Before you turn the thermostat up another notch or pile another blanket on the bed, it may be time to figure out how and where your house is losing heat. Read more
The winter months are fast approaching; soon old man winter will be knocking at your front door. Doors are a huge cause of heat loss. Much is lost just by opening and closing them, but the amount of heat lost when closed can be reduced greatly with the following three maintenance tips.
Boosting home value for your own satisfaction or for a potential buyer begins easily with enhancing curb appeal. You might spend an afternoon spreading bags of mulch around your flower beds, applying a fresh coat of paint to exterior doors and shutters, or pressure washing the deck and siding. Inside your home a few quick and inexpensive improvements will make a big impact, whether you replace bathroom fixtures and lighting or switch out your old draperies to a new window treatment. Read more
Small preventative measures (such an a ominous sign) can be effective burglary deterrents.
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For anyone who has seen those World’s Dumbest Criminals clip shows on late-night TV, it may come as no surprise that burglars aren’t always the smartest tools in the shed. But sometimes they don’t even have to be. Read more
It’s been a mild winter throughout most of the country so far. That means we still have time to run through a foul-weather checklist. Here are 10 “must do’s” to have a warm, cozy and safe winter.
1. Check attic insulation. A foot of blown-in or batt insulation (R-38) in the attic reduces heat transfer from heated interior space to the great outdoors. This is a do-it-yourself job. If your attic is not insulated, blow in or roll out 12 inches of loose or batt insulation. If the amount of insulation is less than 12 inches, simply roll out unfaced fiberglass batts over the existing insulation to create a heavier thermal blanket. This is a case where more is better. Make sure to leave soffit vents unobstructed. Read more