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

Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump…What’s The Difference?

During the winter months, there’s no better feeling than coming inside from the frigid temperatures and experiencing that blast of cozy, heated air to greet you. Well winter is officially here, and maintaining your heating system is important if you want it to continue pumping that warm air throughout your house—the thing is, not all heating systems are the same, in fact, there are three different types: furnace, boiler, and heat pump. This can be confusing, but it’s important to know what type of system you have so that you and your HVAC professional can maintain it properly. Additionally, if you’re in the market for a new heating system, we’ve added a few pros and cons to each unit description to help you decide which might be right for your home. Here’s the lowdown on furnaces vs. boilers vs. heat pumps!

How To Reignite Your Gas Water Heater Pilot Light

So your gas water heater stopped heating your water? What a nightmare! Before you give in to cold showers or call your local plumber, consider one simple component of your system that might fix it all. Your pilot light! Unless you have an automatic pilot light, gas water heater pilot lights must be manually reignited if they go out. There are several different reasons your pilot light might have been extinguished, including faulty thermocouple (the component of your water heater that senses when your pilot light is lit), not enough combustible air, or the flame was simply blown out due to a draft. No matter the issue, it’s a good idea to let your plumber know during their annual maintenance that the pilot light went out and you had to reignite it. If it continues to go out, call in your trusted plumber to determine the issue and fix it!

Topics: Heating Service DIY Gas Hot Water Heater

Infographic: Heating System Statistics!

No matter what kind of heating system you have, it should be inspected, cleaned and serviced at least once a year! 🛠️ 

 

Topics: hvac service HVAC Maintenance HVAC

What Is A Short Circuit And How Can You Prevent It?

We’ve all experienced this at some point, or at least seen it in the movies; the power goes out, someone yells “Must be a short, I’ll check the circuit breaker!”  Short circuits are actually fairly common, but they can be dangerous and a warning sign of an electrical hazard, so it’s important to know what short circuits are and how you can prevent them in your home! 

What IS A Short Circuit?

Topics: Electrician short circuit

Infographic: Four Tips On Hanging Christmas Lights Safely!

Here are some safety tips for hanging your Christmas lights! 💡🎄

 

Topics: Decorative Lights

Infographic: 4 Ways Humidity Is Beneficial For You And Your Home!

Here are 4 benefits to having a whole home humidifier in your home!

 

Infographic: D.I.Y Cleaner For Your Garbage Disposal

Does your garbage disposal give off an unpleasant smell🤢? Here is a D.I.Y cleaner that will help eliminate food and grime build-up!

Topics: garbage disposal

Fight Covid This Season With A Humidifier!

We're coming up on flu season and the world is still reeling from the effects of Covid-19! We're all doing our best to avoid serious viruses, and humidity can help!

While most people would identify cold weather as the cause of winter illnesses like the flu and pneumonia, it’s actually the dryness of the air that spreads it so ferociously. Less water in the air allows viruses like Covid-19 and the flu to survive longer. If your home’s air is too dry, there is a greater chance of catching something and having it stick to your airways...all because of a lack of humidity. A simple fix is a Whole-Home Humidifier when fighting against Covid and the flu this season!

Topics: Whole Home Dehumidifier

Infographic: Common Problems That Happen On Thanksgiving 🏠

These common problems that happen on Thanksgiving. Watch what does down your garbage disposal, make sure you get your HVAC checked, don't overload your outlets, and watch how much toilet paper goes down the toilet! 

Topics: thanksgiving Electrical Outlets Clogged Toilet

Infographic: 4 Signs Your Toilet Isn't Ready For The Holidays

Is your toilet ready for the holidays? Even if you're planning a smaller gathering this year, it's still a good idea to make sure your toilet is ready to handle a few extra guests! 

 

Two Unlikely Home Remedies for Clogged Drains!

So you’ve discovered a clog in your sink or tub drain? Don’t panic, it happens to the best of us! Clogged drains are an extremely common occurrence in most households, although some are worse than others, many are easy to fix with these home remedies!

Topics: plumbing

Infographic: 5 Reasons Pipes Can Burst!

A busted pipe is something no-one wants to deal with. However, most homeowners have to deal with this at some point. Here are some reasons why busted pipes occur. 💦

1. Blockages

Topics: plumbing busted freezing pipes

Infographic: Winter Is Coming! Is Your Furnace Ready?

With winter upon us, now is a good time to get your heating system checked. If your furnace was running a little rough last winter here are some tips to help you decide if you need to replace it or if its fixable! 

Infographic: 5 Reasons Why Your Toilet Is Constantly Running!

A common plumbing problem that most homeowners will inevitably encounter is a running toilet that just won't stop! Toilets that run consistently can actually be more than just an annoyance, they can be very costly! Below are a few of the most common reasons that toilets run, and once a plumber has identified them, be sure you have them fix the issue so that you can be protected from expensive plumbing disasters!

Feel The Love 2020

  We Proudly Participated In Lennox's "Feel The Love" Program Once Again, And We Were Thrilled To Help Our New Friend Shelley Bring Warmth Back To Her Home!

As a premier Lennox dealer, we were honored to have been asked to participate in Lennox's "Feel The Love" program once again this year! This event helps to provide heating and cooling to families and individuals who have served their community selflessly, but don't have the means to heat their homes. That's where we come in! Lennox donates a brand new, high efficiency HVAC system and F.H. Furr installs it, all at no charge.
 
Friends, family, and neighbors all submit nominations for people and families that they feel are in critical need of a new HVAC system. We read through all of their stories and go through criteria that qualifies them to receive the system! This year's finalist was our new friend, Shelley! She's been a pillar in the community for many years, serving with over a dozen charities, many of them military and veteran-focused. Two of the organizations she works closest with are   Operation Enduring Warrior, and   Leashes of Valor. Shelley has given so much of her time, effort, and finances to these causes she loves, all while putting her kids through college, but life has had its challenges! Up until her friend, Brian nominated her for this new system, she hadn't had heating or cooling in her home for six years! Most of us can't imagine going a week without heating and A/C! Fortunately, our team was there to save the day! 
 
Our team arrived with smiles, ready to work! They began by introducing themselves to Shelley, discussing the details of the day and laying out a game-plan. From there, they began the process of removing the old, broken system! Once that was removed, they went to work replacing it with a brand new, Lennox system! While they did their work diligently and precisely, they were also timely, making sure that they worked as a team to get the job done right! 
 
Throughout the day, Shelley told us stories about the charities and soldiers that were close to her heart. She talked about her children, her life, and the difficulties she'd encountered over the years. She felt emotion as she thought of her friend who nominated her for this incredible gift, and she expressed her gratitude for our willingness to be involved in this program that had given her something to truly enrich her life. 
 
After the system was installed, the team cleaned up their work area, made sure Shelley's questions were all answered, and drove off after a day of hard work. While this installation likely didn't feel that different from others, it truly was! Events like these truly make us realize why we do what we do! 
 
We believe that heating and cooling is a necessity that everyone should have access to. We were grateful to have had the opportunity to bring it to Shelley!
 

#AskATrainer Series: Humidity Levels In Your Home Affect Your Musical Instruments!

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about what training our technicians receive! Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: plumbing Electrician Training HVAC #AskATrainer

Infographic: 4 Spooky Noises In Your Home!

Our homes frequently make noises, from a floor creaking, to pipes clanking, most noises are harmless BUT others are indictors of potential issues that need attention.

Topics: Plumbing Home Maintenance loud noises from furnace

Infographic: Four Causes Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect your health, comfort and work performance. Inadequate ventilation, exposure to chemicals, and other harmful pollutants such as: mold, dust, pollen, pet hair and dander tend to interfere with clean indoor air.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality IAQ

Infographic: 3 Reasons Why You Should 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. Don't get us wrong, these homes are GREAT but they do pose a threat when it comes to old wiring and electrical performance.

Topics: Electrical Panel Upgrade Electrician Electrical Safety

Infographic: 4 Plumbing Tools You Need!

If you are a homeowner or a do it yourself(er), there are certain plumbing tools you need on hand. Here are a list of the top 4. 

Topics: plumbing

Infographic: Indoor Air Quality - Pets Edition

We LOVE our pets 🐾 but they can increase pollen, dander and pet hair in the air we breathe inside our homes. It's important to make sure your filters and air ducts are free from clogs and debris for proper, healthy air flow! #IndoorAirQuality 😸🐶

Topics: Indoor Air Quality Duct Cleaning pets

Feel The Love™ 2020

Times have been challenging, and we believe that everyone deserves home comfort!

F.H. Furr has once again partnered with Lennox for the Feel The Love program, providing a heating and cooling system to a deserving family, teacher, first responder, nurse, or police officer in need of a helping hand, absolutely free!

Topics: heating system HVAC Installation Feel The Love Cooling System Heating and Cooling System

Infographic: 5 Tips For Electrical Safety

Electrical maintenance will prevent problems before they occur, boosting the performance of your electrical system while also protecting your home and your family. Keeping up with your home’s electrical maintenance needs will ensure your electrical system is in good condition, also improving the value and comfort of your home. Your F.H. Furr electrician in Fairfax County can help you with electrical maintenance, electrical repairs, and electrical upgrades to meet all your home’s needs.

Topics: Northern Virginia tips Electrical Safety

#AskATrainer Series: Why Do We Offer Flat-Rate Pricing?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about our flat-rate pricing. Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: Flat Rate Pricing #AskATrainer

Infographic: Do's & Don'ts To Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

Don’t wait until there’s a disaster. Have F.H. Furr come out and make sure that your plumbing system is operating properly.🛠️ Here are a few tips you can take to prevent a plumbing emergency!

Topics: Northern Virginia Fall Home Preparation plumbing maintenance

4 Questions To Ask Your Electrician About A Whole Home Generator


Power outages are a common occurrence. Whether it's hurricane season, or a brutal winter storm, without some type of backup, your home could be in for some dark days!

Topics: Home Generators Standby Generators Electrical

#AskATrainer Series: How Often Should I Change My Home's HVAC Air Filter?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about how often to change HVAC air filters. Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: Electrician HVAC #AskATrainer Filters

Infographic: Solar Attic Fans

Your attic is critical to your home’s comfort. When heat gets trapped in that space, it can destroy a home’s indoor air quality, that’s why ventilation is critical.

1. Providing an eco-friendly home solution

Topics: Solar Attic Fan Energy Saving IAQ

#AskATrainer Series: Why Is It Important For Your Sump Pump To Have A Battery Backup?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about HVAC, plumbing and electrical components around their home! We thought it would be a great idea to begin a series where our trainers answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: #AskATrainer

Infographic: 3 Reasons You Need A Humidifier

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

Topics: Whole Home Humidifier Comfort health

#AskATrainer Series: Why Does My Smoke Detectors Keep Chirping?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about why their smoke alarm detectors keep chirping! This is part of the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: #AskATrainer

Infographic: 3 Reasons Why You Need An Electrical Panel Upgrade

Over time, your home’s once state-of-the-art systems can fall behind in terms of the demand placed on them by modern appliances, lighting, and electronics.

Topics: tips Electrical Panel Upgrade Electrician

#AskATrainer Series: Conventional Or Dimmer Switch?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about dimmer switches vs light switches. Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: Electrician #AskATrainer

Infographic: Why have F.H. Furr Clean Your Ducts?

Here at F.H. Furr, we never do a job halfway! When you have us perform a duct cleaning in your home, you can be sure that the job will be done right the first time!

Topics: Duct Cleaning Home Maintenance HVAC

Ask An Electrician: Could My Electrical Outlets Be Dangerous?

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

Electrical issues are some of the most common reasons for household fires, so this question is an important one. When an electrical outlet feels warm to the touch, there is often 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

#AskATrainer Series: What Kind Of Training Does Your Plumbers, Electricians & Techs Receive?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about what training our technicians receive! Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: plumbing Electrician Training HVAC #AskATrainer

Infographic: Brief History Of Plumbing

Plumbing has come a long way over the years! The systems used today are complex and require expert help if something goes wrong. 🛠️

 

Topics: Plumbing

#AskATrainer Series: What Does Hard Water Do To Your Home's Plumbing System?

We’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more about hard water! Our trainers are here answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: plumbing Home Maintenance Hard water

Infographic: 3 HVAC Maintenance Mistakes Homeowners Make

Being a homeowner is hard work, but it's certainly one of the most rewarding experiences as well! F.H. Furr wants you to know that we're right here for you when it comes to maintaining your home and ensuring that your investment is running smoothly!

1. Not replacing filters regularly 

Topics: Summer HVAC Maintenance Home Maintenance HVAC

#AskATrainer Series: Why We Require Background Checks & Drug Tests?


Our customers do their research, and are well educated on the quality of service we provide, but we’ve noticed some great questions popping up across social media from customers who want to know more! We thought it would be a great idea to begin a series where our trainers answer those questions! This is the Ask A Trainer Series!

Topics: #AskATrainer

Infographic: Must Knows - Plumbing Edition

As homeowners or renters, we all deal with plumbing issues at some point or another. Here are a few plumbing must knows to help keep your home safe and running efficiently! 

1. Soap can clog the drains. 

Infographic: 5 Energy Saving Tips While On Vacation

Vacation! Everyone's favorite word. While you are enjoying your time away, don't forget to prep your home to avoid coming back to a high energy bill waiting in your mailbox.

Here are 5 easy tips to help keep your home running efficiently! 

1. Turn off / unplug electricity that won't be used

Topics: Vacation Hot Water Heater Energy Saving HVAC System Electricity

Identifying Common Home Electrical Problems

Although you use electricity in your home every day, some electrical problems are easy to overlook or even ignore. However, even small electrical problems can add up into wasted energy, poor electrical performance, and even fire or shock hazards over time if not addressed. Learning to spot some of the most common home electrical problems gives you the advanced warning you need to contact a residential electrician in northern VA for prompt electrical repair.

Topics: Emergency Service Fire Hazard Electrical Electrician Electrical Service Circuit Break

Infographic: 4 Fun Fourth of July Facts

Here are 4 fun facts about the Fourth of July! 

1. Philadelphia was the first city to use cast iron pipes! 

Topics: plumbing infographic Holidays

6 Reasons To Choose F.H. Furr

F.H. Furr knows there are hundreds of reasons why you should choose us over other plumbing, heating, air conditioning & electrical companies, but we've culled it down to our top 6. We call these The F.H. Furr Difference!

Topics: Air Quality plumbing Electrical Home Maintenance Inspections HVAC

The 5 Early Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

If there’s water all over the floor, well, that’s one sure-fire way to tell if your pipes are leaking. But here in Fairfax, Arlington or Northern Virginia area, plumbing is not just an all-or-nothing thing. Much like your body gives you small indications you’re getting sick, your pipes give off warning signs that all is not well!  Here are five signs that you may have a plumbing leak happening in your home!

Topics: plumbing maintenance Plumbing leaks Plumber Plumbing Leak

4 Hard Facts About Hard Water

Have you ever wondered what contaminants are in your home's waterSafe, healthy water is essential for life. You use it to cook, bathe, and even drink...so being sure it's filtered of all impurities is important. 

Topics: Plumbing Home Maintenance Hard water Facts Water water conditioning

The Recipe For Staying Cool This Summer!

Clicking through Pinterest lately for some new summer recipes? From fancy frozen popsicles, to fun drinks, there are a million options for things to enjoy while you cool off...but if you’re still feeling a little more of that summer heat than a fruit smoothie can cure, try F.H. Furr’s 4-Part recipe for keeping cool! With just a few “ingredients,” this recipe will enable you to experience your most comfortable summer yet. And the best part...it's easy! 

Step 1: Close the blinds and let down the curtains. It’s tempting to celebrate summer by letting in as much light as possible. Just about every magazine ad features a summery-looking beach home with the windows and doors flung wide open. Sadly, for those of us who want to keep the cooling bill down, this isn't our reality! As soon as the sun hits your home in the morning, the blinds and curtains should be closed. You probably already have these forms of “insulation” in place, so utilize what you’ve got. 
Step 2: Don’t cook. Yes, that’s right – you heard it from us. Step away from that stove. Turning on the oven or stove generates a significant amount of heat. Serve cold soups, salads and raw veggies and fruits. This keeps your home cooler, and who really wants a big heavy meal when it’s 100 degrees, anyway, If you really do need to heat something up, grab a cold drink and head out to the grill!

Step 3: Turn off the electronics. Turn off the TV and unplug the computer. These innocuous everyday electronics generate a lot of heat. Keep your home cool and your AC bill low by reducing – or eliminating – the amount of time they’re turned on. Plus, with all the electronics unplugged, you have more time for a good book, a chat with your neighbor, or playtime with the kids, all while maintaining social distancing, of course!

Step 4: Call F.H. Furr. If you just can’t seem to cool off, there may be hidden factors to blame. Poor insulation in the attic, drafts coming in around windows and doors, a broken cooling system, the list is endless. Spend less time worrying about it and let a pro inspect your home. We’ve been performing air conditioning maintenance and repair in the DC Metro, Northern Virginia, and Maryland area for over 35 years, so we know how to keep you cool!

Infographic: 4 Ways To Beat The Heat

Is there anything better on a blistering hot day than your home air conditioning? A/C is important not only for the comfort of you and your family but also for your home’s energy-efficiency. If you haven't yet, be sure your A/C is ready to beat the heat! Here are 4 tips to get you started! ☀️

Beat the heat-3

Topics: Air Quality Summer A/C Service Air Conditioning Home Maintenance

Infographic: Ting - The Electrical Fire Hazard Monitor

Ting: The Most Significant Fire Safety Innovation Since The Smoke Alarm! Most homeowner's don't realize that there could be serious electrical hazards lurking throughout their home! Ting works to monitor your electrical system frequencies to alert you of any issues!

 

Topics: Electrical Safety ting Home safety Fire Hazards electrical fires

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

gfci-outlet

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

Infographic: What To Do If Your Water Heater Starts Leaking!

Don't panic right away if your water heater starts to leak! A leaking water heater doesn't always mean it will be a costly repair. Call your local, friendly plumber to help get your leak fixed! 

Topics: Hot Water Heater Plumbing leaks Gas Hot Water Heater Electric Hot Water Heater

Research Asks: IS UV Light The Ultimate Disinfectant?

Disinfectant is in high demand these days. With people clamoring for hand sanitizers and aerosol sprays in grocery stores, one might be wondering; what is the ultimate form of disinfectant? 

Priorities have certainly changed over the past few weeks, and maintaining health, distance, and sterilization have risen to the top of everyone's list. Most are doing their part to stay home as much as possible, and many states are requiring residents to wear face masks while shopping for essentials. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most N95 face masks used by health care workers are designed for single-use, to be worn and then thrown out after they've been contaminated with germs throughout the day. But with a shortage of quality masks, many are left wondering how to keep their masks clean enough to reuse. 

6 Surprising Signs That You Need A Dehumidifier

As summer swiftly approaches, you’ll begin to notice that dreaded DC Metro Area humidity seeping into your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the ideal level of humidity in the home is 45%, but around here that level is nearly impossible to achieve as temperatures rise. When you ignore that excessive humidity and turn up your cooling to compensate, your utility bills will soar, and this is why so many homes are so expensive to keep cool during the summer months. A Whole-Home dehumidifier can help to create a more balanced environment while minimizing contaminants like mold and mildew, improving your indoor air quality in the process. 

Wondering how you can tell if your home is overly-humid? Here are 6 ways to spot a dire need for a dehumidifier in your home:

Topics: Air Quality Whole Home Dehumidifier Mold HVAC

A Plumber’s Guide To Summertime Plumbing Prep

When you look online these days, there are resources on every website for everything you can think of, and many of them say varying things. If you’re at home and looking for ways to ensure that your plumbing system can handle your family’s needs this spring and summer, why not look at it from a plumber’s perspective? 

We’ve asked several of our veteran plumbing specialists how they personally prepare their homes for the year? Take a look at these simple steps that you can take to maintain and prep your home’s plumbing system!

Topics: home Summer plumbing maintenance Plumbing

Infographic: Sump-Pump Battery Backup System

In Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC, the rain can be somewhat unpredictable.

How much, when, where...all unpredictable. If you're worried each time a dark cloud hovers overhead, check out this infographic.

Stay-At-Home Sweepstakes!

Want to binge-watch your favorite movies and shows during the quarantine? Enter our "Stay-At-Home Sweepstakes!" 

We know that you and your family have been doing your part to stay home and stay safe! That's why we’re providing the entertainment and giving away a 1 year subscription of your choice to: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+!

To enter the sweepstakes, you’ll need to LIKE, SHARE, and COMMENT one fun thing that you’ve done during your quarantine! 

Are Your Allergy Symptoms WORSE Inside Your House?

After several months of cool winter weather, spring is finally here, and most of us are doing our best to get outdoors and enjoy some of nature’s beauty. Yet, with social distancing in effect, we find ourselves in our homes far more than we’ve ever been. When those spring time allergies are at their worst, all you want to do is crawl into your bed, hoping for some relief! But many homeowners are noticing that their allergy symptoms don’t improve once they’re in their house, in fact, many are finding that their symptoms are actually worse inside! 

So if your home is where you’re supposed to feel the most comfortable, how do you get itchy, watery eyes, running nose and incessant sneezing to stop at your door? Here are 3 simple tips to improve your indoor air quality and help bring you relief from your warm-weather allergy symptoms, while also improving your health all year long. 

Topics: Spring Allergies home cleaning Allergies

Easy Energy Saving Tips

At F.H. Furr, we are always trying to help our customers to save energy, which then saves them money. Here's an infographic that everyone in the house can help with.

Here's A Quick Look At The 5 Fast & Easy Energy Saving Tips

  1. Turn off all lights when you leave a room.
  2. Unplug chargers when not in use.
  3. Always use a lid, if possible, when cooking
  4. Always use the standby switch on appliances.
  5. Make a laundry rack and air dry your clothes if possible.

Follow these tips, and let us know how much money you start saving.

Topics: Electrical Energy Saving Home savings

10-STEP COVID-19 TECHNICIAN  SAFETY PROTOCOL

As we continue to serve our customers through this time of uncertainty, we want to assure you that we are doing our part to create protocols and safety regulations to help halt the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Below are the ten steps that we have put in place for every F.H. Furr technician to follow. Each step is designed to protect our customers as we provide them with essential home comfort services. 

Can A Whole Home Air Cleaner Actually Improve Your Health?

During the Spring, maintaining your health isn’t easy! If you’re staying home to avoid germs and seasonal allergies, you should know that your indoor air quality can be just as dangerous as the air you breathe out in the world! 

Homeowners who truly want to breathe purified air inside their house need to seriously consider investing in a Whole Home Air Cleaner. While there are many steps you can take to increase the quality of your indoor air, an EnviroAire IAQ UV-C Whole Home In-Duct Air Purification System is the best option for thoroughly detoxed air! 

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Main Reasons Why Sewer Drains Clog!

 

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An Important Message About The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As our community continues to feel the increasing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel that it is important to let you know that our customers are at the core of everything we do.

Should Your Toilet Be Repaired Or Replaced?

You might not put a lot of thought into your toilet because as long as it flushes, what’s there to think about? According to the World Toilet Organization (yep...that's a real thing) the average person uses the toilet 8 times a day, making it a very important fixture in your home. If your toilet gets continuously clogged, runs constantly, or lacks flushing power, those 8 trips to the bathroom can be the most frustrating part of your day! So when it comes to issues with your toilet, should you repair it, or replace it? We've got some tips to help you decide!

Topics: High Efficiency Toilet Plumbing Toilet Repair toilet replacement

Keep Warm This Winter With A Gas Furnace!

Is there anything more comforting on a harsh cold day than your warm, cozy home? Heating is important not only for the comfort of you and your family but also for your home’s energy-efficiency and protection.

As a homeowner, you should have peace of mind knowing that your furnace is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Having a well maintained system also results in preventing costly furnace repair.

Topics: Household Tips furnace HVAC

Winter Survival Tips: Plumbing Edition

Winter is here, and in order to survive it without a major plumbing disaster, you’ll need this arsenal of winter plumbing tips!

Topics: home Plumbing Winterizing

Electrical Color Wire Meanings

Have you ever tried to upgrade a standard outlet to a USB outlet? Once you take the cover off, you're inundated with a million multi-color wires? Well, we've put together an infographic to help you!

Topics: Electrical Panel Wires Electricity Colors

The Height Of Home Comfort Maintenance!

Your home is likely the biggest investment of your life, so treat it as such, with the ultimate home comfort protection plan!

How F.H. Furr’s Preferred Partner Plan Protects Your Home

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How The Phaseout of R-22 Could Impact You

If you have an HVAC system, and most modern homes do, your heating and cooling might be running on a refrigerant known as R-22 freon. Why does this matter to you? Because in just a few months, the use of R-22 will continue phasing out in a big way! Here’s what you need to know about the end of this ozone-depleting substance that might be lurking in your home’s HVAC system! 

It all began in January of 2010, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a ban on the production and import of R-22, with the exception of servicing the needs of existing equipment. Why did they do this? Simply because R-22 is one of the most common emission gasses which destroy the ozone layer; the shield that protects the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Since R-22 is one of these harmful chemicals, the United States has committed to collaborating internationally to regulate, and phase out ozone-depleting substances, including R-22. 

Topics: Home safety freon