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Window Units Vs. Central Air: Which is Best For You?

Friday, July 29th, 2016

It’s the first heat wave of the summer and you’re quickly realizing you can’t make it one more season without installing some type of air conditioning. But should you go with central air or individual units? There are definitely pro’s and con’s to each choice, so take a minute to read over the benefits of both.

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Cost:

In general, individual window units are much cheaper than a central air system and can be installed by just about anyone.

If you’re looking to cool down an entire house, buying a wall unit for each room can quickly add up, so you may want to think about central air. The cost of the unit and installation will be higher, but if you’re planning to stay in that house for 15+ years, it will give you a better return on your investment.

Maintenance:

Wall units are quick and easy to install and fit in almost any window. The filter needs to be cleaned about once every season, but takes just a few minutes and can be done yourself. Every few years small pieces within the unit may wear and need to be replaced, but they are typically pretty inexpensive as well.

Central air is much harder to install, so if you don’t have a background in construction, We would advise against hooking it up yourself. The last thing you want is to realize halfway through the job that all the holes were made in the wrong spot. But after a professional installation there is little maintenance, other than the occasional vent cleaning.

Efficiency:

Wall units will easily cool down a bedroom, or studio apartment, but they probably won’t keep an entire floor cool. They also don’t combat humidity as well as central air, but you do have the option to also buy an inexpensive dehumidifier.

Central air runs a bit more efficiently than window units, mostly because they can be hooked up to programmable thermostats which automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. They are also better at getting rid of humidity in the air, making you feel even cooler.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning installation, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. 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.

10 Tips for Cutting Cooling Costs

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Cranking the AC isn’t the only way to stay cool this summer. With a few inexpensive gadgets and a little strategic planning, you can feel cool all summer long and save your energy bill in the process. You can check out the entire list of suggestions here, or look at our top picks below.

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Seal air leaks and drafts around windows and door frames. Spending just a little on new caulking can go a long way with your energy bill.

Keep drapes closed during the day to block the sun, then open them at night to expel any lingering indoor heat.

Install heat-reflecting films to your blinds or shades and keep your house even cooler, all while reducing glare.

Avoid using hot appliances, like dryers, ovens and stove tops. Instead, embrace the great outdoors this season by barbecuing more often and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

Run ceiling fans the right way. Set your fans to rotate counterclockwise to make everyone in the room feel an estimated 4 degrees cooler.

Use attic fans to suck hot air out of the top of your house and pull cool air in from outdoors.

Choose cotton T-shirts, dresses, tank tops and bed sheets. Cotton is one of the most breathable and cooling fabrics, so incorporate it into your everyday wear as often as possible.

Maintain your AC units by cleaning and changing the filter regularly. Clogged filters make your unit work harder than it needs to and drive up energy costs.

Attach window awnings above South and West facing windows to cut your home’s solar heat gain by more than 60%.

Program your thermostat a few degrees higher during times when no one is home. It saves you the hassle of always adjusting the thermostat and keeps your AC running efficiently.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we are ready to help you with any of your air conditioning repair, maintenance or programmable thermostat needs. 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.

 

Don’t Make These Common Home Heating Mistakes

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

T-minus two days until Thanksgiving! Don’t let your home get too chilly when guests arrive. Below are a few common mistakes to avoid if you want to increase your home’s comfort levels this holiday season:

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Buying the wrong portable heater
Space heaters are convenient, but you must choose the right type. There are two types of space heaters: convection and radiant ones. Convection heaters take more time to heat up, but are more capable of heating your home than radiant heaters.

Neglecting drafts
Drafts that creep into your home can decrease your home’s temperature and push warm air out. Overtime, this can cost you lots of extra cash. So avoid an uncomfortable Thanksgiving holiday by going around the home and sealing up all those air leaks you might have – your guests will thank you!

Keeping the curtains closed
The more natural sunlight you let into your home, the more you will be able to heat up your home without the use of your central heating system. So on those sunny days, don’t make the mistake of drawing the shades. Instead, leave them open and only keep them closed at night to keep drafts out.

Setting the temperature too high
Did you know that raising your heat too high can overwork your boiler? When you overwork your boiler, you might cause damage, which we all know means costly repairs. On this Thanksgiving holiday, give your heat a little rest! Since you’ll be working a lot in the kitchen, you can let your stove top and oven do the work (and save money on energy bills).

Need a heating repair before the big holiday? If so, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling! Our technicians are professionally trained and are ready to help you maximize your home’s comfort! Give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website to learn more about our heating services.

Simple Heating Fixes

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Has your heat stopped working? Although most heating problems aren’t so DIY-friendly, there might be a few matters you can take into your own hands. Before calling a professional, you might want to consider these four simple fixes:

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Change the filter. When your furnace stops working, your furnace might be the culprit. First see if the filter is dirty and needs to be replaced. If your heat has been overworked or you know it’s been months since your filter has been changed, make that a priority. But of course when you’re in doubt about how to change the filter, be safe by giving your HVAC tech a call.

Check the thermostat. Sometimes your heat can fail on you simply because your thermostat isn’t working. In this case, check the power source, as you could have a blown fuse or dead batteries. Your thermostat may also need to be dusted off. However, if the problem persists, it might be time to replace your thermostat.

Keep heating elements clear. If your furnace is working but your home still isn’t heating up, check your vents and radiators. When your furniture is set too close to them, your heat won’t have enough room to circulate throughout your home. Not to mention, furniture placed too close to your heating elements can be a fire hazard.

Change batteries. Do you have a mini split heating system? If so, your heat might not be working due to the remote. Before you suspect a worse problem, check the batteries in your remote and try changing them first.

If all else fails, call a licensed HVAC professional to come fix the problem. At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we carry the highest level of insurance available to meet all residential, commercial, and industrial requirements. To learn more about how we can help you with your heating needs this winter, give us a call at 630-621-9419 or visit us on the web.

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.

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.

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:

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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.

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 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.

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:

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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.