Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Joliet’

What Happens During AC Maintenance?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIf you’ve followed our blog for a while, then you know that we talk about maintenance a good deal. This is because of how important this service is. Many homeowners think this is actually a “luxury” service only for those who can afford it. However, air conditioning maintenance is a necessity if you want an air conditioner that performs as it should.

Maintenance tune-ups help our professional spot small system problems before they grown into much bigger ones. This helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is good news for your budget. But, what actually happens during this service? Read on to discover what you are really paying for!

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Heed These Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, May 10th, 2021

old-air-conditioner-unitLet’s say you’ve just come inside after a fun, but hot, day of enjoying the outdoors, and you’re looking forward to taking a cool shower and then relaxing in your air-conditioned home. But alas, instead you return home to a house that’s hotter than it should be, even though you set your programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat to come on before you arrived home.

If you find yourself facing this scenario, you won’t be happy. We wouldn’t be either! But the good news is that you do have our technicians on your side to help. Read on as we uncover some of the warning signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, and then if any of them seem familiar, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

Monday, April 26th, 2021

outdoor-ac-unitIt makes sense that when hearing a recommendation for an air conditioning service you don’t need right now, you may initially dismiss it. After all, unless something is seriously wrong with your cooling system—for instance, if you notice a loss of cooling power—you’re probably tempted to put off “optional” services like maintenance, especially if your cooling system is performing just fine.

But what if your system could operate better than just fine? The fact of the matter is, it can. Just like maintenance on the car you drive, routine air conditioning maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional HVAC system services, our team has the responsibility to share with you just how important maintenance is.

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Why Your Furnace Heat Exchanger Matters

Monday, April 12th, 2021

natural-gas-heaterIf you’re like many homeowners in our area, you are likely using a gas-powered furnace to heat your home each winter. Gas furnaces are great options for most homeowners around here. Today’s models have a much higher efficiency rating than those of even a decade ago, with the highest AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Ratio) being 98%.

Efficiency is one thing though. It’s great, but what you really want is for your furnace to work safely. This isn’t to say that that they are inherently dangerous—they’re not. But if you don’t take care of your gas furnace properly—with routine annual maintenance and timely repairs, then the system can become dangerous.

The most common culprit of an unsafe furnace is a damaged heat exchanger. This is more likely to happen in an aging furnace versus one that’s under 7-10 years old but it’s still important to be aware of.

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Why Should You Install a New Furnace and AC at the Same Time?

Monday, March 29th, 2021

AC-and-furnace-ductworkThe time of year has come to start thinking about our cooling needs for the coming spring and summer. This means if your air conditioner is on the newer side and in good shape, it’s time to schedule a tune-up to keep it that way. If your air conditioner is aging, however (10-15 years old) and starting to show signs of struggle, it’s time to consider a replacement.

Before you rush out and purchase a new air conditioner though, there are a number of things to consider, including whether or not it would be beneficial to have a new furnace installed at the same time. In many cases, this is a good option. Read on as we uncover why!

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Improve the Health of Your Home with the Air Scrubber by Aerus

Monday, March 1st, 2021

comfort-first-logoMore and more homeowners are looking for ways to improve the comfort, and more importantly the health, of their homes these days. One way to do this is by ensuring you have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. One of these solutions is the Air Scrubber by Aerus, an air purifier that combines powerful ionization with UV technology to effectively eliminate harmful contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses before they even have the chance to enter your indoor air.

At Comfort First, we install and service a number of air purifier types. Read on as we uncover the benefits of having a whole-house air purifier installed, then give us a call when you’re ready to invest in improved home comfort and health!

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Electric vs. Gas: What Furnace Is More Efficient?

Monday, 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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How Could Your Indoor Air Quality be Healthier?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Caring for Your Boiler: What You Should Know

Monday, 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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