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F.H. Furr's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Insider Blog

HUMIDITY

Noticing cold-like symptoms that just won’t quit, static electricity and higher energy bills to boot? 

You might be a victim of low humidity levels

MERV Ratings-What Does That Mean?

When looking to upgrade your HVAC system filter, you might see the term "MERV Rating" in your research. What are MERV ratings and why are they important? 

Let’s start at square one. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and it sets the standards for the overall effectiveness of air filters. The MERV value determines the amount of  this dust particles and pollutants that are getting through the filter and into your home. Filters can have a wide range of MERV ratings, the higher the rating, the better the filtration! 

Topics: Home Maintenance Clean Air MERV Ratings

Clean Your Ducts!

Why? Because to put it simply, they get dirty! 

Not only do dust and dirt accumulate in the ductwork, other air pollutants such as: pet hair and dander, smoke and cooking odors, and microbial growth will cause the air flow to be slower and ducts to be less efficient! If you have someone in your home who is more sensitive to these contaminants, and/or suffer from Allergies and Asthma than there is no question if you should get this service. 

Topics: Dust Duct Cleaning Home Maintenance

Hard Water VS Soft Water

What exactly does it mean when people say, “Your water is hard”? This question makes you stop to think, is it safe to drink? Wash our clothes? Take a shower? The short answer is…yes.

The difference is hard water contains a regulated amount of dissolved minerals such as; calcium, lime, chalk, and magnesium. Where as soft water has been treated and filtrated to the point where it only contains sodium. 

Topics: H20 Hard water Soft Water

The Meaning Behind Colored Electrical Wires!

Topics: Wires Electricity panel Colors house

Reduce Outdoor Water Waste This Spring!

When the temperature outside starts rising, the need to conserve water is a no brainer! 

Did you know that roughly 50% of the water that we use outside to water our grass, plants, garden, etc. evaporates, gets caught in the wind or ends up running off from OVER watering! 

We are here to help with a few water conservation tips to lower water waste and keep your grass green:

 

4 Ways To Reduce Your Cooling Costs!

Topics: Summer Cooling Cost

Plumbing Inspections Are A Must!

Plumbing - not a topic most sit around and talk about, but this modern convenience is something that is hard to live without. We often take our indoor plumbing for granted until our toilet is clogged or sink is leaking. When this happens it stops us in our tracks thinking, “Now what?”, “How much is this going to cost?”, “I don’t have time for a repair!”.

Don’t worry! Avoiding a plumbing crisis can be easier than you might think! 

Topics: plumbing maintenance Plumbing Inspections

Don't Put These Items Down Your Garbage Disposer!

Topics: garbage disposal Clogged Drain Drains

Do you understand what’s actually going on inside your home’s electrical panel?

We know it can be difficult to determine what you are looking at exactly, but once you learn it, you won’t forget! 

Since the utility companies distributes electricity to each circuit that supply all the lights, outlets, appliances, and all of our wired devices with power, we have the ability to shut off our home’s electric in our panel of switches and wires, EXCEPT for the currents that’s still coming in from the utility company.