Archive for March, 2016

Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Picture this: it’s the first hot day of the year and your AC isn’t cooling you down. “Is it broken?”, you ask.

Without a working AC, you waste energy using every fan in your home but it’s not enough to cool you down. Don’t you wish you bought that new air conditioner sooner? Don’t wait – make buying a new air conditioner on your to-do list this spring. But before you go shopping, here are a few tips to consider:

Buying a new air conditioner
Location
What’s your climate like? If it rains and snows often during the year, opt for a weather-resistant outdoor unit. For example, split air conditioner units are built to endure such harsh weather conditions with zero problems.

Efficiency
When it comes to large investments, like an air conditioner, choose dual zones. Single zone split air conditioners might not be enough to cool off multiple rooms. On the other hand, dual zones have two air handlers and are ideal for cooling several areas in your home.

DIY or Hire
Installing a window AC unit is easy, but installing a split air conditioner is more complex. And if not installed properly, you can run into hazards and costly repairs down the line. So unless you have HVAC knowledge and all the proper tools, consider hiring a professional HVAC service to get the job done right.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to helping you create a comfortable environment in your home. That is why we offer energy efficient upgrades to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

How To Reduce Allergens In the Home

Friday, March 25th, 2016

You open your windows on a beautiful spring afternoon only to realize that blooming trees also means allergy season. Many customers come to us looking for ways to reduce allergens in their homes, and this is the advice we offer:

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Investigate
First find out what you’re allergic to before taking preventative measures. From pollen to dust mites to mold, there could be many different triggers for your seasonal allergies. After all, you could end up being allergic to your loving pet.

Keep allergens at the door
Prevent dragging outdoor allergens inside the home by placing two mats by the front door (one outside and one inside). By double tracking your steps, you can prevent spreading allergens around with your shoes – or better yet, take your shoes off at the door.

Install carpet
When allergies become out of control, you might want to invest in carpet. Sound shocking? While most people believe that hardwood controls allergies more, it can in fact make pollen and dust more airborne. Meanwhile, carpet holds in those allergens. So as long as you vacuum weekly, you should feel more comfortable!

Buy an air purifier
The best way to keep your home’s air clean is to look into air purifiers, such as HEPA filtration systems or media filters. Media filters work by filtering out impurities, pollutants, and allergens from the air as it passes through. HEPA air cleaners can filtrate at up to 95% efficiency for particles and bioaerosols as small as .3 microns.

An air purifier is a smart technological method for keeping your home feeling fresh all year long. If your allergies are getting in the way of your daily comfort, contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We offer professional air cleaning specialties where our air quality specialists will come right to your door and evaluate your home’s needs. To learn more about our air purifying options, click here.

Leslie Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Tips For Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

When spring rolls around, cleaning your air ducts is a must. But deciding whether not you should do it yourself or hire a professional is the big question at hand. Depending on the circumstances, you could benefit from calling in a pro. For example, if you have rodents or mold. If not, here is how you can clean your air ducts, even if you’re not an expert:

Cleaning Air Ducts
DIY
If you’re prepared to clean air ducts yourself, you will need the following tools:

  • Vacuum. Vacuuming is a popular method that many use to brush away dust. For best results, use a large portable vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Mechanical brush. This tool can suck up all the debris stuck in your ductwork.
  • Air sweep. The air sweep method is perhaps the most effective for getting the job done.

Professional Services
With pollution becoming a growing concern for our environment and our homes, it might be a more effective solution to hire a professional. Duct cleaning is essentially an inspection and cleaning of various components of your forced air heating and cooling system. It includes the following:

  • Supply and return air ducts
  • Supply and return registers
  • Heat exchangers
  •  Condensate drains
  • Fan motors and housings

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to proactively take care of your home heating and cooling. That is why we offer duct cleaning along with many of our other services. 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.

5 Energy Saving Secrets

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Receiving a high energy bill at the end of each month can be a real nail biter. We know the struggle and want to help! Here are five energy (and money) saving secrets you might not know:

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Change up your lights
Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient alternatives, you can spend a fraction of the cost lighting up your home. Whether it be CFL, LED, Halogen lights, either choice will last at least 3 to 10 times longer. LED lights are the most popular choice for U.S. homeowners today, so if you want to go with a safe option, this is a smart choice.

Alternate window treatments
By changing your drapes each season, you can lower the amount of heat and air you need. In the summer, choose heavy, blackout drapes to block the sun, and in winter, bring out the sheer curtains to allow more sunlight in.

Know your thermostats limits
In the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, that way you save about 5 percent for every degree lower. And when the weather warms up, set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer.

Wash wisely
Wash only full loads of laundry in cold water and line-dry your clothes as much as possible to decrease excess use of electricity (plus this heats up your home in the summer). And don’t forget, when you washing up, don’t let the water run when you don’t need it.

Spend less on HVAC
That’s right! Heating and air makes up for nearly 56 percent of your household expenses – one of the biggest energy hogs at home. By choosing an energy efficient HVAC, you can significantly reduce the cost plus reduce carbon pollution.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy. To learn more about these services 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!