Systems

Making sure you know everything there is to know about the electrical, heating and cooling systems in your home.

View More in:

Add Filter

    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 factors, including what kind of air conditioner you have.

    14 Over Kitchen Sink Lights That Are Functional and Stylish

    From pendants to flush mounts, modern to classic, the right over kitchen sink light adds style and brightens up your...


    8 Best Well Water Testing Kits

    A DIY well water test kit helps ensure your home's water is safe. Here are our favorites.


    6 Best Well Water Filtration Systems

    When your water source is a well, it's up to you to determine if you need a well water filtration...


    Does Lighting Your Property Actually Make It Safer?

    A well-lit perimeter might feel reassuring. But excess security lighting can actually foster crime, annoy your neighbors and mess with...

    Tout icon

    8 Best Outdoor Flood Lights to Light Up Your Property

    A well-lit home is not only more secure, it's got great curb appeal! Here are the best outdoor flood lights...


    The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

    This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.


    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.


    How to Build an Infrared Sauna

    Get all the benefits of a sauna without the expensive health club membership.


    How To Fix a Circuit Breaker That Keeps Tripping

    Circuit breaker keeps tripping? Don't just reset and forget. Circuit breakers protect your home and family, so fix that situation...


    5 Signs a Home Has “Good Bones” According To Real Estate Pros

    Your real estate agent says a house you looked at has "good bones," but what does that even mean? We...


    How To Splice Wires

    Doing some DIY electrical work? Electrical circuits are only as safe as the splices you make. Learn how to splice...


    Tout icon

    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.

    How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

    Installing a window air conditioner is an easy way to keep your cool.


    The Levoit 400S Air Purifier Will Make Your Home More Comfortable

    You spend a lot of time keeping your house clean, so you should consider the air quality, too. The Levoit...


    Living Your Best Off-Grid Life: How to Get Your Remote Home Equipped with Power

    Off-grid living is supposed to be about simplifying life. Here’s how to make sure it actually ends up that way,...


    5 Types of Circuit Breakers

    Circuit breakers protect our lives and property from dangerous electrical situations. Here's what you need to know about these critical...


    More Than One Million Breaker Boxes Recalled Because of Fire Hazard

    The recall is due to the threat of "thermal burn and fire hazards."


    Tout icon

    What’s a Bladeless Ceiling Fan and Does It Really Work?

    Ever hear of a bladeless ceiling fan?  Neither had I.  So we tried one out, and I have to say...


    Homeowner’s Guide To Path Lighting

    Unlike other landscape lights, path lights have a singular purpose: to light the path. Here's a rundown of the solar...


    What to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

    What does an air duct cleaning entail? A professional discusses what to expect with this process.


    8 Best Solar Path Lights

    Functional and eco-friendly, here are the best solar path lights to help you find your way around at night.

    What Is UL Listed and Why Does It Matter?

    UL is the gold standard of safety and compliance testing, but what is UL listed? Family Handyman breaks it down.


    Tout icon

    Brighten Up Any Project with the Family Handyman Approved Nebo Omni 2k Work Light

    Looking for an addition to your toolbox that shines? Try the compact, bright and long-lasting Nebo Omni 2k work light.


    What to Know About Indoor Allergens

    Allergies come from more than just outdoor pollen. The dust inside your home can contribute just as much to allergy...


    How To Light Your Home: 10 Types of Light Fixtures

    Upgrading or choosing new light fixtures for your home? This guide will give you the rundown of all of the...


    Tout icon

    Breathe Easier with the Family Handyman Approved Honeywell True HEPA Air Purifier

    Concerned about indoor air quality? We tried this Honeywell air purifier and had excellent results.


    Tout icon

    What Is a P-Trap?

    Curious about P-traps, how they function and what to look for when you buy one? Here's what you need to...