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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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10 Ways to Winterize Your Home

November 12, 2015 12:54 am

Whether winter proves mild or brutal, colder temperatures can cause major damage to your property. To avoid potential repairs come springtime, take the time now to carry out these 10 winterization steps.

1. Insulate – Proper insulation is essential to keeping heat in and cold out of your home. Insulation tends to be lacking in attics and basements, so evaluate these areas and, if needed, retrofit with cost-effective, energy-efficient injection foam insulation.

2. Weatherize – Weatherization prevents ice dams from damaging your roof.  To do it effectively, be sure to have a qualified professional ventilate, insulate and seal the attic.

3. Test – Take the time to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors—these early-warning systems are crucial to your family and home’s safety. Replace batteries if needed.

4. Swap – Dirty, clogged air filters in your furnace can result in unnecessary wear-and-tear on the system. Before turning on your furnace for the season, swap in a new air filter to ensure functionality and efficiency all winter long.

5. Install – Homes with single-pane windows are susceptible to cold outdoor air. If your home has single-pane windows, installing storm windows can help block the cold, saving you the expense of unnecessarily heating your home.

6. Switch – If your home has ceiling fans, switch them to rotate clockwise to keep heat from rising to the ceiling during winter.

7. Clean – Gutters free of debris will ensure winter precipitation properly drains away from your home. Clean out your gutters when the last leaves have fallen.

8. Mow – Mow the lawn one last time before winter hits. Don’t forget to leave leaves on the grass—they provide vital nutrients.

9. Trim – Before winter storms strike, assess your property for dead trees, limbs or other plantings that may cause accidental damage. Be sure to trim back branches away from your home.

10. Drain – Water in your garden hose may freeze if left out in the cold, which could cause it and the home’s spigot and pipes to burst. Take time to drain your garden hose before storing.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

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Holiday Spending to Hit All-Time High

November 11, 2015 12:54 am

The most wonderful time of year is around the corner—and this year, Americans celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will spend more than ever on holiday decorations, food, gifts and more, according to a recent National Retail Federation (NRF) survey. The magic number this holiday season? $805.65, on average.

“Despite the challenges that still exist in our economy, it looks as if consumers are eager to celebrate the holidays with friends and family this year,” says NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “We expect consumers to tackle their holiday shopping lists with a healthy dose of optimism, tempered by a hint of caution as they look for ways to find the perfect, practical gift.”

Family members top the “nice” list this year, according to the survey, with holiday shoppers planning to spend an average of $462.95 on gifts for members of their families. Shoppers will also spend an average of $77.85 on gifts for friends, an average of $28.05 on gifts for babysitters, pets and others, and an average of $25.95 on gifts for co-workers.

The majority of holiday shoppers will space out their spending to accommodate their budgets, the survey finds, with many opting to shop before Halloween.

And if you’re struggling to find the perfect present, look no further than gift cards—again the most popular item on holiday wish lists, the survey reports.

Source: NRF

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