Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog

Why Is Dryer Vent Cleaning So Important?

September 12th, 2022

logoOne of the important services we offer here at Comfort First is dryer vent cleaning. While this isn’t likely a popular HVAC service you’ve heard of, it’s an important one!

Read on as we uncover what exactly dryer vent cleaning is, and why it is so important. It benefits not only your convenience and energy savings but also your safety and peace of mind. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That It’s Time for an AC Upgrade

August 15th, 2022

comfort-first-logoNo air conditioner can last forever, although we wish that weren’t the case. Here at Comfort First, we are all about being transparent with our customers, which means giving you whatever information you need to make an informed decision about the future of your home comfort. If your cooling system is in good shape and can last many more years, we’ll tell you! But if we think it would be more economically beneficial for you to make an upgrade, we’ll tell you that.

This said, some homeowners are simply just curious to know when the best time to make an AC upgrade is. And that’s okay! We believe that all homeowners should be informed about their cooling systems and the status of their equipment. The more you know about your air conditioner, the more likely you’ll be able to make that educated decision about what to do about it. Read on to learn some signs that your air conditioner is indeed ready for an upgrade.

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Here’s What to Know About HVAC Duct Cleaning

August 1st, 2022

ductwork-of-hvac-systemIf you’re anything like the average homeowner, you probably don’t think about the ductwork running through your home and making your home comfort control possible. After all, air ducts are hidden from view for a reason. You shouldn’t really have to think about them very much.

But, occasionally they do need some attention. You certainly don’t need to know all the ins and outs of your HVAC ductwork, but there are a few things we do think you should know about duct cleaning and why it’s important.

Professional duct cleaning is a service that can clear out your air ducts–these ducts can accumulate pounds of dust in just a few short years. Duct cleaning is an absolutely necessary service.

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How to Cool Your 2-Story Home Efficiently!

July 18th, 2022

comfort-first-logoIf you own or live in a 2-story home anywhere in the Joliet area, then it’s no secret that you’d like to do everything you can to save money while living in it, right?

With wintertime demanding a lot of our heaters, it makes sense that when summer rolls around, we want to use as little power as possible with our air conditioners. But, we also want to be comfortable! Since heat rises, it can make it a bit challenging to enjoy your whole home during the summer months.

Fortunately, there are methods to more efficiently cool your 2-story living space. Read on to learn more!

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You Could Use Some Indoor Air Quality Help If…

July 4th, 2022

Joliet area homeowners don’t often realize this, but their indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors, especially if they don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. This is because today’s home’s are built very “tightly,” disallowing any air to escape out or get in through drafty doors and windows or poorly installed insulation. This is great news for the efficiency of your HVAC systems, and therefore your budget! But it’s not so great news for your indoor air quality.

You see, contaminants, allergens, and even humidity can get trapped inside and make your home uncomfortable. Plus, this can all mess with the efficiency of your air conditioning system or heating system. Fortunately, we have the indoor air quality solutions to combat these problems. Read on as we elaborate!

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Signs You Might Be Paying Too Much for Your Air Conditioning

June 20th, 2022

outside-air-conditioning-unitYou might be thinking, “Well, of course I’m paying too much for my air conditioning! Energy prices are crazy these days.”

We get it, paying “too much” can be a little subjective. But what if we told you that you don’t have to pay that much and that there are things you can do to actually save money from month to month on your utility costs? It’s true, you can!

There are efficiency-boosting tips you can use in order to cool your home, stay comfortable, and spend less. If you’re not doing any of these things we’re about to share, then it definitely is a sign that you are paying too much for your air conditioning.

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How Will I Benefit from a Ductless Air Conditioner Installation?

June 6th, 2022

comfort-first-logoChances are, even if you weren’t quite aware of what exactly you were looking at, you’ve seen a ductless system before… or at least one of its air handlers. If you noticed a unit up high on the wall of a room that resembles a sleeker version of a window AC, yet doesn’t protrude through the back of the wall, that’s the air handler of a ductless system. These are also called ductless mini-split heat pumps and have a variety of benefits for homeowners.

Ductless air conditioners are comprised of a single outdoor unit and up to four indoor air handlers that can all work independently of each other. They also operate on heat pump technology, which means that not only can they effectively cool your home, but they also make efficient heaters as well.

These systems are becoming increasingly popular, not just in our little corner of the world, but throughout the U.S. Read on as we uncover why!

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Here’s Why You Need to Change Your HVAC Air Filter

May 23rd, 2022

comfort-first-logoBefore we get started on the “why” of changing your HVAC air filter, we have a few questions for you…

Did you know that your central air conditioning and furnaces have air filters? Did you know that the purpose of this air filter is actually to protect the HVAC systems themselves, and has little to do with protecting your indoor air quality? Do you know what can happen if you don’t change out this air filter on a regular basis?

Don’t worry if any of these questions left you confused or worried–you’ve come to the right place. We have all the answers you need when it comes to caring for your air conditioner in a way that ensures it operates as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. 

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6 Symptoms of an Air Conditioner in Disrepair

May 9th, 2022

outside-ac-unit-with-rust-on-top-and-meter-attached-to-test-itWhile it may not get as warm in the Joliet area as it does in other parts of the country, it still can get really uncomfortable if you have an air conditioner in disrepair. This is why it’s so important to have annual maintenance done for your AC–it allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. All of this ensures that your cooling system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

Maintenance even helps reduce repair needs by as much as 85%! This is because it lets us catch small, wear-and-tear issues before they have the opportunity to even grow into bigger emergency repair needs.

All this said, whether you had maintenance done in the past year or not, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your air conditioner needs repair. What are these signs? We’ve shared 6 below!

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Air Conditioner to Make

April 25th, 2022

outside-ac-unitWhen springtime comes, we look forward to warmer temperatures and more time spent outside enjoying recreational activities. But as the temperatures get higher and higher, we also need a nice, comfortable home to come back to, right? Well, if your air conditioner isn’t operating as it should, that might not be what you get.

So what if your air conditioner is running but it’s making some funny noises as it does so? Is it cause for concern?

If these noises are outside of the normal day-to-day operational sounds that you hear it make, then yes, it is cause for concern. Read on as we uncover some odd sounds you might hear come from your air conditioner, what they might mean, and when to call a pro.

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