dryer vent cleaning

Keep It Clean: A Guide to Dryer Vent Cleaning

You might not think of your dryer as a safety hazard, but it can pose a serious threat in the wrong circumstances.

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that close to 3,000 fires annually are linked to clothes dryers. Of these, a failure to carry out regular dryer vent cleaning is to blame for 34% of cases.

If you’ve never cleaned a dryer vent before, or if you’re overdue for a cleaning and need a refresher, consider this a wake-up call. Here’s how to clean your dryer vent to ensure your family’s safety:

1. Unplug Your Dryer

To avoid a nasty shock, make sure to unplug your dryer from its wall outlet before you get started. If your appliance is gas-powered, turn off its gas valve instead.

2. Move the Dryer Away From the Wall

With help, move the unit away from the wall. Once you have room to get around the back, locate the vent duct and disconnect it from the back of the dryer.

3. Clean Off the Lint

For this step, make sure you’re using the right equipment. If you’re going to do this job right, it’s worth investing in a tool designed to help.

A quality dryer vent cleaning kit helps remove the tiny fibers clinging to the duct, and most come with handy attachments that attach to the end of your vacuum cleaner. You can find one online or at most home improvement stores.

To clean off lint, you’ll want to move the brush in circles through the vent pipe, dryer opening, and wall piping. Think of it as the DIY version of HVAC duct cleaning: you want to remove anything attached to the walls of the pipe.

As you clean, make sure to avoid bending the duct too much, as cracks and crevices will become breeding grounds for more lint accumulation in the future. You should also inspect the duct for any signs of wear or damage, which you’ll want to patch up.

While you’re cleaning, take time for a little extra dryer maintenance and clear the dust from other areas as well. This includes your moisture sensor—which helps your dryer function and may appear as a thin metal bar under the door.

As a last step, you can also remove the vent cover from the outside of your home to clean it as well. Not all homeowners have a removable cover, but you can at least remove dust, dirt, or debris.

If your dryer has a complicated or lengthy vent, basic equipment may not be enough. When you’re worried your DIY tools aren’t enough to handle the job, call for a dryer cleaning team for peace of mind.

4. Reattach the Duct

Reattach the duct to the wall and the dryer unit with the proper screws or clips. You can also use aluminum tape as needed rather than duct tape, as the latter can become a sticky mess with the dryer’s heat.

Return the dryer to its normal position, and turn the electricity or gas back on.

5. Repeat

Just as you expect to do seasonal preventative maintenance on your HVAC, the average homeowner should clean their dryer vent every six months to a year. However, if you have a large household that goes through a lot of laundry, you may want to come back more often, just to be safe.

Add Dryer Vent Cleaning to Your Home Checklist

While it’s easy to overlook the humble clothes dryer, dryer vent cleaning is a critical item to add to your home maintenance checklist. Not only can this make your dryer more efficient (and save your wallet from high utility bills), but it can also ensure the safety of your home. Don’t skip your regular cleanings!

If you're looking for professional cleaning services, we can tackle the job. Our team has experience helping you handle all of your heating and cooling needs, and we'd be happy to bundle this service with duct cleaning or annual maintenance! Contact us to learn more.


employment application

LCS Heating and Cooling, LLC is currently accepting resumes for the position of: HVAC Maintenance Technician. Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year experience troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining HVAC equipment. Candidates must also live in Indianapolis or the immediate surrounding areas.

 

Why LCS?

We are a team. That means we work together to reach goals, we help each other and we encourage each other. We take our work very seriously but we also like to have fun! We believe in what we do, value our skills and care about our customers.  We are growing and can't wait to add to our amazing team!

 

Job Responsibilities/Skills include but are not limited to:

  • Independently follow daily schedule of calls using company software
  • Perform annual maintenance tune-ups on residential and light commercial HVAC equipment. Examples include furnaces, air handlers, heat pumps, air conditioners, RTU’s, mini-splits and humidifiers.
  • Accurately complete customer invoices using company software
  • Accurately complete daily follow-ups with the office using company software
  • Rotate in On-Call Schedule (if applicable)

Other Qualifications:

  • Honesty & Integrity is a must
  • Able to independently manage time
  • Reliable and Prompt
  • Willing to learn. Able to adapt. Not afraid to ask for help!
  • Professional, courteous and pleasant with customers and co-workers
  • Team Player!
  • Must have current driver’s license
  • Must pass drug test & background check
  • Candidates must have own tools

Employee Benefits & Perks:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Take Home Vehicle
  • Service Phone & Tablet
  • Company Uniforms
  • Health Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Tool Account
  • Bonus Incentives
  • Company Events & Outings

Please contact us through Facebook for more information or email your resume to gretchen@LCSheatingandcooling.com to apply!

employment application

LCS Heating and Cooling, LLC is currently accepting resumes for the position of: HVAC Service Technician. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years experience troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining HVAC equipment. Candidates must also live in Indianapolis or the immediate surrounding areas.

 

Why LCS?

We are a team. That means we work together to reach goals, we help each other and we encourage each other. We take our work very seriously but we also like to have fun! We believe in what we do, value our skills and care about our customers.  We are growing and can't wait to add to our amazing team!

 

Job Responsibilities/Skills include but are not limited to:

  • Independently follow daily schedule of calls using company software
  • Accurately troubleshoot & diagnose residential and light commercial HVAC equipment. Examples include furnaces, air handlers, heat pumps, air conditioners, RTU’s, mini-splits and humidifiers.
  • Experience with boilers and geothermal is not required, but would be a plus.
  • Accurately complete customer invoices using company software
  • Accurately complete daily follow-ups with the office using company software
  • Rotate in On-Call Schedule

Other Qualifications:

  • Honesty & Integrity is a must
  • Able to independently manage time
  • Reliable and Prompt
  • Willing to learn. Able to adapt. Not afraid to ask for help!
  • Professional, courteous and pleasant with customers and co-workers
  • Team Player!
  • Must have current driver’s license
  • Must pass drug test and background check
  • Candidates must have own tools

Employee Benefits & Perks:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Take Home Vehicle
  • Service Phone & Tablet
  • Company Uniform
  • Health Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Tool Account
  • Bonus Incentives
  • Company Events & Outings

Please contact us through Facebook for more information or email your resume to gretchen@LCSheatingandcooling.com to apply!

christmas tree

It’s pretty tricky to narrow our top local hangouts, but we’ve done our best for the 2017 holiday season! There’s a lot to love about Indianapolis. When you want somewhere fun to take your out-of-town guests, be sure to put these restaurants, shops, and activities on your short-list.

Our Favorite Restaurants around Indianapolis

Go ahead—give yourself a break from cooking. These local restaurants are sure to hit the spot. (We even included a place you can hit up for breakfast!)

 

Fire by the Monon

We love the cozy vibe at Fire by the Monon, and their menu is great year-round. The winter season is especially yummy because they’re big on comfort food. Just make sure you save room for those desserts made by the owner’s wife. So yummy!

 

Wolfies Grill in Fishers

This restaurant has multiple locations around the Indy-area, but our favorite by far is the Wolfies Grill in Fishers. They’re our go-to Chicago Bears bar. Great food, great people, and the Bears game always has sound. What else could you want?

 

Ruth’s Café

A unique breakfast menu and fun atmosphere make Ruth’s Café a real winner. Plus, it’s conveniently located off 86th street by the Keystone Fashion Mall. They always have quirky mugs to drink from, which makes every visit a little different.

 

Provision

This is a new restaurant from CRG—the owners of Bru Burger, Mesh, Vida, Union 50, and more. Provision is a perfect spot for your next date night. It’s also just a sweet space to relax after a long week. For the holiday season, gift certificates are now spend $50, get a $10 bonus card. They’ve got excellent food and must-try desserts. (Renee’s fav is the Peanut Butter Bombe.) Did we mention that Travis’s brother is the chef? Go check them out!

 

Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Indy

If you want to add a unique touch to your gift-giving, swing by these local shops. They’ll be able to hook you up with thoughtful items for everyone on your nice list.

 

Rusted Moon Outfitters

For anyone seeking adventure, Rusted Moon is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear. Their knowledgeable staff can always steer you in the right direction. They have a pet-friendly location, cozy outdoor fire pit, and even offer kayak lessons. (Great gift idea, right?)

 

Silver in the City

Honestly, this shop should be on every Indianapolis gift guide. Located on quirky Mass Ave, Silver in the City is a delightful and eclectic shop full of pretty jewelry, housewares, bags, and more. Since everything here is fun and unique, it’s easy to find something special.

 

Gallery 116

If you want to support local art, visit Gallery 116 in Fishers, Indiana. Their shop features more than 50 local and regional makers. You can shop online or visit in person. They’re open daily and offer complimentary gift wrap so all of your presents can be fuss-free.

 

Family Fun around Indiana in Winter

Whether you’ve got little kiddos in your family or not, all ages are welcome with these Indiana traditions. If you want to get out and celebrate the season, any one of these winter activities would be a hit.

 

Pokagon State Park

Take a day-trip to Pokagon State Park for their winter Toboggan Run. Located in northern Indiana near Angola, the run is open (with or without snow) from November 24 to February 25.

 

Perfect North Slopes

To get a little more action, check out Perfect North Slopes. You can go skiing, snowboarding, and even snow tubing just 90 minutes southeast of Indy! First timers are always welcome.

 

Christmas at the Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo lights up at night with their annual Christmas at the Zoo festival. Guests can visit some of their favorite animals after dark and enjoy a true winter spectacle.

 

Indiana Sports Teams

Plan a night to support the local team. Indy Fuel Hockey and the Indiana Pacers have a packed schedule for the season. Why not grab some tickets to cheer them on?

 

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

New for 2017, the Carmel Christkindlmarkt is sure to be a winter family favorite. Here you can enjoy delicious German food, ice skating, and dozens of festive holiday booths.

 

Winterlights at Newfields

The Indianapolis Museum of Arts is now Newfields, a place for nature and the arts! Now through January 7th, their grounds are filled with “whimsy trees” and stunning holiday lights in the Winterlights display.

 

Santa Hustle Indy 5K & Half Marathon

Before you tuck into a plate of cookies and hot cocoa, consider joining the Santa Hustle! It’s the ultimate fun-run for the season, and they’re known to throw an awesome after-party.

 

From all of here at LCS Heating & Cooling, we hope you have a very merry holiday season! Get out and enjoy all that Indy has to offer. There’s a lot to love about our community, and we’re so glad to share it with you!

employment application

LCS Heating and Cooling, LLC is currently accepting resumes for a Lead Installer position. A minimum of 5 years experience installing furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps in residential settings is required. Applicants must also live in Indianapolis or immediate surrounding areas.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Accurately and efficiently install furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, humidifiers, ductwork and smart thermostats in residential settings. Light commercial experience is a plus but not required.
  • Complete invoices and collect customer payment.
  • Communicate with customer, install manager and LCS office
  • Effectively able to delegate tasks on the job to install helper
  • Keep van stocked and clean

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must feel comfortable climbing a ladder
  • Applicants must be able to safely lift at least 75 pounds
  • Applicants must be willing and able to learn company software
  • Must be reliable and able to work some Saturdays during busy seasons
  • Applicants must have a clean driving record and background check

Applicants must want to be a part of a team! We are currently a team that works well together and can count on one another. We're looking for people who want that in a company and in their co-workers. A positive attitude, great sense of humor, interest in longevity and high levels of integrity and honesty are a must!

Benefits:

  • Competitive Hourly Wage
  • Paid Holidays
  • PTO
  • Health Insurance
  • Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Tool Account
  • Bonus Opportunities
  • Opportunities to learn/perform annual maintenance are available
  • Opportunity to rotate on-call with company vehicle to drive home is available
frozen grapes hanging from a tree

When the forecast calls for freezing temperatures and snow, we get a lot of homeowners in the Indianapolis area wondering if they need to winterize their outdoor AC units. The quick answer is this: You really don’t.

Top 3 Myths for AC Winterization

Most people think they need to winterize their AC unit, but you’re actually better off just doing a quick check around their unit. Remove those piles of leaves, check for any obvious damage, and you’re pretty much good to go until spring.

Tip 1: It’s okay to leave the AC power on.

There are lots of AC winterization tips online that talk about turning the unit’s power off. Usually this isn’t even necessary. You might want to take this step if you already know how to disconnect the power—but don’t worry about it if you’re unsure. The only thing it does is keep your unit from kicking on during those unexpected warm days in winter. For the average homeowner, it’s totally fine to keep the AC power on in winter.

Tip 2: You don’t have to clear the snow around your AC unit.

Sometimes cleaning up your AC unit’s area is more trouble than it’s worth. Too many well-meaning homeowners have actually damaged their unit while trying to protect it. This tends to happen when clearing off snow or ice with a shovel, which can accidentally break wires. The same thing happens when weedeaters get too close to the AC unit in the warmer months.

Of course, it’s important to take this winterization tip with a grain of salt. You obviously don’t want a bush growing right into your AC unit. If plants are crowding your unit, take care when you trim them back. Clearing leaves and smaller twigs is also a smart move. Winter winds can blow them into your unit, and the freezing temperatures, snow, and slush can end up trapping the debris. You want to make sure your unit is free from any materials when you turn it back on in the spring. A quick sweep around the AC unit should be all you need before the big snowfalls hit.

Tip 3: There’s no reason to have an AC cover—unless you like the look.

Using a cover for your AC unit isn’t necessary for winterization, but some people still prefer to use it. At LCS, we’re happy to install covers for customers who request them. Some people just like how the cover looks. Others like to use covers because they help keep leaves and debris out. Just note: Heat pumps should never be covered. Because those types of units work year-round, homes with heat pumps usually keep them running throughout the colder months.

What’s more important is that you just check all around your unit to make sure you don’t see any visible damage. Any cracks and breaks in the unit can worsen when temperatures drop. Fixing those issues now can help ensure that your unit will be in good working order when you’re ready to use it again. That way, you’ll be all set for every season!

If you happen to need any HVAC repairs in the Indianapolis area, the LCS Heating & Cooling experts are here to help! Just call (317) 238-3961 for year-round assistance on all your HVAC repairs, installs, and questions.

employment application

LCS Heating and Cooling, LLC is currently accepting applications for the position of: Experienced Service Technician. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years experience troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining HVAC equipment. Candidates must also live in Indianapolis or the immediate surrounding areas.
Job Responsibilities/Skills include but are not limited to:

  • Independently follow daily schedule of calls using company software
  • Perform annual maintenance tune-ups on residential and light commercial HVAC equipment. Examples include furnaces, air handlers, heat pumps, air conditioners, RTU's, mini-splits and humidifiers.
  • Properly diagnose and repair residential and light commercial HVAC equipment (as stated above)
  • Accurately complete customer invoices
  • Accurately complete daily follow-ups with the office
  • Rotate in On-Call Schedule

Other Requirements:

  • Able to independently manage time
  • Reliable and prompt
  • Candidates must have own tools
  • Professional, courteous and pleasant with customers and co-workers
  • Team Player!
  • Must have current driver’s license

Employee Benefits

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Take Home Vehicle
  • Service Phone & Tablet
  • Health Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Tool Account
  • Bonus Incentives

Please contact us through Facebook for more information or to apply!

employment application

LCS Heating and Cooling, LLC is currently accepting resumes for the position of Customer Service Professional in our office.  The HVAC industry can be a fast paced environment so we are looking for individuals who have a high level of organizational skills, enjoy talking to customers and love being part of a team.  Prior experience in the HVAC industry is not a requirement.  Please apply if you feel you'd be a great fit based on the descriptions listed below:

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones
  • Answering customer questions
  • Scheduling a variety of types of appointments
  • Working in a software program
  • Communicating with customers and vendors by phone and email
  • Follow-up on customer proposals
  • Managing spreadsheets
  • Attending and participating in team meetings
  • Managing installs, permits, rebate paperwork

Other Preferred Skills

  • Strong phone skills
  • Able to effectively manage email
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent note-taking and follow-up skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)

Other Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Strong attendance record
  • Reliability & Timeliness
  • Respect toward co-workers and customers
  • Team player
  • Clean driving record
  • Clean drug test
  • Clean background check

LCS Benefits

  • Hourly wage based on experience
  • Direct Deposit
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement

Please submit your resume today to: renee@LCSheatingandcooling.com

cutting board with burger and fries

Summer here in Indy means heat, humidity, and some good ol’ fashioned sunshine. While we’re quite fond of a strong AC unit, there are plenty of other ways to beat the summer heat around Indianapolis.

Before you decide to stay indoors and dial down the thermostat, check out some of these favorite local venues. Our picks for 2016 have something for everyone. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, find a great shopping deal, or sip on a great local brew, we’ve got the summer itinerary you need to keep cool around town.

Best Outdoor Activities:

Sahm Park & Aquatic Center in Castleton

Probably the easiest way to lower your core body temp is to take a nice dip in the pool. We love Sahm’s Park because it’s convenient to get to and has plenty of space for relaxing. Open swimming, water slides, and other water spray features can help you stay chill on the sunniest of days.

Rusted Moon Outfitters in Broad Ripple

If you want a quieter scene and want to soak up some nature, be sure to check out Rusted Moon Outfitters this summer. They’re the local, one-stop shop for everything outdoors! You can even rent a paddleboard or kayak and then head over to the White River just down the road. If you start working up a sweat while paddling, it’s easy to cool off with a quick splash of water.

Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence

Maybe shade is what you’re after? The trails at Ft. Ben can help you take cover. We like to take our pups hiking at this state park because their paths are fairly short and easy to follow. (Just don’t forget your doggie bag and a collapsible water bowl for them.)

Best Shopping:

BluePeppermint Boutique in Fishers

Some days are just too hot and stuffy to enjoy the outdoors. When that happens, consider getting out of the house for an afternoon shopping spree. That way, you still get a change of scenery, but you don’t have to sacrifice the AC. Located in a cute green house, BluePeppermint Boutique has a great collection of whimsy-chic clothing and accessories. We always find something fun!

Silver in the City on Mass Ave

There’s even more to love with local shopping at Silver in the City. This gift shop has some uniquely classy jewelry and loads of quirky items for anyone with a good sense of humor. Use your free time in July to get holiday shopping done early—who cares if it’s six months away? You might even find something special for yourself. (Also note: BRU Burger Bar is just around the corner. They've got a nice, big patio and unbelievable burgers!)

Dottie Couture Boutique at Keystone

There’s even more fashion trends at Dottie Couture Boutique to browse. They’re really good about keeping stocked with new styles and shipments, and the prices are great too. With other locations in Fishers and Greenwood, this is an excellent place to put on your list. A new dress for summer can help you cool off. It’s all about dressing for the season, right?

Best Food & Drink:

Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream on 79th and Fall Creek Road

Sure, getting an ice cream cone is one of the most obvious ways to “beat the heat,” but if you haven’t had Sundae’s yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Over 30 years of ice cream crafting make them one of Indy’s best-loved venues. (A couple of our favorite flavors are Peanut Butter Pie and Sundaes Trax. Also love the Reese's Mountain Sundae!)

Fire by the Monon in Broad Ripple

Fire by the Monon is just a half block off its namesake trail, so it’s easy to stop in and treat yourself to a drink or some dessert after a warm afternoon stroll. They have plenty of craft beers on tap, but we like to go because they have a great “Monon Mule.” So refreshing! (And even cooler—The owner's wife even makes some of their scrumptious sweet-tooth offerings herself.)

Blind Owl Brewery off 62nd and Binford Boulevard

On mild nights we definitely recommend hanging out at Blind Owl. It’s a family-friendly bar and restaurant with a great patio space for outdoor games. Nothing quite says Indiana summertime like a game of corn hole! There’s also bocce ball, so be sure to bring your game-face.

Alibi’s Bar & Grill at Shadeland Station

After a long day at work, we think of Alibi’s as our local “Cheers” bar. Great company and awesome food—just what you want on a hot day. Plus they’ve got the best cheesy bread and pizza around. Try their BBQ Chicken. They make it with smoked Gouda and the flavor is perfect for both winter and summer. Yum!

 

What do you think of our 2016 list? Did we include some of your own local Indy favorites? Check these places out and leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!