Heating and Cooling
Keep your air conditioner and furnace running efficiently with these DIY repairs and routine maintenance projects.
How to Properly Vent a Dryer
A heat diverter attached to an electric dryer captures waste heat, but can also create moisture and air-quality problems. Get better results by managing the loads and keeping dryer lint under control.
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Home Repair: How to Flatten Basement Air Ducts to Gain Space
Install wider, flatter heating and cooling ducts (you can have them custom made) to increase headroom in your basement, especially when finishing the ceiling.
Furnace Humidifier not Working? Replace it
If the humidifier on your furnace is not working, you can easily fix or replace it yourself. Simply follow our step-by-step photos and instructions.
Round Ductwork Installation Tips
Round metal ductwork is versatile, long-lasting and easy to work with. Learn the best methods for cutting and installing it from a master tin bender.
Cleaning Air Conditioners in the Spring
Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air-conditioner cleaning. The payoff: Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. You'll also prolong the life of your air conditioner.
How to Use Tin Snips to Cut Sheet Metal
Learn to make straight cuts, curved cuts and even round cuts in sheet metal with tin snips. With proper tool selection you can do it with ease.
How to Bleed a Hot Water Radiator and Clear a Steam Radiator Vent
If one radiator doesn't heat up but others do, try this one-minute fix first. It usually solves the problem.
Home Air Cooling Tips
Window air conditioners or central air aren't the only way to cool down a hot house. Check out these alternative solutions for making your house more comfortable.
Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms
Venting two bathroom exhaust fans through one roof duct won’t work, sorry to say. But you can install one fan in your attic for both bathrooms, and make your bathroom quieter, too.