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Thanks for joining Woodfin at the 38th Annual Richmond Home and Garden Show!




Thank you for joining us at the 38th Annual Richmond Home and Garden Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex on Friday, 2/28/14 - Sunday 3/2/14! Woodfin was proud to sponsor this event, and proud to work with the folks at Royal Productions. We want to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work! We look forward to working with you all again.  For all our Woodfin VIP customers, we hope you found it easy to claim your free admission.  Thanks for all your loyalty to us, and thanks for helping us keep our outstanding reputation as the best...
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Woodfin is Proud to Locally Sponsor the Olympics!




For the third Olympic season in a row, Woodfin is proud to partner with NBC 12  as a major local sponsor here in Richmond! We take pride in supporting Team USA in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.  We expect an excellent 17 days from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi! GO TEAM USA!!! Special “Olympic” Savings!   As part of our partnership with NBC 12 this year, Woodfin is also excited to roll out an offer we’ve reserved specially for the Olympics!  Between the opening ceremonies on Friday February 7th and the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday February 23rd, we’re offering big savings...
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Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes




Recently, temperatures in Richmond fell as low as 9 degrees, and we’re due for another stretch of below-freezing nights soon. While temperatures in Virginia may not typically be as frigid as those in the Northeast, any time the temperature drops below 32 degrees, your home’s pipes are in danger of freezing. Being prepared for this risk can not only save you from needing new pipes, but can also prevent your home from sustaining costly water damage. Here are some tips to keep your pipes from freezing: -Shut off and drain pipes that aren’t used in the winter. Make sure to...
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From Our Truck to Your Doorstep – Automatic Heating Oil Delivery




Do you feel like you need more hours in the day? The stress of everyday life can take its toll on anyone. That’s why we never want you to worry about your heating oil supply again! We offer automatic delivery so you won’t run out of heating oil. Just sign up for Woodfin’s Watchdog Automatic Delivery Service and get worry-free delivery of your heating oil all season long! We use degree-day monitoring to determine when your heating oil supply is low and will deliver before your comfort is jeopardized. If people move in or out of your home, or if...
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What is a Polar Vortex?




A polar vortex is hitting Richmond right now, bringing with it sub-zero wind chills and dangerously cold conditions. Just walk outside and you can tell....these temperatures are much colder than our normal January winter's here in Richmond! What exactly is a polar vortex, and why does it bring such crazy cold temperatures? A polar vortex is a determined, large cyclone located near either the North or South Pole, and contained in the middle/upper troposphere and the stratosphere. Polar Vortex's can span over 1000 miles. Within the diameter of a polar vortex in the Northern Hemisphere, the wind circulates counter clockwise....
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Propane – Dependable, Reliable and Safe




Propane is one of the most versatile fuels available on the market today! It can heat your home and be used in tankless water heaters, generators, stoves, pool heaters, and much more! Versatility, however, is just the tip of the benefits iceberg when it comes to propane. Some of propane’s other strengths include: -Dependability: Propane is stored in a tank on your property and can be used even during power outages. -Safety: The National Fire Protection Agency has developed strict regulations to make propane safe for your home. Under normal circumstances, a propane tank will not explode or rupture, and...
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Attic Insulation Tips




Home energy conservation is a great way to save this heating season, but where should you start? We can offer you hundreds of different energy saving tips, but one place that you can save the most is in your attic. An under-insulated attic provides an easy escape for air and can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted fuel each winter! Here are six tips to ensure you aren’t leaking money out of your attic: Air-seal your attic before you insulate. Install attic vents to control moisture and keep the attic cooler in the hotter months. Don’t over-pack insulation as...
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Save This Heating Season With a Programmable Thermostat




Programmable thermostats are among the least expensive and simplest ways to conserve energy in your home this heating season. Setting your thermostat to lower temperatures while you are at work or away on vacation will ensure you don’t waste money warming an empty house. Here are some tips from Energy Star that can maximize your savings using a programmable thermostat:  -Choose the right model – Programmable thermostats come with different programming capacities. A 5 +2 day thermostat will allow you to set the temperature at one level for the entire work week while having different settings over the weekend. A...
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Have A Safe and Healthy Heating Season




During this year’s heating and holiday season, you’ll want to relax knowing your whole family is safe. Having the proper amount of functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can take one concern off your list. Cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner, using your fireplace on a cold night, and decorating your house with Christmas lights all increase the risk of a home fire. A functioning smoke detector could alert you of a fire and allow your family to get out of your house before anyone is harmed. The average smoke detector, however, only has a reliable life span of seven years! Make...
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Get The New Woodfin Whole Home Comfort Protection Plan Today!




What is the phone number of your “heating/cooling guy”? How about your electrician or plumber? Woodfin’s new “Whole Home Comfort Protection Plan” has simplified home equipment service plans so now you only need to remember one number – ours! For years, customers throughout Richmond have asked us about an “all-encompassing plan” that covers all of the main components of their home. We listened, asked our customers all sorts of questions, and carefully crafted a “Whole Home Comfort Protection Plan” that we are confident will deliver fantastic value and year-long peace of mind! Here’s how it works: Woodfin’s “Whole Home Comfort...
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Woodfin Now Offers Full Service Propane Installation and Delivery




Woodfin has just launched a new full service propane division to service your propane installation and propane delivery needs! Woodfin’s reliability and expertise are now at your service for propane. Woodfin Propane offers you automatic delivery and budget plans, trained and certified technicians, and the most reliable brands for your propane equipment. Woodfin chose to offer propane because of its many benefits to you and your family. One major advantage is that heating your home with propane costs far less than heating it with electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates the savings can be as much as 25...
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Cold Weather Conservation Tips




The impending seasonal change from summer to fall means that leaves will start to change color, a new TV season will be starting and Halloween is right around the corner. This change also means the temperature will begin to drop and you will need to turning up your home’s heat. Here are Woodfin’s cold weather energy-conservation tips to keep your energy bills as low as possible: Schedule a heating system tune-up: Your heating bills will be at their lowest when your heating system is working at peak efficiency. Contact Woodfin to sign up for a Comfort Protection Plan that will...
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Did You Get Your Generator for Hurricane Season Yet?




In August of 2011, Hurricane Irene hit the east coast and left many homes without power. Hurricane Sandy further devastated Virginia in October 2012 and left thousands of residents in the dark. Before we get into the heart of this year’s hurricane season, get a generator to keep your family safe and comfortable when the next big storm hits! While hurricane season has been quiet early on, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center predicts a 70 percent chance of an “above-normal” hurricane season in the Atlantic. It expects 13-to-19 named storms, six-to-nine hurricanes and three-to-five major hurricanes.*...
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Avoid Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion!




A heat wave has hit Richmond (and most of the East Coast) this week, with brutally hot temperatures. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s here in Richmond, with evening temperatures in the in the 80s. Click here for the latest forecast from the meteorologists at WRIC. While heat can certainly impact everyone, those most likely to be at risk are older folks, young children, the less fortunate and those with any sort of pre-existing medical conditions. People who work outdoors such as construction workers, laborers, athletes, etc. should also be very careful. HOW TO STAY COOL AND...
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Maximize Home Comfort with a Variable Speed Unit




Does your home suffer from uncomfortable temperature swings? Clammy conditions? Are you constantly experiencing inconsistent heating and air conditioning throughout various rooms in your home? If your answers are yes, it may be time to start thinking about a heating and/or air conditioning system with a variable speed unit. A variable speed unit, also known as an ECM blower or variable speed blower, will keep your Richmond home or business consistently warm in the winter and constantly cool in the summer. The way it’s supposed to be! Variable speed units automatically adjust a heating or air conditioning system’s airflow. Rather...
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Look Out For Plumbing Leaks




If you’re not careful, plumbing leaks could be your home’s worst nightmare. Leaks can cause major damage and can even create hazardous situations for you and your family. Luckily, no plumbing job is too big or too small for Woodfin’s expert plumbers. If you suspect a leak in your home, don’t wait to have it treated. Trust Woodfin with your minor problems before they can become major headaches and major repair costs. Be on the lookout for leaks: Keeping an eye out for possible leaks is the first step in lowering costly repairs and minimizing damage to your home. The...
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Woodfin Keeps You Safe and Secure All Year Round




Woodfin wants to ensure your peace of mind when it comes to your safety this summer and all year round. Our All Secure Watchdog Security services have been keeping local Richmond area homeowners and business-owners safe and secure for years. All Secure Security is your complete home and/or business safety solution that provides 24-hour monitoring. If you’re not protected by All Secure, now is the perfect time to be. Why? A security system is the most efficient way to safeguard your Virginia home! It keeps you updated on the happenings in and around your house when you’re not there such...
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What is a Derecho? How prepared are you for extreme weather?




A derecho is predicted to hit the Richmond region today.  So: what does this mean exactly?  A derecho is defined as a widespread, long lived straight line wind storm that is associated with a fast moving band of severe thunderstorms. A warm winter phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in the summer, especially during June and July in the Northern Hemisphere...and particularly in areas with moderately strong instability.  If things get crazy...are you prepared? We have a couple obvious but not always followed suggestions, that might make a huge difference in how easily and quickly you address an emergency situation: Pay attention to the...
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Summer Backyard Additions




Every year, homeowners like you look for ways to improve outdoor spaces in order to have more fun in the sun with a more inviting atmosphere. Woodfin has two simple solutions that will not only beautify your home, but also help conserve water, maximize convenience and make your home safer. Outdoor Lighting. Shine light to your beautiful home and landscapes. Not only does outdoor lighting look great, but it keeps you safe too! Motion-activated lighting from All Secure, a part of Woodfin’s Electrical department, is one of the best ways to safeguard a home. Motion-activated lighting can scare off burglars...
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Summertime Plumbing Maintenance Tips




At Woodfin, we are always looking for ways to ensure your home comfort. Summertime is for relaxing and we want nothing more than for our customers to enjoy their time off without facing a plumbing problem. Before the sunnier days arrive, there are a few precautionary steps you can take to have fun in the sun without facing a meltdown. These steps not only avoid headaches later, but also save money, which can be put toward vacations. In the summer, water usage is particularly high. An average family’s water usage is typically increased by 25 to 50 percent. The more...
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Lower Energy Usage, Bills and the Temperature Inside Your Home this Summer




With the high temperatures coming just around the corner, please enjoy these tips that will help you stay cool while conserving both energy and money this summer. When preparing for the warmer weather, the first thing that may come to mind is your air conditioning system. While an AC system might help with high temperatures, it definitely doesn’t help with high electricity costs. Your air conditioner is responsible for 70 percent of utility bills. This summer, stay comfortable indoors and save money with these conservation tips: Air Conditioning Conservation Tips: Maintain your air conditioning filter. Changing or cleaning your filter...
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Prepare for Summer with a Cooling Tune-Up from Woodfin




It's time to dust off the dirt and cobwebs on your air conditioners and prepare for warmer weather! When it comes to ensuring a cool and comfortable summer this year without interruption, Woodfin is the only name you need to know. We are currently offering a Home Team Spring Special on our 15-Point Precision Cooling Tune-Up & System Evaluation to protect all of our Central Virginia residents from the heat and humidity of a Virginia summer. The build up of dirt on an indoor coil dramatically reduces air conditioner efficiency. Just .01 of an inch is enough to decrease results...
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Aaaachooo! It’s Time for IAQ!




You're sneezing. You're wheezing. Your eyes are itchy and your nose is running. It must be allergy season! Fortunately, you don't have to live with the discomfort of spring allergies, thanks to Woodfin's highly effective indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions. The air you breathe may not be as clean as you think Tightly sealed and insulated homes are great at keeping the warmth inside during the winter ... but that also means that some pretty nasty things are trapped indoors, too - like dust, odors, chemical fumes, pet dander, irritants, microscopic insects, mold, mildew, viruses, and more. And, every time...
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Thank You for Voting for Coach Shaka Smart and Friends Association for Children




The results are finally in for the 2013 Infiniti Coaches' Challenge, and even though VCU Coach Shaka Smart did not win $100,000 in support of Friends Association for Children, all of our valued customers are big winners for taking the time to vote for this worthy cause! You have shown that inspiration is truly contagious! You'll be happy to know that the good folks at Infiniti donated $5,000 to Friends Association for Children, a non-profit child and family agency that has served the Central Virginia community for over 140 years. We encourage you to visit the Friends Association website and...
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Vote for Coach Smart and the Future of Richmond’s Children




VCU Coach Shaka Smart has made it to the Final 4 again — this time in the ESPN Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. Please visit www.espn.com/infiniti to vote for Shaka Smart's Friends Association for Children — a non-profit child and family agency that has served the Central Virginia community for over 140 years. Help Coach Smart to win $100,000.00 for the Friends Association — click on the link below and vote every day ... then spread the inspiration by sharing with friends. The winner will be announced on March 11, so vote now! Click here to view the Woodfin video featuring...
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Woodfin Helps 3 Richmond Area Families Enjoy “a Warmer Winter”




Once again this year, Woodfin, the Better Housing Coalition, and WTVR CBS-6 teamed up to help a needy family in the Richmond area enjoy a warm winter with a new furnace supplied and installed by Woodfin. Except this year, we had a nice surprise. Instead of awarding one deserving family, we awarded three: the Roots family, the Brown family and the Francis family. They all learned the good news during a live CBS-6 news segment with Woodfin president Justin Andress and WTVR chief meteorologist Zach Daniel. View the video.   Last winter, Woodfin team members and our good friends at...
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Happy New Year!




So many new things are happening here at Woodfin - beginning with our logo. It's more modern ... and that reflects other innovations taking place. Our website has undergone a facelift. It features a new-easy-to-navigate design, new content and our new "My Account" portal - coming soon. With "My Account," you'll be able to view your account history in real time, make payments online, request fuel deliveries and service calls, and more. Do you have a smartphone or other mobile device? You'll really appreciate our new mobile website. (You may even be looking at it right now!) It's got all...
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What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us




Little over a week ago, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc from the Carolinas to New England, leaving millions without power.It certainly drove home the point we at Woodfin have been emphasizing for years: It's time to get an emergency backup generator. When your neighbors are suffering in the dark, with no heat or hot water, no TV or Internet, rotting food in the fridge and dirty clothes piling up in the hampers, you'll have all the comforts of home because you have a generator.Safely fueled by propane or natural gas, a backup generator automatically starts itself when the outage begins and...
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No Tricks … Just Treats, When You Sign up for Our Budget Payment Plan




Boo!If you are frightened at the thought of those volatile energy prices playing tricks on your family's budget, be spooked no longer! We have a great way to make heating costs more manageable this heating season: Woodfin's budget payment plan.This convenient program takes your yearly energy cost and divides it into 12 equal monthly payments — no surprise bills in the mail. We estimate your monthly budget payment based on the previous year's fuel usage. If your actual fuel costs turn out to be a little higher or lower than estimated, we'll make adjustments along the way.You may even include...
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Elect to Manage Your Energy Costs




No matter which presidential candidate may get elected, there's something all Woodfin customers can vote for - and that's lower energy costs when they take advantage of Woodfin's full service capabilities: Our expert heating and cooling upgrades could lower your energy bills by up to 30% or more. Our comprehensive Comfort Protection Plans shield you from potentially expensive out-of-pocket repair costs. Our All Secure Watchdog Security division provides peace of mind to thousands of Richmond area residents. Our professional plumbing services mean you won't have to hire a plumber you don't know, who may charge you an arm and a...
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It’s Time for an Emergency Generator




It's hurricane season in our corner of the world, and you know what that means ... it's time to get an emergency backup generator!When your neighbors are suffering in the dark, with no heat, no TV, and rotting food in the fridge, you'll have all the comforts of home ... because you have a generator from Woodfin!Fueled by propane or natural gas, a backup generator automatically starts itself when the outage begins and provides emergency power until main power is restored, then it shuts off.We offer generators in a variety of capacities, depending on the types of appliances you wish...
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Test Your Heating System before You Need It




You probably don't want to think about it, but the cold weather will be here in a matter of weeks. You might be gearing up for this eventuality by putting away the flip-flops or purchasing a new winter coat. But have you thought about testing your heating system before the heating season begins? Testing your heating system to make sure it's working the way it should is easy ... and it only takes a few minutes - so why not try it now! After all, the middle of winter is no time to discover you have an old clunker on...
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Summer Is a Great Time for a Heating System Tune-up




Regular tune-ups keep your boiler or furnace running at peak efficiency, cut annual fuel bills by up to 10% and help prevent inconvenient breakdowns.When is the best time to call for an annual tune-up? Believe it or not, the best time to get a tune-up is not in the fall, as most people think, but during the summer ... in other words, right now. When you arrange for your tune-up now, not only will you be able to get a convenient appointment; if a problem is found, you won't run the risk of having to go without heat while your...
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Did YOU Lose Power During June’s Terrible Storms?




It's Time for that Generator NOW! In late June, 192,000 people in Greater Richmond lost power during severe rainstorms, and several days passed before electricity was completely restored. Last summer, 374,000 homes in the Richmond area were without power due to Hurricane Irene. Do you want to spend even one more hour without lights, air conditioning and fresh food in the fridge? We don't think so! Do what your neighbors are doing - and call Woodfin NOW for a backup generator. We'll visit your home for a free consultation - there's nothing to lose ... except your power if you...
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Celebrate Your Energy Independence with Bioheat




This July 4th, we’ll be seeing a lot of red, white and blue, as we celebrate our nation’s independence. All year long, however, we can celebrate our energy independence, by going green with Bioheat® – the next big thing in home heating!  This exciting new Oilheat innovation is biodegradable, renewable and is a combination of heating oil and soybean oil, which makes it “green”! Bioheat is not only good for your heating system, the environment, and America, but Virginia, too! Heating your home with Bioheat yields many benefits: • Domestically grown, it supports American agriculture and limits the     ...
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At Woodfin, the Learning Never Ends




The kids are on vacation from school - whether we adults like it or not! Here at Woodfin, however, we're always learning new ways to improve your comfort - so we can serve you better! Members of our staff take refresher courses in the newest service and installation techniques ... attend burner school to stay up-to-date with the latest combustion technology ... and attend seminars given by the manufacturers of the equipment we sell and install. In addition, our technicians attend training sessions sponsored by state and national associations. We have our own on-site training room, so our technicians are never...
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10 Warm Weather Conservation Tips




We love Virginia, but we have to admit we're not crazy about the sticky summer weather. The average relative humidity on a June morning in Richmond is 83%. "Bring on the air conditioning," you say. But with electricity prices so high, it doesn't do your wallet any good to keep the A/C running all the time. So, we thought we'd offer 10 tips to help you save energy this summer. Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to block out the sun. Install an attic fan - it can cool your attic by nearly 30 degrees! Plant shade...
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This Mother’s Day, Consider a Medic Alert System from All Secure Watchdog Security




Your mom cared for you when you were sick - this Mother's Day, May 13, you can do something nice for her, too - help her stay active, independent and well protected with a medical alert system from Woodfin's All Secure Watchdog Security division. Whether Mom is a senior living alone or a has medical or physical challenges, a medical alert system will give both of you the peace of mind knowing that help is available with the touch of a button. A medical alert system offers these benefits:     Automatic medication reminders     Smoke, gas and flood detection   ...
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Woodfin Announces “A Warmer Winter” Winner




We are pleased to announce the winner of Woodfin's "A Warmer Winter" ... Beth Pritchett and family, from Quinton, Virginia. Woodfin recently teamed up with WTVR CBS-6 to help a needy family in the Richmond area enjoy a warmer winter with a new furnace supplied and installed by Woodfin. Promos for "A Warmer Winter" ran throughout December and January during weather segments with CBS-6's Zach Daniel, Carrie Rose and Mike Stone. We asked for nominations through this website, and the winner was announced during WTVR's January 18th newscast. Thank you for your nominations - and for helping the Pritchett family...
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