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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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What to Look for in a Home Maintenance Pro

June 29, 2015 2:15 am

Cutting maintenance costs is a priority for many homeowners, but the search for an affordable professional may lead to disreputable websites that offer services at a discounted rate, warns the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). While the savings may seem attractive, it is important to be able to differentiate between the deals that are too good to pass up and deals that are just too good to be true.

Before hiring an HVAC professional, for instance, ask for credentials. A good indicator of a trustworthy professional is the NADCA certification, which sets performance standards when assessing new and existing systems, evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of system components, guiding the restoration of systems and preventing job-related hazards.

Another good indicator is if the company is licensed and insured. Be sure to ask for this information before signing any contract, as well as a system inspection prior to hire. A reputable HVAC professional will gladly complete this task.

Lastly, evaluate the numbers. The EPA estimates duct cleaning services range from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, so avoid advertisements for “whole house specials” under $100, NADCA says.

Source: NADCA

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Not a Beach Bum? Visit One of These Coastal Gems

June 26, 2015 2:09 am

Many beachgoers consider lounging with their toes in the sand a day well spent, but for others, spending hours idling on the beach can be a drag. If you're in the "can't wait to get off your towel and do something" camp, there are several beaches worldwide that offer more than just sand, seashells and sunshine, say the experts at Cheapflights.com. Here are their five top picks.

1. El Castillo, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Even if you aren't a huge beach fan, it's tough not to appreciate the postcard-perfect combo of white sand and turquoise water set against cliffs that you get at El Castillo in Tulum. But there’s much more to do here than sit on sand. This beach is directly below the Mayan ruins of Tulum, meaning you can combine some cultural exploration with a bit of beach hopping. El Castillo is the largest structure among the Mayan site and can be seen directly from the beach.

2. Long Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Long Beach, as the name would suggest, is long. This stretch of sand located in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve between Tofino and Ucluelet clocks in at just over 4 miles. Options include surfing (or learning how to surf), kayaking and jogging.

3. Kite Beach, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

If your speed of beach-going leans more toward, well, speed, then this is the beach for you. Cabarete is a small village in the northern part of the Dominican Republic that's within walking distance to Kite Beach, an aptly named mecca for kiteboarders. Kite Beach gets constant trade winds and warm waters, which is why it's so popular among kiteboarders. If you're interested in trying the sport, there are several local businesses that offer lessons and rent equipment.

4. Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Known as one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica, Playa Grande in the Guanacaste region attracts surfers from around the world. The breaks at Playa Grande are moderate and constant, meaning it's a suitable surf spot for both experienced and new surfers. And, if you're in the area between October and May, you might be lucky enough to spot a leatherback turtles coming ashore.

5. Maho Beach, St. Martin

If you like watching planes coming in for a landing, then Maho Beach was made for you. The popular stretch of sand in St. Martin is located at the western end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport and it's known around the world for the ultra-close encounters with planes you can have there. How close? Close enough to reach out and touch a wheel!

Source: Cheapflights.com

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