Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog

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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Why Your Furnace Heat Exchanger Matters

April 12th, 2021

natural-gas-heaterIf you’re like many homeowners in our area, you are likely using a gas-powered furnace to heat your home each winter. Gas furnaces are great options for most homeowners around here. Today’s models have a much higher efficiency rating than those of even a decade ago, with the highest AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Ratio) being 98%.

Efficiency is one thing though. It’s great, but what you really want is for your furnace to work safely. This isn’t to say that that they are inherently dangerous—they’re not. But if you don’t take care of your gas furnace properly—with routine annual maintenance and timely repairs, then the system can become dangerous.

The most common culprit of an unsafe furnace is a damaged heat exchanger. This is more likely to happen in an aging furnace versus one that’s under 7-10 years old but it’s still important to be aware of.

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Why Should You Install a New Furnace and AC at the Same Time?

March 29th, 2021

AC-and-furnace-ductworkThe time of year has come to start thinking about our cooling needs for the coming spring and summer. This means if your air conditioner is on the newer side and in good shape, it’s time to schedule a tune-up to keep it that way. If your air conditioner is aging, however (10-15 years old) and starting to show signs of struggle, it’s time to consider a replacement.

Before you rush out and purchase a new air conditioner though, there are a number of things to consider, including whether or not it would be beneficial to have a new furnace installed at the same time. In many cases, this is a good option. Read on as we uncover why!

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How the Right Furnace Installation Job Can Prevent Repair Needs Later

March 15th, 2021

old-furnace-that-needs-replacementIf there’s anything you don’t want to be stuck with in the middle of a chilly day in winter, it’s a broken-down furnace system. And if you’ve come across this blog post, chances are that you’re in a bit of a rush to get a new system installed in your home—we are still dealing with cooler temps for a bit, after all.

This isn’t a decision to be rushed, though! This could lead you to make a mistake that will result in repair needs and inefficient furnace operation further down the road. Mistakes like, assuming that bigger is better when it comes to what size furnace you get.

Furnace size does matter! You probably know this in a sense—that too small of a system isn’t powerful enough to efficiently cool a home. But did you know that too large of a system can also have detrimental effects? Read on to learn more!

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For Women’s History Month, We Celebrate These Two Fantastic HVAC Innovators!

March 8th, 2021

We’ve seen some big technological advancements over the years in the HVAC industry. These advancements help you live more comfortably in your home, in addition to more safely and efficiently. This is thanks, in part, to the important contributions of inventive minds along the way.

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Improve the Health of Your Home with the Air Scrubber by Aerus

March 1st, 2021

comfort-first-logoMore and more homeowners are looking for ways to improve the comfort, and more importantly the health, of their homes these days. One way to do this is by ensuring you have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. One of these solutions is the Air Scrubber by Aerus, an air purifier that combines powerful ionization with UV technology to effectively eliminate harmful contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses before they even have the chance to enter your indoor air.

At Comfort First, we install and service a number of air purifier types. Read on as we uncover the benefits of having a whole-house air purifier installed, then give us a call when you’re ready to invest in improved home comfort and health!

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