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How To Not Neglect Your Indoor Air Quality

September 14th, 2020

image-of-beautiful-home-interiorMost homeowners aren’t aware of this, but the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors. With more and more folks interested in improving and maintaining their health, it makes sense that you’d want to know how to change this, right? Fortunately, we have some answers.

The thing is, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, you’re essentially neglecting your indoor air quality, and effectively neglecting the health of your home. You don’t have to neglect this though! Read on to learn how not to.

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Warning: HVAC Equipment Shortages Due to COVID-19 Shutdowns

September 8th, 2020

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We’re in the time of year where many customers are calling for HVAC installations and replacements, whether it’s a worn-out AC or they’re shopping for a new heater for the winter. Be forewarned: there are currently equipment shortages nationwide for various AC systems due to COVID-19 manufacturer shutdowns.

If you’re currently in need of AC services, now is the time to schedule them. Customers in the Joliet, IL and surrounding communities should reach out to Comfort First Heating and Cooling Inc. today. We have inventory on hand to keep your HVAC systems running and keep you cool for the remainder of summer.

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7 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

August 31st, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsYour air conditioner isn’t silent, but if someone asked you to explain the noise that your air conditioner makes, you’d probably have to pause and think about it before you could answer, right? That’s because your air conditioner does make distinctive noises, but as long as the system is healthy these noises are always relatively quiet.

If you’ve noticed this summer has made your air conditioner develop some new habits, then it’s time to reach out to us. You need AC repair in Plainfield, IL. It’s just that plain and simple.

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Are Your Ducts Hurting AC Efficiency?

August 17th, 2020

hand-sealing-up-ductworkHere’s the thing–your air ducts could be hurting your AC efficiency without you even knowing it. They could be hurting your indoor air quality as well. Your air ducts can leak out around 30% of your conditioned air–that’s air that you are otherwise paying for but not enjoying the comfort from. What’s the solution to this?

Professional duct sealing!

Now, you might be wondering–why? Why can’t you just get up there and put some duct tape on damaged ductwork? Well, that’s not actually what duct tape is for. Rather, duct tape is inappropriately named and was originally meant to tape up ammo boxes in wartimes. It actually turns brittle and falls apart if it gets too hot. So using it for ductwork would be a fruitless effort. But professional duct sealing is another story–read on to learn more!

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Is It Ever Too Late for a Cooling System Tune-Up?

August 3rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-and-paper-resting-on-topThe simple answer to this is, “No.”

Well actually, that’s not true. It is too late for a cooling system tune-up if your air conditioner has completely broken down and is beyond repair. But hopefully, you won’t let it get to that point!

The thing is, most HVAC professionals–including our team–recommend that you have your air conditioner maintenance done in the spring before you need your AC system the most. The reason we suggest this is so that you have plenty of time to get it on your schedule and have your system inspected, but also so that if we find any repair needs, you can get those on your schedule too before summer hits.

But that doesn’t mean that if you never scheduled maintenance this year, you should just skip it! In fact, we’d rather you be consistent with your tune-ups than worry about what time of the year you have it done. Regardless of the time of year, maintenance will benefit you in a number of ways, including:

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4 Reasons Your AC Is Freezing Over…

July 20th, 2020

…And What to Do About It! 

frozen-ac-condenser-unitYou likely understand at least a little about how your air conditioner works. There is a fluid called refrigerant inside of it that absorbs heat to transfer it from your home to the outdoors while putting the air through a process that cools it and sends it back into your home. The hot air from your home is released from the condenser unit–the outside unit–of your air conditioner as the AC runs.

What your air conditioner doesn’t use or need though, is ice. It’s easy to assume that ice would be involved since your air conditioner provides chilled air to your living space. But moving heat from one area to another shouldn’t involve any ice development at all, and yet…

Ice Has Formed On Your AC

When this happens, the first thing you should avoid is trying to remove the ice on your own. The ice is there for a reason (which we’re about to get to) and our pros need to get to the root cause and solve it before the ice can be thawed and removed. Otherwise, you could do further damage unintentionally, while doing nothing to help avoid the development of ice in the future. So, why does this occur?

  1. It’s humid outside. A standard central air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties–it draws in hot air but also humid air from your home. When that humid air moves over the cool indoor evaporator coil, condensation forms, and if the coil is too cold, the moisture can freeze.
  2. There is dirt and grime on the coils. Any debris that settles on the evaporator or condenser coil creates an insulating layer. This means in the case of the evaporator coil, it can no longer absorb heat. As a result, the coil freezes over.
  3. Your air filter is clogged. The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to protect the inside components from the above-mentioned debris. If it gets too clogged, airflow is restricted and the lack of warm air can lead to the evaporator coil freezing over.
  4. You have a refrigerant leak. If there isn’t enough refrigerant moving through your system, there won’t be enough to draw in enough heat from your home. The remaining refrigerant will be too cold and ice will form.

“What Can I Do About It?”

If the ice is already present, then the best thing you can do is to call our staff. If you’re looking to avoid this problem altogether, the best thing you can do is call our staff still, but to schedule routine maintenance! During maintenance, we’ll thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to make sure it’s in good shape so you don’t run into this problem.

It’s also important that you do one small maintenance task on your own–change your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of system use. This will help you avoid ice development and a whole host of other operational problems.

Contact our team at the first sign that you need professional Joliet AC service! Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc., where we put your comfort first.

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Why You Should Never Leave a Clogged Air Filter in Your Cooling System

July 6th, 2020

air-filter-closeupWith summer well underway, it’s time to start using our air conditioners on a routine basis, if you’re not already doing so. This also means it’s time to make sure your AC isn’t operating with a clogged air filter in it!

This doesn’t sound like an exciting task to manage, but we guarantee that leaving a clogged air filter in your cooling system will threaten your comfort, hurt your air conditioner, and cause your cooling bills to rise. Wouldn’t you like to avoid all that?

You might not realize how important a role your air filter plays in the overall performance of your air conditioner, but we’re here to fill you in. Read on to learn more about this HVAC component and how much power it has over your home comfort each summer.

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair

June 22nd, 2020

outside-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topAir conditioner repair is one of those professional services you never want to put off. You may be tempted to—after all if your system is still running and you don’t really have repairs in your budget, why bother? Well, because by ignoring repair needs, you risk your air conditioner completely breaking down when you need it the most, right in the middle of summer.

We urge you to take care of your system as soon as you realize you need a repair. But, how do you know when this is the case? We ask this knowing that you aren’t an AC expert—that’s what we are here for! But it is important for you to know the basics, and know the signs that it’s time to call a pro, which we’ve shared below!

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Is Going Ductless Worth It?

June 8th, 2020

woman-with-remote-turning-on-ductless-air-handler-in-her-living-roomOur short answer to this is going to be “yes,” of course, but we don’t expect you to take that at face value. Also, ductless systems aren’t the right choice for every home, but they’re a great home comfort addition for many!

In case you aren’t already aware of what a ductless system is, as the name implies it does not rely on ductwork. It’s also a heat pump system, meaning that not only can it be used to effectively cool your home, but by the flip of a switch it will efficiently heat your home in the winter as well.

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Debunking Common Air Conditioning Myths

May 25th, 2020

outdoor-unit-of-an-air-conditionerWhen it comes to your air conditioner, it makes sense that you want to use the system as efficiently as possible. After all, nobody wants to pay more than necessary to keep their homes cool and comfortable.

But there are a number of myths surrounding the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems that actually work against you. Many homeowners believe these myths because they’ve been told they can save money, when in actuality they’re doing harm to their air conditioners.

Read on as we uncover and debunk some of the biggest myths surrounding air conditioners.

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