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How to Tell If Your Furnace Needs a Tune-Up Today!

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To tune-up or not to tune-up that is the question!  In all actuality, to tune-up is the best bet!  Ensuring your unit is bi-annually tuned up can save you a lot of headache and aggravation should a decision present itself during the extreme temperatures.  If you are unsure if your furnace should be tuned up today we’ve come up with a list of 5 quick ways to help make your decision easier!

  1. No heat: if you are turning your furnace on and are not experiencing any heat this is definitely a clear indicator to have your furnace serviced and tuned up today!
  2. Carbon Monoxide detector is alerting you: if you have gas appliances or a gas furnace in your home and your detector is going off it is a good idea to make sure to follow certain steps.  First turn off all gas appliances, open windows to ventilate, leave the house then call the fire department or a HVAC professional to help.
  3. Increase in utility bill: if you are noticing an increase in your utility bill it could be because your furnace is not running as efficiently and is nearing the end of its life cycle and should be examined.
  4. Loud sounds heard when furnace starts: as with all loud sounds they can be very alarming! Your furnace should run rather quietly, so if you are experiencing odd sounds it’s a good idea to have a HVAC professional diagnose and tune-up your system today!
  5. A strong fuel smell is present: if a strong fuel smell is present it should definitely be looked at sooner rather than later.  You could be experiencing a gas leak that should be addressed!  A strong fuel smell is a good way to tell if your furnace needs serviced and tuned up today.  P.S. if you DO smell a strong fuel smell you should exit your home immediately and seek help!

Hopefully these 5 indicators will help you feel more confident whether or not you are in need to have your furnace serviced and tuned up today.  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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Tips For Keeping Your HVAC Its Best This Fall!

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With Fall officially here your air conditioning will begin cycling less frequently. It will only be a matter of time before we’ll all be switching our thermostats from cool to heat.  In order to maintain a healthy life for your HVAC it’s crucial to have it properly maintained in order to keep it running its best this fall! Preparing yourself now will save you from an emergency situation when the really really cold weather arrives.  Keep the following tips in mind this fall:

  1. Replace your filter: regularly replacing your filter is important to keep air flow properly flowing.  Most filters are recommended to be changed 1-3 months depending on the quality of filter you inserted as well as the amount of dust particles in your home.
  2. Check your thermostat: if you have a programmable thermostat you should look into how to switch your settings from cool to heat.  A simple adjustment and you’ll be ready to tackle cooler weather!
  3. Schedule a tune-up: by scheduling a tune-up you’ll have more peace of mind that your system will be operating efficiently and help prolong its life cycle.
  4. Check your outdoor unit: when checking around your outdoor unit, be sure to remove any grass, leaves, and twigs from the grate which may restrict proper airflow.
  5. Clean the vents: by using the hose attached to your vacuum you can wipe any excess dirt and dust that had collected over the summer. By eliminating the dirt and dust on your vents you are preventing it from being blown into your living space.
  6. Close up any gaps: before the really really cold weather arrives it’s a smart idea to seal up any cracks on windows and doors that are allowing outside air to enter your home.
  7. Think about insulation: lastly, a tip to keep your HVAC its best this fall is to think about adding more insulation into your attic and crawl space to keep your home better insulated and allow your HVAC system a break from operating so vigorously.

If you need further assistance with any of the tips mentioned above (especially #3!) give us a call—we would love to be a helping hand! BELOMAN has been serving 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 solutions 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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DIY Ways to Hide Your Ugly Water Heater!

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Yes, it’s true your water heater isn’t the most attractive object in your home…but it’s greatly appreciated by your family when it comes to its use. SO…why not find ways to make the space appealing to the eye and eliminate the eye sore?!  There are plenty of DIY ways to hide your ugly water heater!  In all cases always make sure not to place materials too close to the water heater which will restrict air flow and create a fire hazard.  A good rule of thumb is to keep at least 8 inches between your water heater and your DIY enclosure.  See our ideas here:

  1. Curtain Cover: this is a very quick resolution to hide your ugly water heater that can be done in a matter of minutes. Simply mount a curtain rod and curtain long enough to touch from floor-to-ceiling. This is a quick fix and you won’t have to worry about inaccessibility if service is needed.  b-63-1
  2. Faux Cabinet: if you already have cabinetry near your water heater simply add a few faux cabinets to extend past it. This will allow proper fluidity throughout your space and eliminate the eye sore! Even if you don’t have cabinets already nearby, it’s simple to add a faux cabinet around it. The cabinet can be stained or painted to match the theme of the room!b-63-2
  3. Room Divider: an extremely quick and nearly effortless way to hide an ugly water heater is to put up a decorative room divider. These can be purchased at nearly any home or decor store. Simply take the divider out of the box, stand it up and WA-LA! Quick and painless!b-63-3
  4. Plantation Shutters: plantation shutters are a great DIY way to add texture and design to any area. Shutters can be hinged and built to fit custom areas. Hinged shutters also allow the area to remain easily accessible. In addition to the area remaining accessible, the slots on the shutters will also allow proper air flow to continue.b-63-4
  5. Pallets: now trending on Pinterest is pallet this and pallet that! SO…why not add a touch of it to disguise an ugly water heater?! Pinterest has plenty of pallet ideas when it comes to hiding this large piece of equipment. You can also add a decorative shelf and other creative pieces as shown in the picture below. b-63-5

Hopefully after seeing a few DIY ways to hide your water heater you’ll feel more confident to try some of the ideas in your home! With every situation, always make sure you are not blocking air flow and the materials are not placed closer than 8 inches from the water heater! BELOMAN is a company serving 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 solutions to make your family’s home more comfortable!  Check out or website here or give us a call at (618) BEL-OMAN!

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Alleviate Your Allergies With These 5 Quick HVAC Tips!

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Are you experiencing that pesky summer cold? Have your allergies started to spike? Did you know that the air in your home can be 10x more polluted than outdoor pollutants?  To help your family begin breathing cleaner air, we’ve come up with a list of 5 quick tips to alleviate your allergies in YOUR home.  By following these quick tips you can begin controlling the air in your family’s home in order to begin breathing cleaner air and reduce those pesky allergy symptoms today!

  1. Invest in high quality air filter: is it worth it to spend the extra money in order to have the highest quality of air filter? Yes! Certain filters are known to effectively remove 99.97% of all dust, pollen and pet dander particles that pass through your filter. Trapping these pollutants in the filter before they can enter your living space will definitely help to alleviate your allergy symptoms!
  2. Have your outdoor unit cleaned: by having a technician clean your outdoor unit it will help unclog any areas currently clogged with dirt, debris and pollen from the outside air.  Once your unit is properly cleaned it will be able to efficiently transfer the clean air in your home.  If your unit is clogged it will make it that much more difficult to provide your family with clean air!
  3. Dust your vents: cleaning your vents is something quick and easy that you can do yourself! Simply use hose on your vacuum to suck up any dust that may be trapped in your vents.  By using the hose to suck up dust on your vents you can stop additional dust from entering your living space.
  4. Schedule bi-annual maintenance appointments: another tip in order to alleviate your allergies in your home is to have your HVAC properly maintained bi-annually. When a technician visits your home to perform a tune-up on your system it will prolong the life expectancy and keep it running more efficiently.  A prolonged life expectancy on your system will continually allow your family to breathe clean air.
  5. Talk with an Indoor Air Quality expert: a final tip we have is to talk to an indoor air quality expert! By discussing your current situation with an expert you’ll gain a better understanding of what will work to improve the air in your specific home. There are MANY options when it comes to improving the air quality in your home. From air filters, to air purifiers, and even humidifiers/dehumidifiers there IS a way you can start making improvements!

BELOMAN is a HVAC, plumbing and pest solution company serving the Metro East since 1959! We have experts knowledgeably trained in indoor air quality in order to provide your family the proper breathing air deserved. If you are interested in improving the air in your home or business give us a call to discuss your options! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call the BELOMAN!” (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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Plan for Plumbing Emergencies NOW!

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When an emergency strikes it’s human nature to panic and stress out; however, it’s much better to remain calm in order to remember what to do in that specific situation. When it comes to your plumbing things can get messy pretty fast! To avoid out of control mayhem it’s a great idea to know what to do in several common plumbing issue situations.  For each of the below situations the first step is always REMAIN CALM!

Help! My toilet is clogged and overflowing!
Step 1: Grab the plunger! Check out our recent blog for the proper plunging technique. Step 2: Use a plumbing snake: to us it spin the long flexible wire into the drain to snag the clog & pull it out. Step 3: if the first two steps did not fix the problem, it may be time to perform major surgery! You may need to pull the toilet up which would require turning off the water supply.

Help! My pipes burst!
Step 1: find a bucket to collect water coming from the busted pipe, Step 2: shut off the water, Step 3:  remove as much water you can with a sump pump or wet-dry vacuum, Step 4: cut out the damaged section of pipe and add a replacement section.

Help! My sump pump is not working!
Step 1: a common issue causing sump pumps to fail is an unplugged outlet or circuit breaker—check both before moving on to step 2, Step 2: check for debris clogging up the sump pit and remove any you find, Step 3: check the check valve to see if it is broken or nonexistent.

Help! I smell a horrible odor and see mold!
Step 1: do your best to find the source of the smell, Step 2: let odor reducing agents such as white vinegar and baking soda sit for 10 minutes in the source then rinse, Step 3: check if the cleaning agent reduced the odor and if not there may be an issue with a larger component of your plumbing.

Help! There’s sewage backing up!
Step 1: recognize that this can be a hazardous plumbing issue and should be controlled by a professionally trained plumber, Step 2: grab your phone to call your Metro East superhero, the BEL- O Man!

If in any situation you do not feel comfortable tackling the problem a hand yourself just call BELOMAN! We have been in business for over 50 years and have countless reviews from people in our very own community.  Don’t just take our word for it!  We have hundreds of reviews!  “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN” (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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HVAC Tips For Pet Owners

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Do you have a pet? Do you have an HVAC system in your house? If you answered yes to these two questions this blog IS FOR YOU! Check out this list of 10 HVAC Tips to save you energy and keep your HVAC from working double-time:

  1. Shut off fans: if you leave fans on in attempt for a pet to feel cool you could potentially be wasting your time. In order for a pet to actually feel and enjoy a fan through their fur it must be set pretty high. To avoid adding unnecessary kilowatt hours to your electric bill stop running these fans when you aren’t home.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat: By setting your thermostat at a temperature slightly different from what you do currently you can save money and energy. Pets have their special ways (panting if hot and fur if cold) of adjusting to a slight temperature adjustment so there’s no need to worry! The Alliance to Save Energy recommends pet owners to set their thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter; however, you should always check with your vet for recommendations for your specific breed.
  3. Check those doggy doors: while a doggy door can be convenient, it is extremely important to make sure your air or heat is not escaping. Always be sure the door is able to be sealed air tight. If air is escaping it may cause your system to work harder. You worked hard for your family and pet to enjoy an air conditioned house—don’t let your hard earned money slip through the cracks (literally)!
  4. Put reptile on a schedule: in order to manage your energy costs for reptiles it’s a good idea to purchase a timer for their heat lamp requirements. Keeping your reptile on a schedule will help you save money on your energy costs!
  5. Turn off TVs: although you may think your dog enjoys catching up on the latest Netflix series while you’re out, it is not exactly realistic. Turning off the TV you may leave on for your pet to enjoy sound can save you energy on your bill in the long run. Toys and bones are also a good option to entertain your pet while you are out AND they won’t cost you a dime on your power bill!
  6. Don’t let the water run: although your pet may enjoy lapping up water from a flowing tub or sink faucet it’s wasting your money! If you absolutely must allow your pet to enjoy this luxury do it in small intervals rather than leaving them to their own personal drinking fountain.
  7. Keep out of drafty area: we can’t forget about the birds! Always make sure to never sit your bird cage by a drafty area to keep your bird from ruffling any additional feathers. A quick fix to stop a drafty area is to install an insulation kit to your window. Stopping the drafty area will also allow your HVAC system to operate as it should rather than having to work double-time to keep up.
  8. Don’t leave lights on: truth be told, animals only rely on natural light and darkness for their internal schedules and do not require artificial light. Your animal does not need a reading light to read the next few chapters in their novel or to finish a late night puzzle! By leaving the lights turned off while you are away you’ll save energy. Your pets won’t notice a difference, but your electricity bill will!
  9. Recycle aquarium water: a good way to clean your aquarium is to remove only 1/3 of the water and use the water removed to water indoor and outdoor plants. By doing this you’ll save energy and water! Your fish, plants, and wallet will thank you!
  10. Wash dog blanket & beds in cold water: by washing these items in cold water instead of hot you’ll use up to 90% less energy. Blankets and beds will come out just as clean and your fluffy tailed-wet nosed friend won’t be able to tell the difference!

BELOMAN is a heating, cooling, plumbing and pest solution company serving Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair County –especially clients WITH a pet! We want to keep your family comfortable all season long including your pet.  Don’t forget the importance of keeping your indoor air clean from pet dander and hair!  If you’re needing service call or want to clean the air in your home call (618) BEL-O MAN or visit our website here.

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10 FAQs!

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Is there something about your HVAC system that is concerning you but you’re afraid to ask?  Fear no more…the BELOMAN is always here to help.  We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most frequently asked questions when it comes to your A/C and furnace.  Check out the questions below to see which category your concern falls into.

  1. Is this sound I’m hearing an issue?: you may hear alarming sounds come from your system; however, in most cases there isn’t anything to worry about.  Check out one of our previous blogs to see if the sound you’re hearing made the list for most common sounds: “What Do These Funny HVAC Sounds Mean?”
  2. What is a Precision Tune-Up?: a Precision Tune-Up includes a total maintenance cleaning of the equipment components. By having a professional perform a precision tune-up you’ll gain confidence that your unit is prepped for the upcoming heating or cooling season as well as help prolong the life cycle of your unit.
  3. Why is it important to have regular maintenance on my system?: it’s important to have regular maintenance performed because just like a new car purchase your HVAC also needs checked out to ensure everything is working correctly.  Maintaining big investments is always a wise decision and keeping your system properly maintained will help keep it running more efficiently.
  4. Why is my AC system freezing up?:  there could be numerous reasons why your HVAC system froze up.  To determine the correct issue it would be best to call an experienced technician.  The issue could have to do with the need for your air filter to be replaced, a leak in the refrigerant lines, a dirty coil, or a defective motor.  In order to have a professional work on the issue it must first be thawed.
  5. What is a Zoning System?: zoning systems separate ductwork into different zones so that you have the ability to control the different temperatures in the independent areas.  Zoning can be done in offices as well to maximize a more diverse temperature liking.
  6. Are all HVAC filters the same?: air filters are not in fact all the same.  There are actually a few options to choose from depending on how much debris and air pollutants you want to trap.  Check out one of our previous blogs to learn more about the different types: “Pros & Cons of Different Types of Filters
  7. Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?: ab-sol-utely!  In fact, the air in your home could be more polluted than the outdoor air.  With the amount of time we spend indoors, it is very important to have an IAQ (indoor air quality) expert perform an analysis of the air in your home.
  8. How healthy is my indoor air?: in order to determine the quality of the air in your home contact an IAQ expert to perform an analysis of your home.  Want to know how the test is actually performed and the benefits? Check out one of our previous blogs: “10 Shocking Facts of IAQ” for more information.
  9. How much does a humidifier or dehumidifier help?: there is actually a long list of reasons why you should make an investment to control the level of humidity in your space.  Common reasons to invest include: family members present who suffer from allergies, dry cracking skin, and even as a way to keep your hardwood floor warranty intact!
  10. How can I better control my home energy costs?: to begin controlling the costs of the energy used in your home contact a professional to perform an energy audit.  It’s also a good idea to schedule proper routine maintenance on your HVAC, always greatly consider all high-efficiency options as it will save you more in the long run, and install a programmable thermostat to help better regulate the likelihood of saving energy.

We hope that after reading through 10 of the most frequently asked questions for your HVAC system you have a better understanding of the kind of problem you’re facing.  For any additional help contact the BELOMAN at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.

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