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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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5 Questions To Ask When Replacing Your AC

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The decision to replace your air conditioner is one that a lot of time and consideration goes into being that it’s such a large investment. The return on this investment can also help your family by making your home more efficient, save money where you weren’t before, and improve the indoor air quality of your home.  All of this can be done if you know the right questions to ask! We’ve compiled a short list of questions you’ll want to keep in mind when replacing your AC:

#1: What type do I need?
There are all kinds of stipulations for choosing the right type of system for your home. There are so many factors to take into account when choosing the best size, brand, and make/model to compliment your home’s current conditions. Your salesman will be able to take everything into account to reach a confident decision for your family’s home.

#2: What size do I need?
This is an important question to ask in order to avoid purchasing an incorrect size which can throw off the balance of efficiency in your home. It’s imperative to have a professional determine the correct sized unit by performing a load calculation.  An undersized or an oversized unit can cause your home’s energy levels to be skewed costing you more money.

#3: What else should I take into consideration?
When making the investment for a new AC there are several accommodating factors to keep in mind. Along with the outside unit you’ll also need to think about the thermostat location, ductwork, and air handler.  The location and ease of access for these accommodating pieces is also something you’ll want to take into consideration.

#4: What is SEER Rating?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the ration, the more efficient the system.  It is a requirement for all air conditioners to be at least 13 SEER; however, these ratings can go all the way up to 23 SEER.  Your salesman will be able to help you further understand these numbers and what it means to your costs.

#5: What about warranty?
Along with the four questions above, you’ll also want to ask about your warranty options. Be certain to ask the questions to help you fully understand what your warranty covers as well as for how long. Along with asking about part warranty, be sure to find out about the option for labor warranty.  Being informed on your warranty will save you stress in the future!

When you call a trusted professional at BELOMAN to discuss replacing your AC these are all questions that will be covered with you. For more information or to schedule your estimate call us today at (618) 235-6626 or visit our website here.

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Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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Calling all of those with pets, allergies and asthma! This blog is for YOU! Spring is here along with those pesky allergens that are known to disrupt the comfort of your family. You may have Google’d remedies for relieving symptoms with little success.  We have the secret! AIR PURIFIERS! Investing in an air purifier for your family’s home will be an investment you’ll enjoy for a long time! This investment has several benefits that you can immediately start enjoying after choosing your best option with an Indoor Air Quality expert.

What is an air purifier?
Great question! An air purifier is a device used to remove contaminants from the air in your entire home. These devices are commonly a hot item for those with pets, allergies and asthma due to their ability to clean the air in your entire home!

What are the benefits?
This is another great question! Air purifiers have tons of benefits especially in the spring time. Outdoor air pollution is known to have serious impacts on your health, but did you know the air in your home can also be dangerously polluted?  The average person spends 90% of their day inside where pollution can be to be 2-5x higher than the outside.  This polluted air becomes trapped in your home and can be a serious issue.  With an air purifier you’ll be able to have more control over the quality of air your family members are breathing by removing up to 97% of indoor air pollutants.  You’ll also reduce asthma and allergy triggers, lower mold and mildew count, rid pet dander, and eliminate other pollutants which cause respiratory problems.

If you’re in the market to improve the indoor air quality of your home this spring be sure to contact an Indoor Air Quality expert to discuss your options. With a quick call to the BEL-O MAN and a chat with one of our experts you’ll soon be feeling the benefits of an air purifier in your home! (618) 235-6626 or visit our website here.

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Benefits of a: Maintenance Plan

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So it’s that time of year again when you start hearing of your neighbors, friends and family scheduling their seasonal maintenance/tune-up on their HVAC system, but YOU have a few questions about it. You may ask: What does it involve? Is it right for me? What are the benefits? We’re here to help you feel more confident by answering some of the FAQ when it comes to HVAC maintenance plans.

Why?
Did you know HVAC units can last 12-15 years (or even longer) with proper routine maintenance? It’s true!  This is a huge component to the importance of signing up for a maintenance plan.  Without a maintenance plan you could find yourself eventually paying for a system that is not running efficiently.  Maintenance plans are meant to tune-up your systems to keep them running as efficiently as possible.  Being that your HVAC system is such a large investment in your home, keeping it running efficiently is very important!

What does it involve?
At BELOMAN if you enroll in our Discount Club Program for routine seasonal maintenance you’ll get:
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Peace of mind protection: You know it works, you know it’s safe and you know if you have any problems we are as close as your phone.
*Discounts: On parts, labor and even service after normal business hours.
*Seasonal Maintenance: Included at no additional charge which saves you money.
*Increased Equipment Life: A properly maintained system lasts longer which will save you money.
*Better Efficiency on Your Equipment: A cleaned and tuned up system operates more efficiently and will last longer.
*Priority Service: This may be the best benefit of all. If you would experience a breakdown of your equipment, we guarantee a fast response so we can get you going again in no time. Discount Club Customers are serviced before all other customers.
*Heading Off Major Damage: Find exposed problems before they become too costly.
*Provided Documentation: Written history that your existing equipment has been maintained and it is in good working order. Even if you decide to sell your home you can provide documentation to the new purchaser that you indeed have properly maintained your mechanical equipment.
*Satisfaction Guaranteed: This agreement can be cancelled at any time for any reason. If you’re not happy we will make it right – guaranteed. You can’t lose!
Our heating and cooling maintenance program includes (2) visits yearly: One during the heating season and one during the cooling season. We perform a comprehensive 16 point Precision Tune up and Professional Cleaning.

But really…why?
If the information above isn’t enough of a reason to schedule routine maintenance we have more material to help you feel confident in your decision! By signing up for a maintenance plan you can also rest assure that you’ll never forget to change your filters because…we’ll do it for you at the scheduled visit!  Another perk is the fact that you’ll have direct access to a HVAC professional for any questions you may have or if you want to inquire about indoor air quality products you’ll now have a direct contact!

All in all, signing up for a maintenance plan can help you spot a small problem before it becomes a very expensive repair along with a LONG list of other benefits! Always be sure to contact a trained and trusted HVAC company to gain the utmost peace of mind.  Give us a call today and see if a maintenance plan is right for you! Visit our website here.

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Go Green By Saving Some Green

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Air conditioning season is quickly approaching! While there are horrible horror stories out there of people being charged hundreds of dollars a month just to stay cool we’re here to help you find ways to reduce your costs while staying comfortable.  We’ve come up with a list of 5 easy ways you can go green by saving some green this spring!

  1. Utilize nature to its fullest extent: the location of your house to the angle of the sun at its peak time can have something to do with your AC constantly running. Planting trees near windows where sun is known to beam inside can definitely help. You can also ensure blinds are closed during these peak times of sunlight. These quick fixes will help reduce the amount of sun/heat entering your home which will reduce the amount of energy your AC uses.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat: using a programmable thermostat helps by monitoring your home’s temperature even while you are out. For times when you are at work or away on vacation simply set the programmable thermostat to avoid paying to run your system with no one inside.
  3. Make sure your filters are clean: in order for your HVAC system to continually run efficiently you should always make sure your filters are clean. When filters become dirty your AC is more likely to operate less efficiently.   When your AC is operating less efficiently the amount of energy needed will be higher.
  4. Unplug all electronics not in use: even though electronics are not being used, but are still plugged in, they are still consuming “Vampire Power”. This occurs when electricity is used even when something is in hibernation mode. Microwaves, DVD players, and laptop chargers are all culprits of consuming “Vampire Power”. Unplug any cords not in use to start saving money!
  5. Have an energy audit of your home: when you feel like you have tried everything you could possible try by yourself, give an energy saving expert a call! They’ll be able to observe your home to determine where you are losing money and where you could start saving energy and money.

For help with any of the above techniques simply give us a call to start going green by saving some green. We know high utility bills are definitely not fun…let us help you! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN!”  Visit our website here!

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