Archive for February, 2016

How to Prep Your Home for Vacation

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Leaving on a jet plane for Spring Break? Before your departure, run through this quick checklist of steps you can take to prepare your home while you’re out of town.

Prep Your Home for Vacation

Step 1. Unplug your electrical devices. This means your computers, TVs, kitchen appliances, and tablet chargers. There’s nothing like keeping all of your devices plugged in to unnecessarily boost your electric bill. So be smart and turn off everything before you leave.

Step 2. Clean out the fridge. Toss out food that can go rotten to avoid a horrible stench upon your return back home.

Step 3. Turn off the water supply in your home by finding the main valve. This should help you to avoid a plumbing disaster, such as flooding.

Step 4. Set timers for your lights. Although it might cost you some extra money on your energy bill, it’s a great way to make it not-so-obvious that you’re away from home. Think of it as a security system.

Step 5. Create a list of emergency contacts and instructions for your close neighbors so that they can take care of anything that goes wrong.

Step 6. Turn down the heat about ten degrees. This should help you save money on your utility bill and conserve energy while you’re away.

Give yourself time to prepare for vacation, and remember – if you come across any heating and cooling issues at home, give Leslie Heating and Cooling a call! 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 before your Spring Break getaway. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Home Upgrades that Save You Money

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

One of the worst feelings a homeowner can have is the shock of opening a high utility bill at the end of each month. Oftentimes we move into a home with an HVAC system we don’t know much about (except maybe the brand name). But when it comes to saving money, efficiency is key. That being said, here are three home upgrades that can help you cut back on spendings:

Insulation
Part of the reason you’re spending too much money on energy bills is likely because your home is not insulated properly. And what that means is that the heat you provide your home with is going to waste. Heat tends to travel from warm spots to cooler ones, which means that during winter, the heat you need to warm up your home is actually moving towards cooler spaces, like the basement or the garage. The good news is that this loss of heat can significantly be saved by proper insulation. Spots you’ll want to insulate include the attic, basement, and crawlspaces.

Efficient Furnace
When your furnace is way past its lifespan or needs constant repairs, it might be time for an upgrade. An efficient furnace is crucial to keeping your home warm and saving money. But of course, like any household system, your furnace needs proper upkeep and maintenance. Combine a top notch furnace and regular maintenance and you’ll be relieved to open your next utility bill.

Zoning System
One of the most efficient ways to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system is to invest in a zone control system. Whether you choose forced air zone control or hydronic zone controls, you can expect to see a major decrease in monthly spendings. Why? Because with the technology of a zoning system, you can take charge of the temperature in each room. Meaning, you don’t need to waste energy heating a room that you don’t use.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer zoning systems, insulation services, and offer only top notch furnaces. To learn more about these home upgrades and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Why Does My Furnace Smell?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Got a funky smell coming from your furnace? When it comes to home heating, a foul smelling furnace is a common problem. While there are many reasons for this issue, below are the three most probable culprits and what you can do to fix them:

Problem 1: Smoke
One of the most serious causes of a foul smell is smoke. If you detect a smoky odor coming from your furnace, you might have a blocked chimney. And as a result, it sends smoke back through the furnace and into your ductwork. If you suspect that your chimney is blocked, call a professional to scope out the situation.

Problem 2: Electrical
What’s that burning plastic smell? Most likely, you have an electrical issue. The problem could most likely be a stuck object in your ductwork, which gives off an odor when overheated. The solve the issue, inspect your registers and removal them to search for a dropped toy or a spill. When in doubt, call a pro HVAC technician to help you out.

Problem 3: Mold
A moldy odor typically means that mold is trapped in the furnace filter. To fix the problem and take precaution moving forward, change the the moldy filter. And if your furnace has an attached humidifier, be sure to inspect it annually and replace or clean as needed. That way, mold won’t attach to your humidifier and cause a foul stench.

Changing the filter on a seasonal basis should prevent further complications with your furnace. However, if you’re unsure of the underlying reason for your foul smelling furnace and aren’t sure how to fix the problem, call an HVAC technician who has the tools and expertise.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready and available to help you with all of your home heating complications. 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.

Your Guide to Buying a Furnace

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are here, which means you’ve probably run into a problem or two with your furnace. But if repairs just aren’t cutting it, chances are you’re better off replacing your unit. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new furnace but still aren’t sure if it’s the right decision, consider these guidelines:

buying a new furnace
1. Know the age. Not sure how old your furnace is? It’s not uncommon if you moved into a home with a pre-existing system. A simple solution to this problem is to jot down the model number and search for it online. If your furnace is over 20 years old, repairs most likely won’t do your home heating justice any longer.

2. Weigh the costs. Let’s talk about efficiency. Is your furnace costing you more money than usual? Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age. So even though an upgrade can be pricey, weigh the difference between the cost to repair and the cost to replace. And remember that replacing your system will likely help you save big time in the long run.

3. You hear complaints. Whether your family complains over loud noises or chills in the nighttime, it might be time to replace your furnace. The purpose of a furnace is to keep your home comfortable at all times throughout the winter, and if you’re feeling more uncomfortable than not, the wisest decision would be to purchase a new one.

Whether you’re in need of a furnace repair or replacement, turn to Leslie Heating & Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer some of the top energy-efficient home heating options on the market. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.