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

Infographic: Water Damage - Statistics

Water leaks are common in many homes, and can become extremely costly if left unattended! However, 93% of them can be avoided with a water alarm installed in the home!

1. 1 leaking toilet can waste 3 to 5 gallons of water a minute! 

Topics: water damage Water Alarm Plumbing Home safety water statistics

5 Tips For A Cool Summer:  AC Edition

With summer well on its way, we're all gearing up for the rising temperatures! So what can you do to prepare for the crazy heat that’s about to overcome us? Start with your air conditioning system!

When you’re inside, you don’t want to feel stifled by air that’s as warm as it is outdoors. You pay good money to have cool air pumping through your house, so we’ve compiled some simple tips to prepare your air conditioner and help you make sure it’s running smoothly for the summer months! 

Topics: Air Quality hvac service A/C Service Air Conditioning Cooling Cooling Service

Infographic: 3 Ways To Protect Your A/C Unit!

Summer is right around the corner! Here are 3 ways that you can protect your A/C unit to keep it running efficiently! 

1. Trim the bushes and shrubs around the unit. 

Topics: Summer A/C Service Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance Home Maintenance Inspections

Infographic: 5 Reasons To Keep Your Air Filters Clean!

Clogged, dirty filters will block the normal air flow and cause your HVAC system to run less efficiently! Here are 5 reasons to keep your air filters clean!

1. One of the main causes for HVAC failure is a dirty air filter! 

Ask F.H. Furr: Is Ultraviolet Light Dangerous To Use In The Home?

Ask F.H. Furr: "I saw that you install UV light air purifiers. I always thought that UV rays are dangerous. Aren't they a form of radiation? Are UV lights safe to use in the home?" - Carrie S., Fairfax, VA

Recently a customer asked this question to our service team. She was interested in an air purification system, but was worried about the use of UV light in her home. This thought process is not uncommon, especially since we see advertisements for sunglasses, sunscreen, and even clothing that protect us from UV rays. So let's get into some basics about UV light, radiation, and whether or not it is safe to use in your home. 

Topics: Indoor Air Quality EnviroAire UV Air Purification System UV Light Air Cleaner Air Scrubber UV-C Light

Infographic: 3 Signs Of A Clogged Toilet

To some homeowners, one of the most embarrassing things that could happen is a clogged toilet! Here are 3 signs that your toilet pipes are clogged, leading to continuous backups!

Topics: High Efficiency Toilet toilet Toilet Repair Clogged Toilet

Spruce Up Your Electrical Outlets With Decorative Covers!

 



When it comes to design, it's all about the details! Don't leave out your electrical outlet covers! 

Whether you're a designer working in a new space to create something unique, or a homeowner who's looking to add a little color and personality to your home, decorative electrical outlet covers can be just the thing!

Topics: Electrical Safety Electrical Wiring Switch Plate Outlet Covers Decorative Outlet Cover

Choosing The Right Type Of UV Air Cleaner: Portable VS. Whole Home

There's been quite a lot of research coming out lately about the power of UV light and its disinfecting properties. This is something that we've known for awhile, which is why we install UV-C air cleaners in our customers homes... 

If you've been interested in experiencing cleaner, fresher, and healthier air, you might have started researching UV light air cleaners. If so, you've likely noticed a lot of products are out there. A simple Google search will lead you to pages upon pages of shopping options, from tabletop UV lamps to heavy-duty air purifiers that sit in the corner of a room whirring loudly and taking up space. So with so many options to choose from, how do you know what the best type of air cleaner is for your home? When you narrow it down, there are really two types: portable and whole-home air cleaners. Here are a few pros and cons to help you choose the right UV air cleaner for you!

Topics: Indoor Air Quality UV-C Light UV Air Cleaner Enviroaire IAQ UV-C Whole Home Air Purifier

Infographic: 5 Common Electrical Fire Hazards

Most electrical fires start from electric wires, cables, and overloaded circuit breakers.

"According to data from Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 50,000 home electrical fires occur annually with nearly 500 deaths and over 1,400 injuries."

Infographic_ 5 Common Electrical Hazards

Topics: Electrical Safety Home safety Fire Hazards

GFCI Outlet 101

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School Is In Session! The Subject? GCFI Outlets And How They Keep You Safer!

There is an average of 70 electrical outlets in most U.S. homes, and since the 1980's, GFCI electrical outlets are a requirement for several types of rooms...and here's why!

GCFI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and these interrupters help to minimize the risk of  overheating, electric shock injuries, burns, and fires . The outlet's sensors monitor the input and output of the electrical current levels being passed through an outlet. If the GFCI technology senses any electrical current imbalance, the device will quickly cut off the power supply to prevent damage or injury. 

Topics: Electrical Outlets Electrical Safety GCFI Outlets Outlet Upgrade Electrical Wiring GFCI Wiring