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Are Your Ducts In A Row??

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Have you been hearing about the importance of clean air in your home but aren’t sure how to achieve it for your exact situation?  The BELOMAN is here to help.  With help from an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) expert it may be determined that an air duct cleaning is the perfect solution.  The following below are 5 good reasons your ductwork may be the culprit in order to achieve cleaner air in your home!

  1. Allergies: Does your family suffer from allergies? By choosing an air duct cleaning it will help to protect against harmful dust and contaminants. These pesky allergens can cause allergies to flare. Your own home shouldn’t be an uncomfortable living space!
  2. Pets: Did the previous homeowner have a cat or fluffy dog that you’re allergic to? In this case, clumps of air could be stuck within the ductwork which could aggravate your allergies and slow down the airflow of the entire system.
  3. Dust: Does it feel like dust is showing up more frequently causing the need to break out the dusting spray more often? Have you had recent construction done at your home? In this case, it’s probably a good idea to have your ductwork inspected to be cleaned as this kind of dust and debris can build up and begin circulating through you home.
  4. Mold: Is your ductwork located in a wet, damp, or often flooded area? If so, your ductwork is more prone to begin to grow mold. Mole spores can begin circulating through your ductwork and into your home. Mold allergens have been known to disrupt respiratory health issues.
  5. Efficiency: While keeping all of the above in mind, it’s important to keep your ductwork clean in order to keep your system running as efficiently as possible. When the air is not able to properly circulate throughout the home it can cause unwanted stress on the system.

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 visit your home for a free IAQ analysis to determine the best solution.  For any HVAC or plumbing repairs, installations, indoor air quality, architectural metal or pest help the BELOMAN is here to save the day. 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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I Need to Maintain My Water Heater…Why?

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Just as we schedule regular maintenance for our cars and HVAC systems it’s also important to schedule regular maintenance on your water heater.  How awful would it be to wake up in the morning, turn on the shower and step into an ice cold stream of water? When a licensed and trusted plumber performs regular maintenance on your water heater you’ll avoid stepping into a cold shower and gain even more benefits!  Three major benefits for keeping up with annual maintenance are:

1. Increase Efficiency: regular maintenance on your water heater can definitely help to increase its operating efficiency.  If you have ever heard odd sounds coming from your water heater, it is a good indicator that it is not operating as efficiently as it should be.  Often times when odd sounds are coming from your water heater and keeping constant it’s an indicator that there is a sediment buildup occurring.  Sediment is formed when loose minerals settle to the bottom.  A sediment buildup may make it more difficult to produce the hot water needed.  To avoid sediment forming it’s a good idea to have the maintenance performed and flush the tank.  By keeping your water heater running more efficiently you’ll begin saving money on your utility bill and continue heating your water as desired!
2. Decrease Likelihood of Costly Repairs: regular maintenance helps to decrease the likelihood of costly repairs because you’ll be more updated on what is actually going on with your equipment.  When a licensed and trusted plumber performs the maintenance, they’ll be more apt to find leaks or corrosion before the repair turns into one that will hit the wallet a little too hard.
3. No surprises: in addition to decreasing the likelihood of costly repairs, you’ll also avoid surprises.  While some surprises can be good surprises, when it comes to plumbing surprises they’re not always the best to receive.  Unwanted surprises can include a dreaded cold shower or even coming home to an excess of water around a broken water heater.  Regular water heater maintenance will definitely help to avoid unwanted surprises!

Don’t’ wait to schedule your maintenance today! 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, architectural metal or pest help the BELOMAN is here to save the day.  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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3 Easy Ways to Childproof Your Registers

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Do you have little ones running around dropping toys in the registers, playing around with them or even harming themselves on the sharp corners? BELOMAN is here to keep your family comfortable and safe from all angles of your home.  In order to start childproofing your air return registers we’ve put together a few of the top ways to do so:

  1. Secure your registers: if your child is lifting air return registers and throwing objects into the register it can cause a problem 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 a heavy duty double sided tape or Velcro.
  2. 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.
  3. Swap 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!  We hope that after reading this blog 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! Just dial B-E-L-O-M-A-N!

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5 Gadgets for IAQ

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Constantly sneezing in your home? Pet dander a problem? Asthma causing discomfort in your own home?  If allergens are a problem in your family’s home it’s important to know how to take control to manage your comfort!  With help from BELOMAN and one of our indoor air quality experts you can learn how to start improving the quality of air in your home today!  Below are 5 gadgets that you can use in your home:

  1. Whole-House Dehumidifier: During the summer months a dehumidifier works to remove humidity as it cools your home. By lowering the humidity in your family’s home in the summer you can help to rid mold, dust mites and other common indoor pollutants.
  2. Whole-House Humidifier: In contrast to a dehumidifier mentioned before, a humidifier is best used in the winter months to raise humidity levels in your home. The result is a more comfortable living space and a shorter lifespan for cold and flu causing microbes.
  3. Wi-Fi Thermostat: Wi-Fi programmable thermostats are all the new rage. This gadget will allow you to control the air or heat in your home while you’re out and about. The IAQ aspect of this gadget comes into play with the notifications your thermostat settings may offer and send to alert of its activity.
  4. Air Purifier: Whether a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, a purifier works to filter out tiny airborne particles that may become a bother. Aprilaire offers great air quality products that an IAQ expert at BELOMAN can further discuss with you.
  5. Carbon Monoxide Detector: As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than to be sorry”. A carbon monoxide detector will be able to detect if your indoor air quality is being compromised by invisible, odorless carbon monoxide.

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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Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

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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

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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.

Make your home a #BELOMANhome today! 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, When & Why to Change Your Filter

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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.

Make your home a #BELOMANhome today! 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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