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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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Is It Ever Too Late for Heating Maintenance?

March 2nd, 2020

hvac-ventWith the official end of winter just a few short weeks away, it’s easy to assume that heating maintenance would be pointless, now. But this isn’t actually the case. Unless your system has completely broken down and needs replacement, it’s never too late for heating maintenance.

Maintenance tune-ups accomplish 3 very important things for your heating system; they ensure the system is thoroughly cleaned, they ensure any components that are loose or wearing down are adjusted or replaced, and they help our technician spots signs of repair needs so we can alert you do them. This will help your system out, and your energy bills out, no matter what time of the year it is!

How? By contributing to:

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceThink about how much you’re using your heater on a daily basis this season. It’s no secret that you’d probably like to know how to do so while avoiding costly energy bills. Sure, you can expect your utility bills to increase in the winter (and in the summer, for that matter) since HVAC systems account for half of all the energy use in a household.

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to increase your heater’s efficiency and therefore lower costs. Actually, there are a number of steps you can take, and some don’t cost you anything but a minute of your time. Keeping heating efficiency up is also a good way to keep repair needs at bay since a higher efficiency system typically means a system that doesn’t accumulate wear and tear too quickly.

Read on as we uncover some of the easy ways you can use your heater more efficiently throughout the rest of winter and beyond.

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5 Signs Your Heater Is in Trouble

February 3rd, 2020

animated-checklistWouldn’t it be nice if there were a little screen or recording that could tell us exactly what’s wrong with our heating systems when they begin to show signs of trouble, with advice on how to fix it? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Perhaps someday heaters will be self-diagnostic, but repairs are always something that should be handled by a trained pro.

That said, you can’t know to call an HVAC professional unless you know something is wrong with your heater, to begin with, right? So read on as we uncover 5 of the most common signs that something is amiss with your heating system.

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A Furnace Installation Done Right Follows These Steps

January 20th, 2020

technician-working-on-wiring-in-furnaceThe last thing you want to be stuck with in the middle of the coldest part of winter is a heating system in disrepair, right? Though, if you’ve come upon this blog post and are looking forward to hearing just how to install a furnace, chances are you need a new one, now. We really cannot stress enough, however, how important it is to leave furnace installations to the pros.

There are a number of reasons we say this. There’s a large amount of work that goes into each and every furnace installation we complete—and this work contributes to not only your comfort and the efficiency of your heater, but also your safety! This is particularly true if it’s a gas-powered system in question.

Then, why are we sharing the steps of furnace installation? So you can see why it’s so vital you trust a pro for a job of this caliber.

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Signs of a Boiler in Distress

January 6th, 2020

top-of-boiler-with-regulating-valveNobody wants to be without effective heating this time of the year—especially when you live somewhere as cold as where we are. But this is what can happen if you let a heater in disrepair go too long without being serviced.

At worst, you could find yourself facing a complete system breakdown, leaving you scrambling for repairs in the middle of winter. Even in the best-case scenario, a struggling heater can threaten energy efficiency, leaving you paying far more for comfort than you should have to. If you’re using a boiler for your heating needs, there are, fortunately, some signs you can watch out for that the system is in disrepair. These signs include:

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“Help! My Heater Isn’t Heating”

December 23rd, 2019

natural-gas-furnace-jetsIt goes without saying that in our area, we rely quite heavily on our furnaces to keep our families warm and toasty all season long. So of course, if yours stops blowing warm air, it’s a cause for alarm. The last thing you need when temperatures drop into the ’30s and below is another air conditioner.

There are a variety of reasons that your heating system may be blowing cold or cool air, which we’ll get to below. Read on to discover what might be going on, and be sure to reach out to our team if you need repair!

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What’s the Best Setting for My Furnace Thermostat?

December 9th, 2019

man-standing-by-thermostat-shiveringGenerally speaking, your thermostat is a fairly simple device. This is particularly true if you are still using an older, manual thermostat with a dial and a slider. When you want more heat in the wintertime, you just turn up the thermostat and get the extra heat. And when it’s too stuffy? You turn the thermostat back down. Pretty basic stuff, right?

But, adjusting your thermostat with this “up-and-down” pattern based on how warm your house currently feels can waste energy without providing better comfort—it can even shorten the service life of your heating system due to the extra strain.

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