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The holidays are a perfect reminder that it’s important to always give back when we can. At Bel Red, we’re extremely committed to giving back to our community and beyond all throughout the year.  We care greatly about philanthropy and community efforts. From corporate partnerships and giving programs, to the volunteer efforts of our team members in the community, Bel Red and our people are committed to doing our part to make the Pacific Northwest a better place to live and work.

 

One such program we support here at Bel Red is the Food Lifeline, Washington state’s largest hunger relief agency. Only 5% of every financial donation goes to administrative costs at Food Lifeline. For every $1 donated, the organization provides 5 meals to hungry people. At Bel Red, we encourage both employees and customers to donate non-perishable food items to this cause. In fact, for every donation of non-perishable food items from our customers, Bel Red donates $1 to the Food Lifeline program.

 

We’re also proud to work with some partners and manufacturers that share this same sentiment. One such brand is Rheem, who recently extended a very successful philanthropy program called the Heart of Comfort Program.

 

The program, implemented at Rheem and executed by their employees, serves to help communities and citizens in need by supporting charities in the locations of Rheem’s sites across the nation. At the launch of the philanthropy program, Rheem also launched a new website to highlight the impact of Heart of Comfort and provide Rheem customers, friends, family members and the general public with information about how they can be part of the initiative. This community-focused effort has had a significant impact on communities all over.

 

“The Rheem employee family has always been committed to giving back in ways that benefit our own communities and those of our customers,” said Karen Meyers, corporate director, government relations. “Heart of Comfort allows us to unify all the efforts of our individual Rheem locations and bring them under a single, companywide program so that we can not only improve our current efforts, but expand and amplify those efforts. In just our first year of the program, we have watched our impact grow exponentially.”

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We recently posted on our blog about the dangers the harmful gas radon can propose in your home through exposure to you and your loved ones. It’s important to remember that there are many harmful gases and airborne contaminants that can cause problems in your home without proper ventilation.

 

Especially in newer builds, homes today are constructed to be extremely tight in order to be energy efficient. Because of this, ventilation is more important than ever. In order to maintain a healthy home and a high indoor air quality, fresh air must be able to get in and “stale” air must be able to get out.

 

Poor ventilation can lead to a number of different problems in the home, from small issues up to significant issues that can cause a great deal of damage to the home. Common initial problems include odor problems. When air is not properly circulating, stale air can cause bad smells inside your home. Unfortunately, if there are bad smells inside your home, there is very likely a larger root problem causing this issue.

 

Once such problem is mold growth. With poor ventilation, mold can have a chance to grow inside your home. If exposed to mold, or even stale air, for an extended period of time, the potential for health issues can be high. Headaches and fatigue are common problems in homes with poor circulation. If not resolved, long periods of exposure to this air or mold can lead to much more sever health issues. Aside from health issues, poor air quality resulting in mold can also cause significant structural damage to a home.

 

By taking care of the root of the poor air problem through proper ventilation, all of these issues can be avoided. As mentioned above, replacing poor air with clean, fresh air is the key to maintaining high indoor air quality. This air exchange process can be expedited with the use of certain equipment. Bel Red offers a number of different options that help the exchange occur. Some of these options include:

 

·      Timed fresh air intakes

·      Exhaust fans

·      Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) / Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs)

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We’ve discussed on the blog about the importance of taking steps to ensure your home stays free of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. Another, similarly harmful gas that can result from poor indoor ventilation is radon. This dangerous gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Because the air pressure inside your home is typically lower than pressure in the soil around your home's foundation, your home can potentially act like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.

 

Radon also may be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and other household uses. In most cases, radon entering the home through water is a small risk compared with radon entering your home from the soil. Regardless of the way radon enters your home, it is a very dangerous occurrence for you and your loved ones.

 

Radon is a cancer-causing gas that is estimated to cause many deaths in the United States each year. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country—second only to smoking. This is why it is so important to know the proper ways to mitigate radon in your home.

 

First and foremost, ensuring proper levels of ventilation in your home is key to avoiding radon problems. Especially in “trouble areas” such as basements or crawlspaces, ventilation allows clean air to circulate in your home. Vapor barriers also protect against harmful gases entering the home through these spaces. A closed home, especially in the winter months, can lead to an increased risk of radon exposure for the home’s inhabitants.

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You’ve done it! You’ve just purchased your first home. Congratulations! You’ve successfully made it through the long process of finding and securing your first mortgage, found the perfect home for you and made it through the sometimes torturous waiting period from offer and acceptance to closing on the home. This is truly something to celebrate. Likely, there are some things you’ll probably want to change about the home when you first move in.

 

Once you have those keys in hand, you probably want to jump right in on those projects and upgrades to truly make the home yours. However, it can’t be stated enough that there are many safety steps and familiarizations you should be making with your new home as a first step. These can ensure you and your loved ones stay safe in your brand new home. We’ve listed a few below to help you get started.

 

·      Know where the water shutoff valve is located. Water can be a dangerous thing to any home. When you have a water emergency, the first immediate step should be to shut off the water coming into your home by turning the main water shutoff valve to the off position. To do so, you obviously need to know where that is located. If your home inspector did not show you during the home’s walkthrough, be sure to locate it yourself so you can be prepared for any water mishap. In addition, make sure your main water shutoff valve and all valves located throughout the house are in proper working order and made of durable materials. We recently just wrote about the importance of making sure your water shutoff valves are up to par in terms of performance and durability, so that post is a great place to start with this process.

 

·      Know where the gas shutoff is located. Perhaps more important than knowing the location of the main water shutoff valve is knowing where the gas shutoff is located in the home. Regardless of the type of fuel, it’s extremely important to not only know the location of the gas shutoff, but the process to actually shut it off. You likely have many different appliances that use this gas—whether your heating system, your water heater or washer and dryer. Shutting off the main gas line to your house can help avoid serious safety hazards in the case of an emergency.

 

·      Call 811 before digging a hole. Have a big landscape project on your mind for your new front or back yard? Make sure you know where the gas, water and electric lines are that run from the street to your home. By calling 811, which is a national dig-safety hotline, you can begin the process of identifying where these pipes are so you can be sure to avoid them. This service connects you to local contractors that can let you know where your pipes are located. In our area, you call also call Bel Red directly and we can help you with this process.

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As the holidays are upon us, we wanted to take an opportunity to thank all of our great Bel Red family—including customers and employees alike. We take great pride in bringing you the highest quality service for all of your home energy, heating, cooling and home comfort needs, among others.

 

We greatly appreciate all of the support our customers provide our business and know we couldn’t be where we are today without you. As an ongoing thanks, we always make it our highest priority to bring you the highest level of customer service and satisfaction as possible. If you’re ever unsatisfied with our work, we will fix the issue as quickly as possible. On top of our guaranteed work, we provide prompt, expert service in a caring way. Our customers are well worth going the extra mile and it’s something we work to do more and more each day.

 

Aside from huge thanks for our customers, we’d also like to thank our hardworking staff here at Bel Red. Their dedication allows us to be a leader in the home energy industry, not only with their caring service, but also their overall knowledge and hardworking nature. As mentioned above, we look at our team here at Bel Red as family. As I’m sure you’ll be doing with your family and loved ones, our team will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow at home with their families and friends. We’ll be closed all day to allow them to take a much-deserved break to enjoy themselves and their loved ones.

 

At Bel Red, we have a specific set of core values that are not just phrases on our website or posters on the wall—they are values we live day in and day out. Our core values include:

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