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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!

Why Does My Furnace Smell?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Got a funky smell coming from your furnace? When it comes to home heating, a foul smelling furnace is a common problem. While there are many reasons for this issue, below are the three most probable culprits and what you can do to fix them:

Problem 1: Smoke
One of the most serious causes of a foul smell is smoke. If you detect a smoky odor coming from your furnace, you might have a blocked chimney. And as a result, it sends smoke back through the furnace and into your ductwork. If you suspect that your chimney is blocked, call a professional to scope out the situation.

Problem 2: Electrical
What’s that burning plastic smell? Most likely, you have an electrical issue. The problem could most likely be a stuck object in your ductwork, which gives off an odor when overheated. The solve the issue, inspect your registers and removal them to search for a dropped toy or a spill. When in doubt, call a pro HVAC technician to help you out.

Problem 3: Mold
A moldy odor typically means that mold is trapped in the furnace filter. To fix the problem and take precaution moving forward, change the the moldy filter. And if your furnace has an attached humidifier, be sure to inspect it annually and replace or clean as needed. That way, mold won’t attach to your humidifier and cause a foul stench.

Changing the filter on a seasonal basis should prevent further complications with your furnace. However, if you’re unsure of the underlying reason for your foul smelling furnace and aren’t sure how to fix the problem, call an HVAC technician who has the tools and expertise.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready and available to help you with all of your home heating complications. 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.

Your Guide to Buying a Furnace

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are here, which means you’ve probably run into a problem or two with your furnace. But if repairs just aren’t cutting it, chances are you’re better off replacing your unit. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new furnace but still aren’t sure if it’s the right decision, consider these guidelines:

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1. Know the age. Not sure how old your furnace is? It’s not uncommon if you moved into a home with a pre-existing system. A simple solution to this problem is to jot down the model number and search for it online. If your furnace is over 20 years old, repairs most likely won’t do your home heating justice any longer.

2. Weigh the costs. Let’s talk about efficiency. Is your furnace costing you more money than usual? Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age. So even though an upgrade can be pricey, weigh the difference between the cost to repair and the cost to replace. And remember that replacing your system will likely help you save big time in the long run.

3. You hear complaints. Whether your family complains over loud noises or chills in the nighttime, it might be time to replace your furnace. The purpose of a furnace is to keep your home comfortable at all times throughout the winter, and if you’re feeling more uncomfortable than not, the wisest decision would be to purchase a new one.

Whether you’re in need of a furnace repair or replacement, turn to Leslie Heating & Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer some of the top energy-efficient home heating options on the market. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Frigid temperatures are upon us – don’t let your furnace break down when you least expect it. Below are a few of the most common telltale signs that it might be time to replace your furnace:

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Old age.
The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years, depending on the quality of your brand. So if you know your furnace is close to its end, consult with a professional HVAC technician to see if it’s time for a replacement. However, if yours is over 20 years old, replace it before it’s too late!

High bills.
Noticing that your electric bills are going through the roof? Many furnaces don’t run as efficiently if they’re many years old. But even if your furnace is fairly new, if you’re spending more and more each month, it might be time to have it looked at by a pro.

Constant repairs.
Like many other large pieces of equipment, it becomes difficult to replace just one part. If you’re spending a few hundred dollars a month for repairs, this might be a clear indication that replacing old parts with new ones just isn’t doing your furnace justice anymore. In this case, you will probably save more money by replacing it all together.

Strange noises.
From rattling to banging noises, if your furnace is making strange and unusual sounds, chances are your furnace could be giving out. Don’t wait too long after the first signs of these noises – replace is as soon as possible before more serious damage occurs.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to proactively take care of your furnace and heating needs. Our experts are fully trained and licensed, ready to help! We are available for emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

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.

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.

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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.

The Secret to Keeping Home Warm This Winter

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Having trouble staying warm in the winter? We’re right there with you! We know that winters can get incredibly frigid in the north, which is why finding the best home heating solutions is so important. In conjunction with your central heating system, there are several remedies that can have you feeling toasty in no time. Below are four smart solutions:

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Use a portable heater – Heat up those cool areas in the home by relying on a trusty portable heater. Although portable heaters have a reputation for being fire hazards, if you know the do’s and don’ts of how to use one, it can be extremely reliable during the winter.

Unroll area rugs – Walking around barefoot on tile or hardwood during the winter is one thing we’d all like to avoid, especially when the temperatures drop below freezing. And while installations such as radiant heat might efficiently keep your toes toasty during those cold months of the year, not every home can install them. In this case, your best bet is to lay out more area rugs in the home. Not only does this method guarantee a warmer home, but it’s more cost-effective.

Buy proper window treatments – One of the most obvious ways to keep your home more insulated is by hanging up heavy drapes. But before you go out and buy a set, make sure you have the proper measurements. In other words, you don’t want your drapes hanging too low to the ground, enough to block floor vents and baseboards. So take a few quick measurements before heading to the store.

Invest in zone control systems – Want to heat up that one zone in the home that always gets the most chilly? When you buy a zone control system, you no longer need to worry about feeling uncomfortable (or fighting over the temperature in your home). In fact, every room can be set to a different temperature using one control system.

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At Leslie Heating and Cooling, your home’s comfort and safety is our number one priority. That is why we offer zone control systems as one of the more technologically advanced HVAC solutions on the market today! For installation or more information on zone control systems and other home heating solutions, contact the experts at Leslie Heating and Cooling in Naperville, IL by visiting us on the web or calling us at 630.621.9419.

Warning: Space Heaters Are a Fire Hazard

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Do you have that one spot in the home that never seems to warm up? If you’re like most people, you probably use a space heater to fix the problem. Although these heating devices are a simple way to heat up the home, they can also be a major fire hazard if you’re not careful. In fact, 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters.

Before you put yours to use, consider these safety tips to protect you and your home:

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Monitor them. When you’re curled up at home and the temperature is chilly, feel free to turn on your space heater – just make sure you keep your eyes on it at all times. In other words, shut off the device when you leave the room and be careful that it doesn’t come in contact with any flammable materials.

Do not place close to flammable materials. Space heaters need their own space, meaning you should place them a spot that’s at least a few feet away from flammable materials. This includes furniture, window treatments, and side tables. You should also stay a few feet away too, as space heaters can cause burns or overheat your clothing.

Choose overheat protection. Not only is a convection space heater a smart option, but a device that offers overheat protection is the way to go. That way, if your heater accidentally tips over, it will automatically shut off.

Keep small children away. Children can be curious most of the time, which is why it’s important to keep them away from such devices. Place your space heater in an area that is hard to reach or attend them at all times during use. If a child gets too close to the heater, they could accidentally knock it over or harm themselves.

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At Leslie Heating and Cooling, your safety is our number one priority! That is why we are available for any and all of your HVAC emergency repairs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Why You Need an Outdoor Wood Furnace

Monday, December 7th, 2015

If you own a central heating system, then you know just how much money it can cost you. Luckily, there are alternatives out there that can be more cost-efficient and dependable. One option? An outdoor wood furnace.

You might think you need to live in a rural area to own a wood furnace, but the truth is these heating systems are a popular choice for any home. Here’s why:

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Investment. Want to boost the value of your home? Make sure you have an efficient heating system! One of the major benefits of an outdoor wood burning furnace is that guaranteed to provide your home with top of the line insulation.

Maintenance. When you choose an outdoor wood furnace, you don’t need to deal with the electrical elements of your average indoor furnace. In turn, this means less required parts and few complications.

Health. Another reason you should consider purchasing this type of furnace is because there’s a less likely chance of carbon monoxide build-up in your home as well as other indoor pollutants. Ultimately, this means you and your family will be safer and free of harmful chemicals.

Longevity. Not only does an outdoor wood furnace offer longer duration of heat, but it can also last longer than the traditional furnace. This is due to its natural functionality – just be sure you inspect periodically, just like any other home system would need.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, providing you with top energy-efficient home heating options is a top priority! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort on a budget! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

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.