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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.

11 Smart Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This day and age, many people are looking to reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also looking to spend a little less money on heating costs and save a little more for traveling and (dare we say) retirement. That’s why adopting a new way of thinking and saving energy at home can put you on the right path:

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1. Dress warm. It might sound obvious, but just think how often we take heating for granted when we can simply put on an extra sweater (which we spent money on to keep us warm too).

2. Change your bed sheets. Switch to flannel and put rugs on your floor. The extra insulation can save you a trip in the little on the night to the hallway when your start shivering because your sheets aren’t warm enough.

3. Minimize your use of kitchen and bathroom fans. They’re useful but can suck out a lot of hot air.

4. Reverse your ceiling fan. This will bring warm air back down to the floor level, since heat rises.

5. Change the filter regularly. It might be hard to forget, but if your filter is dirty then your heat will have to work harder to pump out warm air. And the harder it has to work, the more money you’re wasting.

6. Turn down the thermostat. That’s right! A couple degrees cooler when you’re away or asleep can make a significant difference on your heating bill.

7. Insulate. The more you insulate your home, the less the air will escape. Cover your basement, attic, and that one cool spot in your home (everyone’s got one).

8. Wrap your ducts. Air can easily leak out, so wrap them tight to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

9. Use a wood burning fireplace. Skip the gas fireplace. If you have a wood burning one, you can cut your costs in half throughout the winter – it’s the natural and smart way!

10. Get a tune up. Ask your local HVAC professional. You should schedule one at least once a year – trust us, that small expense can save you big bucks.

11. Kick out the old unit. If repairs and monthly bills are costing you a fortune, it might be time to say goodbye to that old unit and hello to a new one.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, comfort and conserving money is our priority. 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.

9 Home Heating Conservation Tips

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Aside from the fact that your heating bill is usually high in winter, many of us also want to know how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 9 creative ways you can conserve energy at home and save money all at once:

1. Add more wall insulation to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and significantly reduce your home heating bill.
2. Find drafts using a small candle and slowly trace around all window sills and cents. If the flame flickers, you need to seal the leak.
3. Lower the heat during sunny afternoons when the sun is at it’s strongest, and you may realize you don’t even need to waste electric.
4. Leave the oven door open after cooking to recycle warm air in your kitchen.
5. A gas fireplace can use more energy to heat a room than central heating.
6. Invest in a wood burning stove. You’ll be shocked at how low your heating bill will become.
7. Reverse your ceiling fans in winter to rotate clockwise and draw down the rising heat.
8. Keep heavy curtains around the bed to help insulate your bedroom.
9. A programmable thermostat can automatically lower temperatures while you’re sleeping or at work, which can decrease your energy consumption by up to 25 percent.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. 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. We can also help you install programmable thermostats to reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in winter. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

9 Home Heating Conservation Tips

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Aside from the fact that your heating bill is usually high in winter, many of us also want to know how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 9 creative ways you can conserve energy at home and save money all at once:


1. Add more wall insulation to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and significantly reduce your home heating bill.
2. Find drafts using a small candle and slowly trace around all window sills and cents. If the flame flickers, you need to seal the leak.
3. Lower the heat during sunny afternoons when the sun is at it’s strongest, and you may realize you don’t even need to waste electric.
4. Leave the oven door open after cooking to recycle warm air in your kitchen.
5. A gas fireplace can use more energy to heat a room than central heating.
6. Invest in a wood burning stove. You’ll be shocked at how low your heating bill will become.
7. Reverse your ceiling fans in winter to rotate clockwise and draw down the rising heat.
8. Keep heavy curtains around the bed to help insulate your bedroom.
9. A programmable thermostat can automatically lower temperatures while you’re sleeping or at work, which can decrease your energy consumption by up to 25 percent.

At Leslie Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. 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. We can also help you install programmable thermostats to reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in winter. To learn more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

5 Energy Saving Secrets

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Receiving a high energy bill at the end of each month can be a real nail biter. We know the struggle and want to help! Here are five energy (and money) saving secrets you might not know:

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Change up your lights
Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient alternatives, you can spend a fraction of the cost lighting up your home. Whether it be CFL, LED, Halogen lights, either choice will last at least 3 to 10 times longer. LED lights are the most popular choice for U.S. homeowners today, so if you want to go with a safe option, this is a smart choice.

Alternate window treatments
By changing your drapes each season, you can lower the amount of heat and air you need. In the summer, choose heavy, blackout drapes to block the sun, and in winter, bring out the sheer curtains to allow more sunlight in.

Know your thermostats limits
In the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees, that way you save about 5 percent for every degree lower. And when the weather warms up, set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer.

Wash wisely
Wash only full loads of laundry in cold water and line-dry your clothes as much as possible to decrease excess use of electricity (plus this heats up your home in the summer). And don’t forget, when you washing up, don’t let the water run when you don’t need it.

Spend less on HVAC
That’s right! Heating and air makes up for nearly 56 percent of your household expenses – one of the biggest energy hogs at home. By choosing an energy efficient HVAC, you can significantly reduce the cost plus reduce carbon pollution.

At Leslie Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide array of home heating and cooling solutions to help you save money and energy. To learn more about these services and more, give us a call at (630) 621-9419 or visit our website. And don’t forget, we are just a phone call away for any and all of your emergency needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!