Archive for June, 2016

Can You Really Benefit From an Air Purifier?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Is your home feeling stuffy lately? You might have heard about a few solutions to improve your home’s air quality, such as air filters. But can they really benefit you?

air purifier

What It Is
An air purifier is a device that removes air contaminants in your home. Many allergy sufferers benefit from such technology and find that the air in their home becomes cleaner and more fresh.

How It Works
Air purifiers filter the air by removing smaller allergens, like dust, pollen, and pet dander. As air flows into the air purifier, the particles get trapped. Think of it like a vacuum, except what comes out is clean, purified air in return.

Which Purifier Should I Buy?
There are many air purifiers on the market, but one of the most popular are the HEPA air cleaners. These work to filtrate up to 95 percent efficiency for particles and bioaerosols as small as 0.3 microns. HEPA filters are generally used in medical settings or industrial environments. Homeowners might want to choose another popular choice, called Ultraviolet Air Purification. These air cleaners use UV light technology to destroy pollutants in the air and destroy viruses as well as bacteria.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is 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 or visit our website.

7 Ways to Cool Down on a Budget

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Let’s face it: owning an air conditioner isn’t cheap. And during the dog days of summer, the prices only get worse. That is, unless you know how to stay energy-efficient. As your Chicagoland area HVAC specialists, we’d like to share 7 tips for cooling down and sticking to a budget:

natural ways to cool your home
1. Plant more trees – Planting more greens around your home can stop the sun from shining inside your home and heating things up (causing you to crank the AC in the summer).

2. Install solar screens – Did you know that solar or mesh-like window screens can block up to 70 percent of solar energy before it enters your home? Install them on the west side of your home where sunlight hits the strongest during the day.

3. Circulate the fan – Keep the fan going inside your home and use in conjunction with your air conditioning. But instead of blowing the fan in your exact direction, leave it close to your AC unit to push the air from your unit across the room.

4. Regulate the thermostat – It may sound simple, but it’s easy to forget – lower your air conditioner’s thermostat setting to 78 degrees when you’re at home and raise it higher at night and when you’re away. By making this adjustment, you can save 5 to 15 percent on your cooling bills.

5. Cozy up in the basement – When the hot air rises, your basement is the number one spot to stay cool. So if you have a finished basement, take advantage by spending more time down there. Use it as an extra, cozy living space to keep cool during those hot, humid summer days.

6. Have a cookout – Summer is all about the great taste of BBQs. But barbeques don’t only taste delicious, they can save you energy as well. Think about how much heat you generate by using the stove and oven in your kitchen, and how much air conditioning you use to counteract the heat. Now imagine how much energy you can save by cooking outdoors instead!

7. Maintain your system – Scheduling a tune-up, changing a dirty filter, and fixing repairs is all a part of maintaining a well-functioning HVAC system. Without doing what it takes to allow good air movement, you can boost your cooling budget and make your AC work even harder, which often leads to less efficiency.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repairs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Life Before Air Conditioning

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The air conditioner could be considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. It completely revolutionized the way people do summer. Some may say things were better before its invention, but one can’t argue the impact the AC has had on our lives. Let’s leap into the past and see how life went on without condensers, compressors and evaporators.

life before air conditioning

Porches
The porch was vital to any home in the early 1900’s. Not only did it shade your windows from letting in sunlight but it was a social place for neighborhood families. In those days, indoor and outdoor temperatures were around the same but it was less stuffy on the porch. When families would finish supper, they would all go out on the porch for a little relief from the heat. This led to entire neighborhoods communicating in a way that seems lost on us today.

Home Structure
Have you ever been inside of a church and wondered why the ceilings are so high? The earliest buildings, like churches, were built with high ceilings so that the heat would rise to the top and leave the cooler air down below. When suburbs started emerging, all the homes were built with these high ceilings for the same reason. Air conditioning was not made affordable until the mid 1960’s, so buyers with the income to be choosy only looked for homes with this feature.

Sleeping Outdoors
Getting all sticky before you go to bed is one of the worst feeling ever. To avoid this in the days before air conditioning, they would sleep outside. When they got tired of getting eaten alive by bugs, the screened in porches started emerging.

The Movies
Movie theaters owe a lot of their early success to the air conditioner. The theatres were the only places that could afford the A/C and this had flocks of people migrating into their doors over the summer. We release our big movies around Christmas but theirs were always in the middle of the summer heat.

Change is a funny thing and whether it is better or worse is irrelevant because it is unavoidable. Today it would be difficult to find a home without an air conditioner, obviously a big change from the way things used to be, so get with the times.

For 25 years Leslie Heating & Cooling has been providing trusted customer service to clients throughout the Chicagoland area. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Are AC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

AC Maintenance Plans: a waste of money or an investment?

If you’re installing a new HVAC system or repairing an old one, you might want to ask your HVAC contractor about their maintenance plans. You might be on the fence about it, not realizing the major benefits of such an agreement. Don’t worry – we’re here to clear things up:

AC Maintennace Plan

Protect Your Investment
Some AC maintenance plans put service into writing to help protect your investment. This means you’re guaranteed the best warranties, protected from costly breakdowns and defects, and guaranteed proper installation.

Exclusive Discounts
If your HVAC system starts acting up, you can count on maintenance plans to help you save money. When you sign up for such plans, you will often receive a service and repair discount, which means more money can go towards purchasing a new system if needed.

Less Fees
Aside from discounts, you can also benefit from less fees and charges. For example, Leslie Heating and Cooling offers a Family Plan that saves you from trip fees and surprise expenses. We call this our “no dispatch fee and overtime charge agreement”.

Emergency Service
When you join a maintenance plan, you become an even higher priority, which means 24-hour emergency service, no questions asked.

The professionals at Leslie Heating and Cooling are available around the clock to make life’s emergencies more bearable all year round! To learn more about our AC Maintenance Plan, click here.

For 25 years Leslie Heating & Cooling has been providing trusted customer service to clients throughout the Chicagoland area. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.