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We recently wrapped up a summer home energy savings blog post series with some tips and tricks to make this your most energy efficient summer ever. In addition to the tips outlined in that series, there are some larger things that can be done to increase your home’s efficiency.

One of those efficiency boosting projects is installing new or additional insulation in your home to help keep the cool air produced by your cooling system where it belongs—inside the home. Homes with poor insulation often let way too much cool air escape outside and allow the warm summer air to make its way into the home.

For all of our insulation projects, we bring the Bel Red difference to the forefront. You can count on our team of trained and knowledgeable professionals help increase your comfort and decrease your summer cooling bills with some of the most environmentally-friendly insulation products on the market today.

Whether in your attic, basement, crawl space or exterior walls, Bel Red goes the extra mile to ensure your project is done correctly and quickly. We will remove and dispose of existing insulation for full replacement projects, wrap all hot and cold water pipes with insulation, air seal all leaks, provide proper moisture control to the project, and so much more. We’ll even coordinate and communicate with pest control and exclusion services if necessary.

Insulating and air sealing any of these troublesome areas during the warm summer months is hands down one of the best ways to weatherize your home and reduce utility bills. When the winter approaches and it’s time to turn the furnace or other heating source back on, you’ll be in incredible shape to keep those energy savings rolling.

For a free, no-obligation insulation analysis and consultation, don’t hesitate to call Bel Red today or visit the insulation page on our site to learn more.

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Summer has officially begun and that means a new season with home energy savings and efficiency ramifications is upon us. Like with any seasonal shift, a new set of rules and energy savings tips comes into play. Over the next few days, we’ll outline a few tips that can help save you big during this summer of 2016.

As always, contact Bel Red directly for some advice on many personalized ways in which you can make your home the most efficient it’s ever been.

  1. Unplug electronics and appliances when they aren’t in use. While this can be a good tip for any time of the year, it’s becoming increasingly important as we live in a world with so many more electronics being used than ever before. These electronics and small appliances use a fairly large amount of energy if they are plugged in—even if they are turned off. This “phantom power” can cut out a bigger portion of your home’s energy use than you may think if things are unplugged when not in use.
  1. Think about installing window shading around your home. In the hot summer days, keeping sunlight outside is one of the best ways to keep the inside of your home cool. You can install and draw window shades, use patio covers or awnings, or even solar window screens to keep the sun out. For long-term solutions, think about installing tall shrubs, trees or vines to provide a natural barrier. The sun can heat up the inside of the home extremely quickly when things start to warm up in the summer. Keeping it from getting inside will reduce the amount you have to use your air conditioner to keep things comfortable.
  1. Keep your pool efficient. If you’re fortunate enough during the summer heat to have a pool, you probably know that it can be an energy hog during the summer. The filtration systems in pools tend to use a ton of energy and run almost constantly. However, reducing the amount your pool filtration system runs can mean a huge savings. Test this over the course of a few days—increase the time between filtration cycles. If the water remains clear, you’re good to go a bit further. Taking the time to figure out the right balance can save you big.

Summer is a time to enjoy the heat—but we know better than anyone that heat belongs outdoors! Keep things cool and comfortable in your home by letting the team from Bel Red help with your home energy consultation, equipment and services.

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Summer has officially begun and that means a new season with home energy savings and efficiency ramifications is upon us. Like with any seasonal shift, a new set of rules and energy savings tips comes into play. Over the next few days, we’ll outline a few tips that can help save you big during this summer of 2016.

As always, contact Bel Red directly for some advice on many personalized ways in which you can make your home the most efficient it’s ever been.

  1. Let your windows and blinds work for you. Your windows and window accessories can be huge factors in reducing the overall energy your home uses and can go a long way toward increasing your home’s performance. If there are moments of coolness outside during the winter (say, at night), open the windows and take advantage of that fresh air. It will also greatly increase the quality of air inside your home. Furthermore, using the window blinds and shades to your advantage can also be key. Shutting the shades during the day when the sun is at its hottest will limit the amount of heat entering the home. Opening them at night is also a great (and low cost!) way to keep your home cool.
  1. Make use of fans, and use them wisely. Fans are a great way to get around constantly running your air conditioning unit. If you can stick to only running your AC on very warm days and using ceiling, window or whole-house fans, you could find yourself saving a lot of energy this summer. Make sure your fan direction has been changed from the winter, which can typically be done on the side of the fan.
  1. Install a whole house fan. Speaking of making good use of fans, installing a whole house fan is one of the best ways to do just that. Typically installed in the attic of a home, these fans are a great way to draw the hot air out of your house and replace it with cooler air. Running these fans in the morning before the sun gets very hot and at night after the sun has gone down will allow you to resist the urge of flipping on that AC switch.

Summer is a time to enjoy the heat—but we know better than anyone that heat belongs outdoors! Keep things cool and comfortable in your home by letting the team from Bel Red help with your home energy consultation, equipment and services.

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Summer has officially begun and that means a new season with home energy savings and efficiency ramifications is upon us. Like with any seasonal shift, a new set of rules and energy savings tips comes into play. Over the next few days, we’ll outline a few tips that can help save you big during this summer of 2016.

As always, contact Bel Red directly for some advice on many personalized ways in which you can make your home the most efficient it’s ever been.

  1. Set your air conditioning thermostat as high as comfortable in the summer. As is the case in the winter, your thermostat can be one of your best friends when it comes to energy efficiency and conservation during the hot summer months. Changing the settings even a few degrees can make a big difference in your overall consumption, not to mention in your monthly energy bill. Set the thermostat to a level that is as high as you can go and still be comfortable in your home. High 70s is a good target for the warmest summer months for your air conditioner thermostat. This will allow the unit to take a bit of a breather and not have to work in overtime, running almost constantly, if the weather becomes very hot inside and out. Remember, the fewer times your AC unit kicks on, the less you’ll have to shell out month over month in energy costs.
  1. Be smart about your other indoor appliances during the warmer days. As you probably already know, it can be a challenge keeping heat out of your home during the summer. Having your home at peak performance when it comes to energy efficiency will definitely help keep the warm air out and the cool air in. However, when you have heat sources inside your home, it can sometimes seem like a losing battle. Dryers, dishwashers and especially ovens can all add a great deal of heat to the inside of your home when they are operating on these warmer days. Even heat-generating incandescent lights can warm up the inside of your home. It’s a good idea to find alternative times to operate these appliances if possible. Also, that grill we mentioned in the intro? Use it! Keeping your cooking outside whenever possible will keep that heat outdoors where it belongs in the summer.
  1. Have your central air unit inspected, tuned up and cleaned. Just like your furnace should be inspected each year to ensure its highest possible performance, your central air unit should be inspected, cleaned and tuned up so it is ready to perform for the summer. Regular maintenance and checkups will keep the unit running efficiently, even during high and regular use. Have a qualified contractor come check on the unit and perform the tune up for you. It will be well worth it.

 Summer is a time to enjoy the heat—but we know better than anyone that heat belongs outdoors! Keep things cool and comfortable in your home by letting the team from Bel Red help with your home energy consultation, equipment and services.

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It’s something we hear about all the time as part of homeownership horror stories. Mold. It’s an all too common problem in the world of home energy and home safety, yet one that can be avoided with the right combination of knowledge, care products and professional help.

While there are certainly some problems areas in the home, mold can grow almost anywhere in the home. It can be found on interior walls, carpet, damp or dirty clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

As a follow up to a recent post on home humidity management, we have decided to put together a blog post series on mold eradication and prevention. If you think you could be at risk for mold growth in your home, don’t hesitate to get it taken care of right away, starting with these tips!

  • Keep mold off plants inside the home. Indoor plants can be a blessing and a curse when it comes to the quality of the air inside your home. Just like plants outdoors, they can provide fresh, clean air to your home. However, they can sometimes be a troublesome area when it comes to mold growth. The damp soil of these plants is a perfect place for mold to develop. This can spread to other areas of your house quickly. Try using natural mold-resistant additives when you water your indoor plants. 
  • Identify the source of the problem or areas at the highest risk for developing mold. As mentioned, mold can grow on any number of household items or home surfaces. If you notice mold starting to grow, it’s extremely important to address it quickly. Mold left without care to grow and spread can result in hefty bills down the road to fix the problem. Identify problem areas such as an overly damp basement, rugs and carpets or even windows with a lot of condensation (among many others). Each of these requires its own solutions, but problem identification is key.
  • Call in the experts. While there are many things a good DIYer can do to remove or avoid mold, experts like the trained, knowledgeable staff at Bel Red are your best bet to know exactly how to avoid a big mold problem. We are trained with the right information, equipment and products to make sure you’re not at risk for mold growth or spreading. We’d be happy to help.

Thanks for reading our blog post series on mold removal and prevention. If you have been experiencing mold issues or if you think your home is at a higher risk and want some expert advice on avoid any problems in the future for your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bel Red today.

 

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