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Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

B.111 Tankless vs. Traditional

Many are well aware of a conventional water heater but did you know that there are now options when it comes to the hot water flow in your home. A trending water heater is a tankless option!  These water heaters heat water directly on demand as it flows through your pipes.  There are many benefits to choosing a tankless water heater as well as a few cons to take into account when deciding if a tankless option is right for you!

When it may be a pro:
1. More efficient: Tankless water heaters are much more efficient compared to conventional water heaters. Because it does not have to frequently re-heat stored water, less energy is used! There also energy-saving features specific to various models.
2. It’s compact: Tankless water heaters are more compact than conventional. This is a pro because it is more visually appealing when comparing how either look in your living space. By having a tankless option you can also free up additional storage space that a conventional water heater would use.
3. Longevity: When properly maintained a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years
4. Increased home value: When it comes time to sell your home, a home with a tankless water heater will have a leg up on the competition

When it may be a con:
1. Higher upfront: Compared to a conventional option, tankless water heaters have a higher upfront cost. Because the installation of a tankless is not a DIY project and requires more skill, the installation cost may be higher. Although the upfront costs are higher don’t forget about how much energy you’ll be saving over the long run.
2. Some outpace: There are some conventional models that may outpace a tankless water heater. If you have a family with a lot of members wanting to shower in a shorter time frame you might notice a difference here for the water heater providing enough hot water.
3. Location location location: Depending on the location of the faucet to the water heater, it may take slightly longer for hot water to make it to the faucet in use. Because of this slight delay you may experience more water waste.

As in every situation there are pros and cons to take into account. When determining if a tankless option is right for your home it is important to know how each factor will affect your specific home and family’s needs. If you would like further information feel free to give us a call at (618) B-E-L-O-M-A-N or visit our website here.  We would love to help you today!  For any HVAC or plumbing repairs, installations, indoor air quality, sheet metal/fabrication or pest solution help give us a call.  Like always, the #BELOMAN is here to save the day! BELIEVE IN THE BELOMAN WAY! We’re the only HVAC and plumbing company in the Metro East to receive the 2016 Better Business Bureau TORCH Award.  The award honors excellent commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

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How To: Solve Uneven Cooling Issues in Your Home

B.110 Uneven Cooling

Is your home suffering from uneven cooling? No worries–you’re not alone! Over time, there are several factors in your home that can lead your system to unevenly cool your home.  System aging, ductwork problems as well as dirty filters are all factors that may disallow certain areas of your home from feeling comfortable. BELOMAN is here to let you know that there are a few ways you can help and take control of the situation in your home.

  1. Check Your Air Vents: if air vents in your room are blocked with furniture this can prevent air from properly circulating into the living space. Check to make sure that your vents are open. Your system and ductwork were created for each other to allow balanced air flow to circulate evenly through your home. By blocking vents you are disallowing air from entering that space and could be causing stress to your system.
  2. Check Your Air Ducts For Leaks: sometimes air can begin to leak from your ducts and prevent airflow from going to the areas of your home where it needs to be. Leaks in your duct work can cause stress to your system by causing it to work hard to compensate for the missing air. A professional at BELOMAN can examine the duct work in your home to solve the problem.
  3. Check Your Fan Settings On Your Thermostat: if you take a look at your thermostat you’ll find a setting to switch your fan from either “auto” or “on”. “Auto” will turn the fan on only when the system is calling for cool air. On the other hand, “On” will keep your fan on to circulate air even after the A/C goes off. This will better circulate air in your home to help in evening out temperatures to the different levels of your home. Keeping your fan set to “On” may add a slight increase to your electricity bill.
  4. Check Your Attic For Proper Insulation: if your attic lacks proper insulation your home will have a more difficult time keeping the cool air in the desired area. This could very well be the culprit of the temperature difference from the first level in your home and the second level if you have already checked #1, #2, and #3.
  5. Use a Zoning System: one of the most efficient ways to deal with uneven cooling in your home can require an investment on your end. A zoning system will allow you to have full control over the temperatures in zoned areas of your home. An HVAC professional will be able to evaluate your current situation to determine the best zoning for your specific zone based on layout or frequently lived in areas.

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How, When & Why to Change Your Filter

B.109 How When Why Filter

How? When? Why? These are all great questions you may have when it comes to changing your furnace filter. To help—the BEL-O Man is here to answer your questions!

HOW: Locate the filter door on your furnace, remove the old filter and make sure you purchase the same exact size to replace.  When you remove the filter, pay attention to the arrow markings telling you which way the filter goes.  These arrows will help guide you placing the new filter in.  Once you’ve removed the old filter and slid the new filter in you can then replace the filter door and dispose the old dirty filter. A good trick we recommend is writing the date you inserted the filter on it so that you can remember how long that filter has been inside.

WHEN: When it comes to the ‘When?” question this usually varies depending on your specific situation.  It’s generally a good idea to check monthly since there are several factors that play a role in the cleanliness of your filter.  Pets, dust, and construction can all play a role in how often you’ll need to change it.  Depending on your current situation you may be able to withhold from changing your filter every three to six months.

WHY: Airflow, system performance, and air quality of course!  If you leave a clogged filter in for too long it will block proper airflow from circulating through your home.  Failing to change your filter can also alter the performance of your HVAC system causing it to work hard and adding more unneeded stress.  Finally, air quality—by changing your filter you are allowing the proper amount of airflow to go through and trap unwanted particles from entering the breathing space of your family’s home.

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4 Indicators of Poor IAQ

B.108 4 Signs of Poor IAQ

Often times the quality of the air in our home is something overlooked; however, with the risk that the inside air can be more contaminated than the outside air it’s definitely something to be tuned in to. Even though you may not have recently had construction done to your home stirring up all kind of dust and debris, your indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than the air outdoors.  In order to ensure your family is breathing fresh clean air in the comfort of your own home an indoor air quality expert can perform an analysis of your home to put you at ease.  There are also a few signs to keep in mind and keep an eye out for when It comes to poor IAQ:

  1. Is the Airflow in your Home Consistent?: If there are certain areas of your home that are not seeing an even airflow from the rest of the home, this could be an indicator that the quality of air in that certain space is poor. Without proper ventilation the old air will be stuck in the area and new fresh air won’t be able to cycle in.
  2. How Are Your Allergies?: Have you noticed that your allergies flare up more when you’re specifically at home? If you’re finding yourself sneezing and coughing more in your home, this could be a good indicator that contaminants are trapped causing your allergies to flare up when at home.
  3. Have You Check Out What’s Going on Around You?: If there is construction nearby occurring this can definitely stir up dust and debris causing the air indoors to be more contaminated. Was there recently a large release of chemicals from a cleaning crew, painting job or rodent spray that could be making the problem escalate?
  4. Do You Smell Something Odd, But Can’t Find Its Source?: If there is an odd odor that you just can’t seem to track down it could possibly be due to contaminants in the air, a dirty filter, or a humidity buildup. This could be a sign that the air in your home is not up to par.

If you would like an indoor air quality analysis performed on your home just call the BELOMAN to talk with an indoor air quality expert!

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Is Your Toilet Paper Clogging Your Toilet?

B.107 Plumbing Toilet Paper

Strong and soft may be good for your derriere; however, it could be wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. The softest, most visual appealing papers with patterns and printed designs take longer to break down.  If your plumbing system is on the older side it could lead to clogging or sewer backups.  To avoid causing stress to your plumbing system there’s a few things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect toilet paper!

Thick pros:
-Because the paper is thicker you can use fewer squares which may make the thicker ply less expensive depending on your use
-Thicker toilet paper = softer and more comfortable to use
– Depending on the brand, you can shop for eco-friendly options made from 100% recycled fibers

Thin pros:
-1 ply paper is typically less expensive per sheet
-Technological advances have made 1 PLY toilet paper softer and more absorbent over time
-Less paper per sheet means less trees being cut down to produce the roll.

 If your plumbing leads to a private septic tank you must be clued in on the type of paper you use for your system.
-Avoid brands which have softening additives making the paper more difficult to break down
-Save money and take less risks by sticking with 1 ply paper
-Keep an eye out for “rapid dissolving” key words on the product label
-Choose an eco-friendly option made of recycled fibers which will be less harmful on your plumbing system
-Always remember to never flush other paper products down your toilet as these items will not break down in the septic tank and can cause disastrous clogs in your toilet

When it really comes down to it, it’s all about finding that balance between comfort softness, the level of dissolvability your toilet can handle and your personal desired use of toilet paper wad!  Everyone is different so you may need to go through a little trial and error.

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Common Problems During Peak AC Season

B.106 Peak AC Probs

While there is a long list of different problems that may arise with your air conditioner, and need to be looked at by a professional, there is also a short list of the most common problems that may arise in peak AC season. Knowing a few of the most common problems can help you to better prepare when the discussion comes up with your technician to resolve the problem. Here’s a list of 5 common AC problems during peak AC season that may trigger you to pick up the phone and dial B-E-L-O-M-A-N:

“The electrical components failed”: faulty wiring with your AC unit can be a possible fire hazard and cause your unit to not perform as it should.  If you are experiencing an electrical issue it’s best precautions to contact a qualified electrician.

“The air isn’t cool”: if your AC is not cooling like you think it should be it could mean your system is experiencing a leak and you are low on Freon.  A professional will be able to check for leaks to repair the issue and recharge the unit.

“The fan isn’t turning on”: if the fan on your outside unit isn’t performing correctly, proper heat transfer cannot take place which can cause the compressor to overheat

“It’s just not working”: a completely dysfunctional unit could mean something as little as a thermostat issue but it should definitely be addressed by a professional to determine the exact problem at hand

“I have frost on my unit”: if you go outside to check your unit and see it has become frozen it could be a filter, ductwork, or refrigerant problem.  In order for a technician to repair the problem you’ll need to allow the unit some time to thaw.

The best advice to avoid problems during peak AC season leaving you feeling aggravated and hot is to participate in a preventative maintenance program. When you join our Discount Club Membership you’ll be in a club of benefits!

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Unclog Your Sink in 5 Easy Steps

B.105 Unclog Sink in 5 Steps

If you’ve ever found yourself hurrying to get ready and out the door, but suddenly as you’re at the sink to wash your hands or brush your teeth, it decides to not drain–you know how big of a pain it can be!  To avoid that little porcelain bowl from ruining your day there are 5 easy step you can take to quickly unclog your sink!

Steps:
1. Disconnect the sink stopper: The most common problem for sink clogs is due to gunk around the stopper.  In order to check this area out, you must first disconnect it.  Under the sink you’ll find a metal strip with holes in in that you’ll need to unscrew and pull the rod out of the pop-up assembly to disconnect it from the stopper.
2. Remove and clean the sink stopper
: After you can assure that the stopper is disconnected you can now lift the stopper out of the drain and clean away all of the gunk stuck to it.
3. Snake the drain: If you still see gunk down the drain once you’ve cleaned the stopper you may need to snake the drain.  This will help grab onto any obstructions in its path that is clogging the pathway for water to drain.
4. Reinstall the sink stopper: Once completing steps 1-3 you can now reinstall the sink stopper and check the flow of water down the drain.  If everything is properly draining you’re back in business!  If you’re still having issues with the sink draining, there’s another place to check…
5. Check the p-trap: The p-trap is the elbow part of the piping under your sink.  Place the bucket underneath it and unscrew the connectors holding it in place, dump the water and gunk from the elbow into the bucket and reattach it.
If steps 1-5 don’t go as planed you can always call the BELOMAN!  A trained and courteous plumber at BELOMAN can handle the job!

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