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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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There’s no avoiding it if you’re a homeowner—the Spring cleaning list. You probably already have a lengthy annual checklist to begin to take care of now that winter is at its close. One question to ask, however, is if you have home performance, indoor air quality and home energy maintenance items included on that Spring cleaning list. These are extremely important items for this time of year when it comes to ensuring your home is as comfortable as it can possibly be.

In this blog post series, we’re laying out some items that you can include on your Spring cleaning checklist with some benefits and reasons for taking care of each. The series concludes with part 3 tips below:

Turn to plants for some cleaning help. None of us have all the time in the world to clean and clean and clean some more. Why not enlist some natural help of plants? Plants are a great way to effortlessly remove toxins from the air inside your home. In NASA’s Clean Air Study, it is recommended that to achieve effective air purification, you should have 1 potted plant for every 100 square feet of your home. And a bonus – as long as they are healthy, plants never stop cleaning your home’s air!

Have you ducts professionally cleaned. There’s a lot of dirt, dust and other potentially harmful elements that lives within spaces of the home that cannot be seen or easily accessed. Your air ducts are certainly one area of the home that fits in this category. Especially if you plan on using your air conditioning system regularly, it’s a great time of year to bring in professionals to clean your ducts. Dirty duct systems are one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality.

Remember to clean your air conditioner unit. Speaking of using your air conditioner more as things start to heat up with the weather… it’s extremely important to clean the air conditioning unit as well. Remember, it has been outside in the elements all winter, likely getting very dirty. Giving it a proper spring clean (or better yet having it done professionally), will keep things running in tip top, efficient shape. If you need more than a cleaning, Bel Red also offers professional repair of A/C units.

Check your home for mold and mildew. Some homes have a hard time with proper air circulation and ventilation during the winter. This can not only lead to stale air, it can also cause mold to grow in many different areas of the home. Doing a full inspection of the home during the Spring will keep these problems, if present, in check. If you do spot mold, make sure to take care of proper remediation steps immediately so it doesn’t turn into a much larger health problem for you and your loved ones.

Thanks for following along with the home energy and indoor air quality edition of Spring cleaning tips and recommendations. As always, if you need help with any of these items, or other items related to your home energy and performance needs during this crucial Spring season, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bel Red today.

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There’s no avoiding it if you’re a homeowner—the Spring cleaning list. You probably already have a lengthy annual checklist to begin to take care of now that winter is at its close. One question to ask, however, is if you have home performance, indoor air quality and home energy maintenance items included on that Spring cleaning list. These are extremely important items for this time of year when it comes to ensuring your home is as comfortable as it can possibly be.

In this blog post series, we’re laying out some items that you can include on your Spring cleaning checklist with some benefits and reasons for taking care of each. The series continues with part 2 tips below:

Prepare your screens. There’s nothing much better than letting in the fresh, clean air from outside through your windows and doors during the warmer weather that is just around the corner. During these transitional Spring days, it’s imperative that any screens in windows and doors are cleaned and prepared properly for use. This can be done easily by removing the screens to clean them or, if you store them during the winter, giving them another cleaning before installing them again. You’ll have fresh air circulating through your home and improving the indoor air quality before you know it!

Deep clean your carpets and rugs. Carpets and rugs sometimes get neglected during the “locked up” winter months. Spring is also a fairly dirty, muddy season, so it’s even more imperative to stay on top of vacuuming. Deep cleaning carpets and rugs is also a great idea. Doing so will ensure that trapped dirt, dust and other particles are eliminated before they have a chance to get into the home’s air flow.

Give your furry friends a cleaning. Staying on top of pet grooming can be one of the best ways to keep your indoor air quality fresh and clean, especially during the Spring. They are likely going outside for longer stretches of time than they did during the winter, so keeping them clean is more important than it has been in recent months. Plus, it will make cuddling with them that much more enjoyable!

Replace your furnace filter. A simple, yet extremely important Spring “cleaning” step is to make sure you’ve replaced your furnace filter with a proper new one. Each time you do so, you’re not only improving the efficiency of the system, you’re keeping your air clean.

We’ll be back with one final set of home energy and indoor air quality Spring cleaning tips shortly. Stay tuned and as always, if you need help with any of these items, or other items related to your home energy and performance needs during this crucial Spring season, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bel Red today.

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