Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioner’ Category

Sizing: Why It’s Important for a New AC

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

air-conditioner-with-toolsHave you found yourself stuck in the hot dog days of summer with an old air conditioner that’s finally decided to pack it in—whether you want it to or not? The good news is that when you contact our expert HVAC team for a new central air conditioning installation, we’ll find the ideal new unit to match your needs and have it up and working in no time at all. We don’t want you to spend too much time in a hotbox of a house.

When you work with professionals like us for an AC system installation, one of the most crucial jobs we do comes before we even pick the new air conditioner: sizing it. No, sizing doesn’t mean deciding on how physically big the new central AC can be (although we definitely won’t try to install one that won’t fit!). Sizing is a specific job that HVAC technicians do to ensure an new air conditioner supplies the cooling power, also called a cooling load, that’s neither too weak nor too powerful for the house. It’s the “Goldilocks Principle” at work: not too small, not too big, but just right.

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What’s the Best Summer Setting for a Thermostat?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

thermostat-adjustmentThe thermostat in your home is a device that’s easy to abuse. When it gets hot outdoors, it’s tempting to turn the thermostat down as low as it can go to combat the heat. When it gets too cold, you can just turn the thermostat back up. But this is an energy-wasting approach to handling the thermostat settings, and half the time you’ll either be too hot or too cold. Is there an ideal thermostat setting that will save money and not sacrifice comfort?

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Zone Control Systems Cut Down on Summer Cooling Costs

Monday, July 17th, 2017

home-energy-efficiencySummers tend to hit us like a ton of bricks, with high temperatures and higher humidity making our lives miserable for months on end. A reliable air conditioner is your best friend in such circumstances, making your home cool and comfortable no matter how high the mercury climbs. This can be more than a matter of comfort during the hottest days. It’s often a matter of health as well, since even a few hours without air conditioning can turn your home into an oven.

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Does Your Home Need a Ductless AC?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

ductless-unit-wallDuctless air conditioners present a viable alternative to traditional centralized air conditioners. Centralized systems cool the air in a single location, then blow it through the home via a system of ducts. Ductless systems instead place multiple units in your home each charged with cooling a single room or section. It’s not for every home, but for the right kind of home, it can make a huge difference.

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How to Choose Whether to Repair or Replace a Malfunctioning AC

Monday, June 19th, 2017

air-conditioning-repair-replaceNow is a terrible time to experience trouble with your air conditioner, with the weather already warm and growing warmer by the day. If you experience a breakdown with your AC, you should call a repair service immediately, but the good news is there are quality technicians who can address the issue quickly. Unfortunately, if you have an older air conditioner, the question of whether you should repair the unit or replace it with a new one needs to be answered too.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating So Important?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

air-conditioning-seer-ratingIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind. First and most importantly is the power output levels of the new system, which need to match the specifics of your home precisely, and should be neither overpowered (which causes short cycling) nor under-powered (which won’t cool the home adequately). Once that’s been decided, however, the next step is to carefully examine the system’s SEER rating and look for the highest one within your price range. What is it and why is it so important? Read on for the answers.

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Help Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairAir conditioners are expensive investments in your home and they should be treated as such. With proper care and attention, they can last a good long time, and save you money with improved efficiency and lower bills in the process. Every air conditioner comes with a warranty, typically lasting around 8-12 years. Ideally, your system will last for many years beyond that, and while nothing is guaranteed, you can take a number of steps to make the process easier.

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3 Common Air Conditioner Problems

Monday, May 8th, 2017

AC-condenser-wrenchWith spring here, now is a very good time to check your air conditioner for any problems. Because you’ll likely have cause to run your air conditioner during the spring, you’ll want to try and spot potential problems without the urgency that comes with the hot months of summer in a few weeks. You will have plenty of time to schedule repairs before summer hits.

Anything that doesn’t match the air conditioner’s normal functioning should be cause for concern, and you should always call a licensed professional rather than trying to diagnose an issue yourself. However, there are some signs prevalent in a number of common problems that you can use to pick up trouble. Three of the most common are listed below.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures and an increased need for your air conditioning system. Now is the perfect time to give it a look and make sure it’s running the way you need it to. With the weather still relatively cool, you have time to schedule an inspection and deal with any repairs well before the weather gets too hot. By ensuring that your air conditioner is ready for summer now, you can rest easy once the first heat wave hits, knowing that your system has been properly prepared.

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Now Is the Time to Plan for AC Upgrades

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

We’ve entered the last few weeks of summer here in Springfield, PA, and hopefully your air conditioner is still going strong after months of regular use. But even if it is, you’re likely paying much more in monthly cooling bills than you do the rest of the year. With cooler weather on it’s way, this is an excellent time to plan for upgrades to your air conditioner: ways to improve its performance next summer without replacing the whole system.

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