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Modern heating equipment and systems, when purchased new from a reputable source and company, are almost always going to perform well for homeowners when coupled with proper installation. So, does that mean that you can purchase any system and have great performance, right? Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case.

First, as we mentioned briefly above, the installation process is crucial to a well performing furnace and air conditioning unit. If proper care and knowledge is not applied to the installation process, it could have major implications on the efficiency of the unit. Government and utility company research shows that more often than not, new heating and cooling systems do not perform to their potential because a few different reasons, including:

1. The new system may be the wrong size for your home.

2. The existing air duct system may have major hidden deficiencies.

3. The new system may be installed improperly

When it comes to home heating and cooling systems, it’s appropriate to find the size that’s just right for your home. The size and efficiency should match well to the size and efficiency of your house. Some contractors will readily sell you a bigger unit than you need. It costs you more to buy, and it can cost a lot more to operate and service. Even worse, an over sized system actually results in a less comfortable home.

Some systems that are too large for the house can actually heat or cool an area of the home too fast, resulting in less conditioned air making it to other areas of the home or not allowing the system to carry out other key roles such as humidity management.

At Bel Red, we’ll make sure to know the exact needs of your home and what it will take to match it with the most efficient unit you need to stay comfortable and keep your operational costs down.

If you’re exploring a new heating and cooling system (or one or the other), we’d be happy to help you determine the best system for your home and budget. We’ll not only let you know the best size unit for your home and situation, but also make sure your duct system and any other relevant areas of your home allow for maximum comfort and efficiency. Give us a call today.

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With each change of season here at Bel Red, we like to send along some helpful (and seasonally relevant) plumbing tips through our blog to help our customers and readers get the most out of their home plumbing system. We understand the importance of keeping plumbing fixtures, faucets, pipes and more in top shape.

Below you’ll find the second part of a convenient a relatively quick Spring plumbing checklist. For help with any of these items, or anything related to your home plumbing needs, don’t hesitate to contact Bel Red so we can put you in touch with one of our knowledgeable, expert plumbers. Enjoy!

  • Carefully drain several gallons of water from your water heater. This will flush out any sediment that could cause corrosion inside your tank and its pipes. Spring is also a great time to start evaluating your water heater needs for the year ahead. If your tank is old and inefficient, you may want to think about replacement.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks. If you drop a few drops of food coloring to the water, you’ll quickly be able to identify problems areas if leaks exist. Seal these leaks or replace necessary parts.
  • Don’t forget about your exterior plumbing. Check all outside faucets, sprinkler lines and other water uses or features. You likely haven’t used water outside since the fall, so checking for properly working faucets, hoses and spouts is necessary to ensure freezing temperatures didn’t damage them.
  • If you live in an area with a sewer system, make sure your sewage backflow valve is working properly. If you don’t have one installed, think about doing so now.
  • Call in the reinforcements. For larger plumbing problems or for help with any problems you uncovered while making your way through this checklist, don’t forget that we’re here to help. Call us today.
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With each change of season here at Bel Red, we like to send along some helpful (and seasonally relevant) plumbing tips through our blog to help our customers and readers get the most out of their home plumbing system. We understand the importance of keeping plumbing fixtures, faucets, pipes and more in top shape.

Below you’ll find the first of two parts of a convenient a relatively quick Spring plumbing checklist. For help with any of these items, or anything related to your home plumbing needs, don’t hesitate to contact Bel Red so we can put you in touch with one of our knowledgeable, expert plumbers. Enjoy!

  • Check the temperature on your water heater. It should be set to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding and burns. For normal household needs, this temperature should certainly be sufficient for the Spring season (and beyond).
  • Test your sump pump to ensure it’s working properly. Drop a few buckets full of water into the drain area. The pump should quickly turn on and get rid of the excess water. Remember – Spring tends to be a very wet season. You don’t want water issues in your basement!
  • Clean your gutters. Cleaning gutters can greatly reduce the chance for water problems such as basement or roof leaks. Gutters are there for a purpose - taking the time to do this now can save some potentially big headaches.
  • Check all faucets for dripping or leaks. Sealing or tightening fixtures can help save a lot of water.
  • Test all toilets for proper flushing. If they seem to be running excessively after flushing, you may need new tank parts. No need to worry – these are inexpensive parts that can greatly reduce your water usage and can often be installed very quickly.
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Many people are constantly thinking of ways to improve the efficiency and performance of their homes not only because it can save them a ton of money, but also because it’s a responsible thing to do from an environmental standpoint. At Bel Red, we understand the importance of reducing energy consumption, which is why we offer and install many of the best, most efficient home energy, heating and cooling systems on the market.

One such piece of equipment is an alternative to traditional water heaters—a Rinnai tankless water heater. With this amazing piece of equipment and technology installed in your home, you can save money, save space, and have hot water any time you need it on demand. It’s a great alternative to a large tank water heater if you want to save space and reduce that cluttered feeling that often plagues basements.

While a tankless water heater may have a bit of a higher up front cost, the total value can be much better than anything else on the market, especially when you take the following benefits of a tankless water heater from Rinnai into consideration:

  • Never run out of hot water – while producing enough hot water to run up to two showers simultaneously
  • Save up to 35% on fuel bills – by heating only hot water you use, not stored water as with conventional tanks
  • Reduce emissions – with decreased run time
  • Save space – by mounting on an interior or exterior wall of your home, as opposed to taking up 2-16 square feet of floor space for a conventional hot water tank
  • Longer life – of up to 25 years vs. 10-15 years for water heater tanks under similar use, saving you money with replacement costs over time and decreasing the amount of waste in landfills

There are often even rebate programs to help you save on some of those heavier up front costs of purchase and installation. If you are interested in learning more about Rinnai tankless water heaters, contact us at Bel Red today to see if it’s a good option for you and your home. Tankless water heaters are not for every home, given that they do require different gas and venting requirements than traditional tank water heaters. If you give us a call to set up a no-obligation consultation, we’d be happy to help you determine if it makes sense in your home.

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Have you been contemplating purchasing a new heating and cooling system for your home? It can certainly be an intimidating process—not just from an investment standpoint, but from a knowledge standpoint as well. It can be difficult to know what is best for you home, your budget and your general needs. There are many different options for types of systems, performance levels and sizes for each, etc. – the list of considerations goes on and on.

It can also be an exciting time for a homeowner. The prospect of having a new heating and cooling system can bring power to a homeowner. The power to save money month to month, the power to make one’s home more efficient, to use less energy and be more friendly to the environment in the process.

One of the things we strive to do here at Bel Red is provide understandable knowledge to our customers so they are extremely informed throughout the heating and cooling system buying process. We partner with each and every one to make sure they know exactly what they are getting (and paying for) in an honest, caring way.

In fact, we even like to provide this type of knowledge before the buying process even begins to help guide consumers into the path of an informed decision. We’re here to help with any questions you have and provide customized answers that fit the needs of you and your home.

To get started, a great resource linked on our site is the special report titled “Tips and Secrets to Buying a New Heating and Cooling System.”

If you’re considering the purchase of a new heating and cooling system to add comfort and efficiency to your home, this document is a great place to start. It gives insight into how to pick the best system for your needs, how to save money and how to be sure you get what you pay for in the process.

Once you review the document, you may have additional questions—or you may be ready to dive into the process. Either way, Bel Red is here to help. Contact us today to get started.

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