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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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Are You Making These Mistakes with Your AC Efficiency?

May 11th, 2020

top-view-outdoor-ac-unitWhen you think about running your AC system, you probably don’t think of doing this in a “wrong” or “right” way. We aren’t planning on getting too technical here in this post, but we do want you to understand a few things about your air conditioner and its ability. The fact of the matter is, you can avoid a lot of problems with efficiency or needless repairs by avoiding some common mistakes homeowners make.

Our goal is to help you do just that, and when you do have a problem with your cooling system functionality, we’re the team to call. Read on as we uncover some of the top mistakes homeowners make in their homes that hurt their AC efficiency.

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How to Lower the Cost of Your AC Use This Summer

April 27th, 2020

outside-ac-unit-surrounded-by-cashNo, you don’t have to avoid using your air conditioner in order to lower the cost!

But summer is right around the corner, and when it hits you’re going to be grateful for an efficiently operating air conditioner! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you can achieve this efficiency during the season you need your air conditioner the most.

When you’re using your air conditioner efficiently, you don’t have to worry as much about costly utility bills. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to in fact use your cooling system more efficiently, and therefore lower the cost of AC use. Read on for some great tips!

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

April 13th, 2020

ac-technician-in-foreground-on-tablet-and-technician-in-background-looking-in-tool-bag-on-top-of-ac-unitTemperatures are still cool for now, but you know as well as we do that summer can surprise us by coming early—and if that happens, it’s vital that your air conditioner be ready for it.

Look, we understand—when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioner, it’s easy to dismiss the suggestion. Unless you have a repair need, it can be tempting to put off AC service in an attempt to save money, particularly if you think your air conditioner is currently working “just fine.”

We’d like to offer a bit of a change in perspective though. Just like a maintenance tune-up for your car, routine air conditioning maintenance is vital for the overall performance of the system. This helps prevent repairs, improves efficiency, and can extend your system’s lifespan. Not convinced? Read on!

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Comfort First Heating and Cooling is Ensuring the Safety of our Community.

March 30th, 2020

We would like to remind you that Comfort First Heating and Cooling is still open during this Corona-virus Pandemic. The safety of our customers and the community is of the utmost importance to us. With this, our technicians, installers, and office staff have been instructed not to shake hands with customers during this time. Our staff, including our installers and technicians have been instructed to continually wash/sanitize their hands. Additionally, they’ve been asked to stay home if they are not feeling well and if anyone in their home is not feeling well. We have increased our cleaning service to all service vehicles and our office.

If you have any heating or indoor quality air needs, contact Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. or give us a call at (815) 642-5800.

Even in these times, we are here for you!

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There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

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Did You Include Your Ducts in Your Spring Cleaning?

March 30th, 2020

duct-that-has-been-cleanedIn our last blog post, we walked through some of the spring cleaning steps to take to ensure your home is ready to provide you with clean and healthy air. One of the methods we discussed was air duct cleaning—a service that is vital to the efficiency of your HVAC systems and the health of your indoor air.

Without regular duct cleaning, you may be breathing in contaminants, you can feel colder in the winter due to lack of airflow (as well as warmer in the summer for the same reason), and you can be paying more than necessary for your HVAC operation. Not sure if you really need duct cleaning? Read on as we uncover some of the biggest benefits.

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Spring Cleaning for Home Comfort and HVAC Efficiency

March 16th, 2020

sun-whining-into-clean-living-room-with-couch-and-two-loveseatsIt’s time for some spring cleaning! No, we aren’t talking about decluttering your home office or rearranging your bookshelves. Though, both of these tasks could certainly help you with dust buildup that impacts your indoor air quality.

What we are talking about is achieving a healthier home overall. With homeowners on high alert regarding nationwide health issues, our customers are often reaching out to see what they can do to achieve higher quality air inside their homes. Read on to learn what you can do!

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