Schaal Heating and Cooling Blog

You May Need a Whole-House Humidifier!

January 15th, 2018

house-in-winterThis time of the year, the heater is the system that is front and center on most homeowners’ minds. It’s been a cold winter so far, and there is still plenty of it left to come. You know what there may not be plenty of in your home right now, though? Humidity! The air in the winter can get very,  very dry, and the well-sealed, heated homes of today can be even drier than the outdoors. That can cause a number of problems for you and your family, not to mention your property itself.

The best way in which to combat very dry air in your home is, without a doubt, by using a whole-house humidifier in Des Moines, IA. Doing so allows you to sufficiently humidify the air in your home without overly humidifying it, and it is also very convenient and efficient. Yes, there are portable, standalone humidifiers out there. Trust us, though: a whole-house solution to your humidity issues is definitely the way to go. Now, let’s take a look at some surprising facts about humidity.

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

January 1st, 2018

winter-backgroundIn a perfect world, you would invest in a heating system once, and for the rest of your life that heater would be there for you whenever you need it. It would start right up, it would heat your home perfectly, and it would hardly a cost a dime in doing so! Well, we hate to hammer this point home, but it’s not a perfect world. There are a lot of different problems and aggravations that we all must deal with, and a malfunctioning heater is one of them.

We really want to stress to you today that you should never ignore any sign of trouble from your heating system. The more that you do, the more likely it becomes that you are going to wind up with serious repair needs on your hands. Take short cycling, for instance. You may think that your heater is okay because it’s at least starting up and generating some heat. Ignoring short cycling, however, will likely result in the need for more serious heating repair in Ankeny, IA.

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Furnace FAQ: What’s That Sound?

December 18th, 2017

dog-under-blanketWhen we’re in the middle of the coldest time of the year, the last thing that we want to encounter is trouble with our home heating systems. The unfortunate truth, however, is that this is precisely the time when the need for heating repairs is most likely to strike! That is why learning some of the potential warning signs that trouble is brewing is so beneficial for homeowners. One strong indicator that problems are developing is strange sounds coming from your furnace.

If you do hear odd furnace noises when heating your home, dial our number right away to schedule professional furnace repair in Ankeny, IA. While not every issue causing your furnace to make strange sounds will necessarily be very serious, the fact is that ignoring this common warning sign will only give that problem the time that it needs to get worse. Acting promptly can save you from more expensive repair needs—not to mention a potentially dangerous operating condition.

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Signs That Your Furnace Is in Trouble

December 4th, 2017

cold-manWell, autumn sure went by quick this year, didn’t it? It may not technically be winter according to the calendars just yet,  but it is definitely starting to feel like it nonetheless. Subfreezing temperatures are going to be the norm once more, and that means that your furnace really needs to step up to the plate with a performance that will knock the cold right out of the park. Do your part to help it do so by looking out for signs of furnace problems.

Even the best furnaces on the market are going to require repairs at some point, no matter how expertly installed and well-maintained they are. The key to minimizing any negative impact of operational problems, both to your comfort and to your furnace itself, is to schedule professional furnace repair in Ankeny, IA at the first sign of trouble. Contact us if you have any reason to suspect that trouble is a-brewin’ with the furnace in your home.

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What Does a Heating Tune-Up Require?

November 20th, 2017

servicing-furnaceWhen winter hits Iowa, you want your heater to jump into the fray without so much as a moment’s hesitation. In this day and age, with all of the technology available and years of development behind us, there is really no excuse for putting up with a subpar performance from our home heating systems. Even still, some homeowners that actually have great heating systems are dealing with many performance issues, from the subtle to the extremely disruptive. In a lot of cases, this is due to subpar heater maintenance.

Scheduling routine heating maintenance in Indianola, IA is, without question, the best way in which to keep your heater functioning at peak performance and efficiency levels. You’d think that hearing time and time again that regular maintenance means paying less for a better heating performance would be enough to convince homeowners to stay on top of it. Some still fail to grasp how important this service is, though, so let’s take a look at what actually happens during a heating tune-up.

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3 Common Heating Repair Needs

November 6th, 2017

cold-manTemperatures are cooling off more and more as we move further into the fall season, and guess what — winter is not too far off! Before long, we will be firmly entrenched in the coldest time of the year. Is your heating system ready for action, capable of keeping your home warm and reliably heated throughout the toughest weather of the winter season? Investing in great heating equipment and routine heating maintenance is the best way to get ready for the season, but no heater is perfect.

At some point, you are likely going to run into problems of some kind with your home heating system. Whether it seems that your heater is on the verge of a complete breakdown,  or if it is just acting a little strangely, you need to take prompt action. The worst thing that you can do for your heater and for your own comfort is to ignore signs of trouble. Following are examples of 3 common heating repairs in Ankeny, IA.

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Why Schedule Prompt Heating Repairs?

October 23rd, 2017

cold-couple-couchWhen your heater breaks down entirely during the coldest time of the year, you are not going to be able to dial our number fast enough in order to schedule professional heating repair in Ankeny, IA. What about those situations in which your heater is still operational, though? What about those times when you suspect that there is something wrong, but you force your heater to continue working in its compromised state because, frankly, it’s more convenient than scheduling repairs?

Trust us when we tell you that we’ve met many homeowners who have made this very mistake — often when completing emergency repairs that could have otherwise been avoided! The fact of the matter is that no problem with your home heating system is “minor” enough to ignore. The moment that you suspect that your heater is struggling, you should be giving the technicians on our team a call. That way, we can get your system back on track as swiftly as possible.

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3 Major Benefits of Routine Heater Maintenance

October 9th, 2017

thumbs-upIn our last blog post, we took the opportunity to remind you that the time has come to schedule your routine heating tune-up for the year. In today’s post, we are going to look a bit more in-depth at just how beneficial scheduling this service can really be. We wouldn’t be putting so much emphasis on scheduling regular heating maintenance in Indianola, IA if it were not of the utmost importance. It truly is the best thing that you can do for your home heating system.

Before we get into the specifics of how a heating tune-up can benefit you and your system, we also want to remind you that the only way you can hope to enjoy these benefits is if you schedule your tune-up with skilled, trained professionals. Just call our number to do so. This is too involved a process to entrust to a general handyperson, let alone your own DIY aspirations. For a quality heating tune-up, you have to call in the pros.

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It’s Time for a Heating Tune-Up!

September 25th, 2017

man-with-radiatorDespite what the warm temperatures at the end of last week and this weekend may have lead you to believe, we are definitely moving into the cooler time of the year. Take a gander at the weather forecast of your choice, and you’ll be seeing a lot of 60’s and 70’s for daytime temperatures. As for nights, well, we’re looking at 50’s pretty soon. Then the 40’s. And then the 30’s. It is not going to be long before winter is in full swing, and your heater in Des Moines, IA had better be ready.

That means that you had better go ahead and schedule your annual heating tune-up before things really cool down on us. The last thing that you want to do is wait until the last minute to have your heater tuned up, only to find that the last minute actually came a bit earlier than you had expected. Don’t be caught off-guard with a heater that is not ready for action. Let a member of our team get your heater back in prime fighting condition before you need it the most. 

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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

September 11th, 2017

AC-technician-outdoorsHopefully not, because a refrigerant leak in an air conditioner can actually do a very considerable amount of damage to that system. That is precisely why we are talking about this subject in today’s post. While refrigerant leaks can prove devastating if left to themselves, there are plenty of warning signs that you may notice which can tip you off to the problem. You just have to know what it is that you are looking for.

While we are not able to give you any definitive way in which to avoid refrigerant leaks entirely, we are happy to share the following information with you so that you are at least able to spot any refrigerant leaks in a timely manner. This gives you a serious advantage in preventing damage to your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA. If and when you do require any AC repairs, for refrigerant leaks or otherwise, call Schaal, ya’all!

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