Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

February 14th, 2017

Indoor air quality is important all year round, but it becomes especially important in the winter. Dry air breeds lots of dust and dirt, as well as encouraging the spread of colds and flu bugs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your family healthy and happy by improving the quality of your indoor air.

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Stop Frozen Pipes Before They Stop You

February 13th, 2017

Plumbing_dreamstime_xl_31355666-meWinter contains its share of hazards for your home, and your plumbing system ranks among the more vulnerable systems when the temperatures drop. Frozen pipes, in particular, are a serious problem this time of year, and we receive numerous calls to treat them — or repair the damage they cause — every season.

We believe in providing prompt repair service, but we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. By knowing how to stop frozen pipes, you can save yourself a great deal of time and effort.

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How Does Ultraviolet Light Make Your Household Healthier?

January 30th, 2017

With winter here in Bryn Mawr, PA, you’ve likely had to deal with a round or two of winter colds by now. No one likes to get sick and when the snows fall, it can feel like it’s happening to your home every week. Luckily, you can do more to stop it than just stock up on chicken soup and make sure everyone’s dressed warmly. Ultraviolet lights can make a potent weapon in your fight against winter illness. You just need a trained HVAC professional to lend a hand.

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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 Calling for 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 quickly.

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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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