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Why Opt for Ductless Cooling?

June 19th, 2017

ductless-blower-and-remoteHomeowners today do not lack for options when it comes to the way in which they choose to cool their homes. This is a good thing, but the sheer number of options can also prove a bit overwhelming for homeowners. If you are ready to replace your air conditioner due to a breakdown, or if you think this is the curtain call for an existing system and are looking forward to replacing it in the fall, keep ductless mini split systems in mind.

Ductless air conditioning systems have much to offer homeowners, and much to recommend them. While a ductless mini split may not be right for every home or every homeowner — no system is — they can benefit certain homes and homeowners in many different ways. Keep the following information in mind, and let us know if you are ready to start using a ductless air conditioner in Des Moines, IL.

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Never Leave a Dirty Filter in Your AC

June 5th, 2017

man-holding-air-filterOnce the heat of the summer season is upon us, you are going to want to flip on your central air conditioning system or heat pump and cool the air in your home effectively, reliably, and efficiently. This is not going to be possible if you fail to schedule the routine air conditioning maintenance service that your system needs in order to excel in its operation, though. Enrolling in our maintenance program makes it easy to ensure that your air conditioner is prepared for the work that lies ahead, year after year.

However, there is one aspect of air conditioning maintenance that really cannot wait a full year between being completed. That is the act of changing your air conditioner’s air filter. These filters typically require changing every 1-3 months, and cannot sit in the system until our technicians come out for yearly maintenance. While the bulk of your AC maintenance in Des Moines, IA must be left to trained professionals, this is one simple task that you can handle on your own to great benefit your comfort and your air conditioner itself. 

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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterThe water heater in any home, regardless of occupancy numbers, does an incredible amount of work throughout the year. Unlike a system such as your heater or air conditioner, your water heater in Des Moines, IA does not have an off-season. Your water heater not only provides hot water for your showers and cleaning, but also for those other appliances — dishwasher, clothes washing machine — that require hot water in their operation. It is a big job, and today’s water heaters are manufactured to ensure that they stand up to the task.

Great as many of the water heaters on the market today may be, though, there is not a single water heater out there that is perfect. All water heaters will require repairs from time to time, and your water heater is going to need to be replaced eventually. When should the replacement happen, though? After all, you don’t really want to wait for your system to break down entirely before replacing it, do you? Here are some tips to help you decide if your water heater has reached the end of the line.

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Common AC Problems: Blowing Warm Air

May 8th, 2017

rising-thermometerWhen the heat of summer is at its worst, you need your air conditioner to really step up to the plate and keep your home cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, there is no way in which to guarantee that it is always going to be able to do so. All mechanical systems, including air conditioners, are subject to occasional operating problems. These issues are most likely to present themselves just when you really need your AC the most, so learning to recognize potential signs of trouble is very important.

Shy of a complete system breakdown, an air conditioner that is blowing warm air is probably the clearest sign that something is wrong with the system. If your AC is blowing warm air, there are a number of potential problems that could be causing the issue. Not all of them are serious, but there is a possibility that you are going to need professional AC repairs in Des Moines, IA. If you do, make ours the number that you call.

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Do I Need Professional Air Conditioning Repairs?

April 24th, 2017

AC-unit-outdoorsDuring the hottest time of the year, you really need your air conditioning system to step up to the plate and to cool your home effectively and reliably. While we would love to install an air conditioner for you that is guaranteed to work properly at all times, this is simply not possible. While investing in quality equipment and having that equipment regularly tuned up by trained professionals will help you to get the best cooling experience you can, no air conditioner is perfect.

That is why you really should learn how to spot the signs that you need air conditioning repairs in Des Moines, IA. You see, the fact that an air conditioner is operational does not mean that it is operating properly. Most problems will not result in an immediate breakdown of your air conditioner. However, they can do very serious damage over time if given the chance. When it comes to repairing your air conditioner, swift action is always best.

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Are You Ready to Replace Your AC?

April 10th, 2017

question-markDon’t let this post get your hopes up too much. It is still going to be a while yet before your air conditioning system is put into regular rotation. That is precisely the point, though. It only makes sense to replace your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA before you really need it to be there for you, right? If you wait until the summer season to get underway before replacing your system, then you risk a period of discomfort while you wait for your new AC to be up and running.

At the same time, we fully understand that a brand new whole-house cooling system is a major investment for most homeowners. That is why we are here to help you decide if the time is right for a full replacement. Following are a few points of consideration to keep in mind when weighing your options. Just remember that the fact that your AC can be repaired and kept running does not meant that it should be.

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Don’t Forget About Your Heat Pump Tune-Up

March 27th, 2017

technician-condenser-unitIt is going to be a while before those of us here in Iowa are running our air conditioners with any regularity. It may be spring time, but our temperatures are still pretty chilly right now. That being said, if you use a heat pump, now is definitely a great time to start thinking about what it needs to make the transition in the summer season successfully.

Unlike a central air conditioner or a furnace, a heat pump really does not have much in the way of downtime throughout the year. Such is the price of both heating and cooling one’s home with one single system. Because of the heavy workload that heat pumps are tasked with, scheduling maintenance twice a year is a must. Be sure to let us handle your heat pump maintenance services in Des Moines, IA.

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Why Is Insulation So Important?

March 13th, 2017

insulation-in-loftWe are in that tough time of the year when spring is desperately trying to break through, but we know that we’ve got plenty of opportunity for continuing to run our heating systems in the immediate future. A bit of cabin fever is understandable, but why not look at this as a great opportunity to resolve some issues that you may have encountered during the heating season. We aren’t specifically talking about problems with your heater, either.

One issue that you may have in your home, and one that can affect your lifestyle all year long in a variety of ways, is subpar, inadequate, or damaged insulation. If this is the case in your home, then you need to hire professionals to resolve the problem. Your insulation in Des Moines, IA is too important to take any chances with.

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Have Your Air Ducts Tested This Spring

February 27th, 2017

ducts-in-atticIf you noticed any problems with uneven heating, subpar indoor air quality, or high heating costs this winter, and you use a forced air heating system such as a furnace or a heat pump, then leaky ductwork may be to blame. If you use a radiant heating system, but are starting to think about your central AC as we move toward the end of the heating season, you may want to have your ducts tested. It doesn’t matter if you use air ducts in both heating and cooling your home, or just for one or the other. They play a major role in your home, and must be kept in outstanding working condition. That is why we offer both duct testing and duct sealing in Des Moines, IL.

Just because your air ducts are hidden away from view does not mean that you can afford to put them out of mind. Doing so only it makes it more likely that existing problems with your air ducts will get worse. Consider the following tips and information, and be sure to let the indoor air quality experts on our team address any issues with your air ducts.

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Is the Time Right for a Heat Pump Installation?

February 13th, 2017

heat-pump-outdoor-unitWe have plenty of winter left ahead of us, so hopefully your home heating system is still working away in an effective and efficient manner. That being said, now is a good time to take stock of your heating system and decide if the time has come for a heating replacement. If so, you may as well get it out of the way once the weather warms up. Of course, you may also be planning to replace your air conditioner before the weather gets too hot for the season. In either event, the time is right for a heat pump installation in Des Moines, IA.

Heat pumps are unique in that they are used to both heat and cool homes. We actually discussed precisely why the heat pump is so efficient not too long ago. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the reasons that you may choose a heat pump installation once we’re through the worst of the winter season.

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