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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