Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Des Moines’

Announcing Our Aeroseal Service

Monday, January 6th, 2020

We’d like everyone in the Des Moines and surrounding area to know that we now offer Aeroseal services for your ductwork! If you’re one of the many homeowners that don’t quite know what Aeroseal is, you’re not alone. It’s an advanced technological process that involves sealing your air ducts by dispersing a sealing formula through your pressurized ducts.

By pressurizing your air ducts and cycling our sealing formula through it, we can monitor your system’s performance and show you the improvements as they happen. The process only takes between 60 minutes and a few hours to seal your entire duct system! With Aeroseal, you get up to 95% duct leakage reduction, which is a satisfyingly high number. This service is basically unprecedented in the HVAC industry and we’re proud to offer it throughout our service areas.

The Benefits of Aeroseal

Since Aeroseal has been developed, it offers a litany of benefits that can help your HVAC system function and improve your air quality.

  • Improve your air quality. Leaky ducts require more filter changes, contain more dust, pet dander, and can contain mold spores due to moisture being leaked through the system. Breathe easy knowing that your sealed ducts allow only fresh air to circulate through your home.
  • Increased system performance. Leaky ducts are notorious for leaking heated or conditioned air into places where you can’t feel it. These leaky ducts can be responsible for up to 30% of your air being lost. This means your system has to work harder and you’re paying more money for the same effect!
  • More comfort. If your ducts are leaking, then your air conditioner or heater might not have the power to keep your home comfortable. By sealing your ducts, you’re helping your system keep your home at the right temperature.
  • Environmentally friendly. Sealing your ducts allows you to use less energy and keep your carbon footprint low.

If you’re interested in the Aeroseal process, give us a call today! We’re also running duct cleaning services at the same time, so you can get complete care for your air ducts.

 

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Is You 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.

Let’s get started!

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Radiant or Forced-Air: Which Heater Is Best for You?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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While these are very different types of heaters, they essentially perform the same function. A heater is a heater, it produces comfortable heat at times when the weather outside is chilly. Many homeowners would like to stop at that and just pick up the cheapest heater they can get their hands on.

However, when it comes to things like efficiency, repairs, and heater maintenance in West Des Moines, IA the type of heater that needs service is going to make a major difference. Certain heaters last longer, perform differently, and provide a different feeling of comfort than others. So, while we know that affordability is at the top of your mind, take a look at the other important aspects of a heater with us.

Let’s get started!

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Familiarize Yourself with These 6 Plumbing Terms

Monday, November 18th, 2019

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Plumbing jargon might seem like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to homeowners that aren’t constantly working with pipes. However, it’s not all that complicated when you take it step by step. We’d like to talk to you about a few plumbing terms that could help you rest easy when dealing with plumbing problems in the future.

It can lead anyone to panic when calling for emergency plumbing in Des Moines, IA if they don’t know how exactly to talk about the problem. Whether it’s a toilet issue, a leaking pipe, or a drain that’s clogged, hopefully, these plumbing terms can give you the know-how to have a good conversation with your plumber about what exactly needs to be done.

Well, let’s get started!

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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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Signs You Need a Sump Pump

Monday, October 21st, 2019

We are always surprised by how little homeowners know about sump pumps. Not that it should be required to take a “Sump Pump 101” class in order to be a homeowner, but we’ve seen our fair share of basements that could realluse a sump pump.

A sump pump is basically a pump that keeps your basement and floors dry from any type of flooding or precipitation. For homes that are generally located in flat areas or below sea-level, you could be experiencing some extremely moist conditions within the lower dwellings of your home. If you’ve been encountering a constantly moist basement, increased amounts of precipitation, and frequent flooding events, it might be time to invest in a sump pump.

And remember, if you’re looking for plumbing in Des Moines, IA then we offer sump pump services that can keep your home dry.

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Prepare for the Coming Extreme Cold!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

logoIn the next few days, we all will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes’ heating systems in the Des Moines area are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and down to the -50s! Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature—the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity. Here are some helpful tips to make the next few days a little more bearable.

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Is Your Heater Running Properly?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

dog-blanketWhat does this mean, you may be wondering? Is my heater starting up? Sure it is. Is it generating heat? Well, yes. That would be a pretty obvious problem, and I don’t really need a blog post to tell me that a heater should be doing so.

That’s not really what this blog is about, though.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about an issue that a lot of homeowners face, and that a lot of homeowners fail to recognize as a serious issue: short cycling. Because your heater will still technically be firing up and producing heat when it is short cycling, you may be tempted to ignore the issue, if you register it as such at all.

Don’t.

We are going to take a look at some of the potential causes of short cycling, as well as some of the ways in which it works against you and your system. If necessary, we can handle your heating repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Keep Your Heater Working Efficiently

Monday, December 31st, 2018

money-savingIf we were able to provide you with free heating, it would be our honor to do so. That’s just not a possibility, however—which is actually good for us, since giving away free heating probably wouldn’t be great for our finances. That being said, you certainly don’t want to be paying more than is necessary in order to heat your home. Too many homeowners write off their high heating costs as the norm, though, even though boost efficiency can be quite simple.

Now, we’re not going to be able to make your heater any more efficient than it is rated for. All systems do have their upper limit. However, we’ can help you to keep your heater working as closely to that upper limit as possible. Sure, replacing your old, inefficient heater with a new, more efficient model is an obvious way to get a more efficient heating performance. We’d like to share some other, less expensive tips with you today, though. 

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Winter Plumbing Challenges Solved!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

frozen-pipeWinter brings a lot of challenges. It makes commutes tougher. It makes taking the dogs out for their walks tougher. Heck, it makes getting out of bed in the morning tougher. All that being said, it is easy to overlook some of the worst challenges that winter has to offer, including those affecting your plumbing system. You’d be remiss to do so, though. Why? Because if you wait for problems to take hold, you’re already in a world of trouble!

Today, we are going to be talking about the classic conundrum that plumbing systems face in the winter season. You guessed it: frozen pipes. Is there a way to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing pipes freezing? Unfortunately, no. Is there a way to make that risk as minimal as possible? Fortunately, no.

Wait, what?

There’s not “a” way—there are plenty of them! Read on for tips regarding winter and your plumbing in Des Moines, IA.

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