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

Amy L.

Recent Posts by Amy L.:

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

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

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

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

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. 

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! 

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. 

Do You Need An Electrical Hazard Detection Test?

Did you know that tens of thousands of home electrical fires occur every year...

These fires account for hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damages. Thankfully this can be avoided with an Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) test! When people think of electrical dangers, they envision outlets sparking, or lights flickering, but most homeowner's don't realize that there could be serious electrical hazards lurking BEHIND the walls of their home. With the EHD test, you can finally monitor your home's electrical system thoroughly. 
 
Topics: Electrical Safety EHD Electrical Hazard Detection Test

What IS A Preferred Partner Plan?

What's different about F.H. Furr's service plans...

If you give any home services company a call and ask them about a service plan, they’ll give you a lowdown of the plan that they’ve put in place for their customers. Sometimes it includes quicker service, or deals on parts, it can include warranties or guarantees, and it almost always include some type of too-good-to-be-true selling point. So when you call F.H. Furr and ask them about their service plans, what will you hear? What is their Preferred Partner Plan? To put it simply, it’s peace of mind, it’s coverage when you need it, it’s Northern Virginia’s most trusted home service company having your back!

Topics: Preferred Partner Plans Service Plan HVAC System