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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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