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Radiant Heating vs. Central Heating

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Ah – the battle of central and radiant heating. Many homeowners and even some HVAC technicians debate over which is more efficient. For several reasons, we believe radiant heating might be the better solution, but here’s where:

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Central Heating
The average American home has central heating set up. Nothing is better than the warmth it provides on cold, winter nights – and you’ll always find yourself reaching for the thermostat to make it even warmer if you have to. But that brings us to one issue – let’s call it the yo-yo heating pattern, where you constantly adjust  your thermostat, causing your furnace to turn on and off. In the end, this results in wasted energy and uncomfortable. Forced hot air systems are subject to something known as parasitic heat loss – because the air in your furnace and air handler has to travel through many tubes before it gets to a room, there are many opportunities for heat loss and air leaks. There might be something better…

Radiant Heating
Some studies show that radiant heating can be up to as much as 30 percent more efficient than central heating. Why, may you ask? Because the heating panels are in direct contact with the floor, there is little room for heat loss. The air isn’t forced out of vents, so there is no cross-breeze, which allows you to keep the thermostat a bit lower. We should also mention that radiant heating is a great solution for this allergy sensitivities, as dust does not get blown around the way it does with central heating – just one of the many reasons people are making the switch.

Which heating is right for your home?

Whether you choose radiant heating or central heating, Leslie Heating and Cooling is here to help you with all of your home heating needs! We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer 24/7 emergency service.To learn more about us and our home heating services, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

3 Easy Ways to Save Electric Bills

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Winter is that time of year when homeowners worry about the number at the bottom of their electric bill. It’s easy to spend a fortune in return for comfort, but saving money is easy if you adopt just these three rules:

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Find air leaks & seal
One of the biggest reasons homeowners find their energy bills through the roof is because they crank the heat without realizing they have air leaks. Air leaks are sneaky because they allow so much air to escape without you realizing it. So find the cool spots in your home and seal up air leaks wherever spotted.

Make heating repairs
Don’t wait until the last minute! Call your local HVAC tech now to make necessary heating repairs, as waiting until the first cold day could put your family in an uncomfortable position. Whether it be the pilot light or the thermostat, your HVAC pro will have a good understanding of what it takes to get your heat up and running in time for winter.

Insulate your attic & basement
There are two cold areas in your home – the attic and basement. Believe it or not, even if they’re sealed off, neglecting insulation in these spots can waste heat and leave you feeling cold. What insulation does is resist heat flow. The more that the insulation in your home is able to do this, the more efficient your home will be and the less energy you will put to waste.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs, heating installation, and maintenance. To learn more, 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.

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.