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  1. How can I protect my electronics from surges?

    Every day, power surges wipe out TVs, video games, phones, appliances and other electronic devices. Power surges have been around as long as electricity in homes, but they've become more of a concern in recent years, thanks to our increased use of electronics. Low-power devices with sensitive circuit boards, such as tablets or smartphones, are more vulnerable to a power surge than larger devices such as appliances. Here's how you can protect your electronics:

    WHAT IS A SURGE?
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  2. What options can improve my HVAC system?

    September is an excellent time to take stock of your HVAC system before the cool season begins in earnest. If nothing else, you should change your filters and hire a pro to inspect and tune up your system, at a cost of around $80 to $100, before turning your heater on.

    However, if you're ready to make a big investment, this is also a good time to think about upgrading your system with zoned, multistage or smart systems. These improvements make a big difference in energy efficiency and ...
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    HVAC
  3. How can I control late summer pests?

    Summer means barbecues, hikes and some all-around fun in the sun, but the season also invites a host of pesky pests ready to crash your summertime soirees. Summer also brings about prime breeding time for some of the most annoying bugs, such as ants, mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects. Here are some tips to keep the biggest party crashers away all season.

    GETTING RID OF BUGS

    Those summer picnics, outdoor barbeques and happy family events usually mean lots of food going ...
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    Pest Control
  4. Home improvement, construction issues top list of worst complaints in 2018

    Problems with home improvement and new-home construction topped the list of worst complaints received last year, according to a new report from the Consumer Federation of America.

    The 2018 Consumer Complaint Survey Report looked at information related to 1.1 million complaints from agencies in 21 states. Home improvement and construction issues generated the second-most complaints in 2018, behind trouble related to vehicles.

    The CFA asked the 35 state and local consumer ...
  5. How can I protect my home from burglary during vacation?

    Home burglaries usually peak in late summer, when people are often away from home enjoying the outdoors or off on an extended vacation. But you can take some steps to protect your home and peace of mind while you're away.

    HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS

    If you don't already have a home security system, you can install one to warn you of intruders. The days of hardwired landlines are long gone; many security systems work with cellphones or internet connections. You can also link an ...
  6. Should I repair or replace my roof?

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    Your roof is one of the single biggest investments in your home's infrastructure, and it plays a vital role in the rest of the house's well-being. This means the decision to repair or replace it needs to be taken very seriously.

    QUESTIONS TO ASK A ROOFING INSPECTOR

    Roof damage can create expensive problems in a hurry. Water intrusion or obvious gaps in the attic are a major warning sign. Buckled shingles and damaged flashing could alert ...
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