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If you are thinking about replacing your furnace, we’ve taken steps here at Bel Red to make that as easy and quick as possible. We understand that your time is valuable, and sometimes you may not have any concerns about comfort, efficiency, or indoor air quality – you just need heat, which is why we try to make the process of quotes and estimates for this type of work painless.  We now offer an online estimate tool featuring free Quick Quote technology for fast estimates on basic furnace replacements.

 

Is the online estimate tool right for you? Well, it depends on the type of work you need done and the situation you find yourself in when considering hiring a contractor for heating and cooling installations, repair or upgrades. The Quick Quote tool is done completely online, making the exploratory portion of this process much easier than it has traditionally been. The tool provides a price estimate only, so it’s perfect for those without any concerns regarding comfort, energy savings, indoor air quality or other topics that could potentially factor into this type of work. If you do have questions in these areas, it is best to schedule in-person evaluation, which is also free. This in-person evaluation provides a customized quote based on specific and individual needs and provides you with answers to your heating and cooling project questions. For the most comprehensive and customized look into the needs of your home, we always offer complete Home Energy Audits, which comprehensively identifies all energy and comfort-related issues, and offers solutions to improve them.

 

So, how does the online estimate tool work? It’s simple – you fill out the online request form with your project detail and information and we’ll email you an estimate within one business day.  If you decide to purchase based on the estimate, there are a few steps necessary before we can start the project. A brief on-site assessment is necessary to ensure there are no installation issues. This visit also allows us to have you fill out the proper and required paperwork and conveniently schedule the installation. If we do find issues during this visit, our Bel Red professionals will thoroughly review all options you have to move forward. You are under no obligation to proceed with the installation at this point. We always want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible with all information relevant to your home energy and heating and cooling installation needs.

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When it comes to indoor air quality, one question typically pops into homeowners’ minds. Are my ducts clean? Almost without exception, a common HVAC system is pumping hot or cool air into the home all year round. It’s no secret – dirty ductwork can lead to dirt, dust or allergens clinging to this forced air and create big problems when it comes to the overall air quality within the home. So, how do we fix this?

 

It’s easy to jump to a quick conclusion and just decide to bring in a cleaning crew to take care of dirty ducts. While having ducts cleaned is an obvious and necessary solution, it may only be a temporary fix. Ideally, ducts are completely sealed systems. Properly sealed and functioning ducts should be enough to keep dirt, dust or worse from entering your heating and cooling system. Ducts that require regular cleaning are likely in need of repair or replacement in order to create a fully sealed system.

 

Leaks in the ducts are a very common cause of a faulty or regularly dirty system. Leaks that occur on the return side of the duct system are probable culprits of dirt and dust entering because this side of the system creates negative pressure, pulling air in. If the leak is in a dirty area of the house, such as the attic or crawl space, the result will be dirty air getting into the system.

 

Another common cause of dirty ducts, which can also be the root cause of the aforementioned leaks, is improper sealing of joints and duct connections. Expansion and contraction in these joint areas, especially in poor quality ducts, can cause leaks to form over time. Especially in older homes, many heating and cooling systems’ ductwork is out of date in terms of current code. Newer (and properly installed) systems should always be up to code and prevent leaks and air quality problems permanently.

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It’s a common question that is asked by anyone who is thinking about contracting out for home improvement work. What am I paying for when I hire a professional contractor? There are many factors that go into pricing for these services, especially those of professionally trained and licensed contractors. While prices certainly can vary and should be examined to ensure fairness, there are many details that should be taken into account when searching for a contractor.

 

Just like with tangible goods purchased at a store, services such as HVAC, plumbing or other home improvement work require a markup. While it’s easy to understand product markups from these stores (shipping costs, overhead, cost of goods, advertising, etc.), many often overlook key components to “service markups.” Especially with highly trained and expert staff, like the team at Bel Red, there are many factors that need to be covered within this “markup” cost. While costs may initially seem higher for well trained, experienced, and licensed contractors, the cost savings of doing things right can result in huge benefits.

 

The cost of service for the work Bel Red does for its clients goes a long way to help ensuring that work is done properly. We spend a great deal of time and money on education and training programs for our employees, as we want to ensure all installers, service technicians, handymen, plumbers or other service providers wearing the Bel Red uniform are as knowledgeable and professional they can possibly be. This education and training includes licensing and accreditation through some of the top home energy, heating and cooling industry organizations, including ACCA, NATE, BPI and more.

 

Aside from training, the cost of services also includes expenses such as insurance  (including liability, property, auto, workers compensation and more) and bonding—which provides peace of mind to our customers. There are also many miscellaneous costs that are associated with in-home services such as fuel and transportation costs, vehicle and equipment maintenance costs and costs to ensure compliance with government and industry regulations on multiple levels. Providing excellent service also requires a substantial support team from customer service reps to dispatchers, accounting staff and more.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably well aware of the many different services that Bel Red Energy Solutions offers including heating, air conditioning, home energy and plumbing services. For over 26 years customers have trusted Bel Red Energy Solutions to make their homes more comfortable, energy efficient, safe and healthy. You may, however, be a little bit less familiar with some of our other offerings, including a full range of handyman services for household repairs, maintenance and home improvement projects.

 

As is the case with all of our home energy and plumbing professionals, our professional handymen are extremely talented and experienced. Like those other services, our handyman services are guaranteed. Bel Red is licensed, bonded and insured for your protection; And our staff is SafeScreened Certified™ for your peace-of-mind.

 

Our handyman services are here to help with most any project our customers need. These services include:

  • Deck repair
  • Bathroom and kitchen repairs and upgrades
  • Lighting and fan replacement
  • Wall and ceiling repair, trim and moldings
  • Interior painting
  • Air sealing and weatherization
  • Flooring and tile installation and repair
  • Attic, garage and basement upgrades
  • Pressure washing and gutter cleaning
  • Finish carpentry
  • Furniture, outdoor grill, and play set assembly
  • Household projects and miscellaneous repairs around the home

Last week, we posted Part 1 of a two part series on common plumbing questions that arise for homeowners. In it, we addressed some common issues, from how to properly clean a disposal to maintaining plumbing fixtures properly. In this post, we’ll wrap up the series with five additional plumbing tips for homeowners to keep in mind. Here goes…

 

6. Is it ok to spend less money for a cheap product as long as it includes a warranty?

This one’s pretty simple. What you buy is what you get—even when a warranty is included. While having warranties is a great thing, they shouldn’t necessarily be the top consideration for product purchases, especially when it comes to plumbing products. Consumers should always think about the quality of the plumbing fixtures, accessories and other products before making the purchase. Sometimes spending a little more up front or having professional plumbers do the work can save a lot of headaches, time and money in the long run. Even if a cheap product is covered under warranty, that warranty will only replace it with the same or similar quality product. This could be a stressful cycle if cheap products keep failing or breaking, and does not factor in the value of your time and inconvenience.

 

7. Everything eventually goes down the drain—that means everything is working properly, right?

Not necessarily. Just because food, hair or other things make their way down a drain eventually doesn’t mean everything is in perfect working order. Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t apply in the plumbing world. Small food items, such as rice, tend to bloat and expand once they make their way down (or get caught in) drainpipes. This waste can build up over time and cause clogs or even corrosion. Remember, in order to prevent these types of drainage issues, proper precautions and preventative measure should be taken beforehand.

 

8. Are water pressure regulators always dependable?

While they can be effective, water pressure regulators aren’t always dependable and accurate. Sometimes, they can give misinformation to a homeowner, which could lead to some big problems such as floods, leaks or other problems. Measuring the pressure and adjusting by yourself can often be as effective as using a regulator. If you commonly have leaks, flooding, or notice constant draining noise from your toilet after flushing, chances are your water pressure may be too high. If it’s too low… well… you’ll notice with the lack of sufficient water.