Too darn hot?

Maintain and modernize your home’s HVAC system!
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Even though it doesn’t officially arrive until June 21, it’s feeling a bit like Summer already. By mid-March the Farmers’ Almanac had already warned: “Summer is coming early this year, and it may bring the hottest temperatures in recorded history…The general outlook: muggy, stormy. ”

If you’re wondering if your home’s HVAC system is up for the challenge, many experts agree that replacing it earlier in the season, before contractors get too busy with “emergency” service calls, is probably a good idea. Contractors tend to be less busy during milder seasons, potentially resulting in quicker installation and better service.

We reached out to service technician Brad Rosema at Blakeslee & Son, Inc. for more advice on getting the most out of our air conditioner in a year that’s threatening to be a scorcher.

GRM: How long does an HVAC system last?
BR: An average of 12 to 15 years.

GRM: What’s the best way to extend the life of my unit?
BR: Have it maintained and cleaned yearly.

GRM: How often do I need to change my air filters?
BR: One-inch filters should be changed monthly as the system runs. A four- to five-inch filter should be changed every three to six months.

GRM: What else can I do about indoor air quality?
BR: Reme Halo. I’m installing mine right now. (The “Reme Halo” is an in-duct air purifier employing UV light, alongside proprietary technologies— including a mechanism generating low levels of hydrogen peroxide dispersed throughout the air-conditioning system and indoor areas. Its functionality aims to diminish bacteria, viruses, odors, and mold spores, both in the air and on surfaces.)

GRM: What causes AC units to freeze up?
BR: Dirty filters, low on refrigerant, or both.

GRM: How can I save money, increase efficiency with my HVAC system?
BR: Have maintenance done and/or replace it with higher efficiency equipment. Everything nowadays in the world is more efficient than it was 10 years ago.

Blakeslee & Son, Inc. is located at 198 Northland Dr NE, Rockford. The company— in business for more than 75 years— offers rapid HVAC and plumbing service in Rockford and beyond, with emergency service on weekends and evenings.

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