Bell Home Solutions Blog

Why You Should Install a New Thermostat

February 20th, 2017

Thermostats so often get left behind by homeowners when it comes to staying updated. There are a couple of different reasons for this, including that a thermostat can typically stay functioning for over 30 years, and that older thermostats often don’t give off as many obvious signs that they need replacing as climate control systems do. Nevertheless, if you’re still using an old mercury thermostat (or even an older digital thermostat) it’s time that you replaced it with something to better serve your needs.

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How to Address Carbon Monoxide Risks in Your Home

February 13th, 2017

There are a number of different health and safety risks that can occur in the average home. Fire is perhaps the most common, along with electrocution. Most homeowners are cautious enough about these to install smoke alarms and proper outlets. However, one risk that far too many homeowners neglect to address is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide could be more common in your home than you think, which is why you need to take steps to address it.

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What Happens if Your Furnace Air Filter Becomes Clogged

February 8th, 2017

A furnace needs a lot of maintenance to keep it operating smoothly. Most of that maintenance is done by professionals, but there is one thing that you can personally do to keep the interior of your furnace healthy. That thing is: clean the air filter. If you don’t clean or replace the air filter every couple of months, it’s going to become clogged. That’s when the problems can start.

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Tips on Selecting The Best Water Heater for Your Home

February 6th, 2017

Water heaters are one of those things that no one thinks about, but everyone relies on. If you’re looking for a new water heater, you’re probably finding out just how many decisions there are to make before settling on the right system. Since taking cold showers for the foreseeable future likely doesn’t appeal to you, you might be tempted to rush through the process just to get something in place to provide hot water. If you hurry through the process, though, you may end up with a water heater that doesn’t fit your individual needs well. Fortunately, we’re here to help you through the process. One of the first decisions you’re going to have to grapple with is which water heater type to select. There are two primary types to consider: tank and tankless.

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Duct Sealing In-Depth: How it can Help You

January 30th, 2017

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Interior of an air duct.

Ducts are one of those things that are both very important, and consistently ignored by most people. A lot of attention is paid to maintaining air conditioning and heating systems, which is good, but not at the expense of the health of your ductwork. The ducts are like the lungs of your climate control systems. If they’re in really poor condition, it’s going to hurt your climate control far more than you may realize. Fortunately, there’s a fairly simple way to keep your ducts operating at peak efficiency.

Duct sealing is a common process used to patch small-to-moderate leaks in the ductwork. Duct leaks are responsible for massive output losses in the average home, up to 30% in some cases. Many homeowners don’t realize what a massive impact leaky ducts can have on the efficiency of their systems. With duct sealing, though, that lost output can be returned to the system.

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How to Select the Right Generator for Your Power Needs

January 23rd, 2017

So you’ve finally gotten tired of having to break out the candles every time the power goes out for an extended period of time. Plenty of people are in the same situation, actually. The country’s power infrastructure is aging, and obsolete in many places. As the demand on the power grid continues to build, the power supply will continue to become unreliable during times of extreme load. The best way to handle this kind of problem is to have a generator of some kind installed in your home.

Not every generator is good for every occasion, though. If you’ve decided to have a generator installed in your home, you’re going to need to make some big decisions. Have a look at the items below to help you find the best generator for your situation.

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Things You Need to Consider When Installing New Flooring

January 18th, 2017

It’s always exciting to remodel part of your home, even if it also tends to be more than a bit stressful. If you’re finally replacing that old lime-green shag carpet in the bathroom, or installing hardwood in your entry hall, there are a lot of different things that you need to consider. Installing new flooring involves more than just picking a material you like (though that should certainly be part of the process). Let’s go over some of the things that you need to think about when installing new flooring.

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Why You Always Want to Have Your Plumbing Issues Handled by a Professional

January 16th, 2017

Plumbing issues of one kind or another are quite common in the average home. They can also be expensive and frustrating to deal with. Most people call for a plumber as soon as they notice a problem with their plumbing system, like a clog or a faucet leak. For some, however, the temptation to handle it themselves and possibly save some money is quite strong. Read on to find out why that actually isn’t a great idea.

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Professional Kitchen Remodeling Services

January 9th, 2017

So, you’ve just moved into a new home, or maybe you’ve been in your home for quite a while, and you want to really improve your kitchen beyond just moving things around. The kitchen is one of the most commonly remodeled areas of the home, and for obvious reasons. It’s a common gathering place, and serves a very important role for food preparation and storage. Though kitchen remodeling is a common project for homeowners, it’s important that you have a professional handle yours.

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Why You Need Professional Home Theater Wiring Services

January 4th, 2017

Installing a new home theater system this holiday season? Whether it’s a gift for someone else, yourself, or just a home improvement you’ve been meaning to make for a while, a home theater system is a great way to add to your movie and TV experience. Wiring a home theater system, however, is a bit more complicated than many people realize. If you want to make sure that you get the most out of your home theater system, it’s best that you have a professional install it for you.

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