Friday, May 29, 2015

Stay Cool This Summer With Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

When homeowners think about maintenance on their air conditioner, they think about fixing something that is broken. However, true maintenance happens when the unit appears to be working well. Regularly scheduled maintenance is critical for your HVAC system, and the Red Carpet Maintenance Program will ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the heat of summer.

Protect Your Warranty
AC systems break down most frequently during the summer months. This makes sense because that is the time when your unit will be working the hardest to keep you comfortable. If your system is under warranty, you have very little to fear other than a few days of downtime while it gets repaired. However, many manufacturer warranties require regular maintenance to be performed on the system. Getting a tune up each year will ensure that your system is fully protected by its manufacturer’s warranty.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance
One of the biggest benefits of an efficient, working AC system is saving money on your electric bill. As the AC gets further and further away from its original efficiency, it requires more energy to run effectively, which can be especially problematic during the summer months. Regular maintenance will also save you money on future repairs by diagnosing issues before they become even worse and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Checking the Freon levels, coils, filters, and looking for leaks on a routine basis will limit headaches down the line.

Protect your investment, and make sure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency. Join our Red Carpet Maintenance Plan today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling named 2015 Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year

We are so proud to announce we have been named the 2015 Residential HVAC contractor of the year by Business Contracting magazine.

We have been serving the Greater Grand Rapids since 1905 with quality HVAC products and services. Our motto is "Red Carpet Treatment".  That is giving the best service possible and treating our customers as though they are stars, because in our eyes they are!

Click on the link below to see our article in Contracting Business Magazine!


2015 HVAC Contractor of the Year


Monday, January 19, 2015

2014 BBB of Western Michigan Torch Award Finalist

We are proud to announce we were a finalist for the 2014 BBB of Western Michigan Torch Award. This award is based on business ethics that has been the foundation of our company since 1905.  It's a nomination that proves we treat our employees and customers fairly. To be considered we had to submit documentation on various practices within our business and were up against many different businesses in Western Michigan.

If you are considering new furnace or air conditioner doesn't it make sense to work with a contractor that is known for implementing the best business practices in the local industry? Especially when you are making a significant investment in your home?  There are a lot of contractors out there that install a furnace without taking into consideration the comfort of your family or without a thorough evaluation of the home. Unfortunately, a quality job is not the first thing on their mind and sadly this is more common that you think.  If you are in the market for a new furnace or air conditioner please consider us first. We can also service most models of heating and cooling equipment. We will do everything we can to ensure your satisfaction.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Red Carpet Plan- Regular HVAC maintenance in Grand Rapids, MI!

It's easy to forget about your furnace, safely tucked away in the corner of the basement.  It's easy to do, but remember this: it provides you heat in the winter months. Think about what impact it would have on your family if you lost heat on the coldest day of the year or a holiday!  The HVAC system is the heart of your home so it would make sense that it should be properly maintained. Regular maintenance on your home extends the useful life of your equipment and makes sure it is operating at it's peak efficiency.  Regular maintenance also allows us to catch failing parts to prevent untimely break downs. There are many other benefits to being a member of our Red Carpet plan.


  • Discount- Our preferred maintenance client receives a 15% discount on repairs and supplies
  • Special rates-Receive half-off diagnostic charge and enjoy no overtime anytime 
  • Special treatment-Receive fast priority service with our agreement 
  • 90 day warranty- We guarantee our service for 90 days.  Most parts are guaranteed for at least a year. 
  • Flexible payment plan- Pay by the year or pay monthly for an even bigger discount!* to receive discount payments can automatically be drawn from checking/savings or credit card.  Maintenance is done every six months depending on coverage. 
  • 10% OFF Duct cleaning- Get 10% off the entire duct cleaning service just for being a valued red carpet member! 
  • FREE Air Filter- A standard 1" filter is included for each visit 
  • Service at your convenience- We automatically notify you when you are due for service so we can schedule the maintenance at your convenience 
  • Certified experts you can trust- Our trained, skilled and NATE certified technicians know their business and your equipment.  Rely on them and our reputation to give you fast, dependable and honest service.
  • Lower operating costs- Studies prove that regular maintenance can significantly reduce operating costs and improve effectiveness.  It's like purchasing a new car. It's an investment and you maintain it because you want it to run well and last as long as possible.  HVAC equipment is the same way.  It's a sizable investment and needs maintenance.  Even though it's in the basement, often forgotten about, your furnace is a very important part of your life! Imagine what you would do with an unreliable furnace that breaks when you need heat in the middle of the winter? 
  • Coverage- Pick the equipment you want to cover! We offer coverage for a furnace, boiler, central air conditioner, air handler, water heaters, generators and much more!  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6 signs you may need a new furnace

Do you wonder when you should replace your furnace? Sometimes it's best to replace your furnace before it breaks in the middle of winter so you don't have to pay after hour fees or get cold. Here are 6 signs that it might be time to replace your furnace.

  • Furnace makes strange noises 
  • Burner flame is yellow instead of blue 
  • Your furnace is more than 15 years old 
  • Furnace has been repaired frequently in the last two years 
  • Heating bills have increased 
  • Thermostat settings don't keep you comfortable 
It is usually better to be on the preventative side of things with your HVAC system. The furnace can be easily forgotten tucked away in the basement, but when it doesn't work it has a major impact on your comfort.  Recent models of furnaces are very efficient which helps you save money and the options on furnaces are better then they ever have been. We offer free in home estimates on HVAC equipment and we like to consider ourselves the experts. We have been serving the greater Grand Rapids area for over 105 years.  




Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bryant Introduces Extreme V Heat Pump

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling Offers New Evolution V Heat Pump

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling is now offering the new Evolution V Heat Pump, the latest innovative option for heating in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. The Evolution V Heat Pump not only guarantees maximum warmth and comfort, but may also help save money with it's energy-efficient operations.

HVAC consumers throughout Michigan now have more options for heating! Grand Rapids company, Schaafsma Heating and Cooling, recently added the Evolution V Heat Pump to their extensive list of available HVAC products.

HVAC contractors Schaafsma Heating and Cooling are now providing the highly innovative Bryant-manufactured Evolution V Heat Pump for clients throughout Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. Consumers gearing up for the upcoming winter months may consider taking advantage of the variable-speed heat pump highly recommended for heating in homes outside the city limits of Grand Rapids.

Our newest introduction, the Evolution V Heat Pump, is guaranteed to provide our clients a highly upgraded experience as it delivers high standards of warmth, comfort, and efficient heating Grand Rapids area residents are searching for, The Evolution V will not only provide heating, but will also cool and provide the most superior humidity control when the summer months come along. Finally, this energy-saving product can also help consumers save money in the long run, especially for people who use propane. 

Equipped with intelligent control and variable-speed operation to match performance to current conditions, the highly energy-efficient Evolution V Heat Pump offers a smooth and consistent year-round temperature control when matched with compatible indoor equipment. The Evolution V Heat Pump significantly differs from other mainstream heat pumps in its ability to run at a consistently low speed, reducing temperature swings. Additionally, consumers may use Internet Access to monitor, changes and control the system if optional remote connectivity is installed.

The Evolution V Heat Pump provides additional options for propane and fuel users to have efficient cooling and heating in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Industry Update: FBI Issues Warning on Illegal Use of Flammable Refrigerants

From the onset, the federally mandated phase out of R-22 has been rife with controversy, and the confusion created by fluctuating prices as well as the never-ending supply and demand uncertainty has left refrigerant distributors, users, and equipment owners, extremely vulnerable.

A number of obscure companies have been selling R-22 alternative refrigerants that are marketed as “Natural Refrigerants”, and “Drop Ins”. They boast that these refrigerants are “Inexpensive”, “Do not require any certification to purchase”, and “Can be mixed with R-22”. The horrible truth is that these so called “Natural Refrigerants”, are comprised primarily of highly flammable gases such as propane and they are illegal for use in AC applications.

The FBI has recently issued a warning to be on the alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the EPA. Reports are on the rise worldwide of explosions, fires, and severe injuries, including fatalities, as the result of these flammable refrigerants being used in unapproved HVACR applications. In 2013 the EPA took action against at least one U.S., company for selling an unapproved flammable refrigerant, yet many believe that without an increased enforcement effort, this problem will lead to even greater safety hazards and tremendous liability issues.

There are safe, and well established, non-ozone depleting refrigerants, but some HVACR product distributors, and refrigerant users, have been lured into supporting inferior products because of their cheap price. Along with the many hazards that flammable refrigerants pose to users and equipment owners, there are a few other “cheap” R-22 alternative refrigerants being misrepresented, and subsequently misapplied, that are leading to serious losses in system efficiency and compressor failures. Products like R-407C are relatively inexpensive, but are not suitable for use as a direct replacement for existing R-22 applications without changing the mineral oil to POE oil and flushing the line sets. The cost of the additional system conversion requirements make R-407C, and other products with similar requirements, the least practical option for servicing existing R-22 equipment.

The long term liabilities associated with selling and using hazardous, and or inferior R-22 replacements, are causing many to realize that cheap options are very seldom the best options.

The bottom line is, a cheaper, non-approved EPA product could end up costing more in the long run. It could cause the system to malfunction or lose efficiency. At worst, these unapproved refrigerants are very flammable and basically made of propane which can easily cause an explosion.