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The 5 Best Basement Air Purifiers to Remove Dust, Allergens and Odors

You and your family can breathe easier with a basement air purifier to clean and filter the stuffiest and mustiest air downstairs.

Snuggle Up Next to an Electric Fireplace on Valentine’s Day—Get One on Sale for as Low as $99

Family Handyman's Sales Editor searched high and low to find the best electric fireplace deals. Luckily for...


Here’s How to Make This Super Handy DIY Air Cleaner

The Corsi-Rosenthal Box can reduce the amount of virus-laden aerosol particles in your home as well as any fancy filter...


The 5 Best Basement Dehumidifiers That Keep Mold and Mildew at Bay

Prevent moisture damage and keep mildew growth under control with the best basement dehumidifiers.


The 7 Best Energy-Efficient Space Heaters to Combat Cold Rooms

If you have a drafty home, are always cold or just want to add some supplemental heat, there's an energy-efficient...

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How To Calculate Air Duct Cleaning Cost

Air duct cleaning isn't that expensive, but it's too much if you don't really need it. Find out here when...


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How Much Electricity Does a Space Heater Use?

If you're in the market for a portable electric space heater, remember to consider the operating costs. Here's what you...

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6 Things To Know Before You Upgrade Your Thermostat

Modern thermostats offer more functions than older ones. You can often swap a new one for an old one, but...


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How To Use an Old Honeywell Thermostat

Your old Honeywell thermostat is a workhorse with some nifty features, especially if it's programmable. Here's some help figuring out...


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What Type of Space Heater Is the Safest?

This time of year, space heater use goes way up. So do fires. Know what you're buying, and stay safe...


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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Is your furnace blowing cold air? Here are some troubleshooting tips and simple DIY repairs for the most common causes...

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How To Clean a Furnace Ignitor

Have a gas furnace that won't light? Carbon deposits on the ignitor could be why. Learn how to clean a...


The Best Smart Thermostats of 2022

Find the best smart thermostat to control, adjust and monitor the temperature of your home directly from your smartphone or...


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8 Simple Fixes if Your Heater Is Not Working

If you suspect furnace problems, try these eight furnace fixes you can do yourself before calling a pro.


The Best Infrared Space Heaters to Keep You Toasty All Winter Long

These infrared space heaters are well-suited for indoor and outdoor use. They also start to work right away—no warm-up time...


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What Is a Heat Pump System?

A heat pump doesn't generate heat; it transfers it from one place to another. It's an appliance with a bright...

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What To Know About Pellet Stoves For Home Heating

A pellet stove is an eco-friendly heat source that burns recycled wood waste. It provides the same heat as a...


How To Buy a Heat Pump in 2023

New energy incentives make this a great time to install or upgrade a heat pump.


3 Most Eco-Friendly Heating Systems for Your Home

Whether you're replacing your HVAC system or adding more heat in your spare room, here's how to make it ultra...


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A Homeowner’s Guide To Furnaces

Along with the water heater, the furnace is your most important home appliance. Here's a guide to understanding yours and...


How To Choose Between a Heat Pump vs. a Furnace

Federal incentives and state regulations weigh heavily in favor of heat pumps these days, but a heat pump may not...


Feds Are Committing Billions to Help Families With Their Energy Bills—Do You Qualify?

With energy costs sky-high this winter, here’s how the federal government is assisting families in need


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What Are Infrared Space Heaters and How Do They Work?

Is an infrared space heater right for your space? We've talked to some experts to summarize what they are, how...


Why Are Heating Bills Increasing This Winter?

Natural gas, electricity, propane, heating oil. Whatever fuel you use, heating bills are going up this winter. Here's what the...


Everything You Need to Know About Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Is it the right...

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New 2023 Energy Tax Credits and Rebates You Can Use to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

How to finesse your home's energy efficiency by using the new rebates and tax incentives for HVAC, solar and more.


What to Know About Replacing Gas Appliances in Your Home

From heat pumps to induction stoves, here are the appliances you can install to switch away from gas — and...


When You Leave Home, Should You Turn Off Your Air Conditioner?

A recent study has the answer, and it's more complicated that a simple "yes" or "no." It depends on several...


Want an Air Conditioner Covered in Moss?

A moss air conditioner? Is this a prank? Nope, just a good-looking AC that's better for the environment than most.


4 Ways to Heat a Sauna

Choosing a heating method is one of the first steps to building a sauna. Here we look at four...


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This LG Portable Air Conditioner Will Help Get You Through the Dog Days

We spent a week testing this portable AC unit at a normally hot and sticky cabin. Here's what we found.