Archive for April, 2017

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Poor Air Quality?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The first thing every new parent does is baby proof their house. After covering sharp edges, putting locks on the cabinet, and adding a gate before the stairs, most parents are confident that their house is the epitome of safety. But have you ever stopped to consider what the air quality in your home is like? Far too often, air quality is overlooked in favor of more “immediate dangers.” This weekend take a moment to check your home for these signs of poor air quality.

Leslie Heating and Cooling Do You Know the Warning Signs of Poor Air Quality

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew typically grow in warm, damp areas and are some of the biggest contributors to poor air quality. If you’re on the hunt for mold, start by checking the most common areas, like the sink, tub, tiles, and air conditioning unit.

An unpleasant smell

Just because you can’t see mold, doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you start to notice a damp, unpleasant smell, it may be a sign of mold.

Dust

While a little dust here and there won’t do any harm, large quantities can affect your breathing and health. If you’re noticing dust particles flying around on sunny days, or a layer of dust on the TV screen, you should give your house a deep cleaning with chemical-free cleaning products.

Humidity

Typically, humidity is the predecessor of mold. Throughout the year, try to keep your house between 30 to 50% humidity. If you live in a humid climate, you should be actively tracking your homes humidity levels.

Frequent illness

While this isn’t necessarily something you’ll find in your house, it is something you should be aware of. If you’re noticing that you, or family members, are suddenly getting sick, it could be due to contaminated air.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on the work we do to keep our customers comfortable in their homes. We also believe that maintaining comfortable temperatures is only part of our job as heating and cooling specialists. Your home’s air quality is as deserving of our attention as is the temperature. If you’re looking to improve your air quality, we can suggest and install the top air quality systems.

 

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Summer

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

With spring already in full swing and summer just around the corner, most of us are already taking advantage of our air conditioners and pools. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay cool during the warmer months, homes and commercial buildings consume just over 40% of the energy used in the United States. In an effort to live a little more eco-friendly this summer, here are a few ways you can cut your energy use (and electric bill!).

Leaslie Heating and Cooling 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Summer

  1. Replace your incandescent lights with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. Switching one incandescent bulb for one CFL will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

  2. Unplug your TV, air conditioner, and other large appliances when you leave your house for the night or longer. Even when turned off, electronics still pull energy from your home.

  3. Consider bamboo during your next remodel. Bamboo grows quickly and is in large supply, making it a great alternative to hardwood floors.

  4. Close your blinds on hot days. The sun can raise your home’s temperature by as much as 6 degrees in the summer.

  5. Start a compost in your backyard. Composting your kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce your waste, all while creating a natural and organic fertilizer!

  6. Use organic or homemade cleaners instead of chemical ones. Vinegar, baking soda, and a hint of fresh lemon makes a great all-purpose cleaner.

  7. Hang your clothes up to dry. Dryers use some of the most electricity out of any appliance and can easily raise the temperature of your house or apartment. Instead of running the dryer, leave your clothes out to dry on a drying rack.
  8. Use your microwave as often as possible. Just like a dryer, an oven can make any room feel several degrees warmer than it is, so use a microwave to heat up your food when you can.

  9. Go low-flow when it comes to your appliances. Just flushing your toilet accounts for 30% of the water used in a home. Low-flow appliances will help you use less water and save money!

  10. Add more plants throughout your house. Not only will they make your house look more beautiful, they’ll help clean the air too.|

Leslie Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois. If you’re interested in learning more about our “go green” initiatives, or would like a customer system inspection of your equipment, give us a call!  Our service professionals are trained to provide friendly and professional solutions to any of your comfort needs.

 

5 Tips for a Happy Home

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

What makes a happy home? First and foremost, we all know that it’s the people you share it with. But while your friends and family certainly contribute the most to your overall happiness, your actual home does too. Your home affects every aspect of your life, from your productivity to your health, so make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Now that your spring cleaning is finished, it’s time to make sure your house is as happy and healthy as possible.

Leslie Heating and Cooling | 5 Tips for a Happy Home

 

Get Into Feng Shui

Feng shui is the belief that you can bring harmony and peace to your surrounding by strategically arranging your furniture. But even if you’re not totally into feng shui, studies have shown that just by rearranging your furniture, you feel like your space has been rejuvenated.

Think Beyond Just Sight

When you were first decorating your home, you probably spent hours deciding on paint samples and floor tiles, but did you ever think about incorporating your other four senses? A happy home is more than just a visibly beautiful one. Fresh scents and peaceful music can make your home feel just as warm as a welcome wreath.

Declutter Your Home

And no, we don’t mean clearing the counters when they get crowded — we mean a real, deep decluttering. The less clutter you have in your home, the more space there is to play and relax (because you also don’t have to worry about cleaning as much!).

Let the Light In

A happy home is a bright home. Thanks to clappers, dimmers, and fan lights, natural lighting is often pretty overlooked in a home. Make your space seem larger and more inviting by opening up those big drapes.

Maintain Good Air Quality

Thanks to chemical cleaners and pet dander, EPA studies have shown that indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher inside your home, than outside. Make sure your family is breathing in the best air possible by installing an indoor air quality system.

 

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are dedicated to making your home feel more comfortable. That’s why we offer air filters and fresh air ventilation systems to maximize your home’s comfort. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419.

 

How to Remove Mold From an HVAC Unit

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Your HVAC isn’t only responsible for keeping your home’s temperature comfortable, it’s also in charge of maintaining your air quality. And mold doesn’t just affect how well a unit runs, it can also compromise your home’s air quality if it gets into the vents. During your next filter change or cleaning, check behind your HVAC unit for signs of mold. If you do notice little, green patches, use our four-step process to get rid of them for good.

Leslie Heating and Cooling How to Remove Mold From an HVAC Unit

 

Step 1: Make your solution.

Mold is a different beast all its own, so your typical disinfectant spray might not work. Make your own powerful mold removal solution by combining 1 tbsp of detergent with 1/2 cup of baking soda, and one cup of water.

Step 2: Protect yourself.

Because mold can affect your health, it’s important to protect yourself while cleaning it. The EPA suggests wearing a N95 mask, rubber gloves, a long sleeve t-shirt, and protective eyewear whenever you come in contact with mold.

Step 3: Shut off Your HVAC System.

Whenever you work on or clean an electrical appliance, you always want to make sure it’s turned off first. Turning off your unit will also let you access the evaporator coil, ducts, and drip pan (where mold is most commonly found) easily and safely.

Step 4: Get ready to scrub.

Now that you and your unit have been prepped, it’s time to scrub! Generously spray any moldy areas with your cleaning solution, and leave it to sit for a few minutes. Then, using a damp cloth or scrub brush, scrub the mold off in a circular motion. Be sure to throw out whatever cleaning tools you used to get rid of the mold (ie: all those cloths and rags). Even if you throw them in the laundry machine, mold can still stick around.

Important note: The EPA recommends that any mold covering more than 10 sq. feet should be cleaned and controlled by a professional.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on the work we do to keep our customers comfortable in their homes. We also believe that maintaining comfortable temperatures is only part of our job as heating and cooling specialists. Your home’s air quality is as deserving of our attention as is the temperature. If you’re looking to improve your air quality, we can suggest and install the top air quality systems.