Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for August, 2012

Delaware County Plumbing Guide: Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Monday, August 27th, 2012

When you take on the project of remodeling your bathroom there are a number of things to keep in mind to make sure that your project goes smoothly and successfully. Wm Henderson Plumbing in Delaware County can help you determine the most important things to remember when remodeling your bathroom.

  • Set a Budget that incorporates little flexibility for unexpected expenditures which may occur.  Make a design plan that fits into the budget, and have a little extra money for unexpected problems that might crop up.
  • Plan the Space first, taking into account any changes in layout, the size of new fixtures, and the arrangement of cupboards.  Be sure to include plenty of space for all your storage needs, as well as enough outlets to handle all the electrical needs.
  • Avoid Moving Plumbing Features as this will be much more costly and can increase the length of time it takes to complete the bathroom remodel project.  Be precise in the changes you want to make and have good reasons behind them.
  • Refinish Features instead of replacing them wherever possible.  This will give you a new look at a much more reasonable price.  This can include refinished tubs, tiles, and even cabinets and cupboards.
  • Apply the Right Coat of Paint that is specifically for use in a bathroom.  Certain paints are specially designed to keep them from peeling in moist spaces and some paints even prevent mold growth; this is essential for bathrooms since they have most moisture than other rooms in the house.
  • Brighten it up with Lighting fixtures that are designed to help you see during your morning routine.  This can also include having as much natural light as possible.  Windows in bathrooms are a great way to incorporate natural light and they come with options such as frosted glass which does not allow those outside to see inside.

Let Wm Henderson Plumbing walk you through your entire bathroom remodeling project from plan to execution.  Our expertise can have your new bathroom project completed quickly and professionally.

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Broomall AC Question: What is the Energy Star Label?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Energy Star label was created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy in the United States in 1992.  It remains the main method of identifying products that were created to be more highly energy-efficient than their similar counterparts.  Since its inception many other nations have adopted the Energy Star program.

The Energy Star label is now a well-known government-backed symbol representing energy-efficiency.  When a product boasts the Energy Star label it is an indication that the product saves money and protects the environment.  Energy Star labeled products help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are easily identified as energy-efficient.

Energy Star products include computers, kitchen appliances, air conditioning and heating systems, lighting, and even new homes and buildings.  Energy Star products tend to use anywhere from 20% to 30% less energy than federal standards require.

Energy guide ratings on appliances tend to display their typical usage in kWh per year: the lower the energy number, the less it costs to operate.  Every product that goes through the Energy Star testing procedures and not only has be energy efficient, but also work as effectively as other products on the market.  This label has quickly become a highly recognized symbol representing energy-efficiency and money saving potential.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services is an air conditioning and heating company in Broomall that works with Energy Star labeled products and can help you understand them better.  Contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Service for all your AC and heating needs!

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Delaware County AC Tip: Energy Efficiency Ratings for HVAC Equipment

Monday, August 13th, 2012

When researching HVAC equipment in Delaware County, it is of vital importance to understand one of the most prominent labels that you will find on each piece of equipment.  Every air conditioner, furnace, and heat pump system will have its own energy-efficiency rating and label.

HVAC Equipment Energy Efficiency Ratings

The types of HVAC energy efficiency ratings which are used are entirely dependent on what type of system you are looking at, and as such each is slightly different.

  • Air Conditioners utilized a method of efficiency ratings called SEER or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  It is a federal government requirement that every air conditioner manufactured has a minimum SEER 13, but this number can currently range as high as 27 or more.  The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the AC is, and the more its initial price tag.  High efficiency systems have SEER 16 or higher ratings.
  • Furnaces use the method of efficiency ratings called AFUE or the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating.  AFUE ratings come in percentages which range from 78% all the way up to 98% and higher.  High efficiency systems have an AFUE of 90% or higher.
  • Heat Pumps offer the option of both heating and cooling indoor air and the method of efficiency ratings is called HSPF or the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor.  The HSPF require that a heat pump rates at higher than 8 HSPF.  It will also come with a SEER rating for the cooling capacity during summertime months.

There is always more to learn about efficiency ratings, and our licensed air conditioning technicians in Delaware County can help you understand exactly what you need to when looking into any new piece of your HVAC system.  Contact WM Henderson and have all your HVAC energy efficiency questions answered.

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What Does Your AC Filter Look Like?

Friday, August 10th, 2012

If you haven’t had the filters in your AC cleaned or replaced recently they could look like this! Mold, dust, bacteria and dirt are being dispersed into the air in your home. Dirty filter are not only a health issue, but they also reduce the efficiency of your system and can increase your overall energy bill. Call Wm. Henderson today to schedule an air conditioning maintenance visit. We can clean or replace the filter in your system and we can also determine if you need additional air filtration or purification needs to improve your indoor air quality.

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How Much Can Your Air Conditioner Cool: Realistic Temperature Differences Between Inside and Outside Air

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We tend to think that we can set our air conditioning thermostats to whatever temperature we desire and have the air conditioner do its job no matter what.  However, this is not the case:  there is a limit to how much an air conditioner can realistically cool when comparing temperature differences between inside and outside air.  Wm. Henderson is an air conditioning company that understands the various limits of AC systems and can prevent you from needlessly running your air conditioner too much on the hottest days.

Temperature Differences between Inside and Outside Air

Generally speaking an air conditioning system is designed to accommodate up to a 20 degree difference between the outside air and inside air while still keeping around a 55% humidity level which is comfortable.  This means that it is 80 outside your AC can easily reach 70 degrees, since that is only a 10 degree temperature difference.  So even if it is 90 degrees out your air conditioner should still easily reach the 70 degree mark.  However, if it is 100 degrees outside, it will be nearly impossible to reach 70 degrees inside without the air conditioner working completely overtime and causing problems such as excess humidity.

If you have your air conditioner set to a temperature that makes that differential more than twenty degrees you will likely run your AC all day long and still not quite reach those desired temperatures.  This becomes a waste of money on your end by overusing a system that was not designed to accommodate what you are trying to do.

A good rule of thumb is during the hottest days when the dial reaches 100 degrees it is best to set your AC to somewhere between 75 and 80 degrees.  You can also supplement that slight temperature difference with closed curtains on sunny side of the building, running ceiling fans and portable fans in rooms which people are present, and keeping a tall glass of ice water on-hand.  Additionally, make certain that your AC is properly maintained in order to eliminate the possibility of losing efficiency and money through items which could have been easily fixed like replacing dirty filters and cleaning coils.

The skilled air conditioning technicians at Wm. Henderson can help ensure that your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible with an AC maintenance check-up and can help you get your thermometer set to appropriate levels that will keep you cool while saving you money.  Contact Wm. Henderson today!

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Customer Reviews!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

We love hearing back from our customers, especially when they have such great things to say!

HVAC Reviews | Broomall | Wm. Henderson Inc.“Just wanted to let you know that Chris McCanney and Mike Jones did an excellent job putting in a new stainless steel liner in my chimney — as well as a brand new toilet.  I am a Wm. Henderson fan now.  Thank you for your excellent service and excellent workmen.”
-Sue Jones of Havertown, PA

“You folks are great… The AC is working again and the family is happy… Great job”
-David P Megonigal

 

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Service for all of your plumbing, heating, air conditioning and air filtration needs in Broomall and throughout Delaware County.

 

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