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Replace a fossil fuel furnace to lower emissions – and your bills

by home improvement guy on Yesterday at 12:59 PM
Whether you want to reduce the greenhouse gases your home produces or lower the cost of your utilities, a heat pump might seem like a good idea. Here are some important factors to consider before you make a purchase.

IT’S A HEATER AND AN AIR CONDITIONER

The most commonly installed are air-source heat pumps, which resemble air conditioner units that sit outside your house. During winter, a liquid refrigerant in a copper coil extracts heat from the atmosphere as warm air

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How can I hire safely this winter?

by home improvement guy on 11-28-2020 at 08:45 PM

With the onset of winter, the threat of COVID-19 is an even more important factor in our lives. But home maintenance never quits — at some point you're going to need a plumbing, electrical or HVAC emergency to be repaired, and this kind of work requires bringing someone into your home. Consider these six steps to protect yourself, your family and your workers when you need home services.

1. Use technology to connect with home service pros.

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More ways to winterize your home

by home improvement guy on 10-29-2020 at 06:42 PM
With colder days coming, right now is an excellent time to take stock of your home and prepare for the winter months. A few simple steps taken right now can lower energy bills and increase home safety and comfort this year.

1. Check that chimney and furnace

Before firing up your furnace this season, ask an HVAC technician to perform a tune-up to make sure it's working safely. A yearly inspection on both for furnace and air conditioner will prolong the life of your HVAC

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How should I maintain my garbage disposal?

by home improvement guy on 08-31-2020 at 10:12 AM

Garbage disposals are one of those appliances you just assume will work every time. Shove debris in there, flip the switch, grind it up and make it go bye-bye! And indeed, that's exactly how it should work. But like any other home appliance, things can go wrong. You can preserve your disposal and give it a long life by giving it proper care and maintenance.

What not to put in the disposal

First up, don't assume it can chew up anything

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Kitchen

How can my landscaping prevent basement flooding?

by home improvement guy on 08-24-2020 at 03:43 PM
You can take many steps within your basement itself to deal with floods, leaks and other water intrusions. But the single best basement waterproofing measure is to keep water from getting near your basement in the first place.

Landscaping is your first and most effective line of defense against a flooded basement. Consider these steps to ease up the water pressure. A landscaping professional can help you sort out your options and recommend the best steps.

1. Grade your

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