Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Why You Should Never Leave a Clogged Air Filter in Your Cooling System

Monday, July 6th, 2020

air-filter-closeupWith summer well underway, it’s time to start using our air conditioners on a routine basis, if you’re not already doing so. This also means it’s time to make sure your AC isn’t operating with a clogged air filter in it!

This doesn’t sound like an exciting task to manage, but we guarantee that leaving a clogged air filter in your cooling system will threaten your comfort, hurt your air conditioner, and cause your cooling bills to rise. Wouldn’t you like to avoid all that?

You might not realize how important a role your air filter plays in the overall performance of your air conditioner, but we’re here to fill you in. Read on to learn more about this HVAC component and how much power it has over your home comfort each summer.

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

outside-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-topAir conditioner repair is one of those professional services you never want to put off. You may be tempted to—after all if your system is still running and you don’t really have repairs in your budget, why bother? Well, because by ignoring repair needs, you risk your air conditioner completely breaking down when you need it the most, right in the middle of summer.

We urge you to take care of your system as soon as you realize you need a repair. But, how do you know when this is the case? We ask this knowing that you aren’t an AC expert—that’s what we are here for! But it is important for you to know the basics, and know the signs that it’s time to call a pro, which we’ve shared below!

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Is Going Ductless Worth It?

Monday, June 8th, 2020

woman-with-remote-turning-on-ductless-air-handler-in-her-living-roomOur short answer to this is going to be “yes,” of course, but we don’t expect you to take that at face value. Also, ductless systems aren’t the right choice for every home, but they’re a great home comfort addition for many!

In case you aren’t already aware of what a ductless system is, as the name implies it does not rely on ductwork. It’s also a heat pump system, meaning that not only can it be used to effectively cool your home, but by the flip of a switch it will efficiently heat your home in the winter as well.

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Debunking Common Air Conditioning Myths

Monday, May 25th, 2020

outdoor-unit-of-an-air-conditionerWhen it comes to your air conditioner, it makes sense that you want to use the system as efficiently as possible. After all, nobody wants to pay more than necessary to keep their homes cool and comfortable.

But there are a number of myths surrounding the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems that actually work against you. Many homeowners believe these myths because they’ve been told they can save money, when in actuality they’re doing harm to their air conditioners.

Read on as we uncover and debunk some of the biggest myths surrounding air conditioners.

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Are You Making These Mistakes with Your AC Efficiency?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

top-view-outdoor-ac-unitWhen you think about running your AC system, you probably don’t think of doing this in a “wrong” or “right” way. We aren’t planning on getting too technical here in this post, but we do want you to understand a few things about your air conditioner and its ability. The fact of the matter is, you can avoid a lot of problems with efficiency or needless repairs by avoiding some common mistakes homeowners make.

Our goal is to help you do just that, and when you do have a problem with your cooling system functionality, we’re the team to call. Read on as we uncover some of the top mistakes homeowners make in their homes that hurt their AC efficiency.

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How to Lower the Cost of Your AC Use This Summer

Monday, April 27th, 2020

outside-ac-unit-surrounded-by-cashNo, you don’t have to avoid using your air conditioner in order to lower the cost!

But summer is right around the corner, and when it hits you’re going to be grateful for an efficiently operating air conditioner! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you can achieve this efficiency during the season you need your air conditioner the most.

When you’re using your air conditioner efficiently, you don’t have to worry as much about costly utility bills. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to in fact use your cooling system more efficiently, and therefore lower the cost of AC use. Read on for some great tips!

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, April 13th, 2020

ac-technician-in-foreground-on-tablet-and-technician-in-background-looking-in-tool-bag-on-top-of-ac-unitTemperatures are still cool for now, but you know as well as we do that summer can surprise us by coming early—and if that happens, it’s vital that your air conditioner be ready for it.

Look, we understand—when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioner, it’s easy to dismiss the suggestion. Unless you have a repair need, it can be tempting to put off AC service in an attempt to save money, particularly if you think your air conditioner is currently working “just fine.”

We’d like to offer a bit of a change in perspective though. Just like a maintenance tune-up for your car, routine air conditioning maintenance is vital for the overall performance of the system. This helps prevent repairs, improves efficiency, and can extend your system’s lifespan. Not convinced? Read on!

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Did You Include Your Ducts in Your Spring Cleaning?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

duct-that-has-been-cleanedIn our last blog post, we walked through some of the spring cleaning steps to take to ensure your home is ready to provide you with clean and healthy air. One of the methods we discussed was air duct cleaning—a service that is vital to the efficiency of your HVAC systems and the health of your indoor air.

Without regular duct cleaning, you may be breathing in contaminants, you can feel colder in the winter due to lack of airflow (as well as warmer in the summer for the same reason), and you can be paying more than necessary for your HVAC operation. Not sure if you really need duct cleaning? Read on as we uncover some of the biggest benefits.

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Make Sure Your AC System is Ready for Next Year

Monday, 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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Short Cycling: A Sign That You Need AC Repair

Monday, September 16th, 2019

air-conditioning-unit-with-tools-on-topOne of the most common and unfortunately harmful problems an air conditioner can experience is a condition called short-cycling. This is a symptom of a problem with your air conditioner, and can actually cause further problems. Sometimes, a few simple adjustments might be all that’s needed to fix this problem. But if the root cause is serious, it may require a professional HVAC tech to conduct repairs.

Short-cycling must be resolved, otherwise, it will eventually lead to an early replacement for your air conditioner, and waste enormous amounts of power until that point.

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