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4 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Heating System

Many homeowners spend time looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems and save some money on heating bills. Which is a good thing to focus on since the heating of living spaces accounts for 42% of all energy used in the home, according to the Department of Energy.

  Blakeslee and Son   December 29, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

3 Signs You Need a Water Softener

What happens when water travels through soil and rock, picking up small amounts of minerals, like calcium and magnesium, along the way? The answer is, hard water. It's a bad-tasting nuisance to 85% of homes in the United States, especially here in the Midwest.

  Blakeslee and Son   December 28, 2016   Water Woes, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Traditional vs Tankless Water Heaters - Which is best for your home?


Carpet or wood? Granite or laminate counter-tops? Ceiling fans or no ceiling fans?

  Blakeslee and Son   December 15, 2016   water heater maintenance, tankless water heater, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

How a Whole Home Humidifier Helps You This Winter

We've all seen them; the little table top humidifying units sold at big box stores. While they are great for making a single room more comfortable. They cannot compete with a whole house humidifier system, which provides hassle-free comfort all season long. This frees up your time otherwise wasted having to constantly monitor a portable system, making sure it is still running and hasn’t completely emptied its limited water tank!

  Blakeslee and Son   December 13, 2016   Winter, humidifier 0 Comments   Read More

Store Bought Drain Cleaners: Doing More Harm Than Good?

When the shower isn't draining, or the kitchen sink is clogged, what's the first thing that many people do? Reach for the bottle of store-bought drain cleaner, of course. However, this might not be the best course of action. If overused, store-bought drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 29, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

Why You Should Upgrade Your Home's Carbon Monoxide Detectors

As the weather gets colder and you turn on your furnace, it is important to make sure that your home is safe from any potential carbon monoxide hazards.

You probably know that exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide  can cause

  • loss of consciousness
  • seizures
  • comas
  • death

But, did you know that prolonged exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide ( as low as 10 ppm or parts per million) can also cause:
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • vision problems
  • sleep disturbances
  • impaired memory and concentration


Exposure to carbon monoxide is especially dangerous for older adults, pregnant women, and young children. Make your home safer for everyone by making the switch to an upgraded carbon monoxide detector, like a low level or smart detector; the latest and greatest in CO2 defense.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 15, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Furnace Filters

Furnace filters are a crucial part of your home's  HVAC system. Not only do they help improve your home's air quality by filtering out dirt, dust, and allergens; they also prevent particles from building up in your furnace (too much buildup can lead to system failure).

Take a look at some of the questions we receive most often about these  key HVAC components.

1. What are the different types of furnace filters?

Filters fall into two categories, permanent and disposable. Both types of filters can be made of natural fibers (like cotton), or synthetic fibers (like polyester or fiberglass). But the difference in the two types of filters is the material that their frames are made of. Permanent filters have frames made of metal or fiberglass and disposable filters typically have frames made of cardboard.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 8, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

4 Reasons to Get a Smart Thermostat Before the Holidays


"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go!" It's a statement that probably describes what most of us experience during the holiday season, traveling around to see family and friends, sometimes for days at a time. Needless to say, the holidays can make things a little hectic (and expensive).

One item that can make your holiday season go a little smoother is a smart thermostat. Find out why these handy gadgets are a must have for the holidays.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 1, 2016   thermostat, heat 0 Comments   Read More

10 Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter


Warm, dry and cozy. Those are all words that we want to describe our homes in the winter. The good news is, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to make your home the best it can be this winter; while saving you some hassles and a few dollars. 

  Blakeslee and Son   October 26, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

9 Signs You Have Hard Water (And How To Fix It)


About 85 percent of American homes are plagued by hard water. Seems like a high percent, right? But when you think about the fact that "hard" water is just groundwater that has percolated through limestone and picked up high concentrates of calcium and magnesium in the process, it doesn't seem like such an alarming statistic. 

  Blakeslee and Son   October 19, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter with a Whole Home Inspection

Cold West Michigan winters can be hard on pipes and plumbing, make sure your home's plumbing system is ready. There are a few simple things you can do yourself to help prevent any plumbing issues (like leaking or frozen pipes) this winter. You might consider:

  Blakeslee and Son   October 4, 2016   Winter, preventative maintenance, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Using Technology to Eliminate Germs & Allergens in Your Home

 
If you read our post about protecting your home from fall allergies, you know that there are a variety of things that you can do to eliminate fall allergens (and all allergens for that matter) from your home. Another way of eliminating allergies in the home is with technology, like electronic air cleaning or UV/plasma air cleaning. Both are a more efficient alternative to traditional media filtration options (like fabric filters).

  Blakeslee and Son   September 20, 2016   Fall Season, allergens, Home Air Quality 0 Comments   Read More

Fall is Furnace Tune Up Season


September is a great time to give your furnace and heating system a quick tune up (and maybe have the professionals take a look at it as well). Winter is coming, make sure your furnace is ready to run efficiently and keep your home toasty, warm all winter long.

  Blakeslee and Son   September 13, 2016   repairs, furnace, heat 0 Comments   Read More

How to Protect Your Home From Fall Allergens


Fall in Michigan. It's a time for so many great things like changing leaves, apple picking and football. However, it's also a time for some less than ideal things, like seasonal allergies. 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 25, 2016   Fall Season, allergens, Home Air Quality 0 Comments   Read More

Blakeslee & Son's Whole Home Peak Performance Package


A furnace that won't kick on, a rattling AC unit and a leaking pipe. Aside from being a major inconvenience to the busy people among us, what do all of these common household issues have in common? 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 18, 2016   heating and cooling, heating system, Plumbing, home systems 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Plumbing Tips: Understanding a Septic System

As much as we might not want to think about it, the water from our sinks and toilets has to go somewhere. In most cities, the liquid drains into a municipal sewer system. However, in more rural locations outside of Grand Rapids, the standard solution is a septic tank system. A septic tank works by using household wastewater that drains and eventually evaporates in a nearby drain field while any material that falls to the bottom of the tank gets dissolved by bacteria. As more water comes in, it forces the old water onto the field for dissolution.

Prior to 1992, tanks had no screen or baffle installed to make sure floating material didn’t drain out to a leech field area. A common problem would be blockage of the drain line, backing up the water and material back to a home. After 1992, a baffle was added to ensure liquid flow and blocked material passage. The addition of this screening reduced many problems, but regular pump outs of a septic tank are still needed to lower the content sludge level.

Drain or leech fields are the underground areas containing a network of pipes from the septic tank. The water pushed out of the tank goes into the drain pipe, causing the water to spread and evaporate. If the drain pipe or fiber piping gets plugged, that can stop up the tank system, eventually leading to tank system failure.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 30, 2016   Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Your Guide to Air Conditioning Cleaning

Most people assume their home air conditioning system will last for many years, and the typical average system can perform consistently for at least a decade. However, standards are based on factory testing, and regional differences can be huge. For example, an A/C system in Arizona is going to take a far greater beating and use demand than one in a home located here in Michigan. One action helps an A/C system last far longer than others, and that's regular air conditioning cleaning and maintenance.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 24, 2016   HVAC, heating and cooling 0 Comments   Read More

Defining The Need For Emergency Plumbing Services

Most of us know that after-hours plumbing service calls are not only inconvenient, but expensive. Most of us would also agree that we would rather wait and schedule an appointment than having to make that dreaded emergency call. But what are the events that do warrant picking up the phone right away? In this blog, we'll highlight emergency plumbing situations that need immediate attention and actionable procedures to help control the situation.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 17, 2016   Plumbing Tips 0 Comments   Read More

The Complete Guide to Window Air Conditioner Installation

You may have noticed it's starting to get warmer outside, which might mean it's time to buy a window air conditioner. You can be sure that as soon as the temperature tops 90 degrees, people will be flocking to all the big box stores, depleting inventory quickly. And if you have one that's packed away in the basement from last summer, you'll need to brush up on the instructions to avoid any frustrating problems you may have had within the last year.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 7, 2016   air conditoning 0 Comments   Read More

What's Wrong With My Thermostat?

Used to regulate and control heat and cooling, thermostats, for the most part, are reliable instruments. However every once in a while, one can go rogue and instead of detecting the room temperature and activating the HVAC unit, simply do nothing at all. Rogue thermostats have been known to summon heat on a hot day or lower the temp when everyone is already shivering. If you are having a start-up problem, there are several simple measures you can take before calling for the Grand Rapid's heating and cooling experts at Blakeslee & Son.

  Blakeslee and Son   May 26, 2016   thermostat 0 Comments   Read More

Tips From Your Grand Rapids Plumbers: How to Reuse Household Water

This time of year, Green Rapids plumbers like us are fielding all types of questions about how to conserve water. While using greywater is a concept many people have heard of, there's still some confusion as to what exactly constitutes greywater. But perhaps it is easiest to understand what greywater is, by ruling out what it is not.

  Blakeslee and Son   May 25, 2016   green living 0 Comments   Read More

Your Spring Air Conditioning Checklist

 

Spring has finally arrived in West Michigan with an array of beautiful flowers and lush trees. Before you know it, summer will be underway.

  Blakeslee and Son   May 18, 2016   HVAC 0 Comments   Read More

8 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

 

If you've ever experienced any serious plumbing problems you know that it can be a costly situation. However, there are a lot of things a homeowner can do on the preventative side that will make a big difference and prolong the life of your home’s pipes.

  Blakeslee and Son   May 9, 2016   Plumbing Tips 0 Comments   Read More

The New Homeowner's Guide to Home Systems

First-time homeowners have a lot to learn after signing the mortgage agreement. One of the highest priorities on the to-do list should be learning to understand the HVAC and plumbing systems in the new home, which means having all the necessary information to utilize warranties, including the related contacts. To help with this process, here are some tips on what to look out for and how to minimize costs when repairs are necessary.

  Blakeslee and Son   April 29, 2016   HVAC, plumber, Plumbing, home systems 0 Comments   Read More

Tips From Your Rockford Plumbers: "How do I Unclog my Sink?"

 

For most of us, we don't want to call in a plumber unless we have to. Especially for all the DIY-ers out there, we know you prefer to use some elbow grease to get a common problem like a clogged sink resolved using a few good ol' tricks of the trade. At Blakeslee & Son, we want you to have the information you need to take on some of these pesky plumbing problems yourself without feeling like you have to call us in every time the sink starts to back up a bit.

  Blakeslee and Son   April 22, 2016   Plumbing Tips 0 Comments   Read More

How Michigan Winters Impact Indoor Air Quality in Springtime

Although this winter was a little milder than a typical West Michigan winter, you probably still had the heat and fireplace working hard. Unfortunately, this also means that your home has become a breeding ground for air pollutants, which can harm your indoor air quality. In this blog post, you'll learn why air quality decreases during in the winter, and about the effects of poor air quality and the steps you can take to improve your air quality. Read on to learn more!

  Blakeslee and Son   April 18, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

Tips From Your Grand Rapids Plumbers: "Do I Need to Replace my Sump Pump?"

While no one looks forward to the cost of buying and installing a new sump pump, homeowners are all too aware of the much higher costs of water damage. If you’ve determined that you do need to replace your current sump pump, Grand Rapids plumbers can help you find the best model and the optimum placement for your house. The tricky part, of course, is figuring out if you can get by a little longer with your current model.

  Blakeslee and Son   April 5, 2016 0 Comments   Read More

Why Choose Blakeslee & Son as Your Trusted Plumbers in West Michigan

In West Michigan, there are a lot of options when it comes to plumbing service providers. At Blakeslee & Son, we have the skills and expertise to handle both small household repairs and major emergency, renovation, or commercial projects. But what sets Blakeslee apart as the best and most trusted plumbers in West Michigan? There are a few key elements that differentiate us from the rest:

  Blakeslee and Son   March 30, 2016   HVAC, Michigan, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Spring is Here! Is Your Home Ready?

With warmer weather upon us, there's never been a better time to make sure your HVAC system is performing to its fullest potential. A seasonal inspection should be performed on your HVAC system, and routine maintenance should be viewed as a necessity rather than an option.

  Blakeslee and Son   March 24, 2016   HVAC, Spring, preventative maintenance 0 Comments   Read More

Why is my Furnace so Loud?

As heating systems grow older, they can begin to make strong noises. Unfortunately, those noises may be more than annoying – they could mean you need some costly repairs. Here's a closer look at some of the most common causes of furnace noises, as well as whether you can fix it yourself or if you need to call a professional HVAC contractor in Grand Rapids like Blakeslee & Son 

  Blakeslee and Son   March 16, 2016   furnace 0 Comments   Read More

Water Heaters: A Cost Comparison From Your Grand Rapids Plumbers

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The home water heater is a critical, but unloved appliance in the home. It sits day after day, year after year, alone in the garage or utility closet firing off and cooling down water. However, it’s typically a catastrophic situation when people realize the water heater suddenly needs replacing.

  Blakeslee and Son   March 8, 2016   water heater 0 Comments   Read More

Go Green AND Save Green With These Water Conservation Tips

Every year in America we waste a trillion gallons of water. You probably already know that wasting water is bad for the earth’s water supply as well as your wallet. So to live greener and further lower your water bill, here’s a look at some helpful water conservation tips you can use.

  Blakeslee and Son   February 24, 2016   green 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Plumbing Tips: What to do About Low Water Pressure

Have you been waiting for the washing machine to fill, or for your hair to get wet enough to shampoo while you’re in the shower? These kinds of annoyances can drive anyone a little crazy. However, the perpetrator may be a bit of low water pressure. Low pressure could be something you may be able to remedy yourself, but in some instances, you may need to call Grand Rapids plumbers like Blakeslee & Son for assistance.

  Blakeslee and Son   February 17, 2016   water pressure 0 Comments   Read More

Indoor Air Quality Tips to Fight the Dry Winter Air

Maybe you think the bitter cold and raging blizzards are the only foes you must fight to get through the winter. While these may be the big bold monsters of winter, there's also a quiet comrade of theirs, a sneaky one, because it invades your home, stealthily taking over every room in the house. In fact, it's so good at what it does that you probably never notice it - until you're already suffering its effects. In case you haven't guessed, we're talking about dry winter air.

  Blakeslee and Son   February 12, 2016   Home Air Quality 0 Comments   Read More

Helpful Tips From Your Grand Rapids Plumbers: Flush This, Not That

As your trusted Grand Rapids plumbers, we see this problem all the time: random items getting flushed down the toilet, resulting in clogged pipes. However, even more frequently, clogged pipes are the result of flushing items down the toilet thinking the item is flushable. Here’s a closer look at some of the things you should never flush and the reasons why you shouldn’t chance putting these items in the toilet.

  Blakeslee and Son   February 5, 2016   Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Rockford Heating Tips: What to Do When Your Heating System Fails

With the cold winters here in Michigan, the failure of a heating system is likely to cause more than just a minor inconvenience. Before you run to the store for space heaters, you might try a couple of simple troubleshooting steps yourself. (Keeping in mind that if they don't work, it's probably time to call a professional for furnace repair in Rockford, MI like Blakeslee & Son) 

  Blakeslee and Son   February 1, 2016   heating system 0 Comments   Read More

What to Look for in a Rockford Commercial HVAC Specialist

You know that the process of installing, repairing and maintaining a commercial-quality HVAC system takes experienced and some truly specialized knowledge of how these larger systems work. Heating and cooling a warehouse, manufacturing plant, or even a retail store is likely to be more complex than heating and cooling a typical home. Before you look for help with your own commercial HVAC in Rockford, MI, consider these tips to make sure that you're hiring the best contractor for your needs.

  Blakeslee and Son   January 28, 2016   HVAC 0 Comments   Read More

What to do Before Installing a Water Heater

A water heater is one of the most important appliances in the home. Therefore, it's important to find a heater that accommodates your particular needs. After the purchase, there are several important steps to take in order to ensure maximum efficiency. A Grand Rapids water heater uses a lot more electricity when it isn't properly connected or if it leaks.

  Blakeslee and Son   January 22, 2016   water heater 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Plumbing Tips: Protect Your Pipes Throughout the Winter

During the winter months, Grand Rapids, Michigan quickly becomes a tough place to leave. The cold weather can be brutal, and unfortunately, that can be tough on your home plumbing system. It’s essential to make sure you protect your plumbing system during the cold winter months. Keep these easy Grand Rapids plumbing tips in mind to make sure your pipes are protected throughout the winter. 

  Blakeslee and Son   January 18, 2016   HVAC, heat 0 Comments   Read More

5 Home Improvement Resolutions for 2016

 

2016 is here and there is no time like the present to make sure that your home is in top condition. If home improvement and maintenance are not on your list of new year's resolutions, you might want to add them.

 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  Blakeslee and Son   January 5, 2016   Save on Energy, Home Air Quality, homeowners 0 Comments   Read More

Ensuring Good Air Quality During Winter

Whether you have allergies, young children, or are just concerned about respiratory health, the air quality of your home should be a top priority. During the winter, keeping the air in your home fresh is much more of a challenge, because your windows and doors are consistently sealed against the cold. It is still possible to maintain a clean environment during the winter, but it means taking some extra precautions.

  Blakeslee and Son   December 30, 2015   Air Quality, preventative maintenance 0 Comments   Read More

More Winter Activities to Make the Most of Michigan

Last winter, we took some time to tell you about all the wonderful winter-related activities we get to take advantage of here in West Michigan. From sledding to snowshoeing, if you love winter activities you have no shortage of options here in the mitten state. But what about those of us who might not have a love for all the snow and cold? Well, don’t let the winter blues get you down, there are plenty of great indoor activities you can take advantage of that will keep you nice and warm while still providing a lot of fun and excitement.

  Blakeslee and Son   December 18, 2015   Michigan 0 Comments   Read More

Maintenance is Key to Reliable Plumbing

 

As a homeowner, having reliable plumbing is one of the most desirable aspects of a home. In fact, some estimates indicate that your home's plumbing system makes up about 15% of your home's entire value. But how can you be sure that your plumbing works consistently throughout the year? The answer is simple: regular maintenance.

Keeping reading for more details on how to keep your Grand Rapids plumbing system in top shape.

  Blakeslee and Son   December 16, 2015   Plumbing Tips, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Plumbing History: How Reliable Plumbing Helped Eradicate Disease

No question about it -- cities today are cleaner and healthier than they have ever been. And while modern medicine has definitely contributed to longer lives and fewer diseases, we don't always stop to think about how advancements in plumbing have really made a difference.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 25, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Plumbing Tips: Is Your Home Holiday Ready?

It’s the holiday season once again, and that means all the craziness that comes along with holiday shopping, parties, and overnight guests that are knocking at your door with their suitcases in hand. With everything you have on your agenda to prepare for this busy time of year, you may also want to start preparing your home as well. And we mean more than just putting up your holiday decorations - you should also ensure the internal parts of your house are ready for your guests.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 20, 2015   Winter 0 Comments   Read More

Mysterious Plumbing Leak? Check the Roof!

 

While getting a plumbing issue fixed in order to ensure the comfort of your family and the safety of your property is always top priority, quality plumbing experts should also take the time to get to the root cause of the problem. With leaks, this is not always as easy as tightening a nut or replacing a washer. In fact, your plumbing leak could be caused by your roof.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 19, 2015   Plumbing Tips, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

6 Things You Didn't Know About Your Plumbing

 

You can never know too much about your home's plumbing system. After all, knowledge is power. And while most people reading this blog probably won't become professional plumbers, the more you know, the better chance you have of ensuring quality plumbing services whenever you do have a problem.

So without further ado, here are a few things you don't know about your house's plumbing:

  Blakeslee and Son   November 13, 2015   Plumbing Tips, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

The Truth About High Water Pressure

 

High water pressure is a common plumbing problem many homeowners face. And while it may be nice to experience a high-pressure shower once in awhile, it’s not good for your pipes – or your pocketbook. Any reliable plumbing expert will tell you that excessive pressure on the pipes causes higher heating bills and the potential for a significant plumbing problem down the road due to the excess pressure on the pipes.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 8, 2015   water pressure 0 Comments   Read More

Why You Should Schedule Your Heating Repairs Now

There is no denying it at this point: winter is coming. A cold wind is blowing through and your Grand Rapids heating specialists know that their busy season has just begun.

  Blakeslee and Son   November 4, 2015   heating system 0 Comments   Read More

6 Tips for Planning Reliable Plumbing in Your Renovation

 

Renovating or remodeling your home can definitely be exciting, but it is also a big undertaking. Whether you plan to DIY most of the project or to hire outside contractors, there is plenty of work to be done. So how can you plan your renovation so that it properly accounts for your quality plumbing needs? Keep reading for 6 simple tips for making your renovation go smoothly.

  admin   November 2, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Heating FAQ: Is it Time for a Furnace Replacement?

As much as we hate to admit it, buying a new furnace is probably as exciting as buying car tires or gutters for your house, it’s costly and not the most exciting purchase. However, it’s often a necessary and effective one when it comes to a number of items – efficiency, home resale value and air quality. But how do you know when to replace it? What are the tell-tale signs that your old unit has to go?

  Blakeslee and Son   October 30, 2015   heat 0 Comments   Read More

5 Things Your Plumber Doesn't Want You to Know

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We believe in educating our clients on how to best take care of their homes, especially in our areas of expertise: heating, air conditioning, and plumbing. Unfortunately, not all professionals are as open to sharing knowledge with you as it may hinder their ability to get your next service call.  Here at Blakeslee & Son, we want to be your trusted Grand Rapids plumber of choice, so we’d like to share with you the 5 things your plumber may not want you to know.

  admin   October 12, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumber, Plumbing Tips 0 Comments   Read More

How to Compare Prices for HVAC Repairs

 

Your HVAC unit is an essential part of keeping your home safe and comfortable, especially in the winter and summer months.  And when something goes wrong with your system, it’s best to take action sooner rather than later. A lot of issues can arise that require repair and sometimes the entire replacement of your system and that can be expensive.  It’s best to hire a professional HVAC company in Grand Rapids to handle your issue, but before you make a hiring decision we recommend getting three estimates for your job. This way you have the opportunity to compare costs for labor and materials as well as warranties, and select the firm that is offering you the best value.

  Blakeslee and Son   October 2, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

Assessing the Dangers of Hard Water

 

Do you have hard water? White crusted spots on faucets and sinks, and glassware are all signs.  Does your hair feel like it has a film on it even after shampooing? Unfortunately, you could have hard water.

  Blakeslee and Son   September 15, 2015   water pressure, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Do You Have Solar Ready Heat? The Solar Credit Could Expire.

 

Have you considered upgrading to a solar ready heating system? If you haven’t, you might want to think about it. A solar energy system can reduce your fuel bills, air pollution, and greenhouse gas production, plus it can be used to generate electricity for other uses in your home.  Not only that, but the U.S. Government is offering tax credits to households and commercial properties with solar ready heating systems.

  Blakeslee and Son   September 8, 2015   heating system 0 Comments   Read More

5 Signs You Should Rethink Your Local Plumber

When you hire a contractor to take care of issues in your home you want to have piece of mind that they know what they are doing and will safely and properly complete the repairs. This is especially important when hiring a local plumber. There are so many professionals to choose from and it’s important to do your homework before hiring someone. Sometimes, you may decide to hire a local plumber and be disappointed with their performance.  To help you know when it’s best to move on and look for another professional, we compiled of 5 signs to look out for.

  Blakeslee and Son   August 31, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

Negotiating HVAC & Plumbing Group Rates with Your Grand Rapids Plumber

As an HOA leader, one of your responsibilities will be selecting contractors and negotiating contracts for services such as landscaping, painting and plumbing.  Selecting the right firm takes time and careful consideration and we’ve compiled some tips that should make the process easier.

  Blakeslee and Son   August 24, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

FAQ: When is AC Repair Right, and When is a Replacement Necessary?

Does your home feel like it’s not getting any cooler regardless of the temperature on your thermostat?  Did your a/c just breakdown…again? These and other issues with your air conditioning may have you wondering if it’s time to make the investment into a new unit. To help you consider whether a/c repair or replacement is the best option, we’ve compiled a few key questions to consider before making that decision. 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 17, 2015   Air conditioner 0 Comments   Read More

How to Encourage Employee Volunteerism

Now more than ever, it’s important for companies to support the communities they serve. At Blakeslee & Son, we’ve been giving back to Rockford organizations and charities through our Fund Development Program. Through this program, we give funds to organizations selected by a homeowner who purchase a new HVAC unit or schedule a service call.  Community involvement is one of Blakeslee & Son’s core company values as a Grand Rapids plumber and HVAC company.  We encourage our employees to individually support causes that they have a personal interest in, such as sponsoring a baseball team or taking part in the Rockford Summer Parade.

  Blakeslee and Son   August 10, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumber 0 Comments   Read More

How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?

Your air conditioner is one of the most important systems involved in keeping your home your comfortable. As we enjoy the respite it provides from the hot outdoor temperatures during the summer months, we sometimes take it for granted and assume that it will be working forever. That’s simply not the case. Just like a home’s roofing or siding, your air conditioner has a life span.  And the last thing you want is for your unit to go out when you least expect it and you have to call your AC repair company. Generally speaking, an air conditioner can last 10-15 years if you perform regular maintenance. However, there are many factors that can reduce its life span.

  Blakeslee and Son   August 7, 2015 0 Comments   Read More

Frequently Asked Questions: What Can I Put in my Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals make cleaning up the kitchen and doing dishes so much easier, but this handy little machine is frequently mistreated, many times unintentionally.  Knowing what you can and can’t put in the disposal and how to keep it clean and in good working order is important for every member of the family that uses the sink. A clogged garbage disposal could result in a call to one of your local plumbers in Rockford. 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 4, 2015   FAQ 0 Comments   Read More

Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

The wait is over. The hottest months of the year have arrived in Rockford and our air conditioners are working overtime. It may seem impossible to actually save money on your energy bills at this time of year, but there are actually many things you can do to save energy during the summer. Most of these tips are very simple and require little effort.

  admin   July 22, 2015   heating and cooling, Save on Energy, Rockford HVAC, Air conditioner, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Plumbing Troubleshooting: What to Do About a Leaky Faucet

Rockford homeowners rejoice! It is possible to do your own plumbing troubleshooting when it comes to fixing a leaky faucet. With the right set of tools and instructions you can take care of that annoying drip pretty quickly.

  admin   July 15, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, plumbing troublesh, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

6 Resources for HOA Leaders and Members

If you live in a planned community or multi-unit development, chances are your community has an HOA. Your community HOA is responsible for establishing and enforcing rules and regulations for your neighborhood, managing a budget, and finding vendors to fulfill contracts on services such as heating and cooling or landscaping. It’s important for leaders and members to understand these responsibilities and to attend meetings as often as possible to stay up to speed with what’s happening in your neighborhood and to find out how those monthly, quarterly or annual dues you are paying are being spent.

  admin   July 13, 2015   heating and cooling, HOA, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Do You Have a Go-To Grand Rapids Plumber?

Your plumbing is one of those things that will inevitably need attention from time to time. Certainly, a handy homeowner can fix many maintenance issues, but there’s something to be said for having a pro you can call when you have a major problem. There are a lot of plumbers in Rockford and Grand Rapids and you need to hire a reputable firm, but once you find a company you like, it’s worth it to consider them your go-to expert.

  admin   June 26, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Blog, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Frequently Asked Questions: Why does my air conditioner smell bad?

Ever walk into your home after a super hot afternoon in the sun to find that your home is indeed cool, but smells awful? What is going on? The air conditioner is working but the entire house has a foul scent. Is it time to call in your local Grand Rapids air conditioning repairman? First things first, check the air vents to make sure the odor is coming from your air conditioning. Once confirmed, there are a number of reasons that could explain the problem.

  admin   June 22, 2015   HVAC, heating and cooling, Rockford HVAC, Air conditioner, Blog, air conditoning 0 Comments   Read More

How to Check References for a Plumber

When it’s time to hire a plumber one of the first things you may do is go to Google and type “Grand Rapids plumber” into search bar. But before you start calling anyone, you should be ready to do a little research to make sure that the firm is one you should even consider hiring. Why is research important? To ensure that you bring in a reputable firm to minimize the risk of error and potential safety issues in your home.

  admin   June 17, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumber, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumber, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Can an Energy Efficient HVAC System Save Rockford Homeowners Money?

This is an HVAC question we hear frequently from Rockford homeowners and the answer is: yes you can. Although energy efficient solutions do have a higher price tag, there are loan programs, tax credits and rebates to help offset the cost.  Installing or replacing existing heating and cooling equipment improves your home’s energy consumption and will lower your utility bills.

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FAQ: When to hire a plumber and when to DIY?

Anytime something breaks or needs repair in your home the question of whether to tackle it on your own or call in a pro is a common one.  Many homeowners are equipped and able to handle simple issues such as a dripping faucet or clogged drain.  But there are also times where the temptation to save money can lead some to take on a task that is beyond their skill set.  A DIY repair done incorrectly can create a larger, more expensive problem than you had to begin with. Another danger is the potential for injury to yourself and your family.  We understand that deciphering which repairs require a pro may be difficult, so Blakeslee & Son prepared the following tips to help you know when to call a pro.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 9, 2015   Plumbing Tips, plumbing maintenance for homeowners, FAQ 0 Comments   Read More

Checking Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Homeowners should test the energy efficiency of their home on a regular basis to ensure a healthy and comfortable environment. A home energy audit can determine where and how you are losing energy in your home and identify ways for you to save money on your utility bills.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 9, 2015   Save on Energy, green 0 Comments   Read More

How to Keep Things Cool By Cleaning Your A/C Unit

It’s true that seasonal home maintenance is important to keep all the major systems in your home in good working order. This is especially true of your air conditioning unit. In fact, your A/C should be cleaned twice a year, before and after the summer season. Sticking to this maintenance schedule will extend your unit’s life, prevent major issues and improve efficiency – all of which saves you money!

  admin   April 30, 2015   HVAC, Air Quality, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Tips for Reducing Allergens in Your Home

Springtime brings beautiful flowers, gorgeous trees, lovely green lawns, and for many of us it’s a time when allergies really flare up. With the excess of pollen and mold outdoors during the spring season, it’s inevitable that some will find its way into our homes. Many people suffer from dust and pet allergies as well, which are always lurking in the home. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce and combat allergens that will lead to healthier, cleaner home for your family. We’ve compiled a list of 15 tips to help get you started.

  admin   April 27, 2015   Air Quality, allergies, allergens, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Plumbing Problems Springtime May Uncover

It’s truly a relief to know that warmer weather is on the way to Rockford! I’m sure we are all anxious to bid winter a fond farewell. But as the ground thaws and things start blooming and greening up certain household plumbing issues can crop up. Blakeslee & Son is here to help by providing you with a quick list of potential springtime plumbing problems and some simple maintenance tips for prevention.

  admin   April 23, 2015   HVAC, Air Quality, Plumbing Tips, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Plumbing Troubleshooting tips, Leaks, Blog, water pressure 0 Comments   Read More

Enjoy the Outdoors this Spring in Rockford!

It’s springtime in Rockford…finally! After a long, cold and snowy winter we bet you are anxious to get out and enjoy the outdoors without all your cold weather gear on. There are lots of fun things to do in Rockford in the spring from enjoying sports, exploring wildlife and nature, to supporting worthwhile charitable events. If you are looking for a great activity for your family to enjoy this spring, here are several of our favorite options.

  admin   April 15, 2015   HVAC, Spring, Air Quality, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Blakeslee & Son, Activities, Rockford, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Hiring a Plumber for Your Kitchen Remodel

Is your kitchen ready for an update? There are a lot of moving parts to planning a major kitchen remodel; cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, sinks and faucets will all need to be selected and installed. You may decide to tackle minor updates like painting cabinets or installing window treatments yourself, but if you plan to add or swap out a sink, dishwasher or refrigerator you really should hire a professional plumber. Proper initial installation of these items saves you money, headaches, and time.

  admin   March 16, 2015   remodel, kitchen, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Facts You Should Know About Your Heating System

Having a warm and toasty home during the bitter cold winter months is important to all West Michigan families. When you are experiencing a heating problem you will surely notice right away, but you may not know if your system is operating efficiently. To help you gain a better understanding of efficiency, here are facts you need to know about each heating source within your home.

  admin   March 9, 2015   heating efficiency, heating system, Heat pump, heat, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

The Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs

As a homeowner, there are many repairs and maintenance items you will be faced with tackling in your home. While there are many things that you can quickly take care of on your own, there are certain tasks that are better suited for a professional. Knowing where to draw that line can be difficult, especially when there’s an urge to save money by doing it yourself. There are several systems in your home that can really wreak havoc if repairs are done incorrectly; one of those is your HVAC system.

  admin   March 9, 2015   repairs, HVAC, system repairs, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Indoor Air Quality: It’s Important For Your Family’s Health

Did you know that approximately 50% of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor air quality inside the home? It’s also reported that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outside air. That may sound hard to believe but these statistics are reported by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) respectively.

  admin   March 3, 2015   Home Air Quality, Improve air quality, Blog, indoor air quality 0 Comments   Read More

What You Need to Know About Your Plumber Before You Hire Them

While you may be able to perform some household maintenance tasks on your own, there are many things that are better left to a professional. Many handy homeowners first decide to tackle an issue themselves and end up causing a bigger problem than they started with. Whether it’s a clogged pipe, a major leak, or the installation of a new faucet or toilet, something is bound to happen with your plumbing at some point in time. Take the guesswork out of properly fixing the problem by hiring a professional. Finding the right plumbing firm to handle the job takes a little more effort than simply opening the phone book. To ensure you make a wise choice, follow these six steps before you hire a professional.

  admin   February 16, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, plumbing maintenance for homeowners, Plumbing maintenance, Rockford Plumbing, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Gain Complete Control of Your Home’s Temperature

Stop wasteful heating and cooling with a Wi-Fi thermostat.

Let’s face it, sometimes life can get hectic and it’s a fact that daily schedules can and do change unexpectedly. Do you ever wish you turned down the heat before you left for vacation? Did you just find out that you will be working late and wish you could extend your thermostat’s “away” hours? Well, now you can make adjustments to your thermostat remotely from your smartphone, tablet or PC with the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat and save up to 30% in energy costs!

  admin   February 9, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, thermostat, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Five Easy Ways to Implement Green Plumbing Solutions

Water is one of our most precious resources, and we still manage to waste upwards of 1 trillion gallons of it each year, according to the EPA. Trying to tackle the issue globally can seem overwhelming, but there are simple things you can do in your home to reduce your household’s water use. Not only will you be doing your part to protect the environment, you will be rewarded with lower utility bills.

  admin   February 5, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, green, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Improve Your Home’s Heating Efficiency

Who doesn’t love the feeling of coming into a warm and inviting home after you’ve been out in the freezing temperatures? We expect and need our homes to be warm safe havens during the snowy and wet winter season, which is why now is the time when you will notice drafts and inefficiencies in your heating system.

  admin   February 5, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, heating efficiency, Save on Energy, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

The #1 Way to Save When Hiring a Grand Rapids Plumber

When you own a home you want to make sure that you're always getting the best services you can. Maybe you'd love to be able to do all your own home repairs, making sure everything is up to your standards, but chances are you are not an expert in every aspect of home maintenance and will end up needing to hire professionals at some point. When you're hiring someone to do work on your home, you'll need to balance expertise with cost. You want to hire someone who will do a great job, but you don't want to spend more than you have to.

  admin   January 14, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumber, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Plumbing maintenance, Rockford Plumbing, Grand Rapids 0 Comments   Read More

Why You Shouldn't Hire a Plumber Off Craigslist

Looking at a large home repair project can be daunting and it's understandable that you will want to save money wherever you can. One way that some homeowners or investors try to save is by looking for the cheapest possible service providers, and that often means turning to free classified websites like Craigslist. While you can definitely generate plenty of interest by posting, or responding to ads on Craigslist, that isn't always the best way to go and here's why:

  admin   January 12, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

9 Winter Activity Ideas to Help You Make the Most of Michigan

We’ve all heard the jokes about Michiganders and winter: snow tires coming standard on all cars, getting our snow blower stuck on the roof, and constituting summer as 3 months of bad sledding. As we laugh and cry because they’re so close to the truth, we go through the routine of wondering what we’re doing living in a place that gets so cold the air hurts our face.

  admin   January 5, 2015   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Winter, Rockford, Rockford Plumbing, Grand Rapids, Blog, Michigan 0 Comments   Read More

What is a Master Plumber in Michigan?

Every business will need a plumber at one point or another. For this reason, it is best to have an idea of how to hire one before an emergency arises. One of the best ways to ensure the plumbing contractor you find is experienced is to be sure you hire a Master Plumber.

  admin   December 19, 2014   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Tankless vs Traditional Water Heater Costs

Replacing the water heater in your home, or finding the right water heater for your renovation project, is an important undertaking. You want to find a water heater that you can rely on to provide hot water, on demand, whenever you need it. Both tankless water heaters and traditional water heaters offer this kind of reliability. So how can you decide which one to choose? Keep reading for some important points of comparison.

  admin   December 11, 2014   tankless water heater, Grand Rapids Plumbing, water heater, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

How Humidifiers Can Help Your Family Weather Winter More Comfortably

Winter weather is here in Grand Rapids so it's time to think about the improvements you can make to your home to help your family weather this frigid time of the year more comfortably.

  admin   November 21, 2014   Air Quality, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Home Air Quality, Rockford Plumbing, humidifier, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Frequently Asked Questions: Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?

Frequently Asked Questions: Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?

Grand Rapids heating and cooling - or indeed heating and cooling issues around the state of Michigan - can be tricky to figure out if you're a homeowner. You want to be comfortable all year round, but you might not know what kind of system is going to be the most affordable, most efficient, or the best for the earth. In this post, we're going to address heat pumps and how they can help you efficiently heat (and cool!) your home in our Michigan weather. Following are some of the most common questions about heat pumps that can help you determine whether one of these systems is the best choice for you and your family.

What is a Heat Pump?

  admin   November 18, 2014   heating and cooling, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Heat pump, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, Frequently Asked Questions 0 Comments   Read More

Do's and Don'ts for Hiring an Emergency Plumber

Even if you take perfect care of your home, you can have a plumbing emergency at some point. Backed up systems and burst pipes can do more than just ruin your day, they can cause lasting damage to your home, which is why it is essential to deal with these emergencies quickly and professionally. In most situations, this will mean hiring an emergency plumber.

  admin   November 11, 2014   repairs, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, plumber, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Unusual Places to Find Utility Bill Savings This Winter

You probably already know that a clean, maintained furnace is an efficient furnace, and an efficient furnace is one of the best ways to save on your heating bills this winter. (If not, check out our post on "5 Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Tuneup Today"). But you may not know that there are other places in your home that you might be able to find savings on that next utility bill, too. With utility costs creeping up all over the country, and temperatures dropping here in Michigan, there is no time like the present to make sure your home is as efficient as possible. Have you tried looking….

  admin   October 28, 2014   Utility Bills, Grand Rapids Plumbing, thermostat, Furnace Tune-Up, furnace, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you're planning a big blowout or want to spend a quiet night at home handing out candy, this spooky holiday means that plenty of people will be coming by for treats (and hopefully avoiding any tricks). If you want this Halloween to be fun and safe, take these simple tips to heart and do a little preparation before the big night.

  admin   October 24, 2014   Fall Season, Halloween, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Top Ways to Lower Your Water Bill

You've received your latest water bill, and the news isn't good. Why is your water bill continuing to go up? Whether it's increased costs from your utility company, increased use in your home or an unknown source, it's time to nip those increases in the bud. Let's take a look at common problems that raise your water bill and some simple solutions to help lower it:

  admin   October 23, 2014   repairs, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Lower water bill, Rockford Plumbing, Blog, green 0 Comments   Read More

Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter

Will this winter be as bad as the last? It is too early to tell. And yet, we know that a cold winter is on its way. Have you prepared your home and yard for the temperature drop? If not, now is the time to get started. Winterize your home immediately for the ice and snow, so you do not have to worry about frozen or burst pipes and expensive Grand Rapids plumbing repairs.

  admin   October 21, 2014   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Prep your plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Improve Your Home's Air Quality This Winter

If you're worried about your family's health and the health of our environment, chances are that you're at least a little bit concerned about air pollution. But did you know that the hazards posed by car and truck exhaust, oil refineries, and other outside sources are actually less than the danger you might find in your own home?

  admin   September 26, 2014   HVAC, Air Quality, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Home Air Quality, Rockford Plumbing, Improve air quality, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

5 Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up Today

Summer has already come to an end and fall is upon us, which means leisurely days of pruning rose bushes are quickly being replaced by necessary fall maintenance. We all know how cold it can get during those Michigan winters and you surely don't want to suffer the consequences of a home that's unprepared. But while you're cleaning gutters and putting away garden hoses, have you stopped to check on your furnace? When the temperatures are soaring in the summer, we can sometimes forget just how important our furnace is to us and frankly, it may be starting to feel a little neglected. Here are six great reasons your furnace most likely needs a tune-up before the next big chill.

  admin   September 8, 2014   HVAC, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Furnace Tune-Up, furnace, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

5 Ways to Prep Your Plumbing for the Fall Season

It's that time again, the upcoming season of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and all varieties of colorful foliage. Are you thinking of how you can prep your Grand Rapids plumbing for the fall season? You should be. Cooler weather followed by typical Grand Rapids winter weather is right around the corner. Take the time to make these preventative measures in your home to avoid unnecessary wear and tear, such as with your water heater, throughout the cooler months. It's also the perfect opportunity to take stock of your home's plumbing works to check for signs of stress or damage.

  admin   September 5, 2014   Fall Season, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Prep your plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Grand Rapids, Fall Plumbing, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Top Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Your home is your castle, your pride and joy. You want it to serve your family's needs well for years to come and also retain its resale value. You want it to be a safe, comfortable place for guests and visitors. A key part of home maintenance is keeping your plumbing in great shape. While the services of a quality plumber may be required from time to time, there are a number of things you can do on your own to keep your plumbing functioning optimally. Here are the top plumbing maintenance tips you should be aware of -- and take care of an a regular basis:

  admin   August 26, 2014   Grand Rapids Plumbing, plumbing maintenance for homeowners, Plumbing maintenance, Rockford Plumbing, homeowners 0 Comments   Read More

10 Steps for Basic Water Heater Maintenance

Every household relies on their water heater for many of the most basic and essential household activities: doing the laundry, washing dishes, general cleaning, and, of course taking hot showers and baths. Many of us take the hot water heater for granted, yet without it, life would be much harder.

  admin   August 25, 2014   water heater maintenance, Grand Rapids Plumbing, 10 steps, water heater, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Water Woes? Try These Basic Plumbing Tips

Your plumbing represents one of the most underappreciated types of equipment in the home. When things go wrong, you are stuck. Your plumbing can cause a lot of problems for you, from a slow drain or a clogged disposal to a leaky water heater. With these tips, you will know what issues you may be able to resolve yourself and when you should call in the Grand Rapids plumbing experts at Blakeslee & Son for help.

  admin   August 12, 2014   Water Woes, Plumbing Tips, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Plumbing Troubleshooting tips 0 Comments   Read More

5 Ways to Save on Energy While Keeping Cool

Many parts of the country are now at the peak of summer heat, meaning a lot of central air conditioning units are getting a workout. While air conditioning may be a luxury for some, it is an absolute necessity in many climates. But even the most efficient systems still require energy and energy costs money. So the question is: how can you make sure you are running your air conditioning system as efficiently as possible? Keep reading our five easy tips for summertime comfort.

  admin   July 29, 2014   HVAC, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Stay Cool, Save on Energy, Summer heat, central air conditioning, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Get to Know Blakeslee & Son: Knowledgeable Service & Quality

People have been turning to Blakeslee & Son, Inc. for all of their home comfort needs for over 65 years. We believe our customers return to us time and time again because of our longevity in the marketplace, the outstanding customer service we deliver and our technical depth and understanding of a variety of home systems and equipment. We take great pride in being able to deliver knowledgeable service with a quality line of products that have been proven to deliver trusted performance.

  admin   June 25, 2014   News, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Welcome to our New Blog and Website!

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We would like welcome you to the new and improved Blakeslee & Son blog and website! For quite some time we have been working to create an online space that better showcases the quality services we are providing to West Michigan homeowners and businesses, and we think we have accomplished it!

  admin   June 24, 2014   Welcome, News, Grand Rapids Plumbing, New Website, Rockford Plumbing, New Blog, Blog 0 Comments   Read More

Preventative Maintenance You Can Do for Your Air Conditioner

Having any piece of equipment break can be a major inconvenience. When the equipment is your air conditioner and it breaks during the hottest part of summer, that inconvenience can quickly become a crisis.

  admin   June 24, 2014   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Air conditioner, preventative maintenance, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids HVAC Inspections

Grand Rapids HVAC Inspections

Blakeslee & Son, Inc. takes pride in our ability to diagnose issues, offer regular maintenance, repair, and replace the HVAC system in your home. But beyond those important services our trained HVAC technicians can help you with your HVAC problems before you even move into your home.

  admin   June 23, 2014   HVAC, Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Efficiency Changes from the DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a change in the Regional Minimum Efficiency Standards. Effective May 1, 2013, all non-weatherized residential furnaces for the North Region (which includes Michigan) will be required to be 90% AFUE or greater. What impact will this have on your home? If you have questions, please contact us at 616-866-1921.

  admin   October 3, 2012   efficiency standards, Grand Rapids Plumbing, 90% efficient, furnace, DOE, Rockford Plumbing, Department of Energy 0 Comments   Read More

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioning Condenser - Part 1

This is the first in a series of five handy how-to videos shot to help homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI extend the life of their central air conditioning units. If you have questions or would like a discount coupon to have Blakeslee perform a preventative maintenance check, call us at (616) 866-1921.

  admin   June 26, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, DIY Videos 0 Comments   Read More

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Condenser - Part 2

Part 2 of our series in cleaning your central air conditioner condenser.

  admin   June 26, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, DIY Videos 0 Comments   Read More

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Condenser - Part 3

Part 3 of our series on cleaning your air conditioner condenser.

  admin   June 26, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, DIY Videos 0 Comments   Read More

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Condenser - Part 4

Part 4 of our series on cleaning your air conditioner condenser.

  admin   June 26, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, DIY Videos 0 Comments   Read More

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Condenser - Part 5

Part 5 of our series on how to clean your air conditioner condenser.

  admin   June 26, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, DIY Videos 0 Comments   Read More

When to Replace your Air Conditioner and Furnace

To repair or replace, that is the question that likely comes to mind whenever your heating or cooling system stops working like it should. Although repairing may be the most affordable solution now, it might not be the best choice over the long run.

  admin   January 30, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids HVAC Tip: How Often Should We Change the Furnace Filter?

A common HVAC question that many people in Grand Rapids ask is how often should we change the furnace filter in our home? In the winter or summer, changing your filter once a month is a good idea – for your health and your HVAC system’s! Besides reducing allergens like pollen and dust in your home’s air, a clean filter keeps dust and dirt from building up in your HVAC system, a problem that can lead to early system failure.

  admin   January 30, 2012   Grand Rapids Plumbing, Rockford Plumbing, Frequently Asked Questions 0 Comments   Read More