Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Why Is High Humidity Such a Problem?

May 23rd, 2016

Heat and humidity go hand in hand here in Havertown, PA and sometimes it can be difficult parsing one from the other. But in fact, they’re two different issues and while they often feed into each other, their solutions are often quite distinct. When summer comes, you need to be able to handle both of them adroitly, and the more you understand about how high humidity affects your body, the better your decisions on this front will be. Here’s a quick breakdown  of why high humidity is such a problem?

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Beware of Air Conditioning Myths

May 16th, 2016

High temperatures are here in Springfield, PA and with summer right around the corner, you’re going to be using your air conditioner more and more often. That means your air conditioning bills will be going up and you want your system to function as effectively as possible in order to keep your home comfortable without going broke. There are a number of air conditioning myths that people accept as truth: plausible, and logical, but wrong all the same. They can cost you a great deal in lost energy, and by making adjustments to avoid them, you can save yourself a great deal of money.

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Don’t Throw These Foods Down the Garbage Disposal

May 10th, 2016

We use our garbage disposals every day, and it’s one of those appliances that most of us take for granted. It does its job without complaint and the only time we seem to notice is when something goes wrong. More often than not, however, what goes wrong is people inadvertently putting food down the garbage disposal that they shouldn’t. The wrong kind of food will clog the pipes, damage the gears and in the worst cases can even force you to replace your disposal. The good news is that there’s a plumbing service here in Wayne, PA that can correct the problem. But we believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. Before you pour anything you shouldn’t down the drain, take a close look at this list of common foods and make sure you get rid of them in some other way.

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What is a SEER Rating?

May 9th, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, now is the time to act. High temperatures and mugginess have already arrived here in Wynnewood, PA, and the longer you delay in making a replacement, the greater the chances of trouble when the heat really hits. If you’re considering your options with a new air conditioner, make sure you look very carefully at the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a measure of how efficient your new air conditioner is and—along with the power output—is the most important thing about it. Here’s why.

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4 Ways to Save on Cooling Costs this Summer

May 2nd, 2016

The Delaware County & The Main Line, PA area is no stranger to summer heat and humidity. What does that mean for you? Well, you’ll need a means of keeping cool, and most homeowners opt for a central air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless mini split to ensure that their families enjoy crisp refreshment upon entering the house. But with that cooling comes the high cost of energy consumption.

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How to Detect Slab Leaks

April 25th, 2016

A slab leak would be no different than any other leaky pipe in your Springfield, PA home were it not for its location: beneath (or in some cases embedded in) the concrete foundation of your home or porch. That means a leak can often be very difficult to detect, and can cause a great deal of damage before it’s finally caught. The sooner you spot the signs of a slab leak, the better off you’ll be. Precise signs can vary, but may include the following:

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How to Boost Air Conditioner Efficiency This Summer

April 18th, 2016

Like most towns in the area, Wayne, PA suffers from hot, humid summers and while we’re still in a comparatively cool part of the year, those high temperatures will be here before you know it. Your air conditioner needs to be able to perform on a daily basis once the temperatures rise, but more than that, you need to be able to use your system as needed without it costing you an arm and a leg in higher costs. There are easy ways to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency this summer. Some of them you may be aware of, such as setting the temperature to 78 instead of 75 and wearing lightweight clothes inside. Others require the presence of a service technician to install or upgrade additional equipment. We’ve provided a list of such products and services below.

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Cut Down on Germs with UV Purifiers

April 12th, 2016

Temperature control is vitally important to residents of Havertown, PA, who have to deal with freezing cold winters and stiflingly hot summers. That means your heating and air conditioning systems need to be top-notch. But they’re not the only things you need to focus on in order to make your home safe and comfortable.  Germs and bacteria in the air can spread illness through your home, as well as creating mold and other health hazards in hidden locations. We usually recommend a UV air purifier to take care of those germs the right way. Here’s a quick primer on how they work.

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Does Your Heater Need Replacing?

April 11th, 2016

Spring is finally here, and with warmer weather comes a break for your heating system. Now if the perfect time to evaluate its status and determine whether or not you need a new heater, or if your existing model can keep going. Here in Bryn Mawr, PA, we have a wide variety of heating systems used to warm our home, some of which may be decades old or even older. Since every home is different, there’s no blanket test to determine if your heater needs replacing. There are, however, a few guidelines to keep in mind which can help you make that determination.

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Bathroom Fixtures are Vulnerable to Clogs

April 4th, 2016

Along with leaks, clogs in your drain pipes are the most common calls a plumber needs to deal with and the bathroom is the most common place where they occur. Kitchen sinks usually see clogs caused by food, while the bathroom fixtures have more varied and tougher causes of their clogs. Never attempt to clean out a clog on your own. Store-bought cleansers and tools like snakes usually only do a partial job, and in any case cannot hope to match the skills and tools brought in by a trained plumber.  We’ve included a quick breakdown of the three most common fixtures troubled by clogs and the kinds of materials that create them.

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