Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Beat Fall Allergies

September 11th, 2020

The fall season is just around the corner for residents of Woodridge, IL, and the surrounding areas! As excited as we are for the falling leaves, cooling temperatures, and upcoming holiday season, there’s one part of autumn that nobody rejoices — allergies. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer over the next few months. The indoor air quality specialists at Leslie are here to help you beat fall allergies for good!

But first, let’s see what kind of allergens we’re dealing with in the fall season.

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Change Air Filters as Directed

The easiest thing you can do to help protect yourself from indoor allergens is to change your HVAC air filter on a regular basis. Air filters trap pollen, dust, pet dander, bacteria, and everything else that makes your eyes water and your nose itch. Basically, air filters are your first line of defense against indoor pollution. However, they’re only effective when they’re clean!

The more particles it traps, the dirtier the filter gets. Eventually, it will become clogged and ineffective, allowing allergens to travel freely in your home. That’s why it’s important to change your filters — or clean them, if you have the reusable kind — as directed.

Install Whole-Home Air Quality Products

If your home constantly suffers from poor indoor air quality, you should consider installing a whole-home air purification system. Try as you might, no amount of do-it-yourself IAQ maintenance will help you find the relief you need, especially once the fall season comes around. Air purification systems, however, are powerful devices that clear your air all day long, providing you with the ultimate indoor comfort.

Leslie offers brand name air cleaners and purifiers at the most affordable prices. From media filters to HEPA air cleaners, you can consider us your one-stop-shop for the best indoor air quality products. We also offer indoor air quality installation for your convenience.

Tune-Up Your Heater Sooner Rather Than Later

Last but not least, don’t forget to schedule your heating tune-up early in the season. HVAC systems circulate indoor air all day long, so any debris that escapes the air filter may find a home in your vents instead. A furnace inspection and service will clean the system inside and out, so you’ll have nothing to worry about!

To learn more about the IAQ products offered at Leslie, or to schedule your annual heater service, contact us today!

 

What’s Wrong With My Air Conditioner?

July 14th, 2020

With these skyrocketing summer temperatures, your air conditioner will continually be running to fight the heat. Sometimes, however, it might not be working well enough.

Is something mechanically wrong with it, or is your unit just old and inefficient? 

Today, we’re going to break down some of the reasons that your air conditioner breaks down on you when you need it the most. Continue Reading

Is Your AC Up to Date? Here’s Why It Might Be Time to Consider an Upgrade

June 2nd, 2020

Sometimes, the air conditioning system you’ve had since you moved in just isn’t cutting it anymore. While it may be tempting to run your current system into the ground before even thinking about a replacement, the benefits of replacing it sooner far outweigh the positives of procrastination. Today, we’ve highlighted some of the big reasons you should upgrade your AC system before summer hits in full force.

It’s Old

The age of an air conditioner greatly impacts its functionality and efficiency. Our experts recommend that you get a new system every 10 or so years. If you hold out longer than that, the likelihood of needing our air conditioning repair service in Woodridge to show up and fix it will significantly increase. If your system is up there in age, it might be time to pull the plug and consider replacing it entirely.

It Keeps Breaking

Regardless of its age, if your system keeps breaking, it is probably time to consider a replacement. The cost of continually repairing your system adds up fast, and the latest models of air conditioning units will last longer and perform more efficiently. This means that you’ll spend more upfront on the brand new system, but pay a lot less on repairs and maintenance in the long term. Continue Reading

Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Maximum Home Comfort This Spring

May 27th, 2020

Spring in Chicagoland is a glorious time, as we begin to break out of our long winter’s hibernation and get ready for sunny days filled with backyard cookouts and baseball games. While residents of the Naperville, IL, area might not be able to ditch their coats or shut down their heating systems just yet, now is the perfect time to prepare a home for the transition between seasons.

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If you want to get maximum comfort out of your cooling system during the spring and summer — and who doesn’t? — simply switching on the air conditioner during the area’s first heat wave just isn’t enough. A little bit of seasonal AC maintenance with the HVAC service experts at Leslie Heating & Cooling will ensure that your family stays cool, happy, and healthy throughout the warm-weather months.

Check out this infographic for a few key selling points about our company, then read on as we discuss some essential spring HVAC maintenance tasks.

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AC Inspections and Tune-Ups

Every component of your cooling system has to do its job properly in order for the system to effectively cool your living space, day after day, month after month, and not have to work too hard in the process. Any worn out or dirty component will throw off the system’s efficiency, which will not only result in higher cooling bills — it could lead to premature breakdown and expensive repairs that could have been avoided.

That’s why a seasonal inspection and tune-up is so important. From replacing air filters to cleaning coils and refilling refrigerant, a professional AC specialist knows how to take a tired system and whip it into perfect shape. If anything needs repair, or if the entire system is on its last leg, you can trust our team to either fix the issue or advise you on what steps to take next.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

On top of the typical springtime allergies, we know you’re concerned about protecting your family from the coronavirus (COVID-19), which can spread through airborne saliva or mucus droplets that carry viral particles. With our comprehensive range of indoor air quality services, we can help to keep potentially harmful particles and pathogens out of the air you breathe, and to create a cleaner, healthier living space in general. Here at Leslie Heating & Cooling, we offer all of the following:

  • Duct cleaning
  • Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
  • Air cleaners and purifiers
  • Heat recovery ventilators (HRV)

Don’t worry if you’re not sure which air quality solution is right for you; our team will assess your situation and help you decide. Feel free to contact us to learn more!

Protection for the Future

We understand you’re busy, and in the midst of your hectic schedule, remembering to make time for regular heating and cooling tune-ups isn’t exactly your top priority. Fortunately, we offer Leslie Family Plan (LSP) maintenance agreements so you can “set it and forget it,” pre-scheduling two diagnostic visits a year for just $8 a month. Our LSP agreements give you a 15 percent discount on service fees, with no extra costs, and provide the peace of mind that comes with a fully functioning and efficient HVAC system.

For more information on our LSP agreements or to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance, contact Naperville’s leading heating and cooling company today. Our team looks forward to serving you!

Allergies and Indoor Air Quality: How Are They Linked?

May 27th, 2020

Spring allergies can really make life miserable! Most people associate the sniffling, sneezing, and sluggishness they experience this time of the year with what’s going on outside, but in all likelihood, it’s poor indoor air quality that’s causing a lot of the discomfort.

No matter how clean you keep your home, it’s likely that the air you breathe is not as healthy as it could be. If you or your family members suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, indoor air pollution can trigger or exacerbate the symptoms, and you might not even realize it’s happening!

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Here are a few common sources of poor indoor air quality that could be affecting your health.

  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Mold and mildew
  • Unbalanced humidity levels
  • Poor ventilation
  • Clogged drains where bacteria can accumulate
  • Inadequate HVAC maintenance

All of the above release invisible irritants into the air you breathe, which is potentially harmful to your health, whether or not you’re prone to allergic reactions and respiratory difficulties. Poor indoor air quality is especially problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic when we have little choice but to spend extra time inside our homes.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, indoor air pollution could be the culprit.

  • Headache
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Congestion
  • Bloody nose
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

So, now that you’re aware of potential issues stemming from subpar indoor air quality, what can you do about it? First off, don’t worry; the Naperville, IL, indoor air quality experts here at Leslie Heating & Cooling have plenty of ideas! We put together this infographic with a few helpful suggestions:

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If you’ve noticed a spike in your allergy symptoms this spring and would like to explore possibilities for whole-home air purification in the Chicago area, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for help. We’re a one-stop-shop for the latest indoor air quality solutions, and all it takes to create a healthier living environment for your family is a quick phone call to us. Contact us today to discuss your IAQ needs or schedule service.

3 Great Ways to Prepare Your Home For Fall

September 27th, 2017

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go pumpkin picking, take a nature walk, and most importantly: prepare your home for the seasons ahead. If you’re looking to get your house into tip-top shape before the cold weather arrives, here are some simple solutions:

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Way 1: Close the Windows

If you’re looking to conserve energy this autumn and don’t want your heating bill to rise, then we suggest keeping the windows shut — unless you’re trying to cool your home. When you leave your windows open, not only are you letting heat escape, but you’re also letting unwanted cool air in. To maximize your autumnal heating experiences, put the heat on when needed and let your home insulation do the rest.

Way 2: Examine Your Air Ducts

Feel as if your home isn’t warming up to its potential? If that’s the case, then it might be due to poorly insulated air ducts. Before the temperature begins to drop drastically, it’s important that you check each duct in your home and see if it’s insulated. If the duct shows noticeable signs of wear and tear, then it’s important you replace them immediately — which will help you cut energy costs in half.

Way 3: Adjust Your Thermostat

Looking to make your home’s indoor temperature as comfortable as possible? The simplest solution is to adjust your thermostat to a moderate, comfortable temperature. When you adjust this device’s settings properly, you’ll create a comfortable environment and will instantly save money on your heating/cooling bill.

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!

3 Ways to Stay Warm This Fall

September 19th, 2017

The cool, crisp fall weather is upon us — which means that light-jackets will slowly make a grand return to your neighborhood. Before the temperature begins to drop even lower in the months ahead, it’s important that you know these tips and tricks on how to stay warm!

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Way 1: Program Your Thermostat

One of the simplest ways to keep warm on the cool, brisk days of fall is to program your thermostat. Since the weather won’t reach a chilling temperature this early, it’s important to find a comfortable temperature on your thermostat and set that immediately. This is also a great way to see if your home heating unit works effectively before winter appears.

Way 2: Turn On Your Ceiling Fan

Want to know the easiest way to keep warm? Turn your ceiling fan on in a clockwise direction, while on the lowest setting. This will not only send the hot air from your ceiling downward, but it will also keep air circulating throughout your home — keeping the room as comfortable as can be.

Way 3: Ice Your Thermostat

Not able to adjust your own thermostat if you live in an apartment? The best trick to heat up your space is to hold a cup of ice next to the device. Not only will this make your thermostat believe it needs to heat the room, but it will also be a surefire way to adjust your apartment temperature any time you’d like — it’s that simple.

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!

Most Effective Way to Clean Vent Mold

September 13th, 2017

Have you recently examined the vents in your home? Although they may look clean on the surface, harmful substances such as mold can be building up on the opposite end. If you’re unsure about mold buildup or know about its presence, then here is a helpful way to remove it from your vents:

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Supplies

Before you start cleaning that moldy vent, you’ll need to acquire these supplies first:

  • 1 dust mask

  • 1 screwdriver

  • Water

  • Laundry Detergent

  • 1 large bucket

  • Paper towels

Remove the Vent

After you obtain your supplies, it’s time to start the cleaning process! Start by locating the vent in your home and remove the screws with a screwdriver. Once that’s complete, take the mold-covered vent and bring it into your kitchen. From there, you’ll begin the actual cleaning process.

The Cleaning

Once you bring the vent to your kitchen, it’s time to fill the large bucket with water and a standard amount of laundry detergent. After the two ingredients form a mixture, it’s then time to submerge the vent completely within the bucket for approximately fifteen minutes. Leaving the entire vent submerged for this duration will completely clean and sanitize any area of mold buildup.

The Drying

After approximately fifteen minutes have passed, it’s time to take the vent out of the soapy mixture and let it air-dry completely. When you let your vent air-dry, it will effectively make every square inch, crease and corner of the vent dry — leaving little room for mold regrowth. If you notice some damp spots after letting the vent air-dry, then take a few paper towels and dry them by hand.

Install

Soon after the drying process has completed, it’s time to reinstall the vent. Similar to removing it from the wall, place the vent back in the appropriate spot and use a screwdriver to secure it to the wall. Once this final step is complete, your vent will be good as new and won’t spread harmful substances through the air again.

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!

Simple Ways to Clean Your AC Before You Pack It Away

September 6th, 2017

Once the leaves begin to drop off the trees, so will the temperature. That’s right — autumn is just around the corner, and you won’t be using your AC unit too often when those fall breezes are present. Before dismantling your unit and storing it away, it’s important you clean it first with these simple tips:

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Clean the Filter

One of the simplest ways to prepare your AC unit for storage is to clean the filter. Nine out of ten times, homeowners will pack away their cooling unit without giving it a proper wash first. Before you stuff it in the back of your garage, take a look at the filter. Sometimes if there’s serious build up, the unit will then have some issues when spring arrives. The simplest cleaning method is to gently spray the kitchen nozzle through the filter panels with luke-warm water. Once this step is complete, let the filter air-dry and then place back in the unit — your AC will be good as new when it’s time to bring it back out for spring!

Clean the Coils

Another important part to clean before you pack-up your AC are the coils. Just like the filter, if the external coils are caked in debris, then your AC won’t function properly when you reinstall it. To clean the coils first locate the electrical disconnect and turn it off. Once that step is complete, spray any debris off the coils with a garden hose. Next, take a store-bought coil cleaner and spray it upon the coils — letting it sit there for a good 10-15 minutes. Once the time is up, it’s time to hose off the unit’s coils and then your AC unit will be ready for storage!

 

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!

3 Ways to Cool Your Outdoor Labor Day Party

August 31st, 2017

With Labor Day on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to throw an outdoor gathering! Although this holiday celebrates the unofficial end of summer, the temperature is still in full bloom — sometimes becoming even hotter than the middle of July! If you’re looking to make your guests feel comfortable at your backyard soiree, then here are some helpful tips you can implement:

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Way 1: Provide Fans

No, we’re not talking about handing out actual fans — we’re talking about paper fans! These party staples have been around for quite some time, and are just as effective as having an electrical fan nearby! If you don’t have the time to make some, there are plenty of online retailers who sell these wind-erful wonders in bulk!

Way 2: Get Umbrellas

Although an umbrella may be great at your patio table, it won’t cover the other areas of your backyard! It’s important to keep all guests cool and make sure they’re protected from sun exposure. If you need to implement more shade, go to your local hardware store and pick up some more umbrellas!

Way 3: Ice Cold Water

This may seem like the most self-explanatory method, but it’s true: ice cold water really does the trick! Simply get a cooler or plastic basin, fill it with ice and water, add a surplus of water bottles, and you’ll be good to go! Your guests can feel free to take a bottle at their convenience, and won’t have to disrupt you from your hosting duties!

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!