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The Smartest Ways to Prepare for Vacation

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Just imagine: you’re so caught up in packing and daydreaming about your August vacation that you forget to secure your home. And as a result, you come home to a flooded basement or a broken window. Regardless of the outcome, there are seven steps you can take to prepare and  protect your home from damage during your next vacation.

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Turn off the water
Turning off the main supply line is crucial to keeping your home safe before leaving. A major leak while you’re gone can cause catastrophic damage to your home without anyone being there to take notice of it. Closing the valve on the main supply line cuts off water in the house but still allows outside sprinklers to work. You just won’t have to worry about leaks and gallons of wasted water.

Check the sump pump
If your sump pump fails while you’re on vacation and a storm hits, your basement could get flooded. Dump a bucket of water in there to test if the sump pump is working. The pump should turn on when the pit fills up with water. If it doesn’t, call your plumber immediately.

Water your plants
This one is obvious. If you’ll be away for a few days to a week, give your plants enough water to last (depending on how often they need to be fed).

Unplug electronics
When you’re away from home, you won’t be needing your electronics, so go ahead and unplug them – TVs, computers, lamps, fans – you’ll save money on electric and prevent a fire hazard or a fuse.

Set timers
The best tactic while you’re away is to make it look like someone is actually home. So set timers to go off during the late evening hours. This goes for the porch lights, the living room lamps, and even upstairs window candles.

Turn up the thermostat
Rather than turning off the AC, simply set your programmable thermostat to hold at a warm 85 degrees. The day before you get back, adjust it to a comfortable 72. If you have a manual thermostat, we still suggest turning it up while you’re gone to avoid wasting energy. You just might have to deal with some heat upon your return.

Tell a trusted neighbor
Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye out on your house for any suspicious acts. If the timers don’t go on, let them know to inform you. If you have a pet at home, ask them to check on it and feed as necessary. You might wanted to ask them to take in the mail as well, to further hide the fact that no one is home.

If you’re tired of coming home to a hot house and want to purchase a programmable thermostat, Leslie Heating & Cooling can set you up! We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs before vacation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Window Units Vs. Central Air: Which is Best For You?

Friday, July 29th, 2016

It’s the first heat wave of the summer and you’re quickly realizing you can’t make it one more season without installing some type of air conditioning. But should you go with central air or individual units? There are definitely pro’s and con’s to each choice, so take a minute to read over the benefits of both.


In general, individual window units are much cheaper than a central air system and can be installed by just about anyone.

If you’re looking to cool down an entire house, buying a wall unit for each room can quickly add up, so you may want to think about central air. The cost of the unit and installation will be higher, but if you’re planning to stay in that house for 15+ years, it will give you a better return on your investment.


Wall units are quick and easy to install and fit in almost any window. The filter needs to be cleaned about once every season, but takes just a few minutes and can be done yourself. Every few years small pieces within the unit may wear and need to be replaced, but they are typically pretty inexpensive as well.

Central air is much harder to install, so if you don’t have a background in construction, We would advise against hooking it up yourself. The last thing you want is to realize halfway through the job that all the holes were made in the wrong spot. But after a professional installation there is little maintenance, other than the occasional vent cleaning.


Wall units will easily cool down a bedroom, or studio apartment, but they probably won’t keep an entire floor cool. They also don’t combat humidity as well as central air, but you do have the option to also buy an inexpensive dehumidifier.

Central air runs a bit more efficiently than window units, mostly because they can be hooked up to programmable thermostats which automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. They are also better at getting rid of humidity in the air, making you feel even cooler.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning installation, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. 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.