Posts Tagged ‘Heating System’

Why You Need an Outdoor Wood Furnace

Monday, December 7th, 2015

If you own a central heating system, then you know just how much money it can cost you. Luckily, there are alternatives out there that can be more cost-efficient and dependable. One option? An outdoor wood furnace.

You might think you need to live in a rural area to own a wood furnace, but the truth is these heating systems are a popular choice for any home. Here’s why:

Portrait family relaxing at home by firelight

Investment. Want to boost the value of your home? Make sure you have an efficient heating system! One of the major benefits of an outdoor wood burning furnace is that guaranteed to provide your home with top of the line insulation.

Maintenance. When you choose an outdoor wood furnace, you don’t need to deal with the electrical elements of your average indoor furnace. In turn, this means less required parts and few complications.

Health. Another reason you should consider purchasing this type of furnace is because there’s a less likely chance of carbon monoxide build-up in your home as well as other indoor pollutants. Ultimately, this means you and your family will be safer and free of harmful chemicals.

Longevity. Not only does an outdoor wood furnace offer longer duration of heat, but it can also last longer than the traditional furnace. This is due to its natural functionality – just be sure you inspect periodically, just like any other home system would need.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, providing you with top energy-efficient home heating options is a top priority! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort on a budget! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

Reasons Your Home Isn’t Heating

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

When your home isn’t heating up, what should you do? Heating and cooling systems can be tricky to work with, but sometimes the solution is simple. So before you pick up the phone and call your HVAC technician, check these three common culprits that prevent your home from feeling as toasty as it should:

Family warming up hands over electric heater

1. Windows are not sealed. Warm air seeps out in the sneakiest of places. Walk around to each window in your home. Sometimes it’s easy to know if they’re not sealed because you’ll feel a draft coming in. If you notice any air leaks, you’ll want to seal up those windows with new caulking. Bonus tip: to check for drafts, hold a lit candle close to your window and see if the flame bends. If it does, then you’ll know where the issue lies.

2. Vents are blocked. Do you have furniture or carpets blocking your air vents? When your couch or bed frame is sitting too close to your vents, it could prevent your home from heating up properly. Not to mention, having anything too close to your vents is a hazard. So if you’re feeling chilly, but the heat is set to “high” then blocked vents might be the problem.

3. Furnace filter is dirty. If your furnace filter isn’t changed regularly, it can get dirty enough to clock the return air flow to the furnace. And as a result, your furnace might not work as efficiently to provide your home with heat, or it could even break down. If you choose to change the air filter yourself, be sure to shut off your furnace first.

Have you tried fixing these issues and find that your home still isn’t heating up? If so, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort for the cooler months! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

Mistakes You’re Making with Your HVAC System

Monday, October 12th, 2015

When the fall temperatures begin to cool off, you start to rely more and more on your home’s HVAC system to keep you warm and comfortable. But these systems can be tricky if not used and maintained properly. To help you get the most out of our HVAC system this season, here are four mistakes you want to avoid:

Electric heating and air conditioning concept
Turning the thermostat too high. When the temps outside are cool, it’s only natural to want to crank the thermostat high to heat up your home more quickly. But truth is, turning the thermostat on even the highest temperature won’t warm up your space any sooner. They key is to stay patient if you want to save money and keep your HVAC system running well.

Turning it down too low at night. If you’re shivering in the morning, chances are you’re turning your heat down too much at night. Instead of blasting your heat in the morning to make up for low temperatures, keep it at a moderate setting all day and all night (unless you’re not home, of course).

Heating while you’re away. Letting your heat run for hours while you’re not at home can cost you an unneeded expense. It’s a good idea to give your heating system a rest by either shutting it off for a little while or by installing a programmable thermostat.

Keeping the curtains closed. On sunny days, don’t let the sun get away from you – allow as much sunlight in as possible by keeping your curtains wide open, especially those facing the south side of your home. Solar energy is an efficient way to give your HVAC system a rest, which can ultimately help you to lower heating bills.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we believe that efficiency and comfort is key to a happy household. That is why we offer programmable thermostats to let you design specific settings and help you save money at home. To learn more about the heating services we provide, visit our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.