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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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What Actually Happens During an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

April 11th, 2022

new-air-conditioner-outside-unitWe talk about maintenance because of how important a service it is. Homeowners often think this is just a sort of “luxury” service that only a few select people can afford. But maintenance is a preventative measure that actually helps you save money.

It does this, first, by enabling our technicians to locate small, wear-and-tear issues within your cooling system before they have a chance to grow into much bigger problems. In turn, this helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is great news for your budget! But, what actually occurs during AC maintenance? What exactly does this service provide? Read on to find out!

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“Do I Have to Have Professional AC Maintenance Done?”

March 28th, 2022

air-conditionerAsking the question, “Do I have to get professional maintenance done for my air conditioner?” is a little tricky.

The truth is, no, you don’t have to do anything. We certainly can’t force you! However, we can share with you why you might choose to have this service done.

You’ll notice that just about any HVAC company provides a maintenance plan of some kind. This isn’t a money-making scheme. This is a service we provide to our customers to keep their air conditioners (and heaters, for that matter) in the best shape possible so that they operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Read on as we uncover the many benefits of having this service done each year for your air conditioner.

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How Duct Cleaning Helps Your Furnace

March 14th, 2022

comfort-first-logoIf you’re like the average Illinois resident, you probably don’t think about your HVAC ductwork too often. This makes sense! After all, it’s mostly hidden from sight, and you really shouldn’t need to think about it too much once it’s installed.

However, from time to time your ductwork may in fact need attention, especially in the case of cleaning. Your air ducts are largely inaccessible for you, but not for dust, allergens, and other debris that can make their way inside.

Fortunately, you needn’t look too far for professional duct cleaning services. Professional duct cleaning is beneficial for a number of reasons, which we’ll dive into more below. Overall, however, if you’re wondering if this service is worth it, we’re about to explain how it is! Read on…

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“Do I Have to Hire a Professional for My Heater Installation?”

February 28th, 2022

If you’ve come across this post in an internet search this time of the year, then there is a very good chance that you’re in a rush to get a new heating system and bring warmth back into your home. And you might be tempted to just go buy the most affordable system you can get and install it yourself.

Unfortunately, it can be a really big mistake to rush into a purchase like this, as well as to attempt a DIY furnace or heater installation. If you want your heater installation to be done accurately and reliably, then it’s important that you trust a pro. Read on to find out why!

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Should Your Next Furnace Be Gas or Electric?

February 14th, 2022

comfort-first-logoIf the time has come for you to purchase a new furnace for your living space, there are a number of factors you’ll want to consider. Seemingly minor choices can have a much bigger impact on the overall efficacy and efficiency of your new heating system, and therefore it’s essential that you do your research, and work with a qualified professional before making your purchase. After all, an inefficient or mismatched furnace can cost you more than it is worth.

After you determine what make and model of furnace you want to look at, the next and most important choice to make is what fuel source you want to use. In most cases, this means making a decision between a natural gas-powered furnace or an electric one. Read on below as we go over each of these, and the different features and benefits of each.

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