Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Archive for December, 2015

Looking to Boost Your Heating on a Budget? Here Are Some Tips

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Many times, when embarking on a way to be more energy efficient with heating, big plans are put in place: replacement windows, new insulation, maybe even a new heating system. Things actions are wonderful, but they can also come with a hefty price tag. The heating experts from Schaal Heating and Cooling are here to give you a few tips on ways to reduce your heating costs without having too high of a price tag:

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Can I Install a Tankless Hot Water Heater Myself?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Doing certain kinds of projects around your home can be a good thing, but a lot of that depends on what project you choose for your DIY work. Painting a bedroom can be a great choice. Installing a hot water heater? This one is best left to experts, especially if it is a tankless unit. While tankless units may look much simpler to handle than a storage tank hot water heater (which should also be handled only by an expert), the truth is that tankless units are actually a lot more complicated, particularly the flue assembly. So the answer to the question? Always leave the installation of your hot water heater – especially your tankless unit – to trained experts, like the ones from Schaal Heating and Cooling.

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Benefits an Electric Furnace Can Offer

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Not too long ago, there wasn’t much in the way of choices when it came to installing a furnace in your Des Moines home. Fuel choices were limited mostly to natural gas, although some furnaces could also operate with oil and later, propane. Today, homeowners can choose a furnace that doesn’t heat via combustion by opting for an electric furnace.

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Forced Hot Air Can Equal Dry Indoor Air

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Many homeowners use forced-air systems like a furnace to heat their homes. These types of systems are very effective at heating quickly, but they can sometimes lend themselves to creating very dry air inside your home. While this may not seem like a huge issue, excessively low humidity can actually be quite a problem. A great solution to very dry indoor air is to add a whole home humidifier to your existing heating system, and the pros from Schaal Heating and Cooling are here to help you do it!

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I’d Like to Use a Heat Pump for My Home, But I Don’t Understand How It Heats

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Many homeowners in our area enjoy the dual benefit a heat pump HVAC system offers: the ability to both heat and cool your home. It’s understandable how a heat pump cools because in cooling mode, it works just like an air conditioner. However, it can be hard to understand how the system heats. After all, it doesn’t generate heat like a furnace does. The experts at Schaal Heating and Cooling specialize in heat pump services, so let us take a moment to give you a basic overview of how a heat pump provides heat to your home during the winter months.

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