Archives for Efficiency

10 FAQs!

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. 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
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5 Ways to Conserve Energy Year Round

Everyone loves saving money, right? Right! Are you shocked every month when you see your utility bill?  Turns out, there are several ways to conserve energy and save you money on these bills! From quick fixes to more complex costly changes even doing a few changes can help you start saving money.  We’ve come up with a list of 5 ways YOU can conserve energy year round: LIGHTS, camera, action: the light bulbs in your home are a larger part of your utility bill! Cheaper bulbs are known to waste a lot of heat energy and have a shorter lifespan. By switching to
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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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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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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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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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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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What is this air duct cleaning business?

…And why do I need it? Well, my friend, that is an excellent question.  Do you or anyone in your family suffer from allergies inside the home? Do you like clean air?  Well then, a comprehensive air duct cleaning is just the solution for you!  If you are like most people, you spend between 60 to 90 percent of your time indoors, whether it is at home, work, or at a shopping mall. Bacteria, fungi, dust, and pet hair can build up in your air ducts over time, which not only restricts air flow but also blows all of that
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Just a little drip?

When it comes to a faucet leaking, there is no such thing as just a little drip.  Those “little” drips can add up quickly to a mess, one big water bill and possibly some corrosion where the water constantly drips.  With it being summer, you’re probably using your outside spigot to water your garden, wash the car, or attaching the hose to a sprinkler for your kids to run through.  These are all ways that you are choosing to use your water… but is the water completely stopping once you turn it off?  For so many, the answer to that
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AFUE? SEER? What to know when beginning to look for a new HVAC unit.

HVAC systems have come a long way from putting ice in front of a fan to cool and using the fireplace for your heat source. If you are in need for a new system or feel that yours is running a bit on the inefficient side, this article is designed to help give you some basic knowledge to start looking for a new unit. The SEER rating, size, and AFUE are all things that you should have an idea about when you start talking with salesmen. The first mentioned SEER rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the
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