Your Utilities

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Energy prices are climbing this holiday season, resulting in more expensive utility bills. With inflation the highest it has been in 30 years, you’ll likely be racking up more than a few extra dollars in electricity charges during the holidays. One way to cut costs is to implement a few energy-saving strategies.

Clear Vents

Blocked vents can result in your HVAC working harder than it needs to. It’s vitally important to make certain that no objects are blocking both inside and outside vents. You need to have at least one foot of space around vents to allow for proper airflow. Prune tree branches, pull weeds, and trim bushes blocking vents outdoors. Move furniture, objects, throw rugs, and plants blocking airspace around indoor vents.

Cook Efficiently

Appliances like air fryers, microwaves, crock pots, and toaster ovens are more energy efficient than cooktops and ranges. Using these alternative cooking methods can help save you money on your electricity bills.

Run a Full Dishwasher

Did you know that dishwashers use less water than washing by hand? Energy Star rated dishwashers use less than five gallons of water per cycle. Washing dishes in the sink can use up to 20 gallons of water. It’s best to run your dishwasher only when it’s completely full. Change your dishwasher setting to air dry instead of heat dry. The air-dry setting, called energy-saver or no-heat setting on some Energy Star Certified models, uses at least 15% less energy.

Wash on Cold

Washing your clothes in hot or warm water takes considerably more energy. Use cold water for most clothing and household items. And use hot water only for bed sheets or sanitizing baby items. Wash large loads instead of running your washing machine more frequently with smaller loads.

Dry Less

You can save additional energy by purchasing dryer balls. Not only do they dry your clothes quicker, they’ll also be fluffier and less clingy from reduced static electricity. 100% wool dryer balls are environmentally friendly, reusable hundreds to thousands of times, compostable, and highly absorbent. Use them instead of fabric softener or dryer sheets. The savings add up quickly and dryer balls may also increase the lifespan of your dryer.

Cool Blew

At Cool Blew, our experienced team of licensed electricians are available throughout the Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs and energy saving questions. Call our experts today at 623-872-2900.

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.