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What Is a Water Heater Booster?

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Do you have family members who take long showers, leaving you in the cold? If you’ve discovered the chilly truth of running out of hot water due to a too-small water heater, you may want to consider a simple addition to your water heater called a water heater booster.

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that a single shower can use 10 or more gallons of hot water. If you have a standard 50-gallon tank, you can quickly surpass your family’s hot water needs. Dishwashers and washing machines only add to the daily consumption. If you’re tired of running out of hot water mid-shower, it might be time to consider the installation of a water heater booster.

What is a Water Heater Booster?

A water heater booster is installed directly on the water line to provide more hot water than the tank can provide. In fact, this small device, that is attached to the tank or nearby wall, can nearly double your shower time. Compatible with both electric and gas tanks, a water heater booster detects the temperature of the water from the tank outlet and activates when it senses that the inlet temperature has dropped below a set activation temperature.

Should You Invest in a Water Heater Booster?

If your household is battling the daily challenge of not enough hot water, it may make sense to consider a water heater booster. A unit can be added to an existing tank or installed along with a new water heater. Call Cool Blew today to learn more about the benefits of a water heater booster and if it’s right for your home.

Looking to Reduce Hot Water Use for Energy Savings

Nearly 15 percent of your home’s energy costs can be attributed to your water heater. While a water heater booster can help increase the amount of available hot water in your home, it’s also wise to consider ways to increase the efficiency of your water heater. Often, a few small modifications can make a big difference.

Consider Low Flow Showerheads

Reducing the flow of water in your shower and sinks can mean more hot water when you need it.

Insulate the Tank

Wrapping your tank can save up to 10 percent in heating costs. Check your tank’s manual for specific insulation requirements.

Replace an Inefficient Water Heater

Today’s energy-efficient water heaters can save 15 percent or more in energy costs over older models. Look for an Energy Star model that has heat traps that prevent convective heat losses through inlet and outlet pipes.

Have questions about water heaters? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900. Serving Peoria, AZ and the greater Phoenix area.

Should You Invest in a Water Softener?

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Are you contemplating the purchase of a water softener? Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, we have some of the hardest water in the country. This is a result of two common minerals that are naturally occurring in Arizona soil – magnesium and calcium. These minerals dissolve in our water and create those unsightly, white chalky deposits that we commonly see on our glasses, faucets and shower doors.

The solution for reducing water hardness is to install a water softener. At Cool Blew, we install water softeners for homeowners throughout the entire Phoenix valley. Along with helping you keep your glasses and bath fixtures free from those unsightly deposits, there are many other advantages to installing a water softener.

Protects Pipes

Those mineral deposits also collect and build up in your home’s pipes. This can result in frequent clogs and even corrosion which may lead to costly leaks. Converting hard water into soft eliminates the minerals before they enter into pipes.

Protects Your Clothing

Washing your clothes in hard water leaves them feeling rough and over time will damage them. With a water softener, you’ll be amazed by the softness and appearance of your clothing.

Protects Your Skin and Hair

The hot, dry desert air of Arizona is hard enough on skin and hair. Hard water only makes this worse, leaving your skin dull and your hair lifeless. Soft water results in softer, healthier skin and hair.

Better Tasting Water

A water softener will also eliminate the unpleasant smells and tastes that are inherent in water with a high mineral content. With a whole house water softener, you will have great tasting water from every faucet and eliminate the need for bottled water.

Extend the Life of Your Appliances

Appliances that use water, such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators were not built for hard water use. Over time, they can be impacted with a variety of issues due to the build-up of minerals. This means that an appliance that would otherwise have a 10-year lifespan, may only last six or eight years because of problems caused by hard water.

Cost and Comfort

When you look at the advantages of a water softener, you’ll likely be amazed at how it can save you money on plumbing and appliances while improving the overall comfort and value of your home. Learn more today by calling Cool Blew.

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.

Maximizing Your Air Conditioning Efficiency during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is officially here, and in full force. It’s hot and muggy out with plenty of wind, dust and rain, too. These aren’t the most optimal conditions for running your air conditioner. Yet, with a few simple strategies, you can stay cool while ensuring your unit is functioning efficiently.

Remove Tree Branches and Yard Debris

One of the biggest risks to air conditioners during monsoon season is flying tree branches and other items caused by high winds. Because gale force winds are not uncommon, it’s important to remove any dead branches and items from near your air conditioner. Because leaves and twigs can also be blown into the unit, it’s also wise to thin out trees and cut back surrounding vegetation.

Be Proactive with Air Filters

We’ve all seen how dust can blanket the entire Phoenix metro area during a haboob. With each one of these weather events, dust collects in your air conditioner’s filter. This is why it’s important to replace or  clean filters at least once a month or even more often if there is a series of dust storms.

Check Drain Lines

Dirt and dust can also clog your air conditioner’s drain lines. If water is collecting in the drain pan, you probably have a clogged line. You can unclog it using a wet/dry vacuum or call us to help you. It’s important to not ignore this problem. A clogged line can cause your unit to work harder than it needs to and can even result in a complete system failure.

Don’t Take Chances

Has it been years since your air conditioner was last serviced? Don’t try and make it through the remainder of the season without a tune up. You could already have an underlying problem which could be effecting your unit’s efficiency. During a tune up, problems can be identified and repaired proactively so that your air conditioner is working optimally now and will function next season, too.

Call us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance at 623-872-2900.

Why You Should Choose a N.A.T.E. Certified HVAC Technician

When it comes to HVAC service providers in the greater Phoenix area, you have no shortage of options. You’ll find everything from national companies to single operators. With so many choices, many homeowners are uncertain who to turn to when they need service on an air conditioner or heater. Industry experts will tell you that your best choice is choosing a technician with certification from the North American Technician Excellence, the largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

There are many reasons why it makes dollars and sense to choose a NATE certified technician. Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Time Savings – Because technicians are tested in an extensive range of complicated situations, NATE certification means they have the capabilities to quickly identify the source of a problem and determine the right solution.

Cost Savings – With this higher degree of knowledge, NATE certified technicians know how to optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system. This translates into less energy waste and more money saved on utility bills.

Peace of Mind – NATE certification is the top technician certification in the industry. By hiring a NATE certified technician, you’ll gain the peace of mind that your HVAC system is in good hands and that work will be done right the first time.

Don’t take chances with less-than-qualified HVAC companies and technicians. Yes, there are plenty of them out there. Don’t be tempted by the lowest price on service or installation. Instead, select the service provider that takes pride in their work and has invested the time and money to become certified in this highly specialized field.

At Cool Blew, our technicians are NATE certified and 100 percent dedicated to your satisfaction – guaranteed! We’re here for you 365 days a year with unbeatable knowledge and experience. Call us today to learn more about our home and commercial air conditioning installation and repair services.

How Can You Protect Your Water Heater?

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Even during scorching summer heat, Phoenix-area homeowners still rely tremendously on their water heaters. Having continuous hot water is something that all of us rely on whenever we want to take a shower, clean dishes or wash a load of clothes. A well-functioning water heater is not only an investment in your home, it’s necessary for busy households. In other words, it’s not something to take for granted. Water heaters require regular maintenance and upkeep just like other home appliances.

Preventing Water Heater Corrosion

The most common reason why a water heater fails or leaks is corrosion, particularly in Arizona where mineral content is high in the water. It’s important to keep an eye on key trouble spots that are most commonly impacted by corrosion to maintain the lifespan of your water heater. These include electrical elements, combustion chambers, anodes and vent pipes.

Identifying Leaks

Water heater leaks can certainly come from a tank that is corroded. They can also occur where the cold-water supply line comes in or where the hot-water line goes out. Frequently, these leaks start small and are difficult to detect. Over time, they can cause tremendous damage as they saturate drywall and floors.

Because of the challenge of identifying a leak, it’s always a good idea to provide ample space around your water heater to be able to evaluate it on a regular basis. If it is blocked by garage items like furniture, bicycles or boxes, leaks are far more likely to go unnoticed until costly damage has already occurred.

Every homeowner is wise to get into the habit of inspecting and monitoring their water heater on a frequent basis. This includes checking for moisture around the plumbing connections and areas of sitting water on top or below the tank.

What Happens When the Tank Fails?

Unfortunately, some water heater tanks burst, particularly those that haven’t been properly maintained. Don’t panic. This is the time to call your local water heater specialist for a new installation. If your tank is relatively new, it may even still be under warranty. At Cool Blew Inc., we offer valley-wide emergency service. Call us at 623-872-2900.

What to do if Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On

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Uh oh! It’s hotter than a pistol outside, and your air conditioner isn’t turning on. This is the quintessential desert living problem that every Phoenix area homeowner dreads. Yet, before you get hot under the collar about it, there are a few tricks to try that may get your air conditioner back up and running.

  1. Take a Look at Your Thermostat – The first thing a repair person will do is check this, so you might as well check it first! You will want to make sure that it’s set to COOL and then lower the temperature setting by five or more degrees below the indoor temperature. You’d be surprised how often this solves the problem.
  2. Look for a Blown Fuse – A power surge or even too many appliances used at once can blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker. First, check your home’s main electrical panel. In older homes, there will be a fuse box. Replace any blown fuses. On a circuit breaker, check for any sign of a tripped circuit and flip it to “on.” There may also be a shutoff box near your AC unit. If this fuse is blown, you will need to replace it to get your AC unit working again.
  3. Check Your Condensate Line – Air conditioners create condensation. Normally, this moisture is drained out via a drain line. However, it can sometimes get clogged. When it does, it can trip a safety switch that shuts off your air conditioner. You can attempt to unclog the drain line yourself by using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the blockage.
  4. Try Resetting Your Air Conditioner
    Some models of air conditioners have reset switches. You can try flipping this switch to see if it will kick your unit back on. If your air conditioner doesn’t have a reset button, turn off your unit at the thermostat and wait at least five minutes. Turn it back on again.
  5. Call Cool Blew
    These tips may solve your problem completely. However, if your air conditioner is still malfunctioning, call Cool Blew. We’re experts in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of air conditioners. We help homeowners just like you throughout the Valley. Call us at 623-872-2900 now for service.

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!

Is It Time to Call a Licensed Electrical Contractor?

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Like plumbers and HVAC repair technicians, electrical contractors are often only called when there is a problem. Yet, how do you know if your electrical problem warrants a service call? Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to make that call to a licensed electrical contractor to prevent any risks and hazards to you, your family and your home.

Your Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping

Having a circuit breaker trip is actually a safeguard from a dangerous electrical overload. Yet, ongoing issues with breakers and fuses is a serious problem that can lead to shocks, fires and even electrocutions. Before there is a potentially dangerous circuit-breaker tripping issue, call a licensed electrical contractor to determine the source of the problem and make safety-driven repairs.

You Need GFCI Outlets Installed

The National Electrical Code now mandates that outlets in certain areas of the home where is water, including the kitchen, bathrooms and garages, have extra protection. This requires installing outlets with ground-fault circuit interrupters which you’ll recognize by their test and reset buttons. If you live in an older home that doesn’t have these outlets, it’s time to call an electrician.

Is Your Electrical Service Panel or Its Wiring and Fuses Old?

Metal electrical service boxes can take a beating, especially when they’re located on the outside of Phoenix area homes. At the first signs of deterioration or rust, you may have a moisture or aging problem that could lead to serious electrical problems. Also, beware of old wiring and fuses in the electrical service panel. Antiquated wiring is a safety risk and requires updating. If your home is more than 25 years old, and you haven’t upgraded your electrical system, don’t delay and call today to bring your home up to today’s electrical code standards.

Do Your Lights Dim When You Turn on Your Dryer or Other Appliances?

Many large household appliances, such as air conditioners, clothes dryers and washing machines, require additional power to start. This can draw current away from lights and other electrical items, which can eventually cause damage to them.

You Are Using Many Accessory Plug-Strips

Too many items plugged in at one outlet can increase the current demand to a level that it can’t safely handle. Adding more multiple plug-in strips doesn’t solve this problem. You need more outlets and potentially new wiring to support them.

Have a home electrical question or concern? Call the expert licensed electrical contractors at Cool Blew. We’re here to help with answers and service that you can depend on.

5 Ways to Cool Down Your Air Conditioning Costs

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AC Costs
Triple digit temperatures return this month and that means opening those dreaded triple digit utility bills. While we Arizonans are used to the heat, we still need a little cool relief. Yet, the challenge is keeping our home while not breaking the bank. While it’s almost inevitable that you will use more electricity during the summer months due to air conditioning usage, there are plenty of ways to help keep energy consumption under control. The following are 5 simple ways to keep your cool and your money, too!

  1. Manage Your Thermostat
    You can save up to 15 percent of our total air conditioning bills by raising the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away and don’t need cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When you are home, the optimal temperature for most individuals ranges from 75 to 80 degrees.
  2. Turn on Your Fans
    Air circulation is the key to keeping your home cool. Turn on ceiling fans and consider purchasing smaller, portable fans for other rooms. Moving air also helps to evaporate sweat from your skin which can provide an extra cooling effect.
  3. Keep Your Meals Cool
    Stop-top cooking and oven baking can increase the temperature inside your home. During the hottest days and evenings, consider eating salad or sandwiches instead of flipping on the kitchen heat. If you must cook, make sure to use the kitchen exhaust to remove heat and moisture at its source.
  4. Add Window Screens
    Mesh window screens can block up to 70% of solar energy before it can heat up your home. While it’s great to place screens on every window, it’s most important on east and west-facing windows that obtain the most sun exposure. If you don’t like the aesthetics of window screens, consider window film which can be virtually transparent yet block the sun’s rays.
  5. Maintain or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit
    Your air conditioner’s efficiency can drastically impact how much electricity you’re using. Keep the filter clean and obtain regular preventive maintenance to ensure your AC unit is working properly. If you are regularly calling for repairs or if your utility bills are climbing quickly, it may be time for a new unit. By choosing an air conditioner with a high SEER rating, you can save up to 50 percent on your monthly air conditioning costs.

It’s also important to have a trusted provider of HVAC repair in the Phoenix metro area who you can count on when you need maintenance, repairs or installation. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.