Frequently Asked Questions

An air conditioning unit takes the hot air from inside your home and transfers it outside, which is contrary to what most people think. Heat is removed from the indoor air by passing over a coil filled with refrigerant, which then carries the air to an outdoor unit, and is released. This cycle repeats itself until the air temperature inside your home or business drops to the level designated on the thermostat.
A heat pump has dual functionality. They cool your home in the summer and provide heat in the winter. They have been around for years and are a highly efficient way to achieve indoor air comfort in climates where outdoor temperatures are not extreme. When cooling, heat pumps work much like a normal air conditioner by extracting heat from the home and releasing it outside. In cold weather, the process is reversed and the outside air is heated and transferred into the home. A hybrid system can be used for even more efficiency by having a furnace work in conjunction with the heat pump when outside air temperatures drop to an extreme, such as below 40 degrees. A heat pump can produce two to three times the energy it uses because it does not rely on fossil fuels but relies on readily available outside air.
CO, which is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, occurs naturally in nature, and usually without incident. However, when fuel burning equipment, including gas water heaters, furnaces, grills, etc., is used in enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation, the result can be the release of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Because CO is undetectable without an alert system, it often goes unnoticed until those who are exposed to it are experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. In extreme cases of exposure, the affected person will pass out and eventually asphyxiate due to the lack of oxygen.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas. Its presence can cause serious consequences, but there are no symptoms of its presence. It’s very dense so it’s likely to accumulate in the lowest levels of your home such as a basement or crawl space. It can enter the living areas very easily through the smallest of openings such as cracks in the foundation walls; construction joints; gaps around service pipes; and, even via the water supply. Radon is a byproduct of rocks containing uranium. There are very high concentrations of this type of rock in Iowa, so testing is very important. Radon is regarded as a major contaminate affecting indoor air quality. It’s long term effects are unknown, but exposure has been linked to the occurrence of lung cancer.
Geothermal heating and/or cooling is a concept that has been around for a while, but with the recent trend of “going green,” it has become a popular, cost effective way to heat and/or cool your home or business. There are many advantages to utilizing geothermal energy:
➜ Uses temperate air from under the earth’s surface, which saves energy costs
➜ Proven to be a reliable energy source
➜ Environmentally friendly
➜ Emits less greenhouse gases meaning a smaller carbon footprint
➜ Pays off with up to 36% in tax credits
➜ Short turnaround for return on investment

For over a quarter of a century, we’ve been Neighbors You Can Count On to provide top quality, professional heating, cooling, plumbing, geothermal and radon maintenance, repairs and installations.

Heating Resources

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