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Avoid clogs in the bathroom!

It’s common knowledge that some things are better to go down drains and to be disposed of in the toilet than others.  However, common knowledge and absentmindedly tossing things in the sink or toilet are completely different and can lead to some major plumbing issues if you’re not careful. When it comes to your shower, it’s fairly simple to keep things beside water (here’s looking at you, excessive amounts of hair) out of the drain as long as you install a drain cover to catch it.  Drain covers are very cheap and can save you hundreds on snaking blocked pipes.
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Prepare your plumbing for the upcoming winter

If you live somewhere where it’s warm all year round, this blog entry probably won’t apply very much to you because warm temperatures don’t cause pipes to freeze.  However, if you’re in the Midwest or anywhere more north or east, this post will save you a lot of frustrations with your plumbing when it starts getting colder.  There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent damage to your water lines that you can do yourself.  Forget to do the below steps and we’ll be expecting a call within the next couple of months, telling us your pipes
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Trick or Treat! Stay safe and warm

It’s already October…Where did the year go?  If feels like just a week or so ago we still were blasting air conditioning and eating ice cream to stay cool… oh wait, I think we may just have been doing that.  Anyway, it’s about time for your little ghouls and goblins to pick out their Halloween costume to trick or treat in.  The problem is, most Halloween costumes are made of fairly thin material or don’t cover skin completely, so your little ones are going to get cold if you live in an area that isn’t 70+ degrees all year round.
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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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What’s the deal with dehumidifiers?

There has been a lot of talk around the office lately about the importance of dehumidifiers… but  what are they and what do they do?  Are they worth the money?  The answer is a big YES. They are worth every penny for both your comfort, health and sanity. Dehumidifiers are extremely useful devices, especially here in the Midwest where the humidity can get up to ridiculous levels during the warmer months.  Not only do they make it less humid indoors so you sweat less, but they really do help you breathe easier.  Sufferers of allergies and asthma often feel relief
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It’s Doggone Hot!

Summer officially starts on June 21st and you know what that means? You’ll have your air conditioner running non-stop to combat those sweltering temperatures we all know and love.  You may be able to stay cool inside, but what about your furry family members?     Dogs can’t sweat like humans can, which is why you see dogs panting so much when it’s hot out or they’ve been exercising.  Panting helps water droplets evaporate off of their tongue and their lungs, which helps cool them significantly.  They do have sweat glands on the bottoms of their feet, which is a
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Pests Everywhere!

Summer is a time for family fun with outdoor activities such as picnics and grilling.  However, it’s also the time of year where pests are out in full force and can become a nuisance, from ants crawling in through a crack in your foundation to raccoons scavenging through your trash.  As cute as some of the pests are (here’s looking at you, squirrels), the moment they become an annoyance they have to be gotten rid of. Our Furry Friends  Squirrels are playful creatures who love you if you have snacks for them, but will then give you a headache when
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Fan ON, Fan OFF. The tale behind the elusive switch.

How often do you use the fan on your thermostat? Most people, myself included before I started working in the HVAC industry, don’t really know why this feature is separate on your unit. We’re going to cover some basics on its purpose and how it affects your families comfort. The purpose of the fan is to continually keep air in your home circulating. It is automatically kicked on if the temperature in your house exceeds or drops below the current temperature that you have set. The fan will only turn on in these situations if you have it set to
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Ice on your A/C unit?

Are you enjoying the transition into summer heat from the semi warm and wet spring? Well that depends on if your air conditioner is running or not. This week Bel-O has had an overflow of A/C calls that we are working all day to get through.  One of the more common problems that we hear is that a customers A/C is frozen and there is no cold air coming out. Well, here is why that happens.  My air conditioning unit has ice on it but there is no cold air coming from there registers. What should I Do? First, make
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Go Green by saving some green!

Air conditioning season is upon us and  we have all heard the horror stories of people being charged hundreds per month to keep cool. There are ways to reduce your utility costs while maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. Incorporate these ideas and see what you can save. We would love to hear any stories you have. –Unplug all electronics that are not in use. ‘Vampire Power’ occurs when devices continue to use electricity even while powered off or are in hibernation mode. Microwaves, DVD Players, and laptop chargers are all offenders. If you take an inventory of all your outlets, you would be surprised to find how
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