Archive for September, 2017

3 Great Ways to Prepare Your Home For Fall

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go pumpkin picking, take a nature walk, and most importantly: prepare your home for the seasons ahead. If you’re looking to get your house into tip-top shape before the cold weather arrives, here are some simple solutions:

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Way 1: Close the Windows

If you’re looking to conserve energy this autumn and don’t want your heating bill to rise, then we suggest keeping the windows shut — unless you’re trying to cool your home. When you leave your windows open, not only are you letting heat escape, but you’re also letting unwanted cool air in. To maximize your autumnal heating experiences, put the heat on when needed and let your home insulation do the rest.

Way 2: Examine Your Air Ducts

Feel as if your home isn’t warming up to its potential? If that’s the case, then it might be due to poorly insulated air ducts. Before the temperature begins to drop drastically, it’s important that you check each duct in your home and see if it’s insulated. If the duct shows noticeable signs of wear and tear, then it’s important you replace them immediately — which will help you cut energy costs in half.

Way 3: Adjust Your Thermostat

Looking to make your home’s indoor temperature as comfortable as possible? The simplest solution is to adjust your thermostat to a moderate, comfortable temperature. When you adjust this device’s settings properly, you’ll create a comfortable environment and will instantly save money on your heating/cooling bill.

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 is 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!

3 Ways to Stay Warm This Fall

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The cool, crisp fall weather is upon us — which means that light-jackets will slowly make a grand return to your neighborhood. Before the temperature begins to drop even lower in the months ahead, it’s important that you know these tips and tricks on how to stay warm!

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Way 1: Program Your Thermostat

One of the simplest ways to keep warm on the cool, brisk days of fall is to program your thermostat. Since the weather won’t reach a chilling temperature this early, it’s important to find a comfortable temperature on your thermostat and set that immediately. This is also a great way to see if your home heating unit works effectively before winter appears.

Way 2: Turn On Your Ceiling Fan

Want to know the easiest way to keep warm? Turn your ceiling fan on in a clockwise direction, while on the lowest setting. This will not only send the hot air from your ceiling downward, but it will also keep air circulating throughout your home — keeping the room as comfortable as can be.

Way 3: Ice Your Thermostat

Not able to adjust your own thermostat if you live in an apartment? The best trick to heat up your space is to hold a cup of ice next to the device. Not only will this make your thermostat believe it needs to heat the room, but it will also be a surefire way to adjust your apartment temperature any time you’d like — it’s that simple.

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 is 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!

Most Effective Way to Clean Vent Mold

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Have you recently examined the vents in your home? Although they may look clean on the surface, harmful substances such as mold can be building up on the opposite end. If you’re unsure about mold buildup or know about its presence, then here is a helpful way to remove it from your vents:

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Supplies

Before you start cleaning that moldy vent, you’ll need to acquire these supplies first:

  • 1 dust mask

  • 1 screwdriver

  • Water

  • Laundry Detergent

  • 1 large bucket

  • Paper towels

Remove the Vent

After you obtain your supplies, it’s time to start the cleaning process! Start by locating the vent in your home and remove the screws with a screwdriver. Once that’s complete, take the mold-covered vent and bring it into your kitchen. From there, you’ll begin the actual cleaning process.

The Cleaning

Once you bring the vent to your kitchen, it’s time to fill the large bucket with water and a standard amount of laundry detergent. After the two ingredients form a mixture, it’s then time to submerge the vent completely within the bucket for approximately fifteen minutes. Leaving the entire vent submerged for this duration will completely clean and sanitize any area of mold buildup.

The Drying

After approximately fifteen minutes have passed, it’s time to take the vent out of the soapy mixture and let it air-dry completely. When you let your vent air-dry, it will effectively make every square inch, crease and corner of the vent dry — leaving little room for mold regrowth. If you notice some damp spots after letting the vent air-dry, then take a few paper towels and dry them by hand.

Install

Soon after the drying process has completed, it’s time to reinstall the vent. Similar to removing it from the wall, place the vent back in the appropriate spot and use a screwdriver to secure it to the wall. Once this final step is complete, your vent will be good as new and won’t spread harmful substances through the air again.

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 is 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!

Simple Ways to Clean Your AC Before You Pack It Away

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Once the leaves begin to drop off the trees, so will the temperature. That’s right — autumn is just around the corner, and you won’t be using your AC unit too often when those fall breezes are present. Before dismantling your unit and storing it away, it’s important you clean it first with these simple tips:

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Clean the Filter

One of the simplest ways to prepare your AC unit for storage is to clean the filter. Nine out of ten times, homeowners will pack away their cooling unit without giving it a proper wash first. Before you stuff it in the back of your garage, take a look at the filter. Sometimes if there’s serious build up, the unit will then have some issues when spring arrives. The simplest cleaning method is to gently spray the kitchen nozzle through the filter panels with luke-warm water. Once this step is complete, let the filter air-dry and then place back in the unit — your AC will be good as new when it’s time to bring it back out for spring!

Clean the Coils

Another important part to clean before you pack-up your AC are the coils. Just like the filter, if the external coils are caked in debris, then your AC won’t function properly when you reinstall it. To clean the coils first locate the electrical disconnect and turn it off. Once that step is complete, spray any debris off the coils with a garden hose. Next, take a store-bought coil cleaner and spray it upon the coils — letting it sit there for a good 10-15 minutes. Once the time is up, it’s time to hose off the unit’s coils and then your AC unit will be ready for storage!

 

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 is 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!