Keep Your Kids Safe Around Electricity

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Electricity can be dangerous, especially for kids. As soon as kids are mobile, you can start teaching them electrical safety. This will help ensure that they stay safe and don’t suffer because they don’t know how to act around electricity.

What’s the Danger?

Electricity can cause electrical shocks. These range from relatively minor and slightly uncomfortable to strong enough to cause injury and even death.

Modern electrical safety standards help reduce the risk of electrical shock significantly. However, because kids are curious and often don’t know much about electricity, they are more likely to get injured.

What To Teach Your Kids About Electricity

There are a few easy things that you can teach your kids about electricity. Once they know these, they should be safer at home.

  • Electricity and water don’t mix. If kids are wet, they should stay away from electrical switches and appliances, and they shouldn’t plug anything in. Install GFCI outlets near water for increased safety.
  • Keep kids away from electrical outlets. When they are small, cover the outlets so they cannot put anything in them. As they get older, teach them that only plugs go in outlets.
  • Teach kids about plugs. Younger children should be taught to leave them alone. Older children should be taught to only unplug them by pulling on the plug (not the cord).

If you need help making your home safer for your children, contact us at Larry & Sons. We’ll help you find the safe electrical solutions you need to keep your family out of harm’s way. When you need help with any electrical services in Hagerstown, MD or the surrounding areas call us at Larry & Sons, to speak with an expert electrician today!

What Type of Furnace Filter Do I Need?

Not sure what type of furnace filter to buy? Here’s a handy guide to help you out!

Here’s what you should be looking at:

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  • Filter size. Close enough is not good enough. Look at your existing filter, measure the filter space, or look on the stickers outside your filter to find the measurements you need.
  • Filter thickness. Most filters are between one and five inches thick. While thicker filters generally offer more filtration, some furnaces may not be compatible with them. If you have compatibility questions, give us a call and we’ll help you get the answers you need.
  • Filter pleating. The more pleats, or folds, that a filter has, the more surface area there is available for catching air contaminants and the better chance there is that even the smallest contaminants will get caught.
  • Filter rating. Every furnace filter you buy should have a MERV rating printed on the packaging. This tells you how well the filter will remove particles and contaminants. In general, higher MERV ratings mean cleaner air. Most households want filters with a MERV rating of at least 10, though people with allergies and asthma may want to go higher. Make sure your furnace is designed for the more efficient filters, though, or you can overwork the system!

As always, feel free to reach out to us at Larry & Sons if you need help choosing a furnace filter. We’ll make sure you get one that will keep your air clean and your HVAC system running well.

How to Find a Water Leak

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Water leaks are more common than you might think. In fact, a lot of homes have leaks that you will never find unless you go looking for them. Here are some ways to make sure that you find your leaks early so you can get them fixed before you spend a lot of extra money on water bills or your home sustains water damage.

Check Your Water Bill

Is your water bill going up even though you’re using the same amount of water you always have? Then you might have a slow leak. Even tiny leaks can use a significant amount of water over the course of a year and that will show up on your bill.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Meter

Turn off the main water valve in your house or choose a time when you won’t use any water. Look at your water meter and note the numbers you see. Wait an hour – without using any water – and check the meter again. If the numbers have changed, then there’s a leak somewhere in your home.

Watch and Listen for Clues

There are a few common signs that you have a water leak. These include:

  • Dripping or running water sounds when all is turned off
  • Wet or overgrown patches in your yard
  • Musty smells or persistent mold/mildew growth

If you think you might have a water leak but you’re not sure where it is, contact us at Larry & Sons today. We can send out an experienced plumber to find your leak and fix it fast so you won’t waste any more water.

When Should I Clean My Ducts?

tech performing air duct cleaningAt Larry & Sons, we are always happy to answer any and all of your questions about your home. Lately, we’ve had quite a few of you ask us about air duct cleaning and, specifically, how often to clean air ducts. Here’s what you need to know.

How Often Should I Clean My Ducts?

Most professionals recommend cleaning your air ducts once a year. This is a good rule of thumb, but it’s not true in all cases. We recommend air duct cleaning in the following situations, regardless of when your last duct cleaning took place.

  • You live near a construction zone or you’ve just finished a remodeling project. Construction produces all sorts of dust and debris that can end up in your ductwork.
  • You or someone in your family struggles with asthma or allergies inside your home. You may want to talk to your doctor first, but duct cleaning could help them breathe better.
  • You can see visible dust and debris through your vent or air intake registers. There’s always more than what you can see from outside the system.
  • You’ve found mold or mildew in your HVAC system. If it’s anywhere in the system, it is also in your ducts because all of the air in your home flows through those.

If you have questions about duct cleaning or it’s time to schedule the service, contact us at Larry & Sons today. We’ll send out a skilled HVAC professional to clean your ducts and treat them so they stay clean as long as possible.