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Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

During the summer months, Arizona homeowners are often shocked and dismayed by sky-high utility bills. Air conditioning costs to keep a home cool can jump up tremendously when temperatures are over 100 degrees. What if there was a way to potentially reduce these costs? There is, and it starts with a home energy audit.

The Ins and Outs of a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is a multi-step inspection of the potential drains on the energy efficiency of your home. This begins with carefully looking at your entire HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently. Often, there are simple efficiency issues, like clogged filters, that can be replaced to make your system more efficient.

During the audit, your home will also be evaluated to identify hold and cold spots that could indicate costly leaks. This includes windows, doors, attic, ductwork and other areas throughout your home. A window or door that isn’t properly sealed can be a big source of wasted energy. Simple repairs can make a big difference on your utility bill each month!

It’s Not About Pushing New Products

Unfortunately, many companies offer home energy audits with a single goal of selling products. This deters many homeowners from scheduling an audit on their home. At Cool Blew, Inc, this isn’t our goal. We are focused on finding the deficiencies in your home that can be driving up your energy expenses. We are also dedicated to educating and empowering homeowners to make the decisions that are right for them and their budget. Yes, we have the HVAC and indoor air quality products that can improve your home’s efficiency, but we also offer do-it-yourself tips that can save you money.

Get Ready to Start Saving!

Most homeowners are surprised at the level of savings they’ll experience following upgrades prescribed during a home energy audit. Customers have saved up to 30 percent by making just a few quick and easy improvements to improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Don’t spend another month paying more than you should for energy costs. Call Cool Blew’s Home Energy Audit Service today at 623-872-2900.

Stay Cool and Save with a Solar Attic Fan

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Temperatures are rising once again in the Valley of the Sun. While we are gearing up for another long, hot summer in the greater Phoenix area, there is a solution that ironically uses the sun that to help keep your home cooler and more comfortable. It’s a solar attic fan, designed to ventilate your attic which can quickly reach over 140 degrees on a hot summer day. With this cost-effective, solar solution, you can substantially lower the temperature inside your home. The benefits of a solar attic fan also include:

  • Reduced energy usage, resulting in lower utility bills
  • Less wear and tear on your HVAC system
  • Reduced aging of roof shingles

How a Solar Attic Fan Works

Powered by the sun, this attic fan creates air circulation which pulls hot air and moisture out of your attic. The result is a cooler home and a reduced load in your air conditioning system. There are solar attic fans for nearly every type of roof found in Arizona homes and commercial buildings. The most popular residential model is installed directly on the roof and is powered by a remote solar panel. Running on solar energy, it is small, quiet and reliable – especially here in sunny Arizona! Solar attic fans can be attached to shingle, shake and tile roofs and have a low profile so they blend seamlessly with the roof line.

Remove Moisture during Monsoon Season

Along with hot temperatures, Valley homeowners know that it can get downright muggy during the upcoming monsoon season. Moist air rising from the inside of a home can condense and cause mold and mildew to form inside your attic. With a solar attic fan, moisture is removed so that humidity can’t lead to costly damage to insulation, sheetrock, trusses and drywall.

Advanced solar attic fans include real-time status updates to intelligently run the fan at the most optimal times to reduce attic temperature and moisture. They can also be powered after dark with electricity to enable attic temperature to continue to cool after the sun sets.

Learn more about the benefits of solar attic fans from the experts at Cool Blew. We’re here to help you stay cool all summer long!

The Dollars and Sense of a Solar Water Heater

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Are solar water heaters worth the investment? Arizona homeowners commonly ask this question. Thanks to the warm climate in Peoria and throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” A solar water heater offers more benefits than most home improvements and can even deliver a significant return on your investment. Here are a few of the many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to make the switch.

Did you know? Solar water heaters may seem like new technology, but they’ve actually been commercially available since the late 1800s.

Cost Savings

Perhaps, the most important benefit of a solar water heater is that you’re going to save money each month on your electric bill. In colder, less sunny areas of the United States, solar water heaters need to be augmented considerably by water-heating electricity. This means the cost-savings is less impressive. However, Arizona homeowners can expect a water-heating bill decrease of 90 percent or more! In hard numbers, you can expect to save $50 or more per month, depending on your family’s size and average water usage. You may also be able to reduce the cost of your initial investment. There are utility rebates, as well as federal and state tax incentives that can help make a solar water heater very affordable.

Reduction in Your Carbon Footprint

By relying on the sun to heat your water, you are also conserving nonrenewable fuels every time you turn on your shower, washing machine or dishwasher. This results in a corresponding reduction in pollution. Thus, a 90 percent decrease in energy use results in a 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Over time, this really adds up!

Increased Home Value

Installing a solar water heater definitely increases a home’s value in sunny Arizona. In fact, homeowners often regain the full cost of their investment once they sell because homeowners will pay a premium for green energy features, such as a solar water heater.

Considerations

Like with any home improvement, it’s important to weigh the cost of the investment versus the benefits. You’ll also want to consider your community’s building codes and regulations, as well as the construction of your roof. Ideally, solar thermal collectors should face south to maximize the amount of solar radiation reaching the collectors. You will also want to ensure there is plenty of space on the roof that isn’t obstructed by shade, trees, electrical cables or vents. Your best bet is to work with a professional solar water heater installer who can help ensure you gain the full benefits of this smart home improvement. Call the experts at Cool Blew today to find out more about the benefits of solar water heaters.

Is Your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?

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Solar Panels

Are you considering solar for your home? Some homes are better candidates than others, although living in sunny Arizona is usually enough in itself! There is plenty of sun to provide energy, and the facing of your home isn’t as important as you might think. You can have solar panels installed southeast, east and north-northwest.

It’s not just which properties are a good fit but also which households. Homes with large families consume a lot more energy than a couple of empty nesters and are probably going to see more benefits from going solar.

In this post, let’s look a few of the most important factors that determine whether or not your home is a good candidate for solar power.

How much are you currently paying for energy?

The purpose of going solar is to pay less than you currently pay for electricity, lock in your electricity rates and generate your own clean energy.

To determine if solar energy will be a cost effective switch for you, calculate how much energy you use on a monthly basis and how much your utility company charges. Many areas have different tiers of usage and are charged differently depending on the tier they’re in.

The general rule of thumb is that if you spend $100 or more on electricity each month, solar is a good investment. Going solar replaces utility energy with solar energy, and you want to see a return on this investment. If you’re already paying $100 or more each month, you will see a reduction on your energy bills.

What type of roof do you have?

The type of roof that your home has makes a difference, as it impacts the cost of installation. It’s easier and more cost effective to install solar panels on Spanish tile or shake compared to asphalt shingles since they are more brittle.

On the other hand, asphalt rooftops are generally stronger and more durable, so they make a good choice for solar panels, too. The difference is that installation takes more time and is more labor intensive, so it costs more on the front end.

How old is your roof?

Aside from the type of rooftop that you have, it also matters how old it is. If your roof is near the end of its lifespan, it’s recommended that you replace it. Solar panels have an average life expectancy of 30+ years, so a roof that is at the end of its life won’t hold up to a brand new solar panel installation.

Additionally, solar panels should always be installed on roofs that are in good condition. As long as you choose a qualified installer, the solar panel installation won’t harm your roof.

How much sunlight does your home see?

Living in Arizona, there is no limitation to sunny skies. That said, some homes naturally receive more sunlight than others. Consider the amount of shading that your home receives from nearby trees or obstructions. The more clear space, the better.

We also talked about the direction that your home faces. South facing is ideal, but this makes more of a difference for homes in the Northern hemisphere. There are many other options you can go with – east and north – and still receive plenty of energy.

If you are considering adding solar to your home, we recommend calling Cool Blew for a consultation. One of our installers will be happy to come out, take a look and provide you with a custom quote.

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How Much Will Solar Increase The Value Of Your Home?

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How Much Will Solar Increase The Value Of Your HomeThe money-saving value of a solar power system is obvious. Whatever the initial investment might be, what the homeowner gains back in reduced utility costs over time and the tax rebates and other possible incentives, makes solar energy a clear economic winner.

But there is another financial benefit of solar that many overlook, and that’s its effect on the value of a home. Continue reading

How To Estimate The Cost Of A Solar Power System

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How To Estimate The Cost Of A Solar Power System-CoolBlewYou have many things to consider when making the decision to switch to solar power. You must weigh the cost of installation against the benefits of having access to a cheaper power source.

As with any home improvement project, it is important to factor in how the project affects your overall property value.

Learn how to estimate the cost of a solar power system.
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Is Purchasing Solar Energy Panels Worth It?

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Is Solar Energy Worth It-Solar Panel Installation In Peoria-CoolBlewSolar panels can provide your home with energy for a very long time and are virtually maintenance-free. Provided the sun continues to shine, photovoltaic modules can provide power for decades. A solar power system consists of not only solar panels, but also batteries, regulators and inverters. The cost of these items and configuring the system can seem high, but the return you can see on your investment and the money you can save in the long run can definitely be worth it.

Fortunately, there are also programs designed to make the process of paying for and installing solar power systems easier for the average person. They include: Continue reading

What Rebates And Incentives Are Available For Solar Energy?

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Rebates And Incentives Available For Solar Energy-CoolBlew.comIn order to encourage people to switch to solar energy from conventional energy sources, the government offers solar energy incentives and rebates.

Learn the different rebates and incentives that are available for solar energy now and see how Cool Blew Inc.’s Phoenix AZ solar equipment installation and services can help you both save money and live cleaner!

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5 Ways to Save Big with Solar

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solar-installAs we head into the cooler months, most Arizonans begin to see dramatic decreases in their electrical bill. Once the air conditioner is turned off, the savings can be in the hundreds of dollars each month. Of course, this is a welcome relief. Yet, wouldn’t it be even better if the monthly bills were consistently low all year long? Continue reading