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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!
 

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

When Storms Come: 6 Questions To Ask About A Whole Home Generator


Hurricanes are making their way across the country, wreaking havoc and leaving many with no power. With all of this in the news, homeowners are considering how their homes might handle hurricane weather.

Topics: Home Generators Standby Generators Electrical

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: 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

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

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

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!

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