Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for February, 2018

Signs You Need a Water Softener for Your Home

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-from-showerheadHard water is the most common water quality issue in homes across the country, and it’s especially prevalent in and around cities. Hard water refers to water that has too high a concentration of minerals dissolved in it, mostly magnesium and calcium. It’s not harmful to drink (these minerals occur naturally in many foods), but it does pose serious problems for plumbing and appliances. It can also create inconveniences around a house. A water softener can solve the problem—but how will you know you need a water softener in the first place?

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Why Is My Furnace Constantly Stopping and Starting?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

question-mark-badgeIf you’ve had your furnace for at least one winter season, you know what noises to expect from it. And you know when to expect them. A furnace has a heating cycle it goes through as it reaches the temperature set on the thermostat and then shuts itself off again until it’s needed once more. The cycle isn’t a brief start-and-stop process: when your home’s furnace comes on, you can expect it to stay running for more than fifteen minutes.

If you have a furnace that’s turning on and off a multiple times an hour, it’s going through something called short-cycling. If you’re not concerned about it, you should be—short-cycling puts immense strain on a furnace’s components, leading to it rapidly wear down. It will also raise your heating bills.

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Let’s Help You Cut Down on Those High Heating Bills

Monday, February 12th, 2018

piggy-bank-savingsWe’re halfway through the winter, and those cold temperatures have no intention of letting up anytime soon. Your home heating system has a long way to go before you can shut it down for the season. If you’ve noticed that your heating bills are higher than normal, it’s time to do something about it—or you’ll be paying those higher bills for the next few months. (And there might be other troubles ahead aside from a spike in costs.)

There are steps you can take to lower heating bills, such as putting the thermostat down around 68°F during the day and putting on an extra layer of clothing. But if the rise in heating costs doesn’t seem normal, the issue may be with the heating system itself. Check first on the air filter (if you use a forced-air system like a furnace or heat pump), and change it for a fresh one if it’s clogged. If this doesn’t improve things, then we recommend giving us a call. There are a number of ways we can help you get your home heating costs back under control.

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