Archive for the ‘Go Green’ Category

Greening Your Bedroom

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Lacking on sleep? It could be the environment of your bedroom. Getting a good night’s sleep is easier when you make eco-friendly changes to the space. Below are a few tips to consider if you’re looking to green your bedroom:

Greening bedroom
Choose greener bedding
Sheets made of natural fibres such as wool and cotton are good at trapping heat to make you more comfortable. They also tend to collect less dust than duvets. Buying a mattress cover made of natural fibres also helps by absorbing sweat and protect you from dust mites.

Let it breathe
Air out the space by keeping furniture to a minimum to eliminate dust, and vacuuming regularly. Also, open the windows and pull the covers back each morning to help eliminate dust mites. Don’t forget to buy an air purifier to improve the air quality in your bedroom.

You’ll benefit most from an air purifier in your bedroom if you notice:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Pet dander
  • High temperature and humidity levels

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is dedicated to making your home feel more comfortable. We also offer air filters and fresh air ventilation systems to maximize your bedroom’s comfort. To learn more about these solutions, 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:

saving energy at home

  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!

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:

Green Home

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.

What is a SEER Rating

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is, simply put, a measuring system for determining the comparative efficiency of an air conditioning unit. It’s a math formula that begins with the cooling output of a unit during a typical cooling season, divided by the total electricity input during the same time frame. The higher rating an AC system has, the lower the amount of energy consumed.

The Department of Energy has established a standard that requires air conditioners built after January 26, 2006 requiring a minimum SEER number of 13. With that baseline determined, manufactures have an idea where they wanted to be, and consumers a better comparison tool. An objective benchmark led to greater innovation for better SEER ratings and made shopping easier.

Why a High Number is Important

A homeowner who installs a three-ton unit with a SEER rating of 16 will see an estimated savings of $2,070 over the life of equipment. Additionally, they will be responsible for emitting 30,000 pounds of greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to planting four acres of forest. The environmental impacts mitigated by an efficient cooling system make seeking the highest number possible worthwhile. Add in the money savings and it’s an easy decision.

Not the Only Rating Number

Some feel the SEER is limited by its own formulations. The temperature for determining SEER ratings is constant at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The EER is an alternative measuring formula that consists of a unit’s Btu’s over wattage consumed. Btu stand for British Thermal Unit, and it represents the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree.

The EER rating is seen as more accurate when it comes to figuring out how an air conditioner will perform when it’s really hot out. The assumption is that the baseline 82 degrees isn’t high enough to measure how a unit will work under heavy load. The DOE recommends an EER number higher than 11.6. The best way for consumers to ensure they are getting the most efficient unit they can is to aim for high numbers in both categories. That will mean spending a little more up front. The money saved over the life of your air conditioner, coupled with the lessened environmental impact, help make it an easy option.

May 1, 2013 Furnace Efficiency Mandate UPDATE!

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

In January we had the honor to work with CAI-Community Associations Institute (http://www.cai-illinois.org) to provide a webinar regarding the May 1, 2013 efficiency mandate.  For those of you that need a refresher, the Department of Energy (DOE) established a rule that as of May 1, 2013 only high efficiency 90+ AFUE condensing gas furnaces could be installed.  This meant double the cost for a new install along with a myriad of other problems for many of our customers.  As you may be aware there was a pending lawsuit and settlement that would delay the mandate that the courts were deciding to accept.

As of April 5, 2013 the courts have accepted the settlement which has caused the May 1, 2013 efficiency mandate for the northern states regarding non-weatherized gas furnaces to be negated.  In other words folks, it’s off, the DOE will not enforce the rules for the efficiency mandate in the northern states which includes Illinois.  Therefore customers and their contractors can install 80% efficiency furnaces without consequence…for now.

To read a complete statement by the DOE: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/04/f0/Enforcement_Policy_Furnace_Stds_04052013.pdf

For more information regarding the settlement: https://www.acca.org/Files/?id=916

Stay tuned for continue developments, for the efficiency mandate is not going away, just delayed.

Leslie Heating & Cooling will continue to monitor the activities surrounding this issue and will provide critical updates to our customers.

Brendan Slifka

Leslie Heating & Cooling, Inc.