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Is It Too Late for Heating Maintenance?

January 30th, 2023

Every time the new year comes and goes, we get a lot of calls from people thinking that it’s just too late for maintenance at this point. If your heater has been working well so far, then winter is almost over, so it’s probably better to just invest in AC maintenance for the spring and summer to come, right? Well, not exactly.

Both your heating system and your air conditioning unit need maintenance, not just one. And routine maintenance isn’t necessarily late or early, it depends on the routine aspect of it.

We’d like to focus on heating maintenance and when it might be too late to invest in it. As of now, if your heating system is working reliably, then it’s definitely not too late for maintenance. You can always trust your local pros for heating maintenance in Crest Hill, IL!

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Use Your Thermostat Like a Pro

January 16th, 2023

Do you know the exciting feeling of having a new, high-tech computer or TV? You briskly parse through the manual learning all the new tricks of how to use such an incredible new piece of technology. This system is just so much more advanced and better built than the one you had before. That exhilarating feeling, the pure excitement and energy, all of that is what comes with a new piece of technology.

Well, what if we told you that you could have that feeling when you upgrade your thermostat? New smart thermostats might seem like luxury products, but they’re actually highly advanced technological marvels covered in shiny plastic or metal. They’re designed to look simple, but in reality they’re complex and can do a whole lot for your home–as long as you use them properly.

Let’s go on a journey to discuss the best thermostat tips in Joliet, IL, so you can start using your system like a pro!

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The Hidden Hero of Your Heat

December 19th, 2022

Heating systems rely on components to get the job done, from heating your home effectively, to making sure it uses as little fuel or energy as possible. It can only do this by working with some expertly crafted parts that are specifically designed to make the heater’s job easier and more efficient. This is how most of our modern machinery works!

Then, we get customers who might not understand how this system works, essentially owning one in their basement or crawlspace. It makes sense, everyone needs a heater, but there isn’t a mandatory class on how your heater works or what it does.

In the case of a vital component breaking, it might not be obvious to many of our customers when they need furnace repair in Bolingbrook, IL. This blog post will hopefully change that! Let’s talk about the hidden hero of your furnace and why you might want to take a look at it today.

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Here’s What Water Heater Scaling Is and Why It’s a Problem

December 5th, 2022
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Perhaps you’ve heard the term “hard water” before. It may sound a little alarming in regard to your water quality, but it’s actually okay–for you that is. It’s another story when it comes to your plumbing system.

Hard water is water with a high level of minerals in it. Namely, we mean calcium and magnesium, and sometimes even a bit of iron. But like we said, while these are harmless to you, we can’t say the same for your pipes and plumbing appliances.

Scaling–or the deposits that get left behind from hard water–will impact your water heater worse than any other part of your plumbing system. While it’s relatively easy to clean scale out of a faucet, the same can’t be said when it comes to your tank water heater.

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The Importance of Routine Furnace Cleaning and Tune-Ups

November 21st, 2022
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If you read the title of this blog post and you’re wondering if cleaning and tuning up on your furnace is something you should be doing on a regular basis, not to worry! We don’t expect you to understand the intricacies of your furnace. That’s our job! But this does mean that it’s important for you to schedule routine furnace maintenance so that we can help you.

That all said, there is one small DIY furnace maintenance task you can do on your own, and that’s changing the air filter. The air filter that comes standard with your furnace is in place to protect the furnace from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components. This air filter should be changed every 1-3 months to ensure proper airflow for your heating system.

Beyond this basic step, professional furnace maintenance should be left to those with the experience and training to do it. Read on to learn why, and why regular cleaning and inspections are so important!

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Have You Scheduled This Important Heating Service Yet?

November 7th, 2022
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Chances are, you haven’t thought a lot about the state of your heating system yet–and we get it. Temperatures have only just begun to cool down. You may even be hoping that the mild temperatures hang on just a little bit longer than the forecast calls for. While that would be nice, the reality is that you’re going to need your heater on a consistent basis sooner rather than later, and you need to ensure that your heating system is ready for the task.

Routine maintenance tune-ups eliminate a lot of the stress that homeowners need to deal with each winter. Read on to learn more about why it’s so important that you have regular, preventative maintenance done now.

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It Might Be Time for a New Furnace If…

October 24th, 2022

furnace-systemFurnaces are very sturdy and can last well over a decade, but no heating system lasts forever! And when your furnace system is showing signs that it’s time to upgrade, it is important to pay attention. Waiting too long can leave you with an inefficient system at best, and a completely broken-down furnace system at worst.

Replacing the heating system in your home can be the difference between a natural transition to a new heater or an interruption to your quality of life while you figure out how to stay warm until you get a new system. So as the weather cools down, keep an eye out for the following signs that your furnace does, in fact, need to be replaced.

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Your Water Heater Might Be Struggling If…

October 10th, 2022

logoIf you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think very much about how much work your household’s water heater actually does. There is a much higher demand on it than say for your furnace, air conditioner, or other home comfort system because it must heat water 24/7 for use any day of the year, any time of the day. No matter the season, hot water must flow, right?

As you might imagine, all this work puts a lot of stress on the water heater. Although it doesn’t have very many moving parts that can break down, your water heater will eventually need professional repairs to keep it operational. Ignoring any signs that your water heater is malfunctioning can lead to it breaking down and can shorten its lifespan.

Read on as we uncover the signs that your water heater may indeed need repairs, and then be sure to dial our number!

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Why You Need a Pro for Your Heating Installation

September 26th, 2022

furnaceIllinois winters are no joke. That’s why a functional heating system is a must in any home. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that installing a new heating system is not a DIY job. Heating installations may seem like a job you can do yourself, but it is actually a complex process that requires training and experience.

By hiring a professional for your heating installation, you can be sure the job is done correctly and safely. Here are a few reasons why you should always hire a pro for your heating installation. 

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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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