How to Plan the Perfect “Staycation”

June 21st, 2017

When the summer hits, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind — vacation! But while we’d all love to take a luxurious vacation this year, hings like sudden expenses, work schedules, and saving for a down payment on your dream home can sometimes derail your vacation plans. But don’t let that get you in a bad mood. There are plenty of ways to have a perfect vacation right in your home. Enter: Staycations

How to Plan the Perfect Staycation

Refrain from work emails.

When you’re in another country, not having an international plan makes this step pretty easy. But it can be hard to pull yourself away from work when you’re home and your laptop is right there. But resist the urge! Before your last day of work, put on your away message, give your department any necessary information and let yourself relax!

Work on your bucket list.

Remember when you turned 18 and all you wanted for your birthday was go to skydiving? Or when that new restaurant opened and you told yourself you were gonna go, but never did? This is the time to catch up on all those fun things you never got around to doing.

Don’t be afraid to splurge a little.

It may be a staycation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend any money. Put a little bit of the hundreds of dollars you saved on air travel and hotel rooms into your vacation here. Spend a little more than you normally would the next time you hit the mall, or buy great seats for a band you’ve always wanted to see.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we want every day in your home to feel like a vacation. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your home as comfortable as possible! We’re a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your AC installation, maintenance, and HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419!

 

6 Housewarming Gifts Every Recent Grad Will Want

June 14th, 2017

With graduation ceremonies taking place across the country, thousands of parents are getting ready to watch their child walk across the stage and commemorate one of the greatest achievements of their life. So it’s only natural that you celebrate their hard work with an amazing gift! Make your loved one’s post-grad life a bit easier with these sweet and sensible gifts.

7 Housewarming Gifts Every Recent Grad Will Want

  1. Cooking classes. Now that they’re on their own, it’s time for your graduate to learn how to navigate the kitchen. Give them a leg-up by signing them up for a cooking class.
  2. The essentials. Things like sandwich containers and pots and pans may not seem like the most exciting gift in the world, but no 20 something can be without them, and no 20 something actually wants to go out and buy them.
  3. Personalized towels. Now that they’re out of the dorm, it’s time for fresh towels. Make this a little extra special by having their name or alma mater engraved in the towel.
  4. Tool box basics. Even if your grad plans on calling you every time something goes wrong in their house or apartment, they should still have basic tools on hand — like a hammer, tape measure, set of screwdrivers, and a utility knife.
  5. Artwork. A few pieces of quality artwork will take their space from an apartment to a home.
  6. An new AC unit. Believe it or not, most apartments don’t come with an air conditioner. When that first 90-degree day hits, you’re bound to get a “thank you” call.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we know how important having a comfortable and inviting first home is. That’s why we offer heating, cooling, and air ventilation options that are all designed to make your home feel as enjoyable as possible! To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419!

 

How Poor Indoor Air Quality is Affecting Your Sleep

June 8th, 2017

Forget monsters under the bed, it’s now the air we breathe that’s keeping us up at night. Research shows that people who live in more polluted areas have a 60% increased likelihood of having low sleep efficiency. And with low sleep efficiency comes an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

How Poor Indoor Air Quality is Affecting Your Sleep Leslie Heating and Cooling

Poor indoor air quality can lead to:

  • trouble falling asleep.

  • trouble staying asleep.

  • sleep apnea.

  • snoring.

  • a sore throat.

  • respiratory problems.

How to improve your air quality and sleep:

Clean your sheets and pillow case often. You can help eliminate allergens, pollen, and dust from your room by changing and cleaning your sheets every two weeks.

Sorry Fido, but no pets in bed. We know sleeping with your pets is a comfort to many people, but your animal’s hair and dander could contribute to your difficulty breathing.

Add plants to your bedroom. Adding greenery doesn’t just make your room look nice, it can actually make it feel nicer.

Control humidity. Moisture attracts dust mites and mold, so make sure to keep the humidity in your home under control. With the help of a humidifier or dehumidifier, you can easily keep your home at ideal humidity levels — 30 – 50%.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are dedicated to making your home feel more comfortable. That is why we offer air filters and fresh air ventilation systems to maximize your home’s comfort. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419!

 

Why an AC Tune-Up Matters

June 6th, 2017

It’s the first hot day of summer, so you turn your air conditioner on and instantly feel a cool breeze. All is good, right? Nope! Just because your air conditioner is working, that doesn’t mean it’s performing at its most efficient. Before the really hot days hit here in Illinois, make sure your unit is serviced!

Why an AC Tune-Up Matters

Why a Tune-Up is Important

We know — no one wants to spend money having something serviced if it isn’t “technically broken.” But in reality, the cost of running a dirty, rusted, or partially broken unit is much higher than the price of a tune-up. So not only will a tune-up keep your unit working longer, it will save you money in the long run.

Why You Should Call the Pros

In all honesty, servicing an air conditioner isn’t rocket science. That being said, there are electrical currents and high voltages that could harm you. There are also plenty of small parts that you could dislodge, break, or lose if you choose to fix a unit yourself.

What We’ll do For Your System

When you call Leslie Heating and Cooling, you’ll get a lot more than just a serviceman looking to check off boxes. During an inspection, we’ll look at several key aspects of your system and make sure that they’re working at their optimal performance. Just a few of the things we’ll do are:

  • Check your Freon levels and add to it if necessary.

  • Inspect all electrical components of your unit and make any necessary repairs or replacements.

  • Clean the condenser and evaporator coils.

  • Flush the condensate drain line.

  • Grease all moving parts.

  • Inspect your thermostat.

 

Still not convinced? What if we told you that we’re offering $29 AC tune-ups!? For just $29, you’ll have total peace of mind all summer long knowing that your system will be able to handle even the hottest day.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your AC installation, maintenance, and HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419!

 

Window Units Vs. Central Air: Which is Best?

May 25th, 2017

Where would we be without air conditioning? (Other than the pool!) Air conditioners have the power to make even the hottest and most humid days enjoyable. But nowadays, there are so many air conditioning options available, it can be hard to know which is best for your family’s needs. That’s why we’re breaking down the two most popular options, central air and window units, and telling you which is best.

Leslie Heating and Cooling Window Units Vs. Central Air Which is Best

Energy use. The average window unit uses between 500 and 1500 watts. While a central unit (installed in a typical 4 bedroom house) uses about 3,500 watts. So if you’re concerned about energy use, you may want to choose a window unit.

Installation cost. Nearly any homeowner can install a window unit on their own, making it an incredibly inexpensive (if not free) installation. Central air on the other hand is more expensive. Most homeowners will have to call a professional to install the ducts needed for central air throughout their house.

Room size. If you’re trying to cool a large family room, a window unit may not have the power to cool the far side of the room.

Aesthetic. Some homeowners opt for central air simply because they don’t like having a large appliance sitting in their window. On this one — to each his own.

Time left in your home. Central air is usually a better investment for new homeowners who plan on staying in their house for the next 10 – 20 years. If you plan on selling your house within the next 5 or so years, you probably won’t see a return on central air.

Programmable thermostats. One of the biggest benefits of central air is that you can program your unit to automatically adjust the temperature of your house throughout the day. This means you can program your house to be nice and cool the minute you return home.

If you’re tired of coming home to a hot house and want to purchase a programmable thermostat, Leslie Heating & Cooling can set you up in no time! We’re a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your pre-summer cooling needs.

5 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Office

May 17th, 2017

We all grew up learning the “Three Rs” of environmentalism — reduce, reuse, and recycle. But recently, that three has been upgraded to a five, with “repair” and “rethink” being added to the former “green trio.” While homes and schools were some of the first to jump on board the green bandwagon, businesses are still struggling to find ways they can save on energy, supplies, and so much more. If your business is looking to go green this summer (or if you simply want to suggest a few of these ideas to your boss) here are a few ways to do so.

Leslie Heating and Cooling 5 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Office

Shutdown your computer. Believe it or not, computers draw more power during the 16 hours a day they are left idle, than the 8 hours a day they are actually being used. At the end of the day, turn off your computer instead of just putting it on sleep mode. On long weekends or holiday breaks, you should unplug your computer completely to prevent wasting phantom power (power that’s consumed when something is turned off but still plugged into a live outlet).

Switch to reusable pens. Each year, Americans throw out 1.6 billion pens because they’ve run out of ink. Cut down on waste by switching to reusable pens. In the long run, the refills are actually less expensive and take up less storage space than traditional pens.

Put a pause on printing. Though most of us feel like everything has moved from paper to digital, companies are still using plenty of paper. Instead of printing out an agenda for everyone in the room, try incorporating it into the beginning of a PowerPoint presentation. When you do have to print, set your printer to the double sided setting.

Use compact fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs use three times less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 10 times longer. That means you’ll save on energy costs and bulb replacements.

Install a programmable thermostat. Even in the middle of summer, most employees report being cold in their office. Send out a questionnaire and ask your employees if they’re too cold during the day. Depending on the results, you could likely bump the temperature up a few degrees! A programmable thermostat will give you the ability to regulate temperatures throughout the day. When employees are busiest, you can set the air conditioner a little lower, then have it automatically raised a few degrees while people are out to lunch or getting ready to leave for the day.

 

Leslie Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois. If you’re interested in learning more about our “go green” initiatives, or would like a customer system inspection of your equipment, give us a call!  Our service professionals are trained to provide friendly and professional solutions to any of your comfort needs.

 

Understanding the Different Types of Insulation

May 11th, 2017

We know — insulation isn’t the most glamorous home renovation. Picking out tile for your bathroom or redecorating your basement is certainly more exciting. But when it comes down to it, insulation is incredibly important and doesn’t quite get the attention that it deserves (since most homeowners don’t even know what kind they have). If you’re thinking about renovating your home or want to add more insulation before the summer heat strikes, make sure you know which type is best for you.

Leslie Heating and Cooling insulation chart

When installed correctly, insulation is your best ally in energy efficiency. If the insulation in your home has been installed improperly, you could be wasting a lot of energy — and money — on heating and cooling your home inefficiently.

If you’re in need of new or updated insulation, give the home experts at Leslie Heating and Cooling a call at (630) 621 – 9419! We’ve been serving the greater Chicagoland area for over 25 years!

 

 

 

HVAC Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

May 8th, 2017

Your technician just told you that your evaporator coil is broken, your refrigerant lines are cracked, and your EER and MERV ratings are low…now what? When it comes to talking with your HVAC technician, industry jargon can quickly confuse even the most tech savvy homeowners. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new HVAC system or just want to make sure that you’re getting the best out of the one you have, here are a few HVAC terms you should know.

Leslie Heating and Cooling HVAC Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

Condenser: This is the part of an outdoor air conditioner or heat pump that compresses and pumps the right amount of refrigerant needed to keep your house cool.

EER rating: The ratio of a unit’s cooling capacity to power input. The higher your EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is, the more efficient your AC unit is.

Evaporator coil: The part of an HVAC unit that absorbs heat from your house. It’s usually found inside the air handler or attached to the side of your furnace.

MERV rating: Just like how an EER rating is used to rank the efficiency of your entire unit, a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating is used to determine the efficiency of your filters. Every unit has filters with small holes that allow air (but not harmful particles) through. The higher your MERV rating, the smaller (and therefore more efficient) the holes are in your filters.

Programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat is able to adjust the temperature of your house throughout the day, based on a schedule you set. In the summer, many homeowners will set the temperature higher during the day (when they’re at work) and lower around the time they get home.

Refrigerant lines: The two copper lines that connect your outdoor AC or heat pump to the indoor evaporator coil.

Thermidistat: We know what you’re thinking, but no, we didn’t spell thermostat wrong! Like a thermostat, a thermidistat monitors the temperature of a room, but it also tracks humidity levels and can adjust your HVAC accordingly.

 

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your AC installation, maintenance, and HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419!

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Poor Air Quality?

April 26th, 2017

The first thing every new parent does is baby proof their house. After covering sharp edges, putting locks on the cabinet, and adding a gate before the stairs, most parents are confident that their house is the epitome of safety. But have you ever stopped to consider what the air quality in your home is like? Far too often, air quality is overlooked in favor of more “immediate dangers.” This weekend take a moment to check your home for these signs of poor air quality.

Leslie Heating and Cooling Do You Know the Warning Signs of Poor Air Quality

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew typically grow in warm, damp areas and are some of the biggest contributors to poor air quality. If you’re on the hunt for mold, start by checking the most common areas, like the sink, tub, tiles, and air conditioning unit.

An unpleasant smell

Just because you can’t see mold, doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you start to notice a damp, unpleasant smell, it may be a sign of mold.

Dust

While a little dust here and there won’t do any harm, large quantities can affect your breathing and health. If you’re noticing dust particles flying around on sunny days, or a layer of dust on the TV screen, you should give your house a deep cleaning with chemical-free cleaning products.

Humidity

Typically, humidity is the predecessor of mold. Throughout the year, try to keep your house between 30 to 50% humidity. If you live in a humid climate, you should be actively tracking your homes humidity levels.

Frequent illness

While this isn’t necessarily something you’ll find in your house, it is something you should be aware of. If you’re noticing that you, or family members, are suddenly getting sick, it could be due to contaminated air.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on the work we do to keep our customers comfortable in their homes. We also believe that maintaining comfortable temperatures is only part of our job as heating and cooling specialists. Your home’s air quality is as deserving of our attention as is the temperature. If you’re looking to improve your air quality, we can suggest and install the top air quality systems.

 

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Summer

April 19th, 2017

With spring already in full swing and summer just around the corner, most of us are already taking advantage of our air conditioners and pools. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay cool during the warmer months, homes and commercial buildings consume just over 40% of the energy used in the United States. In an effort to live a little more eco-friendly this summer, here are a few ways you can cut your energy use (and electric bill!).

Leaslie Heating and Cooling 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Summer

  1. Replace your incandescent lights with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. Switching one incandescent bulb for one CFL will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

  2. Unplug your TV, air conditioner, and other large appliances when you leave your house for the night or longer. Even when turned off, electronics still pull energy from your home.

  3. Consider bamboo during your next remodel. Bamboo grows quickly and is in large supply, making it a great alternative to hardwood floors.

  4. Close your blinds on hot days. The sun can raise your home’s temperature by as much as 6 degrees in the summer.

  5. Start a compost in your backyard. Composting your kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce your waste, all while creating a natural and organic fertilizer!

  6. Use organic or homemade cleaners instead of chemical ones. Vinegar, baking soda, and a hint of fresh lemon makes a great all-purpose cleaner.

  7. Hang your clothes up to dry. Dryers use some of the most electricity out of any appliance and can easily raise the temperature of your house or apartment. Instead of running the dryer, leave your clothes out to dry on a drying rack.
  8. Use your microwave as often as possible. Just like a dryer, an oven can make any room feel several degrees warmer than it is, so use a microwave to heat up your food when you can.

  9. Go low-flow when it comes to your appliances. Just flushing your toilet accounts for 30% of the water used in a home. Low-flow appliances will help you use less water and save money!

  10. Add more plants throughout your house. Not only will they make your house look more beautiful, they’ll help clean the air too.|

Leslie Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois. If you’re interested in learning more about our “go green” initiatives, or would like a customer system inspection of your equipment, give us a call!  Our service professionals are trained to provide friendly and professional solutions to any of your comfort needs.