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

The Importance of Routine Furnace Cleaning and Tune-Ups

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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…

Monday, 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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Why You Need a Pro for Your Heating Installation

Monday, 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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How Duct Cleaning Helps Your Furnace

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Are You Heating Your Home as Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, January 17th, 2022

furnace-interiorIf you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, then you know just how chilly it gets, and just how important it is to have a powerful and efficient home heating system. There are a few ways to ensure that your heater does, in fact, work as efficiently, and therefore as affordably, as possible. Wondering how?

Well, it starts with maintenance. Routine heating maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. This not only helps the heater work as efficiently as possible but also as powerfully as possible, for as long as possible. Maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs that an HVAC system might otherwise need.

Maintenance is definitely not the only way to boost heating efficiency, though! Read on as we uncover some of our top heating efficiency tips.

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Pay Attention If You Hear Clicking from Your Furnace… Here’s Why

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

comfort-first-logoWe want to start off by saying if you hear clicking from your furnace as it cycles on and off, and the sound hasn’t changed since you’ve gotten your furnace, then you might actually be hearing your ductwork shift a bit as the temperature of the air inside of it fluctuates. This is normal, and as long as there is no change and you’re having your furnace professional inspected once a year through maintenance, you have nothing to worry about.

If, however, a new clicking sound has started, or it sounds like it’s coming from another part of the system, then you’re right to be alarmed. This clicking could be coming from a crack on the heat exchanger, and it’s clicking as it contracts back into place when your furnace cycles off and cools down. Why is this a problem? Read on to find out!

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Why Is a Furnace Heat Exchanger a Big Deal?

Monday, December 20th, 2021

furnaceIf you’re like the majority of homeowners in our area, you have a gas-powered furnace in your home to keep you and your family comfortable all winter long. A furnace is a great choice, as it is a powerful and efficient source of heating. Today’s furnace models have a higher efficiency rating than those of even just a decade ago, with the highest AFUE rating (AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for a gas-powered furnace being 98%. Trust us when we say this is efficient heating!

In addition to your heater’s efficiency, you want to be able to rely on it’s safety, too! This isn’t to say that a heating system is inherently dangerous. However, if your furnace isn’t adequately maintained, it can become so. This is especially true when you’re using a gas furnace over an electric furnace.

The most common risk to safety when it comes to furnace use, especially an older one, is a damaged heat exchanger component. Even if you don’t currently have a problem with a heat exchanger, if your furnace is 10-15 years old, it’s time to start considering an upgrade. We’ll dive more into the “why” of this below!

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