Posts Tagged ‘energy efficient’

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.

Top Ways to Warm Up Your Home Without Heat

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Is your heating bill going through the roof this winter? When temperatures drop you can bet that energy costs will bump up (that is, if you don’t have a proper heating system installed). With that said, why not find natural ways to help you heat your home? Below are five tips to consider:

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Layer it up. Either swap out your jute rug for a wool one instead, or add several layers. Not only will it keep your toes toasty, but it will also help to insulate your home.

Let the light in. During the daytime, open up the shades and blinds – especially in the rooms where you get the most sunlight. By taking advantage of Mother Nature, you can lower the heat a bit during the day to save energy for nights when you need it most.

Reverse the fan. You know that heat rises, but did you realize that running your ceiling fan in reverse will push warm air down? Try this method day or night to enhance the efforts of your heating system.

Do your laundry. Take advantage of your laundry machine by washing a load. There’s almost no better feeling than slipping into a shirt or wrapping yourself in a blanket fresh out of the dryer!

Block drafts. If a room feels drafty, check the weatherstripping around each of your windows. If you see it’s missing or feel cold air blowing through, you probably need to replace it.

Of course, these tips work best when used in conjunction with your heat. But in the event that you find your home is cold no matter what you do, give Leslie Heating and Cooling a call for a new, professional heating installation. And  don’t forget, we are here for all your emergency needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! For more information, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website.

Ways to Green Your Home in Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Looking to make your home more “green” and energy efficient for 2016? There are many ways to turn your home into a more efficient and comfortable one. Here are a few:

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Programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can be a game changer for your home’s heating and cooling. In fact, it can help you save up to 30 percent on your home’s energy. This thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature before you go to bed and before you wake up to ensure maximum comfort levels.

Air Filters
From allergies to mold and mildew, your home contains many pollutants that minimize your comfort. Turn things around with air filters that help your equipment stay clean longer. Such air filters include electronic air cleaners, HEPA air cleaners, and ultra-violet air purification. At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we use high quality products that can take out even the most tiny air particles that keep both your home and equiptment fresh.

Insulate attic
Without insulation, you can waste money on your utility bills. Why? Because no matter how much warm or cool air your equipment is pumping out, if your home doesn’t have proper insulation, your home won’t stay at a steady temperature. So check your attic, crawl space, and any other areas of the home that feel more cool than the rest.

Replace old equipment
Reduce carbon emissions and boost your home’s HVAC efficiency by replacing old equipment that no longer works properly. For example, installing a new furnace can lower utility bills and restore your equipment’s lifespan.

To learn more about how you can “green” your home”, click here.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. We also offer several solutions to help you boost your home’s efficiency. To learn more about these solutions, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

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.

How to Save Money While Heating Your Home

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

If you live in a cool climate, you know just how quickly the temperatures can fluctuate during the fall. One minute you’re reaching for the fan and the next you’re curling up next to the radiator. But you also know it’s only a matter of weeks until you’re reaching for the heat more often than not.

According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling accounts for up to 48 percent of your utility bill. Wouldn’t it be great if you could lower that number? By understanding how you can optimize your heating, you can start saving more money (and keeping more in your wallet):

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Cover up drafts. Sometimes your heat doesn’t work as well as it should because you also have cold air coming in through your windows. By insulating the inside of your window frames, you can tightly seal any places where a draft might be present. Tape a plastic sheet tightly to these frames to keep the draft out and let your heating system do its job right.

Find leaks. Other times your heat doesn’t work as efficiently because you have a leak in your pipes. When this occurs, your warm air escapes before it ever reaches the rooms in your home. The trick here is to seal these air leaks where you suspect you might have one. If you’re not sure how to find leaks but think you might have one, call Leslie Heating & Cooling to fix the problem at hand.

Turn down the water heater. When the temperature of your water heater is set too high, you spend more money no matter how low the temperature is set on your thermostat. Water heating takes up about 18 percent of energy used at home, so turning it down to a setting of about 120 degrees fahrenheit can save you a good chunk of money.

Maintain your system. If you can’t find any leaks or drafts but you’re still spending a lot of money trying to heat your home, the problem might be your furnace. If not maintained, your furnace can lose its efficiency overtime. This means it’s important to schedule a service for your heating system at least twice a year, especially before winter.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer several heating services including maintenance to ensure that your HVAC system is working its very best. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your emergency needs. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Why You Need Insulation in Your Home

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

During the cooler months, it’s easy to spend lots of money and energy on heating your home. But did you know there’s a simple solution to help you cut back on all of that? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to insulate your home. Here’s why it works:

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Improves energy efficiency. There are a few areas in the home you will want to insulate: the attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace (if you have one). When your living space is insulated, it acts as a blanket that keeps all the heat inside, helping your central heating system to slow down and not have to work as hard.

Lowers utility bills. The cost to heat your home is expensive. But when your home is energy efficient, you ultimately save money on your utility bills. The way insulation cuts costs is that it resists heat flow, acting as a barrier that keeps heat from escaping the room.

Creates more comfort. The less heat that escapes your living space, the more comfortable you will feel. Insulation essentially provides layers and layers of thermal blockage in your walls and floors, improving the overall level of comfort in a room and adding warmth when you need it most.

When you decide to add insulation to your home, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for a professional installation. There’s a wide variety of insulation choices out there, but we’re here to help you through the entire process from start to finish!

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower billing costs, and feel more comfortable, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. 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 for cooler weather. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Energy-Efficient Cooling Tips for Your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just a few weeks left of summer, there’s still time to get the best out of your air conditioner. If you’re looking for the most effective ways to stay cool while saving energy, look no further than these tips:

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Set the temperature high. Make sure you set your thermostat at a high temperature during the hot days of September. Truth be told, when there’s a smaller difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, you can lower the costs of cooling.

Remember cooler is not better. Setting your thermostat to the coldest setting will not cool your home off faster. In fact, cooling off a room takes time. So don’t make the mistake of setting your air conditioner too cold, as this can lead to unnecessary expenses.

Turn on a fan. If you own a window AC unit, consider using a ceiling or tower fan in conjunction with your air conditioner. Doing so will help the cooler air to circulate, spreading the cold air around your room more rapidly and effectively. Plus, you won’t have to use as much energy from your air conditioner!

Turn off appliances. Shutting off appliances that give off excess heat, such as lamps and TVs can save you a great deal of money in the long run. This is because you won’t have to crank your AC has high to fight the heat from these devices.

Buy an energy-efficient model. One of the best ways you can cool off your home while saving energy is to look for an ENERGY STAR labeled air conditioner. These units are 10 percent more efficient, which can save you that much more money on your next utility bill!

For more energy-efficient cooling tips, click here.

Is your AC giving you troubles this season? If so, contact Leslie Heating & Cooling. For 25 years we have been providing trusted customer service to clients throughout the Chicagoland area. Leslie Heating & Cooling is 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.