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Natural Ways to Heat Up Your Home

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

When temperatures are below freezing, odds are you’re going to blast the heat. But blasting the heat can have consequences – not only can it waste energy, but it can also cause your system to overwork and wear down over time.

While reaching for the thermostat sounds like the best solution, we know a few other ways that can warm you up and save you money so you won’t think about cranking the heat again.

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Wear layers
The most cost-effective and purposeful way to warm up naturally is to wear layers upon layers. Sometimes it’s a simple solution we don’t think about, but by dressing warmer, we don’t need as much electric or gas heat to warm up our homes.

Open the shades
When sunny winter days are upon us, let’s open the shades and let the light in. When natural sunlight reflects through our windows, we can leave the heat for more cloudy, snowy nights.

Reverse the fan
By reversing the fan to rotate in a clockwise direction, we can push the warm air down in order to fight the heat which rises.

Sleep with a hot water bottle
Place a hot water bottle under the covers with you at night to allow heat to radiate through your body. With this direct source of natural heat, you’re less likely to blast the heat at night when you go to bed. Just be careful that the water you use isn’t too hot or doesn’t come in direct contact with your skin.

Take a hot shower
Just the way a cold shower can cool you down, a hot shower can have the opposite effect. Take a hot shower upon waking up and going to sleep when you might feel more tempted to reach for the thermostat. By taking a hot shower, you can shake off that chill without wasting energy.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on heating costs. 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.

Maintaining Good Air Quality With a Fireplace

Monday, November 28th, 2016

While many of us love sitting around a cozy fire during winter, fires can affect the air quality in our homes – whether we see it or not. Due to the many health effects that poor air quality can cause, we wanted to show you how you can maintain good air quality while staying toasty through the season:

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Use dry logs: When you use dry, seasoned wood, you avoid burning wet or green logs that create extra smoke and waste fuel.

Look for dirty glass: Dirty glass doors on wood stoves is a sign that wood is too moist or that the fire needs more air.

Consider an insert: A fireplace insert fits right into your fireplace and burns 70 percent more efficiently than an open fireplace.

Check the moisture: According to the EPA, the moisture content of wood should be less than 20 percent. You can find a wood moisture meter at your local home improvement store.

Use dry kindling: Start a fire using dry kindling. Then add a few pieces of wood. Make sure to space out the logs so there is enough air between to get the fire ignited.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. That is why we offer professional air cleaning specialties where our air quality specialists will come right to your door and evaluate your home’s needs. To learn more about this offer as well as our other air purifying options, click here.

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.

11 Smart Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This day and age, many people are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also looking to spend a little less money on heating costs and save a little more for traveling and (dare we say) retirement. That’s why adopting a new way of thinking and saving energy at home can put you on the right path:

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1. Dress warm. It might sound obvious, but just think how often we take heating for granted when we can simply put on an extra sweater (which we spent money on to keep us warm too).

2. Change your bed sheets. Switch to flannel and put rugs on your floor. The extra insulation can save you a trip in the little on the night to the hallway when your start shivering because your sheets aren’t warm enough.

3. Minimize your use of kitchen and bathroom fans. They’re useful but can suck out a lot of hot air.

4. Reverse your ceiling fan. This will bring warm air back down to the floor level, since heat rises.

5. Change the filter regularly. It might be hard to forget, but if your filter is dirty then your heat will have to work harder to pump out warm air. And the harder it has to work, the more money you’re wasting.

6. Turn down the thermostat. That’s right! A couple degrees cooler when you’re away or asleep can make a significant difference on your heating bill.

7. Insulate. The more you insulate your home, the less the air will escape. Cover your basement, attic, and that one cool spot in your home (everyone’s got one).

8. Wrap your ducts. Air can easily leak out, so wrap them tight to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

9. Use a wood burning fireplace. Skip the gas fireplace. If you have a wood burning one, you can cut your costs in half throughout the winter – it’s the natural and smart way!

10. Get a tune up. Ask your local HVAC professional. You should schedule one at least once a year – trust us, that small expense can save you big bucks.

11. Kick out the old unit. If repairs and monthly bills are costing you a fortune, it might be time to say goodbye to that old unit and hello to a new one.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, comfort and conserving money is our 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.

5 Easy Ways to Prep Your Home for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house, take the weekend to prep your home in all the necessary ways. From cleaning the little things to making sure the big things are in proper working order, here are five easy ways to ensure you are good to go when the doorbell rings:

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Clean your oven
First things first. When was the last time you cleaned your oven? Probably not recently enough. With all the cooking your oven is going to do, make a non-toxic cleaner made out of baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar, or buy natural dish soap. Scrub the grease clean and let the solution do its magic. Your turkey will come out much better than it would if you didn’t clean at all.

Clean the silverware
Your silverware should be shiny and presentable for your Thanksgiving feast. Try a similar natural cleaner: place silverware in an aluminum pot filled with water, salt, and baking soda. Bring water to a boil for three minutes, remove the pieces, store in warm soap water, and scrub with a clean cloth.

Replace the vacuum belt
If your vacuum isn’t working the way it once did, try replacing the belt. Use screwdrivers to remove the cover, use a flat heat screw to pry out the agitator, and slide the belt off. Slid the new one on and replace the agitator. You’re more likely to capture that dust that’s flying around your home.

Childproof your home
Family usually means children and infants coming to visit too. With little kids running around the house, keep them safe by covering the outlets with their caps and keeping electrical cords out of reach.

Adjust your heating system
Your home should stay at a comfortable temperature and balanced air flow. Test where the airflow is heaviest and lightest to determine which vest might need a proper adjustment, and call your HVAC technician for assistance.

When all’s said and done, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving gathering!

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort and safety t 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.

3 Simple Ways to Resolve Heating Disputes With Your Family

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

We know it all too well – the family battle over comfortable temperatures in your home. But bickering isn’t necessary when there are plenty of solutions to ensure that everyone stays comfortable (at a temperature that’s best for them).

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Space Heaters
Space heaters, when used appropriately, are extremely useful for heating up a small area of your home. The rules of using these devices are simple: place on a flat surface, keep away from furniture and other fabrics, and never leave on unattended.

Improve Efficiency
We recommend a few things if you want to improve the efficiency of your home heating system. For starters, schedule maintenance with your local HVAC technician. From there, he/she can tell you if there are any malfunctions or any better ways to improve the heat in your home. Our team also suggests sealing air leaks. That way, one family member isn’t complaining of a cool spot where they sleep or spend much time.

Programmable Thermostats
We’re big on programmable thermostats. This technology is huge nowadays and can resolve all of your family disputes during cold winters. Plus, it can save you big bucks on energy bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to design specific settings in different situations and automatically adjust the temperature when you’re not at home.

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.

How to Detect Carbon Monoxide

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases, especially due to its colorless and odorless makeup. So how do you know if you’re in the presence of it? We’re here to provide you with a few of the most obvious signs to look out for:

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Symptoms
Carbon monoxide exposure causes a number of symptoms. If you have reason to believe you have a CO leak in your home, don’t wait! Here are some of the top signs you have been exposed:

Low Level Exposure:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

High Level Exposure:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting

Preventative Measures

While you might not be able to see it, there are ways you can prevent CO from polluting your home:

  • Install new appliances to keep everything up to code
  • Schedule annual professional inspections on your heating system, chimneys, and flues.
  • Avoid operating gas-powered equipment indoors
  • Don’t use gas appliances as a heater in your home

There is no better way to protect your home than to check with your local HVAC technician. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your safety and comfort is our number one priority. That is why we offer properly installed and operation CO detectors.These devices are very reliable and are designed to go off before dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are reached.We also offer maintenance and tune-up services to detect carbon monoxide and other hazardous situations. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

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.

7 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Looking to lower your energy bill this fall? No matter how much it might be, we’ll bet you’ll do what you can do lower it. So we’re here with 7 methods we have found to work for many homeowners:

Seal air leaks
The warm air you power your home with won’t stay if you have air leaks. Test your home for air tightness and caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air. Your home will be a comfortable temperature and you won’t be wasting energy.

Add insulation
Insulate the right areas of your home, such as your attic and basement. When your entire home is warm (even those cool spots), you won’t be pouring money down the drain.

Take advantage of shades
During sunny afternoons, open the shades or close them to control the temperature. You won’t have to put on the heat or the air too much because you’ll have much better control of the sun.

Fix your fireplace
On those cool autumn nights, you’ll want to use your fireplace. Using your fireplace can warm the place up just as well as your heating system can without any many dollar bills.

Reduce water heater temperature
Did you know you can save 3-5 percent on heating costs if you lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit?

Schedule maintenance
If your system isn’t running right, you can bet that the efficiency of your unit will go down but your bills will go up. Schedule a maintenance to have your HVAC tech stop by and make sure everything is working properly.

Install a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is great for those who don’t want to waste money heating up the entire home or are out of the house often. A wonderful way to save money and have better control of your home’s temperature!

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.

DIY Ways to Lower Humidity In Your Home

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

In the thick of summer, it’s only natural for your home to produce more moisture – making your home feel sticky and humid. Humidity is one of those summer pains we’d all like to avoid. If you’re looking for a natural DIY project to lower humidity in your home, here are two methods to try:

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Rock Salt
Rock salt is well known for being a resourceful drying agent. One way you can use rock salt to lower humidity in your home is:

  1. Gather two plastic tubs of the same size
  2. Place something inside the bottom tub to hold the first tub off the bottom
  3. Poke holes in the bottom of the top tub
  4. Fill it with rock salt and place inside the first one
  5. Check the bottom tub daily and empty water as necessary
  6. Keep in mind it might take a few days for the tub to fill

Charcoal
Many people claim hat charcoal briquettes can help to remove indoor humidity. Not only does it dehumidify, but it also removes foul odors. A bag of charcoal is inexpensive and can fit into a basket. Place on the top shelf in the closest area. They will last for several months, absorbing humidity and odor. After that, they can be used for grilling or for a toasty fire pit.

If these methods fail, your best option is to purchase a dehumidifier and air purifier. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our top priority – especially during the hot summer months. That is why we offer air cleaners and air purifiers to make your home a healthier place to live! To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

How to Throw the Perfect Memorial Day Party

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner. If you’re kicking off the summer with an outdoor party, here are a few tips to make sure your gathering goes perfectly:

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Arrange Seating
If sun is in the forecast, prepare for lots of outdoor seating. If you don’t have enough outdoor seating, move some of your indoor seating outside. Set up a few extra table to make eating easier.

Create a Menu
Whether you’re planning a cookout or would rather arrange potluck, let guests know what kind of mouthwatering meal they can expect this weekend! Sometimes the easiest way to serve a large crowd is to set up buffet-style by setting up a long table of utensils, food, and drinks.

Decorate
Think red, white, and blue! From garland to american flags and flowers, there are plenty of ways to show your patriotism on Memorial Day. An arrangement of red and white carnations with an American flag makes for a great table centerpiece.

Get an AC Maintenance
If you’re taking your party indoors, be sure to check on your AC before the weekend. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down when your guests are feeling warm.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer AC maintenance and repairs to prepare you for summer weather. For 25 years we have been providing trusted customer service to clients throughout the Chicagoland area. 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