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Qualities That Make a Good AC Professional Great

April 6th, 2020

HVAC in Des Moines, IAthumbs-up requires service that’s reliable, and HVAC professionals come in all shapes and sizes. There’s not one particular standard that makes it easy for homeowners to choose which one is right for them. Sure, most homeowners know not to call for an amateur’s service if they value the longevity and efficiency of their systems. However, many homeowners don’t know what separates a good HVAC technician from a great one.

So, we’re going to talk a bit about that difference between good and great. You might be happy with your good HVAC professional today, but what if you could do better with a team of professionals that are more than qualified to take care of everything your HVAC system needs, from installation to maintenance, to repairs and even replacements. There are certain qualities that differentiate a good technician from an amazing one, and we’ll cover a few of those down below.

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It’s Time for AC Maintenance!

March 23rd, 2020

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Springtime signals two things, the warming of the weather and the need for air conditioner maintenance! While we don’t want to be obnoxious in recommending springtime maintenance, we’re hoping we won’t be when we tell you about some of the best benefits that can come from it.

No, maintenance is not the optional service that misinformed homeowners might tell you it is, it’s a vital service that can extend the lifespan of your AC unit while keeping your repair expenses under control. AC maintenance in Des Moines, IA can be a window into savings, peace of mind, and allowing your air conditioner to run at peak efficiency. So, let us talk about how particularly AC maintenance can help and why it’s so important to have it done in the springtime.

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What Everyone Should Know About Their Kitchen Plumbing

March 9th, 2020

In the past few decades, the materials that make up our plumbing have only improved. We’re at the point where plumbing systems could last so long that, when kids inhabit the homes their parents built, they’re forgetting some timeless tips that kept these plumbing systems in such good condition.

So, we’d like to talk a bit about some serious improvements you could make at home that will better the quality of your drains and will keep them healthier for longer. Drains that are neglected will start to slow down or get clogged frequently. While we love every time you call us for a plumber in Des Moines, IA, we know that you’d rather live your life without the addition of clogged drains.

Take a look below and see if this information can help you extend the life of your kitchen drains.

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Avoid a Heater Breakdown with These 3 Tips

February 24th, 2020

toolsHeaters in Des Moines need to be treated with the care and respect they deserve, particularly because they’re responsible for keeping us warm and toasty through a cold winter! There’s as to no mystery why homeowners get nervous during the fall season leading up to the drop in temperatures. If your heater won’t cut it, there are headaches, cold nights, and expensive prices in your near future.

However, avoiding breakdowns and expensive repairs don’t have to be a hassle. While replacement is something that comes naturally with every heating system, we’re advocates for helping your heater last as long as possible.

Today, we’re going to help you avoid furnace repair in Des Moines, IA by giving you some clear ways to keep your heating system in good condition. No more worrying about whether or not your heater will make it through winter, it’s time to be certain and proactive!

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Heat Pump FAQ: What’s Going on with My Heat Pump?

February 10th, 2020

heat-pumpHeat pumps are an alternative way to heat your home, without the use of air ducts or combustion furnaces. That being said, because they’re constructed as such complex pieces of machinery, their problems can be a little puzzling to a homeowner that isn’t well acquainted with the interior of the system.

For instance, when a gas furnace is having burner trouble, it can be easy for a homeowner to know what’s going on just because of the sound and smell that might come from the system. However, when a heat pump is having problems, the noises, smells, and problems that come from the system don’t always seem obvious from the get-go.

Today we’re going to go over some of the problems that could be coming up with your heat pump and discussing what you can do about them. Sometimes, that solution includes calling us for heat pump repair in Waukee, IA!

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The Importance of Professional Maintenance

January 27th, 2020

upsetWe talk a lot about heater maintenance, and while some homeowners might be getting tired of it, we’re still constantly surprised by the number of people that ignore the routine needs of their heater. No, we’re not talking maintenance as in just giving a quick “up and down” of your furnace to make sure it’s not too dusty; we mean scheduling an appointment with a professional heating specialist to make sure your system is running safely, efficiently, and effectively.

The truth of the matter is, maintenance in Altoona, IA is not optional if you’d like your heater to last more than just a few years. The opinion, handiwork, and technical expertise of a professional is absolutely necessary for extending the lifespan of your heater to the point that you’d want it to be.

So, let’s get into the details as to why maintenance is so important!

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Electric or Gas: Choosing the Perfect Furnace

January 13th, 2020

Unlike what many homeowners may think, furnaces actually come in many different shapes and sizes. Large, small, efficient, inefficient, gas, or electric—and while the first two categories might be easy for a professional technician to figure out for you, the last might be something a homeowner will need to be acquainted with. The answer to which type of furnace you should invest in, gas or electric, might not be a question that’s easily answered.

When it comes to HVAC in Norwalk, IA different types of furnaces suit different homes. A professional technician might be able to tell you which type of furnace they think could be a good choice, but ultimately it will be your decision when push comes to shove.

So today, we’re going to try and shed some information on each type of furnace and their advantages, in hopes that you have the tools to invest in the right system for you and your home.

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Announcing Our Aeroseal Service

January 6th, 2020

We’d like everyone in the Des Moines and surrounding area to know that we now offer Aeroseal services for your ductwork! If you’re one of the many homeowners that don’t quite know what Aeroseal is, you’re not alone. It’s an advanced technological process that involves sealing your air ducts by dispersing a sealing formula through your pressurized ducts.

By pressurizing your air ducts and cycling our sealing formula through it, we can monitor your system’s performance and show you the improvements as they happen. The process only takes between 60 minutes and a few hours to seal your entire duct system! With Aeroseal, you get up to 95% duct leakage reduction, which is a satisfyingly high number. This service is basically unprecedented in the HVAC industry and we’re proud to offer it throughout our service areas.

The Benefits of Aeroseal

Since Aeroseal has been developed, it offers a litany of benefits that can help your HVAC system function and improve your air quality.

  • Improve your air quality. Leaky ducts require more filter changes, contain more dust, pet dander, and can contain mold spores due to moisture being leaked through the system. Breathe easy knowing that your sealed ducts allow only fresh air to circulate through your home.
  • Increased system performance. Leaky ducts are notorious for leaking heated or conditioned air into places where you can’t feel it. These leaky ducts can be responsible for up to 30% of your air being lost. This means your system has to work harder and you’re paying more money for the same effect!
  • More comfort. If your ducts are leaking, then your air conditioner or heater might not have the power to keep your home comfortable. By sealing your ducts, you’re helping your system keep your home at the right temperature.
  • Environmentally friendly. Sealing your ducts allows you to use less energy and keep your carbon footprint low.

If you’re interested in the Aeroseal process, give us a call today! We’re also running duct cleaning services at the same time, so you can get complete care for your air ducts.

 

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Is You Thermostat Costing You Money?

December 30th, 2019

female-comfortable-in-homeThermostats don’t seem like they cost much when they start breaking down, but they do. Homeowners often equate thermostats to television remotes, thinking that they’re just as important—but we’re here to tell you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Thermostats, unlike your television remote, contribute regularly to the proper functioning of your heating system and can eventually save you money on energy costs.

If you’re wondering how a thermostat could save you money, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll get into the specifics soon, but we want to emphasize that there are other resources to contact when you’re curious about how to increase your heater’s efficiency. Contacting a trustworthy HVAC contractor in Des Moines, IA can give you solid statistics and helpful information on what model of thermostat will be right for you and your heater.

Let’s get started!

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The Many Benefits of Radiant Heating

December 16th, 2019

heaterYou’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Should I invest in a boiler or a furnace?” without actually knowing the difference between the two. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t expect everyone to understand the unique intricacies of forced-air and radiant heating systems. Most homeowners would rather just have heat that works and leave the rest of their brain to focus on more important things.

However, if you’re trying to save money and keep your home warmed to your specific standards, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got a heater that can get the job done right. While heater maintenance in West Des Moines, IA is an important factor, as well as timely repairs, you’re never going to get your money’s worth if you choose the wrong type of heater from the get-go. That’s why we’re writing this post, to give you a rundown of the unique advantages and disadvantages of each heating system.

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