Harmful Indoor Air Pollutants You Should Worry About

It’s easy to get a little paranoid when it comes to the chemicals, microorganisms, and pollutants floating around our indoor spaces. Is there carbon monoxide in the air? Offgassing from drywall or particle board? And what about biological contaminants, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? While we don’t want to…

Why Is There a Wet, Soggy Spot in My Yard?

We’re heading into spring, which means more sun, more rain, and potential drainage issues. After a heavy rainfall, you might have a waterlogged yard and other water and drainage issues, but what we’re focusing on today is when water starts leaking into your yard from below. How does that happen?…

How to Insulate Hot and Cold Water Pipes

Sweating pipes? High water heating bills? Frozen pipes in winter? By simply insulating your home’s water pipes, you can prevent frozen pipes, diminish the condensation on cold water pipes, conserve energy, and reduce heat loss. Save money, energy, and water According to the U.S. Energy Department, water heating is the…

Are Heat Pumps Efficient in California?

There are many different HVAC systems on the market, so how do you know which one to choose? Is a heat pump a smart choice for California? Heat pumps have been used for decades to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling, but technology has dramatically improved over the last five to…

What’s the Best Way to Insulate Your Home?

Insulation is a great way to save energy year-round. Considering the high costs of electricity and fuel, insulation is an inexpensive project that pays huge dividends. According to the Energy Department, you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by adding insulation and sealing unwanted air leaks….

11 Best HVAC System Upgrades and Modifications

The HVAC system controls the air in your home. There are so many options and upgrades available to you that you may feel confused or overwhelmed. We’re here to sort through all the different upgrades and modifications for your HVAC system. There is no “best” system—it’s all about the unique…

How to Prepare Your Home for Santa

You’ve been good all year and Santa is preparing his journey. If you’re on the Nice List, there’s just one last thing to do—get your home ready for Santa’s arrival. If you’re unsure if Santa is coming, you can track his trip to all the nice boys and girls with…

The Best 2019 Energy Efficiency Loans for Homeowners in California

I’m far from the first person to have this thought, but a new year really is a great time to take stock of all that’s happening around you in order to make changes and improvements. For a lot of homeowners these days, that means a thorough examination of their carbon…

Why Does My Furnace Sound Like It’s Backfiring? Ask an HVAC Expert

Tim in Sacramento is having somewhat of a scary issue with his furnace this weekend, so he’s reaching out to ask an HVAC expert about it. Tim writes: “Hey Bell Brothers crew, I hope you all are having a nice winter. I know it gets much busier toward the middle…

How to Remove Fluoride from Your Tap Water at Home

I remember when I had to go to the dentist as a little kid. My favorite part of every trip was the end, when after all the cleaning—plus hopefully good news that I didn’t have any cavities—the dentist would let me pick a flavor for my fluoride treatment. I’d always…