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The Right Way to Light a Fireplace Major Systems

The Right Way to Light a Fireplace

Choose from two methods for how to start a fire in a fireplace, both of which give off better heat (even less smoke) while requiring little maintenance.

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Solved! How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater and Prevent Future Woes Major Systems

Solved! How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater and Prevent Future Woes

Q: Help! My hot water heater is leaking. After mopping up, I see more water starting to puddle but I can't tell where it's coming from. Do I need to call a plumber, or is it possible for me to fix the leaking water heater myself? A: Water heaters can leak due to a number of problems,…

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Solved! What Causes Power Outages Major Systems

Solved! What Causes Power Outages

Q: Last night, the power went out and, luckily, came back on only an hour later-soon enough for the food in the fridge to stay fresh. What causes power outages like this one? Is there anything we should do to ensure it doesn't happen again? A: An outage, or “blackout,” occurs when something interrupts the flow of…

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Can a Whole-House Fan Keep Your Whole Family Cool? Major Systems

Can a Whole-House Fan Keep Your Whole Family Cool?

Summer tests your ability to keep your cool-both literally as you cope with the heat and figuratively as you fume over the spike in your energy bills. With energy costs rising, running an AC unit around the clock can be a pricey proposition. This makes some folks wonder whether installing an energy-efficient whole-house fan could…

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The Speediest Way to Cut Your Summer Energy Bills Major Systems

The Speediest Way to Cut Your Summer Energy Bills

When you're trying to maintain a comfortably cool indoor temperature in the summer, your energy bills tend to rise with the mercury. Indeed, a small seasonal spike is inevitable when you're using a system that runs only when it's hot out. But you may unintentionally be driving up your energy costs. Uninsulated areas, such as bonus rooms, basements, and crawl…

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Amp Up Your Home Security with This (Affordable) No-Frills Device Major Systems

Amp Up Your Home Security with This (Affordable) No-Frills Device

I absolutely love tech gadgets for our home. Most recently, I set up a super simple security/notification system, the Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm to watch over several areas around the house and to let us know if someone was on the property. In case you're unfamiliar, driveway alarms are notification devices designed to detect people or…

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