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How to Stay Cool and Save Money During Summer

How to Stay Cool and Save Money During Summer

With the temperatures skyrocketing in the Chicagoland area, many homeowners are making the transition of heat to air-conditioning. It is essential to understand that making this change may affect your utility bill depending on the temperature you have set on your thermostat. 

Leith HVAC, along with the Department of Energy, recommends to keep your thermostat temperature set at 78° F while you are home. While it is tempting to turn the air conditioning down to 70° F on a scorching warm day, be aware this will affect your monthly utility bill. Our team at Leith HVAC recognizes that you deserve premium home comfort with these valuable tips for summer:

Lower your home’s humidity:

One of the best ways you can stay cool and comfortable at home without the stress of a higher utility bill is lowering the humidity in your home. Not only will this make your home colder, it will also prevent the growth of mold. However, it is important not set the humidity level too low because it may cause your home to have dry-air.

Lower your air conditioner’s temperature gradually:

A common mistake homeowners make is plunging the temperature on their thermostat when it gets warmer outside. This is not ideal to do for your HVAC system because it will be switching from high temperature to a much lower temperature instantly, upping the cost of your utility bill. It is recommended to gradually lower the temperature of your home to provide you and your wallet with comfort. 

Invest in a programmable thermostat:

A vast amount of homeowners are missing out on a great tool that can save them money and provide them with the best comfort – a programmable thermostat. These are designed to grant you the best comfort while you are home and exceptional accessibility while you’re on-the-go. To learn more about investing in a programmable thermostat, talk to a team member today. 

For more information or any questions regarding how you can stay cool and save money during summer, contact Leith HVAC today.

Upgrading Your Cooling System

Upgrading Your Cooling System

Air conditioning is universally needed in homes across the nation, especially during the summer season. Many homes have air conditioning systems that came with the home, but the average lifespan of an air conditioner is 16 years. However, the efficiency of the system can dramatically decrease due to wear and tear. When it comes to purchasing a new, effective air conditioning unit, consider the following benefits:


Comfort:

New air conditioning systems have many features that satisfy users. These comfort-enhancing options will provide you with comfort guaranteed.

Money Saved:

The higher SEER rating, the more money you will save. New, high efficiency air conditioners will grant your home with fresh, cool air and will also save you money on your utility bills. You will also save money since you won’t need to repair your unit anymore.

Compatible with the environment:

With a new air conditioning unit, you will lower your environmental footprint. Nearly all newly-built cooling systems are eco-friendly and operate on less energy.

To receive more information about the benefits to upgrading your cooling system, contact Leith HVAC today.

Negative Habits that Harm Your HVAC System

As a homeowner, you want to keep all of your utilities preforming at the highest efficiency with no error in their function. To ensure your heating and cooling system last as long as possible, there a few things you should keep in mind. Here are some habits you may be doing that could negatively impact the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system:

Frequently Closing Vents

Your HVAC system is created to heat and cool your home, which is controlled by the vents that are open and closed. Frequently closing and opening vents will affect how your HVAC system works, making your system act like it is not correctly sized. This will also increase your utility bill since your system will be changing the level of efficiency constantly.

Adjusting Your Thermostat

If you are constantly changing your thermostat temperature, this will disrupt your system’s on and off cycle-which is the toughest part for your air conditioning or furnace’s job. This will cause harm to your system and to your wallet. It is highly recommended to have your thermostat at a relative temperature that is comfortable for you during the cold and warm months.

Forgetting to Change Your Furnace Filter

One of the most common habits homeowners fall into is forgetting to change their furnace filter. This will block significant air-flow, and will also generate poor air quality inside your home. It is recommended to change your filter once every two to three months.

Not Scheduling Maintenance

Even if your heating and cooling system seems to be in order, it is essential to get preventative maintenance done. Have your contractor look at your system during spring and your furnace during the fall to prevent any issues from occurring.

To learn more about the negative habits that affect your HVAC system, contact Leith HVAC today.

Understanding How To Adjust Your HVAC System For The Warmer Weather

Spring has just begun, which means the temperature outside will increase. Getting into the spring mood by gardening and setting up your patio are just a couple of things you should have on your list. As temperatures rise, you want ensure your HVAC system is working at its highest efficiency. Also, it is essential to keep your thermostat in mind as you adjust to the warmer weather. To guarantee your HVAC system is up-to-date and your thermostat is set correctly, review the following tips:

Adjust your thermostat:

According to the Department of Energy, it highly recommended to have your temperature set on or around 78°F during warmer seasons in the Chicagoland area. This will not only keep your house at a comfortable temperature, but it will also save you money. Changing the temperature settings on your thermostat frequently will raise your utility bills drastically.

Replace furnace filter:

Like you should do every month, replace your furnace filter to prevent issues occurring during spring. Putting in a new filter will give your equipment a fresh start for the season, allowing it to work at maximum capacity.

Schedule a maintenance check:

It is the perfect time to have a HVAC technician, like our team at Leith HVAC, to come out and ensure your system is working properly. The technician will be able to do any cleaning needed and address minor issues and correct them to prevent further problems.

For more information or any questions on understanding how to adjust your HVAC system for the warmer weather, contact Leith HVAC today.

Getting Your HVAC System Ready For Spring

Getting Your HVAC System Ready For Spring

Spring is just one month away, which means lots of great things for the Midwest. As many people in this area agree to, you are looking forward to the warmer temperatures. Before you start enjoying the warm weather, it is essential to care for your HVAC system. Here are ways to prepare your HVAC system for Spring:

Change your furnace filter: 

The first thing you should always do when a new season arrives is to change your furnace filter. This will not only filter away the allergens spring brings, but will also save you money.

Eliminate winter clutter:

Winter always brings some clutter to it. Whether it is extra blankets or rugs over venting systems, it is crucial to clear away the clutter. This will save you money on your monthly utility bills, and also grant you proper air quality.

Invest in a programmable thermostat:

A programmable thermostat will schedule when and when not the air turns on in your home. Not only can you leave the house at ease knowing the air is not cooling an empty house, but you can also adjust the temperature anywhere in your home.

Schedule a maintenance check:

After completing the list above, it is always a great idea to get your home checked by a professional, like our team at Leith HVAC. We will not only ensure your HVAC system is operating at its best settings, but will also clean any blocked airways and ducts.

For more information or any questions about how to prep your HVAC system for spring, contact Leith HVAC today.

The Technological Improvements of Furnaces

As time goes on, technology consistently improves. Home-heating has evolved from simple wood burning to advanced furnace systems. However, many homes have out-dated furnaces, making the efficiency of the system and comfort of your home poor. Newer furnace system models have comfort-enhancing features that provide you with the quality you are entitled to at the max efficiency. Today, furnaces have a variety of improvements compared to older models, including the following:

Variable-speed technology

Many of today’s natural gas furnaces have variable-speed blower motors, which will adjust the speed of the air being blown to provide your home with the comfort you desire. This feature grants high quality air flow, eliminating hot and cold spots in your home.

Multiple stages of operation

Older furnace models operate in only two stages, 100% capacity and turned off. Newer models have tha ability to function in multiple stages. This will not only save you money, but will also meet your comfort needs.

Blower delay

Old furnace models are poor quality due to the lack of blower delay. Older models tend to blast cold air once the furnace turns on. However, investing in a newer model with blower delay will prevent this from happening again.

To learn more about the technological improvements of furnaces, contact Leith HVAC today.

How To Save Money With Your Energy Use

How To Save Money With Your Energy Use

As the Midwest suffered a polar vortex this past week, your monthly utility bill has probably increased. While it is inconvenient for your bill to go up, there are many ways you can save money with your energy use. Leith HVAC is here to guide you in saving money on your monthly statements with these small adjustments:

  • Change the filter in your furnace
  • Ensure there are no holes in your doors or windows
  • Keep your vents open
  • Turn lights off when not in use
  • Use high-efficiency light-bulbs
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Take shorter/cooler showers

Here are some things you should avoid while trying to save money during winter:

  • Avoid changing the thermostat frequently
  • Do not use supplemental heating devices other than your furnace
  • Avoid taking long showers
  • Do not suddenly change your HVAC system from “AC” to “Heat”

For more information or any questions about how to save money with your energy use, contact Leith HVAC today.

Winterizing Your HVAC System

Winterizing Your HVAC System

As Winter Storm Harper moves towards the Chicagoland area, it is important to be prepared for the winter weather. From chilling temperatures to excessive snowfall, it is essential to ensure your furnace is working at its top efficiency. Here are 5 maintenance tips that will guarantee a warm and cozy winter season.

Clean your air vents:

To prevent blockage, it is helpful to clean your air vents as you are cleaning the rest of your house. You should be doing this every time you vacuum your home to ensure there is no air blockage to prevent poor air quality. There are times where your air ducts may be too difficult to clean on your own, which is why Leith HVAC is here to help!

Replace your air filter:

Over the years, your air filter may become dirty. This is not only a danger to air quality, but will also increase your home energy bills. It is crucial to get this replaced at the start of the cooling season and to check regularly every month.

Control your thermostat:

One of the most important things to check off your list is ensuring your thermostat is functioning properly. Replace the batteries of your thermostat at the start of every new season. It is highly recommended to invest in a programmable thermostat which will set the thermostat at the highest efficiency for your comfort.

Check your insulation:

Even though it does not directly tie to your HVAC system, having enough insulation in your home will guarantee the most comfort. It is recommended to get your insulation checked by one of our service providers to give you a warm and cozy winter season.

Get your winter inspection:

At Leith HVAC, our heating inspections are done with care and ease. Our HVAC technician will not only examine your system for any concerns, but will also optimize your furnace to give you warmth and save you money.

For more information or any questions about winterizing your HVAC system, contact Leith HVAC today.

Is Your Home Having Trouble With Airflow?

Is Your Home Having Trouble With Airflow?

With the freezing winter temperatures keeping you inside, it is essential to ensure your indoor temperature is comfortable for you. One of the biggest issues during the winter months is indoor airflow. If your HVAC system cannot access and condition of your airflow, then you may be paying more for your electric bills than you need to. There are many factors that may cause poor airflow such as the following:

  • Collapsed ductwork
  • Debris on your outdoor condenser
  • Dirty vents/registers/furnace filters

There are many issues poor airflow can cause including:

  • Weak air stream
  • Poor air quality
  • Inefficiency
  • Higher costs

To ensure your system is receiving proper airflow, here are some things you can do:

  • Have your ductwork inspected annually
  • Replace your furnace filter consistently

For more information or any questions about your home’s airflow, contact Leith HVAC today.

Tips To Protect Your HVAC System While Celebrating The Holidays

Tips To Protect Your HVAC System While Celebrating The Holidays

While it may be tempting for some to decorate all areas of their home, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure your HVAC system is not disrupted and your home is producing heat at its maximum capacity. Leith HVAC is here to keep you, your home, and your wallet happy this holiday season with these effective tips:

Avoid covering vents

Covering vents with decorative items may seem tempting at the time, however, it will not only decrease the amount of heat traveling throughout your home, but it also poses as a fire hazard.

Don’t place heating sources near your thermostat

In order to avoid inaccurate thermostat readings, it is crucial to not place any type of heating source near your thermostat, especially holiday lights. This can cause your HVAC system to blow out cool air or turn off completely due to the false readings.

Ensure there are no cracks in doors or windows

With holiday parties happening more and more as the days go by, guests are going to be coming in and out of your door. It is essential to ensure your door is shut fully so no heat escapes and no cold air interferes with your HVAC system.

Get a check-up for your HVAC system

It is always a wise decision to get a regular maintenance check-up for your HVAC system. This will guarantee your home is ready for the cold weather and holiday festivities.

For more information or any questions about tips to protect your HVAC system while celebrating the holidays, contact Leith HVAC today.

Alternative Heating Methods For Your Home

Alternative Heating Methods For Your Home

During the cold winter months, it is crucial to guarantee your home is heated properly to ensure your pipes don’t freeze and you are comfortable with the temperature. While your home heating system is the best way to assure your home is at the most comfortable temperature, it may not always be available. This is why it is essential to have alternatives for your home heating, including the following:

Fireplace:

While it may seem too classical, sitting next to a warm fireplace will not only give you comforting heat, but it will also set a festive environment. On top of all of this, it is the best way to conserve heating energy. Here are some tips to stay safe while staying comfortable with a fireplace:

  • Open and close the damper while in use.
  • Keep flammable belongings away from the fire while in use.
  • Ensure all other heating sources are minimized to save heating energy.

Space Heaters:

Space heaters have become one of the most common ways for alternative heating. While it is important to have proper safety while using a space heater, they are a great way to heat up your home using a variety of fuel sources. Here are some tips to stay safe while staying warm with a space heater:

  • Ensure your flammable belongings are away from the heating source while in use.
  • Keep an eye on the device every so often.
  • Depending on the fuel source, an electric-powered device may overheat so it is crucial to avoid keeping them for too long.

For more information or any questions about alternative heating methods for your home, contact Leith HVAC today.

Installing An Effective HVAC System For Your Business

Installing An Effective HVAC System For Your Business

While the weather around us is changing frequently, it is essential to have an effective HVAC system for your commercial property. As a business owner, you want your staff and customers to feel comfortable no matter the temperature outside. Here are the best tips when it comes to having an effectual HVAC system for your commercial space:

Building’s Layout:

Did you know that the way your building was constructed will affect your HVAC system? From the commercial space being built without much insulation to the thickness of your window panes preventing air from going through them, this all is taken into consideration for the custom creation of your commercial HVAC system.

Placement of HVAC System:

For nearly all business-owners, it is important to be as efficient as possible and spend money where it’s needed. Having individual HVAC units in each room of your commercial space will save money for electric bills. It is also a great benefit to have central heat and air conditioning, which spreads the air evenly throughout each room.

Intelligent Thermostats:

Once your HVAC System is installed, it is essential to have a smart thermostat that can document if a room is too warm or too cold. In addition to this, having the ability to change the temperature of a room with your smartphone will make life in your commercial space easier.

For more information or any questions about having an effective HVAC system for your business, contact Leith Heating and Cooling today.