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

FREEZE FRAME! F.H. Furr Does The  Mannequin Challenge!

At F.H. Furr, we believe that making sure our customers are 100% satisfied is very important, sometimes we like to let our hair down and have a bit of fun!

Coat Drive 2016 WRAPPED UP (In Warmth!)

This year's "Keep 'Em Warm Coat Drive" was a HUGE hit! By the time we collected everything, we provided over 400 coats to local organizations! Our employees brought in coats, we had some help from a local Cub Scout pack and we had numerous locations around the area as well!

Topics: Community Outreach Keep Em Warm Coat Drive

Holiday Parties? GET HOME SAFE!

It's the holiday season and that means holiday parties, happy hours and celebrations of all kinds!

Topics: Community Outreach

Interested In An HVAC Career?

Did you know that the HVAC career field adds around 10,000 jobs around the country every year?! If this is a career field you're thinking of pursuing, then it's a good idea to know the details of the job and what will be expected of you!

Topics: hvac service Employment

Winter Flood Risks! [Infographic]

Usually when we think of flooding, we think of continuous days of Spring and Summer rain. Did you know that flooding can be just as common in the Winter, but with snow? Sure it isn’t an issue when the snow is coming down and creating a beautiful Winter Wonderland. But when it stops coming down and starts melting - it can easily become an issue!

Topics: Flooding Risks

Cold Weather Is On The Way!

Temperatures will be dropping by 10-15 degrees in the next week. Is your HVAC system ready?

Topics: HVAC Inspections Keep Em Warm Coat Drive

Holiday Wishes for Warriors

Christmas time is one of the most magical times of the year. Families decorate their homes, put up their trees and prepare to have family from all over. For some of our nation's bravest and greatest warriors, their holidays are spent in military hospitals recovering from their injuries and illnesses.

Topics: Community Outreach

Think You're Cut Out for Plumbing?

Did you know that the Department of Labor projects that pumbers will be one of the highest growing career fields between now and 2020? Because the job is going to be in such high demand, it may be the career for you if you're deciding on a new career or a career change!

Topics: plumbing Employment

Keep 'Em Warm 2016!

Each year, F.H. Furr leads the charge in the community to help Volunteer Prince William collect clean, gently used or new, warm coats to deliver to needy children.

Topics: HVAC Inspections Community Outreach Keep Em Warm Coat Drive

Black Friday - Through the Eyes of a Plumber!

Thanksgiving Day is a day that so many people look forward to! Family, friends, football... AND FOOD!

Topics: Black Friday Plumbing

When & Where Are GFCI Outlets Required (Timeline)

GFCI receptacles were required in houses starting in 1971. The following timeline applies to most municipalities, but some local codes may be different.

 

Topics: Electrical Electrician Electrical Outlets

How To Test Your GFCI Outlet

GFCI's have one flaw...they wear out!

By detecting dangerous electrical current flow and shutting off power, GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) outlets save thousands of lives each year. But after around 10 years, the monitoring circuitry inside a GFCI wears out. This is why knowing how to test your outlets are vitally important.

Topics: Electrical Electrician Electrical Outlets

McLean Homecoming!

Friday Night Lights are one of the most exciting things that high school students look forward to. Whether it's because they're a football player, cheerleader, marching band or just going to watch the game - it's something most high school students get excited about during the Fall.

Topics: Community Outreach

Ashburn Youth Football League

Did you know that F.H. Furr donates 10% of its' profits to charities, local organizations and schools? Our League Sponsorship of Ashburn Youth Football League is an example of JUST that!

Topics: Community Outreach

Keep the Pests Out of Your HVAC System!


Most homeowners ensure that their homes are treated either on their own or by professionals. But did you know that when checking walls, doorways and windows that you should also check your heating and air conditioning system as well? Protecting your HVAC system is quite an important piece in keeping pests out which will help protect you and keep your systems running smoothly and not costing you large amounts for repairs.

Fighting Hunger!

On Thursday October 13th, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) recently had their annual "Empty Bowls" event to raise money for their SERVE food bank - and it was quite the success! The Manassas Church of the Brethren was packed for the event!

Topics: Community Outreach

5 Awesome Tips To Hiring An Electrician




Most electrical contractor related problems can be averted by taking your time doing just a little research. With over 35 years experience, we have found that these are the tips we would use to hire some for our house!

Topics: Electrical Electrician

TOPSoccer - Taking It To The Goal!

If you asked the members of our Cares team what their favorite events are to work, they would tell you that's an easy decision. Any event involving KIDS. This past Saturday was one of those favorite events.

Topics: Community Outreach

49th Annual Clifton Day!

Sunny, Sunday morning? Check.
Free admission? Check.
Food, music and vendors? CHECK!

The 49th Annual Clifton Day was on Sunday, October 9th and what a great day it was!

Topics: Community Outreach

Duct Cleaning Quick Tips

Did you know that the Washington, DC area has some of the worst ozone pollution in the country. However, it has gotten better over the last 15 years. Our area ranked 8th in the top 25 most ozone-polluted cities recently. This is the air we're breathing, people!

Heating? Cooling?
There's an App for That!

In today's technological world, you can literally control everything through an app. You can set your home alarm through an app. Goods and services can be paid with apps. You can even lock, unlock and START some cars with an app! It's crazy! But did you know that there are thermostats that allow you to control the temperature of your home online or with an app on your phone?!

David's Hope - Tee-It-Up 2016

When it's almost time for Fall that means chilly mornings and sunny afternoons, which for many people means a perfect day for golf! That's just what our F.H. Furr Cares team got to enjoy on Tuesday, September 20th as the Title Sponsor of the David's Hope Golf Tournament!

Topics: Community Outreach

What You Need To Know About Ductless Systems


If you have a room that gets too hot or cold a Ductless System may be what you need! These systems are efficient and cost-effective. They are also slimmer and more attractive than common window units. The Ductless Systems are also more proficient in keeping the room at a comfortable temperature.

Topics: Ductless System

Plumbing Myths - Debunked.


Dripping Faucets, Exploding Water Heaters and Invincible Garbage Disposals:

Myths are like rumors. One person hears something and passes it to another and they pass it to another and before you know it - the myth you heard is supposedly supported by concrete evidence. One person fixes something in their house the way they've been told and then when the issue happens at your house, they're suddenly an expert and can tell you exactly how to fix it. When it comes to your plumbing and the pipes in your home, be sure to do your research on whether or not these quick fixes are beneficial for your home!
Topics: plumbing plumbing maintenance

Spending the Day in Haymarket!

Each year, the Haymarket community comes together for a day of celebration honoring the community where they live! This year's celebration was nothing short of FUN!

Top 3 Reasons To Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

In Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC, we have tons of homes that are historical, classic, and/or over 30 years old. These older homes are great, as long as you keep the same technology from 30 years ago. But when you start adding (Insert Smart-?????) your fuses start blowing, your house begins flickering, and now your smart-????? doesn't seem like a good idea. There is a fix! An electrical panel upgrade!


Topics: Electrical Electrical Panel Upgrade Heavy Up Panel Upgrade

5 Reasons You Should Invest In A Sump Pump With Battery Back-Up



When it comes to sump pumps, you never know when you're going to need it, or how well it will do when the "BIG STORM" hits. Hopefully it will work perfect, and your basement will weather the storm. But what happens if the power goes out...which is a definite possibility with big thunderstorms or snow storms.

Topics: sump pump Battery Back-up Sump Pump

Celebrating McLean!

On September 1st, our Cares team had the pleasure of attending a great event at McLean High School! Dr. Ellen Reilly, principal of McLean High School, put together a festival event at the school where the school's clubs, sports and community members could all come together to celebrate the start of the new school year!

Topics: Community Outreach

Amazing Air Scrubber Technology

Did you know that 80% of germs, bacteria and viruses are transmitted by touching surfaces. Air Scrubber Plus technology has been proven to destroy up to 99.9% of all surface bacteria, viruses and germs it's been tested on. Your family will not only be protected from dangerous bugs and sickness but your home will be safe and clean as well. Air Scrubber Plus will save you cleaning time, sick time and money. 

Topics: air scrubbers

Vibin'. Color Style!

Saturday, September 10th was a particularly cloudy day. It was actually an incredibly sunny day, the clouds in the sky were color clouds from the Color Vibe race at the Boys & Girls Club in Manassas, VA! Pinks, blues, yellows - all over the place!

Topics: Community Outreach

Never Worry About Losing Power With A Whole Home Generator 

Power outages are becoming more common in Northern Virginia and Maryland. These power outages are lasting longer and causing more harmful effects. Whole Home Generators are the answer to all homeowners for keeping their homes safe and comfortable during prolonged periods without power.

Topics: Home Generators

Ready for the Cold?
5 Tips About Heating Maintenance

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Summer's warm temperatures will soon be behind us making way for another chilly pair of Fall and Winter seasons. While it's as simple as getting the coats out of storage to make sure our bodies are warm - ensuring our homes are warm is a little more involved. There are a few things that you can do to be sure your HVAC is up, running and prepared for the cold months even if you aren't ready to let Summer go!

8 Quick Tips About Your Sump Pump

Your Sump Pump is an essential part of your home. It's important to not only keep your house safe but your family as well. To ensure your basement doesn't flood with water check out the 8 quick tips listed below.

Topics: sump pump

Does Your Home Need More Power, Consider An Electrical Panel Upgrade


When you have too many devises sucking power from an insufficient source, you’re in danger of an overload on the electrical system. This could lead to other electrical problems and safety concerns. Using an outdated system is certainly not recommended for electrical safety. When you have an electrical panel upgrade, you’ll never need to worry about a lack of power to operate your home.

Topics: Electrical Panel

Before You Replace Your Garbage Disposal, Consider This

When buying or replacing your Garbage Disposal there are many things to consider. In the end the goal is to have an efficient working model and not have it cost a fortune. Listed below are factors to consider before disposing your well-earned cash for a sub-par garbage disposer:

Topics: garbage disposal

Schools - SUPPLIED.

The Summer is usually full of fun - spending time at the pool, sleeping in, family vacations and resting up for the upcoming school year. But some spend part of their Summer getting ready for the new school year. Many organizations are starting their Summer off with planning school supply drives. One of those organizations here in our area is Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).

Topics: Community Outreach

The Dos and Dont's Of A Plumbing Leak (INFOGRAPHIC)

There are many ways your plumbing could develop a leak or break. When this happens it's important to follow the Dos and Don't listed below in the infographic to ensure your safety, as well as the safety as your family and home. 

Topics: plumbing

All About Zoning Systems


Zone heating and cooling is about controlling the temperatures of the various rooms within your home. Heat rises, so rooms on second or third floors are often too warm. In turn, basement rooms are typically too cold. Rooms with vaulted ceilings have a difficult time retaining heat, while rooms that receive long hours of sunlight are often difficult to cool down.

Topics: Zoning Systems

Fun Things To Do In The Summer That Will Save Your AC (INFOGRAPHIC)

Your Air Conditioning is constantly working to keep you cool year round. However, during the summer months the weather is so hot making your AC kick into overdrive. Check out the infographic below on how to stay cool while giving you Air Conditioning a break. 

Topics: Air Conditioning

Common Mistakes Made When Replacing Your Home Comfort System

When replacing your Air Conditioning there are a lot of things to consider, like the life expectancy of your current system, operating costs, and looking at the bigger picture meaning all components not just the part that was broken are working together to boost efficiency and reliability. However, with replacing your comfort system there are many problems or mistakes that can occur during the process. Listed below are the common mistakes made when replacing your home comfort system and how to resolve them.

Topics: Air Conditioning Comfort System

Why Your Home Needs Electrical Maintenance

It's important to keep your home's maintenance in all areas up to date to ensure your safety and help save you money. Electrical maintenance will prevent problems before they can occur, boosting the performance of your electrical system while also protecting your home and family. Keeping up with your home’s electrical maintenance needs will ensure your electrical system is in good condition, all while improving the value and comfort of your home. Our F.H. Furr electricians can help you with any electrical maintenance, repair or upgrade to meet all your home’s needs. 

Topics: Electrical

Myths About Solar Panels (INFOGRAPHIC)

Over the past few years Solar Panels have become more and more popular. However, a lot of people make assumptions about them and don't truly know how they function. Listed below are the most common myths about Solar Panels.

Topics: solar panels

Why You Should Consider Having A Ventilator Installed In Your Home

 

Do you love opening your windows to let in that fresh air that only lasts a week or two? If you want that same feeling throughout the year but know that opening your windows will let in the muggy heat, airborne pollen andother particles, fill it with cleaner, naturally ventilated air instead! Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) draw air from outside while expelling odors, chemicals and contaminants from your home. This helps bring clean air inside, while eliminating stale air that hovers in the house—moving it outdoors.

Topics: Ventilation ventilator

Stay Cool With All The Air Conditioning Services We Offer

Today’s high-efficiency systems can cut your HVAC costs up to 107 percent and pay for themselves in lower AC and heating bills within several years. You’ll enjoy greater comfort at home while using less energy. Check out our Cooling Services below to see what we offer. 

Topics: service Air Conditioning

What You Don't Know About Dirty Air Filters (INFOGRAPHIC)

Your Indoor Air Quality is very important for your family's health, as well as a happy home. Having a dirty air filter can cause so many problems and increase your energy bills. Listed below are some of the reasons why you should keep your air filters clean and up to date.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality

Safety First! Know the Service Technician Coming Into Your Home!


Topics: service Safety technician

Our Electrical Services

We know that your home’s electricity is vital to your comfort, and proper installation is a necessity when it comes to safety! Now that you know you can call on us for ALL of your home’s service needs, find out what we can do for you! Listed below are our Electrical Services and briefly what each entail.

Topics: Electrical

Our Plumbing Services

F.H.Furr offers a wide variety of services. Listed below are our Plumbing Services and breifly what each entail.

Topics: plumbing

Our Indoor Air Quality Services

The air that your family breathes outside could be cleaner then what they’re breathing inside. It’s a crazy reality, but these days, Indoor Air Quality can actually aggravate allergies as much as the air outside that is breeding the pollutants. To ensure your air is clean check out some of our Indoor Air Quality Services. Listed below are each service we provide with a brief description of what each entail. 

Topics: Indoor Air Quality

How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your home's Indoor Air Quality is very important for a happy home. Indoor Air Quality can affect your allergies, asthma and more. To ensure your health is out of harms way, check out the infographic below on how to improve your Indoor Air Quality. 

Topics: Indoor Air Quality

Five Essential Home Plumbing Tools [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ever wonder exactly which tools to add to your home collection? While the number of tools are plentiful and the tasks each are made for are even more numerous, sticking to the basic essentials are key for every homeowner. Unless you are more skilled, have more technical knowledge and/or repair know-how, these five essential plumbing tools will make sure you have what you need for a speedy home repair when you need it.

Topics: plumbing tools

Top Mistakes Made With Plumbing

When wanting to save money you will try to fix your plumbing problems by yourself. At times you will be able to fix the problem on your own with no difficulties. However, many times a simple repair will end up costing you more money and causing a greater damage because you didn't call for professional help. It’s important to be smart about how you go about fixing it. Listed below are the top mistakes made with plumbing when you don’t call for a professional.

Topics: plumbing

"Did You Know" Infographic

"Did You Know" that maintaing your HVAC systems can save you money each month? Take a look at this infographic to find out how you can maintain your home's HVAC so you can save big time!

28 Point Cooling Maintenance And Reliability Inspection

Now that it’s Summertime and the weather is utterly warm and bright, it’s time for your AC to kick into high gear. However, during the year, your Air Conditioning system accumulates dust and dirt, making it less efficient and costing you additional money in utility bills. Add on the lack of regular AC Tune Up and maintenance, and you can count on your heat pump or air handled breaking down before you can say, “Summer Vacation.” Maintaining your system is the easiest, most efficient and effective way to keep your home comfortable all summer

Topics: Air Conditioning

Our Growth Is Your Gain, Gainesville.....


.....More Techs, More Services, More Everything! F.H.Furr has had exponential growth over the past years, that we have been in business. As we continue to grow larger, we would like to thank our wonderful customers for helping us get to where we are today!

Topics: Cooling and Heating plumbing Electrical Gainesville

How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Air Conditioning

It’s a hot summer day and all you want to do is enjoy your Air Conditioning. However, when you go to flip the switch on, nothing happens. Sadly, something’s wrong with the system, causing it not to work properly. This leads you to get frustrated and upset. Make sure you know these problems listened below and how to fix them, to ensure your Air Conditioning won't have any problems.

Topics: Air Conditioning

10 Signs You Should Get Your Electrical Systems Checked

Each year, there are 50,900 fires in the United States that are caused by electrical issues, 3,300 of those start in extension cords. Over 30,000 non-fatal shock injuries happen every year. It’s important to get the electrical system in your home checked to ensure your own safety as well as other guests that enter your home. Listed below are some signs to look out for:

Topics: Electrical

8 Quick Tips About Plumbing Maintenance

When it comes to Plumbing Maintenance, things can get a little confusing. If you follow these quick tips, it will ensure your Plumbing System will be up to date and not have any problems.

Topics: plumbing maintenance

Take Me Out To A (Little League) Ballgame

Cracker Jacks, Pretzels, Coke, and the warmth of the sun on your face are things that come to mind when thinking about America’s favorite past-time: Baseball. This paired with little kids running around instead of professional baseball players makes it even better.  F.H. Furr proudly sponsors multiple teams in Northern Virginia.  

Topics: Community Outreach Little Leagues

Before There Was Toilet Paper [Infographic]

In 1857, toilet paper was first invented as we sort of know it today.

But the earliest reported use was in the 6th century during the Ming Dynasty. The emperor being very sensitive had 15,000 sheets be made soft and perfumed. Too bad the rest of the world had to suffer. Check out our infographic on "What was used before before toilet tissue?" Modern toilet tissue that is.

Topics: toilet bathroom facts

5 Reasons Your Sump Pump Fails


Imagine pulling up to your house in the pouring rain. You've got a car full of groceries and you need to carry them all in. Once you finally get inside, you're drenched. You head downstairs to get some dry clothes out of your dryer only to step in water up to your ankles. You realize your sump pump has stopped working and the basement is completely flooded!

This is the WORST time to find out that you need a repair because IT'S TOO LATE! 

Sump pumps fail for all sorts of reasons, check out the list below to prevent this disaster in your home!

Topics: sump pump plumbing maintenance

Maximize Your HVAC Efficiency

Summer is just around the corner, and so is your vacation. If you're like us, saving money for your vacation is first and foremost at the top of your mind.

F.H. Furr has you covered with four ways to maximize your HVAC Efficiency:

  • 1. Use a programmable thermostat
  • 2. Change your filters
  • 3. Use window treatments that block out the sun
  • 4. Have a maintenance check on your HVAC system
Topics: hvac service

Hot Water Heater Failure Risks

 

Water Heater Reliability, Failure, And Safety.

Your water heater is easily one of the most neglected home appliances. You expect it to do its job and deliver hot water when and where you need it…reliably.

But did you know that the older your water heater gets, and the longer it’s neglected, the more unreliable and unsafe it becomes?

Topics: Hot Water Heater

What To Do When Your HVAC Freezes Up!

It is not normal for ice to form on your outdoor heat pump, and it is certainly cause for concern. There are several different scenarios on why this has happened to your HVAC system:

Topics: hvac service

Repairing your Northern VA AC: How It Helps in the Long Run

While a complete home cooling breakdown will guarantee a call to your AC repair service, smaller cooling problems are often allowed to go unaddressed. However, it’s important to understand that any problem with your air conditioner has the capacity to raise your cooling bills and affect your long-term comfort, even if you are able to ignore the issue at first. Thus, it’s vital to address any air conditioning problem you discover as soon as possible, regardless of the effect it appears to have on your cooling system and your home comfort.

Topics: A/C Service

Get Ready For Spring With An HVAC Inspection Or Plumbing Inspection

After Winter, we are all ready for Spring Cleaning! Cleaning out your garage, having a yard sale and freshening up the paint in several of your rooms is a great thing, but what about an HVAC inspection or a plumbing inspection? What about the sump pump that barely made it through the Winter? Or the inefficient furnace that is driving your utility bills sky high? Have you thought of having those checked out, now that Spring is here?

Here is 5 ways to get your home ready for Spring-time, on the inside, where we all forget about until it becomes a problem.

Topics: plumbing HVAC Inspections

4 Things I Learned During My Plumbing Crisis


"I love my home, I have lived there for 14 years, raised my children in it, created memories with my family and every corner of that home carries a special part of my family's history. There is simply no place like home.   BUT  as any homeowner will lament, home owning can be stressful with a never ending list of things to do around the house.    

Topics: plumbing

End of Season Sale! Find Out How You Can Get A Free Furnace!

Our End of Season Sale means that when you buy a Complete Heating and Cooling system, you'll get a NEW Furnace ABSOLUTELY FREE! 

Topics: furnace hvac service

Don't Overlook Heat Pump Maintenance This Winter

Winter is in full swing! After our massive Jonas Blizzard, homeowners might be wondering what's next! Whether you're rooting for more snow, or you're hoping what's left in your yard is the last of it, you can be sure that there's more cold on the way. With that being said, it's important to be sure your heat pump is up to the challenge of keeping you and your family warm, no matter what the weather brings! 

Topics: hvac service Heating Service

Is Your Cozy Home Costing You?

During the cold winter months, you might crank your heat up to achieve a cozy, warm feeling that can only come when your heating system is kicking! But have you considered what that toasty feeling might be costing you? If your home is suffering from leaks, you could be losing money--and fast!

Topics: plumbing hvac service Heating Service

Prevent Your Heating System From Cracking Up!


So you get the news that you might have a cracked heat exchanger.  If you’re one of the many homeowners who isn’t quite sure what that means, or even what your heat exchanger is, we can help you to decipher the technical-talk and get to the bottom of your home's issue. 

Topics: hvac service Heating Service Cracked Heat Exchanger

Ask Furr: Is Licensed, Bonded & Insured Important?


Q: "Your company says that they're " licensed, bonded and insured". I've done research and a lot of other companies don't seem to be able to say that. What is a "Licensed, Bonded and Insured" company vs. one that isn't?" -Cindy C. Great Falls, VA

 

Topics: plumbing Heating Service Electrical

Duct Sealant vs. Plumber’s Putty

Duct sealant and plumber’s putty are two different compounds often used to make repairs around the home. These products have different purposes, as well as various properties that suit them to some repairs over others. Both plumber’s putty and duct sealant are just two of many tools your Northern VA plumber has at his disposal when he visits your home for plumbing installation, maintenance, or repairs. Depending on the job at hand, he may use one or both of these products to complete the service you have requested.

Topics: Air Quality Ductwork plumbing