Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Those Sounds Are Bad News!

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Your home might be noisy. From the kids running around screaming, to the dogs barking, to your dishwasher churning on and off, noises should be nothing new. We’d understand if you scoff at the idea of your heater making some strange noise and our advice to drop everything and call for repairs.

While you might not need to drop everything at once and address a bad sound that comes from your heater, we believe it is important for you to know what some of these bad sounds represent. If you neglect your heater and allow these noises to go on for a long time without furnace service in Des Moines, IA, you could see your home without heat on one of the coldest days of the year.

Let’s avoid that and keep your family comfortable by learning about what some of these furnace noises might be.

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3 Things Your Heating Contractor Should Always Do

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

How often do we talk about “should” and “should nots” on this blog? We can sound a little high on our horse sometimes and we understand that can be frustrating. But today we’re not going to focus on what you should be doing as a homeowner, but rather what an HVAC professional should be doing for you!

It’s hard owning a heater, not just because you need to be vigilant of problems happening within it, but you also need to have the right technician on standby to help you out. One wrong call and you could be set up with a bill that’s too high for work that just wasn’t worth it. Heater service in Des Moines, IA should be professional, fast, affordable, and effective.

How can you tell that your heater professional is doing the right thing? Well, follow along so we can show you three things a heating pro should always do.

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Choosing the Best Furnace: Electric Vs. Gas

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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Electric and gas furnaces are two sides of the same coin. They both produce powerful heat for homes that need it, and they do so at incredibly efficient rates. The only difference is in how they function, and that’s what this blog post is centered around.

Certain homes will be better off with a gas furnace, while others will actually save a lot of money and be just as comfortable with an electric furnace. The importance is figuring out which furnace is right for your home.

Why not take your info from the experts on furnaces in Clive, IA? We know the ins and outs of electric and gas furnaces, and we can give you a good idea as to which one will be right for you. We’ll talk about how these systems work, the pros and cons of each one, and which one could save you the most money in the long run.

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5 Reasons to Avoid DIY Heater Repair

Monday, January 25th, 2021

In all other circumstances, DIY solutions are amazing. Have you ever tried painting your own wall art? Or have you ever tried knitting your own sweaters? There’s a sense of accomplishment and fun that comes with trying things on your own. Families often have traditions steeped in history and interesting facts in regards to unique DIY solutions for home needs. However, there’s a big difference when it comes to DIY in the HVAC field.

There are many reasons for avoiding DIY heater repair. We could go on for hundreds of blog posts talking about the dangers that come with this kind of work, but we’ll make it simple for you. We’ve listed 5 important reasons why you should always avoid DIY solutions when it comes to heating repair in Clive, IA.

Keep knitting those sweaters and building that furniture if it’s enjoyable, but leave the heavy lifting HVAC equipment up to us!

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3 Common Furnace Misconceptions

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Hey y’all, welcome to another end of the year blog post about heating!

On a serious note, this is the time of year where we get a lot of calls about heaters on the fritz, so we’d like to nip something in the bud. A lot of homeowners call us thinking their heater is doing something that it’s actually not. As your local professionals, we’re going to grant some knowledge to everyone in hopes that we all get better comfort for our homes.

What’s the problem with furnace misconceptions? Well, when it comes to gas furnaces in Altoona, IA, misconceptions could lead you to operate the system in an incorrect way. You could waste gas which is bad for your bills and the environment, and you could neglect a big safety concern that could make things dangerous down the line. We could go on, but just make sure your furnace is backed by a foundation of fact!

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Change the Air Filter and Keep Things Running Smoothly

Monday, December 14th, 2020

We talk about air filters quite often on this blog. This isn’t by accident. Time and time again we run into homeowners that have either forgotten to change out their heater’s air filter, run into problems due to a clogged air filter, or just don’t think it’s a big deal. So, we’re here with a PSA to change your mind about that.

Air filters are the first line of defense when it comes to contaminants gunking up the heating process. Without them, dust, debris, pet dander, hair, and other contaminants can cause damage to the sensitive interior components of your heating system. In the case of furnace repair in Altoona, IA, you could suffer from a cracked heat exchanger with an increased amount of contaminants—which is the prime ingredient for a gas leak or carbon monoxide issue.

Let’s talk about dealing with this problem head on. It’s time to replace your air filter.

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What’s Wrong With Your Heater?

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Ah, this is probably the question you were looking to avoid today. When homeowners are dealing with a heater problem, every day becomes “Let’s try not to talk about the heater—day.” Well, how would it feel to finally nip this one in the bud and deal with your heater problem once and for all?

We’re not saying that it’s something you can do with tools at home. In fact, you’re going to definitely need the help of a professional HVAC contractor in Des Moines, IA. What we are saying, though, is that heater repair is a combined effort of diligent work from a professional and attentive vigilance from a homeowner. Together, we can assess the problem with your heater, get to the bottom of it, repair it, and keep you comfortable.

Does that sound like a good plan? Great! Then follow along as we talk about what could be going wrong with your heater.

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Why Do We Still Insist Homeowners Use Furnaces?

Monday, November 16th, 2020

That might be a bit of an overstatement. We don’t insist anyone use a particular type of system, all we do is reassure homeowners that furnaces are still great systems to use. Too many people fall into the trap of assuming that with the advent of heat pumps and other electrical technology that gas furnaces are on their way out. However, gas furnaces, and even electrical furnaces, are becoming more and more efficient with each new model on the market.

Don’t assume that a furnace isn’t right for you just because it sounds like an old-fashioned way of heating a home. Furnaces still are, and probably will be for the foreseeable future, the most common heating system in use. Let’s talk about some of the great reasons to invest in a furnace, including the easy access to furnace repair in Des Moines, IA.

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Heat Your Home with a Ductless Mini Split

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Ductless mini splits, at least in our neck of the woods, are the future of heating and cooling. They can affordably and efficiently keep homes comfortable throughout the year by using electricity and moving heat instead of creating it. For most homeowners that already own them, this is just obvious. For everyone else, keep reading.

We want to talk to all the prospective heat pump homeowners. From homeowners who are tired of their hiccupping furnace, to others who are looking to replace both their air conditioners and heaters with a one-size-fits-all system. Not only can a heat pump be the best decision for you, but getting your heat pump installed by our team can be the second best decision as well.

Let’s talk about heat pumps, one of the best reasons to call us for HVAC in Des Moines, IA.

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Which Heater Is Right for Your Home?

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Heaters come in all shapes and sizes, which means it can lead to several migraines trying to wrap your head around which heater is right for you! Well sure, having more options for heating should be a good thing but when you’re not well-acquainted with any of them, it can be hard to learn when you’re put on the spot.

So, today we’re going to talk about each of the heaters unique to our area and the general benefits of each one. Hopefully, between the advantages of different heating systems and the efficiency levels they offer, we’re hoping you’ll start to find it easier when differentiating between systems. By working with a team that specializes in this kind of work, your HVAC in Des Moines, IA can easily be worked out without the headaches.

So, buckle up—we’ve got some homework to do!

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