Archives for 2013

Seal your home or spend more…your choice

Did your parents ever tell you to keep windows and doors shut because the outdoors didn’t need to be air conditioned/heated?  Now that you’re older you realize that what they were saying wasn’t just a silly little saying but very important.  Why would you want to spend money on heating the outdoors?  So, you keep your windows and doors shut when you have your HVAC system running…but is that really trapping the heat inside your home?  Well, yes and no.  It all comes down to how well your home is insulated and how tightly it’s sealed. A very easy way
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Discount Clubs… are they worth it?

Clubs are an awesome thing, right?  Everyone should be in a club at some time in their life for the exclusivity that it brings and the perks you receive.  Sure, you may have been a part of a “no girls allowed” club when you were five, but a club that we offer has a lot more benefits than say, keeping the cooties away. Here at Bel-O we offer a discount program to our customers called the Discount Club Membership (DCM) (creative, huh?) to help save our customers some money on services they need to have done to keep their heating
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Customer service… it’s not just for retail employees

Having a bad leak in a pipe when company is supposed to spend a week at your home or having your furnace quit working during a snow storm can cause a lot of stress for customers, which tends to lead to, well, a lack of joy.  As a service company we are being allowed into a customer’s home to fix a problem during a stressful time in their life, and because of this we have to provide superior customer service.  Obviously customer service isn’t just a thing to provide during stressful times, but must be practiced any time there is
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Don’t let your air make you sick.

How would you like to have the air that’s circulating throughout your home be filtered with a powerful air cleaner so you’re breathing in less pollutants?  Think about the fact that each time you take a breath you’re inhaling things that can harm your health.  Now, read the fact below and answer my question in the first sentence, again. Polluted air causes 94% of all respiratory problems. 94% ?!?  That’s a number that’ll make you sneeze, over and over again.  Between the pets, kids, and outside factors (allergy season, anyone?), your home experiences many factors daily that impact what you’re
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Happy World Ozone Preservation Day!

Since 1995 nations across the world celebrated a little holiday on September 16th, known as World Ozone Preservation Day.  Quite the mouthful, huh?  It’s a lesser known day, shadowed by it’s bigger, wider known cousin known as Earth Day but still very important.  You’re probably wondering why you’re reading about World Ozone Preservation Day on a blog by a heating and cooling company, right? One word: Refrigerant.  Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and later hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) were used as refrigerant in air conditioning units and heat pumps for many years before it was realized that they were bad for the ozone.  You may have
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Winterproofing your Air Conditioner- What you need to know

It’s officially September and you know what that means?  There’s a slight chill in the air in the mornings and pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks.  We still have at least a few weeks (hopefully…you never know with Belleville weather though…) of hot days before we’ll have to think about switching from the air conditioner to the furnace.  When that time does stumble upon us, your air conditioner will have to be prepared for the winter, much like Spartans prepared for war.  Okay, so the process isn’t quite that intense, but you get the picture. 1. Turn off power
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Repair or Replace- The epic question

During extreme hot and cold temperatures the question of should I repair or replace my furnace or air conditioner always seems to come up.  Most would say “yeah, go ahead and repair it, we’ll think about replacing next season.”  Next year the same song and dance.   But, when is it the better idea to admit defeat and instead of siphoning money continuously into a unit that just isn’t working properly anymore, to just invest in a new furnace or air conditioner?   Well, it depends on a few factors.  With a few minor changes in your spending habits, can you
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Being the hometown hero is hard work!

Being a local company means your customer base is within a small radius and within that segment, people talk.  They’ll tell their neighbors and family members how wonderful or terrible a service company was and that one experience can severely impact who will call you when their toilet starts leaking or air conditioner continually freezes up.  It’s a little like the game of telephone, where the message is passed from person to person and suddenly everyone knows…or at least has some semblance of the original message. One thing that helps keep a positive image with the public is community involvement.
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How healthy is your indoor air?

The EPA lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country. It’s a scary thought that the air you are breathing inside your home can be so dirty.  Most of our time is spent indoors whether it’s at home, work or out shopping.  When a home has dirty air, those who have allergies and asthma suffer daily.  A typical six room home can accumulate 40 pounds or more of dust every year just from living in it and doing normal day to day activities.  There are a few things you can do to help keep your
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How soon is too soon to think about your furnace?

The answer is it’s never too early.  August is the perfect time to seriously start thinking about upgrading your furnace because September is an unpredictable month for weather and the temperatures are downhill from there.  One year it may be 90 degrees the entire month and the next it may be in the 40s.  Because of the uncertainty, shouldn’t your furnace be ready for action the moment it’s needed?  If your furnace is only a few years old and you aren’t planning on replacing anytime soon, it’s time to set up your yearly maintenance. Ever heard the phrase “the early
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