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

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

Monday, March 29th, 2021

ac-installer-working-on-ac-laughing-with-homeownerThe 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

woman-leaning-back-on-couch-looking-happyMore 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

animated-house-with-money-symbols-coming-out-of-chimneyIf 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

woman-sitting-by-window-looking-relaxed-in-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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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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