June 12th, 2017
Summer weather is here, even if the official day of summer has yet to arrive. With temperatures rising into the 90s during midday, you probably have your air conditioning system hard at work to keep your household comfortable. If you scheduled annual maintenance for your air conditioning system, then it should be ready to handle the intense summer heat, no matter how high the thermostat climbs. (And if you haven’t schedule maintenance, it’s not too late! Give us a call today and we’ll arrange it.)
We wish we could tell you that all you’ll ever need to protect your AC from malfunctions is regular maintenance. Of course, that’s not true. Even the best care for an cooling system can’t stop all problems. When your air conditioner starts to act up—or refuses to act, period—it’s time to call our technicians for air conditioning repair service.
May 29th, 2017
When people talk about “spring cleaning,” they could mean anything from cleaning out and then rearranging closets to scheduling a complete home carpet cleaning. They might just mean cleaning up the inbox on their email and getting rid of old files. There’s plenty of ways you can clean up the clutter in your house and life during spring, and here’s one we’d like to suggest you may not have thought of: “spring cleaning” for your plumbing in West Des Moines, IA.
May 15th, 2017
In April, we wrote a post about understanding air conditioning efficiencies, specifically SEER and EER. The higher the efficiency rating, the better a system is at converting electrical power into cooling power. Although higher efficiency ratings aren’t a guarantee of savings because other factors must be weighed, in general you can count on lower AC costs if you have a professional handle selecting the high efficiency unit and installing it.
In this post, we’re going to examine closer how special high efficiency air conditioning systems manage to outperform older systems. We hope you’ll consider a high efficiency air conditioning installation in Indianola, IA if this is the year when you put in a new system. Get in touch with our trained technicians for the help you’ll need to end up with the best possible new home cooling system.
May 9th, 2017
Although we can still anticipate some cool days with rain ahead here in Ankeny, IA and throughout the Des Moines area, May is the month when air conditioning systems will start running on a regular basis. If your air conditioning system already received its annual tune-up and inspection, then it should be in excellent shape to handle the season. But what if you start running your cooling system this month and find that system really isn’t… cooling? An AC that blows out only warm air isn’t much good to you except as a fan.
May 1st, 2017
Humid summers are the norm here in the Des Moines Area, which means summer days that feel much hotter than the actual temperature on the thermometer (or showing on your smart phone app). Once relative humidity starts to climb above 60%, the extra moisture in the air restricts the ability of the human body to release heat through the skin by perspiring. This is basically like adding a blanket over your body during a hot day: the temperature isn’t any higher, but you feel much hotter than you should because of all the trapped heat! An 80°F day can feel like it’s 90°F when relative humidity is more than 60%.
April 17th, 2017
As you think about the coming summer weather and schedule your air conditioning system’s regular maintenance appointment (you’ve done that, right?) there are a few other long-term plans to consider. One of them is asking if it’s time to have the AC system replaced. Yes, this will have to be done at some point. You don’t want to do it too soon—that’s a waste of money. But if the AC is starting to fail or is more than 15 years old, sooner is definitely better than later. (Later in this case being an AC that fails completely on you and forces you to replace it at an inconvenient time.)
When you are considering an air conditioning replacement, one important factor to look at is the energy efficiency of the system. I.e. how well the air conditioner converts electric power into cooling power. As AC technology continues to advance, air conditioners increase in efficiency. If your current cooling system is more than 10 years old, any new system will have higher efficiency. You’ll start saving money right away with the new installation.
April 11th, 2017
One of the most important jobs our licensed plumbers perform is rooter services, i.e. cleaning out drains using the best equipment available. This is a job you probably associate with a clogged drain emergency. It’s definitely the best way to solve a major clogged up drain. If you can’t unclog a drain in your home using a plunger or a simple drain snake, the next step is to contact our licensed plumbers. (Don’t use chemical drain cleaners! They’re ineffective, toxic, and can damage piping.)
April 3rd, 2017
On our last blog post, we reminded everyone here in the Des Moines area that with spring on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about arranging for annual air conditioning maintenance. Now it’s officially spring, and if the weather hasn’t got appreciably warmer, it will soon. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Indianola, IA with our team of professionals and you’ll have a great head start on the hot weather of mid-year.
But, just in case if you’re thinking you might skip maintenance this year, we’d like to go through some of the problems that unmaintained air conditioners often run into that require repairs. Yes, we’re trying to scare you a little bit… but these are common problems that we don’t want you to have to deal with, so being a bit scary is the best way to help encourage you to have annual maintenance.
March 20th, 2017
A few weeks ago, we looked at the strange way that March weather works. Last week we got a good look at exactly what this means, with lows during the first part of the week down in the 20s and a sudden shift later in the week to highs in the 60s. We can anticipate a few more days of truly cold weather, but the movement toward warm temperatures is going to be steady from now until the peak of summer.
And that means it’s the right time to arrange for your annual air conditioning maintenance from professionals. All it takes is to call our offices to schedule a prompt maintenance visit from one of our AC technicians.
March 14th, 2017
When the weather starts to warm up here in Iowa during spring, one of the major threats that homes face is flooding in basements and crawlspaces. Snowmelt creates the largest danger during the year of water damage in homes.
The best way to defend your home against spring flooding is with a sump pump. A sump pump installed in a basement or crawlspace automatically removes excess water from the area and sends it into the wastewater system or a well.