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!

5 Green Ways to Improve Your Air Quality

August 15th, 2017

One of the most sought after goals of any home improvement plan is to improve the indoor air quality. Although there are many professional approaches to diminish poor air quality, there are also many natural, green ways to improve it, too. Without further ado, here are the top five ways you can improve your indoor air quality from a greener standpoint:

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Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp

This fun and festive glowing rock will emit soft, pink hues of light in addition to purifying the air quality within your home. Truly encompassing the term “statement piece,” this natural wonder of the world also reduces indoor allergies and deodorizes the air. Slowly, but surely, this lamp is becoming a staple feature in every home that’s dedicated to improving its indoor air quality.

A Carousel of Houseplants

Granted, it won’t actually replicate a carousel (you can be creative and try to recreate one) but it’s best to have an assortment of plants within your home to improve the air quality. Some of the top recommended plants to have in your home are the following: Lady Palm, English Ivy, and Rubber Tree, to name a few.

Candles Made By Bees

Okay, so the candles aren’t exactly handcrafted by bees, but these specific candles are made from beeswax. Unlike traditional candles, that are a staple of every home and holiday gift exchange, beeswax candles don’t emit chemicals and deodorize the air naturally within your home.

Doormats

One of the simplest, most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is by placing a doormat outside every main entranceway. Many floor mats pick up an assortment of debris from footwear and can most of it before entering your home. It’s also a great way to give any doorway a simple makeover within seconds, too!

Open the Windows

Leave it to Mother Nature to help sharpen your indoor air quality! An age old trick to purify any indoor environment is to open up the windows and let the wind do the rest. Even if the breeze is slightly underwhelming, any little bit of air makes a tremendous difference — and it’s the greenest alternative in the land, too.

 
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!

Important Electrical Cord Tips

August 10th, 2017

One of the most important staples in every home is your electrical cords. No matter what object you’re plugging into your wall, an electrical cord is there to help turn that electrical dream into a reality. Despite what you may think, there are some do’s and don’ts when using electrical cords. Need a refresher? Have no fear — we’re here to break it down for you:

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Inspect the Cord

Before you plan on using your electrical cord, make sure you thoroughly inspect every aspect of the cord’s composition. If the cord shows little to no signs of wear, then it’s good to use. If the cord looks like it hasn’t held up well since its last use, then it’s time to toss it and purchase a new one.

Keep it Dry

Although this sounds self-explanatory: always keep your extension cords away from water sources. Just like you wouldn’t splash water near a wall outlet, the same rule should apply to your extension cords. Always keep your extensions cords as dry as possible!

Use It or Lose It

One of the most biggest debates in the world of electronics is whether or not you should unplug cords from the wall when not in use. In fact if you haven’t used a device in forty-eight hours, then it’s time to unplug it. Regardless, you should always unplug cords when not in use because it will save energy and will also reduce the risk of having an outlet fire, too.

Give Them a Home

You should always store electrical cords within your home, whether they’re standard electrical cords or an all purpose electrical cord. By keeping your cords in a temperature controlled environment, your cords will sustain a longer lifespan and will endure less of a damage risk due to fluctuations in temperature.

 

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!

3 Benefits of Having a Wi-Fi Thermostat

August 2nd, 2017

The future of heating and cooling is here, thanks to Wi-Fi thermostats! If you’re always on the go, or a new technology enthusiast, then this device will suit your needs perfectly. Although traditional thermostats are still a well-working staple in many homes, a Wi-Fi thermostat is a great upgrade and comes with a slew of benefits. Without further ado, here’s why you should consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat in your home:

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Benefit #1: Control Temperature from Miles Away

Just like downloading your favorite mobile game from the app store, Wi-Fi thermostats come with an application to control the device. Once your thermostat has been set up, the application on your mobile phone will pair with the device and you’ll be good to go! Next time you jet-set across the country to visit your grandmother, you can adjust the temperature in your home from your phone!

Benefit #2: Saves More Energy

Although many thermostats have pre-set features, a Wi-Fi thermostat provides more intricate options for energy-saving settings within your home. Think of this device as the concierge at a hotel — the device will accommodate your temperature needs 24/7. In addition: by saving more energy, a Wi-Fi thermostat will be saving you a ton of money, too!

Benefit #3: Makes HVAC Reports a Breeze

Does your home suffer from frequent HVAC problems? If so, a Wi-Fi thermostat will alert you ahead of time before anything happens. For example, if the filter needs to be changed in your unit, you’ll receive a notification on your mobile device. Having a Wi-Fi thermostat is like having an HVAC professional within your home, that will alert you of your heating and cooling system needs.

 

Looking to install a Wi-Fi thermostat in your home? Call the experts at Leslie Heating & Cooling at 630.621.9419 to learn more about this device, and to schedule an installation appointment. Here at Leslie, we offer comprehensive and trustworthy air conditioning services throughout Woodridge, Illinois, and are dedicated to making your home feel more comfortable this season.

How to Find the Best Air Conditioner Filter

July 20th, 2017

Imagine this: you arrive home from work and put your air conditioner on. After sitting in your living room for about an hour, the temperature doesn’t feel significantly cooler. No, your air conditioner isn’t broken — it’s time to change the filter. When it comes to changing a filter, many overlook this simple step because they don’t know which filter to choose. No need to fear — we’ll break it down for you here!

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MERV Ratings

This popular abbreviation stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and is a key feature to look for when purchasing a new air filter. To use MERV ratings efficiently, look at the numbers and see how low/high they land — they’ll range from 1 to 20. If the number is quite low (1-10), that means the filter will pick up less debris and will have to be replaced more often. Now, if the number is on the high end of the spectrum (11-20), it will pick up more airborne particles and will have to be replaced less frequently.

Filters

When it comes to air conditioner filters (a.k.a. mechanical air filters), there are four types you should know: fiberglass, pleated, high-efficiency and true high-efficiency (True HEPA). Each of these filters has different characteristics, ultimately giving you a different air quality experience. For your convenience, we’ve made a “cheat sheet” below:

Fiberglass Air Filter

-Very thin panel.

-Removes approximately 10% of airborne debris.

-MERV rating: lowest (1-4)

Pleated Air Filter

-More pleated panels; removes more particles, with higher frequency of air pressure

-Removes approximately 45% of airborne debris

-MERV rating: low (10-13)

High-Efficiency Air Filter

-Complex filter panel

-Removes about 85% of airborne debris

-MERV rating: high (14-16)

True High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (True HEPA)

-High quality filter panel, BUT must have separate HEPA Filtration installed to function

-Removes about 98% of airborne debris

-MERV rating: highest (17-20)

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we want you to trust your family with ours! We’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on cooling costs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC installation and maintenance needs.

 

3 Summer Benefits of Home Insulation

July 12th, 2017

Not every day is a walk in the park — but some days will feel like you’re sitting in the park, engulfed in direct sunlight. Whether you have a standard AC unit, a ductless mini-split air conditioner, or a fan — summer is the ultimate moment of truth when testing your home’s cooling features. . But one feature that most forget to mention is insulation: the silent partner within the cooling family. It’s common to believe that insulation only offers heating benefits, but in reality it also cools your home in the summer. Here are some “cool” benefits of home insulation:

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Benefit 1: Use Less Energy

Instead of your space becoming too warm or too cool, insulation will adjust your room to a comfortable temperature naturally. With insulation’s regulating powers, it will cut AC usage in half, along with your electric bills!

Benefit 2: Allergen Reduction

Despite it being the summer, allergies are still present. When installing insulation within your home, not only are you regulating the temperature inside, but you’re also blocking outdoor allergens from entering. That’s right: insulation will decrease indoor allergies in addition to saving you money!

Benefit 3: Sound Barrier

When warmer weather arises, so does the noise level within your neighborhood (and within your home). Insulation keeps sound levels to a minimum no matter where you are in your house. If you wanted to host a surprise birthday party, and the guest of honor is walking up to your front door, they won’t be able to hear you telling everyone to be quiet! It’s a win-win for every situation!

 

Of course, there are many other points and methods of insulating that can be utilized to make sure your home’s temperature as comfortable as possible. We are happy to cover all the options with you, at Leslie Heating & Cooling! To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419!