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

What’s Causing Those Nasty Odors?

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

You might have seen the craze recently around air purifiers. In the last year, homeowners have been scrambling to invest in UV air purifiers in Clive, IA to the point where some companies are going out of stock. We’re glad that homeowners are starting to wise up to how important these systems can be, but we also need to talk about some other things that air purifiers can do.

Air purifiers aren’t just good at eliminating contaminants from the air like viruses and bacteria. They’re also good at eliminating odors as well!

Today, we’re going to get into the specifics of what causes these odors, why they can be such a nuisance, and how an air purifier seeks to eliminate them. We’ll get into the technical side of things while also making it very clear that yes, your home could be much better off with an air purifier for some obvious reasons.

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Keep Those Leaks Away, Seal Your Leaky Ducts Today!

Monday, 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.

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You May Need a Whole-House Humidifier!

Monday, January 15th, 2018

house-in-winterThis time of the year, the heater is the system that is front and center on most homeowners’ minds. It’s been a cold winter so far, and there is still plenty of it left to come. You know what there may not be plenty of in your home right now, though? Humidity! The air in the winter can get very,  very dry, and the well-sealed, heated homes of today can be even drier than the outdoors. That can cause a number of problems for you and your family, not to mention your property itself.

The best way in which to combat very dry air in your home is, without a doubt, by using a whole-house humidifier in Des Moines, IA. Doing so allows you to sufficiently humidify the air in your home without overly humidifying it, and it is also very convenient and efficient. Yes, there are portable, standalone humidifiers out there. Trust us, though: a whole-house solution to your humidity issues is definitely the way to go. Now, let’s take a look at some surprising facts about humidity.

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Have Your Air Ducts Tested This Spring

Monday, February 27th, 2017

ducts-in-atticIf you noticed any problems with uneven heating, subpar indoor air quality, or high heating costs this winter, and you use a forced air heating system such as a furnace or a heat pump, then leaky ductwork may be to blame. If you use a radiant heating system, but are starting to think about your central AC as we move toward the end of the heating season, you may want to have your ducts tested. It doesn’t matter if you use air ducts in both heating and cooling your home, or just for one or the other. They play a major role in your home, and must be kept in outstanding working condition. That is why we offer both duct testing and duct sealing in Des Moines, IL.

Just because your air ducts are hidden away from view does not mean that you can afford to put them out of mind. Doing so only it makes it more likely that existing problems with your air ducts will get worse. Consider the following tips and information, and be sure to let the indoor air quality experts on our team address any issues with your air ducts.

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Use a Whole-House Humidifier This Winter

Monday, November 7th, 2016

During the summer season, we frequently lament high humidity levels. Humid air makes it difficult for our sweat to evaporate, which inhibits the body’s natural cooling process. The grass is always greener, as they say, and in the winter you may be wishing there is more humidity in the air. Using a whole-house humidifier in Des Moines, IA can help that wish to come to true.

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When Are UV Air Purifiers Necessary?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Many homeowners will find that using good air filters or a designated air filtration system is enough to keep their indoor air quality at a high level. Air filtration does have its limitations, though. If you are having trouble with biological pollutants in your home, you will be better served by pollutant destruction based air purifiers.

This is when you are going to want to use UV air purifiers in Des Moines, IA. UV air purifiers, such as UV germicidal lights, are relatively simple in design and operation. They do still require professional installation and servicing, though, so be sure to dial our number if you are ready to schedule service. 

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How Leaky Ductwork can Negatively Affect You This Summer

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

We’re moving into the summer season, and chances are that you are really looking forward to that warm summer sun already. Just remember that even those of us that love the heat of summer the most may find it a bit oppressive if we don’t have a cool, comfortable environment to return home to at the end of the day. While your air conditioner may be in fine working order, you must keep in mind the fact that any issues with its air distribution system can seriously impede its overall operational quality. That is why you need to have your air ducts sealed promptly if they are in poor shape.

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Why Consider the Use of a Whole-House Air Purifier?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Are you serious about living in great comfort throughout the hottest time of the year? If so, then you are going to need to do more than just maintain a cool environment in your home with a great air conditioning system. You are also going to have to maintain great indoor air quality therein. Of course, this is going to prove all but impossible to do if your home is full of humid, heavy air. It may seem like a problem without a solution, but we can help? Give us a call today, and ask about the benefits of using a whole-house dehumidifier in Des Moines, IA.

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When Should I Consider Professional Duct Testing?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

You hopefully understand that your HVAC system has to be tuned up on an annual basis. Your AC and  your heater both require annual maintenance in order to function as efficiently and effectively as possible. What you may forget, though, is that other components in the system can also be a source of trouble. Leaky ductwork is one of the most common and most serious sources of energy loss in homes throughout the country. You may not need to have your air ducts tested on an annual basis, but it is important that you understand some basic warning signs that your ductwork is in trouble. That way, you can schedule professional duct testing in Des Moines, IA promptly, in order to determine if your ducts are compromised.

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Why Use a UV Air Purifier in My Home?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

We don’t want our clients to get too hung up on all of the things that could potentially go wrong in their homes. That being said, though, you really should be aware of the various problems that you may encounter when it comes to your comfort, especially when those problems can also negatively affect your health. It’s not fear mongering—it’s just making sure that you have the information that you need to protect your indoor air quality. In many cases, basic air filtration is enough to do so. Other homeowners may be in need of more specialized equipment, though, such as UV air purifiers. 

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