Archive for February, 2017

8 Ways to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Bigger

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Why is it that during parties, people always end up in the kitchen? We like to think it’s because the kitchen is warm and inviting (not to mention where the food is). But if your kitchen feels like it’s closing in, rather than opening up to you, there are plenty of ways to make your kitchen “bigger” without having to add square feet.

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Glass cabinets reflect light and let your eye travel to the back wall – which will make your kitchen appear larger than it really is.

Small furniture won’t take up as much floor space as large, chunky furniture and will leave people with more room to walk around.

Clean lines draw the eye around the length of the room and create a continuous flow of movement.

Open shelves have less visual weight than traditional wood cabinets. And similar to glass cupboards, they let you see the back wall – creating the illusion of more space.

Combine rooms that are next to each other. By tearing down just part of a wall, you can make two small rooms feel like one large space.

Less is more in terms of countertop decorations. Coffee pots, fruit bowls and papers will make your kitchen feel like it’s bursting at the seams.

Vertical stripes draw the eye upward and give the impression of height. You can easily achieve this look with striped backboards or paint.

Let the light in by keeping your windowsill clear. Most kitchen windows don’t even have curtains, but if you are going to add a window treatment, choose light fabrics like cotton and silk.

 

If you’re planning a renovation, let Leslie Heating and Cooling handle all of your HVAC needs. Since the 1990s, we have been a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois. Learn more about our services by giving us a call at (630) 621-9419!

 

Top 4 Ways to Ventilate Your Home

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

It seems like lately everyone has been talking about the importance of good indoor air quality. And while ventilation systems may be new, ventilation is anything but. When homes were built 100 years ago, we didn’t have the technology we have now – meaning there were small cracks left between siding, roof tiles, and window panels. Fast forward to the 21st century and home’s are built with laser precision.

While this may seem great to the average penny-saving, energy-conscious consumer, these leaks actually play an important role in your home’s ventilation. Without proper ventilation, your house is susceptible to mold, mildew, and other indoor air pollutants.

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Your top ventilation options are:

  • Natural ventilation: As one of the more uncommon solutions, natural ventilation pushes ‘stale air’ out the top of your house and pulls fresh air in. This is most often done with a solar chimney – a machine that heats air in the house. Once the air reaches a high enough temperature, it rises into ceiling vents. When this happens, the pressure in the home changes and fresh air is drawn in.

  • Exhaust-only mechanical ventilation: By running small exhaust fans in bathrooms, closets and bedrooms either continuously or periodically, you can expel dry air from your home.  This is one of the most common and cost-effective methods of ventilation.

  • Supply-only mechanical ventilation: As the name suggests, this method relies on one or more fans to bring fresh air in from outside. And because this system pressurizes a house, it can help prevent radon and other contaminants from entering a home.

  • Balanced ventilation: As one of the best ways to ventilate a house, balanced ventilation allows you to control how separate fans drive airflow in and out of individual areas. With this system, you can direct fresh air into the most used rooms in the house, like the living room and bedrooms, and pull air from rooms where contaminants could be lurking, like the bathroom and kitchen.

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.

What You Need to Know About the Leslie Family Plan

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

When you work with Leslie Heating and Cooling, you’re treated like family. We believe in old school customer service, which means our technicians always arrive on time, in well-maintained vehicles, and with a smile. While we go above and beyond for every one of our customers, those in the Leslie Family Plan receive even more perks!

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What is the Leslie Family Plan?

 

The Leslie Family Plan is a monthly investment that protects and preserves your home’s heating and cooling systems. For just $15 a month, we’ll make sure (1) you’re protected from expensive breakdowns and manufacturing defects, (2) every piece of equipment is installed properly and up to code, and (3) you always receive the best value on any equipment or services.

 

Leslie Family Plan Members Receive:

 

  • Exclusive discounts: Members will receive a 15% discount on all services and repairs.

  • No dispatch fees: Even if you decide not to make the suggested repairs to your system, you will never find a trip or travel charge on your bill.

  • Priority service: Those under the Leslie Family Plan have access to our priority phone line. Give us a call any day or night and you’ll receive immediate assistance.

  • Automated service reminders: You’ll never have to worry about keeping track of HVAC maintenance again, because the Leslie Family Plan will send you regular service reminders.

  • Contract-free service: There’s no jumping through hoops or navigating red tape when you work with us. If you choose to ever leave the Family Plan, you can cancel at any time without a penalty or cancellation fee.

  • 24/7 Emergency service: Waking up in the middle of the night to find out your furnace is blowing cold air is stressful enough – you don’t need the added pressure of trying to find a heating company that’s open. That’s why our technicians are on call 24/7 to help you with any unexpected problems or questions.

 

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we want you to trust your family with ours! 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 needs, heating installation, and maintenance. To learn more about the Leslie Family Plan, give us a call at (630) 621-9419.

Top Bathroom Styles of 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

At first glance, the bathroom probably isn’t the most trendy room in the house – so it can be hard to keep it looking current. But luckily, a fresh coat of paint and a few updated touches can completely change your bathroom’s look and feel. Whether your style is more subtle and casual or you’re looking to make a statement with a bright, bold color – here are the top bathroom colors and styles of 2017.

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Combining Neutrals and Metals

2016 was the year of metallics. While we’re not quite getting rid of the trend just yet, we are dialing it back a bit. Incorporating matte finishes, wood flooring and neutral paint colors can add an elegant, yet cozy, feel.

Bold Combinations

Gray has been a major trend coming into 2017, but too much of the color can make a room look one dimensional. This year, try mixing organic and modern materials. Bamboo flooring and tile backsplash compliment each other without looking too stagnant. If you don’t have the money for an entire renovation, consider painting the walls, ceiling and vanity different, but complementary colors.

Remember Your Fixtures

The days of traditional sink handles are a thing of the past. Nowadays, bathroom fixtures have become something more reminiscent of an art piece than a knob. Creator Werner Aisslinger designs some of the most beautiful, free flowing faucets – some even feature live plants and cascading waterfalls.

Play with Geometry

Geometric tiles are an easy and inexpensive way to add a grand design element to your bathroom. Whether you choose a hexagonal, square, or circular pattern, use multiple colors to highlight your floor’s new unique design.

If you need help with a renovation, Leslie Heating and Cooling is here for all of your HVAC needs. Since the 1990s, we have been a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois. Learn more about our services by giving us a call at (630) 621-9419!