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Spring Cleaning for Your Plumbing System

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Spring is nearly here, tempting us to open windows and doors to bring the season’s freshness indoors. This makes it the perfect time to do a little deep cleaning around the house. As part of your “spring clean,” you won’t want to forget your plumbing. Yes, it requires some freshening up just like other aspects of your home. And, with a little annual TLC, you can enable your plumbing fixtures and system to last longer and perform better.

Here are some plumbing-related items to add to your home maintenance “to do” list.

  • Use a bacterial drain cleaner to eliminate debris and build-up from drains.
  • Snake any slow floor drains and pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains to prevent sewer odors from entering your home.
  • Remove mineral build-up from faucets and shower heads.
  • nstall mesh strainers over floor drains to prevent hair and other debris from going down and causing clogs
  • Check water supply lines to your faucets, toilets, washing machine and water-using appliances. Look for tears, leaks, or bulges.
  • Do a leak inspection in and around your home, including a water meter reading check to ensure you’re not missing anything.

It’s a Good Time to Call Your Plumber Too!

Along with performing these annual maintenance tasks, it’s also wise to obtain an annual inspection from a plumber who can check pipes for leaks or damage, test your system and replace any pipes or lines before they become bigger problems. Don’t forget your water heater. Your plumber can also ensure it is working as it should be to prevent any unwanted surprises.

Your plumbing is vital to your home. It’s good common sense to be proactive and keep your system and fixtures clean and well-maintained. By doing so, you will save yourself a lot of headaches and dollars down the road by preventing a minor issue from turning into a major problem. Call Cool Blew, your expert source for plumbing in and around Phoenix today at 623-872-2900.

The Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

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For most homeowners, controlling the temperature in your home means manually adjusting a thermostat that regulates your heating and air conditioning system. If you have a programmable thermostat, you have the benefits of setting the temperature for different times of the day. The next step in the evolution of heating and cooling is smart, wi-fi-enabled thermostats that enable you to control your home’s climate remotely, learn from your habits and behaviors, monitor your energy consumption in real-time and even adjust the temperature based on ambient conditions like humidity.

This means you don’t have to turn the dial from a panel on your wall to change the temperature. Instead, you can tell your HVAC system to turn on or off from an app on a mobile device. Your smart thermostat will not only adjust the temperature. It will also show you how long it will take to make the change you requested. And, you can keep track of how much you’re really spending on cooling and heating costs.

Could a Smart Thermostat Save You Money?

Although a smart thermostat is more expensive than your standard wall-mounted, programmable model, it may be able to save you dollars in the long run by enabling you to better manage your energy consumption. This is particularly true if you’re forgetful about adjusting a programmable thermostat and choose a learning type smart thermostat that can eliminate the hassle out of managing your home’s temperature.

While cost-savings is certainly a perk, the real benefit of a smart thermostat is automating a task that you previously had to do manually. Not having to adjust your wall-mounted thermostat every time you leave, come home or go on vacation may be well worth the investment.
At Cool Blew, we sell and install a variety of wireless and wi-fi-enabled thermostats. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to learn more about this advancement in your home’s comfort.

HVAC Related Fires and How to Prevent Them

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If you have a relative or a friend who’s been through the extreme misfortune of a house fire, you know it’s one of the most traumatic experiences a homeowner will ever go through. Seeing a family’s possessions, hopes and aspirations go up in flames is utterly tragic. In the United States, over 350,000 homes are affected each year with fires causing billions of dollars in damages. Fires caused by HVAC related issues are particularly frustrating because many, if not most HVAC fires are utterly preventable. It’s ironic that the very appliance charged with cooling your home can also, if faulty or left neglected, be responsible for torching your dreams.

As any fireman will tell you, most fires would never happen if homeowners would simply pay attention to typical home danger zones and fire hazards and practice solid home maintenance preventive measures. Oddly, when queried, most homeowners feel that though they are aware house fires occur, it will never happen to them. Why is that?

Optimism Bias

The term, “optimism bias” (also known as unrealistic optimism) states most people believe they are at less risk of going through a negative experience, like a fire, than their neighbors or someone on the news. The danger of this kind of rosy thinking is it gives people a false sense of security and blinds them to taking basic steps to protect their homes.

Home HVAC Fire Hazards

When a fireman walks through your home, he sees things differently than you do. Here are some of the most common HVAC related fire hazards:

  • Electrical issues are the number one reason for HVAC-related fires. When people purchase homes, they don’t always know the history of their HVAC units. As appliances get older, the wear and tear can cause issues with electrical wiring or circuits. HVAC units pull a lot of power, and they can overheat when they are running full tilt for hours or even days at a time during a summer heatwave. Knowing the condition of your HVAC unit, inside and out is essential to preventing dangerous situations. If your unit has not been serviced recently, it’s a good idea to have a professional check it out. Maybe you haven’t had any problems with your unit in years. Don’t let your optimism bias prevent you from having regular checkups for your HVAC unit.
  • HVAC units in the garage or basement are sometimes incorrectly used as shelves or “temporary” storage areas, which is especially dangerous in cramped quarters. Setting boxes, paints, chemicals, cleaning solutions or anything at all on an HVAC unit is a very bad idea. The area surrounding your HVAC unit should always be completely clear.
  • Improperly installed units with poorly fitted connections can sometimes go unnoticed for years. Many HVAC related fires are the result of a mistake made by an installer which went undetected until some other factor (such as an earthquake) occurs. A good technician will check all the fittings, gas and electrical lines connecting to your unit.

Schedule an AC Home Inspection with a Professional

Springtime is a great season to schedule a home inspection. Don’t wait for the first heatwave to hit when HVAC companies are deluged with calls. Call Cool Blew today!

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC System

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Spring cleaning is a term generally associated with a thorough house cleaning or emptying the garage to get rid of accumulated junk. Out with the old, in with the new. Are you aware that your HVAC unit runs better with regular maintenance? And, your air filters and system also benefit from a deep cleansing on a regular basis. Spring is the perfect season for yearly maintenance before the HVAC busy summer season hits.

One of the most important, yet unseen, aspects of a clean house is clean air to breathe day in and day out. Protecting your family from dust and allergens, especially during the pollen-heavy spring and summer months can be crucial to those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. The fact that we cannot see the insides of our home air delivery system often means air ducts suffer from neglect. Dust and dirt accumulates over time, and it’s important to include air ducts on your spring cleaning list.

Desert Climate

When it comes to air conditioners and compressors, the desert can be a harsh and unforgiving environment. Exposed to the elements, often installed on roofs where temperatures soar, air conditioning units are subjected to intense sunlight, extreme wind, heavy rainstorms and constant dust. No other household appliance withstands the year in, year out stresses that your HVAC system routinely absorbs. Dirt and dust blowing in the desert wind is an ever-present nemesis and can negatively impact the workings of your compressor and air conditioning unit. It would surprise many homeowners to see what an HVAC spring cleaning reveals.

Spring Checkup

During the winter months, your air conditioning compressor can accumulate dirt and debris which may hinder the inner workings of the unit. Our trained technicians will perform a detailed inspection and restore your air conditioner to top form. Just like your car, regular maintenance checks of your HVAC unit will help prevent major problems from occurring.

Spring in Arizona is the best time to take advantage of the most perfect winter weather in the U.S. While you’re busy with outdoor activities, don’t overlook the opportunity to schedule a checkup for your HVAC system before the summer heat hits. Call Cool Blew today to schedule your maintenance check at 623-872-2900.

Does Your HVAC System Need a Surge Protector?

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Power surges can happen anywhere, at any time. Here in the greater Phoenix area, they’re most often due to summer monsoon, electrical storms, downed power lines and faulty wiring. However, they can also be caused by local outages and even wide-scale power-grid issues. When you consider the cost of an HVAC system, you don’t want to take chances with the potential of a damaging power surge.

Most likely, you’ve taken steps to protect valuable electronics in your home, such as computers and televisions. However, you may not have thought of your heating and cooling system which can also be impacted by an unexpected power surge. Because you can’t predict a large spike in voltage to your home, it’s important to protect sensitive household equipment, including your air conditioner and heater.

How a Surge Protector Works

Because every home is vulnerable to a power surge or spike, the best line of defense is a surge protector for your HVAC system. This inexpensive device will shut off your system and save its electrical components.

At Cool Blew, we are focused on ensuring your HVAC system is maintained and protected. We’re here to provide you with the information you need to protect your heating and cooling investment. Along with installing a whole-home power surge protector, placed near your main breaker box, we can fit your HVAC system with individual surge protectors. And, we’re always here to help you restart your system following a power surge.

Don’t take chances in 2018 with your air conditioner and heater. Protect your home from external and internal sources of power surges. With many years of industry experience and deep expertise, we’re the right choice for all your HVAC and electrical needs.

Want to learn more about surge protection? Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 to schedule an appointment.

Do You Need a Water Softener for Your Phoenix Home?

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Every region has unique characteristics when it comes to their tap water. In some areas, water can have a slightly cloudy appearance. Others have issues with water having an unusual smell. Here in the greater Phoenix area, the common problem is hard water. If you see lime scale build up on plumbing fixtures, shower doors and drinking glasses, you’ve spotted the issue. The good news is that it’s easily corrected with a water softener.

The Hard Facts on Hard Water

Interestingly, Phoenix is home to some of the hardest water in the United States. Due to large amounts of minerals in water supplies, it can cause scale to form on plumbing fixtures and appliances. In fact, it can shorten the life of dishwashers, water heaters, faucets and pipes. That’s not the only issue. It can also make white clothes look dingy and wreak havoc on your hair and skin. In other words, as a homeowner, it’s important to tackle the problem of hard water.

What Are the Benefits of a Water Softener?

If you’re tired of residue, streaks and spots on glasses, dishes and appliances, it may be time to consider a water softener. With a quick professional install, a water softener can instantly improve your home’s water quality. Not only will you stop seeing the visible evidence of hard water on household items, you’ll also experience improved condition of your skin and hair. Your laundry will look and feel better, too!

Another perk! Water softeners don’t require much maintenance. With most systems, it’s as simple as adding salt occasionally to keep the water softening process moving. Typically, you will only need to add salt every two months or so. That’s not much to ask when you consider the major benefits of having softer water.

What Size Water Softener?

Water softeners come in many sizes. An average person will use approximately 75 gallons of water every day. A home with three people, using approximately 225 gallons of water per day, will need a 32,000-grain water softener. While this is a standard size, there are many other sizes available to meet the specific needs of your family. To learn more about water softener sizing for your home, call the experts at Cool Blew at 623-872-2900.

Don’t Gamble with Air Conditioner Maintenance

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During the winter months, Arizonans enjoy the best weather in the country. However, it’s a given that triple-digit temperatures are just around the corner. And, when they arrive, you don’t want to be “hot under the collar” dealing with an air conditioner that doesn’t work.

Each year, across the valley, calls flood into HVAC repair companies around late April to early May. Why? This is when temperatures reach a point when air conditioning is necessary. Homeowners who haven’t scheduled maintenance checks on their air conditioners are often surprised to find that their units don’t work when they flip their thermostat to the “cool” setting. With an influx of calls, there can be extended wait times for repair work. This is never a good way to kick off the summer season!

Don’t Put the “Pro” in Procrastination

While it’s easy to put some things off, it’s never a good idea to procrastinate on scheduling air conditioning maintenance. The stakes are too high. Not only are you risking having an unexpected system problem just when you need some cool air, you’re also jeopardizing the long-term function of a very expensive piece of household equipment.

An Ounce of Prevention…

If you think about it, there are few things more valuable in your home than your air conditioner. And, the good news is it’s incredibly easy to keep it functioning optimally whenever you need it. This begins with choosing an expert in air conditioner repair. With Cool Blew, you not only have a trusted contractor you can count on for all air conditioner repairs, you have a partner to help extend your air conditioner’s lifespan. With regular tune-ups and a residential, preventative maintenance agreement, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is ready to go whenever you need it.

Find out more about preventative service for your air conditioner. Call Cool Blew at 623-872-2900 today.

How to Choose an Electrician

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Although many homeowners enjoy tackling DIY projects, most choose to call in a professional electrician when it’s an electrical job. This makes sense when you consider the serious consequences if something goes wrong. So, the question is who to call when you have an electrical issue.

Unfortunately, there are many unskilled, unlicensed electricians out there who are more than willing to take a job, even if they’re not qualified for it. Because safety is a big part of electrical work, it’s important to vet anyone who you’re considering whether it’s for a simple task like hanging a ceiling fan or more complex work like rewiring. Here are a few things to look for:

Education

A reputable electrical contractor will gladly provide you with details on the education they require for their electricians. This includes ongoing training courses to stay current with the National Electrical Code.

License

In Arizona, it’s required for electricians to be licensed. Bad wiring, overloaded circuits and problems with an electrical panel due to poor workmanship can all cause serious injuries and fires. So, it’s important to only work with a licensed contractor. For additional protection, make sure they are also bonded and insured.

Specialization

There is a broad spectrum of electrical work. Some specialize in smaller, household tasks like replacing switches and outlets while others are focused on commercial projects that involve wiring large buildings. You will want to make sure you choose an electrician who is well-matched with the work you need done.

Permits

For some electrical work, a county permit is required. The cost of the permit is typically included in the bill for work, but not always. Make sure to find out.

Warranty

Any qualified electrician will offer a warranty on parts and labor because they stand behind their work. Get clarification on the specifics of a contractor’s warranty before you give the go-ahead.

As a licensed electrical contractor, Cool Blew is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality work and customer service. We work with both residential and commercial customers in Peoria, Surprise and throughout the greater Phoenix area. We even offer emergency electrical repair. Call us now at 623-872-2900.

Should You Go Solar in 2018?

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You’ve probably seen an increasing number of solar panels on the roofs of your neighbors’ homes. There are many reasons why homeowners are jumping on the solar bandwagon in large numbers. Yet, protecting the environment and reducing energy costs are the most common.

Whether you’re considering solar for environmental, economic or other reasons, there are plenty of benefits to reap when you decide to make the shift. Here are some of the top reasons why 2018 may be the year it makes dollars and sense for you to go solar.

You’ll slash or even eliminate your electric bills

Imagine not getting a triple digit air conditioning bill in the summer. Here in the Valley of the Sun, there’s no shortage of power from the sun’s rays. Shouldn’t you be taking advantage of this natural resource that we have in abundance all year-long?

You’ll increase your property value

Having an eco-friendly home is a major selling perk in the Greater Phoenix area. In fact, many real estate studies have shown that homes equipped with solar energy systems are appraised at higher values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes.

You’ll no longer have to worry about jumps in energy costs

Eliminate your reliance on the utility company, and you will never have to worry again about their next rate hike. By investing in a solar energy system, you can protect yourself from escalating energy costs.

Protects the Environment

You’ll significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint by switching to solar. An average residential solar panel system will eliminate up to four tons of carbon emissions each year. This is equal to planting over 100 trees annually.

Help Your Local Economy

By choosing a local provider of solar energy systems, like Cool Blew, you’re supporting your community, instead of a large-scale corporation.

Get a Great Return on Your Investment

Solar should be thought of as an investment with returns that match other investments, like stocks and bonds. Because of the savings on your electricity bill, you can expect to pay off your system in seven to eight years while seeing a return on your investment of 20 percent or greater.

Find out more about solar solutions by calling Cool Blew at 623-872-2900.

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Home’s Plumbing

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As we ring in 2018, it’s time to make some resolutions to make your life better. At Cool Blew, we believe that keeping your home’s plumbing in excellent shape is a resolution worth keeping all year long. The following are some easy-to-follow strategies to ensure the coming year is smooth and clog-free!

  1. Be Careful What You Place in Your Garbage Disposal
  2. Your garbage disposal is not a garbage can. To maximize the lifespan of this essential kitchen tool and your pipes, here’s the list of what to prevent from going down your kitchen drain:

  • Asparagus
  • Banana peels
  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cooked meat scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit pits and scraps
  • Grease
  • Nuts
  • Vegetable peels (including potato)

  1. Don’t Flush Trash Down the Toilet
  2. Limit what you flush to toilet paper and human waste. Avoid flushing Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, feminine products and paper towels. None of these items were meant to go down the drain and can cause challenging clogs that lead to costly repairs. Even bathroom wipes that claim to be flushable can result in clogs. Instead, invest in a conveniently placed waste bin that can be used to catch all those items that don’t belong in the toilet.

  3. Reduce Your Water Consumption
  4. Here in the Arizona desert, water is precious and something we all need to conserve. Why not make 2018 the year that you make a few minor adjustments to your water usage patterns that can also save you money. Consider creating a family agreement to shorten shower time, run only full loads in the washing machine and turn water off when it’s not in use. Minor changes can result in big savings that help both the environment and your budget.

    1. Maintain Your Water Heater
    2. Throughout the greater Phoenix area, we have hard water, loaded with minerals. Protect your water heater in 2018 from rust and corrosion by removing sediment. This is a relatively easy process that can be accomplished with a hose and a bucket. If you don’t feel comfortable handling hot water heater maintenance, call Cool Blew today at 602-872-2900.

    3. Schedule a Plumbing Tune-Up
    4. A tune-up for your plumbing system is a great way to kick off 2018. One of our expert plumbers will inspect your home’s drains and water lines to ensure everything is functioning properly. A tune-up can also identify small issues before they turn into bigger problems.

    Wishing you a happy and successful 2018!