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

Are You Making These Mistakes with Your AC Efficiency?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

top-view-outdoor-ac-unitWhen you think about running your AC system, you probably don’t think of doing this in a “wrong” or “right” way. We aren’t planning on getting too technical here in this post, but we do want you to understand a few things about your air conditioner and its ability. The fact of the matter is, you can avoid a lot of problems with efficiency or needless repairs by avoiding some common mistakes homeowners make.

Our goal is to help you do just that, and when you do have a problem with your cooling system functionality, we’re the team to call. Read on as we uncover some of the top mistakes homeowners make in their homes that hurt their AC efficiency.

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How to Lower the Cost of Your AC Use This Summer

Monday, April 27th, 2020

outside-ac-unit-surrounded-by-cashNo, you don’t have to avoid using your air conditioner in order to lower the cost!

But summer is right around the corner, and when it hits you’re going to be grateful for an efficiently operating air conditioner! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you can achieve this efficiency during the season you need your air conditioner the most.

When you’re using your air conditioner efficiently, you don’t have to worry as much about costly utility bills. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to in fact use your cooling system more efficiently, and therefore lower the cost of AC use. Read on for some great tips!

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, April 13th, 2020

ac-technician-in-foreground-on-tablet-and-technician-in-background-looking-in-tool-bag-on-top-of-ac-unitTemperatures are still cool for now, but you know as well as we do that summer can surprise us by coming early—and if that happens, it’s vital that your air conditioner be ready for it.

Look, we understand—when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioner, it’s easy to dismiss the suggestion. Unless you have a repair need, it can be tempting to put off AC service in an attempt to save money, particularly if you think your air conditioner is currently working “just fine.”

We’d like to offer a bit of a change in perspective though. Just like a maintenance tune-up for your car, routine air conditioning maintenance is vital for the overall performance of the system. This helps prevent repairs, improves efficiency, and can extend your system’s lifespan. Not convinced? Read on!

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Did You Include Your Ducts in Your Spring Cleaning?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

duct-that-has-been-cleanedIn our last blog post, we walked through some of the spring cleaning steps to take to ensure your home is ready to provide you with clean and healthy air. One of the methods we discussed was air duct cleaning—a service that is vital to the efficiency of your HVAC systems and the health of your indoor air.

Without regular duct cleaning, you may be breathing in contaminants, you can feel colder in the winter due to lack of airflow (as well as warmer in the summer for the same reason), and you can be paying more than necessary for your HVAC operation. Not sure if you really need duct cleaning? Read on as we uncover some of the biggest benefits.

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Spring Cleaning for Home Comfort and HVAC Efficiency

Monday, March 16th, 2020

sun-whining-into-clean-living-room-with-couch-and-two-loveseatsIt’s time for some spring cleaning! No, we aren’t talking about decluttering your home office or rearranging your bookshelves. Though, both of these tasks could certainly help you with dust buildup that impacts your indoor air quality.

What we are talking about is achieving a healthier home overall. With homeowners on high alert regarding nationwide health issues, our customers are often reaching out to see what they can do to achieve higher quality air inside their homes. Read on to learn what you can do!

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceThink about how much you’re using your heater on a daily basis this season. It’s no secret that you’d probably like to know how to do so while avoiding costly energy bills. Sure, you can expect your utility bills to increase in the winter (and in the summer, for that matter) since HVAC systems account for half of all the energy use in a household.

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to increase your heater’s efficiency and therefore lower costs. Actually, there are a number of steps you can take, and some don’t cost you anything but a minute of your time. Keeping heating efficiency up is also a good way to keep repair needs at bay since a higher efficiency system typically means a system that doesn’t accumulate wear and tear too quickly.

Read on as we uncover some of the easy ways you can use your heater more efficiently throughout the rest of winter and beyond.

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What’s the Best Setting for My Furnace Thermostat?

Monday, December 9th, 2019

man-standing-by-thermostat-shiveringGenerally speaking, your thermostat is a fairly simple device. This is particularly true if you are still using an older, manual thermostat with a dial and a slider. When you want more heat in the wintertime, you just turn up the thermostat and get the extra heat. And when it’s too stuffy? You turn the thermostat back down. Pretty basic stuff, right?

But, adjusting your thermostat with this “up-and-down” pattern based on how warm your house currently feels can waste energy without providing better comfort—it can even shorten the service life of your heating system due to the extra strain.

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High Heating Bills Don’t Have to be Inevitable

Monday, November 25th, 2019

design-logo-of-money-and-home-on-seesawThe holidays are almost upon us! Of course, for us, that means that colder weather is just about upon us. Actually, it’s already here, and it’s only going to get chillier. With the long winter ahead of us, you’ll want a furnace that operates consistently and reliably, right? What about efficiently?

Surely, with how often we need our heaters around here you want to do anything you can to boost efficiency—in other words, you want to do everything you can to save money. Maintaining furnace efficiency is a great way to prevent repairs and keep costs down. The good news is, not all the tips we are about to share cost money—some are completely free! Read on.

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Make Sure Your AC System is Ready for Next Year

Monday, October 28th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-clipboard-on-topWith temperatures already cooling down for the year, it’s time to shut off AC systems for the season and turn our attention to our heaters. Have you scheduled heating maintenance yet? If not, now is the time! Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly and carefully inspect your system, adjusting any components that need it and alerting you to repair needs so you can get them on your schedule right away.

But wait, don’t forget about your air conditioner. Just because you may not need it again until next year doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Besides, if your air conditioner had even the smallest issue this past summer, it’s a good idea to have the system checked now, rather than waiting on it—waiting can lead to more serious problems.

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Quality HVAC Inspections: Our Specialty

Monday, September 30th, 2019

checklistWhen you have an HVAC system installed by your average handyman or even inexperienced contractor, chances are that they install the system and call it a day. They aren’t going to check back and make sure that the installation was done right and that your air conditioner or heating system is working flawlessly. At least, they aren’t if they’re not a Comfort First technician!

HVAC installation inspections are our specialty—every installation will be followed up with a Quality Control Inspection. We believe in going above and beyond for each one of our installation customers. One of our technicians will conduct the installation, and then a different tech will be sent out a week later to make sure everything is working as it should. Without this inspection, you could find yourself paying repair costs far before you should have to, and you may even be stuck with a system that has a shortened lifespan due to an installation mistake.

This inspection is part of our promise to you! Of course, this promise should always be backed by a professional HVAC installation to start with. More on this below…

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