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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
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Save on Utilities with DIY Filter Swap

June 2, 2015 1:09 am

\One of the easiest ways to boost indoor air quality at home is to change the filter on your HVAC unit. Replacing the filter becomes even more important when your cooling unit is running consistently, according to the experts at FiltersUSA. An inefficient filter can produce greater stress on the blower motor and restrict airflow, increasing energy expenses and the possibility of a breakdown.



How can you tell when the filter must be replaced? A general rule of thumb is to replace the filter at times proportional to the frequency of use. Doing so will prevent the cooling coil from becoming clogged or freezing.



To change the filter, turn the air conditioner off, open the cabinet and pull out the old filter, noting the direction of the airflow arrow. Insert a new filter in the same direction of the arrow.



The type of filter you use will have different results. A denser filter media with a higher MERV rain will capture smaller particles; electronic air cleaners remove the smallest particles.

If you live in an apartment building with limited access to the HVAC unit, consider using an inexpensive portable room air cleaner, many of which are small enough to move from room to room and offer true HEPA filtration.



Source: FiltersUSA.com


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9 Tips for Cyber Space Safety

June 2, 2015 1:09 am

Though social networking has become a mainstay of society, many of us don’t think twice about digital safety when surfing, chatting and sharing. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, some thought must be given to ensuring that Internet-based activities remain safe and secure.

Whether posting pictures on Snapchat, posing questions on Ask.fm or using any of the thousands of other social apps and sites, we all love to share. Remember to:


Share with care. Sharing private photos or details online, even in emails, can cause problems later on. Even folks you consider friends can use the information you share online against you.

Be nice online.
Or at least treat people the way you want to be treated. If someone upsets you, try not to react; instead, use privacy tools to block them.

Be smart about pictures.
It is fun to share pictures, but you never know who might see them or how they might affect you in the future.

Avoid in-person meetings with people you don't know. It is not necessarily bad to interact with strangers online, but be careful with what information you share and very careful (by letting someone else know or having someone accompany you) before agreeing to meet someone you do not know.

Chat carefully.
If a game allows you to chat with other players, be careful about the information you disclose.

Know the apps. Make sure apps are only downloaded from reputable app stores and check their privacy disclosures and settings.

Be location savvy. Apps that share your location with friends and family can be great, but be sure only the right people can find out where you are.

Lock your phone. Make sure that you have a secret PIN (personal identification number), a password, fingerprint setting or other security measures in place so that only you can access your phone.

Know how to locate and wipe your phone. There are free tools (like Apple’s iCloud Find my Phone and Google’s Android Device Manager) that will help you find your device if it is turned on or wipe it clean if it becomes lost.



Source: National Cyber Security Alliance

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