Archive for October, 2015

Reasons Your Home Isn’t Heating

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

When your home isn’t heating up, what should you do? Heating and cooling systems can be tricky to work with, but sometimes the solution is simple. So before you pick up the phone and call your HVAC technician, check these three common culprits that prevent your home from feeling as toasty as it should:

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1. Windows are not sealed. Warm air seeps out in the sneakiest of places. Walk around to each window in your home. Sometimes it’s easy to know if they’re not sealed because you’ll feel a draft coming in. If you notice any air leaks, you’ll want to seal up those windows with new caulking. Bonus tip: to check for drafts, hold a lit candle close to your window and see if the flame bends. If it does, then you’ll know where the issue lies.

2. Vents are blocked. Do you have furniture or carpets blocking your air vents? When your couch or bed frame is sitting too close to your vents, it could prevent your home from heating up properly. Not to mention, having anything too close to your vents is a hazard. So if you’re feeling chilly, but the heat is set to “high” then blocked vents might be the problem.

3. Furnace filter is dirty. If your furnace filter isn’t changed regularly, it can get dirty enough to clock the return air flow to the furnace. And as a result, your furnace might not work as efficiently to provide your home with heat, or it could even break down. If you choose to change the air filter yourself, be sure to shut off your furnace first.

Have you tried fixing these issues and find that your home still isn’t heating up? If so, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort for the cooler months! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

How to Save Money While Heating Your Home

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

If you live in a cool climate, you know just how quickly the temperatures can fluctuate during the fall. One minute you’re reaching for the fan and the next you’re curling up next to the radiator. But you also know it’s only a matter of weeks until you’re reaching for the heat more often than not.

According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling accounts for up to 48 percent of your utility bill. Wouldn’t it be great if you could lower that number? By understanding how you can optimize your heating, you can start saving more money (and keeping more in your wallet):

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Cover up drafts. Sometimes your heat doesn’t work as well as it should because you also have cold air coming in through your windows. By insulating the inside of your window frames, you can tightly seal any places where a draft might be present. Tape a plastic sheet tightly to these frames to keep the draft out and let your heating system do its job right.

Find leaks. Other times your heat doesn’t work as efficiently because you have a leak in your pipes. When this occurs, your warm air escapes before it ever reaches the rooms in your home. The trick here is to seal these air leaks where you suspect you might have one. If you’re not sure how to find leaks but think you might have one, call Leslie Heating & Cooling to fix the problem at hand.

Turn down the water heater. When the temperature of your water heater is set too high, you spend more money no matter how low the temperature is set on your thermostat. Water heating takes up about 18 percent of energy used at home, so turning it down to a setting of about 120 degrees fahrenheit can save you a good chunk of money.

Maintain your system. If you can’t find any leaks or drafts but you’re still spending a lot of money trying to heat your home, the problem might be your furnace. If not maintained, your furnace can lose its efficiency overtime. This means it’s important to schedule a service for your heating system at least twice a year, especially before winter.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer several heating services including maintenance to ensure that your HVAC system is working its very best. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Why you Need Furnace Maintenance

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

When the weather starts to fluctuate you know the time has come again to check on your furnace. There’s a number of things that can go wrong with your furnace if you don’t make a few necessary repairs. But before you go ahead and start making fixes on your own, here’s why you should hire a professional instead:

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Safety – If you suspect you have a gas leak or a blower problem, call your HVAC technician right away to inspect the issue. Dealing with gas or a broken blower can be dangerous if not handled the right way. Professionals have the tools and expertise to handle your furnace properly and safely. They can turn off the gas supply valve and help you take the next precautionary steps to not only fix the problem, but also prevent it from reoccurring.

Efficiency – Hiring a professional not only ensures your safety – it promises efficiency as well. Between strange noises to oil burner problems, replacing parts will most likely be necessary. Hiring a licensed HVAC pro who takes care of such issues on a regular basis means the complications you’re experiencing with your furnace will be resolved efficiently.

Lengthen Lifespan – When you hire an expert for a routine furnace maintenance, your doing your HVAC system a huge favor. As with most other home technologies, keeping up with maintenance is part of protecting your investments. So the more often you schedule a proper furnace tune-up, the more likely you are to preserve its value.

Before winter weather makes its appearance, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for your fall furnace maintenance and tune-up. Our technicians have years of experience and training to ensure you get the most out of your furnace for years to come. Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to schedule a maintenance visit and to learn more about our services.

Mistakes You’re Making with Your HVAC System

Monday, October 12th, 2015

When the fall temperatures begin to cool off, you start to rely more and more on your home’s HVAC system to keep you warm and comfortable. But these systems can be tricky if not used and maintained properly. To help you get the most out of our HVAC system this season, here are four mistakes you want to avoid:

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Turning the thermostat too high. When the temps outside are cool, it’s only natural to want to crank the thermostat high to heat up your home more quickly. But truth is, turning the thermostat on even the highest temperature won’t warm up your space any sooner. They key is to stay patient if you want to save money and keep your HVAC system running well.

Turning it down too low at night. If you’re shivering in the morning, chances are you’re turning your heat down too much at night. Instead of blasting your heat in the morning to make up for low temperatures, keep it at a moderate setting all day and all night (unless you’re not home, of course).

Heating while you’re away. Letting your heat run for hours while you’re not at home can cost you an unneeded expense. It’s a good idea to give your heating system a rest by either shutting it off for a little while or by installing a programmable thermostat.

Keeping the curtains closed. On sunny days, don’t let the sun get away from you – allow as much sunlight in as possible by keeping your curtains wide open, especially those facing the south side of your home. Solar energy is an efficient way to give your HVAC system a rest, which can ultimately help you to lower heating bills.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we believe that efficiency and comfort is key to a happy household. That is why we offer programmable thermostats to let you design specific settings and help you save money at home. To learn more about the heating services we provide, visit our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Why You Need Insulation in Your Home

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

During the cooler months, it’s easy to spend lots of money and energy on heating your home. But did you know there’s a simple solution to help you cut back on all of that? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to insulate your home. Here’s why it works:

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Improves energy efficiency. There are a few areas in the home you will want to insulate: the attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace (if you have one). When your living space is insulated, it acts as a blanket that keeps all the heat inside, helping your central heating system to slow down and not have to work as hard.

Lowers utility bills. The cost to heat your home is expensive. But when your home is energy efficient, you ultimately save money on your utility bills. The way insulation cuts costs is that it resists heat flow, acting as a barrier that keeps heat from escaping the room.

Creates more comfort. The less heat that escapes your living space, the more comfortable you will feel. Insulation essentially provides layers and layers of thermal blockage in your walls and floors, improving the overall level of comfort in a room and adding warmth when you need it most.

When you decide to add insulation to your home, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for a professional installation. There’s a wide variety of insulation choices out there, but we’re here to help you through the entire process from start to finish!

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower billing costs, and feel more comfortable, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and have a number of resources that can help you prep your home for cooler weather. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.