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11 Smart Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This day and age, many people are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also looking to spend a little less money on heating costs and save a little more for traveling and (dare we say) retirement. That’s why adopting a new way of thinking and saving energy at home can put you on the right path:

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1. Dress warm. It might sound obvious, but just think how often we take heating for granted when we can simply put on an extra sweater (which we spent money on to keep us warm too).

2. Change your bed sheets. Switch to flannel and put rugs on your floor. The extra insulation can save you a trip in the little on the night to the hallway when your start shivering because your sheets aren’t warm enough.

3. Minimize your use of kitchen and bathroom fans. They’re useful but can suck out a lot of hot air.

4. Reverse your ceiling fan. This will bring warm air back down to the floor level, since heat rises.

5. Change the filter regularly. It might be hard to forget, but if your filter is dirty then your heat will have to work harder to pump out warm air. And the harder it has to work, the more money you’re wasting.

6. Turn down the thermostat. That’s right! A couple degrees cooler when you’re away or asleep can make a significant difference on your heating bill.

7. Insulate. The more you insulate your home, the less the air will escape. Cover your basement, attic, and that one cool spot in your home (everyone’s got one).

8. Wrap your ducts. Air can easily leak out, so wrap them tight to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

9. Use a wood burning fireplace. Skip the gas fireplace. If you have a wood burning one, you can cut your costs in half throughout the winter – it’s the natural and smart way!

10. Get a tune up. Ask your local HVAC professional. You should schedule one at least once a year – trust us, that small expense can save you big bucks.

11. Kick out the old unit. If repairs and monthly bills are costing you a fortune, it might be time to say goodbye to that old unit and hello to a new one.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, comfort and conserving money is our priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs, heating installation, and maintenance. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Radiant Heating vs. Central Heating

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Ah – the battle of central and radiant heating. Many homeowners and even some HVAC technicians debate over which is more efficient. For several reasons, we believe radiant heating might be the better solution, but here’s where:

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Central Heating
The average American home has central heating set up. Nothing is better than the warmth it provides on cold, winter nights – and you’ll always find yourself reaching for the thermostat to make it even warmer if you have to. But that brings us to one issue – let’s call it the yo-yo heating pattern, where you constantly adjust  your thermostat, causing your furnace to turn on and off. In the end, this results in wasted energy and uncomfortable. Forced hot air systems are subject to something known as parasitic heat loss – because the air in your furnace and air handler has to travel through many tubes before it gets to a room, there are many opportunities for heat loss and air leaks. There might be something better…

Radiant Heating
Some studies show that radiant heating can be up to as much as 30 percent more efficient than central heating. Why, may you ask? Because the heating panels are in direct contact with the floor, there is little room for heat loss. The air isn’t forced out of vents, so there is no cross-breeze, which allows you to keep the thermostat a bit lower. We should also mention that radiant heating is a great solution for this allergy sensitivities, as dust does not get blown around the way it does with central heating – just one of the many reasons people are making the switch.

Which heating is right for your home?

Whether you choose radiant heating or central heating, Leslie Heating and Cooling is here to help you with all of your home heating needs! We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and offer 24/7 emergency service.To learn more about us and our home heating services, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

7 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Looking to lower your energy bill this fall? No matter how much it might be, we’ll bet you’ll do what you can do lower it. So we’re here with 7 methods we have found to work for many homeowners:

Seal air leaks
The warm air you power your home with won’t stay if you have air leaks. Test your home for air tightness and caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air. Your home will be a comfortable temperature and you won’t be wasting energy.

Add insulation
Insulate the right areas of your home, such as your attic and basement. When your entire home is warm (even those cool spots), you won’t be pouring money down the drain.

Take advantage of shades
During sunny afternoons, open the shades or close them to control the temperature. You won’t have to put on the heat or the air too much because you’ll have much better control of the sun.

Fix your fireplace
On those cool autumn nights, you’ll want to use your fireplace. Using your fireplace can warm the place up just as well as your heating system can without any many dollar bills.

Reduce water heater temperature
Did you know you can save 3-5 percent on heating costs if you lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit?

Schedule maintenance
If your system isn’t running right, you can bet that the efficiency of your unit will go down but your bills will go up. Schedule a maintenance to have your HVAC tech stop by and make sure everything is working properly.

Install a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is great for those who don’t want to waste money heating up the entire home or are out of the house often. A wonderful way to save money and have better control of your home’s temperature!

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs, heating installation, and maintenance. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

Prepping Your AC Unit for Autumn

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Don’t wait until you see a foot of snow on the ground to realize you need to protect your outdoor HVAC unit. Instead, take the steps to start winterizing your unit now so you can sleep easy knowing next year your unit will be running in tip top shape.

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Come October, make sure to:

  • Turn off the air conditioning circuit closest to your unit. During unseasonably warm days, this will prevent the AC unit from turning on and filling up with water, which can then freeze on a colder day.
  • Use a hose to clean off any dirt, dust, or bird droppings from the unit. Also make sure it is clear of any branches or twigs.
  • Duct tape foam covers around any exposed pipes to insulate and protect them against freezing temperatures.
  • Cover the HVAC unit with a waterproof plastic or vinyl cover.
  • Wrap the unit tightly with bungee cords so that it does not blow away or loosen in extreme winds.
  • Check the unit regularly throughout the winter. Brush snow or ice off to prevent it from leaking into the unit. Also remove any branches or leaves that have fallen on top of the unit.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and are here for all of your HVAC emergency needs or heating installation. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

HVAC Tips for Fall 2016

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

As the temperatures begin to cool off and kids start to swing into the school year, we know that fall is right around the corner. Fall is that time of year when the years is usually just right enough to work in and around your house comfortably – yet is a reminder that frigid weather is near. As we fall into the next season, here are three HVAC tips to keep in mind:

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Clean your air filter
Cleaning your air filter should be a seasonal habit. To clean your filter, turn off the AC you’ve been using and remove the service panel cover. Inspect the filter. Clean with water and let it air dry. Replace the filter if needed and enjoy clean, fresh air once again!

Add a ceiling fan
Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold outside, ceiling fans can help circulate the air. If you’re making a list of home improvement projects to complete this fall, add “install ceiling fan” to the list! This will help you save energy on your electric bill and keep you feeling comfortable in your home.

Close off your fireplace
Pretty soon you’ll be using your fireplace on those chilly autumn and winter nights. So protect your home from a fire hazard by closing it off. Purchase a fireplace screen from your local home goods store and cover. In doing so, you’ll protect your wood floors, furniture, and other textiles.

To complete your 201 fall “to-do” list, turn to Leslie Heating and Cooling. We offer heating repairs, installations, and maintenance programs. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and is here for all of your emergency needs throughout the season. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.