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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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Brace Your Home for Frigid Weather

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

With record lows reported across the country, it’s no surprise that families will be staying indoors this winter. If you’re a homeowner, the best way to brace your home before the next wave of freezing temperatures is to control the humidity inside.

When relative humidity (RH) drops at home, moisture is pulled from anywhere it can be sourced – including people. This can cause uncomfortable issues such as dry skin and static shocks. A lack of humidity can also wreak havoc at home, causing failure of electronics, cracking of wood floors or damage of furniture. To avoid these dry air effects, add humidity back into your home with a humidifier.

Despite the initial cost, humidifiers can lower heating bills. Humidifying your home while the furnace is on creates a more comfortable atmosphere at a lower temperature. According to Energy.gov, turning down a thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours can reduce heating costs by up to 15 percent each year. In short, keeping your thermostat down and your humidifier on can add up to big savings.

Many homeowners have benefitted from a whole house-humidification system, which adds moisture to every room using the duct system of the furnace. Installed by an HVAC contractor, these automated systems continually monitor humidity levels to adjust moisture output based on factors such as indoor and outdoor temperature. The best part? These automated systems continually monitor humidity levels, so there will be no condensation on windows or walls.

Source: Aprilaire

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Five Tips for Weight Loss Goals

January 6, 2015 1:12 am

Is weight loss at the top of your New Year’s resolution list? Beat the odds with these tips from the Calorie Control Council.

1. Be realistic. Losing ten pounds in two weeks is probably not going to happen. Most people don’t gain weight overnight – the same applies for losing it. Set a realistic goal of losing 1-2 pounds per week.

2. Pare down goals. Set intermittent goals to stay motivated. Instead of mapping out a plan for weight loss for the entire year, select a target weight to be attained by June.

3. Make substitutions.
Cutting 150 calories a day over the course of a year can result in a five to ten pound loss. Opt for lower calorie meals at restaurants and replace sugar with low calorie sweeteners at home.

4. Change your lifestyle. Swearing off carbs and desserts may be doable for a month or so, but it’s probably not something most people can stick with long term. Make changes that you can live with to maintain your weight loss moving forward.

5. Stay active. Hitting the gym or hiring a personal trainer are great, but come at a cost. Sneak in physical activity by parking farther away from the store, walking children to a play date and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Source: Calorie Control Council

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