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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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High Heating Bills Don’t Have to be Inevitable

November 25th, 2019

design-logo-of-money-and-home-on-seesawThe holidays are almost upon us! Of course, for us, that means that colder weather is just about upon us. Actually, it’s already here, and it’s only going to get chillier. With the long winter ahead of us, you’ll want a furnace that operates consistently and reliably, right? What about efficiently?

Surely, with how often we need our heaters around here you want to do anything you can to boost efficiency—in other words, you want to do everything you can to save money. Maintaining furnace efficiency is a great way to prevent repairs and keep costs down. The good news is, not all the tips we are about to share cost money—some are completely free! Read on.

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Your Furnace Might Not Wait—Schedule Your Tune-Up Now!

November 11th, 2019

jets-of-a-furnace-firingWith temperatures already cooling down drastically, we’re going to guess that you’re using your furnace on a regular basis. This means you had it tuned up too, right? If not, it’s never too late!

Well actually, it could be too late, if your furnace has completely shut down and is in total disrepair. We’d like to help you avoid that scenario. Keep reading as we delve into the importance of professional furnace maintenance, and give us a call when you’re ready to schedule your tune-up.

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Make Sure Your AC System is Ready for Next Year

October 28th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-clipboard-on-topWith temperatures already cooling down for the year, it’s time to shut off AC systems for the season and turn our attention to our heaters. Have you scheduled heating maintenance yet? If not, now is the time! Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly and carefully inspect your system, adjusting any components that need it and alerting you to repair needs so you can get them on your schedule right away.

But wait, don’t forget about your air conditioner. Just because you may not need it again until next year doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Besides, if your air conditioner had even the smallest issue this past summer, it’s a good idea to have the system checked now, rather than waiting on it—waiting can lead to more serious problems.

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Bears Ticket Giveaway!

October 22nd, 2019

How can you score two tickets to the Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs game on December 22nd? By entering our giveaway here at Comfort First Heating & Cooling.

To enter, you must

  1. Visit and like the Comfort First Facebook Page
  2. Publicly share this post.
  3. Publicly comment on this post.

 Drawing ends at 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2019. Winner will be announced on December 13, 2019

(Winner will be transferred tickets vie an email through The Ticketmaster App)

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