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Was This the Last Winter for Your Furnace?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Furnace-standardWhen the cold days finally get behind us and the warm mid-year winter settles in is a good time to think about how your home furnace performed. If you encountered no major troubles from your furnace over the winter, your house stayed comfortable, and the utility bills were steady, you’ve probably got a furnace in good shape for next winter.

But if you’re reading this, it’s probably because something wasn’t right with the furnace, or you suspect it’s getting too old to be reliable. Replacing a dying furnace during the middle of the year is good planning, since you’ll have an easy time scheduling the service and won’t have to worry about staying warm while the work is being done. But how can you know for certain it’s time for a replacement? A new furnace is a major investment, and you don’t want to do it years before you have to.

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How Can You Tell You’ve Got a Heater That’s “Too Old?”

Monday, February 25th, 2019

furnace-oldWhen the winter ends (don’t worry everyone, we’re getting there…), you’ll have an opportunity to make upgrades to your heating system. If you think your heater wasn’t performing as well as you expected it to during the winter, one possible solution is to have a brand-new heating system installed. Does that sound too extreme? It’s not if you have a heater that’s too old.

But what’s too old? It’s a good question, and we’ll give some answers—although the best way to get an informed answer is to call for residential heating services from HVAC professionals.

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Causes for Uneven Heating Around Your Home

Monday, December 17th, 2018

cold sweater manYou want your household heating system to provide enough warmth to raise the indoor temperature to a comfortable level. That’s just what a heating system is for!

But the amount of heat isn’t the whole story. Properly providing comfort to a home requires moving the heat around to the different rooms. If some rooms are getting too hot while others feel like freezers, it’s called uneven heating—and it’s not fun. Unfortunately, it’s a common trouble people encounter, and it often calls for professional HVAC services.

Below, we’re going to look into some of the reasons your house is experiencing uneven heating.

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When Should You Stop Repairing a Furnace and Replace It?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

old-rustic-furnaceOne of the big questions for furnace owners is when to stop calling for repairs for a home heating system and instead invest money in replacing it. We won’t pretend there’s an easy answer to this question—we certainly can’t make a broad generalization for all furnaces.

However, we can help shed some light on the question. When you need to make a solid decision about furnace replacement or furnace repair for your home, make an appointment with one of our skilled HVAC professionals. They’ll help you weigh the factors so you can make the choice that’s right for your needs.

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It’s the Season to Find Out If You Need a New Heater

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

autumn-backgroundIt’s already the second half of October, and Halloween decorations are all around. But as you enjoy the spooky fall festivities, it’s important to remember that winter is just around the corner. We don’t mean that you need to start pulling down those boxes of Christmas decorations just yet—you still have to get through Thanksgiving first!—but you should give some thought to whether you need a new heating installation this fall. If your current furnace or other residential heating system is near to the close of its useful service life, now is when you want the system replaced. You don’t want to rush to have it completed after the chill Pennsylvania winter has arrived!

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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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Finding an Energy Efficient Unit for Heating System Replacement

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Energy efficiency is always a top priority when it comes to a home heating system. There are many choices available for homeowners, both in type of heating system and fuel that can be used. While today’s heating systems are highly energy efficient, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a replacement heating system in Ardmore. Hiring experts, like the ones at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., can help to ensure that you choose and install a heating system that fits all your needs, including the need for energy efficiency. If you are ready to take the next steps toward heating installation, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today.

Factors to Consider

As we mentioned above, there are a number of factors to consider when replacing your heating system. One of the first factors to consider is fuel type. There are four main types of fuel for a heating system:

  • Natural gas
  • Liquid propane (LP)
  • Oil
  • Electricity

The next consideration is type of system:

  • Furnace
  • Boiler
  • Heat pump (ductless)

Let’s first take a look at the combustion heating systems.

Combustion Systems

Combustion systems are heating systems that burn a fossil fuel in order to provide heating. Both furnaces and boilers are combustion systems, but each system works differently. Boilers are part of a hydronic system. This means they use hot water, or the steam from hot water, to heat your home. Boilers are not ducted systems, and a boiler can be fueled by either gas (including propane) or oil. Boilers have an average energy efficiency of 89%; the main difference between boilers is in the fuel costs. Gas is typically lower, but may not be available everywhere.

Furnaces generate heat by heating air and then blowing the heated air into your home through ductwork. The majority of furnaces use gas for fuel, but there are oil furnaces available as well. Furnaces have a slightly higher average energy efficiency rating, usually between 90-98%. As with boilers, fuel type is a factor to consider.


Two types of heating systems that operate using electricity are heat pumps and electric furnaces. Heat pumps transfer heat from one location to another. They provide both heating and cooling by using a component called a reversing valve. Heat pumps use very little electricity, about 25% of a whole-home air conditioner, and no fossil fuels, making them very energy efficient.

Electric furnaces use electrified coils to heat your home. Electricity flows through tightly-wound coils, turning them red-hot. Once the coils reach the correct temperature, the blower fan blows the warm air into your living spaces. Electric furnaces have a very high efficiency rating – many times as high as 100% – because they don’t lose any energy in exhaust fumes.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to heating system replacement in Ardmore; this is why it’s important to work with an expert.

If you are ready for a new heating system, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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