Archive for November, 2016

Maintaining Good Air Quality With a Fireplace

Monday, November 28th, 2016

While many of us love sitting around a cozy fire during winter, fires can affect the air quality in our homes – whether we see it or not. Due to the many health effects that poor air quality can cause, we wanted to show you how you can maintain good air quality while staying toasty through the season:

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Use dry logs: When you use dry, seasoned wood, you avoid burning wet or green logs that create extra smoke and waste fuel.

Look for dirty glass: Dirty glass doors on wood stoves is a sign that wood is too moist or that the fire needs more air.

Consider an insert: A fireplace insert fits right into your fireplace and burns 70 percent more efficiently than an open fireplace.

Check the moisture: According to the EPA, the moisture content of wood should be less than 20 percent. You can find a wood moisture meter at your local home improvement store.

Use dry kindling: Start a fire using dry kindling. Then add a few pieces of wood. Make sure to space out the logs so there is enough air between to get the fire ignited.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. That is why 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 this offer as well as our other air purifying options, click here.

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.

11 Smart Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This day and age, many people are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also looking to spend a little less money on heating costs and save a little more for traveling and (dare we say) retirement. That’s why adopting a new way of thinking and saving energy at home can put you on the right path:

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1. Dress warm. It might sound obvious, but just think how often we take heating for granted when we can simply put on an extra sweater (which we spent money on to keep us warm too).

2. Change your bed sheets. Switch to flannel and put rugs on your floor. The extra insulation can save you a trip in the little on the night to the hallway when your start shivering because your sheets aren’t warm enough.

3. Minimize your use of kitchen and bathroom fans. They’re useful but can suck out a lot of hot air.

4. Reverse your ceiling fan. This will bring warm air back down to the floor level, since heat rises.

5. Change the filter regularly. It might be hard to forget, but if your filter is dirty then your heat will have to work harder to pump out warm air. And the harder it has to work, the more money you’re wasting.

6. Turn down the thermostat. That’s right! A couple degrees cooler when you’re away or asleep can make a significant difference on your heating bill.

7. Insulate. The more you insulate your home, the less the air will escape. Cover your basement, attic, and that one cool spot in your home (everyone’s got one).

8. Wrap your ducts. Air can easily leak out, so wrap them tight to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

9. Use a wood burning fireplace. Skip the gas fireplace. If you have a wood burning one, you can cut your costs in half throughout the winter – it’s the natural and smart way!

10. Get a tune up. Ask your local HVAC professional. You should schedule one at least once a year – trust us, that small expense can save you big bucks.

11. Kick out the old unit. If repairs and monthly bills are costing you a fortune, it might be time to say goodbye to that old unit and hello to a new one.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, comfort and conserving money is our 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.

5 Easy Ways to Prep Your Home for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house, take the weekend to prep your home in all the necessary ways. From cleaning the little things to making sure the big things are in proper working order, here are five easy ways to ensure you are good to go when the doorbell rings:

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Clean your oven
First things first. When was the last time you cleaned your oven? Probably not recently enough. With all the cooking your oven is going to do, make a non-toxic cleaner made out of baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar, or buy natural dish soap. Scrub the grease clean and let the solution do its magic. Your turkey will come out much better than it would if you didn’t clean at all.

Clean the silverware
Your silverware should be shiny and presentable for your Thanksgiving feast. Try a similar natural cleaner: place silverware in an aluminum pot filled with water, salt, and baking soda. Bring water to a boil for three minutes, remove the pieces, store in warm soap water, and scrub with a clean cloth.

Replace the vacuum belt
If your vacuum isn’t working the way it once did, try replacing the belt. Use screwdrivers to remove the cover, use a flat heat screw to pry out the agitator, and slide the belt off. Slid the new one on and replace the agitator. You’re more likely to capture that dust that’s flying around your home.

Childproof your home
Family usually means children and infants coming to visit too. With little kids running around the house, keep them safe by covering the outlets with their caps and keeping electrical cords out of reach.

Adjust your heating system
Your home should stay at a comfortable temperature and balanced air flow. Test where the airflow is heaviest and lightest to determine which vest might need a proper adjustment, and call your HVAC technician for assistance.

When all’s said and done, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving gathering!

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort and safety t 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.

9 Home Heating Conservation Tips

Monday, November 7th, 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.