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Electrical Safety: You May Not Realize These Things Pose A Danger

Homeowners within the Northern Virginia area know that electrical safety is important when it comes to their homes! From putting protective covers over their outlets, to being sure they have backup circuits on hand, they know their stuff! But what about the little things? Things that could pose electrical safety dangers that you might not consider. We've got a list of things you'll need to keep on eye out for if you consider yourself a safety guru like us!


1. Space Heaters

Topics: energy audits Electrical

Beware! 5 Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

If you come downstairs to find a flood of biblical proportions, that's a surefire way to tell that your pipes are leaking! But homeowners in Northern Virginia (and anywhere for that matter) would rather be aware of pipes BEFORE they burst! Much like your body gives you small indications you’re getting sick, your pipes give off warning signs that they're about to blow! To keep your home safe and comfortable this winter and watch out for these warning signs of a plumbing leak:
• Running water sounds. If you hear the sound of water even when no one in your home is doing the dishes or taking a shower, you may have pipes that are beginning to leak. A no-brainer rule is that if you hear running water, it’s probably running somewhere.

Topics: Emergency Service Flood Damage plumbing

Carbon Monoxide Awareness: The Importance of Maintenance Inspections

F.H. Furr takes the safety and wellbeing of our customers seriously; that’s why we want to send out a reminder for all of you homeowners out there to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. If you own fuel-burning appliances, including your heating system, you are not excused from the need to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 400 Americans die annually from CMP, and over 20,000 are hospitalized each year. Refer to the Center for Disease Control website for more information.

6 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Spring is finally here! After what seemed to be a never-ending winter, flowers are appearing, trees are blooming and our cars are turning yellow--wait, what’s that last part? Ah yes, the pollen has returned with Spring, dousing everything in its powdery yellow substance. For those of us who suffer with seasonal allergies, springtime can be the worst time of the year. Despite the beauty that’s growing all around us, the allergens are multiplying in the air, making the first few months of spring utterly miserable. Sneezing, sniffing, dry throat, itchy eyes; pollen’s symptoms know no end! If you’ve experienced these allergies, then you know that they can make you so miserable that you'd do just about anything to get away from them! When allergies hit, most of us seek the comfort of our homes to escape the outside air, yet often times, the air INSIDE your home can be just as bad as it is outside. So how can you make your home safe from seasonal allergies? Here are 7 tips to help improve your indoor air quality and clear out that seasonal pollen--because it has no place in your home!

Topics: Dust Air Quality Whole Home Humidifier hvac service

3 Ways To Add To Your Home's Value: HVAC Maintenance

Here at F.H. Furr, we're constantly telling you that maintaining your HVAC system will keep your home comfortable and make it more efficient! We say that because it's true! But this post is a little more in depth, it's for all you homeowners out there who are getting ready to sell your home. In Northern Virginia, people move around quite a bit, never exactly settling into one area. If that's the case for you, then you're probably looking for ways to increase your home's value before it goes on the market! We've got 3 reasons why HVAC Maintenance will help improve your home's value and make things a little easier on you!

1. It Will Help You Sell Faster

Topics: Home Investment Home Value hvac service

F.H. Furr Warms the Community in More Ways Than One

F.H. Furr kicked off the 2017 Winter Season with our 4th annual Keep ‘Em Warm Coat Drive! We partnered with the amazing people at Volunteer Prince William once again in order to provide coats to children in need, with the focus being on kids ages 12 and under. By the end of the coat drive, we filled Volunteer Prince William’s office to the ceiling with new and gently used jackets!

4 Fun Facts About Your Electricity 

Electricity is a normal part of your every day life, but there are some facts you might never have heard before about what goes on through your home's electrical system every day.

5 Ways To Lower Your Water Bill

Looking for ways to save money this year? Look no further than your kitchen sink! We've got 5 tips for you to use when it comes to saving money with water efficiency! If you find your home's leak problem is a little more than you can handle, give us a call, we'll send a plumber out to your home absolutely free!

Topics: Plumbing

Ask F.H. Furr: Why Does My Kitchen Faucet Have Low Water Pressure?

Welcome back! Today’s question comes from Dan K. in Fairfax, Virginia.Great question, Dan! And I tell you, we’ve gotten a ton of calls on this very thing! Today’s faucets are designed to conserve water and almost always include aerators. The aerators are made up of a disk with many extremely small holes with which the water must flow through. Often times, these tiny holes get clogged with lime and/or sediment buildup which will block the water flow and minimize water pressure.

Topics: hvac service

Could my electrical outlets be dangerous?

“My outlets seem really warm to the touch. Could that be dangerous? ”-Question Submitted by Ashley C. Fair Lakes, VA

Ashley, we're so glad that you are keeping up with your home's electrical safety. Many homeowners don't pay the necessary attention to their electrical work. This can often cause dangerous fire hazards and potential home damage. Electrical issues are some of the most common reasons for household fires. To protect your home and family, staying aware of your electrical systems can help prevent disasters. When an electrical outlet feels warm to the touch, there could be an electrical issue happening behind the scenes. Although in most cases this isn't hazardous, all electrical problems, left unfixed, can become dangerous.

Topics: Fire Hazard hvac service Electrical