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

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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Avoid a Heater Breakdown with These 3 Tips

Monday, 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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The Importance of Professional Maintenance

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Is Your Thermostat Costing You Money?

Monday, 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.

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