Winter Benefits of a Humidifier

February 19th, 2018

digital-humidifierComfort and convenience for homes is our business. People often think about comfort as having only to do with the temperature inside. But humidity is a major part of comfort. You can’t relax in a house during the summer when the relative humidity is over 60%, no matter how powerful an air conditioner you have. The extra moisture in the air makes it harder for your body to release heat through perspiration, so the indoor temperature feels much hotter.

The reverse is true with dry weather during the winter. Dry conditions are common in a chilly winter because more moisture is drawn from the air because of ice and snow. Natural gas furnaces can contribute to drier conditions as well because they draw on indoor air for combustion, and the air deficit causes the dry outdoor air to flow in. (There are sealed combustion furnaces available today that reduce this problem.)

To combat dry conditions in your house, arrange for Des Moines, IA HVAC professionals to install a whole-house humidifier. This device is integrated into the ventilation system and places moisture into the circulating air. The right humidifier will balance humidity in the ideal zone of 30% to 50% relative humidity.

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Is Duct Cleaning All I Need for Cleaner Air in My Home?

February 5th, 2018

duct-cleaning-with-vacuumWe recommend duct cleaning as a regular service for homes with central heating and air. The ductwork for these HVAC systems collects dust, lint, and other debris over time. After a few years of this buildup on duct walls, resistance to airflow lowers the efficiency of the comfort system. It also creates a reservoir for pollutants to circulate through the living areas of a house, lowering air quality. Duct cleaning done every few years (3 to 5) not only saves money on utility bills, it makes a difference in the quality of the air—especially for allergy and asthma sufferers.

But is duct cleaning enough to ensure healthier air in your house? You will have cleaner air, but not the cleanest air possible. Here’s the dilemma: pollutants come from many places inside a house, from hygiene and cleaning products to building materials. Taking out only the dust inside the ventilation system doesn’t do much to get rid of all these other contaminants. For the best indoor air quality, a house needs additional assistance.

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5 Signs Your Boiler Is About to Fail on You

January 22nd, 2018

boiler-residentialOne of the big benefits of having a boiler to keep you and your family cozy through the winter is that it can last for more years than other types of heaters. For heating in Des Moines, IA, a boiler is a great option!

The day will come, however, when your boiler will cease to heat and need to be replaced. Professional boiler repair can keep an old system going for a few years, but predicting when a boiler is coming to the end of its service life is the best way to stop an emergency breakdown leaving you in the cold.

You’re not a boiler mind-reader, however, and your boiler doesn’t even have a mind to read, so how can you know the boiler is about to permanently fail? Watch for these signs:

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The Top 5 Plumbing Repair Problems

January 8th, 2018

crossed-wrenchesThe plumbing in any home is a complex system. Most of the piping is hidden from sight, although that can often make it difficult to properly diagnose when something goes wrong. To help you better understand what your plumbing system may need when it comes to repairs, we’ve listed the five most common problems you might encounter.

In most cases, you’ll need to call on a professional plumber in Ankeny, IA to fix the problem. Plumbing issues are rarely something you can remedy with a tool belt and a DIY guide from the Internet! Contact us to schedule fast and effective plumbing work: we’re confident enough to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our services.

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Radiant Heating: Why People Like It So Much

December 25th, 2017

radiator-relaxingFor home heating, there’s one type more common than all the others: forced-air heating. This means using a blower fan to send heated air through a ventilation system to the various rooms. I.e. a furnace or a heat pump.

But just because something is everywhere doesn’t mean it’s the best for everybody. Some homes use a different kind of heating for comfort—radiant heating. More and more homeowners are opting to have radiant heating installed because there is so much to like about it. What does radiant heating do that makes some people prefer it over the standard furnace?

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Why Would I Need a 24-Hour Plumber?

December 11th, 2017

high-pressure-pipe-leakingIt wasn’t so long ago that few businesses stayed open for 24 hours a day. There wasn’t any need to keep the doors to a company open all the time. But today plenty of odd services have switched to staying open 24/7: print shops, hot dog stands, laundries, florists, etc.

A plumbing contractor, on the other hand… you may not immediately think of a plumber as somebody who should be ready to go to work at a moment’s notice, but 24-hour plumbing services are extremely important. We’re proud to offer around-the-clock emergency plumbing repair service for anybody who needs a plumber in Ankeny, IA and throughout the Des Moines Metro area. And below are some reasons why you’ll be glad to have us ready to help any time of the day or night:

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Why Duct Cleaning in Your House Is an Important Job

November 27th, 2017

inside-air-ductYou’re probably rushing to finish up important fall jobs to ready your home for winter. There’s this small space right after Thanksgiving and before the real stresses of the December holidays kick in when you can get some important tasks finished. For example, if you haven’t yet had heating maintenance to ensure your home’s heater has as trouble-free a winter as possible, call us today to schedule it.

One house-cleaning chore you may not have considered: cleaning out the ductwork.

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New Water Heater Time? Let’s Answer Some Basic Questions

November 13th, 2017

water-heater-tankFall is often when homeowners have new heating systems installed to get ready for winter. It’s also a good time to have a new water heater put in. If you’re considering replacing your water heater this fall, you probably have a few questions. We’ll answer three of the most common ones below.

ONE: Do I really need a new water heater?

This should always be the first question you ask, and you’re probably already asking it. In fact, we bet the reason you’re on this page now is because you suspect it’s time to retire your water heater but aren’t 100% certain. Even if the water heater has completely shut down on you, it still might be able to be repaired. The question is whether those repairs are worth it. If the water heater will only limp on for another year and cost too much to run, then it’s time to have a new system put in.

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Considerations for a New Fall Heater Installation

October 30th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesWe’re deep into the fall now and if you’re thinking that this may be the year you have your worn-down heating system replaced, it’s best to have the work done as soon as possible. That way you won’t be caught off-guard when the first cold snap arrives and must face it with a wonky heater. It’s also easier to arrange for a new heating installation during a time of the year when an HVAC company isn’t, well, snowed under with emergency calls.

However, none of this means you should rush the process for a new heating installation. Let’s look at some fall heating installation considerations to help move the process along while getting everything just right.

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What’s the Point of a Grease Trap, Anyway?

October 16th, 2017

question-mark-badgeIn the kitchen in your home, grease, as well as fats and oils, are major enemies of the drains and the garbage disposal. Fats, oils, and grease (often collectively known as “FOG”) are in liquid form when they’re hot from cooking, and therefore look harmless. But they solidify when they cool, becoming a waxy substance that sticks to drainpipe walls and becomes a major cause of slow drains and complete clogs. Regular drain cleaning from professionals and take precautions about what goes down your kitchen drains is the best way to avoid problems with FOG.

With a commercial kitchen—whether in a restaurant, school, cafeteria, bar, or other food service establishment—the danger from fats, oils, and grease is much higher. This is why it’s necessary to have a grease trap installed and routinely serviced. It’s more than just a way to ensure your establishment runs well with clean drains. It’s necessary to keep your business up to code.

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