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

It’s Time for AC Maintenance!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

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Springtime signals two things, the warming of the weather and the need for air conditioner maintenance! While we don’t want to be obnoxious in recommending springtime maintenance, we’re hoping we won’t be when we tell you about some of the best benefits that can come from it.

No, maintenance is not the optional service that misinformed homeowners might tell you it is, it’s a vital service that can extend the lifespan of your AC unit while keeping your repair expenses under control. AC maintenance in Des Moines, IA can be a window into savings, peace of mind, and allowing your air conditioner to run at peak efficiency. So, let us talk about how particularly AC maintenance can help and why it’s so important to have it done in the springtime.

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What Everyone Should Know About Their Kitchen Plumbing

Monday, March 9th, 2020

In the past few decades, the materials that make up our plumbing have only improved. We’re at the point where plumbing systems could last so long that, when kids inhabit the homes their parents built, they’re forgetting some timeless tips that kept these plumbing systems in such good condition.

So, we’d like to talk a bit about some serious improvements you could make at home that will better the quality of your drains and will keep them healthier for longer. Drains that are neglected will start to slow down or get clogged frequently. While we love every time you call us for a plumber in Des Moines, IA, we know that you’d rather live your life without the addition of clogged drains.

Take a look below and see if this information can help you extend the life of your kitchen drains.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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