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Remodeling or Building a New Home in 2019? Don’t Overlook the Importance of Air Conditioning

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Flip or Flop, Property Brothers and Fixer Upper. These home remodeling shows present viewers with a behind the scenes look at the design, construction and home renovation process. Most home makeover shows feature variations on a similar theme. Tired, distressed house meets optimistic, energetic designer/builder who, through cheerful hard work and plucky determination, solves problem after problem, presenting a fabulous “new” home – all on time and under budget. Just for good measure, this is accomplished in 44 minutes (don’t forget, 16 minutes for commercials). However, a full disclosure statement during credits at the end of the show might read, “Results may vary. Your home building or remodeling project may take more time.”

Style and Design Verses Functionality and Livability

HGTV’s home remodeling shows are successful because they reveal how designers achieve a certain look. It’s no secret, architects, designers and builders understand that visually stunning style and design are the keys to selling projects. However, homeowners know it’s the inner workings of a house that make it comfortable to live in. That’s why, especially in Arizona, it’s crucial to put emphasis on the engineering and design of the air conditioning system before you finalize plans for your new or remodeled home. If you are in the process of constructing a new home or doing an extensive addition or renovation project, don’t wait until it’s too late to bring us in for an HVAC consultation.

Air Conditioning Factors to Consider in Your Newly Constructed or Remodeled Home

During the hot summers in Phoenix, achieving constant, cool comfort in every room in your home, when it’s 100 plus degrees outside, can be quite a challenge. Here are a few factors to consider when designing – or revamping your AC system:

  • The Right HVAC System for Your Home – Whether you are building a new home or renovating, getting the right size, model and style of air conditioner/heat pump is crucial. Many homeowners equate size with cooling power. A common theory is, a bigger AC unit should do a better job of cooling the house. However, this is not always the case. Our professionals will perform a full assessment of your project to determine tonnage and just the right amount of cooling power needed. Our experts will explain it all, so you can make the right decision for your home.
  • HVAC System Location – In Arizona, many homes have air conditioning systems located on the roof while others are placed alongside the house or in the back. Deciding where to locate your HVAC system is an important air conditioning design/engineering judgment call. Rooftop or ground level AC systems have different advantages and disadvantages. Our knowledgeable service technicians will present you with the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision.
  • Ductwork – Unsung and Unseen – Because ducts are hidden behind walls, in the ceiling between rafters or under the floors, homeowners rarely think of them. However, in new construction or extensive home remodeling, ductwork is critical and often does not receive the attention it deserves. For instance, just adding a duct to an existing system to support a room addition is not sufficient and can throw off the balance of your entire home. Ducts can be damaged or blocked during the construction process – we’ve seen it many times. Ductwork needs to be completed with care and checked multiple times before the walls are closed-up.

When It Comes to Air Conditioning and Construction, Let Us Be Your “Cool” Watchdogs

The list of installation factors to consider during construction is lengthy. It’s important to note that issues not dealt with during the construction process can have long-term ramifications for your home. Our friendly professionals will be happy to meet with you to assess your needs and provide you with information and options. Why not give us a call today?

Repair or Replace – Important HVAC Factors to Consider Each Spring

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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.

Does Your Air Conditioner Have a Dirty Little Secret? (Hint: Cruddy Coils Create Uncool AC)

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When it comes to air conditioning and staying comfortable in your desert home, it’s all about air flow – the free movement of cooled air throughout your house and the transfer of heat from inside your home to the great outdoors. A key component to extracting heat from the inside of your home is your air conditioning system’s condenser, which is located outside. The condenser coils are truly where the rubber meets the road – where the indoor heat is transferred and released. If anything is hindering the coils from releasing heat, the efficiency of your air conditioner can be greatly compromised. Your AC unit will be forced to work harder and use more energy to accomplish its cooling mission. Quite simply, the dirty little secret of air conditioning is if your condenser coils are clogged, your utility bill will most likely be going up.

Dirty, Clogged Condenser Coils Hamper Heat Transfer

In order to disperse the heat from your home to the outside, condenser coils need free flowing air to pass over them. If your coils are covered with dirt, crud and grime, it becomes similar to a layer of unwanted, unnecessary insulation preventing the flow of air over the coils. In some extreme cases, we’ve seen condensers that have been neglected and not cleaned for years and as a result, are almost completely blocked. When that occurs, the homeowner will notice “uncool” (warm) air coming out of the vents.

Because the condenser sits outside or in some cases, on top of the roof, it is at the mercy of the elements. Rain storms, monsoons, wind driven dust, leaves, grass and debris can all find their way into this key component of your air conditioning system. Here are some of the most common condenser issues we encounter:

  • Damaged Condenser Coils – Obviously, dirty coils create problems. However, they can be cleaned. If a condenser coil is actually broken it can negatively impact the entire AC unit. Condenser coils are occasionally damaged by accidents, such as falling trees or branches during heavy storms. Corrosion and rust can compromise older units. There are even cases where well intentioned homeowners have damaged their coils accidently while rigorously cleaning their condenser.
  • Leaks or Failing Tubes – Being exposed to the elements, condenser tubes and seals are more susceptible to leaks. In Phoenix, this is often due to the intense heat which results in extra wear and tear on the unit. Checking for leaks and faulty tubes requires special equipment. Our service technicians will perform a full inspection on your condenser, the coils, seals and tubes to make sure there are no leaks or broken seals.
  • Faulty Capacitor, Bad Relay Switch and Control Board Failure – Capacitors, relay switches and control board failures are all electrical issues that can occur as a result of uncontrollable factors, such as power surges, power outages, rainstorms, lightning and wear and tear. Over time, electrical parts can simply wear out. Occasionally, there will be warning signs that a particular part is about to give out. However, the best approach to dealing with electrical problems is to schedule regular service calls so your air conditioner is being inspected by expert professionals.

It’s No Secret Our Service Is Second to None

It’s early in the year and scheduling a service call before you use your air conditioner for the first time in 2019 is a great idea. Your air conditioner has been idle for months and may have collected a lot of dirt and dust during its winter vacation. We’ll be happy to clean and inspect your condenser coils as well as your entire HVAC system. Give us a call today.

90 Percent of All HVAC Breakdowns Are Related to This

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Your HVAC system is a complicated collection of component parts working in harmony to provide environmental comfort in your home. This complex array of motors, fans, compressors, valves, condensers and more are all powered by electricity. Capacitors, contactors, relays and wiring are crucial to the smooth operation of your HVAC system. So, it only makes sense that over 90 percent of all air conditioner and heater breakdowns are related to electrical issues.

Do-It-Yourself Vs. Hiring Professionals

Many homeowners derive great satisfaction from being do-it-yourselfers. The joy of performing routine maintenance, making home improvements and completing home decorating or restoration projects greatly increases their pride of ownership. However, certain types of home repairs are best left to professionals with training and expertise. In the case of air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and wiring, unless you happen to be an electrical engineer or electrician, you’ll want to hire an expert to handle your HVAC related electrical issues. It’s important to remember, electricity can be dangerous, and it’s very easy to get in over your head.

Here are three of the most common electrical breakdowns we deal with time and again:

  • Faulty Capacitors – Capacitors store and release electrical energy and are used to start up or run motors on the compressor, blower and the fan of your air conditioner unit. There are many different types of capacitors, and they require a specific meter to check whether they are working or need to be replaced. Capacitors generally last from five to seven years. Although in Arizona, the extreme climate can push them to the limit, so they may fail sooner.
  • Failed Contactors – The contactor is a crucial device that receives information from the thermostat and controls the flow of electricity to your air conditioner’s components. The most common issue is, after years of normal wear and tear, contactors burn out or they get stuck in one position (up or down). Replacing a contactor is not a do-it-yourself job.
  • Wiring and Connector Issues – In Arizona, HVAC systems frequently are installed on the roof, which means the unit is exposed to extreme temperatures, intense UV rays, wind, rain and monsoon dust storms. As well, there are squirrels and other furry creatures that occasionally treat wires like chew toys. Frayed wires can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. Our service technicians are trained to check all wiring and connectors to make sure they are clean, intact and working properly.

If you’ve ever received an electrical shock from a home wiring project, you know it can be a very unpleasant experience. We encourage our customers to be do-it-yourselfers when it comes to replacing air filters and other less challenging jobs. However, when it comes to electrical repairs and the safety of your family and your home, let the experts handle it! Give Cool Blew a call today to set up a full inspection of your HVAC system.

Your Yearly Planner for Trouble Free HVAC in 2019

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In the Arizona desert, air conditioning is not merely a convenience or an important home appliance. It’s more like a quality of life issue. A matter of health and happiness. If you’ve lived through a summer in Phoenix with a substandard HVAC system or owned an air conditioner that was constantly breaking down, you know how miserable it can be. During a mid-summer heat wave without air conditioning, homes heat up in a hurry. Air conditioners seem to have a knack for breaking down at the worst possible times, such as Fourth of July weekend or when you return home from a long trip and discover it’s 98 degrees in your living room.

Management Is Planning Not Reacting

The ideal way to manage your HVAC system is to get out in front of any issues you may encounter during the year. Take care of your air conditioner the same way you would maintain a cherished automobile. Track the mileage, note when scheduled service is required and only allow the best technicians to take care of your unit. You wouldn’t embark on a long drive through the desert without having your car checked first. That would be reckless. Likewise, you shouldn’t head into summer without having your air conditioner tuned up. Let’s face it, randomly calling for repairs once a breakdown has occurred in the middle of summer puts you in the worst possible position.

Let Us Get to Know Your HVAC System

When it comes to flawless air conditioning, one of the most important calls you can make is to a top-rated, experienced and reliable service provider who will take the time to assess your entire HVAC system and provide you with a full evaluation. This will give you insight into what to expect in the coming year.

Here are some other handy tips to keep you cool and comfortable when the hot temperatures return:

  • Create Your HVAC File –Take a few moments to compile the information you have on your current system. Owner’s manuals, service records and warranties should be filed in one place. If you have old receipts and invoices, those are helpful, too. The more information you have at your fingertips, the easier it will be to answer questions. Remember, your HVAC system has many component parts and it’s very worthwhile to keep track of when they were repaired or replaced.
  • Schedule a System Assessment – January is a great month to schedule an appointment. Our friendly service technicians will inspect your entire HVAC system and evaluate the condition of every component to ensure smooth operation and the safety of your family. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your air conditioner, which parts are in great shape and which parts need to be replaced means you’ll be heading into summer with an air conditioner in top form.
  • Get to Know Your Air Filters – Replacing your HVAC air filters is another important part of maintaining your system and keeping the air you breathe clean and dust free. It’s not a difficult job to do, but because it’s an occasional task, it’s very easy to forget or put off. Take the time to look up the correct air filter on your owner’s manual or ask our service tech which air filters are best for your system. Try to keep filters handy and put a reminder on your calendar to switch them out on a regular basis.
  • Consider Installing a New, Wi-fi Enabled Smart Thermostat – Newer models of smart thermostats are easier to use than the earlier generation and give you more control over your HVAC system. Once installed, they learn your preferences and provide you with increased energy saving options. They also do a great job of tracking information regarding how you use your AC. Our service techs can explain all the ways a smart thermostat can make your life easier and more energy efficient which will save you money on your monthly utility bills.

At Cool Blew, we recommend a twice-yearly approach to maintenance. One service call in spring to prepare for the summer ahead and again in fall, for the coming winter months. Our staff of experienced professionals takes pride in knowing your system and anticipating problems and solving them before they occur. Why not give us a call today?

Wishing You a Happy New Year from the Entire Team at Cool Blew – Your HVAC Experts

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Happy Holidays! Cool Blew has been delivering the “cool” to families all over the Valley since 2002. As we get ready to bid farewell to 2018, our family wishes you and your family the very best in the new year ahead. We thank all our customers for another great year. We couldn’t be the experts in HVAC repair and installation if it wasn’t for you!

Good Health, Resolutions and the Air We Breathe

It’s no surprise that New Year’s resolutions are often health related. In a recent YouGov poll, the top two resolutions for the coming year in the U.S. are to eat healthier and get more exercise. One of the most critical elements of good health, but often taken for granted, is the air we breathe. If you or a loved one suffers from asthma or respiratory conditions, you know that poor indoor air quality can negatively impact your family. In the dusty, desert climate of Arizona, cool air-conditioned, filtered air inside your home makes a huge difference for healthier, happier lives.

Consider Making a Resolution to Upgrade Your AC in 2019

Every year, homeowners are faced with deciding which major improvements will fit in their budget within a given 12-month period. Because AC units are built to last a long time and are often out of sight, out of mind, air conditioning can be one of those home improvement projects that gets pushed back from one year to the next. Often, other more visible home repairs take precedence. If your air conditioner is over ten years old or if you’ve noticed service calls and repairs adding up, it might be time to consider a major upgrade or purchasing a new HVAC system. Our service technicians will perform a full HVAC evaluation and inspect each and every component in your system to help you decide what is needed for great AC in the coming year.

When It Comes to AC Service, We Say Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Many Phoenix homeowners are surprised to learn that winter is an excellent time for major HVAC service. Scheduling maintenance in January, February or March guarantees your air conditioner will be in top form once the hot weather arrives. Unfortunately, many people wait for their AC unit to breakdown before they call for repairs. We refer to that as reactive service. Better to be proactive and get out in front of AC issues. Our service pros are great at detecting and fixing small problems before they grow into major ones.

Our Number One Resolution for 2019 – Deliver Great Service and Value to Our Customers

At Cool Blew, we understand the importance of delivering first rate service and great value to all our customers. As a family run business, we get it. In summertime, your air conditioner is the most important appliance you own. Making sure your AC is running smoothly and trouble free all year long is our number one priority. We consider our service professionals to be the best in the Valley and we love providing the “cool blew” wherever we go.

Happy New Year from the Gang at Cool Blew

We thank you for another wonderful year and we’re grateful for every call we received in 2018. We know we have to earn our reputation every day. We appreciate the opportunity to provide great HVAC service to families across the Phoenix metro area. We wish you all the best in 2019! Happy New Year!

Plan Now for Home Comfort This Summer

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As the holiday draws near, it signals the end of another year. Many homeowners set aside time in late December to consider the status of their home, review minor and major improvements needed and to plan for the year ahead. If the summer of 2018 wreaked havoc on your air conditioner, or if your entire HVAC system is getting old and requires major upgrades or replacement, now is an excellent time to schedule an HVAC system inspection and estimate. Winter months are ideal for upgrading or replacing your air conditioner.

HVAC – An Intricate and Complex System

Home Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems and components (thermostat, air conditioner, furnace, ducts, condenser, refrigerant lines, fans, electrical motors and more) are very complex and need to be working perfectly for the entire system to deliver proper cooling and heating. Getting it just right can be extremely challenging for many homeowners. If your HVAC system and ducts were designed and installed correctly from the time the house was built, and you have a good, reliable well-serviced unit, then you’re probably not experiencing a lot of problems. However, if your system suffers from poor design or there were flaws in the initial installation you may be finding yourself in HVAC limbo. In other words, you’re not sure if you should repair and despair or invest in replacing the entire system.

A complete and thorough review will help you establish the status of your HVAC system. One thing is for certain, multiple service calls during the heat of the summer is not fun for anyone. Reactive maintenance means doing without AC while your unit is being repaired. It’s better to plan ahead and have your air conditioner in top form when the heat hits in spring.

Your Home’s HVAC System

Most air conditioners are built to last for 10 years or longer. However, the average life span of an AC unit in Arizona is shorter due to the extreme temperatures and heavy use for half the year. There are many items to consider when assessing whether to repair or replace your HVAC system, including:

  • The Major Components – The major components of your air conditioner are; compressor, fan, condenser, evaporator coils and refrigerant lines. It helps if you have a detailed service record and history of these parts. If not, our service techs will establish whether they can be reliably trusted.
  • Electrical Motors and Wiring – Electricity is not to be taken lightly. Motors and wiring can cause serious damage not only to your HVAC unit but to your house as well.
  • Ventilation and Ductwork – Houses don’t breathe like they used to. Airtight doors and windows, and heavy insulation ensure that outside air stays out. This means your inside air delivery and return system must be perfect (no rips, tears or leaks) in order for your AC to be delivered properly to each room.
  • Choosing the Right System – If your system is old and needs to be replaced you will be faced with numerous choices. Our experienced service techs will review options with you and help you decide which system is best for your home, be it:
    • Split Systems
    • Heat Pumps
    • Single-Stage vs Two-Stage Air Conditioners
    • Zoned HVAC Systems
    • Gas Furnaces
    • Electric Furnaces

The best way to digest this huge amount of information is with expert advice from an experienced professional who can explain not only the systems, but also which ones would work in your home.

We’re Happy to Provide You with All the Information You Need

If you’re in the process of looking ahead to 2019 and deciding what is best for your HVAC system, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and provide the information you need. Why not call us today?

How to Calculate the True Cost of Your HVAC

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Arizona homeowners understand the critical nature of having trouble-free, reliable air conditioning all summer long. And yes, studies have shown, temperatures in the Southwest are getting hotter, and summers are getting longer. As CEO of your household, you are called upon to make all kinds of decisions. From the seemingly insignificant to major improvements, such as when to replace your HVAC. It’s your job to do the research and allocate your resources wisely. Choosing the right time to install a new HVAC system will make the difference between a cool, carefree summer or a series of HVAC mishaps requiring service while you swelter in the heat. Because of the lower temperatures and lighter workload in the winter, the months between January and March are ideal for a new system installation. If you’re considering replacing your HVAC system in 2019, calculating your energy costs can be an important factor in making the right decision.

Energy Costs Continue to Go Up

Utility bills and energy costs are a significant part of any family’s budget. In 2017, Arizona state utility regulators approved a $95 million rate hike for APS, which was later challenged in court and featured heavily on the news. The US Department of Energy says air conditioning can account for more than half of the monthly energy use in a typical home and up to 70 percent in hotter climates. You need only review your own electric bill to understand the trend is headed one way – up. To calculate how much you are spending each month to cool your home, the US Department of Energy has created this Energy and Cost-Savings Calculators for Energy-Efficient Products.

What Is the Life Span of a Typical Air Conditioner?

HVAC units are built to last a long time. In moderate climates, some units provide service for 10 years or more. However, summers in Arizona are extremely tough on hard working air conditioners. A typical life span for an air conditioner running nonstop in the desert would be approximately seven to eight years. Depending on when your home was built and when your air conditioner was installed, your AC unit may be nearing the end of its useful life. You’ll know it’s time to consider purchasing a new air conditioner when the service calls and maintenance bills start piling up.

SEER Ratings, BTUs and Air Conditioners

SEER ratings provide guidelines for energy efficiency. If you have an older air conditioner, the SEER rating may be six or lower. Purchasing an AC unit with a higher SEER rating means a more efficient use of energy to displace heat in the process of cooling your home. That’s how a new, energy efficient AC unit can save you money on your electric bill. The higher the SEER rating, the better. BTUs stands for British thermal units, which in simplified terms, is a standard of measurement for the amount of heat your air conditioner can remove from a given room or area. The higher the BTU rating, the more cooling power of the air conditioner. At first glance, these calculations may seem a bit confusing. Give us a call to schedule an overall HVAC consultation, and we’ll be happy to explain the fine points of saving you money on your utility bills.

Let One of Our Experienced Professionals Explain Your Options

If you are considering a new HVAC unit for your home or you are convinced you may need major service on your current air conditioner, give us a call for friendly, informative and expert advice. After performing a thorough inspection, our experienced professionals will provide you with information and options. Give us a call today.

HVAC Holiday Gift Ideas

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With the holidays here, the December ritual of finding something unique for family members poses a puzzle that an army of elves can’t solve. Hold the socks with the whacky designs and skip the last-minute scarves. Leave the goofy battery powered sweaters in the bin and just say no to another bottle of celebrity perfume. Consider a climate comfort alternative instead!

Temperature Affects Every Aspect of Our Lives

At first glance, heating and air conditioning gifts may seem a bit unusual. After all, desert temperatures in December are moderate and delightful. However, when you consider how much time Arizonans spend indoors (over 90 percent in the summer months) and just how important temperature is to personal comfort, then it starts to make sense. If you’ve got someone in your life who’s always a little too hot or too cold, giving the gift of temperature control could be just the right move.

HVAC-Related Gifts – The Sleeper Hit of the Year

This year, why not give a gift that truly keeps on giving all year long. Consider these offerings for the temperature sensitive VIP in your life.

  • Wi-fi Enabled Smart Thermostat – Creating a comfortable home environment starts with your thermostat. Because most thermostats are extremely reliable, homeowners rarely think about replacing them. However, new smart thermostats give you more control over your HVAC, allow you to heat or cool your home more efficiently, help you save money on energy costs and even let you adjust settings from your phone. Sounds like a great tech gift for dad that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Ceiling Fans – If you struggle with heat during the summer, installing ceiling fans can make a huge difference. Ceiling fans not only make rooms more comfortable to be in, they also help reduce your utility bill. Though ceiling fans do not actually lower the temperature in a given room, they make you feel cooler by moving air across your skin. Ceiling fans come in a multitude of styles, shapes and sizes and will add value to your home.
  • Cooling Mattress Pads – The recent rise of popularity in memory foam mattresses has brought along an unintended consequence. At night, as you sink into the memory foam, your body tends to generate more heat because there’s less air moving around your skin for cooling. Hi tech cooling mattress pads are the answer. This is a “cool” gift for anyone who perspires while sleeping.
  • All New HVAC System – Depending on how old your air conditioner is, it may be time for an all new HVAC system. This is understandably a large purchase and would definitely not fit under the Christmas tree. However, the winter months are the best time to install a new system, so you’ll be cool and worry-free when the hot weather comes along in spring. If you’re not ready to replace the entire system, you can always get dad a new set of air filters just for fun!

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Cool Blew

If you have HVAC questions or you’d like to have a system inspection before the holidays, give us a call. Our experienced professionals are ready to help with all your heating, air conditioning and HVAC-related holiday shopping needs!

Furnace Foresight – Preventive Maintenance on Your Heating System Saves Time and Money

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Imagine an appliance that doesn’t get a tremendous amount of use, rarely causes problems, works year in and year out and almost never seems to need service. For many Phoenix homeowners, that describes their furnace. In Arizona, your furnace plays a distant second fiddle to the hardworking and all-important air conditioner. A summer without air conditioning is utterly unthinkable. However, Phoenix weather is so perfect during the winter months, some residents can go an entire season without turning their furnace on. This can lead to a bad case of FNS (Furnace Neglect Syndrome).

OK, so there’s not really a condition known as FNS, but it is true that many Arizonans take their furnace for granted and let years go by without having a service check performed.

Furnaces Are Built to Last Decades – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

It is absolutely true that most furnaces are manufactured to very high standards and are extremely reliable. The fact that furnaces are so dependable can lull homeowners into a false sense of security. Here are the top five reasons to have your furnace inspected even if it appears to be working just fine:

  • Detect Carbon Monoxide Leaks – One of the most important reasons for a yearly furnace inspection is to check for carbon monoxide leaks – an odorless, colorless gas that can be potentially dangerous (even deadly) to you and your family. If you have a faulty heat exchanger or it becomes cracked, it’s possible for carbon monoxide to escape into your home. Our trained technicians will inspect your furnace to insure there are no carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Check Igniters and Clean the Burners – Whether you have an older gas furnace with a pilot light or a newer electronic ignition system, it is essential that the igniting sequence of your furnace works perfectly. If you notice a hesitation or delay in the ignition process of your furnace once it is turned on, your burners might need to be cleaned. Our technicians will inspect this crucial part of your furnace.
  • Inactivity Often Leads to a Dusty, Dirty Furnace – When your furnace sits inactive for many months, a year or even more, dust and dirt builds up and settles into the moving parts and fittings of your furnace. Occasionally rust will appear on the burners. You may notice the first time you fire up your furnace after months of inaction, there is a funny odor. That smell is the dust being burned off the exposed surfaces of your furnace. During a pre-winter inspection, our service techs will clean your furnace and get rid of excess dust and dirt, so it does not make its way into your home.
  • Thermostat Checkup – The key to proper home heating starts with your thermostat. We will check the calibration, the wiring and the accuracy of your thermostat and make sure it’s working properly. We will also provide you with information about new wi-fi enabled “smart” thermostats which can save you money and help you heat your home more efficiently.
  • Replace Dirty Filters with Clean Air Filters – Air filters keep your home free from indoor air pollutants, such as dust, dander and the fine desert dirt that tracks into your home. Replacing your air filters is a priority for any service inspection.

The Heat Is On

With Thanksgiving behind us and the new year just ahead, take the time to have your furnace checked before you experience any problems. Preventive maintenance detects and solves small problems before they turn into big headaches. Give us a call at 623-872-2900 and one of our expert technicians will inspect your furnace and your entire HVAC system for you.