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7 Ways to Cool Down on a Budget

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Let’s face it: owning an air conditioner isn’t cheap. And during the dog days of summer, the prices only get worse. That is, unless you know how to stay energy-efficient. As your Chicagoland area HVAC specialists, we’d like to share 7 tips for cooling down and sticking to a budget:

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1. Plant more trees – Planting more greens around your home can stop the sun from shining inside your home and heating things up (causing you to crank the AC in the summer).

2. Install solar screens – Did you know that solar or mesh-like window screens can block up to 70 percent of solar energy before it enters your home? Install them on the west side of your home where sunlight hits the strongest during the day.

3. Circulate the fan – Keep the fan going inside your home and use in conjunction with your air conditioning. But instead of blowing the fan in your exact direction, leave it close to your AC unit to push the air from your unit across the room.

4. Regulate the thermostat – It may sound simple, but it’s easy to forget – lower your air conditioner’s thermostat setting to 78 degrees when you’re at home and raise it higher at night and when you’re away. By making this adjustment, you can save 5 to 15 percent on your cooling bills.

5. Cozy up in the basement – When the hot air rises, your basement is the number one spot to stay cool. So if you have a finished basement, take advantage by spending more time down there. Use it as an extra, cozy living space to keep cool during those hot, humid summer days.

6. Have a cookout – Summer is all about the great taste of BBQs. But barbeques don’t only taste delicious, they can save you energy as well. Think about how much heat you generate by using the stove and oven in your kitchen, and how much air conditioning you use to counteract the heat. Now imagine how much energy you can save by cooking outdoors instead!

7. Maintain your system – Scheduling a tune-up, changing a dirty filter, and fixing repairs is all a part of maintaining a well-functioning HVAC system. Without doing what it takes to allow good air movement, you can boost your cooling budget and make your AC work even harder, which often leads to less efficiency.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repairs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Becoming More Energy Conscious

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A green home is a happy home! Whether it’s saving money or saving energy, knowing that you’re making a difference for your finances and in the community is a major reason many homeowners are learning what it means to be energy conscious.

Saving energy and money comes with even the smallest efforts. We encourage you to consider these conservation tips for a healthier lifestyle and environment:

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  1. Install a programmable thermostat to control the heating and cooling in all areas of your home whether you’re home or not.
  2. Only turn the dishwasher on once it’s fully loaded and consider air drying your dishes instead of leaving them in for a drying cycle.
  3. Unplug home electronics when you know you’ll be away for a while. This includes your laptops, lamps, TVs, DVD players, radio clocks, and appliances.
  4. Take shorter showers (or better yet, baths) and opt for a low-flow showerhead.
  5. Swap out your incandescent bulbs for LED lights instead.
  6. If you’re making a quick stop at a local store this summer, consider riding your bike or walking instead of taking the car.
  7. Look for an energy efficient HVAC unit to save energy and money during both the coldest and hottest seasons of the year.

If you’re looking to make greener upgrades to your home, turn to Leslie Heating and Cooling! We offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy as well as programmable thermostats for additional savings.

To learn more about these services and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Picture this: it’s the first hot day of the year and your AC isn’t cooling you down. “Is it broken?”, you ask.

Without a working AC, you waste energy using every fan in your home but it’s not enough to cool you down. Don’t you wish you bought that new air conditioner sooner? Don’t wait – make buying a new air conditioner on your to-do list this spring. But before you go shopping, here are a few tips to consider:

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Location
What’s your climate like? If it rains and snows often during the year, opt for a weather-resistant outdoor unit. For example, split air conditioner units are built to endure such harsh weather conditions with zero problems.

Efficiency
When it comes to large investments, like an air conditioner, choose dual zones. Single zone split air conditioners might not be enough to cool off multiple rooms. On the other hand, dual zones have two air handlers and are ideal for cooling several areas in your home.

DIY or Hire
Installing a window AC unit is easy, but installing a split air conditioner is more complex. And if not installed properly, you can run into hazards and costly repairs down the line. So unless you have HVAC knowledge and all the proper tools, consider hiring a professional HVAC service to get the job done right.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to helping you create a comfortable environment in your home. That is why we offer energy efficient upgrades to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

5 Energy Saving Secrets

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Receiving a high energy bill at the end of each month can be a real nail biter. We know the struggle and want to help! Here are five energy (and money) saving secrets you might not know:

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Change up your lights
Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient alternatives, you can spend a fraction of the cost lighting up your home. Whether it be CFL, LED, Halogen lights, either choice will last at least 3 to 10 times longer. LED lights are the most popular choice for U.S. homeowners today, so if you want to go with a safe option, this is a smart choice.

Alternate window treatments
By changing your drapes each season, you can lower the amount of heat and air you need. In the summer, choose heavy, blackout drapes to block the sun, and in winter, bring out the sheer curtains to allow more sunlight in.

Know your thermostats limits
In the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, that way you save about 5 percent for every degree lower. And when the weather warms up, set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer.

Wash wisely
Wash only full loads of laundry in cold water and line-dry your clothes as much as possible to decrease excess use of electricity (plus this heats up your home in the summer). And don’t forget, when you washing up, don’t let the water run when you don’t need it.

Spend less on HVAC
That’s right! Heating and air makes up for nearly 56 percent of your household expenses – one of the biggest energy hogs at home. By choosing an energy efficient HVAC, you can significantly reduce the cost plus reduce carbon pollution.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy. To learn more about these services and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Home Upgrades that Save You Money

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

One of the worst feelings a homeowner can have is the shock of opening a high utility bill at the end of each month. Oftentimes we move into a home with an HVAC system we don’t know much about (except maybe the brand name). But when it comes to saving money, efficiency is key. That being said, here are three home upgrades that can help you cut back on spendings:

Insulation
Part of the reason you’re spending too much money on energy bills is likely because your home is not insulated properly. And what that means is that the heat you provide your home with is going to waste. Heat tends to travel from warm spots to cooler ones, which means that during winter, the heat you need to warm up your home is actually moving towards cooler spaces, like the basement or the garage. The good news is that this loss of heat can significantly be saved by proper insulation. Spots you’ll want to insulate include the attic, basement, and crawlspaces.

Efficient Furnace
When your furnace is way past its lifespan or needs constant repairs, it might be time for an upgrade. An efficient furnace is crucial to keeping your home warm and saving money. But of course, like any household system, your furnace needs proper upkeep and maintenance. Combine a top notch furnace and regular maintenance and you’ll be relieved to open your next utility bill.

Zoning System
One of the most efficient ways to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system is to invest in a zone control system. Whether you choose forced air zone control or hydronic zone controls, you can expect to see a major decrease in monthly spendings. Why? Because with the technology of a zoning system, you can take charge of the temperature in each room. Meaning, you don’t need to waste energy heating a room that you don’t use.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer zoning systems, insulation services, and offer only top notch furnaces. To learn more about these home upgrades and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Top Ways to Warm Up Your Home Without Heat

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Is your heating bill going through the roof this winter? When temperatures drop you can bet that energy costs will bump up (that is, if you don’t have a proper heating system installed). With that said, why not find natural ways to help you heat your home? Below are five tips to consider:

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Layer it up. Either swap out your jute rug for a wool one instead, or add several layers. Not only will it keep your toes toasty, but it will also help to insulate your home.

Let the light in. During the daytime, open up the shades and blinds – especially in the rooms where you get the most sunlight. By taking advantage of Mother Nature, you can lower the heat a bit during the day to save energy for nights when you need it most.

Reverse the fan. You know that heat rises, but did you realize that running your ceiling fan in reverse will push warm air down? Try this method day or night to enhance the efforts of your heating system.

Do your laundry. Take advantage of your laundry machine by washing a load. There’s almost no better feeling than slipping into a shirt or wrapping yourself in a blanket fresh out of the dryer!

Block drafts. If a room feels drafty, check the weatherstripping around each of your windows. If you see it’s missing or feel cold air blowing through, you probably need to replace it.

Of course, these tips work best when used in conjunction with your heat. But in the event that you find your home is cold no matter what you do, give Leslie Heating and Cooling a call for a new, professional heating installation. And  don’t forget, we are here for all your emergency needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Ways to Green Your Home in Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Looking to make your home more “green” and energy efficient for 2016? There are many ways to turn your home into a more efficient and comfortable one. Here are a few:

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Programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can be a game changer for your home’s heating and cooling. In fact, it can help you save up to 30 percent on your home’s energy. This thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature before you go to bed and before you wake up to ensure maximum comfort levels.

Air Filters
From allergies to mold and mildew, your home contains many pollutants that minimize your comfort. Turn things around with air filters that help your equipment stay clean longer. Such air filters include electronic air cleaners, HEPA air cleaners, and ultra-violet air purification. At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we use high quality products that can take out even the most tiny air particles that keep both your home and equiptment fresh.

Insulate attic
Without insulation, you can waste money on your utility bills. Why? Because no matter how much warm or cool air your equipment is pumping out, if your home doesn’t have proper insulation, your home won’t stay at a steady temperature. So check your attic, crawl space, and any other areas of the home that feel more cool than the rest.

Replace old equipment
Reduce carbon emissions and boost your home’s HVAC efficiency by replacing old equipment that no longer works properly. For example, installing a new furnace can lower utility bills and restore your equipment’s lifespan.

To learn more about how you can “green” your home”, click here.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. We also offer several solutions to help you boost your home’s efficiency. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Secrets to Cutting Energy Costs

Friday, January 8th, 2016

This weekend is National Cut your Energy Costs Day! Looking to reduce your energy bill this winter without sacrificing comfort or convenience? The solution is simple!

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Load Your Washer Smartly – From the laundry machine to the dishwasher, there are many home appliances that can waste you money if you’re not efficient. To make the most of each cycle, fill the laundry machine with a large load each time and place all utensils where they’re designed to go. This way, you get the most of your cycle without needing to waste water scraping off extra residue.

Check Vents – It might sound silly, but sometimes homeowners can forget to open their vents, which prevents heat from circulating throughout your home. They might even be just slightly closed – be sure they’re completely open so that you’re not wasting heat.

Shut Off Electronics – Even if you set all your appliances to sleep mode, you can still drain energy, so make sure you shut off appliances and other electronic devices when you’re not using them. To make life a little easier, plug all your electronics into a powerstrip so you can turn everything off with one flick of a switch.

Increase Airflow – Got central heating at home? Unless you have a small living space, it can be tricky to properly heat up your entire home. Remember that hot air rises and that fans can help move the air around. Keeping tips such as these in mind can help you promote better airflow in your home and cut back on large expenses.

For more hacks on how to cut energy costs, click here.

If you’re looking to lower energy bills at home, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and have a number of resources that can help you prep your home for winter. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Don’t Make These Common Home Heating Mistakes

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

T-minus two days until Thanksgiving! Don’t let your home get too chilly when guests arrive. Below are a few common mistakes to avoid if you want to increase your home’s comfort levels this holiday season:

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Buying the wrong portable heater
Space heaters are convenient, but you must choose the right type. There are two types of space heaters: convection and radiant ones. Convection heaters take more time to heat up, but are more capable of heating your home than radiant heaters.

Neglecting drafts
Drafts that creep into your home can decrease your home’s temperature and push warm air out. Overtime, this can cost you lots of extra cash. So avoid an uncomfortable Thanksgiving holiday by going around the home and sealing up all those air leaks you might have – your guests will thank you!

Keeping the curtains closed
The more natural sunlight you let into your home, the more you will be able to heat up your home without the use of your central heating system. So on those sunny days, don’t make the mistake of drawing the shades. Instead, leave them open and only keep them closed at night to keep drafts out.

Setting the temperature too high
Did you know that raising your heat too high can overwork your boiler? When you overwork your boiler, you might cause damage, which we all know means costly repairs. On this Thanksgiving holiday, give your heat a little rest! Since you’ll be working a lot in the kitchen, you can let your stove top and oven do the work (and save money on energy bills).

Need a heating repair before the big holiday? If so, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

How to Save Money While Heating Your Home

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

If you live in a cool climate, you know just how quickly the temperatures can fluctuate during the fall. One minute you’re reaching for the fan and the next you’re curling up next to the radiator. But you also know it’s only a matter of weeks until you’re reaching for the heat more often than not.

According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling accounts for up to 48 percent of your utility bill. Wouldn’t it be great if you could lower that number? By understanding how you can optimize your heating, you can start saving more money (and keeping more in your wallet):

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Cover up drafts. Sometimes your heat doesn’t work as well as it should because you also have cold air coming in through your windows. By insulating the inside of your window frames, you can tightly seal any places where a draft might be present. Tape a plastic sheet tightly to these frames to keep the draft out and let your heating system do its job right.

Find leaks. Other times your heat doesn’t work as efficiently because you have a leak in your pipes. When this occurs, your warm air escapes before it ever reaches the rooms in your home. The trick here is to seal these air leaks where you suspect you might have one. If you’re not sure how to find leaks but think you might have one, call Leslie Heating & Cooling to fix the problem at hand.

Turn down the water heater. When the temperature of your water heater is set too high, you spend more money no matter how low the temperature is set on your thermostat. Water heating takes up about 18 percent of energy used at home, so turning it down to a setting of about 120 degrees fahrenheit can save you a good chunk of money.

Maintain your system. If you can’t find any leaks or drafts but you’re still spending a lot of money trying to heat your home, the problem might be your furnace. If not maintained, your furnace can lose its efficiency overtime. This means it’s important to schedule a service for your heating system at least twice a year, especially before winter.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer several heating services including maintenance to ensure that your HVAC system is working its very best. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.