Archives for DIY

How To: Disguise Your AC Unit

With warmer weather just around the corner you can finally begin thinking about your yard honey-do list! If you’re a frequent Pinterest-er you may be up to speed on the latest craze to hide outdoor eyesores.   While your HVAC system is a necessity from your home, it doesn’t mean you have to settle with the way it affects your curb appeal.  2 rules to always keep in mind when considering ways to disguise your air conditioner à Rule #1: Don’t Block the Air Flow & Rule #2: Make sure equipment is accessible for service AC House: everyone loves something in
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Save Money While Away for Vacation!

Are you gearing up for an exciting summer getaway? Your summer getaway may have left a dent in the ol’ wallet, but did you know you have an amazing opportunity to save cash while you’re away simply by adjusting your thermostat?  Some believe turning their AC completely off while on vacations is the best option; however, keeping your AC off for an extended amount of time can cause damage to your drywall, wood and wallpaper by allowing the heat and humidity to become trapped. We’re here to tell you there IS another option to save money while you’re away that
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8 Tips to Lower Your Heating Costs

Who doesn’t enjoy learning about how to save money?! Saving money can come in several quick DIY ways.  We’ve come up with a list of 8 tricks for reducing your heating costs.  Pick one to put into effect or pick all 8–small changes CAN make a difference! 1. Stock up on socks: As goofy as it may sound, in many situations if your feet are cold then your whole body is cold! Grab a cozy pair of socks and keep those feet warm.  This will help you feel warmer so you’ll be less likely to continually adjust the thermostat. This will allow your furnace to not work double time
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5 Ways to Improve Your Allergies At Home

Heads up–the first day of Fall is quickly approaching!  Allergies aren’t only an issue in the Spring time, they can also be a troublesome Fall issue.  One of the main Fall allergy contributors is ragweed.  This pesky allergen is especially known to affect the Midwest region as it grows amply in our area.  According to WebMD, 75% of people who are allergic to Spring plants are also allergic to ragweed.  Don’t let ragweed or other irritating allergens affecting your allergies keep you from fun Fall festivities!  Here’s a list of 5 ways to improve allergens inside your home: Filters: Changing your filter to one with
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Bel-O Man Tackles the Pests Too!

If heating and cooling is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Bel-O Man, you’re missing another piece of the puzzle!  Bel-O Man is also highly qualified to manage any pest control issues you may be facing.  With over 70 years of experience our employees have helped hundreds of homeowners in the local Illinois and Missouri area!  Services Offered Whether you want a quick treatment at your home or at your workplace the trusted people at Bel-O Man are here to help! From termites to pesky insects, and even wildlife control never hesitate to give us
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Time for spring cleaning, already?

It’s officially spring which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  It’s your favorite time of the year, right?  If not, it should be.  There’s nothing like a clean house where everything smells fresh and you can open your windows to let that spring breeze in.  It can be considered therapeutic to some, even! First, there are a couple of cleaning measures for us to take care of in your home: your annual air conditioner tune-up and possibly cleaning your air ducts (let us take a look to decide if it’s necessary or not because they don’t need a professional cleaning very
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Uh oh! My pipes froze…now what?

The weather we’re experiencing this winter is nothing less than abnormal and the way we’ve been going it feels like we’re going to see snowfall until about June.  Okay, so June may be a slight stretch, but extremely cold temperatures seem to be the norm and they aren’t going away anytime too soon.  Because of the days upon days of below freezing temperatures, we’ve been receiving a lot of calls regarding frozen pipes.  When in doubt, call an expert, but if you’re handy and want to undertake this project yourself, below are a few tips to make the process as
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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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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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World Plumbing Day 2013!

Bust out the champagne and celebrate! Today (March 11) is World Plumbing Day! This day was brought about by the World Plumbing Council to bring back attention to the importance of plumbing and how it affects everyday life. Safe & accessible drinking water is still not available to nearly 1.1 billion people according to the video posted on the site for World Plumbing Day. They are trying to raise awareness so that we can give respect to and find new ways to bring safe plumbing to everyone. Read some of the articles they have posted and you could be surprised at
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