Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog

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!

Continue Reading

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!

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

 

Continue Reading

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!

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Radiant or Forced-Air: Which Heater Is Best for You?

December 2nd, 2019

indecisive

While these are very different types of heaters, they essentially perform the same function. A heater is a heater, it produces comfortable heat at times when the weather outside is chilly. Many homeowners would like to stop at that and just pick up the cheapest heater they can get their hands on.

However, when it comes to things like efficiency, repairs, and heater maintenance in West Des Moines, IA the type of heater that needs service is going to make a major difference. Certain heaters last longer, perform differently, and provide a different feeling of comfort than others. So, while we know that affordability is at the top of your mind, take a look at the other important aspects of a heater with us.

Let’s get started!

Continue Reading

Familiarize Yourself with These 6 Plumbing Terms

November 18th, 2019

woman-calling-a-pro-for-plumbing-issue

Plumbing jargon might seem like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to homeowners that aren’t constantly working with pipes. However, it’s not all that complicated when you take it step by step. We’d like to talk to you about a few plumbing terms that could help you rest easy when dealing with plumbing problems in the future.

It can lead anyone to panic when calling for emergency plumbing in Des Moines, IA if they don’t know how exactly to talk about the problem. Whether it’s a toilet issue, a leaking pipe, or a drain that’s clogged, hopefully, these plumbing terms can give you the know-how to have a good conversation with your plumber about what exactly needs to be done.

Well, let’s get started!

Continue Reading

Keep Those Leaks Away, Seal Your Leaky Ducts Today!

November 4th, 2019

checking-ductworkWhen you go into your basement to observe your bathroom or kitchen plumbing, all of your pipes are tightly sealed and there isn’t any leaking water, right? Well, that’s for good reason! Leaking pipes waste water, destroy property, and lower water pressure!

So, if leaky pipes are unacceptable, then why aren’t leaky air ducts? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably don’t know how much conditioned air you’re losing through your air ducts, either from your heater or your air conditioner, each year. That’s why it’s so important that you have duct testing done by a professional team like ours, before you can assess and understand how bad your duct leakage is. Once you’ve had thorough testing done, it’s a good idea to take care of the problem by sealing any holes and by having duct cleaning in Des Moines, IA performed.

Still not convinced? We’ll show you just how important functioning air ducts can be.

Continue Reading

Signs You Need a Sump Pump

October 21st, 2019

We are always surprised by how little homeowners know about sump pumps. Not that it should be required to take a “Sump Pump 101” class in order to be a homeowner, but we’ve seen our fair share of basements that could realluse a sump pump.

A sump pump is basically a pump that keeps your basement and floors dry from any type of flooding or precipitation. For homes that are generally located in flat areas or below sea-level, you could be experiencing some extremely moist conditions within the lower dwellings of your home. If you’ve been encountering a constantly moist basement, increased amounts of precipitation, and frequent flooding events, it might be time to invest in a sump pump.

And remember, if you’re looking for plumbing in Des Moines, IA then we offer sump pump services that can keep your home dry.

Continue Reading