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3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your HVAC System

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We’re hoping everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving full of quality family time, great food, and ultimate relaxation!  After making your list of what you’re thankful for are you able to say your HVAC system was included on that list?? If not, it easily should’ve been! Because of HVAC systems…

  1. You Have Warmth And Cool Air: We should be extremely thankful that we have the capability to heat or cool our house to the temperature of our preference! Could you imagine living back in the day before HVAC systems were created?
  2. You Have Clean And Fresh Air In Your Home: Having clean fresh air because of our HVAC systems is definitely something we should be thankful for. Without these systems we would have continued respiratory issues, but because of filters and systems we are able to filter out pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, and mold.
  3. You Have Cost Efficient Options: If you have ever rejected the idea of replacing your system due to a fear of high costs there are now several options out there to help negate those fears. These days there are tons of rebate options, financing, and even the option of rent- to-own through local rental stores.

Now that’s something to be thankful for! For any HVAC or plumbing repairs, installations, kitchen/bathroom remodeling, or pest solutions give us a call.  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN” (618) 235-6626

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3 Ways to Childproof Your Registers

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Childproofing your home is crucial! As parents it’s important to know how to keep your family safe from all angles…including the registers in your home.

Here are 3 simple ways to ensure the registers in your home are secure:

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  • Secure your registers: If your child is lifting registers and throwing objects into the register it can cause problems in your ducts and leave unsafe areas open for your child. You can either secure them by purchasing vents which can be screwed into the floor or by securing them with double sided tape/velcro.
  • Screen your registers: If your child is still throwing objects into the registers after you’ve secured them it might be a good idea to take the next step and screen them as well. To screen registers you can either cut screens as you would put on windows to keep bugs from entering or you can purchase air filters which are specifically designed to fit your registers.
  • Change to plastic: If your child is fascinated by the shiny metal registers it might be a good idea to invest in plastic registers instead to ensure the sharp metal doesn’t lead to a painful cut. Plastic registers are available at your local hardware store and are relatively inexpensive.

At BELOMAN we know the importance of safety for your family! These days there are various trendy floor vents, but the most important type of register is a safe one! Hopefully after reading this information you’ll feel more confident making your home safe from all angles. Aside from childproofing your registers, there are several other ways to increase safety in the HVAC world!  Whether it be investing in improving the quality of your indoor air, cleaning your ducts, or securing your outside unit with a security cage feel free to contact the BELOMAN to meet your heating, cooling, plumbing, or pest control needs! (618) 235-6626

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Want to Improve the Quality of Your Indoor Air, but Don’t Know How?! Read This!

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Air Purifiers: many have heard of this piece of equipment, but few actually know how one works or why it is beneficial to make the investment.  Did you know that indoor air can be just as polluted or even more polluted than outdoor air?!  It’s true…but we’re here to help!  To better understand indoor air quality it’s important to know what an air purifier is as well as the benefits of investing in one.

What are they?? Air purifiers are a system of internal fans which pulls the air in your home through a series of filters that remove harmful particles such as dust, pollen, or other troublesome allergens.  The filtered clean air is continually repeated through this process then re-distributed into your home for a healthier environment!


  1. Your family will be breathing clean air.
  2. Unpleasant odors will be eliminated.
  3. Airborne pet allergens will no longer be an issue.
  4. Aids in neutralizing smoke.
  5. Traps dust from becoming mobile.
  6. Removes up to 99% of airborne bacteria.
  7. Helps rid seasonal allergens in your home.
  8. Stops the spreading of sickness/germs.
  9. Keeps your lungs healthy.
  10. Can be added for any area of your home!

What are my other options?? Outside of investing in an air purifier there are also several other routes you can take to improve the indoor air quality of your home.

  1. Shop around for higher quality filters options for your HVAC system which will aid in trapping the airborne particles.
  2. Invest in a humidifier to ensure the proper level of humidity is in your home.
  3. Contact a local HVAC professional to have your ducts cleaned or inquire about having an Indoor Air Quality Analysis ran on your home.

After reading this blog, we hope you have a better understanding on air purifiers and why investing in one may be a smart idea! Outside of air purifiers there are also several other options to improve the air quality of your home. For more information on air purifiers check out our website here or give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN (618-235-6626).  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN!”

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Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

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Did you know there’s a way to regulate the temperature of your house even when you step out for a while or go on vacation? Did you know you could do this from your smart phone? It’s true! As technology advances we feel it in the HVAC world as well. If you’re interested in saving money, using less energy, regulating your home more easily, or just want to stay current a programmable thermostat is right up your alley!

What is a programmable thermostat?

You may have heard of a programmable thermostat, but never knew what they actually were capable of. These types of thermostats are designed to allow you the control to adjust the temperature of your home for different parts of the day.  If you’re someone that needs to be cool when they sleep or if you enjoy being snug as a bug in a rug you have the control to program the temperature for that specific time.  You also have the capability of adjusting the temperature for times when you step out for a while and won’t be home to enjoy the heated/cooled air you are paying for.  Now days there are various types of programmable thermostats and even some that can be controlled via Wi-Fi on your smartphone.   Welcome to the future!

What are the benefits?

  • Save $$ on your utility bill
  • Save energy
  • Programmable thermostats are eco-friendly (no mercury)
  • No more: “I forgot to turn the heat up before I left!”
  • If you’re out of your house for long periods of time you won’t have to come home to an overly hot or freezing cold house.
  • You have the free range to adjust temperatures for weekdays and weekend days
  • Stay current with HVAC technology trends

If after gaining more insight on programmable thermostats you think it might be something you want to invest in contact the BELOMAN! We can help you pick out the perfect thermostat and help you install it as soon as possible!

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Hilarious HVAC & Plumbing Costumes

If you think costumes don’t exist in the HVAC and plumbing world – think again! Check out some of these hilarious costumes:


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From all of your friends at the BELOMAN…have a safe & happy Halloween!

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8 Tips to Lower Your Heating Costs

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Who doesn’t enjoy learning about how to save money?! Saving money can come in several quick DIY ways.  We’ve come up with a list of 8 tricks for reducing your heating costs.  Pick one to put into effect or pick all 8–small changes CAN make a difference!

1. Stock up on socks: As goofy as it may sound, in many situations if your feet are cold then your whole body is cold! Grab a cozy pair of socks and keep those feet warm.  This will help you feel warmer so you’ll be less likely to continually adjust the thermostat. This will allow your furnace to not work double time and operate as it should–saving you money and causing less stress on your system.

2. Tap heat from all angles: While it may seem silly, there are other DIY ways to generate heat in your house other than your furnace.  One DIY way you can grab heat from all angles in your home is from the excess heat from your oven.  Once you finish using your oven, leave the door cracked to let the heat enter your home.  The same tactic can be used in regards to the steam from your shower.  Don’t let unused warmth go to waste!

3. Adjust your thermostat: Some people may be afraid to adjust their thermostat a few degrees here and there; however, a few degree adjustment to save money is usually not too noticeable temperature wise.  This quick fix of adjusting your thermostat can save you 5-10% on your bill.  Something as simple as this should not be overlooked as it can save you money in the long run!

4. Insulate your home: One of the most cost-effective ways to winter proof your home is to ensure your attic insulation is up to par.  Always be sure all ductwork is sealed off before you blow the insulation or you’ll need an HVAC professional to clean your ducts!

5. Purchase a programmable thermostat: Investing in a programmable thermostat is another quick trick you can do to reduce your heating bill.  Programmable thermostats help you regulate your home for times when you are not home. If you aren’t home to feel the heat then why should you pay for it to be constantly blowing??

6. Don’t let heat escape: One big way heat can be escaping your home and costing you more money is through tiny open cracks leading to the outside world.  These can be anything from small seal cracks, to not properly shutting doors and windows, and even forgetting to close the flue on your fireplace! Don’t let these quick fixable issues at your home cost you money on your heating bill.

7. Change the direction of ceiling fans: Did you know that you should change the direction of your ceiling fan blades according to heating or cooling season? When heating time comes it’s a good idea to change your blades to rotate clockwise which will help mix the hot air trapped at the ceiling.

8. Schedule checkups: In the HVAC world it cannot be stressed enough how important regular maintenance checkups are for your system! These checkups can ensure your unit is running efficiently, determine any small issues before there is a big issue, and prolong the life of your system.  If you keep up with regular routine service, you’ll always know that your furnace is running efficiently and not costing you more than it should!

While there are many tactics to reduce your heating bill, the 8 tricks listed above will get you off to a great start! If you take into account these quick fixes you should start to see a decrease in expenses. Remember: If Comfort is Your Plan, Call the BEL-O MAN @ (618) 235-6626 or visit our website here.

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Pros & Cons of Different Types of Filters

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Although the act of replacing your filter is a simple ‘pull out the old and insert the new’ procedure, shopping for a filter can be overwhelming. When shopping for a filter you’ll notice there are numerous types available. While there are many types to shop through, the different styles can usually be categorized into three categories. We’ll go through the pros and cons of each of the three categories to better assist you in making the right purchase for your next filter change:

  1. Basic Air Filters:  This is the most common type of filter that everyone is usually familiar with. These filters are categorized basic for a reason since they offer only the bare minimum filtration.  Basic Air Filters are commonly used for those interested in filtration to prevent damage to their system rather than for an improvement to their indoor air quality.
    1. Pros: cheap, purchase availability & easy to replace
    2. Cons: does not improve indoor air quality & frequently needs changed (recommended once a month)
  2. Air Filter Frames with Replaceable Pads: This category is a step above the Basic Air Filters.  This type of filter usually consists of a metal frame which requires certain replacement pads.  When comparing this type of filter to Basic Air Filters, the biggest difference is that these filters are found to be less expensive to replace.
    1. Pros: cheap, easy to replace & can trap finer particles
    2. Cons: frequently needs changed (recommended every 2 months) & does not trap all air particles
  3. Pleated Air Filters: If you want the most quality for your air filter, this is the category you should shop in.  These types of filters have more surface area than the other types of filters which prolongs its life and allows it to capture more air particles.  The width of this type of filter determines how efficiently pollutants are trapped.
    1. Pros: captures the most air particles & available in a wide variety of sizes
    2. Cons: more expensive

Hopefully this blog will help you feel more confident to make your next filter purchase! For more information on different types of filters and which is best for your system check out our website here or give us a call.  We offer IAQ Analysis too! (618) BEL-OMAN (618) 235-6626. Always remember: “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN!”

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