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Natural Ways to Heat Up Your Home

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

When temperatures are below freezing, odds are you’re going to blast the heat. But blasting the heat can have consequences – not only can it waste energy, but it can also cause your system to overwork and wear down over time.

While reaching for the thermostat sounds like the best solution, we know a few other ways that can warm you up and save you money so you won’t think about cranking the heat again.

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Wear layers
The most cost-effective and purposeful way to warm up naturally is to wear layers upon layers. Sometimes it’s a simple solution we don’t think about, but by dressing warmer, we don’t need as much electric or gas heat to warm up our homes.

Open the shades
When sunny winter days are upon us, let’s open the shades and let the light in. When natural sunlight reflects through our windows, we can leave the heat for more cloudy, snowy nights.

Reverse the fan
By reversing the fan to rotate in a clockwise direction, we can push the warm air down in order to fight the heat which rises.

Sleep with a hot water bottle
Place a hot water bottle under the covers with you at night to allow heat to radiate through your body. With this direct source of natural heat, you’re less likely to blast the heat at night when you go to bed. Just be careful that the water you use isn’t too hot or doesn’t come in direct contact with your skin.

Take a hot shower
Just the way a cold shower can cool you down, a hot shower can have the opposite effect. Take a hot shower upon waking up and going to sleep when you might feel more tempted to reach for the thermostat. By taking a hot shower, you can shake off that chill without wasting energy.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping you comfortable and helping you save on heating costs. 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.

5 Secrets to Keeping Warm This Holiday

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The holidays are a happy time of year, but they can also be frigid. When it’s time to have everyone gathered together in your home, the last thing you want is a cold home. With a few tips from professional HVAC technicians, you can keep your home warm without spending a fortune on heating:

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Lay out the area rugs
Many of us have wood floors in our homes, which is why area rugs can come in handy. When the weather gets cold, it’s time to layer on the rugs, overlapping a larger area rug with a slightly smaller one for more insulation.

Redo weatherstripping
Weatherstripping ensures that cool air stays out and air leaks don’t occur. If your home is feeling drafty, it might be time to re-do weatherstripping around all your windows. To determine where you need it the most, go around the home with a tea light candle. If the handle flickers or goes out near one area of your window, weatherstripping is likely necessary.

Hang heavy shades
Swap out your lightweight window treatments for heavy shades instead. Whether thermal or a dark color, certain shades are better for winter than others.

Use a portable heater
When used safely, portable heaters are a great source of heat for those cool spots in your home. Whether you’re lounging at home or having a family gathering, portable heaters can keep you toasty.

Use the fireplace
Have a wood-burning fireplace at home? Not only will this keep your warm, but it will also save you money on your energy bill. Using your fireplace is a natural resource for heating and should be used to warm up your home carefully.

Looking for more ways to warm up your home efficiently and safely this holiday? Turn to Leslie Heating & Cooling. We offer heating services including heat repair, heat insulation, programmable thermostat installation, and more! 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.