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Best Ways to Conserve Energy and Keep Your Home Comfortable

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It has been a very active monsoon thunderstorm season in the Valley of the Sun this year, with plenty of rain, dust, and humidity. The long stretches of intense heat and humidity have taxed HVAC systems valiantly trying to keep Arizonans comfortable. The higher humidity causes your home to feel warmer, with the AC unit running longer to keep it cool indoors. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably noticed your energy bills going up.

So what are some best practices to help you and your family conserve precious energy while remaining cool and comfortable this summer?

Cover Windows

Block sunlight from entering your home by closing blinds, shutters, drapes, and shades. This will prevent indoor temperatures from soaring during the hottest part of the day.

Turn On Ceiling Fans

Turn on your ceiling fans as a very low-cost way to stay cool indoors. Remember to turn off any ceiling fans when you’re no longer occupying a room or outdoors on the patio.

Use Appliances in the Evening

Wait to wash clothes, run the dishwasher, and if possible, the oven until after the sun goes down. This helps to reduce indoor heat from raising temps and reduces your energy consumption during peak usage hours.

Turn Off Lights and Phantom Energy Devices

An easy way to save energy and money is to keep on only the lights around your home that you need. Check around your house and switch off unnecessary overhead lights, desk lamps, and floor lamps. Turn off phantom energy devices, such as electronics, surge protectors, and kitchen appliances that are not being used. Even though the devices are not in use, they still use energy to stay on. Switch all bulbs to energy saving LED bulbs for additional energy savings.

Reset Pool Pump Timer

A best practice is to reset the pool pump timer to operate after dusk. You’ll save energy, especially if you’re on a time-of-day energy plan with APS or SRP, and it’s a smart energy saving strategy.

The good news is that by taking proactive steps to reduce your energy consumption, you’ll be helping the local power grid and you may also see the benefit of a reduced utility bill next month. Call your local experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.

Prime Ways to Use Your HVAC System for Better Sleep

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We all know that consistent, quality sleep is essential for mind and body. Whether you’re struggling to fall asleep, wake up too early, or find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, lack of sleep can make you feel grumpy, forgetful, and tired. It can also lower your immune response and put you at greater risk for a variety of conditions. In other words, sleep deprivation is no laughing matter.

If you’re struggling to stay awake during the day, one of the key considerations is your HVAC system. By optimizing your thermostat and making a few key adjustments, you can promote better quality sleep.

Thermostat Settings

Your body’s internal core temperature drops when you sleep. Sleep experts suggest setting your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees for optimal sleep. With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the settings in advance, so that it lowers the temperature at bedtime and adjusts it to a warmer temperature during waking hours.

Air Filter

It can be especially challenging to sleep if you’re suffering from allergy symptoms, asthma, or COPD. By regularly changing out your AC air filter, you can quickly improve indoor air quality and reduce the number of allergy-causing particulates in your house’s air.

Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are especially beneficial in the hot and humid months of Arizona’s monsoon season. By turning on your ceiling fan, you’ll benefit from the fan circulating the air within the bedroom. The cooling effects of sleeping soundly with a ceiling fan on are well-documented. Turning your ceiling fan on can help keep you comfortable with the humming sound of a fan conducive to good sleep.

Humidity Levels

Properly managing humidity levels indoors is a key piece for quality sleep. Humidity levels over 50% for a sustained time period can disrupt your sleeping patterns. And high humidity can produce mold, mildew, and other harmful particulates that can trigger allergies or illnesses. Running a dehumidifier during summer months can reduce indoor humidity levels, improve indoor air quality, and help you get a good night’s rest.

Need HVAC Maintenance or Repair?

Cool Blew is your residential HVAC expert in the Valley of the Sun. We’ve been maintaining residential air conditioning and heating units for over 20 years. Don’t take chances with sleep-hindering HVAC breakdowns. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to get a seasonal tune-up and gain peace of mind that your system is working optimally.

Is Your HVAC System Prepared for the Monsoon Season?

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On June 15th, we kicked off the monsoon season in Arizona. Throughout the Grand Canyon state this time of year means wild thunderstorms, dust storms, heavy rains, occasional hailstorms, and flash floods. Humidity levels will soon be rising to uncomfortable levels, and the Valley of the Sun will no longer experience a dry heat.

In other words, it’s a good time to prepare in advance for the impending monsoon storms that can cause power outages knocking out your AC. And it’s also a good time for our professional team to share some tips to help keep your HVAC system running properly.

Check and Replace Air Filters

Probably the most important tip we can offer is to check and replace your air filters on a frequent basis during monsoon season. With all the dust in the air, HVAC air filters can quickly become clogged causing your air conditioning unit to work harder to pump out clean, cool air. Rather than wait for a problem to arise due to dirty or clogged air filters, change out your air filters at least once a month.

Keep Up on Landscaping Maintenance

Monsoon thunderstorms bring gusty winds that can range from 30 to 40 mph to sometimes 60 to 70 mph during a localized microburst. There may even be more widespread bursts of damaging winds called downbursts. These winds can break off tree branches, cacti, kick up leaves, rocks, and dirt. All this debris can fly into the AC unit along with your home’s exterior. To reduce the chances of this happening, make certain to clear around the outside of your AC unit, and make sure trees and shrubs are properly pruned.

Schedule an HVAC Tune Up

It’s never too late for HVAC maintenance. Don’t wait for your air conditioning to fail before giving us a call. With a quick tune up, Cool Blew’s technicians can identify and repair small issues before they become big problems. We’ll help ensure that your air conditioning system is running efficiently to save you money on your summertime energy bills.

Call Cool Blew to Help Keep You Cool

With daily outdoor temperatures ranging from the low 100 degrees to potentially over 117 degrees during monsoon season, you want your family to be comfortable indoors. Before the next monsoon storm arrives, call your expert technicians at Cool Blew to check on your HVAC system. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment. We’re not comfortable until you are!

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.