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

Amy L.

Recent Posts by Amy L.:

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

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