Archive for January, 2017

Heat Recovery Ventilators – What You Need to Know

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Before oil price skyrocketed, most homeowners were happy to just crank the thermostat at the first sign of winter. But now, consumers are more cautious than ever and are always looking for new ways to keep the temperature up, without having to turn to oil and gas – enter Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs).

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What Are They?

This simple yet powerful device pushes warm air into your house, while simultaneously moving stale air out. Depending on the model, HRVs can recover up to 85% of the heat leaving your home in a typical day. These systems are best for newly built, moisture-prone homes because they replace a home’s humid air with dry, fresh air.

Why Ventilate?

When houses were built 50 years ago, they usually had small gaps in the window frames and siding. These spaces allowed air to pass through a house, even if it was technically closed up. Fast forward to today and builders are looking for every way to seal up small cracks for the sake of energy efficiency. While that may sound like you’re getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to heating, it started to cause another problem – mold and mildew began popping up in homes across America.

Why Not Open a Window?

To many, the solution was simple – crack a window to let air in. While that may work in the spring and summer, it still did not solve the problem during colder months and only ventilated a small area of the house.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on heating costs. 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.

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

When thinking of household appliances, the hot water heater probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind – so it can be hard to keep up with routine maintenance. Don’t wait until you’re standing in a cold shower first thing in the morning to realize that your water heater isn’t working up to par. If you recognize these signs early on, you may be able to avoid a costly flood or unnecessary repair.

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Rusty Water

If you turn the water on and see brown or yellow tinted water, it could mean the inside of your water tank has started to rust. Not only is it unsightly, but contaminated water can be dangerous to drink.

Rumbling or Gurgling

Over time, hard sediment can build up in your hot water heater and travel through the pipes. If you hear loud noises coming from the tank, it probably means that sediment has finally come loose. Sediment build up can overwork your heater, cause leaks and damage the lining of your system.

Cold Water

Is the hot water all gone after the first person showers? If you’re running out of hot water quickly or it takes a long time for the water to get hot, it’ll come as no surprise that the first thing you should have looked at is the water heater.

Mold and Mildew

Check the area your heater is stored in every few months. Make a point to look for signs of water damage on the floor or mold in the walls. If you do find mold or mildew, odds are your tank is leaking or overworked.

Age

When deciding on whether to replace your water heater, first consider how old it is. If your heater is older than 15 years and is breaking down regularly, you should think about replacing it altogether. If you’re not sure how old your heater is, most professionals can figure it out based on the make, model and condition.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on water heating costs. 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!

 

4 Tips for Flipping Houses in the New Year

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Thanks to shows like Flip or Flop, Flip This House and Flipping Vegas, people have become obsessed with the trend of buying and “flipping” houses for a profit. While the shows may make it look easy, the job comes along with hard work, industry knowledge and just a little luck. If you’re trying your hand at renovating houses this year, here are a few things you need to know.

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Know Your “ARV”

ARV stands for “after repair value.” No matter how much money you put into a house, there will always be a cap on the amount you get back for it based on the economy,  neighborhood, and school system. This means you have to live by the 70% rule – you buy the house for no more than 70% of it’s peak selling price.

Know Your Buyer

Look at what kind of area you are buying a house in and ask yourself, “Who would want to live here.” Are you flipping a house next to an elementary school? Odds are you’re going to be selling to a family, so skip the wet bar in the basement.

Show off Your Work

You worked hard to make this house beautiful, so make sure the buyers, appraisers, and real estate agents all know that everything is brand new. Make a list of every beam, window and floor tile you replaced and give it to them. Now you can rest assured knowing the house will be listed appropriately.

Love Your Work, Then Let it Go (At a Fair Price)

It seems like every one of the shows above always ends with the couple saying, “This has to be one of my favorite renovations ever.” You have put time, money and energy into creating a beautiful home, and now that you’re done it can get a little hard to part – especially if you think you should be getting more money for it. Remember that you’re not always going to get exactly what you want for it, but as long as you’re receiving reasonable offers, know when it’s time to let it go.

If you need help with a renovation, or are just trying to keep your own house together this winter, Leslie Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC needs. Learn more by giving us a call at 630.621.9419.

What is a Polar Vortex and How Can I Prepare?

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

It’s everyone’s least favorite topic: the cold. As we all joined to ring in the New Year this past week, we also welcomed the remaining months of winter. But it doesn’t look like the chilly weather will be leaving anytime soon, as news outlets in the Northern Hemisphere have been tracking an incoming Polar Vortex.

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What is a Polar Vortex?

A polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding the Earth’s poles. The National Weather Service released a statement saying, “Many times during winter in the northern hemisphere, the polar vortex will expand, sending cold air southward with the jet stream. This occurs fairly regularly during wintertime and is often associated with large outbreaks of Arctic air in the United States.”

Moral of the story: it’s about to get really cold.

Prepare your home for the dropping temperatures by:

  • insulating your pipes

  • having your furnace inspected

  • keeping batteries and flashlights handy in case of a power outage

  • leaving blankets throughout the house

  • filling your gas tank

  • stocking up on water

In case of an emergency, have these numbers on hand:

  • DTE Energy: Call (800) 477-4747 to report a power outage or downed power lines; call (800) 947-5000 to report a natural gas emergency or leak. Check the outage map. More information here.

  • Consumers Energy: Call (800) 477-5050, Check the outage map. More information here.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on heating costs. 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.