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Believe it or not, the New Year is just around the corner. It’s that time when we all make lists of resolutions to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

At Bel Red, we believe in helping to improve the lives of our customers and their loved ones when it comes to home energy and performance. In this blog series, we’ve put together a list of resolutions for your new year that could help do just that.

Follow this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to a more energy efficient home in 2016 and beyond!

  • Keep the area around your furnace clean and unblocked. We get it. It’s easy to let your basement fill up with clutter, stored items and even junk. By keeping the area around your furnace clear of this clutter, you could be helping your furnace “breathe” and work properly. Blocking crucial airflow at the furnace will only make it work harder to bring air in and push air out. Clean up that mess – your furnace (and energy bill) will thank you.
  • Add some moisture to the air. Air inside the home can become very dry during the winter months. Adding a humidifier or some houseplants can bring some moisture to your indoor air. Air that isn’t so dry can help make things feel warmer and can even hold more heat. This may allow you to take your thermostat settings down a notch or two and still feel the same level of comfort you previously did—all while saving energy!
  • Invest in insulation. As we’ve discussed many times on the Bel Red blog before, investing in insulation for your home is one of the best ways to save energy not only in the winter, but all year round. Homes without proper insulation can waste hundreds of dollars worth of energy each year. The price of insulation is very much worth it when compared to avoiding the cost of leaked energy. You can even go a step further this year and buy and install weatherstripping around doors and windows to keep air leaks to a minimum in your home.

As always, we’re here to help well beyond developing a list of energy saving tips for you to tackle in the new year. We’d love to help with any home performance upgrade or project, whether it’s on this list or not! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We hope you have a fantastic New Year and thanks for following along with this series!

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Believe it or not, the New Year is just around the corner. It’s that time when we all make lists of resolutions to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

At Bel Red, we believe in helping to improve the lives of our customers and their loved ones when it comes to home energy and performance. In this blog series, we’ve put together a list of resolutions for your new year that could help do just that.

Follow this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to a more energy efficient home in 2016 and beyond!

  • “If you’re cold, put on a sweater.” While the old saying may be a joke to many, it does hold some truth. As we mentioned in a previous post from this series, lowering your thermostat setting a few degrees can result in a big energy savings over the course of the winter season. Putting on a comfy sweater, some thick wool socks and keeping your living room and bedroom furniture equipped with throw blankets can really help you settle into the winter and save energy and money in the process.
  • Take advantage of airflow in your home. If you have ceiling fans in your home and aren’t using them in the winter, you may be losing out on a big energy efficiency opportunity. Switching the setting from counter-clockwise to a clockwise spin will help push hot air that rises to the ceiling back down in the winter. This will create better airflow and greater warm air circulation in the home and will help your heating system, whatever it may be, work a little less while still keeping your home comfortable.
  • Don’t heat what you don’t use. In the case of rooms that get little or no use, like guest rooms or storage rooms/closets, there’s not much need to send valuable heat to those areas of the home. Close off the vents to these rooms and redirect that heat to places that need it most – the rooms you occupy every day. Less space requires less energy.

As always, we’re here to help well beyond developing a list of energy saving tips for you to tackle in the new year. We’d love to help with any home performance upgrade or project, whether it’s on this list or not! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We hope you have a fantastic New Year!

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Believe it or not, the New Year is just around the corner. It’s that time when we all make lists of resolutions to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

At Bel Red, we believe in helping to improve the lives of our customers and their loved ones when it comes to home energy and performance. In this blog series, we’ve put together a list of resolutions for your new year that could help do just that.

Follow this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to a more energy efficient home in 2016 and beyond!

  • Ease up on your water heater. Heating water is a huge energy requirement during the colder winter months. Our desire for warmer water, especially in the shower, can create a much higher demand on your water heater. Start by making sure the thermostat on your water heater is set to a reasonable level. There’s no need to heat water to a hotter level than what’s necessary or even comfortable. Second, install low flow showerheads and faucets if/where appropriate. Using less water means using less hot water, which means your water heater doesn’t have to work overtime this winter.
  • Go with a power strip for your electronics. Using power strips will not only help you use less energy by making it easier to turn off multiple electronics at once, it will also keep your electronics safe from surges. Power strips help reduce or eliminate phantom power (the power that is used when electronics are off but still plugged in) by creating one off switch to block this power phenomenon. Power strips also help keep people more mindful of the power they are using on a regular basis.
  • Take advantage of the sun – it’s free energy! If you become an expert at using your window curtains to your advantage, you could find yourself saving a lot of energy this winter. On sunny days, open the curtain on the south facing windows of your house. This will allow the sun to come in and heat up your home naturally. When the sun isn’t shining, or during the evening and night hours, close the curtains or blinds to keep that heat trapped in your home. A simple, and FREE, heat source.

As always, we’re here to help well beyond developing a list of energy saving tips for you to tackle in the new year. We’d love to help with any home performance upgrade or project, whether it’s on this list or not! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We hope you have a fantastic New Year!

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Believe it or not, the New Year is just around the corner. It’s that time when we all make lists of resolutions to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

At Bel Red, we believe in helping to improve the lives of our customers and their loved ones when it comes to home energy and performance. In this blog series, we’ve put together a list of resolutions for your new year that could help do just that.

Follow this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to a more energy efficient home in 2016 and beyond!

  • Get in the habit of using and adjusting your programmable thermostat. One of the best ways to save energy is to know the best temperature settings for your home and programmable thermostat. Striking that balance between comfort and high energy consumption can help save hundreds of dollars per year on your heating bills. The best part? It takes just a few quick minutes to adjust the settings and set an automatic schedule for your week. Remember, even if you have an older thermostat, we can help you set up a programmer that works seamlessly with almost any heating system.
  • Switch to energy saving light bulbs. Replacing your lighting throughout the home is a great way to save a ton of energy in the new year. While it may be a bit more costly up front, the switch will definitely pay for itself over time. The amount of energy you save will also increase dramatically with a change in light. Making the switch to any Energy Star rated bulbs is the way to go. You could save almost $100 per year in energy savings just by changing your light bulbs.
  • Schedule a heating system cleaning and maintenance check. Maintaining and cleaning your heating system, furnace or otherwise, can cut down greatly on how hard the system has to work in order to keep you comfortable during the winter. This is typically a very inexpensive way to keep your system working in top condition. Trained professionals can quickly and easily perform maintenance checks and clean your heating system, which will also reduce the risk of much larger problems down the road.
  • Change your furnace filter. Another hugely important item to add to part 1 of our New Year resolutions list is changing your air filters. If you haven’t done so recently, this is especially important. Your heating system is just starting to enter its busiest time of the year, so easy airflow through the filter is more important than ever. The good news? It’s probably the easiest home performance maintenance task to perform. The hard part is remembering to do so!

As always, we’re here to help well beyond developing a list of energy saving tips for you to tackle in the new year. We’d love to help with any home performance upgrade or project, whether it’s on this list or not! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We hope you have a fantastic New Year!

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Leaking ducts can be a big roadblock to home performance and overall efficiency at any time of the year. Not only can conditioned air leak out into spaces you don’t want it to, like inside walls or in basements and attics, but leaks can also allow dirt, dust and other particles to get into the system. This causes dirty air to be pushed throughout the home, which can hinder indoor air quality, reduce comfort and more.

So what’s the solution? Well, proper sealing of duct leaks is the best place to start. There are a number of options out there for going about sealing your ducts, some much more effective than others. Most traditional duct sealing processes rely on a painted on material that seals the outside of ducts to stop leakage. There are a few potential problems with this process. First, this process only allows visible portions of ducts to be reached and sealed. Secondly, it only seals the outside of the ducts, which could potentially leave room for error during application of the seal.

As an alternative to these traditional duct sealing methods, the team at Bel Red offers Aeroseal duct sealing. Aeroseal provides the most comprehensive coverage by sealing from the inside out. Aeroseal software allows a professional technician to accurate measure the duct leakage in the home. This process puts escaping air at that leak under pressure and causes polymer particles to stick first to the edges of the leak, then to each other until the leak is filled. This process also addresses the issue of the inability to reach invisible ducts hidden within walls, floors and ceilings. Since the process seals all leaks from the inside out and travels through the entire duct system of the home, no leak is missed—even in hard or impossible to reach places.

During the Aeroseal process, sealant is injected into the ducts for approximately one hour depending on the size of the home and duct system. The sealant actively seeks out and fills leaks. Ducts are sealed with only 1-2 ounces of sealant material remaining in the ducts. Once the process is complete, a computer-generated analysis is performed by the HVAC professionals to confirm successful sealing of the entire duct system.

Our tests have shown that most homes in the Puget Sound area have significant leaks in their duct system. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you want to ensure that you get the comfort you are paying for by having Bel Red seal and insulate your duct system with Aeroseal. Our process is guaranteed for 10 years!

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