Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog

Electric vs. Gas: What Furnace Is More Efficient?

February 15th, 2021

natural-gas-furnaceIf you’re looking for a new heater installation this time of the year, chances are that you’re in a bit of a rush. We really want to encourage you to slow down and take some time with this decision. Rushing into a furnace purchase can leave you with a system that’s not properly matched for your specific home and needs, and therefore doesn’t work as efficiently as you need it to.

About efficiency—efficiency is the rating of the heating output of your furnace compared to the amount of energy that it consumes. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will, by default, cost less to run. A good example of this is when you’re looking at the AFUE ratings of electric furnaces versus that of gas furnaces.

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For Black History Month, We Celebrate Two Great HVAC Inventors

February 8th, 2021

black-history-month-textModern HVAC has seen some huge technological advancements, that allow homeowners like you to live more comfortably, safely, and efficiently. But none of this would be possible without the important contributions of innovative minds along the way. Two of these great minds are David Crosthwait Jr. and Alice Parker.

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How Could Your Indoor Air Quality be Healthier?

February 1st, 2021

image-of-homeThroughout the country, COVID-19 has brought reasonable concerns about health and safety to the surface, especially the health of our households. And while there is no guarantee that any one indoor air quality product will completely eliminate the risk of COVID germs, and we do urge you to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, there are certainly steps you can take to mitigate the risk of virus transmission in your living space.

For instance, you can make sure you’re well equipped with the right indoor air quality solutions. Most Americans spend 70% of their time inside—a number that might be even higher now. It makes sense that you want to ensure you’re breathing as healthy air as possible. And you can with an air scrubber by Aerus.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro for Your Next Furnace Installation

January 18th, 2021

two-women-leaning-back-on-couch-looking-comfortableIf you’re reading a blog post about furnace installation in January, it probably means you’re pretty desperate to get some reliable heat in your home, now. But this really isn’t a service you want to rush. As important as finding the right heater for your home is trusting the team that’s doing the job.

“Wait, I can’t just put it in myself?”

Well, you could, but we can’t promise that it would be done effectively, that your furnace would work efficiently if at all, or that your furnace will operate safely.

Read on as we uncover the work that goes into a furnace installation. These are at least three reasons you should trust a pro.

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What Happens When Your Heater Won’t Actually Heat

January 4th, 2021

woman-wrapped-in-blanket-drinking-out-of-mugWhether you have an electric or gas furnace, you count on it for powerful performance right? Well, as long as you properly take care of your heater, you’ll never have to worry about it failing on you. But no heater is immune to problems, no matter how well maintained.

So what if yours is running, but it doesn’t seem to be actually heating your home? Maybe you’ve tried raising the thermostat to make up the difference to no avail.

This means your furnace or heating system is malfunctioning in some way, but what could be to blame? 

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Is Your Furnace Making One of These 3 Noises?

December 21st, 2020

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIt’s often easy to ignore subtle sounds coming from your heating system. Or rather, it’s easy to tune them out. Sounds like the whoosh of air coming through your vents, for instance, can become a noise so natural in the fall and winter that you don’t even notice it anymore. You might also neglect to notice the sound of a very gentle rattling of your ductwork as it shifts with the temperature fluctuations.

But what about those noises that seem to creep up on you out of nowhere? Is it ever okay to ignore a strange sound coming from your furnace? Well, you could ignore it, but you’d probably regret that. Unusual sounds are among the first signs that something is wrong with your furnace. Keep reading as we outline three of the most common sounds that indicate a furnace in disrepair.

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Is Your Boiler in Trouble?

December 7th, 2020

A boiler can only operate as efficiently as it is meant to if it is cared for properly. This means it needs to be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced and trained professionals to perform as it should.

It’s also important to remember that even with quality boiler services, there’s still a chance that something will eventually go amiss with your heating system, and eventually you may need boiler repairs or even replacement. Read on as we uncover some of the leading signs that your boiler is in trouble and needs help.

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Caring for Your Boiler: What You Should Know

November 23rd, 2020

top-of-boiler-with-pressure-gaugeBoilers are very sturdy heating systems. In fact, that’s why many homeowners throughout Joliet and beyond choose these systems to keep their homes comfortable in the winter. With fewer moving parts than the more traditional furnaces or heat pumps, they tend to have fewer repair needs, too. But boilers still deserve to be cared for just like any other heating system. And what many homeowners don’t realize is just like any other type of heater, boilers need professional maintenance to prevent repair needs!

If you have any hope of continuing to enjoy the comfort and energy savings they bring throughout the years, then you’ll want to make sure you properly care for your boiler, through professional maintenance. Read on to learn more!

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Boost Your Heating Efficiency This Year with These Tips

November 9th, 2020

animated-checklistWinter is just around the corner, and we want to help you be prepared! Let’s face it, it can get pretty darn cold around here. And you need a fully functional and highly efficient heater to see you through the season.

Having a great heater is about a number of things—it means you want a heater that is reliable, effective, and highly efficient. Our winters and sometimes even our springs stay chilly for too long to sacrifice any of this or to overpay for comfort. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple steps you can take toward boosting your heating efficiency and saving even more money as a result.

Read on as we uncover our top heating efficiency-boosting tips.

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Have You Scheduled Your Heating Maintenance Appointment Yet?

October 26th, 2020

Natural-gas-heaterIt’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again! You know, the time where leaves are falling, pumpkin and apple pies are baking, and all over the community homeowners are starting to use their heaters on a daily basis.

This is also the time of year that it’s best to schedule heating maintenance! Keeping your heating system in good shape will ensure that you’re able to keep your household warm and cozy all fall and winter long, and do so safely. Now is the perfect time to schedule your tune-up. Keep reading as we dive into why that is the case!

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