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Despite the fact that we may want to be outside as much as possible in the fresh, clean air, it’s a fact that the average person spends most of his or her time indoors. Unfortunately, that same clean air we get when we’re outdoors doesn’t tend to follow us inside.

 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. This comes from a number of factors, including mold, dust, allergens and other pollutants circulating throughout the home and not escaping outside.

 

What shocks many is that this problem can sometimes be even worse in newer, more energy-efficient homes. These homes tend to be much better sealed and don’t allow air to exchange regularly from the inside to outside. This keeps contaminated air in and fresh air out.

 

Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your inside air clean and pure without having to constantly leave your windows open. Ultraviolet (UV) air purification systems use ultraviolet light to rid the air of these harmful contaminants and also prevent things like mold from becoming an issue in your home. They help reduce and eliminate mold, bacteria and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

At Bel Red, we offer two useful ways to disinfect your home’s air with the installation of two UV products/systems:

•    Ultraviolet coil lamps – by keeping damp indoor AC coils clean, these systems not only make your air healthier to breathe, they also help maintain the efficiency of your cooling system. Bel Red offers several models to fit most any system.
•    Ultraviolet catalytic air purifiers – providing the ultimate in clean air, these devices convert odors, fumes and toxic chemicals into harmless water and carbon dioxide by-products with no ozone generation.

 

UV treatment systems have been proven effective in reducing molds and certain airborne contaminants in your comfort system and in the air your family breathes. If you’re interested in learning more about cleaning up your indoor air with ultraviolet light, contact us today.

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Many of us today like to buy the latest and greatest electronics and home appliances. These electricity-reliant machines and systems are often a big point of pride for many homeowners. Many of us save up money to get a great new TV, computer or other electronic device that brings much joy to us and our loved ones.

 

With so much effort and attention paid to the purchase of these systems, you’d think we’d do anything we can to keep them safe and make them last for enjoyment for as long as possible. Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t think about the dangers that things like power surges and storms bring to these expensive home electronics.

 

Even many who do think to protect these units sometimes only opt to buy individual power strips to cover one of two electronic devices or appliances. Many homeowners believe that surge protection begins and ends with plugging their computer into one of these power strip. Unfortunately, that's seldom the case. First and foremost, not all surge protectors live up to their name; some are little more than glorified extension cords and don’t provide the protection promised on their packaging. Second, a surge will follow any wire into a house — phone and cable lines included — and threaten phones and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. This is a huge risk that is commonly overlooked.

 

Fortunately, there’s a way to get coverage for all of these electronics and appliances without having to purchase individual protection for each. Whole-house surge protection as a blanket of safety that protects from surges of power that can do a lot of damage to these valuables.

 

At Bel Red, we provide both whole-house and inline surge protection. Whole-house or in-line surge arrestors can protect your comfort system or even ALL of your sensitive and valuable electronics from damage in the event of power surges, spikes and brown-outs.

These protection systems, when coupled with plug-in surge protection for your most valuable electronics and appliances, provide you the peace of mind knowing that even the most severe storms or other outage issues won’t have any harmful effect on your home. You’ll be able to enjoy these beloved systems before, during and after the storm no matter what.

 

Contact us today to learn more about the proper surge protection for your home.

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Despite the fact that we may want to be outside as much as possible in the fresh, clean air, it’s a fact that the average person spends most of his or her time indoors. Unfortunately, that same clean air we get when we’re outdoors doesn’t tend to follow us inside.

 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. This comes from a number of factors, including mold, dust, allergens and other pollutants circulating throughout the home and not escaping outside.

 

What shocks many is that this problem can sometimes be even worse in newer, more energy-efficient homes. These homes tend to be much better sealed and don’t allow air to exchange regularly from the inside to outside. This keeps contaminated air in and fresh air out.

Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your inside air clean and pure without having to constantly leave your windows open. Ultraviolet (UV) air purification systems use ultraviolet light to rid the air of these harmful contaminants and also prevent things like mold from becoming an issue in your home. They help reduce and eliminate mold, bacteria and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

At Bel Red, we offer two useful ways to disinfect your home’s air with the installation of two UV products/systems:

 

•    Ultraviolet coil lamps – by keeping damp indoor AC coils clean, these systems not only make your air healthier to breathe, they also help maintain the efficiency of your cooling system. Bel Red offers several models to fit most any system.
•    Ultraviolet catalytic air purifiers – providing the ultimate in clean air, these devices convert odors, fumes and toxic chemicals into harmless water and carbon dioxide by-products with no ozone generation.

 

UV treatment systems have been proven effective in reducing molds and certain airborne contaminants in your comfort system and in the air your family breathes. If you’re interested in learning more about cleaning up your indoor air with ultraviolet light, contact us today.

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Do I really need to call for help with this project? Can I do this myself? Can I find someone who will just come in and provide a cheap, quick fix?

 

These are all common questions when being faced with a daunting home improvement project, especially one that involves home performance and energy savings. While there are certainly things DIYers can do around the house to improve the comfort, efficiency and savings of their home, it’s important to realize that not all home improvement projects are equal.

 

Believe it or not, by hiring a quality contractor for necessary projects, you can save a lot more than just time. You can save money. You can keep your loved ones safe. You can be comfortable and healthy. You can make sure your home isn’t using any more energy than what’s necessary. You can have the peace of mind you deserve.

 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of “contractors” out there who haven’t gone through proper training and education to be able to best serve their customers. There are those who cut corners to get the job done quickly instead of done right. There are, unfortunately, even those who don’t do what they say they promise to do and keep it hidden from their customers, but still run off with their money.  It’s important to know that these cheap options are rarely, if ever, a good choice for home improvement projects—especially those projects that include your safety. Paying a few extra bucks up front to ensure jobs are done correctly is extremely important.

 

While costs may initially seem higher for licensed contractors at an organization such as ours than they are for individual contractors working on a job-by-job basis, the cost savings of doing things right the first time can result in huge benefits.

 

The ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association) put together a video to give a quick overview of the value of hiring knowledgeable, professional and certified contractors for your home energy projects. See the video below:

 

 

If you’re ready to see what a good contractor can be worth to you, contact us today to get started. We’d love to help.

 

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Naturally, we talk quite a bit on this blog about how to save energy and make sure your home is performing at its highest level so you can cut your monthly cost as well as your dependence on large amounts of resources to keep you comfortable. We’ve also discussed how being aware and knowledgeable is the best first step in realizing these potential savings.

 

However, each home is different. The size, shape, structure, surrounding climate and environment and age of your home could mean different requirements for energy. It can be difficult to pinpoint the amount of energy (and areas for the largest energy savings) needed for your home.

 

Luckily, there are some helpful resources out there to assist with this dilemma. First and foremost, knowledgeable professionals like our staff here at Bel Red can help you determine the best ways to maximize your home’s performance and let you know exactly how much energy is required to keep you comfortable. There are also a number of resources you can check out yourself online if you want to become a little bit more knowledgeable about your home’s energy situation.

 

One such resource is the Home Energy Yardstick from Energy Star. True to its name, the Home Energy Yardstick provides a rough measure for your consumption based on a few key factors. The tool calculates an energy score based on some personalized information about you and your home so you can see how you measure up to others when it comes to energy efficiency. The factors used to determine this score include:

 

  • Your ZIP code;
  • Your home's square footage;
  • Number of full time home occupants;
  • A list of all the different fuels used in your home (e.g., electricity, natural gas, fuel oil); and
  • Your home's last 12 months of utility bills

 

It’s very important to remember that the Home Energy Yardstick should not be used as a replacement as a professional home energy audit. If you find, using the Home Energy Yardstick, that your energy usage is perhaps higher than it should be for a home similar to yours, it’s a great idea to contact a professional contractor to perform a comprehensive home energy assessment. These professionals can pinpoint to exact problems your home is having and identify ways to improve the performance and efficiency of every part of your home.

 

Once you and your contractors have identified improvements that can be made and you have the energy use knowledge you need for your home, you can make some smart, targeted decisions to increase your home’s efficiency and comfort.

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