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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.

How to Prep Your Home for Vacation

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Leaving on a jet plane for Spring Break? Before your departure, run through this quick checklist of steps you can take to prepare your home while you’re out of town.

Prep Your Home for Vacation

Step 1. Unplug your electrical devices. This means your computers, TVs, kitchen appliances, and tablet chargers. There’s nothing like keeping all of your devices plugged in to unnecessarily boost your electric bill. So be smart and turn off everything before you leave.

Step 2. Clean out the fridge. Toss out food that can go rotten to avoid a horrible stench upon your return back home.

Step 3. Turn off the water supply in your home by finding the main valve. This should help you to avoid a plumbing disaster, such as flooding.

Step 4. Set timers for your lights. Although it might cost you some extra money on your energy bill, it’s a great way to make it not-so-obvious that you’re away from home. Think of it as a security system.

Step 5. Create a list of emergency contacts and instructions for your close neighbors so that they can take care of anything that goes wrong.

Step 6. Turn down the heat about ten degrees. This should help you save money on your utility bill and conserve energy while you’re away.

Give yourself time to prepare for vacation, and remember – if you come across any heating and cooling issues at home, give Leslie Heating and Cooling a call! 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 before your Spring Break getaway. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

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.

How Zone Control Systems Work

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Unless you live on your own, chances are you’ve had an argument about the temperature in your home at one point or another. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the temperature throughout your home in an attempt to heat or cool only one area, then a zone control system might be the solution for you.

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What is a zone control?
Zone control systems allow you to individually set different temperatures throughout your home to help increase efficiency when heating or cooling.

What are the benefits?

Forced Air Zone Control
By setting up a forced air zone control system, you can heat or cool each room using a separate thermostat. In other words, each thermostat is wired to its own zone so that you no longer need to settle on a single temperature for your entire home.

Hydronic Zone Controls
A hydronic zone control system allows you to get the most out of your boiler system and heat your home on a room to room basis. You have a control panel and a thermostat for each zone so that your boiler doesn’t have to overwork itself to create unneeded heat.

When it comes to zone control systems, the greatest benefit of all is that everyone can choose the temperature they want in different areas of the home. For installation or more information on these home upgrades, contact the experts at Leslie Heating and Cooling in Naperville, IL by visiting us on the web or calling us at 630.621.9419.

Ways to Childproof Your HVAC

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Part of keeping your little ones safe at home means knowing what can hurt them. And when it comes to your HVAC system, there are plenty of ways your children can be put in harm’s way. So in honor of Child Safety Protection Month, keep your kids safe at home by learning how to protect them from your heating and cooling.

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Secure your vents. It’s easy for your child to lift your floor vents if you don’t secure the covers properly. To child-proof them, screw or nail your vent covers into the floor. For extra precaution, you can also place a screen over them. Another option that doesn’t involve nails is to use velcro to keep them down.

Place thermostats and units high up. Turning the thermostat too high or the AC too low can not only damage your HVAC system, but it can also be a hazard to you and your child’s health. If you have small children at home, be sure to install your indoor units and thermostats high enough so that they’re out of reach.

Protect outdoor unit. It’s also important to block off your outdoor HVAC unit, as there are many wires and sharp edges that can cause injury. If your child touches any of these parts, there’s a lot that can go wrong. So block off your unit with shrubs or a locked fence to be on the safe side.

Keep remotes out of reach. For any and all of your units, don’t let remote controls go out of sight and into your child’s hands. If they do, your little one can unintentionally break the unit. So place remote controls in drawers or on shelves where your child can’t find them or ponder the idea of playing with them.

Remember that childproofing your HVAC system all depends on a child’s age and size. Consider the above options and give your professional HVAC technician a call if you’re unsure about anything. If you’re in the Naperville area, contact Leslie Heating and Cooling by calling 630.621.9419 or visiting us on the web to learn more about how to keep your children safe at home.