Archive for July, 2016

Window Units Vs. Central Air: Which is Best For You?

Friday, July 29th, 2016

It’s the first heat wave of the summer and you’re quickly realizing you can’t make it one more season without installing some type of air conditioning. But should you go with central air or individual units? There are definitely pro’s and con’s to each choice, so take a minute to read over the benefits of both.

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Cost:

In general, individual window units are much cheaper than a central air system and can be installed by just about anyone.

If you’re looking to cool down an entire house, buying a wall unit for each room can quickly add up, so you may want to think about central air. The cost of the unit and installation will be higher, but if you’re planning to stay in that house for 15+ years, it will give you a better return on your investment.

Maintenance:

Wall units are quick and easy to install and fit in almost any window. The filter needs to be cleaned about once every season, but takes just a few minutes and can be done yourself. Every few years small pieces within the unit may wear and need to be replaced, but they are typically pretty inexpensive as well.

Central air is much harder to install, so if you don’t have a background in construction, We would advise against hooking it up yourself. The last thing you want is to realize halfway through the job that all the holes were made in the wrong spot. But after a professional installation there is little maintenance, other than the occasional vent cleaning.

Efficiency:

Wall units will easily cool down a bedroom, or studio apartment, but they probably won’t keep an entire floor cool. They also don’t combat humidity as well as central air, but you do have the option to also buy an inexpensive dehumidifier.

Central air runs a bit more efficiently than window units, mostly because they can be hooked up to programmable thermostats which automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. They are also better at getting rid of humidity in the air, making you feel even cooler.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning installation, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. 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.

5 Ways Improve Indoor Air Quality

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Pollution is a term that usually conjures up images of car exhaust and smog, but people rarely think about their own living room as being polluted. Whether it’s guests dragging in pollen or gaseous chemicals — here are 5 ways to easily reduce the amount of air pollution in your home.

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1. Keep your floors clean

Vacuum regularly: Vacuuming twice a week can keep your house free of any pollen or pet dander visitors bring into your home, as well as toxins found in household cleaners. For the best results, use a high powered, HEPA filter vacuum to prevent blowing debris back into the air.

2. No smoking (even when no one’s around)

With over 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes, second hand smoke is one of the largest contributors to asthma related symptom in children. Even if you don’t smoke around others, smoke, ash and other chemicals can linger deep in carpets, the walls and air.

3. Protect against Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but many people may not even know if it’s in their home. This colorless, odorless gas is a natural product of decaying soil and can travel through cracks and vents into your home. Testing is quick and inexpensive, as are the treatments so there’s no excuse not to test.

4. Fill your home with natural scents

You may think lavender scented air fresheners make your house smell good, but these synthetic fragrances emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Instead of choosing a manufactured scent, opt for its natural equivalence — decorate your home with good smelling plants, lay out baking soda and lemon slices and leave your windows open.

5. Control humidity

Mold and dust mites love moisture, so be sure to keep the humidity in your home low, between 30 – 50%. Easily solve humidity problems by running a dehumidifier during hot summer months.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are 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.

 

DIY Ways to Lower Humidity In Your Home

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

In the thick of summer, it’s only natural for your home to produce more moisture – making your home feel sticky and humid. Humidity is one of those summer pains we’d all like to avoid. If you’re looking for a natural DIY project to lower humidity in your home, here are two methods to try:

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Rock Salt
Rock salt is well known for being a resourceful drying agent. One way you can use rock salt to lower humidity in your home is:

  1. Gather two plastic tubs of the same size
  2. Place something inside the bottom tub to hold the first tub off the bottom
  3. Poke holes in the bottom of the top tub
  4. Fill it with rock salt and place inside the first one
  5. Check the bottom tub daily and empty water as necessary
  6. Keep in mind it might take a few days for the tub to fill

Charcoal
Many people claim hat charcoal briquettes can help to remove indoor humidity. Not only does it dehumidify, but it also removes foul odors. A bag of charcoal is inexpensive and can fit into a basket. Place on the top shelf in the closest area. They will last for several months, absorbing humidity and odor. After that, they can be used for grilling or for a toasty fire pit.

If these methods fail, your best option is to purchase a dehumidifier and air purifier. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our top priority – especially during the hot summer months. That is why we offer air cleaners and air purifiers to make your home a healthier place to live! To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

10 Tips for Cutting Cooling Costs

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Cranking the AC isn’t the only way to stay cool this summer. With a few inexpensive gadgets and a little strategic planning, you can feel cool all summer long and save your energy bill in the process. You can check out the entire list of suggestions here, or look at our top picks below.

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Seal air leaks and drafts around windows and door frames. Spending just a little on new caulking can go a long way with your energy bill.

Keep drapes closed during the day to block the sun, then open them at night to expel any lingering indoor heat.

Install heat-reflecting films to your blinds or shades and keep your house even cooler, all while reducing glare.

Avoid using hot appliances, like dryers, ovens and stove tops. Instead, embrace the great outdoors this season by barbecuing more often and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

Run ceiling fans the right way. Set your fans to rotate counterclockwise to make everyone in the room feel an estimated 4 degrees cooler.

Use attic fans to suck hot air out of the top of your house and pull cool air in from outdoors.

Choose cotton T-shirts, dresses, tank tops and bed sheets. Cotton is one of the most breathable and cooling fabrics, so incorporate it into your everyday wear as often as possible.

Maintain your AC units by cleaning and changing the filter regularly. Clogged filters make your unit work harder than it needs to and drive up energy costs.

Attach window awnings above South and West facing windows to cut your home’s solar heat gain by more than 60%.

Program your thermostat a few degrees higher during times when no one is home. It saves you the hassle of always adjusting the thermostat and keeps your AC running efficiently.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repair, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. 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.

 

9 Home Heating Conservation Tips

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Aside from the fact that your heating bill is usually high in winter, many of us also want to know how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 9 creative ways you can conserve energy at home and save money all at once:


1. Add more wall insulation to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and significantly reduce your home heating bill.
2. Find drafts using a small candle and slowly trace around all window sills and cents. If the flame flickers, you need to seal the leak.
3. Lower the heat during sunny afternoons when the sun is at it’s strongest, and you may realize you don’t even need to waste electric.
4. Leave the oven door open after cooking to recycle warm air in your kitchen.
5. A gas fireplace can use more energy to heat a room than central heating.
6. Invest in a wood burning stove. You’ll be shocked at how low your heating bill will become.
7. Reverse your ceiling fans in winter to rotate clockwise and draw down the rising heat.
8. Keep heavy curtains around the bed to help insulate your bedroom.
9. A programmable thermostat can automatically lower temperatures while you’re sleeping or at work, which can decrease your energy consumption by up to 25 percent.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs, heating installation, and maintenance. We can also help you install programmable thermostats to reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in winter. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.