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10 Silent Signs Your Air Conditioner Is Failing

Worried your A/C unit is nearing its final rest? Here are some telltale signs your air conditioner is failing.

The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


5 Surefire Draft Stoppers You Need This Winter

My 120-year-old house is a bit drafty, but I usually don’t mind. I like the idea of an easy exchange...


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21 Air Conditioner Maintenance and Home Cooling Tips

Whether you have a whole-house or one-room air conditioner, don't make it work harder than it should. Follow these tips...

Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.


How to Adjust a Mechanical Thermostat

Fine-tuning tips for better furnace performance.

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10 Myths About Saving Energy at Home

Reap the rewards of energy savings by ignoring these myths.


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16 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room That Actually Work

Learn how to warm up a room without using a plug-in electric heater. Consider built-in radiant floor or ceiling heating,...


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Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters can boost home warmth, but they can cause fires if you aren't careful. Here are 10 space heater...


Foam Outlet Insulation Stops Cold Air Coming Through Electrical Outlets

Stop drafts cold at electrical boxes with these easy foam outlet insulation tips.

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Your Guide to Winterizing Everything

From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.


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7 Simple Tricks to Keep Your House Warm All Winter Long

With drafty doors, windows and poorly insulated rooms, the cold can be inevitable. So what’s a homeowner to do?


Don’t Let Your Home Make Your Fall Allergies Worse

Just because you're waving goodbye to summer doesn't mean hay fever goes with it. Here's how to allergy-proof every room...


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Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Keep a cool head with these tips for selecting and buying ceiling fans.


10 Ways to Insulate Your Home Without Opening Up Walls

Don't live in an under-insulted home just because you don't want to destroy your walls.

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5 Most Common Heating Problems

Don't be left out in the cold. Learn more about common heating problems, what causes them, and some solutions here.


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Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

Special duct wrap insulation keeps ducts dry and mold-free


28 Helpful Tips for Doing DIY Work Alone

When a project requires extra hands but there aren’t any available (or you’re too stubborn to ask for help!), try...


Round Ductwork Installation Tips

Installing ductwork isn't hard when you have these expert tips.


HVAC Troubleshooting: 12 Things to Check Before Calling a Pro

When your air conditioning, heating or ventilation systems go on the fritz, it can seem like you’ll have to put...


Home Air Cooling Tips

Six strategies for keeping your home cool


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10 Things You Should Know When Using Electric Space Heaters

When the temperature drops, a portable space heater can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home. One...


12 Natural Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Sometimes you need to freshen the air in your home, but it's too cold to crack a window. Improve your...

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30 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Add to Your Checklist

Start thinking of spring cleaning as the calendar turns a page. Develop a plan with these tips on what to...


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Dryer Lint Cleaning Tips

Clean lint from the dryer exhaust duct quickly and easily


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Organize Anything with Pegboard: 14 Ideas and Tips

Pegboard is everywhere-panels, hooks, doodads, you name it. Every hand tool in the hardware store is hanging on pegboard. Every...


How to Double the Life of Your Furnace

Follow these tips and you can actually keep your furnace going for twice as long!


Seeing ‘Through’ Insulation

When you need to work in a specific spot in the attic (to mount recessed lighting, for example), drill a...


Tips to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

When it's cold enough to fire up the furnace, it's a bad time to realize it's not working. Before the...