Archive for October, 2016

3 Simple Ways to Resolve Heating Disputes With Your Family

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

We know it all too well – the family battle over comfortable temperatures in your home. But bickering isn’t necessary when there are plenty of solutions to ensure that everyone stays comfortable (at a temperature that’s best for them).

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Space Heaters
Space heaters, when used appropriately, are extremely useful for heating up a small area of your home. The rules of using these devices are simple: place on a flat surface, keep away from furniture and other fabrics, and never leave on unattended.

Improve Efficiency
We recommend a few things if you want to improve the efficiency of your home heating system. For starters, schedule maintenance with your local HVAC technician. From there, he/she can tell you if there are any malfunctions or any better ways to improve the heat in your home. Our team also suggests sealing air leaks. That way, one family member isn’t complaining of a cool spot where they sleep or spend much time.

Programmable Thermostats
We’re big on programmable thermostats. This technology is huge nowadays and can resolve all of your family disputes during cold winters. Plus, it can save you big bucks on energy bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to design specific settings in different situations and automatically adjust the temperature when you’re not at home.

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.

How to Detect Carbon Monoxide

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases, especially due to its colorless and odorless makeup. So how do you know if you’re in the presence of it? We’re here to provide you with a few of the most obvious signs to look out for:

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Symptoms
Carbon monoxide exposure causes a number of symptoms. If you have reason to believe you have a CO leak in your home, don’t wait! Here are some of the top signs you have been exposed:

Low Level Exposure:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

High Level Exposure:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting

Preventative Measures

While you might not be able to see it, there are ways you can prevent CO from polluting your home:

  • Install new appliances to keep everything up to code
  • Schedule annual professional inspections on your heating system, chimneys, and flues.
  • Avoid operating gas-powered equipment indoors
  • Don’t use gas appliances as a heater in your home

There is no better way to protect your home than to check with your local HVAC technician. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your safety and comfort is our number one priority. That is why we offer properly installed and operation CO detectors.These devices are very reliable and are designed to go off before dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are reached.We also offer maintenance and tune-up services to detect carbon monoxide and other hazardous situations. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Radiant Heating vs. Central Heating

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Ah – the battle of central and radiant heating. Many homeowners and even some HVAC technicians debate over which is more efficient. For several reasons, we believe radiant heating might be the better solution, but here’s where:

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Central Heating
The average American home has central heating set up. Nothing is better than the warmth it provides on cold, winter nights – and you’ll always find yourself reaching for the thermostat to make it even warmer if you have to. But that brings us to one issue – let’s call it the yo-yo heating pattern, where you constantly adjust  your thermostat, causing your furnace to turn on and off. In the end, this results in wasted energy and uncomfortable. Forced hot air systems are subject to something known as parasitic heat loss – because the air in your furnace and air handler has to travel through many tubes before it gets to a room, there are many opportunities for heat loss and air leaks. There might be something better…

Radiant Heating
Some studies show that radiant heating can be up to as much as 30 percent more efficient than central heating. Why, may you ask? Because the heating panels are in direct contact with the floor, there is little room for heat loss. The air isn’t forced out of vents, so there is no cross-breeze, which allows you to keep the thermostat a bit lower. We should also mention that radiant heating is a great solution for this allergy sensitivities, as dust does not get blown around the way it does with central heating – just one of the many reasons people are making the switch.

Which heating is right for your home?

Whether you choose radiant heating or central heating, Leslie Heating and Cooling is here to help you with all of your home heating needs! We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer 24/7 emergency service.To learn more about us and our home heating services, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

3 Easy Ways to Save Electric Bills

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Winter is that time of year when homeowners worry about the number at the bottom of their electric bill. It’s easy to spend a fortune in return for comfort, but saving money is easy if you adopt just these three rules:

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Find air leaks & seal
One of the biggest reasons homeowners find their energy bills through the roof is because they crank the heat without realizing they have air leaks. Air leaks are sneaky because they allow so much air to escape without you realizing it. So find the cool spots in your home and seal up air leaks wherever spotted.

Make heating repairs
Don’t wait until the last minute! Call your local HVAC tech now to make necessary heating repairs, as waiting until the first cold day could put your family in an uncomfortable position. Whether it be the pilot light or the thermostat, your HVAC pro will have a good understanding of what it takes to get your heat up and running in time for winter.

Insulate your attic & basement
There are two cold areas in your home – the attic and basement. Believe it or not, even if they’re sealed off, neglecting insulation in these spots can waste heat and leave you feeling cold. What insulation does is resist heat flow. The more that the insulation in your home is able to do this, the more efficient your home will be and the less energy you will put to waste.

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.