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Help! My House Isn’t Cooling Evenly!

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If you found that our blog last week pertained to your home then this week’s blog will be right up your alley!  If you are finding that your temperatures are fluctuating from room to room you may want to look into Zone Control System.  What is a Zone Control System and how does it work?  We’re here to help!

What is a Zone Control System?: A Zone Control System is a way for you to allow specific areas of your home or office to have their own thermostat.  These kinds of systems are the most efficient method to keep your home comfortable and save money.

How Does It Work?: In order for your home or office to experience a Zone Control System, individual thermostats will be connected to a central panel.  This central panel will then control your ducts, dampers and the cooling or heating path to the different zones of your choice.  Zones can be used for a single room, 2 or more rooms and even an entire floor!  Research from the U.S. Energy Department finds that Zone Control Systems can save homeowners up to 30% on a typical heating or cooling bill!

All in all, if you’re in the market to control temperatures in certain zones of your home or office, are looking to save money and energy while staying comfortable then a Zone Control System could be a perfect addition!  If you are wanting more information on this type of system for your home then contact our office today to speak to a certified HVAC professional. (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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Help! The Levels Of My Home Aren’t Cooling Evenly!

B.46 Levels Not EvenlyIs your upstairs warmer than you would like?! As you’ve probably heard before…heat rises!  Because of this, the levels of homes not heating or cooling evenly is typically a common problem.  Although it is a common problem it is always important to know what the factors are allowing this heat to rise and what can you do about it.  As always the BEL-O Man is here to help!

WHAT CAN I DO??:
The first thing you can do is to start by contacting a qualified HVAC company.  By adding a knowledgeable HVAC professional to the equation you’ll be able to quickly determine reasons why the levels of your home are not cooling equally and what you can do about it.  Common reasons your upstairs is warmer include:
*Hot air rises!  Based on science heat rises so it’s bound to happen and ultimately be more difficult for your upstairs to keep cool.
*Numbers!  What kind of numbers? The numbers of rooms in your home trying to keep cool as well as the number of years on your system play a role.  The older and less efficient your unit, the more difficulties there will be possible.
*Hot roof! If your roof is too hot this can also be a contributing factor.  If your roof is not shaded, your roof will quickly absorb the heat & transfer it down through your attic and to your upstairs.
*Poor ducts! If your ductwork is not properly sealed or installed incorrectly it can lead to cool air not properly reaching your upstairs as it should.  Also, if you have not properly insulated your home this could lead to cool air escaping and warm air entering.

THEN WHAT DO I DO??:
After you have a discussion with your HVAC professional as to why the levels of your home are not cooling evenly you may then want to discuss the option of redirecting the air in your home. Other options include making sure you are changing your filters regularly/as needed, insulating your windows/attic, and discussing turning your fan from auto to on.  All of these options are routes that can be taken after further discussing with your trusted HVAC professional.

All in all, while a few of these options can be considered DIY, always remember it’s best to add a certified and trusted HVAC professional to the mix for better insight.  They’ll be able to give you better insight for solving the cooling issues in your home.  As always we’re here to help and just a phone call away! Be sure to visit our website here.

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Importance of a Pre-Season Tune-Up

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Spring is in full force with average temperatures beginning to rise…summer will be here before you know it! Did you know now is the perfect time to schedule your seasonal tune-up rather than later?  It’s true! If you’ve ever considered scheduling an AC tune-up…NOW is actually the perfect time to schedule it.  Although you may have heard of the old saying “Location, location, location!” we’re here to tell you your HVAC is about “Timing, timing, timing!”

FOUR Reasons why you should pay attention to your AC sooner rather than later:

  1. You can keep your warranty intact: often times many homeowners forget about the small clauses in their warranty which requires their AC to be regularly serviced. If your system is still under warranty be sure to check the guidelines for your maintenance requirements.
  2. Your maintained efficiency is important: another key component to scheduling your AC tune-up in the pre-season is to ensure your system is running as smoothly as it should be. Keeping up with tune-ups for your system will help you extend the life of your unit.
  3. You’ll avoid the summer rush: rather than waiting for the temperatures to peak and technicians to be in high demand, schedule your tune-up right before temperatures start to rise. Paying attention to your AC sooner rather than later will help you avoid the summer rush!
  4. You’ll save money: by scheduling your AC tune-up you will be begin saving money and stress. By keeping your system maintained you can avoid spending money on emergency repairs when the weather really starts getting hot forcing you to put a dent into your wallet in a time crunch.

While the timing of your AC maintenance is key; the importance of scheduling seasonal routine maintenance is essential to long term operation. Although the steps taken to maintain your system are a simple cleaning and change of the filter these simple steps will be extremely beneficial!  To talk to a member of our BELOMAN team about scheduling your seasonal tune-up and what exactly it involves give us a call or visit our website here!

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How To: Choose the Best HVAC Company

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So you’re in the market to replace your AC or schedule a repair, but you don’t know where to start or who to choose?? We’re here to help! When choosing a company to work on your HVAC system it’s important to completely trust the company who will be visiting your home. If you’re hesitant about who to choose or where to start you’re in the right place!

Where Do I Start??:
1. Collect referrals: when searching for a company to choose always start by asking your friends, family and neighbors. Asking those close to you will give you honest answers with experience to back it up.
2. Do your research: always be sure to do your research by checking out the company website to ensure they’re a legitimate company. By taking just a few minutes to check out the website you’ll be able to learn a lot!
3.  Know the facts and your options: in addition to doing your research, there is also certain facts you should know! You should know that size matters…don’t allow the company you choose to guess on the size of unit for your home. To avoid installing a system too small (will cause your unit stress to keep up) or too large (won’t be efficient), careful calculations and measurements should be conducted by the HVAC estimator. You should also know your options. There are several options when it comes to choosing a fancy thermostat and even the type of your system–whether it be a boiler, furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner.

How Do I Know I’m Choosing The Best Company??:
1.  Read online reviews: when determining if you are choosing the best company always be sure to read their online reviews. Online reviews will give you first hand insight from people just like you who have worked with the company in the past.  If the company has a very low number of reviews or a low star rating it’s normal to be skeptical. Always do your research to find a company with a trustworthy amount of reviews and high star rating.
2.  Don’t accept verbal offers: when dealing with the company over the phone, never accept verbal offers. Sometimes a ballpark figure can be used; however, a trustworthy HVAC contractor will always want to visit your home to take a look at what you have and take measurements rather than throwing you a specific dollar amount. You should also make sure to receive your contract as a hard copy showing all of the specifications you have agreed to.
3.  Be careful about the lowest bid: if you jump on the first lowest estimate you could be in for a pack of trouble. The lowest estimate you were given does not always mean the best. Low ball offers can be an issue when it comes to reflecting the quality of service you receive.  Be sure to consider every angle of the estimate in order to direct you towards the best company.  Big investments should be given careful consideration.
4.  Were you given options?: if you’re dealing with a reputable HVAC company there should be a discussion for various options you can choose from. If your contractor offers you only one option it could be a sign they are trying to push that certain unit to you in an attempt to avoid an warehouse inventory conflict. Your contractor should always have your best interest in mind when taking your requests into consideration.
5.  Is the company licensed?: whenever choosing the best HVAC company always choose the one that is licensed and insured! This one speaks for itself!

Hopefully everything you’ve read here will provide more guidance towards finding the best HVAC contractor for your needs.  Always always always do your research and read online reviews for the best backing!  All in all, If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN!

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8 Creative Ways to Hide Your AC

Curb appeal…everyone wants it, but not everyone knows how to get it!  With the weather warming up barbeques and outdoor shindigs are making their way back on the scene.  With all of the fun going on, who wants to be staring at an AC unit less appealing to the eye?  Did you know there’s ways to preserve your curb appeal even when it comes to your air conditioner?  It’s true! We’ve come up with a list of 8 ways to creatively hide your outside air conditioner.

  1. Tall Greenery-adding greenery and height to your exterior is bound to add curb appeal! One thing to be sure of is the type of plant you choose to place in the pot.  Make sure the type of plant will be able to handle the warm air that will be escaping from your unit.
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  2. Mosaic Screen-if you’re looking for something out of the box this option is perfect.  Simply use bits of glass, mirror, and plates on a fence panel to really jazz up your outside area.
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  3. 2×4 Fence-along with the mosaic style, this is also a more artsy option.  Wood can be stained to match other outside furniture as well!  Always be sure there are enough spaces or gaps to allow air to exit as well as accessibility to easily move it.B.43 Blocks
  4. Latticethis is the most common option homeowners choose when hiding their AC.  It’s a quick and less expensive way to spruce up the area around your outside air conditioner.
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  5. Contemporary Sculptures-if you’re a fan of modern art, you’ll love this idea!  For this option sheet metal can be designed with various cut outs for a fun design.  Be careful moving this if it sits in the hot sun all day!B.43 Sculpture.png
  6. Chic Shutters-another trend is shabby chic!  Hinge together old shutters and sand it a bit to give it a more rustic look.
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  7. Pallet Fence-if you’re on Pinterest you’ve probably seen the latest pallet trend!  Pallets styling is definitely in.  You can also have fun with it and paint them to match your space or hang décor/plants to appeal more to the eye.B.43 Pallets.png
  8. Trellis-trellis comes in many materials and can be a quick solution to hiding your AC unit.  Vine and hanging plants would also look great hanging from a trellis! B.43 Trellis.png

If any of the above options catch your fancy always keep two rules in mind: (1) never block air flow of air leaving your air conditioner and (2) always make sure which ever choice you choose is easily moveable and still allows the technician ample space to do their job.  For more fun and trendy ideas when it comes to your heating, cooling, plumbing or pest solutions check out our Pinterest page!

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Faucets: New Wave in Smart Technology

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Smart thermostats, smart lighting, smart this, smart that…everything now days is being technologically advanced!  The next addition to add to the list of gadgets in your home is smart thermostats.  Technology now makes it possible to help you monitor your water consumption saving you money on your utility bills.

What is it?
On the market right now there is actually a smart thermostat which filters and measures how much water you’re consuming.  According to the co-founder of the product you’ll be able to connect any smart device, such as a smartphone, to the faucet where the consumer will be able to keep tabs on their watering system.  Notifications available through a smart device will include: how much water is being consumed, the condition of the current filter, and the quality of the water.

Why?
Some may wonder why it would be necessary to purchase a smart faucet.  Many choose to purchase a smart faucet because it helps regulate the amount of water your family is consuming.  You can also receive notifications reminding you to turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth, as well as, notifications informing you of an early detected possible leak.  All in all, these smart faucets are designed to help you conserve water saving you money in the long haul.  The best part of this smart faucet is the fact that you don’t need to install a new faucet.  Rather than installing a new faucet, this smart device attaches to your existing plumbing fixture working with any faucet you currently have in place.

If this new piece of technology is something that interest you or if you would like more information on installing a new faucet, be sure to contact a qualified plumber!  Visit our website or contact us here!

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10 Shocking Facts of IAQ

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Making the air in your home cleaner and safer for your family is always something to prioritize…especially in the spring! With the spring also come allergens which can enter your home and alter the quality of air in your home.  As Americans, we typically spend 90% of our day indoors.  Because of this NOW is the time to learn about indoor air quality (IAQ).  We’ve come up with a list of 10 shocking facts to help you grasp the importance of keeping the air in your home safe and how:

#1: Your furniture could be a very dangerous culprit: your furniture might not be something you consider when beginning the process of improving your indoor air quality; however the fabric can be a great place to house trapped particles.
#2: Indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than outdoor air: as mentioned before we spend 90% of our time inside.  Don’t allow your family to continue breathing polluted air in your own home!
#3: Air fresheners can be harmful:  have you ever stopped to think what you’re spraying into the air of your home? Sure it smells good…but, ultimately you’re spraying chemicals into the air.  These harmful chemicals are known to disrupt hormones and reproductive development in babies and children.
#4: Poor air quality worsens asthma: the allergens circulating in your home are known to worsen the symptoms of asthma.  Because of this it’s important to have an IAQ expert examine your home and present options to quickly begin bettering the air in your home.
#5: Pediatric asthma rates have jumped 72%: as mentioned in #4, allergens trapped in your home do not help in situations of asthma. Pediatric asthma rates are rapidly increasing as well as the demand in need for cleaner air in your home.
#6: The air quality in schools makes the top of lists of worst IAQ: did you know the place where our kids spend 8 hours of their day is among the top of the list for locations with the worst indoor air quality.  This is a huge reason to ensure the air in your home is clean to allow some relief.
#7: IAQ is a top 5 Health Risk:  the United States EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. Alarming? Yes. Still true? Yes.
#8: The elderly suffer the most: IAQ issues are known to commonly occur in elderly.  Whole-house air purifying equipment can be a huge benefit for your family’s home—especially when your elderly relatives are present or for their own home!
#9: Wood burning fireplaces are culprits: the chemicals which are put off of wood burning fireplaces should be kept in mind as a health risk.  Research shows that regular inhalation of wood smoke limits immune activity.  Although warm and soothing, you should use your wood burning fireplace sparingly to improve the indoor air quality.
#10: You inhale approximately 15,000 or more quarts of air per day: because of this large alarming number, you can tell how crucial it is to begin improving the indoor air quality of your home as soon as possible.

This is just a short list from a very long list of shocking facts about indoor air quality. If you’ve just read this blog and want to begin making changes to your family’s home you can start NOW the BEL-O Man is here to help!  There are many options you can choose from to select the best product for your home.  Call the BEL-O Man today to schedule a visit with one of our IAQ experts!  (618) 235-6626 or visit our website here.

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