Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

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.

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Cost:

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.

Maintenance:

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.

Efficiency:

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.

10 Tips for Cutting Cooling Costs

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Cranking the AC isn’t the only way to stay cool this summer. With a few inexpensive gadgets and a little strategic planning, you can feel cool all summer long and save your energy bill in the process. You can check out the entire list of suggestions here, or look at our top picks below.

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Seal air leaks and drafts around windows and door frames. Spending just a little on new caulking can go a long way with your energy bill.

Keep drapes closed during the day to block the sun, then open them at night to expel any lingering indoor heat.

Install heat-reflecting films to your blinds or shades and keep your house even cooler, all while reducing glare.

Avoid using hot appliances, like dryers, ovens and stove tops. Instead, embrace the great outdoors this season by barbecuing more often and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

Run ceiling fans the right way. Set your fans to rotate counterclockwise to make everyone in the room feel an estimated 4 degrees cooler.

Use attic fans to suck hot air out of the top of your house and pull cool air in from outdoors.

Choose cotton T-shirts, dresses, tank tops and bed sheets. Cotton is one of the most breathable and cooling fabrics, so incorporate it into your everyday wear as often as possible.

Maintain your AC units by cleaning and changing the filter regularly. Clogged filters make your unit work harder than it needs to and drive up energy costs.

Attach window awnings above South and West facing windows to cut your home’s solar heat gain by more than 60%.

Program your thermostat a few degrees higher during times when no one is home. It saves you the hassle of always adjusting the thermostat and keeps your AC running efficiently.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repair, 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.

 

7 Ways to Cool Down on a Budget

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Let’s face it: owning an air conditioner isn’t cheap. And during the dog days of summer, the prices only get worse. That is, unless you know how to stay energy-efficient. As your Chicagoland area HVAC specialists, we’d like to share 7 tips for cooling down and sticking to a budget:

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1. Plant more trees – Planting more greens around your home can stop the sun from shining inside your home and heating things up (causing you to crank the AC in the summer).

2. Install solar screens – Did you know that solar or mesh-like window screens can block up to 70 percent of solar energy before it enters your home? Install them on the west side of your home where sunlight hits the strongest during the day.

3. Circulate the fan – Keep the fan going inside your home and use in conjunction with your air conditioning. But instead of blowing the fan in your exact direction, leave it close to your AC unit to push the air from your unit across the room.

4. Regulate the thermostat – It may sound simple, but it’s easy to forget – lower your air conditioner’s thermostat setting to 78 degrees when you’re at home and raise it higher at night and when you’re away. By making this adjustment, you can save 5 to 15 percent on your cooling bills.

5. Cozy up in the basement – When the hot air rises, your basement is the number one spot to stay cool. So if you have a finished basement, take advantage by spending more time down there. Use it as an extra, cozy living space to keep cool during those hot, humid summer days.

6. Have a cookout – Summer is all about the great taste of BBQs. But barbeques don’t only taste delicious, they can save you energy as well. Think about how much heat you generate by using the stove and oven in your kitchen, and how much air conditioning you use to counteract the heat. Now imagine how much energy you can save by cooking outdoors instead!

7. Maintain your system – Scheduling a tune-up, changing a dirty filter, and fixing repairs is all a part of maintaining a well-functioning HVAC system. Without doing what it takes to allow good air movement, you can boost your cooling budget and make your AC work even harder, which often leads to less efficiency.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repairs. 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:

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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:

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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.

Leslie Family Plan Benefits

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we understand that a HVAC system is a huge home investment. So, we don’t just want to tell you about the guaranteed service you will receive with us – we want to put it in writing! Protect your home expenses, prevent potential defects, and more when you become a part of the Leslie Family Plan. Here are just a few of the benefits you will receive:

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Peace of mind. The professionals at Leslie Heating & Cooling will monitor your HVAC system, protecting you and your family from potential hazards and decreasing your chances of malfunctions and costly repairs.

Ultimate comfort. We know that heating and cooling systems slowly breakdown overtime, which is why we perform routine system check-ins. This will help your HVAC system perform well in the long run and will ensure maximum comfort in your home.

Save energy. Our technicians also will make sure your equipment functions well and doesn’t hog too much energy. This means you will receive lower utility bills each month! And when you spend less money each month, you feel much better about using your HVAC system when you must.

Longer lifespan. When you have a HVAC contractor who stays on top of maintenance, you can greatly increase the lifespan of your equipment. And you know that that means – less expenses on emergencies!

When you join our family plan, you will also receive two annual 140-point system checks. They will include the following systems:

  • Air conditioning
  • Furnace
  • Attic ventilation
  • Air purification
  • Ductwork
  • Fresh air ventilation
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Humidification
  • Sump pump
  • Bathroom exhaust
  • Water heating
  • Dryer exhaust
  • Whole-house gas piping
  • Room-by-room temperature control
  • Dryer exhaust
  • Thermostat

To learn more about the Leslie Family 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 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.

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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