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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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How to Winterize Your Way to an Energy-Efficient Home

December 3, 2015 1:33 am

(BPT)—Cooler temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing: winter is on its way. Winterizing your home can help you save money on heating costs throughout the season, and on utilities come springtime and beyond. Start by:

1. Looking for simple, affordable fixes – There are some simple, inexpensive measures that homeowners can do to ensure their homes remain energy efficient, warm and comfortable. For less than $100, weather-stripping for windows, a door sweep strip and some caulking can help fill any air leaks to limit energy loss. Replacing the furnace's air filter every three months can also help create a more comfortable environment; a clogged filter can reduce the unit's overall efficiency and lifespan.

2. Setting the temperature – Investing in a programmable thermostat allows homeowners to monitor the indoor temperature of their home remotely via a smart phone or online. By keeping the temperature low when no one is home and programming the thermostat to increase the temperature when everyone is home, annual heating costs can be reduced anywhere between 5 and 15 percent, according to the U.S Department of Energy (DOE). The same principle can be applied during summer months to help save on cooling costs.

3. Preventing ice damming – Major damage can result from ice damming, so it's never too early to start thinking about a long-term solution. Ice damming occurs when warm, indoor air escaping through the roof melts snow on the shingles. The water then refreezes as it runs off the roof, creating a barrier of ice at the edge. Spray foam insulation is a modern solution that both insulates and seals to help stop ice damming. Installed by licensed professionals, spray foam insulation works well in all climates and fills in gaps and cracks to help stop air leakage as well as ice dams formation.

Source: Icynene

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Gifting a Toy This Year? 6 Safety Tips

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Over 1.5 billion toys and games sold in the United States are purchased during the holidays—but many, unfortunately, present safety hazards to children. If you’re planning to gift a toy or game to a child this season, keep in mind the guidelines recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Magnets, for instance, can be dangerous to children, especially high-powered magnet sets with small magnets. Though magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard, building and play sets should be kept away from children.

Deflated balloons and balloon strings can also be hazardous. The CPSC advises keeping balloons away from children younger than eight years old, and discarding torn balloons immediately.

In addition, riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates can lead to accidents. Helmets and other safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. Children should avoid riding scooters on streets or roadways.

For toys that require batteries, charging should always be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children if left unattended. Heed instructions and warnings on battery chargers—some lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging. 

Keep in mind that toys designed for older children should never be given to those younger than the product’s recommended age.
 
Lastly, avoid gifting toy sets with small parts to children three years of age and younger—they present choking hazards and can lead to serious injury.

Source: CPSC

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