Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Cedar Rapids’

No Cooling? A Step By Step Guide of What to Do

Monday, April 15th, 2024

People are used to immediate results when it comes to an appliance. You flip the switch and it should start working right away. Think about the lights in your home or your television, when you press the button or flip the switch, you can probably imagine how it’s supposed to react. This instant gratification is important because when a system doesn’t operate exactly as it should, you might start getting worried.

This is normal, but it can be stressful when it has to do with your cooling system. Air conditioning in Cedar Rapids, IA is pretty important, especially when hot temperatures are right around the corner. It feels like heatwaves are coming earlier and earlier each year, which means time is running out.

If you turn your system on and don’t feel any cooling, then be sure to follow our guide to alleviate any panic. It’s going to be okay!

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IAQ Tips: Making Your Air More Breathable

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Indoor air quality is often overlooked when compared to heating or cooling. After all, it’s much easier to detect a problem with your heater on a cold day when you’re literally shivering and chattering your teeth! Likewise, summertime temperatures are almost unbearable without proper air conditioning. But many people have the ability to get used to their indoor air quality, even if it’s not very good.

Humans are experts at adapting. Our nostrils and respiratory systems can allow us to breathe air that might be filled with dust, pet dander, viruses, mold, and other contaminants that are bad for us. We’d like customers to adapt in the opposite direction and become more used to clean, fresh air that feels more comfortable.

But how does one achieve this goal? Do you need an air filter or air purifier in Cedar Rapids? Do you need both? The answers to these questions might surprise you.

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AC Refrigerant: A Brief History

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Refrigerant is a core part of air conditioning, and it’s something that has even been mentioned in the news in the past few years. As heat pumps become more popular in our area, refrigerant becomes the center of the discussion because of how much is required to meet American AC needs.

Air conditioning in Cedar Rapids, IA is no different. Each system in our area runs using a specific type of refrigerant, and the model that you use will dictate that difference. But what if the prices of refrigerants change in the future? And how do you know if your refrigerant has been phased out before a problem arrives?

Now you’re speaking our language! Keep reading to learn about refrigerants. We’ll talk about what it is, what it does, the major types, and what the future holds for this interesting chemical.

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2024 Tips for an Unpredictable Spring

Monday, March 25th, 2024

If we’ve learned anything about the last few years of weather conditions, it’s that things are becoming a lot more unpredictable. Some parts of the country have experienced record droughts while others have had flooding that hadn’t been seen for a hundred years. This is just par for the course now, and many of our customers are trying to figure out what they should do.

We’re happy to help customers prepare for a particularly unpredictable spring, and that includes tips on best practices, services we offer, and even new systems that could make a big difference. We just urge our customers to not neglect their HVAC systems in Cedar Rapids, IA, and to make sure that no matter how they prepare for the months ahead, they stay calm and collected.

When in doubt, just remember that we’re always available to help when you need it!

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It’s Maintenance Season in Cedar Rapids

Monday, March 18th, 2024

Don’t you just love how we get to experience all four seasons fully in Cedar Rapids? It’s easy to get used to, but there are many places in this country (let alone internationally) that only experience two or three seasons throughout the year. We get four amazing seasons that bring us snow, sunshine, rain, growth, and more.

But those seasonal changes mean we need to be even more prepared for the temperature swings we can expect from them. AC maintenance in Cedar Rapids, IA is your first line of defense against temperature changes and storms that might come sooner rather than later.

The following guide is going to give you the best benefits of scheduling maintenance this spring. And if done correctly, you can be proud that your AC system is in the best shape possible to keep you cool this summer when things finally get hot.

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When It’s Time to Choose Replacement: Our Comprehensive Guide

Monday, March 11th, 2024

Air conditioners and heating systems don’t last forever. If they did, we’d live in a much different world. But machines break down over long periods of time, from cars to HVAC systems, and this is just a physical reality of the world we live in. We don’t want to lie to our customers and tell them that their air conditioner will be fine going into its 16th year of service, but we also don’t want to be too pessimistic and force anyone into a replacement.

In truth, there’s a middle ground between repair and replacement, and customers need to find that for themselves. But there’s no reason why we can’t guide you!

Today, we’d like to focus on air conditioning replacement in Cedar Rapids, and more specifically, when it’s time to finally call it quits. A replacement could not only be the most cost-effective choice for you currently, but it could relieve a lot of stress and make your life easier going forward.

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A Heat Pump Owner’s Guide to Spring

Monday, March 4th, 2024

Spring has come quite early this year, which means that we’re on borrowed time when it comes to preparation. Before you know it, the sun is going to be out and the temperature is going to rise above 70 degrees. Time really flies, and that wonderful weather is going to be an opportunity to make sure your heat pump is in good shape for the summer and fall.

So, next you might be asking, what should I be doing to help prepare my heat pump for the spring, summer, or fall? And this is a great question, one that we’d like to walk you through. The most important thing would be scheduling heat pump maintenance in Cedar Rapids, IA. But that’s not all, and there are a few important tips and tricks that could save you money and time in the coming months.

Let’s get into a practical guide to owning a heat pump in spring.

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Mindset Matters: Changing Your Perspective on HVAC

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Air conditioning, heating, air quality… There are just so many aspects to home comfort that it can get overwhelming. Especially when you’re trying to balance these high-tech systems with your own personal or professional life–there’s only so much time in the day and brainpower you have before it can feel defeating.

Well, we understand you. Things in the world are pretty tough, and many people are busier than they want to be. But we’d like to help with a nifty tip that can make things a lot easier for our customers, a perspective shift that could help you deal with an upcoming repair or replacement that would otherwise stress you out.

What if we told you that your heating, air conditioning, and air quality were all connected? What if there were strategies and mindsets that could help you reduce the amount of heating repairs in Cedar Rapids that you’d otherwise need to pay for? This is all true, and we’ll get into it down below.

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Why Is My Furnace Dripping?

Monday, February 19th, 2024

In colder climates, furnaces are some of the most reliable and common heating systems we use. They’re affordable, safe, efficient, and use natural gas which is plentiful in our local communities. However, they’re very different when compared to a heat pump or an electric furnace. Electric furnaces function more like space heaters where a gas furnace runs more like a stove or fireplace.

With all that said, we’re here to address an important issue that customers can get concerned about–a dripping furnace. How does water come out of your furnace? And why is it showing up now when it didn’t last year?

These are excellent questions and ones that we’ll get to in the blog post below. But don’t hesitate to call our team for expert furnace repairs in Cedar Rapids if you notice your furnace dripping. This is a problem that requires professional support.

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5 Best Types of People Who Enjoy Air Purifiers

Monday, February 12th, 2024

If it were a perfect world, we’d recommend everyone get an air purifier to enjoy the benefits. Despite this blog title, anyone can enjoy the unique and powerful benefits that come from an air purification system. But unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world and everyone is going to make a different choice depending on their preferences and priorities.

So, here’s a helpful little guide to see if you’d be the type of person to enjoy a UV air purifier in Cedar Rapids, IA. These amazing systems can help treat the contaminants in your air using natural ultraviolet light that resembles the light of the sun. With this system installed in your air ducts, you can see a measurable improvement in your home’s air quality, breathability, and safety. For customers with allergies, compromised immune systems, or even strong noses, these are practically essential.

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