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

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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The Many Benefits of Radiant Heating

Monday, December 16th, 2019

heaterYou’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Should I invest in a boiler or a furnace?” without actually knowing the difference between the two. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t expect everyone to understand the unique intricacies of forced-air and radiant heating systems. Most homeowners would rather just have heat that works and leave the rest of their brain to focus on more important things.

However, if you’re trying to save money and keep your home warmed to your specific standards, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got a heater that can get the job done right. While heater maintenance in West Des Moines, IA is an important factor, as well as timely repairs, you’re never going to get your money’s worth if you choose the wrong type of heater from the get-go. That’s why we’re writing this post, to give you a rundown of the unique advantages and disadvantages of each heating system.

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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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Call Schaal If Your Home or Office Floods!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

teamThere are a lot of factors that we can control in our homes and around the office. The temperature, for instance, provided that we have good HVAC systems installed. There are also those events that are out of our control, though. These include flooding. Sure, professional plumbing services and even basement waterproofing will help to prevent and protect against flooding. However, even this is no guarantee.

Now, you are going to have a lot to deal with if your home or office should flood. From old family photos that you may have stored to important documents that have not been digitized, you’ll likely wind up scurrying around trying to mitigate damages on and to your property. But what about your HVAC system?

Today, we are going to look at what you should do regarding your HVAC system in the event of a flood. We know that you’ll have a lot on your plate, but trust us—you want to be prepared. Fortunately, that all really comes down to getting in touch with us, your trusted HVAC company in Des Moines!

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How to Keep Heating Repairs Away

Monday, March 26th, 2018

comfortable-womanWe may be approaching the finish line of the heating season, but that doesn’t mean that we are out of the chilly woods just yet. The fact of the matter is that you will still need your heater for a while longer. Because we are moving out of the heating system, though, it does make sense to start reflecting on how your heater handled this past winter. Were you 100% satisfied with the overall operation of your system? Or did repair needs really bog down your comfort this season?

If you answered yes to the latter, then today’s post is definitely for you. We want to share with you some information that you should keep in mind regarding the ways in which you can keep heating repairs to a minimum. No, there is no way in which you can hope to make your heater 100% reliable. That being said, you can definitely help to keep your system as reliable as possible. Here is how to do so.

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Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

temperature-guageThe heat pump really is a great HVAC system, which you are obviously aware of if you use one on your property. The ability to both cool your home and very efficiently heat it is a great benefit. Of course, as unique as the heat pump and its operation may be, there is one way in which it is just like any other HVAC system. It will eventually require repairs! Routine maintenance will keep them to a minimum, but you’ll run into trouble eventually.

If and when you do, you need to contact the professionals on our team right away. Prompt AC and/or heating repair in Ankeny, IA is always going to be in your best interest. The longer that you put off any necessary heat pump repairs, the worse off your system is likely to be. One problem that you may encounter is a refrigerant leak, and this is quite a doozy. If you do have a refrigerant leak, you could do serious damage to your heat pump by continuing to force it to run.

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Can I Handle My Own Heating Maintenance?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianThere is no denying it—the single best thing that you can do for your home heating system is to schedule professional heating maintenance in Des Moines, IA. If you are not diligent in scheduling professional heating maintenance on an annual basis, then you are doing your home heating system a serious disservice. However, it is not really any more of a disservice than attempting to tune your home heating system up on your own is. This is not a DIY job.

We know that there are a lot of very capable homeowners out there, and there is certainly a lot to be said for self-sufficiency. That being said, however, the most responsible homeowners are those that know when to pass over the toolbox and to pick up the telephone instead. Handy as you may be, a thorough heating tune-up is simply a job requiring the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can possess. Work with us to reap the full benefits of routine heating maintenance.  

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Tips for Winter Heating Efficiency Heating

Monday, February 12th, 2018

money-savingWe don’t put too much faith in groundhogs and other such stories around here. It’s Iowa, and it’s February. That means that it’s still winter, and it’s still cold outside. That means that you are going to need your heating system to hang in there until the warmer weather really does start to arrive, whatever some famous critter may have to say about it. That also means that you need to continue paying to heat your home, which may come as even more unwelcome news than a few more weeks of winter.

The good news is we’ve got some tips to share with you today that can help you to dial back your heating costs a bit. No, we’re not going to claim that you can make your heater more efficient than its heating efficiency rating will allow for. We’re also not going to tell you that you need to invest in a brand new high-efficiency heating system to start saving money either, though. Keep these tips in mind to enjoy more efficient heating in Waukee, IA.

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Forced Air Heating Tip: Keep the Filter Fresh

Monday, January 29th, 2018

filterWhen you invest in a quality heating system from a trusted manufacturer, and you are diligent in scheduling routine heating maintenance with skilled, trained professionals, you can generally count on a pretty reliable performance from that heater. However,  there is simply no such thing as a heater that is ever going to work reliably 100% of the time. Some problems are inevitable. Of course, there are also those problems that can stem from user error,  and it is this type of problem that we’ll be reviewing today.

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make with their forced air heating systems is simply leaving the air filter in that system for longer than they should. Now, even a very dirty air filter is not going to cause a heater to break down immediately, so it is understandable that it may sometimes be overlooked. The fact is, though, that you are going to suffer a number of problems with your heating in Waukee, IA if you fail to change your air filter as needed.

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Why Is My Heater Short Cycling?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

winter-backgroundIn a perfect world, you would invest in a heating system once, and for the rest of your life that heater would be there for you whenever you need it. It would start right up, it would heat your home perfectly, and it would hardly a cost a dime in doing so! Well, we hate to hammer this point home, but it’s not a perfect world. There are a lot of different problems and aggravations that we all must deal with, and a malfunctioning heater is one of them.

We really want to stress to you today that you should never ignore any sign of trouble from your heating system. The more that you do, the more likely it becomes that you are going to wind up with serious repair needs on your hands. Take short cycling, for instance. You may think that your heater is okay because it’s at least starting up and generating some heat. Ignoring short cycling, however, will likely result in the need for more serious heating repair in Ankeny, IA.

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