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In this new blog post series, we’ll examine some trouble zones in the home when it comes to wetness and moisture management. We’ll also provide some quick tips to help remedy these common moisture issues in the trouble areas discussed. If you have any severe problems or just need a hand figuring out the best approach to take in managing moisture in your home, call our team at Bel Red today.

Perhaps the most troublesome area in any home when it comes to moisture management is the bathroom. Whether it’s the result of a long hot shower or water splashing all around from the sink, the bathroom is a place that always sees its fair share of moisture challenges. In this post, we’ll examine a few tips on how to make sure the vent fan in your bathroom is combating this moisture to the best of its ability.

Tip 1 – Reduce the length and temperature of your showers. Long, hot showers are big culprits when it comes to moisture and condensation inside your bathroom. The longer and hotter the shower, the more steam is able to fill the air. This means your vent fan has to work overtime to try to clear up the air. The less steam, the faster it is for the fan to do its job.

Tip 2 – Turn the fan on before you start your shower. A simple flick of the switch before you start your shower routine can really help. It gets the air in the bathroom moving before the steam from the shower hits it. Likewise, run the fan for up to 20 minutes after the shower is complete to ensure the air is clear of moisture. You can even install fan timers or install a humidity-detecting fan for the best results and highest convenience.

Tip 3 – Be sure your fan is suitable for your bathroom. Not all bathroom fans are created equal—just like not all bathrooms are the same size. Pay special attention to the recommended size for the fan you’re buying if you’re at the installation stage. If you have a large bathroom, getting the cheapest fan probably isn’t going to get the job done. Spending a little more now to get a proper fan for your bathroom size could save you a ton of money when it comes to avoiding expensive fixes caused by moisture.

Tip 4 – Check for proper ventilation. Make sure the duct and vent system coming from the fan is clear of blockages. Always make sure your vent fan duct has a short path to the outside wall or roof with few turns. Inside the home, make sure your door has at least 5/8 of an inch between the bottom of the door and the floor to allow some fresh air to enter the bathroom while the fan in operating. Better yet, if you don’t need full privacy, leave the door cracked open during your showers. 

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In this new blog post series, we’ll examine some trouble zones in the home when it comes to wetness and moisture management. We’ll also provide some quick tips to help remedy these common moisture issues in the trouble areas discussed. If you have any severe problems or just need a hand figuring out the best approach to take in managing moisture in your home, call our team at Bel Red today.

 

Perhaps the most troublesome area in any home when it comes to moisture management is the bathroom. Whether it’s the result of a long hot shower or water splashing all around from the sink, the bathroom is a place that always sees its fair share of moisture challenges. In this post, we’ll examine a few tips on how to make sure the vent fan in your bathroom is combating this moisture to the best of its ability.

 

Tip 1 – Reduce the length and temperature of your showers. Long, hot showers are big culprits when it comes to moisture and condensation inside your bathroom. The longer and hotter the shower, the more steam is able to fill the air. This means your vent fan has to work overtime to try to clear up the air. The less steam, the faster it is for the fan to do its job.

 

Tip 2 – Turn the fan on before you start your shower. A simple flick of the switch before you start your shower routine can really help. It gets the air in the bathroom moving before the steam from the shower hits it. Likewise, run the fan for up to 20 minutes after the shower is complete to ensure the air is clear of moisture. You can even install fan timers or install a humidity-detecting fan for the best results and highest convenience.

 

Tip 3 – Be sure your fan is suitable for your bathroom. Not all bathroom fans are created equal—just like not all bathrooms are the same size. Pay special attention to the recommended size for the fan you’re buying if you’re at the installation stage. If you have a large bathroom, getting the cheapest fan probably isn’t going to get the job done. Spending a little more now to get a proper fan for your bathroom size could save you a ton of money when it comes to avoiding expensive fixes caused by moisture.

 

Tip 4 – Check for proper ventilation. Make sure the duct and vent system coming from the fan is clear of blockages. Always make sure your vent fan duct has a short path to the outside wall or roof with few turns. Inside the home, make sure your door has at least 5/8 of an inch between the bottom of the door and the floor to allow some fresh air to enter the bathroom while the fan in operating. Better yet, if you don’t need full privacy, leave the door cracked open during your showers.

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We hear you—home improvement projects can be messy and frustrating. There are certain surprises (which we’ll mention later on in this post) that can cause some headaches along the way. Being prepared, mentally and physically (and even emotionally) is the best first step toward ensuring you get through the renovation or upgrade successfully and smoothly. There will likely be some unforeseen issues along the way as well. As most of you probably already know, that’s a part of the home improvement game.

The good news? You don’t have to be alone when it comes to these large home and home performance improvements. As a homeowner, it’s important to know that good professionals, like our team at Bel Red, will also do their best to mitigate these problems, and resolve them if they do occur. Even with the best professionals coming in to help, it’s always good to be as prepared as possible.

Remodeling or upgrading a piece of expensive equipment such as an HVAC unit can be an emotional and stressful process for a homeowner. Hopefully, contracting companies such as Bel Red can reduce this stress to a minimum. Preparing yourself mentally for the entire process is a great way to keep calm during the installation or home improvement. Having important discussions with contractors and asking the right questions can give you as much knowledge as possible before the project begins. With this additional knowledge, you as a homeowner can feel more comfortable not only with the contractor, but with the project itself. If you understand and prepare for the worst in this scenario, you will be able to shrug off any minor mishaps that may occur during the work.

It is also extremely important for homeowners to have as clear a schedule as possible during the installation or home improvement project. Being on hand regularly allows for ongoing conversations between the contractor and homeowner and ensures everyone is on the same page from start to finish. Some questions may also come up along the way that the contractors have for the homeowner. Being able to have those questions answered quickly allows for the most efficient and effective overall process. Contractors like Bel Red will provide all customers with a detailed schedule of work in advance, which will hopefully make it easier for the homeowner to free up as much time as possible for the project.

Finally, and we can’t stress this enough, it’s extremely important with any large home improvement process for homeowners to prepare for some unforeseen costs or issues unrelated to the actual install or improvement project. While contractors should provide you with an accurate estimate for the actual project beforehand, unforeseen issues are common in this business. Many project we undertake involve quite a bit of demolition and construction, so many times we uncover underlying issues such as mold, dry rot, termites or other harmful issues. While these can sometimes be expensive, many of these issues are things that must be fixed to keep your home and loved ones safe. Being prepared for these issues will help you keep your sanity if something like this does come up.

We know the stress of a large home improvement or installation can be hard to handle. But, we’re here to help. From start to finish, we want to make sure our customers are prepared, informed and comfortable with the entire process. Dust and dirt will inevitably get in your home and problems may arise during the process, but in the end, we’ll make sure you’re 100% satisfied with the work and will always deliver it fairly and professionally.

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There are many tips, trick and regular maintenance steps to keep your home’s HVAC system working the most efficiently and effectively for your home. One of the most important steps in ensuring your HVAC system does in fact remain effective if making sure your ducts are kept clean. Are you wondering why having your ducts professionally cleaned is worth it? You’ve come to the right place.

 

First, having a clean duct system is one of the best ways to optimal indoor air quality in your home. Think of your HVAC system as the lungs to your home. We all know how important it is to have clean, healthy lungs in terms of overall health and comfort in our bodies. The same is certainly true for having clean ducts. This system takes air in and pushes air out into the home. If ducts are dirty with dust and other particles or allergens, this air will pick them up and move them throughout the home, which can cause an extremely uncomfortable setting—perhaps even an unhealthy one.

 

Over time, our ducts and HVAC system can collect dust, allergens, dander, chemicals and other pollutants because of the regular air that is brought into the system. On average, this air is circulated within the system and sent back out into the air inside the home 5 to 7 times per day. This re-circulation causes an even greater buildup within the ducts and a compounding problem arises. Cleaning the system allows for air to move through the system cleanly and easily, not picking up and passing along additional harmful agents.

 

Aside from indoor air quality, clean air ducts allow for your HVAC system to run at a much more efficient rate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted—often times this wasted energy can be attributed to an inefficient and dirty system. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system.

 

Even with the use of filters, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. Having your ducts professionally cleaned by a team of experts like those at Bel Red is a huge step toward a much more efficient system—and can extend its life as well.

 

If you think the indoor air quality and efficiency of your home could benefit from duct cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be glad to come visit and provide a solution for your individual needs.

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There are many tips, trick and regular maintenance steps to keep your home’s HVAC system working the most efficiently and effectively for your home. One of the most important steps in ensuring your HVAC system does in fact remain effective if making sure your ducts are kept clean. Are you wondering why having your ducts professionally cleaned is worth it? You’ve come to the right place.

First, having a clean duct system is one of the best ways to optimal indoor air quality in your home. Think of your HVAC system as the lungs to your home. We all know how important it is to have clean, healthy lungs in terms of overall health and comfort in our bodies. The same is certainly true for having clean ducts. This system takes air in and pushes air out into the home. If ducts are dirty with dust and other particles or allergens, this air will pick them up and move them throughout the home, which can cause an extremely uncomfortable setting—perhaps even an unhealthy one.

Over time, our ducts and HVAC system can collect dust, allergens, dander, chemicals and other pollutants because of the regular air that is brought into the system. On average, this air is circulated within the system and sent back out into the air inside the home 5 to 7 times per day. This re-circulation causes an even greater buildup within the ducts and a compounding problem arises. Cleaning the system allows for air to move through the system cleanly and easily, not picking up and passing along additional harmful agents.

Aside from indoor air quality, clean air ducts allow for your HVAC system to run at a much more efficient rate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted—often times this wasted energy can be attributed to an inefficient and dirty system. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system.

Even with the use of filters, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. Having your ducts professionally cleaned by a team of experts like those at Bel Red is a huge step toward a much more efficient system—and can extend its life as well.

If you think the indoor air quality and efficiency of your home could benefit from duct cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be glad to come visit and provide a solution for your individual needs.

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