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500,000 Older Homes Can't Be Wrong: Get the Lowdown on High-Velocity HVAC
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500,000 Older Homes Can't Be Wrong: Get the Lowdown on High-Velocity HVAC

Gone are the days when those fortunate enough to live in a meticulously preserved historic home have to jam window air-conditioning units into carefully restored sashes or add space heaters just to keep comfortable in extreme temperatures. Today's homeowners have better options, specifically a cutting-edge heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system that has gained traction around the world…

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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?

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

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

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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