Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Archive for January, 2017

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for My Home?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

hot-showerWhenever you invest in a new appliance for your home, you want to be certain that you are making that investment wisely. You want to be confident in the fact that you will see a great return on that investment. For some, that means a reliable and effective performance. For others, that actually means saving enough energy over time to recoup that initial investment. If you want to hit all of these goals, then using a tankless water heater in Des Moines, IA may just be right for you.

There is no denying the fact that the unique design and operation of the tankless water heater allows for certain benefits. Like any other appliance, however, the tankless water heater is not going to be a great fit for everyone. Keep the following information in mind, and be certain to let us know if you have any questions about the water heater options available to you.

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What Exactly Is Radiant Heating?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Furnaces tend to be the most popular of all residential heating systems. This is understandable. They are relatively simple to install, can share ductwork with central ACs, and can operate quite efficiently. This is not to say, however, that forced air heating does not have its drawbacks. It does, and those issues can be resolved with the utilization of radiant heating.

Radiant heating in Des Moines, IA is quite common, as it tends to be in areas where very cold winter weather is the norm. If you are interested in forgoing the use of a forced air heating system for any reason, consider the following information carefully. We’re happy to handle any questions that you may have. 

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Why Does My Heater Shut Down So Quickly?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

When your heater starts up, it should run evenly and consistently for a full heating cycle before shutting back down. This will only be the case if your heater is correctly sized and working properly, though. Many problems could cause your heater to switch off and on too rapidly, which is known as short cycling.

As long as your home is heating up, you may not think that this is that big of a deal. In truth, though, a short cycling heater in Des Moines, IA is a big problem. It’s bad for comfort, spells trouble for your budget, and can wreak havoc on your heater itself.

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What Is the Secret of the Heat Pump’s Efficiency?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

It’s not a very closely guarded secret, of course, but it is something that there is a lot of confusion about among homeowners. How is it that a heat pump can heat a home so efficiently? And when using electricity, nonetheless!

Well, heat pumps are incredibly efficient. That is undoubtedly the main reason why heat pumps in Des Moines, IA are becoming more and more common. Let us help you to better understand how they achieve this great efficiency.

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