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Home Appliances: Buy, Fix, Install

 Home appliances are the essence of convenient, contemporary living. They define how we take care of the many tasks we accomplish in our homes, from cooking to refrigerating foods and washing clothes. Because they’re so important to our daily lives, they’ve become amazingly sophisticated both in the duties they handle and in their efficient use of energy. Our challenge is to buy the best appliances for our needs and to know basic techniques for using, repairing, and caring for them.

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    How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

    In This Article: Symptoms of Furnace Problems Furnace Maintenance Tips About DIY Furnace Repairs Expert advice on how to prepare your furnace for winter, including how to recognize potential furnace problems and keep your furnace operating smoothly and efficiently. The official start of the fall season means leaves are changing, squirrels are feverishly collecting nuts, …
  • Sizing a Central Air Conditioner

    Sizing a Central Air Conditioner

    Expert article on how to properly size a whole-house air conditioner for your home. Included are tips for reducing the load on your air conditioning unit. Manufacturers produce whole-house central air conditioners in a range of sizes, which raises one of the most important questions you’ll have to answer when shopping for one: How big …
  • Buying a High-Efficiency Furnace

    Buying a High-Efficiency Furnace

    In This Article: How Efficiency Is Measured Energy-Saving Features How Much Does a Furnace Cost? Need help with your furnace NOW? Get a Local Heating Pro Fast! What is the best forced-air furnace to buy? This expert, unbiased furnace buying guide will help you choose between the major brands to find the right heater for …
  • Furnace Not Working | DIY Furnace Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Furnace Not Working | DIY Furnace Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Furnace Not Working — No Gas Flame Heating or Cycling Problems Furnace Does Not Blow Air Blower Runs Continuously Noisy Furnace or Duct Work Furnace Not Working — Oil Burner Is your furnace not working? If your heater doesn’t heat or works poorly, this guide will help you troubleshoot and fix typical problems. …
  • Heat Pump Cold Weather Problems & Repairs

    Heat Pump Cold Weather Problems & Repairs

    In This Article: Heat Pump Not Heating Heat Pump Does Not Come On Heat Pump Is Frozen Should I Run My Heat Pump In Cold Weather? Are My Heat Pump Ducts Okay? Do Heat Pumps Work with Radiant Heating? This article is a collection of questions about cold-weather heat pump problems that we’ve received at …
  • Maintenance Checklist for Central Heating Systems

    Maintenance Checklist for Central Heating Systems

    In This Article: Thermostat Care Forced-Air Systems Hydronic Heating Systems You wouldn’t set off on a long road trip without checking your car’s engine oil and the air pressure in all four tires. It’s a good idea to put the same maintenance instinct into practice before you put your home’s heating system to work for …
  • 5 Questions Your HVAC Contractor Should Ask You

    5 Questions Your HVAC Contractor Should Ask You

    If you are looking to replace or upgrade your heating and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, you can find countless articles on what to ask an HVAC contractor and how to interview him or her. But here we look at the flip side: what your contractor should be asking you. A good HVAC contractor wants a …
  • 5 Home Projects To Do Before Cold Weather Arrives

    5 Home Projects To Do Before Cold Weather Arrives

    With winter right around the corner, it’s time to complete a few home projects that are best handled before the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter—most notably buttoning up your house and getting its heating system working comfortably and efficiently. Don’t wait too long. When cold weather and short days arrive, you won’t …
  • Rock-Wool Insulation: What It Is and Where to Use It

    Rock-Wool Insulation: What It Is and Where to Use It

    In This Article: What Is Rock Wool Insulation? Where to Use Rock Wool Insulation The Bottom Line The importance of a well-insulated home can’t be overstated: Properly sized and installed insulation can reduce energy usage, keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and save you money with lower energy bills. For homeowners and …
  • Evaporative Air Coolers (Swamp Coolers) Buying Guide

    Evaporative Air Coolers (Swamp Coolers) Buying Guide

    In This Article: How Evaporative Coolers Work How to Use an Evaporative Cooler Buying the Right Cooler for Your Space Evaporative coolers, also known as “swamp coolers,” produce more effective cooling than traditional fans without the cost of air conditioning. This unbiased guide shows you how they work and how to buy the right one. …

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