Archive for September, 2016

5 Steps to Prepping Your Furnace

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Picture waking up on the first cold day of winter, you go to switch on the heat but there are a few problems. You forgot to clean and prepare, and now you’re left with a chilly home. Avoid this mistake by taking these 5 steps to prep your furnace:

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Step 1: Replace the filter
Each month, your filter should be cleaned or replaced to maximize energy efficiency. To replace, locate the filter, pull it out, and slide the new one into the slot.

Step 2: Clean your vents
It’s probably been awhile since you cleaned your vents. If you turn on the heat before cleaning, you’ll only send dust blowing throughout your home and waste heat. Remove the vent covers with a screwdriver, use the extension hose of your vacuum and remove the dust.

Step 3: Inspect the blower belt
Check for cracks. Turn off the your furnace at the main circuit breaker, remove the steel cover of the air handler, and look for the blower belt. It’s the largest rubber belt you’ll see. If it’s cracked, you’ll need to replace it.

Step 4: Adjust your programmable thermostat
Set the programmable thermostat in your home so that it lowers the temperature while you are asleep or away from home. In doing so, you can save 20 t0 75 percent on your  furnace’s operating costs.

Step 5: Clear the area
Keep the area around your furnace clean and debris-free. The more cluttered it is, the more of a hazard you put on your home. The same rules apply for your vents – keep them clear and clean so that you don’t run into a dangerous situation.

Is your furnace ready for winter? At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready and available to help you with all of your home heating needs including furnace repair. 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.

7 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Looking to lower your energy bill this fall? No matter how much it might be, we’ll bet you’ll do what you can do lower it. So we’re here with 7 methods we have found to work for many homeowners:

Seal air leaks
The warm air you power your home with won’t stay if you have air leaks. Test your home for air tightness and caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air. Your home will be a comfortable temperature and you won’t be wasting energy.

Add insulation
Insulate the right areas of your home, such as your attic and basement. When your entire home is warm (even those cool spots), you won’t be pouring money down the drain.

Take advantage of shades
During sunny afternoons, open the shades or close them to control the temperature. You won’t have to put on the heat or the air too much because you’ll have much better control of the sun.

Fix your fireplace
On those cool autumn nights, you’ll want to use your fireplace. Using your fireplace can warm the place up just as well as your heating system can without any many dollar bills.

Reduce water heater temperature
Did you know you can save 3-5 percent on heating costs if you lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit?

Schedule maintenance
If your system isn’t running right, you can bet that the efficiency of your unit will go down but your bills will go up. Schedule a maintenance to have your HVAC tech stop by and make sure everything is working properly.

Install a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is great for those who don’t want to waste money heating up the entire home or are out of the house often. A wonderful way to save money and have better control of your home’s temperature!

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. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Prepping Your AC Unit for Autumn

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Don’t wait until you see a foot of snow on the ground to realize you need to protect your outdoor HVAC unit. Instead, take the steps to start winterizing your unit now so you can sleep easy knowing next year your unit will be running in tip top shape.

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Come October, make sure to:

  • Turn off the air conditioning circuit closest to your unit. During unseasonably warm days, this will prevent the AC unit from turning on and filling up with water, which can then freeze on a colder day.
  • Use a hose to clean off any dirt, dust, or bird droppings from the unit. Also make sure it is clear of any branches or twigs.
  • Duct tape foam covers around any exposed pipes to insulate and protect them against freezing temperatures.
  • Cover the HVAC unit with a waterproof plastic or vinyl cover.
  • Wrap the unit tightly with bungee cords so that it does not blow away or loosen in extreme winds.
  • Check the unit regularly throughout the winter. Brush snow or ice off to prevent it from leaking into the unit. Also remove any branches or leaves that have fallen on top of the unit.

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 or heating installation. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

HVAC Tips for Fall 2016

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

As the temperatures begin to cool off and kids start to swing into the school year, we know that fall is right around the corner. Fall is that time of year when the years is usually just right enough to work in and around your house comfortably – yet is a reminder that frigid weather is near. As we fall into the next season, here are three HVAC tips to keep in mind:

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Clean your air filter
Cleaning your air filter should be a seasonal habit. To clean your filter, turn off the AC you’ve been using and remove the service panel cover. Inspect the filter. Clean with water and let it air dry. Replace the filter if needed and enjoy clean, fresh air once again!

Add a ceiling fan
Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold outside, ceiling fans can help circulate the air. If you’re making a list of home improvement projects to complete this fall, add “install ceiling fan” to the list! This will help you save energy on your electric bill and keep you feeling comfortable in your home.

Close off your fireplace
Pretty soon you’ll be using your fireplace on those chilly autumn and winter nights. So protect your home from a fire hazard by closing it off. Purchase a fireplace screen from your local home goods store and cover. In doing so, you’ll protect your wood floors, furniture, and other textiles.

To complete your 201 fall “to-do” list, turn to Leslie Heating and Cooling. We offer heating repairs, installations, and maintenance programs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs throughout the season. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.