Posts Tagged ‘HVAC system’

Ways to Childproof Your HVAC

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Part of keeping your little ones safe at home means knowing what can hurt them. And when it comes to your HVAC system, there are plenty of ways your children can be put in harm’s way. So in honor of Child Safety Protection Month, keep your kids safe at home by learning how to protect them from your heating and cooling.

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Secure your vents. It’s easy for your child to lift your floor vents if you don’t secure the covers properly. To child-proof them, screw or nail your vent covers into the floor. For extra precaution, you can also place a screen over them. Another option that doesn’t involve nails is to use velcro to keep them down.

Place thermostats and units high up. Turning the thermostat too high or the AC too low can not only damage your HVAC system, but it can also be a hazard to you and your child’s health. If you have small children at home, be sure to install your indoor units and thermostats high enough so that they’re out of reach.

Protect outdoor unit. It’s also important to block off your outdoor HVAC unit, as there are many wires and sharp edges that can cause injury. If your child touches any of these parts, there’s a lot that can go wrong. So block off your unit with shrubs or a locked fence to be on the safe side.

Keep remotes out of reach. For any and all of your units, don’t let remote controls go out of sight and into your child’s hands. If they do, your little one can unintentionally break the unit. So place remote controls in drawers or on shelves where your child can’t find them or ponder the idea of playing with them.

Remember that childproofing your HVAC system all depends on a child’s age and size. Consider the above options and give your professional HVAC technician a call if you’re unsure about anything. If you’re in the Naperville area, contact Leslie Heating and Cooling by calling 630.621.9419 or visiting us on the web to learn more about how to keep your children safe at home.

Why you Need Furnace Maintenance

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

When the weather starts to fluctuate you know the time has come again to check on your furnace. There’s a number of things that can go wrong with your furnace if you don’t make a few necessary repairs. But before you go ahead and start making fixes on your own, here’s why you should hire a professional instead:

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Safety – If you suspect you have a gas leak or a blower problem, call your HVAC technician right away to inspect the issue. Dealing with gas or a broken blower can be dangerous if not handled the right way. Professionals have the tools and expertise to handle your furnace properly and safely. They can turn off the gas supply valve and help you take the next precautionary steps to not only fix the problem, but also prevent it from reoccurring.

Efficiency – Hiring a professional not only ensures your safety – it promises efficiency as well. Between strange noises to oil burner problems, replacing parts will most likely be necessary. Hiring a licensed HVAC pro who takes care of such issues on a regular basis means the complications you’re experiencing with your furnace will be resolved efficiently.

Lengthen Lifespan – When you hire an expert for a routine furnace maintenance, your doing your HVAC system a huge favor. As with most other home technologies, keeping up with maintenance is part of protecting your investments. So the more often you schedule a proper furnace tune-up, the more likely you are to preserve its value.

Before winter weather makes its appearance, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for your fall furnace maintenance and tune-up. Our technicians have years of experience and training to ensure you get the most out of your furnace for years to come. Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to schedule a maintenance visit and to learn more about our services.

How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Even though the temperatures haven’t dropped just yet, it’s a good idea to be prepared for when they do. By performing a routine HVAC maintenance, you can catch little problems early on so that you don’t run into bigger problems when you really need the heat at home. Before you get started, here are a few tips to consider:

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Replace the filter. If you haven’t changed the filter yet, now is the time to do so! Better yet, try the new high-efficiency pleated filters that can grab even the tiniest particles. It’s also a good reminder to check on the filter every month. And if it looks dirty, it’s best to go ahead and change it.

Clear the vents. Before turning the heat on, you should clear your vents of dust and debris. Because cranking the heat without cleaning them can cause dust, allergens, and bacteria to blow around, causing potential health issues. The best way to clean your vents is to vacuum using the hose.

Check on your alarms and detectors. The fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector in your home are essential devices that keep you safe. So make sure you inspect that they’re working properly and replace the battery if needed. Going through the fall and winter months without doing so can be dangerous and potentially life threatening, so make it a must-do.

Remove debris outside. It’s easy for pollen, leaves, twigs, and other forms of debris to get caught in or around your HVAC system, so it’s a good idea to clear it off. Check the tops and sides of your AC unit and heat pump outside – if there are no obstructions then you’re good to go!

To make sure you have completed your HVAC maintenance this fall, turn to Leslie Heating & Cooling. Our professionals are fully trained and ready to help you get ready for cooler weather!

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. For more information on the services we provide, visit our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

Heating and Cooling FAQs

Friday, September 11th, 2015

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, we are dedicated to helping you understand what your HVAC system is all about. So here are the answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive:

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Q: What exactly does HVAC stand for?
A: HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning – and we handle it all!

Q: How long can I expect my system to last?
A: That all depends. Most HVAC systems can last from 10 to 20 years. However, as your system gets older, you might start to notice problems, like leaks and loud noises. These issues are the reason it is so important to keep up with regular maintenance and tune-ups. And when you take necessary precautions, you can save lots of money later on!

Q: What can I expect from a tune-up?
A: When you schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner, you can expect a thorough cleanup. From clearing out debris to cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils, Leslie Heating & Cooling will cover all the bases to ensure that your system works properly for a long time! When it comes to your heating system, we will check your thermostat, the heater, and the combustion within the heater.

Q: How can I save money on my energy bills?
A: Great question! There are a few things you can do to lower the cost of energy. First, make sure your windows are sealed shut so that you keep the hot air out and the cool air in. Also, you can consider using a programmed thermostat, which will lower temperatures when you’re away from home – that way you avoid wasting unnecessary energy.

Do you still have more questions about your heating and cooling system? Contact Leslie Heating & Cooling and connect with us on social media!

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 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.