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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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HVAC System Installation Requires Proper Sizing

Monday, August 14th, 2017

air-conditioning-sizingA new heating and air conditioning system can be very exciting: giving your home cool air in the summer and heated air in the winter far more efficiently than a system on its last legs. In fact, homeowners often schedule new HVAC system installation in the summer when their old air conditioner finally gives up the ghost. That can lead to a lot of scrambling, since you want a new system up as quickly as possible before our summer heat turns your home into an oven.

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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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What Factors go Into Air Conditioning Sizing?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

When you buy a new air conditioner, you need to take careful stock of its size. And we don’t just mean its physical size (though obviously you need it to fit comfortably in the space allotted for it). The power output of your air conditioner needs to fit the needs of your space perfectly. If your new unit is underpowered, it will run and run all day without ever properly cooling your home. If it’s too powerful, it will engage in “short cycling”: cooling the air too rapidly and shutting on and off numerous times throughout the day. (Air conditioners use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do simply running, which means that short cycling can lead to higher energy bills and increased risk of repair.

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Signs That You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 27th, 2015

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to take a hard look at your air conditioner. If it hasn’t had maintenance done on it yet this year, you should schedule some. If it needs repair, it should be fixed before the days heat up. Finally, if it needs to be replaced, it should be as soon as possible. You don’t want your old air conditioner breaking down on you in the middle of a hot summer day, after all. How can you tell if your air conditioner needs replacing, though? Just have a look at the signs below.

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Options for Spring Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Summer is around the corner, and if you’ve been thinking about making sure the summer heat stays outside, there’s great news: there are some great air conditioning options to consider. But before you make any decision on the type of system you think would best fit your property, read below to see what types of systems are currently on the market. When you are ready to schedule your air conditioning installation in Springfield, Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is the company to call.

Split-System Central Air Conditioners

The most common system in residential properties, a split-system air conditioner is one where the cool air in the property is delivered through air ducts throughout the home. The components of the system are split into two units that contain different parts, with one unit that stays in the home and one outside. A split system will include:

  • Ducts
  • Thermostats
  • Evaporator
  • Compressor
  • Condenser

The parts that are kept outside are the compressor and condenser. The ducts, thermostats and evaporator are inside the property.

Ducted Package Air Conditioning Units

Package units are all-in-one systems, where the entire heating and cooling components are housed outside in one large cabinet-style unit. These units can be placed on the ground or on a rooftop and are available for both residential and commercial properties. There are 3 types of packaged units available on the market, all of which can provide both heating and cooling:

  • heat pumps units
  • electric strip heat units
  • gas and electric units

The benefits of packaged units are that they save space and are usually very energy efficient. Each unit runs a little differently from the other, so we recommend speaking with a Wm. Henderson expert before purchasing.

Ductless Split Air Conditioning Units

Ductless air conditioning units are a great option for those who do not have ducted properties or need to create efficiently zoned heating and cooling within their property.

The installation of a ductless system is much less invasive than that of a ducted system, and only requires that a small hole be drilled into an outside wall to connect the outdoor unit with the indoor components. A ductless split air conditioner uses small indoor units that can mounted flush to a wall or ceiling and an outdoor unit that contains the compressor, condenser and condenser fan. These are connected through the wall by a conduit containing refrigerant and power lines, giving you a lot of flexibility for placement. The outdoor unit can usually host 4 indoor units, and there are larger outdoor units that can host up to 8 indoor units.

Decisions, Decisions

There are a lot of great air conditioning products on the market today, but not all will be a fit for your particular property.

To schedule your air conditioning system consultation or a new air conditioning system installation in Springfield, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.






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Why Consider Upgrading Your Air Conditioning

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Many homeowners put up with a mediocre performance from their air conditioning systems just because they do not want to invest in a new system. Even without investing in an entirely new system, though, it is possible to improve the performance of your air conditioner. Contact the Havertown, PA air conditioning professionals at Wm. Henderson today to learn more about the great air conditioning upgrades available to you. Our professional air conditioning technicians can help you get a better performance from your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year.

There are many benefits to be had by upgrading your air conditioning system. Improved comfort is just one, and probably the most important to many homeowners. Even a relatively small air conditioning upgrade, such as installing a new thermostat, can help you keep your home more comfortable. A digital programmable thermostat, for instance, makes it easier for you to accurately set desired temperature settings thanks to its easy to read display. It will also allow you to make different air conditioning programs that work around your schedule. This means that you no longer need to cool your house all day long just to have a comfortable environment to come back to.

With a programmable thermostat you can maintain moderate temperatures in your home throughout the day. Then, shortly before you arrive home from work, your thermostat can kick your AC into a high gear. This lets you come home to a comfortable environment without maintaining that temperature all day.

This also helps cut back on the amount of energy you use in your home. This increased efficiency is another great reason to consider upgrading your air conditioning in Havertown, PA. There is no better feeling than increasing comfort in your home while paying less to operate your air conditioning system.

To learn more about the air conditioning upgrade options available to you, call Wm. Henderson. Your comfort is our top priority. Let us help you get more from your air conditioning in Havertown, PA with our great air conditioning upgrade options.

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HVAC 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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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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Things to Look for in a New Central Air Conditioning System in Havertown

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The features of central air conditioning systems all have different functions, and with so many options available, it is important to understand each a little better so that you can make an informed decision about things to look for in a new AC system.  If you are thinking of purchasing a new air conditioning system in Havertown, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. Our friendly staff of HVAC professionals understands all aspects of central AC systems and the features to look for in a new system. We are available to help you make the right choice for your needs.

Here are some of the main central air conditioning features to consider during your air conditioner research:

  • Individualized controls
  • Energy-efficiency ratings
  • Ideal comfort levels
  • Humidity controls
  • Indoor air quality needs


The AC should provide comfort through proper temperature control with the right type of thermostat for your needs. The thermostat can offer settings for varying periods of time throughout the day or week, and they provide zone control for individual areas of the home.  Many have digital displays or even touch-screens.  Programmable and zone control systems are of higher caliber, and they can also include a sleep mode, remote temperature control, and a check filter light which alerts you when the filter is dirty and needs to be replaced or cleaned.

Comfort through Humidity Levels and Indoor Air Quality

A central air conditioner can provide a higher level of indoor air quality through use of an air filtration system, ventilation, and humidity control. Proper moisture control can offer a great deal of comfort because it helps to maintain ideal temperatures within the home, which also helps maintain efficiency levels.

Energy Efficiency with SEER Ratings

The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (or SEER) on every air conditioner will also be a key factor.  If a SEER rating is higher, that means you will be using much less energy to run the AC system, and soon you will be able to make up for that difference in initial cost with your monthly utility bill savings.

Wm. Henderson provides quality air conditioning services in Havertown, Broomall, Springfield, PA, and throughout Delaware County, PA.  Our certified HVAC technicians can install many types of AC systems, and we’ll help you determine which features are the most important to you.

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