Archive for March, 2017

The Benefits of an HVAC Cleaning

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Floors, windows, countertops, and bedding – odds are, this is your go-to spring cleaning list. And while we certainly agree with everything on it, we think you should be adding one very important thing to that list – your HVAC unit. Despite being the thing that keeps your home’s air quality in check and maintains a comfortable temperature, many people overlook their system when it comes to regular home maintenance. Ensure your unit runs at its peak performance this season by giving it a good cleaning.

Leslie Heating and Cooling - The Benefits of an HVAC Cleaning

 

What to Do:

  1. Change the filter. Maintain your home’s air quality by cleaning your filters every few months. Some units let you just pop out the filter, clean it, and put it back in; while other disposable filters will need to be thrown out and replaced each time.

  2. Clean the drainage hole. Even if your air conditioner was turned off all winter, the drainage hole still needs to be cleaned before it’s turned on again.

  3. Dust your vent fans. Use some soapy water and a toothbrush to give your kitchen and bathroom fans a deep clean. It may be a little tedious, but your sinuses will thank you when you turn on the fan and don’t see any dust flying around.

  4. Call your serviceman. It’s always a good idea to call your technician before the start of the season. Regular maintenance will keep your unit in better shape and likely prevent any big problems that could pop-up in the future.

 

The Benefits:

Better indoor air quality. Especially in the spring, pet dander, dust, and pollen can get trapped in your unit and circulate throughout your house. The cleaner your system is, the cleaner your air will be.

Energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted because of dirty coils. When air can’t easily pass through a coil, the entire system works harder to force the air through.

Unit lifespan. Just like a car, the better you maintain your HVAC unit now, the longer it will last. Regular cleanings and maintenance will keep your system running strong for years.

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 cooling costs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC installation and maintenance needs.

A Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Checklist of all Your Home’s Maintenance Needs

Friday, March 24th, 2017

How many times have you woken up on a cold winter morning to realize the boiler is broken, or discovered that your AC unit isn’t blowing cool air on the first hot day of summer? It’s in these moments that you were probably thinking to yourself, “I should have had this checked last month…” Well, luckily, now you’ll never have to think that again! Here’s our handy checklist of all the home maintenance you should be doing every month, quarter, and year, because after all – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

A Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Checklist of all Your Home's Maintenance Needs

Monthly:

  • Change your HVAC filters. Keep your home’s air quality the best it can be by cleaning out and changing any dusty air filters.

  • Clean the kitchen disposal. From coffee grounds to meat scraps, your disposal handles a lot – so be sure to clean it with white vinegar and baking soda once a month to avoid any unpleasant smells.

  • Check your water softener. Make sure your water softener salt drum is not running low on salt.

Quarterly:

  • Clean your radiator and heating ducts. Prevent your family from breathing in dusty or toxic air by washing off your radiator ducts every few months.

  • Clean your gutters. Clogged gutters are not only unsightly, they can cause flooding and foundation problems thanks to displaced rain water.

Yearly:

  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. This is as easy as pushing a button and can potentially save your family’s lives, so make sure you are testing your smoke detector every year. If you realize it needs batteries, replace them right away.

  • Check that your thermostat is functioning properly. A malfunctioning thermostat could be costing you money and your family’s comfort, so make sure it’s reading properly.

  • Get an HVAC tune up. Even the best cared for system needs a check-up every once in awhile. Ensure your unit works perfectly at the start of every season by having it inspected every year.

 

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 and cooling costs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC, heating, cooling, and maintenance needs. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (630) 621-9419.

 

The 5 Best Times to Buy Large Appliances

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Purchasing a new appliance can be nerve-wracking – with so many options and such a big price tag attached to them, it can be hard deciding on the perfect one for your home. If you’re in the market for a good deal on appliances (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), we’ve got some good news for you. A recent Consumer Reports study found that “deep discounts for many products are still tied to a particular month” or time of the year. With just this little bit of insider knowledge, you can find the best deals on appliances.

Leslie Heating and Cooling | The 5 Best Times to Buy Large Appliances

 

Start of the New Year (January and February)

Most department stores hang on to their old inventory while waiting for the newest models to arrive. When the new year hits and everyone is searching for the latest model, stores are desperate to get rid of their older units and will often offer them at a discount.

Spring (April and May)

As the warmer weather starts to roll in, stores will start trying to get rid of cold weather appliances, like space heaters and radiator equipment. Shop off season and pick up any heaters that may come in handy in a few months.

Fall (September and October)

If you’re looking to redo the kitchen, your best bet is to do it in the fall. Most manufacturers roll out their latest appliances at the end of the year, meaning last year’s models are now on sale. Now, you can get a brand new washing machine, oven, microwave, or laundry machine for much less than it was just a few weeks ago.

Holiday Weekends

Holidays like President’s Day, Memorial Day, Black Friday, and Labor Day are great times to score big discounts on appliances, whether they are in season or not.

The End of the Month

This one might be a little more hit-or-miss, but at the end of the month, salesmen are under more pressure to meet their commission quotas and may be more likely to bargain with you.

 

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning unit, let Leslie Heating and Cooling get you ready for spring. Our trained technicians have years of experience installing and maintaining all types of standard AC units and will ensure your home’s comfort all season long.

 

5 Home Repairs to do Before Spring

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

To the rest of the country, it’s spring – but to those of us who are self-proclaimed handymen and women, it’s DIY season! Winter weather can really take a toll on your home, so now that the warmer temperatures are here, it’s the perfect time to tackle all those new found home projects. If you have some extra time on your hands this weekend, here are a few things you should update or repair around the house.

5 Leslie Heating and Cooling | Repairs to do Before Spring

Chipped paint or siding: Months of snow, rain, and wind can easily cause your paint to chip and fade. Now that it’s spring – grab some paint and start fixing those faulty spots.

Rain gutters: Sagging or cracked rain gutters are more than just unsightly, they’re a potential flooding nightmare. During the winter, snow and ice can cause your gutters to break or sag. When that happens, rain water spills over the side and can pool next to your home. This can cause flooding and structural damage.

Frozen and damaged pipes: Believe it or not, it’s possible to have frozen pipes even as we enter into spring. Hoses should always be removed at the start of the winter, but if you did leave yours out, check it for bulges or irregularities. If you notice a bubble or knot, that means it’s frozen and implies that other pipes may be frozen as well.

The roof: During a big snowfall, snow can add as much as 5 pounds per square foot to your roof, meaning it is more prone to sagging and leaks. Have a professional inspect your roof for missing shingles, damp spots, and any other signs that it may cave in.

Moisture and leaks: Check your crawl space, basement, and attic for moisture. Water damage can not only destroy your home’s structure, but it can also cause mold and mildew to grow. You can easily combat moisture by installing a dehumidifier.

 

If you’re having problems with moisture in your home, Leslie Heating and Cooling is here to help! We’ve been a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois for more than 20 years and sell top-quality whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. We’ll have your device installed and out of sight in no time, and we’ll also be ready to help with any performance issues your system may have down the line. Learn more by giving us a call at 630.621.9419!