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

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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Sounds that You Don’t Want to Hear from your Heater

Monday, December 6th, 2021

furnace-inside-closetIt can, admittedly, be pretty easy to ignore some of the sounds that come from the systems and appliances throughout your home. You may even deny that anything is wrong, since fixing it can be an expensive hassle. However, there are some noises that simply shouldn’t be ignored. Like a rattle coming from your heater, for example–it could be nothing more than a loose panel on the cabinet, but alternatively it could be that you have a cracked heat exchanger, which could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Here at Comfort First, we understand how important it is to protect yourself and your family. So if you hear any suspicious sounds coming from your heater, please don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection and potential repairs with our team. Read on as we uncover some of the sounds you don’t want to hear from your heater.

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Here’s Why Your Furnace Air Filter Should Be Changed Regularly

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

comfort-first-logoDo you change the air filter in your furnace often enough? Were you aware you needed to change your furnace air filter before reading this? If not, no worries! There’s no better time like the present to learn the importance of this.

What’s important moving forward is that you take action to keep your filter, and therefore your furnace, in good shape. Otherwise, you could find yourself paying for what would have been otherwise unnecessary repairs. Read on to learn more!

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Heed These Signs You Need Furnace Repairs

Monday, November 8th, 2021

duct-running-from-ac-to-furnaceWhen you live somewhere that needs heating systems as much as our homes do, you don’t want to sit around worried that yours could break down at any moment. Of course, unless you’ve never had professional maintenance done before and don’t know the signs that your heater is struggling, this probably won’t happen… but what if you don’t know the signs to look for that indicate your furnace is struggling?

That’s what we are here for!

First, the best way to defend against heavy repair needs is with regular professional maintenance. It doesn’t matter whether you have a gas furnace or an electric-powered one, professional tune-ups should be done once a year to help your heater work as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. Additionally, maintenance helps prevent up to 85% of the repairs your furnace might ever need in that lifespan.

Now, that doesn’t mean your furnace will never need repairs. Some repairs are inevitable since just like any other large appliance your furnace does suffer from wear and tear. Here is how to spot the signs that your furnace may need repair, even if you’re in between maintenance sessions.

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The Importance of Routine Furnace Cleaning and Checkups

Monday, October 25th, 2021

comfort-first-logoIf you read the title of this blog post and you’re wondering if cleaning and checking 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, or how to ensure that it functions as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. 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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