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Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Beat Fall Allergies

Friday, September 11th, 2020

The fall season is just around the corner for residents of Woodridge, IL, and the surrounding areas! As excited as we are for the falling leaves, cooling temperatures, and upcoming holiday season, there’s one part of autumn that nobody rejoices — allergies. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer over the next few months. The indoor air quality specialists at Leslie are here to help you beat fall allergies for good!

But first, let’s see what kind of allergens we’re dealing with in the fall season.

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Change Air Filters as Directed

The easiest thing you can do to help protect yourself from indoor allergens is to change your HVAC air filter on a regular basis. Air filters trap pollen, dust, pet dander, bacteria, and everything else that makes your eyes water and your nose itch. Basically, air filters are your first line of defense against indoor pollution. However, they’re only effective when they’re clean!

The more particles it traps, the dirtier the filter gets. Eventually, it will become clogged and ineffective, allowing allergens to travel freely in your home. That’s why it’s important to change your filters — or clean them, if you have the reusable kind — as directed.

Install Whole-Home Air Quality Products

If your home constantly suffers from poor indoor air quality, you should consider installing a whole-home air purification system. Try as you might, no amount of do-it-yourself IAQ maintenance will help you find the relief you need, especially once the fall season comes around. Air purification systems, however, are powerful devices that clear your air all day long, providing you with the ultimate indoor comfort.

Leslie offers brand name air cleaners and purifiers at the most affordable prices. From media filters to HEPA air cleaners, you can consider us your one-stop-shop for the best indoor air quality products. We also offer indoor air quality installation for your convenience.

Tune-Up Your Heater Sooner Rather Than Later

Last but not least, don’t forget to schedule your heating tune-up early in the season. HVAC systems circulate indoor air all day long, so any debris that escapes the air filter may find a home in your vents instead. A furnace inspection and service will clean the system inside and out, so you’ll have nothing to worry about!

To learn more about the IAQ products offered at Leslie, or to schedule your annual heater service, contact us today!


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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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.

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

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.

Can You Really Benefit From an Air Purifier?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Is your home feeling stuffy lately? You might have heard about a few solutions to improve your home’s air quality, such as air filters. But can they really benefit you?

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What It Is
An air purifier is a device that removes air contaminants in your home. Many allergy sufferers benefit from such technology and find that the air in their home becomes cleaner and more fresh.

How It Works
Air purifiers filter the air by removing smaller allergens, like dust, pollen, and pet dander. As air flows into the air purifier, the particles get trapped. Think of it like a vacuum, except what comes out is clean, purified air in return.

Which Purifier Should I Buy?
There are many air purifiers on the market, but one of the most popular are the HEPA air cleaners. These work to filtrate up to 95 percent efficiency for particles and bioaerosols as small as 0.3 microns. HEPA filters are generally used in medical settings or industrial environments. Homeowners might want to choose another popular choice, called Ultraviolet Air Purification. These air cleaners use UV light technology to destroy pollutants in the air and destroy viruses as well as bacteria.

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. That is why we 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.

What’s That Smell In My House?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Your house smells like many things, but foul odor shouldn’t be one of them. The last thing any homeowner or renter wants to do is walk home to the smell of a clogged sewer drain or wet dog fur – especially when you’re expecting guests.

Still wondering what that smell is? We’re here to help you sniff out the issue and figure out what it means:

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Mold – moldy or a dank smell can mean possible water or moisture damage. Check for visible flooding or leaks, or even wet patches on the walls or ceiling. There, you will find your answer.

Pets – The smell of a dirt or wet dog is an obvious one. Usually, the best remedy for this is to create an odor neutralizing and fabric spray made from baking soda and white vinegar.

Combustion By-Products – Use your gas detection meters or call your local gas utility if you sense a gas odor. Old or problematic gas appliances as well as improper ventilation can cause the smell.

Dust – Got dust? You’ll know by visually inspecting your ductwork. Poorly maintained forced air systems plus poor cleaning can make any home smell like dust, so be sure to vacuum vents weekly and check on your ductwork often as well.

The best way to keep the air clean in your home is to invest in air cleaners and purifiers. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we know how important it is to have quality, fresh air ventilating throughout your home. That is why we offer our customers 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.

Breathe Better in Your Home

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Can you feel the fresh air outside? If only you knew how to get rid of those allergy triggers inside your home and clear all those pollutants. The answer is simple, thanks to these solutions:

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Plants – First things first. To create a healthier environment in your home, buy plants that clear out the bad pollutants in your home. English Ivy, Boston Fern, and Red-Edged Dracaena are all perfect examples of plants that can restore healthy, mold and allergen-free air in your home.

Open windows – When cooking or bathing, the air inside your home can get humid. As a result, the air becomes heavier and more susceptible to mold growth. Fight off humid air at home by cracking the windows open and letting the fresh air inside.

Air filters – Investing in an air filter will ensure that the air quality in your home won’t be sacrificed. Such filters include Media Filter, Electronic Air Cleaners, HEPA Air Cleaners ,as well as Ultra-Violet Air Purification. These filters allow particles to filtrate up to 95 percent efficiency and trap air pollutants from affecting your home.

Vacuum -  One of the most obvious solutions to breathing better in your home is to vacuum often – we recommend at least twice a week. That way, the dirt and dust you carry into your home doesn’t absorb into your indoor textiles, like the carpet and couch.

Fresh Air Ventilation – Chances are you close your windows and doors to make sure the heat and cool air your HVAC system supplies doesn’t escape your home. While this seems beneficial, the truth is the air quality in your home can greatly suffer. Instead, it’s best to install a Fresh Air Ventilation system. These systems work by allowing your furnace or AC system to pull in fresh air and exhaust stale air. To learn more about Fresh Air Ventilation systems work, click here.

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 home’s comfort. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Leslie Heating & Cooling: Meet the Team

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Have you met the team at Leslie Heating & Cooling? If not, we’d like to introduce ourselves! We are trained professionals in the HVAC business and are dedicated to making you feel more comfortable and safe in your homes!

Meet Eileen
Eileen is the President of Leslie Heating & Cooling. Her experience all began by starting the company with her husband, Clint. They have been together for over 20 years and have created a trustworthy family-owned and operated business to serve you! She is passionate about taking care of people, which stands behind the success of the company.

Meet Clint
Clint is not only Eileen’s husband, but he is also the Vice President of Leslie Heating & Cooling and has over 40 years of experience in the field. After returning from Vietnam as a U.S. Marine in 1971, Clint went on to attend Coyne Institute of Chicago to become an expert in the HVAC business. And soon after that, he began his career, serving multiple positions in the industry. After 20 years of prior experience, he started Leslie Heating & Cooling.

Meet Brendan
Brendan is a hard working businessman, who is dedicated to serving the heating and air conditioning business. He has a passion for helping people and making sure they have a pleasant experience with Leslie Heating & Cooling. His expertise started at Illinois State University, where he studied psychology and business. Later, he went to graduate school where he coupled a double master’s program in theology and leadership. Today, he uses his entrepreneurial experience to serve as general manager to the company.

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 are 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.

Leslie Heating & Cooling: About Our Services

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Are you looking for an HVAC professional you can count on? In the midst of a hot summer or a frigid winter, the last thing you want is for your cooling or heating system to fail on you. An air conditioner or boiler that’s broken calls for potential health hazards that we’d all like to avoid.

Leslie Heating & Cooling knows just how important these devices are, which is why we offer the services you need to stay comfortable and safe at home. Here are just a few of the benefits we guarantee when you choose Leslie Heating & Cooling:

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Cooling services. Whether you need an air conditioning tune-up or a brand new installation, we’re offer it all! It doesn’t matter what type of brand you might have – our professional technicians are trained to work on it. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about how we can help you with your Naperville, IL air conditioning needs.

Heating services. Helping you to stay warm and comfortable during the cooler months is our number one priority. When the temperatures drop in Illinois, we will be here to make sure your heating system functions properly all season long! Whether you need a heating installation or an annual maintenance, our team can take care of that too! To learn more about our heating services, check out our website.

Indoor air quality. From pet dander to humidity, our goal at Leslie Heating & Cooling is to help you improve the quality of your air in your home. With so many health factors at risk, such as asthma, we know that taking care of the core issue is what should come first. So, if you need an indoor air quality system, look no further than our services!

Customer service. At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. We believe in traditional values with cutting-edge solutions and make sure that our neighbors and communities can count on us. Our work ethic is simple – it’s based on honesty, honor, respect, courtesy, generosity, and personalized service. Still not sure if Leslie Heating & Cooling is right for you? Check out our customer reviews to hear what everyone is saying about their own experiences!

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 are 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.

Four Quick Ways to Improve Home Air Quality

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The quickest way to improve indoor air quality in your home is also the most obvious one: buying an air purifier. The first thing you want to look for when considering this purchase is whether or not it has HEPA filtration. HEPA filtration has been shown to be most effective at removing harmful particles from the air. Other factors to consider are availability of filters and their costs, fan speed options, and how large of an area the air purifier is rated for.

The next way to improve air quality in your home is by keeping it clean of dust. Vacuums, like air purifiers, are now available with HEPA filtration and are a wise purchase for those that need to improve their air quality. Chemicals and allergens are actually stored in dust particles and when disturbed are released back into the air. A good vacuum with a HEPA filter will trap these toxins and leave your home a healthier place. Other tips include regular dusting and mopping as well as asking family members and guests to take their shoes off at the door.

Toning down fragrances and switching over to all-natural or unscented cleaners will also help. Scented air-fresheners, candles, laundry soaps, and fabric softeners are made up of hundreds of chemicals and every time you breathe in their scents, you are breathing in various amounts of low-level toxins. At higher concentrations these compounds are known to cause skin irritation and disrupt hormone levels in animals. You should make it a point to buy candles as well as cleaning and beauty supplies that are organic and scent free or naturally scented. If you cannot find an alternative, open up your windows while cleaning, or doing laundry.

Lastly, buy some plants. In 1989, NASA begun to look for alternative ways to purify air on the Space Station, and they settled on a very simple and effective method: plants. A variety of plants are great at both brightening up your home and making it easier to breathe in. The most effective air purifying house plants include bamboo palms, spider plants, potted mums, and peace lilies, to name a few. A complete list is available from NASA. If you are wondering how many plants you need, the answer is probably 15. Or at least, that was the number the study concluded was necessary to improve the air quality of an average size home.