Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

How Can You Tell If a Ductless System is Right for You?

January 17th, 2017

If you’re looking for a new HVAC system, now is the time to do it. And if you haven’t been happy with a traditional centralized system, or your home can’t support one, then it pays to look into ductless options. They get rid of the need for the traditional centralized system in favor of a number of smaller separate units, each charged with heating a single room or section.

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Trenchless Pipe Replacement Makes Winter Repairs Easier

January 16th, 2017

Cold winters used to cause quite a bit of trouble with water line and sewer line issues here in Wayne, PA. They still do, to a certain extent — winters here are never a cake walk — but recent advances in technology have made such situations a lot easier to manage. More specifically, trenchless technology makes emergency pipe repairs a whole lot easier, even when winter temperatures don’t accommodate.

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What Does AFUE Stand for?

January 10th, 2017

AFUE is a rating system used for new heating equipment. It stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and along with the overall power output, it is the number you need to pay the closest attention to when purchasing a new heater.

This is particularly important now, when winter has come to Havertown, PA, and homes need heating every day. If your system suffers a breakdown now, you need to move quickly to get it replaced. Here’s why we think you should never move so fast as to overlook the AFUE rating.

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What to Do Before You Call a Heating Repair

January 2nd, 2017

If your heating system breaks down in the middle of winter, it can trigger a serious panic attack. Cold weather means you need reliable heating to make your house safe and comfortable for your family. If the heater won’t turn on, you need to get it fixed and quick.

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Keep Your Generator Ready to Go

December 27th, 2016

Here in Wayne, PA, Mother Nature always has the final word and with this winter looking to be colder than ever, it pays to have a generator on-hand to provide power and heat for your households. Generators can be invaluable tools, but sizing and installing them are only part of the overall process. Once your generator is placed, you need to keep it ready to go and ensure that it can do the job the minute you need it to. The last thing you want to do in the middle of a crisis is deal with a problem with your electrical power. The more you can practice these simple tips, the better your generator will respond in a crisis. 

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Watch out for Kettling Boilers

December 20th, 2016

Many homes in the Havertown, PA area rely on boilers for heat, and since we’re a fairly old community, many of our boilers have been around for quite a while as well. Homeowners need to keep a close eye on older boilers for signs of trouble, especially kettling, which is when the boiler makes sounds similar to a kettle on the stove. It can sound comforting, but in fact, it’s the sign of a serious problem in need of immediate attention.

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Sizing Your New Heater

December 19th, 2016

Buying a new heater at this time of year usually involves a bit of a scramble. Cold weather has been here for quite a while in Springfield, PA and if your old heater is just now giving up the ghost, you want a new one put into place as quickly as possible before the winter gets any colder. In your haste, however, it behooves you to take several reasonable steps to ensure that the system is of the proper size for your home. By “size,” we mean its power output, which needs to fit the specifics of your house exactly.

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Upgrade Your Heater for Improved Savings

December 12th, 2016

Winter is on its way. While we still have a few more weeks of fall here in Wayne, PA, the weather’s only going to get colder as time goes on. You’re going to pay more for heating in the next few months than you will the rest of the year. That’s inevitable. But be careful that you don’t pay more than you need to in the midst of that.

You’re probably familiar with simple steps you can take to reduce the use of your heater, such as dressing warmly indoors and setting the thermostat a few degrees cooler than you normally would. If you want to make a more substantial upgrade, however, there are a number of options that will help ease the strain on your heater. We’ve listed a few below.

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Stop Germs this Winter with a UV Air Purifier

December 5th, 2016

Winters in Bryn Mawr, PA are as cold as they cold, and this year looks to be one of the coldest on record. Cold air means dry air, since the ambient moisture is pulled out of the atmosphere and will dry out your sinuses as a result. That leaves your body more vulnerable to colds and other germs, which is why winter tends to be cold season. There’s a way to protect your family from germs and other biological contaminants, however: a UV air purifier installed in your furnace.

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What to Look for When Buying a New Generator

November 29th, 2016

Our civic electrical grid is solid and reliable, but with another cold winter on its way, Mother Nature always has the last word. We recommend whole-home generators for any home concerned about keeping the lights on when the snows fall, and if you’re in the market for one, we can help. The first thing to do is evaluate several specific needs for your home, which will affect which type of generator matches your needs best. Here are a few general guidelines to help you with your early decision-making.

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