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

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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Boost Your Heating Efficiency This Year with These Tips

Monday, 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?

Monday, October 26th, 2020

woman-hand-filling-out-calendarIt’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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Are Your Ducts Hurting AC Efficiency?

Monday, August 17th, 2020

hand-sealing-up-ductworkHere’s the thing–your air ducts could be hurting your AC efficiency without you even knowing it. They could be hurting your indoor air quality as well. Your air ducts can leak out around 30% of your conditioned air–that’s air that you are otherwise paying for but not enjoying the comfort from. What’s the solution to this?

Professional duct sealing!

Now, you might be wondering–why? Why can’t you just get up there and put some duct tape on damaged ductwork? Well, that’s not actually what duct tape is for. Rather, duct tape is inappropriately named and was originally meant to tape up ammo boxes in wartimes. It actually turns brittle and falls apart if it gets too hot. So using it for ductwork would be a fruitless effort. But professional duct sealing is another story–read on to learn more!

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Is It Ever Too Late for a Cooling System Tune-Up?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-and-paper-resting-on-topThe simple answer to this is, “No.”

Well actually, that’s not true. It is too late for a cooling system tune-up if your air conditioner has completely broken down and is beyond repair. But hopefully, you won’t let it get to that point!

The thing is, most HVAC professionals–including our team–recommend that you have your air conditioner maintenance done in the spring before you need your AC system the most. The reason we suggest this is so that you have plenty of time to get it on your schedule and have your system inspected, but also so that if we find any repair needs, you can get those on your schedule too before summer hits.

But that doesn’t mean that if you never scheduled maintenance this year, you should just skip it! In fact, we’d rather you be consistent with your tune-ups than worry about what time of the year you have it done. Regardless of the time of year, maintenance will benefit you in a number of ways, including:

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4 Reasons Your AC Is Freezing Over…

Monday, July 20th, 2020

…And What to Do About It! 

frozen-ac-condenser-unitYou likely understand at least a little about how your air conditioner works. There is a fluid called refrigerant inside of it that absorbs heat to transfer it from your home to the outdoors while putting the air through a process that cools it and sends it back into your home. The hot air from your home is released from the condenser unit–the outside unit–of your air conditioner as the AC runs.

What your air conditioner doesn’t use or need though, is ice. It’s easy to assume that ice would be involved since your air conditioner provides chilled air to your living space. But moving heat from one area to another shouldn’t involve any ice development at all, and yet…

Ice Has Formed On Your AC

When this happens, the first thing you should avoid is trying to remove the ice on your own. The ice is there for a reason (which we’re about to get to) and our pros need to get to the root cause and solve it before the ice can be thawed and removed. Otherwise, you could do further damage unintentionally, while doing nothing to help avoid the development of ice in the future. So, why does this occur?

  1. It’s humid outside. A standard central air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties–it draws in hot air but also humid air from your home. When that humid air moves over the cool indoor evaporator coil, condensation forms, and if the coil is too cold, the moisture can freeze.
  2. There is dirt and grime on the coils. Any debris that settles on the evaporator or condenser coil creates an insulating layer. This means in the case of the evaporator coil, it can no longer absorb heat. As a result, the coil freezes over.
  3. Your air filter is clogged. The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to protect the inside components from the above-mentioned debris. If it gets too clogged, airflow is restricted and the lack of warm air can lead to the evaporator coil freezing over.
  4. You have a refrigerant leak. If there isn’t enough refrigerant moving through your system, there won’t be enough to draw in enough heat from your home. The remaining refrigerant will be too cold and ice will form.

“What Can I Do About It?”

If the ice is already present, then the best thing you can do is to call our staff. If you’re looking to avoid this problem altogether, the best thing you can do is call our staff still, but to schedule routine maintenance! During maintenance, we’ll thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to make sure it’s in good shape so you don’t run into this problem.

It’s also important that you do one small maintenance task on your own–change your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of system use. This will help you avoid ice development and a whole host of other operational problems.

Contact our team at the first sign that you need professional Joliet AC service! Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc., where we put your comfort first.

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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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