Heating & Cooling

  1. How to Install a Programmable Thermostat

    Smarthome thermostat programmed at comfortable temperature

    A programmable thermostat is a great investment for your home. It allows your HVAC system to regulate temperature settings automatically, making adjustments for different times of the day or night. This can save you a great deal of money on utility bills.

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  2. Stay Warm with DIY Attic Insulation Tips

    Thick attic insulation trapping heat

    If you feel that your home heating and cooling costs are going through the roof, it could be that your attic needs to be better insulated. Proper attic insulation can make your home more cost- and energy-efficient by keeping warm and cool air where it

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  3. How to Insulate Basement Walls

    Installing thick insulation in basement walls

    Your basement could be costing you money. Because concrete, stone and other foundation materials are poor insulators, you're most likely losing heat — and the energy you pay for to heat your home — through your basement walls. Adding insulation can kee

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  4. 4 Tips to Air Seal a Drafty Home

    Cozy puppy napping by sealed glass door

    If your home is leaky, you’re losing money because a drafty home is an inefficient home. But you don’t have to sit by and watch your money escape from your wallet. Learn how to find and seal air leaks inside to conserve energy and lower your utility bil

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  5. How to Caulk a Waterproof & Airtight Seal

    Man sealing window sill with caulk

    Caulk and sealant are an indispensable part of any homeowner’s toolbox. Whether you’re using them for waterproofing, or to keep your home airtight and energy-efficient, knowing how to properly apply them is a must so that they work effectively. These sea

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  6. How to Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

    Water condensation on steamy shower walls

    When you step out of the shower are the walls and other bathroom surfaces covered with condensation? Over time, this moisture and humidity can make paint begin to peel, cabinets and doors can warp and even mold can start to prosper in corners. You can

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  7. How to Clean & Maintain Your Furnace

    Installing clean filter to maintain furnace

    Once a year you should take some time to perform a checkup on your natural gas furnace. Routine maintenance and cleaning will help you ward off the cold, keep heating bills low and make your home more energy efficient. You can also save money by doing

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  8. How to Choose a Furnace Filter

    Replacing furnace filter

    Furnace filters help keep your HVAC system’s parts clean and running efficiently while also scrubbing the air that the system blows throughout your home. You can prolong the life of your heating and air conditioning components and breathe easy by periodically r

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  9. 7 Tips to Winterize Your Home's Interior

    Replacing furnace filter

    Winter is coming and it's time to prepare your home for the coming chill. There are a few things you can do to help take the bite out of what lies ahead. Sealing leaks in windows and doors and checking your furnace, water heater and chimney will help

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  10. How to Properly Use & Maintain Your Fireplace

    Well-maintained fireplace burning clean fire

    The fireplace is a centuries-old home feature that, prior to forced-air heat, was often a source of warmth for an entire home. Now that most modern homes have a furnace, the fireplace is usually decorative, or a source of additional heat for a cozy family

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  11. How to Install a Ceiling Fan

    Vintage-style ceiling fan

    Ceiling fans are a great way to save money on energy costs by helping your air conditioner work less. In fact, they use 5% less energy than an air conditioner and about the same energy as a 100-watt light bulb. Not only do ceiling fans circulate the cool

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  12. How to Install an Attic Ventilator Fan

    Attic fan

    When it's hot outside, warm air builds up in the attic. This air has to escape so that your house can cool efficiently. Proper ventilation in the attic releases this excessive heat build-up, saving you money on home cooling. For effective ventilation,

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  13. How to Install a Window Air Conditioner

    Air conditioner installed in window

    If your home doesn't have central air conditioning, you don't have to sweat it out all summer long. Window-mounted air conditioners cool, circulate and dehumidify the air to make your home

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  14. 6 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

    Indoor plants improving air quality

    Did you know the air inside your home could be more polluted than the air outside? A troubling thought, but don't panic. There are easy ways you can improve the quality of the air inside your home.

    • Step 1: Know What's

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  15. How to Choose the Best Humidifier for Your Home

    Ultrasonic humidifier

    During winter, does it often still feel chilly, even with the heat on? Are you getting shocked by static electricity? Do you have nose and throat irritation? The heated air inside your home expands and pulls moisture away from everything it touches, and

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