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Exterior House Improvements

Improvements to your home’s exterior are critical to fending off the weather, presenting a proud face to the neighborhood, and ensuring the value of your home. Roofing, siding, windows and other parts of the exterior shell of your home are the barrier between Mother Nature and your family—it pays to keep them in good shape.


In this family of articles, we look at buying, improving, repairing, and maintaining all of the components of your home’s exterior, including the yard and landscape. Pick a section below to dig deeper.

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    In This Article: Central AC Not Working At All AC Not Cooling Well Air Conditioner Not Blowing Air Water Leaking from AC Air Conditioner Makes Noise Air Conditioner Won’t Turn Off Is your AC not working? If your central air conditioner is not cooling right, save money, time, and get comfortable again with these expert DIY air conditioning …
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    Save Energy in Your Home Office

    A home office can be a big energy user in the modern home. But there’s no need to throw away energy dollars if you have a home office. Here are a few simple steps you can take to reduce energy usage: Turn off equipment when not in use. If your home office appliances don’t have …
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    How to Install an Electronic Thermostat

    Programmable electronic thermostats help you save money and energy by allowing you to pre-program temperature settings for maximum efficiency during the day and night. These can easily replace single-setting thermostat models, as they also work with standard central air and heating systems. Following is how to replace your older thermostat with a programmable model. For …
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    Home Thermostat Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Thermostat Does Not Control Temp Extreme Temperature Swings Many problems with a heating or cooling system can be traced back to the thermostat. In some cases, the thermostat is out of adjustment. Other times its batteries are dead. Obviously, replacing batteries or making a simple adjustment are easy solutions. If your electronic …
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    Heat Pump Efficiency Rating & Sizing

    When shopping for a new heat pump, pay attention to efficiency ratings and appropriately sizing the unit. This will affect the cost of operating the heat pump, as well as its effectiveness at heating and cooling your home. Need help NOW? Find a Heat Pump Pro Fast! All heating and cooling appliances carry a federal …
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    How a Thermostat Works

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