Archive for January, 2016

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are upon us – don’t let your furnace break down when you least expect it. Below are a few of the most common telltale signs that it might be time to replace your furnace:

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Old age.
The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years, depending on the quality of your brand. So if you know your furnace is close to its end, consult with a professional HVAC technician to see if it’s time for a replacement. However, if yours is over 20 years old, replace it before it’s too late!

High bills.
Noticing that your electric bills are going through the roof? Many furnaces don’t run as efficiently if they’re many years old. But even if your furnace is fairly new, if you’re spending more and more each month, it might be time to have it looked at by a pro.

Constant repairs.
Like many other large pieces of equipment, it becomes difficult to replace just one part. If you’re spending a few hundred dollars a month for repairs, this might be a clear indication that replacing old parts with new ones just isn’t doing your furnace justice anymore. In this case, you will probably save more money by replacing it all together.

Strange noises.
From rattling to banging noises, if your furnace is making strange and unusual sounds, chances are your furnace could be giving out. Don’t wait too long after the first signs of these noises – replace is as soon as possible before more serious damage occurs.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to proactively take care of your furnace and heating needs. Our experts are fully trained and licensed, ready to help! We are available for emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Top Ways to Warm Up Your Home Without Heat

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Is your heating bill going through the roof this winter? When temperatures drop you can bet that energy costs will bump up (that is, if you don’t have a proper heating system installed). With that said, why not find natural ways to help you heat your home? Below are five tips to consider:

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Layer it up. Either swap out your jute rug for a wool one instead, or add several layers. Not only will it keep your toes toasty, but it will also help to insulate your home.

Let the light in. During the daytime, open up the shades and blinds – especially in the rooms where you get the most sunlight. By taking advantage of Mother Nature, you can lower the heat a bit during the day to save energy for nights when you need it most.

Reverse the fan. You know that heat rises, but did you realize that running your ceiling fan in reverse will push warm air down? Try this method day or night to enhance the efforts of your heating system.

Do your laundry. Take advantage of your laundry machine by washing a load. There’s almost no better feeling than slipping into a shirt or wrapping yourself in a blanket fresh out of the dryer!

Block drafts. If a room feels drafty, check the weatherstripping around each of your windows. If you see it’s missing or feel cold air blowing through, you probably need to replace it.

Of course, these tips work best when used in conjunction with your heat. But in the event that you find your home is cold no matter what you do, give Leslie Heating and Cooling a call for a new, professional heating installation. And  don’t forget, we are here for all your emergency needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Ways to Green Your Home in Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Looking to make your home more “green” and energy efficient for 2016? There are many ways to turn your home into a more efficient and comfortable one. Here are a few:

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Programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can be a game changer for your home’s heating and cooling. In fact, it can help you save up to 30 percent on your home’s energy. This thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature before you go to bed and before you wake up to ensure maximum comfort levels.

Air Filters
From allergies to mold and mildew, your home contains many pollutants that minimize your comfort. Turn things around with air filters that help your equipment stay clean longer. Such air filters include electronic air cleaners, HEPA air cleaners, and ultra-violet air purification. At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we use high quality products that can take out even the most tiny air particles that keep both your home and equiptment fresh.

Insulate attic
Without insulation, you can waste money on your utility bills. Why? Because no matter how much warm or cool air your equipment is pumping out, if your home doesn’t have proper insulation, your home won’t stay at a steady temperature. So check your attic, crawl space, and any other areas of the home that feel more cool than the rest.

Replace old equipment
Reduce carbon emissions and boost your home’s HVAC efficiency by replacing old equipment that no longer works properly. For example, installing a new furnace can lower utility bills and restore your equipment’s lifespan.

To learn more about how you can “green” your home”, click here.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. We also offer several solutions to help you boost your home’s efficiency. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Secrets to Cutting Energy Costs

Friday, January 8th, 2016

This weekend is National Cut your Energy Costs Day! Looking to reduce your energy bill this winter without sacrificing comfort or convenience? The solution is simple!

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Load Your Washer Smartly – From the laundry machine to the dishwasher, there are many home appliances that can waste you money if you’re not efficient. To make the most of each cycle, fill the laundry machine with a large load each time and place all utensils where they’re designed to go. This way, you get the most of your cycle without needing to waste water scraping off extra residue.

Check Vents – It might sound silly, but sometimes homeowners can forget to open their vents, which prevents heat from circulating throughout your home. They might even be just slightly closed – be sure they’re completely open so that you’re not wasting heat.

Shut Off Electronics – Even if you set all your appliances to sleep mode, you can still drain energy, so make sure you shut off appliances and other electronic devices when you’re not using them. To make life a little easier, plug all your electronics into a powerstrip so you can turn everything off with one flick of a switch.

Increase Airflow – Got central heating at home? Unless you have a small living space, it can be tricky to properly heat up your entire home. Remember that hot air rises and that fans can help move the air around. Keeping tips such as these in mind can help you promote better airflow in your home and cut back on large expenses.

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If you’re looking to lower energy bills at home, 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 winter. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.