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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.

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.

Why You Need Insulation in Your Home

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

During the cooler months, it’s easy to spend lots of money and energy on heating your home. But did you know there’s a simple solution to help you cut back on all of that? If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to insulate your home. Here’s why it works:

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Improves energy efficiency. There are a few areas in the home you will want to insulate: the attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace (if you have one). When your living space is insulated, it acts as a blanket that keeps all the heat inside, helping your central heating system to slow down and not have to work as hard.

Lowers utility bills. The cost to heat your home is expensive. But when your home is energy efficient, you ultimately save money on your utility bills. The way insulation cuts costs is that it resists heat flow, acting as a barrier that keeps heat from escaping the room.

Creates more comfort. The less heat that escapes your living space, the more comfortable you will feel. Insulation essentially provides layers and layers of thermal blockage in your walls and floors, improving the overall level of comfort in a room and adding warmth when you need it most.

When you decide to add insulation to your home, call Leslie Heating and Cooling for a professional installation. There’s a wide variety of insulation choices out there, but we’re here to help you through the entire process from start to finish!

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower billing costs, and feel more comfortable, then contact Leslie Heating and Cooling. We are a family-owned and operated business based in Woodridge, Illinois and have a number of resources that can help you prep your home for cooler weather. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

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.

HVAC Myths Decoded

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Did you know that closing off your vents won’t actually reduce your air conditioning bill? Contrary to popular belief, this can in fact throw your system out of whack. So not everything you hear about heating and cooling is true. In an attempt to clear things up, below are a few common HVAC myths:

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Myth: Turning the thermostat all the way down will cool a room faster.
Fact: When you set a desired temperature, your air conditioner won’t work any harder or faster to cool off the room just because you press a lower setting repeatedly. The best thing you can do is to turn your thermostat to the right temperature and wait patiently – the room will eventually cool off the way you want it to, just give it a little time.

Myth: Leaving your fan on even when you’re not at home will keep your home cool.
Fact: As much as we’d like this to be true, reality is that fans do not cool off your home. What they actually do is give off a cooling effect that only helps when you’re in the room because it sends a chilling sensation through your body.

Myth: Buying an energy-efficient HVAC unit will save you money.
Fact: This one is actually partially true. Investing in an energy-efficient system can save you money in the long run, but what’s more important is the size of your unit. Make sure you don’t buy one that’s too big, as this can lead to energy waste. Buying one that’s too small can also be inefficient because you’ll be more likely to crank up the temperature, leading the system to overwork itself.

Myth: There’s no need to call a professional unless there’s a problem.
Fact: Like any other big investment in your home, calling an HVAC pro for a routine checkup is an important part of maintaining a well-functioning system. So don’t hold off until the last minute to dial your technician’s number – this can lead to worse problems than you had to begin with.

Is your HVAC system giving you troubles? If so, don’t wait! Contact Leslie Heating & Cooling by visiting our website or calling us at (630) 621-9419.

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.

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.

Energy-Efficient Cooling Tips for Your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just a few weeks left of summer, there’s still time to get the best out of your air conditioner. If you’re looking for the most effective ways to stay cool while saving energy, look no further than these tips:

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Set the temperature high. Make sure you set your thermostat at a high temperature during the hot days of September. Truth be told, when there’s a smaller difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, you can lower the costs of cooling.

Remember cooler is not better. Setting your thermostat to the coldest setting will not cool your home off faster. In fact, cooling off a room takes time. So don’t make the mistake of setting your air conditioner too cold, as this can lead to unnecessary expenses.

Turn on a fan. If you own a window AC unit, consider using a ceiling or tower fan in conjunction with your air conditioner. Doing so will help the cooler air to circulate, spreading the cold air around your room more rapidly and effectively. Plus, you won’t have to use as much energy from your air conditioner!

Turn off appliances. Shutting off appliances that give off excess heat, such as lamps and TVs can save you a great deal of money in the long run. This is because you won’t have to crank your AC has high to fight the heat from these devices.

Buy an energy-efficient model. One of the best ways you can cool off your home while saving energy is to look for an ENERGY STAR labeled air conditioner. These units are 10 percent more efficient, which can save you that much more money on your next utility bill!

For more energy-efficient cooling tips, click here.

Is your AC giving you troubles this season? If so, contact Leslie Heating & Cooling. For 25 years we have been providing trusted customer service to clients throughout the Chicagoland area. Leslie Heating & Cooling is 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.

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.