Archive for the ‘HVAC System’ Category

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.

Are AC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

AC Maintenance Plans: a waste of money or an investment?

If you’re installing a new HVAC system or repairing an old one, you might want to ask your HVAC contractor about their maintenance plans. You might be on the fence about it, not realizing the major benefits of such an agreement. Don’t worry – we’re here to clear things up:

AC Maintennace Plan

Protect Your Investment
Some AC maintenance plans put service into writing to help protect your investment. This means you’re guaranteed the best warranties, protected from costly breakdowns and defects, and guaranteed proper installation.

Exclusive Discounts
If your HVAC system starts acting up, you can count on maintenance plans to help you save money. When you sign up for such plans, you will often receive a service and repair discount, which means more money can go towards purchasing a new system if needed.

Less Fees
Aside from discounts, you can also benefit from less fees and charges. For example, Leslie Heating and Cooling offers a Family Plan that saves you from trip fees and surprise expenses. We call this our “no dispatch fee and overtime charge agreement”.

Emergency Service
When you join a maintenance plan, you become an even higher priority, which means 24-hour emergency service, no questions asked.

The professionals at Leslie Heating and Cooling are available around the clock to make life’s emergencies more bearable all year round! To learn more about our AC Maintenance Plan, click here.

For 25 years Leslie Heating & Cooling has 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.

Why Is My Air Conditioning Not Working?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Is your AC running low or not at all? Air conditioner problems can arise at the worst of times. So before the heat rises, make sure your system is working. Here are a few steps to make sure your cooling system is up and running before the thick of summer arrives:

Air Conditioner Repair
Central AC isn’t working at all

  1. If your central air conditioner isn’t going on automatically, you might need to simply adjust the thermostat settings. Here is what you’ll need to do:
  2. Make sure the thermostat is set to cool
  3. Check the main electrical panel for any tripped breakers or blown fuses. You might need to reset the breaker by shutting it off and turning back on or replacing the fust.
  4. Turn the furnace power switch on.
  5. Turn the power off to the AC and check the thermostat. Remove the thermostat’s cover from the base and replace the batteries. Wait a few minutes and try the system again.
  6. If all else fails, call your local HVAC technician to take a look at the problem.

Air Conditioner isn’t making your home cool enough
If your air conditioner is working but isn’t cooling off your home as much as it should be, here are a few solutions:

  1. Clear debris near the condenser to maximize air flow
  2. Create shade for your unit
  3. Clean or change the air filter
  4. Replace worn-out insulation on refrigerant line

Need a helping hand troubleshooting your AC? For 25 years Leslie Heating & Cooling has 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.

Getting Your AC Ready for Summer

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Your air conditioning is one of the most fundamental systems in your home, especially during summer. To avoid a malfunctioning AC when the temperatures outside are at their hottest, here are a few ways to prepare:

programmable thermostat

Change the filter
Changing the filter is essential. By replacing your filter, you keep your air conditioning running smoothly. If you have a forced air system, locate the filter behind the metal panel on the front of the blower unit. Unscrew the pannel and replace. For window units, you should find the filter on the face of the unit behind the metal panel. Should your unit come with a permanent filter, gently remove and clean with some white vinegar and water. Allow it to air dry before putting back into place.

Clean the outdoor unit coils
Over the winter, your outdoor unit becomes susceptible to lots of dust, debris, and mud. Inevitably, all that debris can clog up your unit and prevent it from functioning properly. So disconnect the power and spray the outside unit with a garden hose.

Install a programmable thermostat
Did you know that with programmable thermostats, you can set the your system to automatically adjust the temperature when you leave or before you return home – a convenient way to save energy and know that your home will be comfortable the moment you arrive.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are dedicated to helping you get your HVAC up and running for summer! We also offer air filters and fresh air ventilation systems to maximize your home’s comfort. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Customer Reviews: AC Installation and Repairs

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Picture this: It’s the first day of summer. You switch on your air conditioner and discover that something’s gone wrong. Whether your unit has a malfunction or is just too old, you’re going to need a professional to fix the problem quickly and efficiently.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we know that HVAC problems can arise when you least expect them, which is why we offer only the best installation and repair services. See what our customers are saying about their experience with us:

HVAC Customer Reviews Naperville
“Jesse was informative and very. Each time he came to my house he came at the exact time he said he would arrive and even a courtesy call that he was on the way. He explained everything very well and I felt very comfortable with this knowledge and professionalism.” -Amy G.

“After an A/C failure, I contacted Leslie Heating and Cooling as suggested by a friend. Mike C. was prompt, professional, knowledgeable and had the unit up and running again in no time. In all the years of dealing with service people from industries across the board, this man, hands down, was the kindest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Thank you Mike C.!” -Megan P.

“My husband and I have used Leslie Heating & Cooling in the past. They are always very reliable in providing excellent customer service. Their technicians are professional, friendly, and informative. Jesse R., our technician today, arrived on time as scheduled and made sure our service call was properly addressed. He inspected our unit and took the time to thoroughly explain his findings as well as concerns not only to me in person, but also to my husband on the phone. Again, a big thank you to Leslie Heating & Cooling and, of course, to our service technician, Jesse R.” -Victoria M.

“I recently moved to Lisle and found the website for Leslie Heating and Cooling when I needed some AC service. Reviews were great, and for good reason! Appointment was set quickly and Jesse R showed up right on time after a courtesy phone call to let me know they were headed my way. Jesse did a thorough system inspection, explained his recommendations for service, explained my options for service agreements, and made this the easiest project of the day. He had the repair parts with him and I was up and running in an hour. Could not be happier and will definitely be a repeat customer. Thanks!!” -Vincent G.

To read more first-hand experiences, click here.

Leslie Heating and Cooling is 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.

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:

Buying a new air conditioner
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.

Tips For Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

When spring rolls around, cleaning your air ducts is a must. But deciding whether not you should do it yourself or hire a professional is the big question at hand. Depending on the circumstances, you could benefit from calling in a pro. For example, if you have rodents or mold. If not, here is how you can clean your air ducts, even if you’re not an expert:

Cleaning Air Ducts
DIY
If you’re prepared to clean air ducts yourself, you will need the following tools:

  • Vacuum. Vacuuming is a popular method that many use to brush away dust. For best results, use a large portable vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Mechanical brush. This tool can suck up all the debris stuck in your ductwork.
  • Air sweep. The air sweep method is perhaps the most effective for getting the job done.

Professional Services
With pollution becoming a growing concern for our environment and our homes, it might be a more effective solution to hire a professional. Duct cleaning is essentially an inspection and cleaning of various components of your forced air heating and cooling system. It includes the following:

  • Supply and return air ducts
  • Supply and return registers
  • Heat exchangers
  •  Condensate drains
  • Fan motors and housings

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to proactively take care of your home heating and cooling. That is why we offer duct cleaning along with many of our other services. 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.

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:

energy saving tips

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!

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:

buying a new furnace
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.