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Easy Adjustments You Can Make to Lower HVAC Energy Usage

Whether your energy bill is high or low relative to rates in your area, chances are good that you won’t turn your nose up at the opportunity to save some money on your monthly expenses. We’d all rather put that money in the bank or spend it on something fun than send it off to the utility companies. And yet, you don’t want the trade-off to be that you freeze under layers of sweaters all winter long or sweat through your sheets during... ❯❯❯

How to overcome wheelchair restrictions - top five tips

Those who experience wheelchair restrictions can partake in a number of activities in order to overcome such restrictions. Such activities may include: The advantages of exercises are certainly not restricted to those who have full mobility. In fact, it’s often more important for those with mobility disabilities to partake in exercise on a regular basis. Many who experience mobility issues do so due to a number of reasons, including injury,... ❯❯❯

Four simple design tips to help spruce up your home

We all want our homes to be a little different and to reflect our personalities. More often than not, this comes down to the interior design and layout of our home. From the furniture we choose to the colour schemes we employ from one room to the next, each decision we make in our home contributes to its overall feel. It's not always easy, however, to set our homes apart from others. Here, we take a look at a number of simple design tips which will help... ❯❯❯

How to Identify Odd Sounds Coming From Your Home’s HVAC Unit

Is your HVAC unit making strange sounds? There is a good chance that it is screaming or squealing for help. Indeed, when an HVAC unit is on the fritz, it will usually start making a sound that lets you know that it needs a tuneup or a repair. When it comes down to it, though, some noises aren’t indicative of anything too serious, but knowing when your HVAC system really needs your attention is important, because the problem could end up getting worse... ❯❯❯

5 Reasons You Should Always Have Home Inspections Before You Buy

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you may not be aware of the many costs associated with purchasing property. In addition to the price tag on the house itself, you’ll find yourself on the hook for closing costs, fees, and a home inspection. Even if you’ve previously bought a home and you’re looking to trade up or move on, you might not completely understand why you have to pay for some of the services linked to buying a home. While... ❯❯❯

5 Household Electrical Safety Tips

Can you imagine what life would be like if there was no electricity? We wouldn’t be able to walk in a room and turn on the lights. We wouldn’t be able to watch our favorite television shows. And we can pretty much forget about having central heat and air. Indeed, electricity is something that is an essential part of our everyday living. However, since being exposed to electrical currents come with their own potential hazards, it’s... ❯❯❯

Buying a Lot to Build Your Dream Home: 5 Things You Should Know

Owning a home is a big part of the American dream. But buying the perfect lot of land and building your dream home piece by piece, from the ground up, is above and beyond. However, if you’ve ever gone through renovations, additions, or other building projects, then you probably have some notion of the scale of work coming your way when you opt to build a brand new structure. What you may not realize is what you could come up against when purchasing... ❯❯❯

How to Design an Energy Efficient Home Lighting Plan

If there’s one thing that any prospective homeowner wants, it’s a house that has plenty of lighting. Not only does natural lighting significantly reduce energy costs, but certain light fixtures and features can also bring a lot of beauty and charm to a home too. If you’re in the process of building a house or renovating the one that you currently live in and you’re looking for a few tips on how you can design an energy efficient... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Residential Construction Safety Tips

If you’re someone who runs a construction company (or you’re simply an individual who works for one), one of the top concerns that you have is making sure that you and your staff remain safe at all times. After all, working on a construction site means that you are exposing yourself to all kinds of potential hazards from flying rocks and electrical wiring to being struck by a moving vehicle or hurt by heavy equipment. That’s why, in... ❯❯❯

How to Sand a Wooden Floor in 10 Steps

If you want to make the most of your wood floors the best way is by getting stuck in with some sanding action. It will take a bit of determination and hard work but, done properly, you could transform your home. But doing the job properly is important, which is why we thought a simple guide to sanding wooden floors would be helpful, especially for you budding home improvers who haven’t done it before. So here we go… Step 1: Clear your... ❯❯❯

Five Essential Power Tools for Home Improvement

If you have a list of house chores that is getting longer and longer, perhaps it is time you invested in a set of power tools. The right tools will allow you to take care of an array of jobs without any problems, quickly and efficiently. But what should you buy? Here is a list of the top five essential power tools. 1) Electric sander Sanding is a job that can take many hours, and if you want to sand a wooden floor it is just not practical to do it by... ❯❯❯

Home Air Ducts: Do You Really Need to Clean Them?

There used to be a time when people didn’t think much about indoor air pollution. But, as more individuals are becoming both health-conscious and energy-efficient, it has become more of a concern. In fact, according to many reports, indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental concerns for the EPA and there are over 87 percent of Americans who are not aware of the fact that the air that they may be breathing inside of their homes could... ❯❯❯

Make the Most of Your Garage

For the majority of homeowners a garage simply just becomes an afterthought. Despite the fact that a garage is predominantly meant to provide shelter and storage for a car, they are increasingly used for other purposes. Such reasons include household storage and garden furniture storage. To get the most of a garage, a homeowner should follow these advice tips to maximise its potential. Insulate the Garage One of the biggest issues with a garage is the... ❯❯❯

How to Stop Air Leaks in HVAC Systems

Now that the winter chill has finally taken over many regions, it is becoming increasingly more important that we maintain our HVAC systems. This is one of the main reasons why it is critical that you find and stop any air leaks in your HVAC system. Not only are air leaks frustrating – they can be quite noisy – but they can also cause your energy bill to rise significantly. If you want to save money and keep your home an even temperature during... ❯❯❯

Should You Attempt to Sell Your Home Without a Realtor?

When you’re preparing to put your house on the market, you’ve probably had a lot of people give you advice on what you should do from the home improvements that you should make to the kind of realtor that you should use in order to help you house to sell. But who’s to say that you actually need a realtor to help you to sell your home? After all, we’ve all driven in neighborhoods before that have had “for sale” signs in... ❯❯❯

5 Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

The fall season is often the most ideal time of year to get your winter weather preparations completed and in place. As the temperatures drop, you especially want to make sure that your furnace is working properly so that it is ready to go when you need it the most! Here are 5 essential fall furnace maintenance tips for homeowners. Schedule an annual furnace inspection with a trained, qualified professional. The inspector will come in to make sure that... ❯❯❯

Home Construction: 5 Ways to Cut Down on Waste

When you are building or remodeling your home, waste is defined as materials unused and discarded. These materials can include excess wood that gets chucked into the haul bin outside the construction site and other materials used to make the home that simply get sent to a landfill. However, in an era where sustainability isn’t just a fad, but a necessity, it is increasingly becoming more and more important to cut down on some of the surplus materials... ❯❯❯

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Horse Property

If you’ve spent years learning to ride and compete and you’ve finally decided that it’s time to take your love of all things equine to the next level, then perhaps you’re starting to look for properties that will allow you to buy and stable horses, or bring the horses you already own in-house, so to speak. But it’s not as though the average real estate listing is equipped for this sort of use. You’re going to have to... ❯❯❯

5 Types of Lighting to Brighten up a Dark Room

In many homes the problem of lighting a room with a limited amount of natural light can cause issues during redecorating and how to fix it at a minimum cost. Different sized rooms can create a various number of problems. Below a look at the different lighting options available show and what benefit they possess. Ceiling Lights The name may confuse some into believing all light sources attached to the ceiling fit under this type of lighting, but in... ❯❯❯

4 Top Tips for Home Security

Safety in your home is very important but so many people ignore it. Simple things could keep your home safe from various things. No matter where you live, whether it is in a city or in a quite rural area in the countryside, the chance of burglars is always there. How can you protect your home from it? Well, you can’t make your home burglar proof but there is plenty that you can do. 1) Firstly, make sure that your security alarms are in working... ❯❯❯