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Get to Know Your Home’s HVAC System

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Okay, so your HVAC is heating and cooling your home…all is good right? …maybe! Just maybe! But, wouldn’t you like to familiarize yourself with your system so that you’ll be able to use it more efficiently are accurately?  Because a home’s heating and cooling systems consume approximately 50% of a household’s total annual energy use–waste being generated will certainly add up.  We’ve come up with a list of ways you can get to know your home’s HVAC system!

*Questions to ask yourself:
When was the last tune-up performed?: By knowing this valuable piece of information, you can have a better understanding of when your next service will be needed.  It’s important to keep up with the maintenance service plan for your system to ensure it is operating efficiently and prolong its lifespan.                                                                                                   –What warranties and service plans are in place/will be transferred?: By knowing whether your HVAC system has warranty or any service plans in place you may be able to transfer it into your name for the new ownership.  Contact the company found on the sticker of your HVAC equipment to see if services are still intact to be transferred.  It will also be a good idea to gather history for your specific equipment just as you would gather history on a car.

*Locate all equipment manuals: Knowing where your equipment manuals are at any time is a good rule of thumb to remember.  If a problem should arise and you’re left to figure it out at a moments notice, having your manual easily accessible can make it a lot easier to work through the problem.  These days you can also find manuals online to print out if you have misplaced your original copy.

*Learn to operate your new thermostat: with a new home also comes a new thermostat that you’ll have to learn all over again.  Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the functions available.  If your thermostat is programmable you can save yourself money and energy in the long haul by setting it for times you are away from your home at work or on vacations.

*See what energy-saving resources are being offered: even though your home may be heating and cooling and getting the job done, it may not be operating at the efficiency level you expected.  Schedule a visit with an energy-saving expert to help identify energy-wasting deficiencies in your home.

Hopefully after reading this week’s blog you’ll feel more comfortable getting accustom to the HVAC in your home! For any HVAC or plumbing repairs, installations, or pest solutions give us a call.  Like always, the #BELOMAN is here to help!  For all of your HVAC & plumbing needs give us a call at (618) B-E-L-O-M-A-N or visit our website here! BELIEVE IN THE BELOMAN WAY! We’re the only HVAC and plumbing company in the Metro East to receive the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award for ethics.  The award honors excellent commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

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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 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.
  2. 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?
  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 Microft based on your credit score.

Now that’s something to be thankful for! For any heating, cooling or plumbing repairs, installations, or pest solutions services give us a call.  Like always, the #BELOMAN is here to help!  For all of your HVAC & plumbing needs give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here! BELIEVE IN THE BELOMAN WAY! We’re the only HVAC and plumbing company in the Metro East to receive the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award for ethics.  The award honors excellent commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

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Help! The Sky Is Falling!

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It’s that time of year again where the beautiful colors of autumn begin to fall from the trees leaving you a crisp, colorful mess to clean up. Not only is it time to break out the ol’ rake—it’s also time to make sure your gutters aren’t becoming clogged! Clogged gutters can become excessively clogged and lead to leaks and floods in your home especially in basement areas.

*What could actually go wrong??

  1. Aside from leaves, other plastic bags that have flown through the air can also become trapped making it even more difficult for water to properly flow.
  2. If you leave your gutters clogged for an extended amount of time you also run the risk of rotting shingles or the edge of your roofline.
  3. Instead of water running down the gutters in the proper direction of flow, water may begin pooling right from the sides causing a trench to form around the edge of your home.  This will affect your grass growth and leave a very muddy mess.
  4. By having water pool up you can damage your foundation.
  5. Not to subdue the four mentioned above, one of the biggest problems associated with gutters becoming clogged is leaks and flooded basements! This can be a long process and a more drawn out issue to correct if left damaged for too long.

*What should I do??

  1. Install new gutters which have gutter guard to ensure falling leaves and other debris won’t clog.
  2. Contact a plumber: a plumber will be able to discuss possible options with you to ensure your plumbing isn’t making the situation any worse. A licensed plumber can also check over drain and other plumbing work in your basement to ensure there isn’t a problem anywhere else leading to the leaks or flood.
  3. Regularly clean your gutters out of course!

Like always, the #BELOMAN is here to help!  For all of your HVAC & plumbing needs give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here! BELIEVE IN THE BELOMAN WAY! We’re the only HVAC and plumbing company in the Metro East to receive the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award for ethics.  The award honors excellent commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

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Help! What Should I Do About My Outdated Thermostat??

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Do you want to keep up with the latest interior trends, but your pesky thermostat is throwing off the feel of the room?  It turns out there are actually ways to dress up your thermostat. You can make your outdated thermostat modern with a few simple changes!

Cover it up: search Pinterest for various hinge box ideas. The box can be created to match your décor and no one will know what’s behind it! There’s always the option of covering it with a piece of art; however, for easier access connect hinges to the piece you are using to “disguise” the thermostatAlways always always make sure there is still proper air flow making its way to your thermostat in order to obtain the best reading.

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Frame it: a second way to disguise your outdated thermostat is to frame it. Picture frames are inexpensive, but can really change the overall look. Shop around for frames with various designs to match your décor.  Add a coat of paint to the frame to match an accent color elsewhere in the room

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Make it a focal point: instead of finding ways to disguise your thermostat try making it a focal point!  Add shelving and other framed art around the thermostat to really jazz up the area around it.  Adding pieces of décor can keep eyes away from an outdated thermostat drawing less attention to the eyesore and redirecting attention to the decorative pieces.

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Purchase a new thermostat: if all else fails there is always the option to purchase a whole new thermostat.  These days there are several options which are often designed to look attractive and include modern touchscreens or Wi-Fi options.

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As you can see there are several quick and easy solutions to disguise your outdated thermostat.  Your should never feel like you’re held back when it comes to trying to keep up with the latest interior trends just because of an “ugly thermostat”. We’re here to tell you there are actually several routes to take in order to disguise your outdated thermostat.  In all situations, the #BELOMAN is here to help! For all of your HVAC, plumbing and pest solution needs give us a call at (618) B-E-L-O-M-A-N or visit our website here!
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10 Mistakes Homeowners Make

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Buying a home can come with a long checklist, so we want to make sure you aren’t feeling too overwhelmed that you end up making a mistake found on this list! In order to avoid bigger expenses in the future one should make sure that the following 10 mistakes are being stricken from their checklist.

  1. Skipping annual HVAC inspections: it’s a good rule of thumb to schedule a furnace check as well as an air conditioner check to ensure your systems are functioning properly. When you schedule this kind of inspection a technician can clean your system as well as diagnose any minor issues before they become large issues costing you valuable money from your wallet.
  2. Failing to call a professional for major plumbing projects: at times unclogging a toilet can be a simple DIY task while other times it’s crucial to call a professional. In the case of major plumbing projects homeowners should call a professional and trusted plumbing company to guarantee the work is done right the first time.
  3. Failing to clean dirt & debris: when first moving into a new home renovations are bound to happen. With renovations also comes flying dirt and debris which can enter your air vents and ducts. For this very reason it is a good idea to contact a professional HVAC company that specializes in examining the cleanliness of your ductwork.
  4. Not replacing filters: homeowners should remember to replace their filters every 1-3 months depending on the dust and airborne particles in the home. Keeping tabs on replacing the filters also helps prolong the life of your system.
  5. Failing to clean your gutters: because the inside of our gutter is not at eye level homeowners may forget to clean their gutters. Although many homeown
  6. ers make the mistake of failing to clean their gutters it should be avoided to prevent any roof damage or water damage to the home.
  7. Failing to look for red flags: homeowners commonly make the mistake to avoid fixing problems when minor. These minor issues are actually red flags to fix the problem while it is small rather than waiting until it becomes a very costly repair.
  8. Not hiring a professional: while hiring a friend or neighbor to complete work around your home may seem less costly it can actually be a huge mistake. Take the time to find a trusted professional contractor in your area (hint hint!) to guarantee work is done right the first time and gain warranty or seek financing options.
  9. Failing to service smoke detectors: failing to service your smoke detector could lead to a life or death situation! By making sure smoke detectors are properly working in your home you can prevent hazardous errors keeping your family safe.
  10. Failing to do your contractor research: putting a few minutes into a contractor search is not enough! Do some digging to find the companies who have been in the area the longest (since 1959!) as they are usually the most trusted and reputable.
  11. Not buying the right insurance: lastly a mistake homeowners can make involve failing to purchase the right insurance. Check with your contracting company to see what kind of maintenance protection plans they provide. By staying on top of the maintenance for your home you can prevent costly repairs which will insure your safety!

Don’t be a homeowner making these mistakes. We’re here to help! Purchasing a new home can be stressful…the BELOMAN is here to help with any of the mistakes that may pop up.  BELOMAN has been servicing the Metro East for over 50 years.  Make your home a #BELOMANhome today.  We offer heating, cooling, plumbing, indoor air quality, home energy efficiency, and pest solution services to make your family’s home more comfortable.  Check out our website here or give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN

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Hilarious HVAC & Plumbing Costumes!

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

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From all of your friends at BELOMAN…have a safe & happy Halloween! For all of your HVAC & plumbing needs give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN!”

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Signs of a Failing Furnace!

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Yes, we’ve been experiencing some very warm days lately, BUT it looks like the cool weather is here to stay! With cool weather we’ll all be clicking our furnaces on and shutting those windows.  In most cases you’ll experience a smooth transition from cooling to heating; however, there are some situations where an issue may arise.  Being able to detect whether the issue at hand is a minor problem or if it is a sign of a failing furnace can help tremendously! By knowing the most common furnace problems you can prevent stress by being sure your furnace isn’t on its last leg.  Common issues that indicate your furnace is not at 100% include:

Lack of maintenance: by not scheduling bi-annual maintenance on your HVAC system you are running the risk of problems to come down the road. Keeping up with the maintenance will keep your unit running more efficiently, help it avoid continuous repairs to be replaced, and prolong its lifespan!
Dirty filters: allowing your filter to remain dirty and clogged can cause issues to your limit switch which will disrupt the fan.  Always be sure to change your filter 1-3months depending on your specific system.
Normal wear & tear: as your system gets older it’s normal for wear and tear to present itself.  One wear and tear issue you may begin to notice and feel is unbalanced airflow.
Too much noise: There are a few noises that can be heard once and ignored; however, there are also noises which can be repeatedly heard and indicate large issues are present.  Once you hear a noise that alarms you it’s a good idea to call your local and trusted HVAC professional to check it out!
Ignition problems: lastly an indicator that your furnace is not at 100% is that there is a problem with the pilot light or ignition switch.  An issue with either of these can make it extremely difficult to heat your home!

An indicator of any of the issues mentioned above are signs that your furnace is not operating at 100% and should be checked out by a professional. BELOMAN has been servicing the Metro East for over 50 years.  Make your home a #BELOMANhome today.  We offer heating, cooling, plumbing, indoor air quality, home energy efficiency and pest solution services to make your family’s home more comfortable.  Check out our website here or give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN!

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