Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog

Why You Should Only Hire an HVAC Provider for Your Duct Cleaning

September 13th, 2021

ductwork-running-into-furnaceIf you’re like the average Joliet area homeowner, you probably do not think about your HVAC systems’ ductwork a whole lot, right? That is until something goes wrong with it. This makes sense. After all, ductwork is mostly hidden from your view for a reason. It’s not exactly aesthetically pleasing. You really shouldn’t need to think about your ductwork a whole lot, but it is important that they get attention every now and then.

This includes proper duct cleaning. Duct cleaning is a service that not many people consider, but it’s one that is important to have a qualified HVAC provider for. Trying to attempt duct cleaning on your own may damage the ducts, and may not even be effective while hiring an amateur can have a similar result.

Our professional duct cleaning services are a sure way to clear out your air ducts, helping to improve your home comfort and help your air conditioner and furnace (or heat pump) work more efficiently. Read on to learn more about professional, HVAC professional provided, duct cleaning.

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Tips for Keeping Your 2-Story Home Cool

August 16th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIf you have a large home in the Joliet area, then you want to keep your home cool as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, right? After all, not only is there high heat to tackle in our area but humidity as well. This can make for a very uncomfortable environment, without the right air conditioning system in place.

And even if you do have the right system in place, you want to make sure you’re using it well. We mean, using it in a way that doesn’t necessarily waste energy and leave you spending way more than you should have to. Read on as we uncover some AC tips for 2-story households.

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Ice On Your AC Coils? Here’s What To Do!

August 2nd, 2021

comfort-first-logoThere’s a relatively common myth around air conditioners. It’s that ice is a normal part of the cooling process. This makes sense after all, right? AC systems chill the air, so if it’s cold enough, ice will develop, right?

It’s easy for us to understand why homeowners would jump to this conclusion. Unfortunately, however, it is incorrect. Believing in this myth can do your air conditioner a lot of harm. Ice development on an air conditioner is a fairly serious problem and can lead to a number of other problems for the AC system.

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Signs It’s Time to Call Us about Your Indoor Air Quality

July 19th, 2021

comfort-first-logoAre you finding that even though your home seems to be fairly comfortable, there’s just… something… missing? We hear these types of comments pretty frequently in our industry. After all, if you’re uncomfortable, it must have something to do with your HVAC system, right?

Well, maybe, but it could also be your indoor air quality. Homeowners often don’t realize this, but the quality of their indoor air can actually be much worse than that of the outdoor air, particularly without the right products and services in place. One of these products is the air purifier!

There are a few different types of air purifiers, each addressing a different need. For this reason, it can be hard for the average homeowner to determine that they actually do need one. Here are some signs that it’s time to consider an air purifier as a method to improve your indoor air quality:

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Could You Be Paying Too Much for Your Air Conditioning?

July 5th, 2021

ac-system-with-us-flagsThe short answer to this question is, “Yes, you could be!”

We’re sure you’d like us to elaborate more, though, right? Look, we don’t blame you. There are a lot of things that homeowners do (or don’t do) that may impede the performance of their air conditioner or rather the efficiency of the system.

And by restricting efficiency, you’re keeping your own energy bills high. HVAC system take up half off all the energy consumption in the average home. That’s a lot! So how can you keep using yours every day this summer but pay less? By following the tips we’re about to outline below.

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Do You Really Need to Change Your AC Air Filter?

June 21st, 2021

outside-unit-of-air-conditionerThe short answer to this question is, “yes,” but don’t worry, we will elaborate below…

Many homeowners don’t realize the true nature of the standard HVAC air filter, thinking that it has to do with their indoor air quality. This air filter does help with your indoor air quality, but its purpose goes beyond that. In fact, if you’re relying only on this air filter to protect your indoor air quality, then you’re likely not doing enough–but that’s a subject for another day.

The purpose of this particular air filter is to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its components. It’s a very small part of your air conditioner, but it has a pretty big job! As you might guess, it gets clogged up with dust and other debris over time, and therefore, it has to be changed out.

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Breathe Easier with This Indoor Air Quality Installation

June 7th, 2021

woman-opening-curtains-in-homeMore homeowners these days are looking for ways to improve the health and safety of their homes. One way to do this is by tackling your indoor air quality needs through products and services such as air filtration systems, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers. There are a number of things that can negatively impact your indoor air quality–in fact, indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outside without the right systems in place. Fortunately, we have the solutions you need to keep your family healthy.

One such solution is the UV (ultraviolet) air purifier! Read on as we uncover what this is and how the installation of one can help you and your family breathe a little easier.

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What Happens During AC Maintenance?

May 24th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIf you’ve followed our blog for a while, then you know that we talk about maintenance a good deal. This is because of how important this service is. Many homeowners think this is actually a “luxury” service only for those who can afford it. However, air conditioning maintenance is a necessity if you want an air conditioner that performs as it should.

Maintenance tune-ups help our professional spot small system problems before they grown into much bigger ones. This helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is good news for your budget. But, what actually happens during this service? Read on to discover what you are really paying for!

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Heed These Signs You Need AC Repair

May 10th, 2021

old-air-conditioner-unitLet’s say you’ve just come inside after a fun, but hot, day of enjoying the outdoors, and you’re looking forward to taking a cool shower and then relaxing in your air-conditioned home. But alas, instead you return home to a house that’s hotter than it should be, even though you set your programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat to come on before you arrived home.

If you find yourself facing this scenario, you won’t be happy. We wouldn’t be either! But the good news is that you do have our technicians on your side to help. Read on as we uncover some of the warning signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, and then if any of them seem familiar, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

April 26th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIt makes sense that when hearing a recommendation for an air conditioning service you don’t need right now, you may initially dismiss it. After all, unless something is seriously wrong with your cooling system—for instance, if you notice a loss of cooling power—you’re probably tempted to put off “optional” services like maintenance, especially if your cooling system is performing just fine.

But what if your system could operate better than just fine? The fact of the matter is, it can. Just like maintenance on the car you drive, routine air conditioning maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional HVAC system services, our team has the responsibility to share with you just how important maintenance is.

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