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

Steven Cox

Steven Cox

Recent Posts by Steven Cox:

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.

Which Surge Protection Is Right For Your Home?

There is a 99.9% chance your home will have a power surge of some sort...whether it's from the electrical grid, or an upcoming storm....are you PREPARED?

Topics: Electrical Electrician Surge Protection

Top 3 Useful Electrical Upgrades To Help With Wattage Issues

With technology on the rise, your home's electrical system may not be putting out enough wattage to handle the growth or enough electrical outlets for all of your electronic devices.

Topics: Electrical Electrical Panel Upgrade Electrical Outlets

4 Indoor Electrical Safety Tips

 At F.H. Furr, safety is our number 1 priority. Which is why when we do an Electrical Maintenance Inspection, we also conduct a safety inspection. According to ESFI, home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Well here's at least 4 electrical safety tips you can use immediately.

Topics: tips Electrical Electrical Facts Electrical Safety

5 Curious Facts About Electricity

Are you the curious type? Do you constantly think about which country uses the most electricty in the world per person? If so, then we have the infographic for you! And, it's all about electricity!

Topics: Electrical Electrical Facts

Save Money with an Industrial Electrician


Commercial and industrial properties in Maryland and Northern VA rely on efficient and functional electrical systems for a variety of everyday needs, from simple lighting and computer access to manufacturing and safety equipment operation. An industrial electrician offers specialized electrical services that include electrical system and fixture wiring, repair, analysis, and replacement in a commercial or industrial setting. Because industrial buildings and their needs can differ greatly from residential homes, trusting your business’ electrical needs to an industrial electrician serving Arlington, VA, is the very best way to save time and money.

Topics: Electrical

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

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

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