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Tankless Water Heater Installation 101

Is a tankless water heater right for you? Learn about the pros and cons of this type of water heater and how to install one in your home.

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Troubleshooting a Garage Door Opener

An automatic garage door opener is a nice convenience until it no longer works. If you’re experiencing an issue with your garage door opener, learn how to troubleshoot it with these common fixes.

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Garage Door Replacement Guide

Do you need to replace your garage door? This guide explains when a new garage door is necessary, factors to consider, installation costs, and whether it’s better to do the task yourself or hire a professional.

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How Does a Convection Oven Work?

Keep reading to learn what a convection oven is, how this appliance works, tips for using a convection oven, and whether or not it’s worth the investment.

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R-410a vs. R-22: What’s the Difference?

Do you know what type of refrigerant you’re using in your air conditioning unit? Learn all about R-410a and how it benefits the environment and will save you money in the long run.

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How to Replace a Light Switch

Read our how-to guide for replacing single pole and dimmer light switches in your home. We’ll go over materials needed and step-by-step instructions for how to complete a replacement.

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The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets

The average person flushes the toilet six times a day. Learn how to conserve more water and save money with a low-flow toilet.

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How to Clean a Gas Stovetop

Learn how to clean your gas stovetop, the best cleaning methods, DIY cleaning product options, and how to get rid of stubborn stovetop stains.

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5 Off-Grid Appliances for Your Home

Off-grid living continues to increase in popularity as more people choose to rely on solar power and fossil fuels to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are five off-grid appliances worth investing in.

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AC Frozen? Here’s How to Fix It

Is your AC frozen? Learn the signs that indicate you have a frozen air conditioner, how to troubleshoot the issue, and when to call in a professional.

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7 Garage Door Maintenance Tips

You might not think about routine garage door maintenance until something falls apart. Here are some prevention tips to keep your garage door in good working condition.

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65 Ways to Save Electricity at Home

Save on your energy bill and reduce overall energy consumption by following these 65 tips to help you save electricity in your home.

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Guide to Gas Water Heaters

Do you live in a home with a gas water heater? Stay informed on regular maintenance, common repairs, and when to replace your system with this helpful guide.

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Dryer Not Spinning? Here Are 4 DIY Fixes

It can be frustrating to try to wash clothes only to find out your dryer isn’t spinning. In this article, we explain some common causes to why your dryer isn’t working and offer four simple fixes.

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How to Find Your Gas Shut-Off Valve

Learn where to find your gas shut-off valve and how to tell if it’s on or off, plus tips on how to turn off the gas to individual appliances.

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How to Replace a Garbage Disposal

Installing a new garbage disposal isn't difficult, expensive, or as hard as you think. Read on to learn how to replace a garbage disposal.

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What Is a Washing Machine Pan?

A washing machine pan can protect your home from potential water damage, washing machine overflow, and leaky drain pipes. Keep reading to learn which washing machine pans we recommend.

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How to Install a Smoke Detector

Nearly 2,000 Americans lose their lives to fires every year. Keep reading to learn why a smoke detector is so important and how to install a unit in your home.

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How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Dehumidifiers help keep your home comfortable and free of mildew and mold. Keep reading to learn how they work and why you need one.

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How to Clean a Bathroom

Unsure of how to tackle cleaning your bathroom? Here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning all parts of your bathroom, from the walls and ceiling to the shower, tub, and sink.

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How Does a Self-Cleaning Oven Work?

Don’t want to clean your oven manually? Check out our extensive guide on how a self-cleaning oven works and what a typical cleaning cycle looks like.

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How to Clean a Dryer

This hour-long annual chore is easily overlooked, but it’s key to keeping your machine efficient and preventing fires. Keep reading to learn how to clean a dryer.

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Gas vs. Electric Stove: Which Is Better?

What’s the difference between a gas and electric stove? Keep reading to compare the two types of stoves and learn more about their efficiency, safety, and general costs.

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How to Clean Oven Racks

Cleaning your oven racks may seem like hard work, but with a bathtub and cleaning materials, it’s easier than it seems. Read our guide and learn how to clean oven racks.

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How to Fix a Blown Fuse

Learn how to fix a blown fuse, ways to prevent it from happening again, and related issues that may require professional help.

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7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

General plumbing problems can be very costly for homeowners and can waste gallons of water. Many of these problems are easy to fix on your own with the right tools and basic know-how.

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Home Repair Grants: What You Need to Know

The federal government offers home repair grants to low-income homeowners as a way to provide assistance for house repairs and improvements. Keep reading to learn more.

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R22 Replacement: What You Need to Know

The production of R22 refrigerant will cease in 2020. Do you know what to do before this happens? Read our step-by-step instructions for replacing R22 and learn the benefits of switching.

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When Is the Best Time to Buy Appliances?

Buying home appliances can be overwhelming. Don’t buy new appliances until you’ve read this guide that shares the best little-known appliance price break secrets.

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7 Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes

Using homemade window cleaners is a cost-effective alternative to commonly used store-bought solutions. Enjoy clean, streak-free windows with these seven easy recipes.

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Roof Cleaning 101

Is your roof covered in leaves, needles, moss, mold, algae, or lichen? Learn the best roof cleaning methods for your home and how much the process costs.

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Best Thermostat Settings for Summer and Winter

Do you know what the optimal thermostat settings are for summer and winter? Keep reading to learn how to stay comfortable and efficient during both seasons.

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How to Find Your Water Shut-Off Valve

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located? Learn how to find your water shut-off valve and how to turn off your home’s water supply.

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5 Garbage Disposal Cleaner Ideas

Dirty disposal? Learn different ways to clean your garbage disposal and how often you should be cleaning it to keep it working well and void of odors.

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What Is a Diverter Valve?

Diverter valves are handy little pieces of hardware that play a major role in your bathtub. They provide optimal water pressure and a pleasant shower experience.

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How to Read a Water Meter

Reading your water meter regularly will help you understand your utility bills and catch a water leak before it gets out of hand.

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What Is a Home Energy Audit?

Going green is certainly trendy, but an energy-efficient home has more appeal than the clout. Learn what a home energy audit is and how it can benefit you.

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How to Winterize a Pool

Before the freezing temperatures set in for the winter months, pool owners should follow these steps to winterize their pool to avoid later frustration and damage.

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What Is a Dishwasher Air Gap?

If you’ve never heard of a “dishwasher air gap,” you’ll be happy to know that you’re far from the only one. It's an important sanitary device for your kitchen.

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How to Insulate Windows

Prepare for cooler weather by learning how to insulate your windows. Here are eight different methods to try.

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The Complete Guide to Basement Waterproofing

Learn what basement waterproofing is, the types of methods involved with the process, when you should waterproof your basement, and why it’s important.

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Clogged toilets are extremely frustrating and seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Learn how to unclog a toilet in just a few simple steps.

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How to Unclog a Sink

After you use your sink, whether in the bathroom or kitchen, you might notice how the water is draining more slowly, or not at all. Here are several DIY fixes to help you unclog your sink.

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Roof Repair Guide: How to Repair a Roof

Your roof is the first line of defense for your home. Learn about the common types of roof repairs and how to perform minor repairs on an asphalt roof.

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How to Clean an Oven

A clean oven will perform better, deliver quality tasting food, and prolong the life of your appliance. Getting a grime-free oven isn’t as hard as you think—follow this guide to learn how to clean yours.

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Mold vs. Mildew: What’s the Difference?

Mold and mildew have striking differences, and understanding how to identify, treat, and prevent their growth is essential to keeping your home fungus-free.

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Ceiling Fan Direction in Summer and Winter

Want to save money on your energy bill year-round? Your ceiling fan direction can be just one factor you change. Learn what the optimal ceiling fan direction is for summer and winter.

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What Is a Composting Toilet and How Does One Work?

Discover everything you need to know about what a composting toilet is and explore our top picks for the best composting toilets on the market.

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Anatomy of a Water Heater

Here's everything you need to know about your home's water heater from top to bottom. House Method covers the parts, the purposes they serve, and how they work.

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5 Most Common Problems for Homeowners with Pools

Owning a pool is great. From pool parties to just cooling off with your family. But owning a pool can be hard. Read about the most common problems homeowners with pools face.

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Smoke Detector Placement: Your Guide to Installing Carbon Monoxide and Fire Alarms

Carbon monoxide and smoke detector placement is just as important as having functioning alarms, so make sure you’re deliberate when installing your detectors.

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How to Install Solar Panels: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Read through our step-by-step solar installation guide to learn how to install solar panels, including how to determine if you should go solar and what to expect from professional solar installation.

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Are Solar Panels for Your Home Worth It?

With the advancements in solar technology, solar panels have become much more cost-effective for your home.

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Flood Damage Restoration: What to Do After Your Home Floods

Let’s look at what you should do if your home is flooded to restore your property and steps you can take to prevent flood damage in the future.

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What to Expect from Fire Damage Restoration

Even a small fire can create a lot of damage to your home due to the heat, smoke, soot, and water that result from the fire and trying to put it out.

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Complete Guide to Tile and Grout Cleaning

With a little preventative maintenance—about a half hour each week—you can reduce the buildup on your tiles.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Upholstery Cleaning

Regular upholstery cleaning removes dirt and grime buildup from your furniture so that it’s clean and maintained.

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How to Clean a Rug: At-Home and Professional Rug Cleaning Options

Cleaning your rugs is more important than you may realize, especially if you have kids, pets, allergies, high foot traffic, or noticeable odors.

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Carpet Cleaning Guide: DIY or Hiring a Pro

You may not see the dirt, dust, or crumbs embedded into the spaces between carpet fibers or in the cracks in your upholstery, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

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Common Reasons for Furnace and Heater Repairs

Problems and issues will arise with your heater and furnace—some you can handle, and others where it makes good sense to hire a professional.

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8 Ways to Fix a Clogged Drain

When your drain is clogged and water won’t flow, try these eight tips to fix a clogged drain prior to calling a plumber.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ductless Air Conditioners

Also known as mini-split air conditioners, ductless are conditioners are a particularly good fit for people who are looking to cool a small space.

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How To: Home Window Repair

Here’s everything you need to know about home window repair, from replacing a screen to repairing leaks and rotten sills.

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Peeling paint on an interior ceiling a result of water damage caused by a leaking pipe dripping down from upstairs a result of substandard plumbing completed by an unqualified plumber. A common house insurance claim.
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How to Handle Water Damage Restoration

No matter how prepared you think you are, water damage can still happen. And it’s never easy to deal with.

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Many hardwood floors actually appear to improve as they age. Here’s the best advice on how to clean hardwood floors so you can keep them looking their best.

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Home Tech

Meet the Simple Device That Can Save You Money on Energy Bills

The Sense energy monitor could save you hundreds on your energy bills every year and can predict appliance and system failure. Meet the device that unlocks a multitude of information about how our money, time, and energy is being spent in the home.

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How to Vacuum: The Ultimate Guide

The ultimate guide on how to vacuum with insight from experts at Dyson, Miele, Roomba Stanley Steemer, and more. We'll address how to pick the right vacuum for you, how to make the most of attachments, how to care for your floors, and even how vacuums work. But ultimately, we'll answer the question: Is there a right way to vacuum?

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Best Bathroom Cleaners of 2019

We’ve reviewed the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, chemical-free options, and DIY recipes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Check out our 2019 bathroom cleaner guide.

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How to Clean Blinds of All Types

Dirty blinds can harbor dust, pet fur, and other allergens that affect the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to clean blinds quickly and effectively with this step-by-step guide.

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How to Organize a Closet
When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

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How to Clean a Grill

Start grilling season off right with a clean outdoor grill. Not only does a clean grill provide for better-tasting food, it prevents bacteria from building and is much safer than cooking on a dirty grill. Here’s your quick guide to a clean grill.

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How to Save Energy During the Summer

Making simple energy-efficient changes to your home can save you from paying hefty utility bills this summer. Beat the heat, practice environmental responsibility, and lower your energy bills with these 11 home upgrades.

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Best Ways to Conserve Water at Home This Weekend

We’re all using more water at home than is necessary. Here’s how you can change your habits and conserve water at home.

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Mildew: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It

How to identify it, how to tell the difference between mildew and mold, and what you can do to get rid of it in your home and in your garden.

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Best Carpet Cleaners of 2019

What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2019 cleaning guide.

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How to Get Rid of
Black Mold

Black mold can cause severe structural damage to your home and negatively affect your health. Get rid of black mold fast with these simple steps.

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What to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

Don’t be scared from buying a potentially great home just because it has a septic tank. Follow along as we guide you through what you need to know about buying a home with a septic tank.

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Why Your Tap Water Smells Bad

Tap water can take on various foul odors for a number of reasons. Read on to learn some possible reasons why your tap water smells bad.

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Dishwasher Won’t Start?
Troubleshoot in 9 Steps

Dishwasher won’t start? Before calling in a professional for a repair or replacement, follow our step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help assess the problem.

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How to Fix Standing Water
in Dishwasher

If you have standing water in your dishwasher, it may be easier to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a professional. Here’s our guide to troubleshooting standing water in your dishwasher.

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How to Fix a Running Toilet

Plumbing is an area of home repair that many homeowners and renters choose to stay away from. But some projects, like dealing with a running toilet, are fairly simple to handle on your own. Learn how to fix a running toilet with this troubleshooting guide.

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What Is Home Appliance Insurance?

Home appliance insurance, also known as a home warranty, protects you from paying expensive repair and replacement costs on major systems and appliances. Here’s everything you need to know about home appliance insurance.

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How to Fix a Dishwasher
That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher won’t drain? Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify what could be causing the issue, what can be fixed now, and when to call in professional help.

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Dishwasher Not Cleaning
Properly? Here Are 9 Quick Fixes

Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Before calling a service technician to assess the problem, follow this troubleshooting guide to check and clean different parts of your dishwasher.

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What Does a Home Warranty Cover?

A home warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting major systems and appliances and saving you money on repair costs. Learn what a home warranty covers and how to choose the best policy.

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What Is a Home Warranty?

Be prepared in the event that a major system or appliance breaks down by securing a home warranty. Learn how a home warranty works and how to choose the best policy.

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How to Caulk a Shower or Tub

Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to caulk a shower or tub. How to prep, what materials and tools to get, and how to complete the job like a pro.

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When to Replace Your HVAC System

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

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How to Change Air Filters

Learn how to change a disposable or reusable air filter and other practical tips for maintaining your air conditioning system to ensure high quality indoor air.

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The Lowdown on
Low-E Windows

You’ve likely heard of energy-efficient windows. But are you aware of the benefits of low-E? Here’s the information you’ll need on these energy savers.

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Mold Testing 101

Find out everything you need to know about mold testing—whether you need it, when to get it, what to expect, how to find a professional to perform the job, and how much it costs.

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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Prevent costly repairs and keep your home in good working order with our comprehensive checklist. Here’s what you need to do each spring, summer, winter, and fall.

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The Basics of Geothermal
Heating Systems

Learn the basics of how geothermal heating systems—how they work, types, cost, energy efficiency, maintenance, and installation.

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Guide to Home Weather Stripping

Stay warm through the winter by weather stripping your doors and windows to prevent drafts and keep energy bills under control. Details on weather stripping cost, types, and installation.

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How to Flush Your Water Heater in 8 Simple Steps

Flushing your water heater gets rid of sediment buildup and increases system efficiency. Learn how to flush your water heater in these eight simple steps.

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Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.

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Everything You Need to Know About HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. Learn how HEPA filters work and how to choose one as well as cost, care, and the importance of clean air.

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Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

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Furnace & Heater
Troubleshooting Guide

Your comprehensive furnace and heater troubleshooting guide—identify the source of the problem and determine whether to call in the the professionals.

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