Category Archives: Home Ideas

Electric Heating Showdown: Baseboard Versus Underfloor Heaters

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional forced air heating, floor heaters—such as electric baseboard radiators or electric underfloor heaters—are a smart option. Both have their pros and cons, of course. Baseboard heaters are wall-mounted, ductless units that sit just above floors, which makes them easy to install and operate. Electric underfloor heaters, meanwhile, consist of...
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Chimney Cleaning: How Often and How Much Does It Cost?

If you’re anything like most homeowners, the words “chimney sweep” mostly conjures up images of Dick Van Dyke dancing across the London skyline. But chimney sweeping is actually a vital part of homeownership. Chimneys require regular cleaning to keep them safe to use. So what does cleaning entail? And how much will it cost you,...
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A Guide to Selecting the Right Garage Heater for Your Home

Whether you’re hoping to use your garage for some mid-winter carpentry projects or as another place to work out when bad weather strikes, you’ll probably find the experience a lot happier if you have some heat in the space. And that means wading through a whole lot of options! Portable or fixed? Electric, propane, kerosene,...
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Winter Roof Maintenance: Is It Safe to Clean with Hot Water?

Cleaning your roof—and particularly your drainage system—is an important part of fall and winter home maintenance. Rainy, wet winter weather offers the perfect opportunity for algae and moss to reproduce—not exactly the best look! But regular roof cleanings reduce the chances of algae, moss, and lichen growth. And that’s important, since overactive fungi can eventually eat through...
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The Best Low-Cost Ways to Insulate Your Windows This Winter

We’ve all heard that time-honored bit of advice: if you’re cold, put on a sweater. But sometimes chilly homes aren’t a matter of personal preference, but a reflection of poor window insulation. Luckily, there are ways to improve your wintertime window performance and limit drafts—without a hefty investment. Just to be clear, though: the best way to...
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Using Solar to Heat Your Home

The sun is one of the most reliable sources of warmth on the Earth, so why not use it for your home heating? Solar-powered heaters take the comfort and convenience of conventional heating and combine it with energy-efficient solar energy for an interior heat source that’s as great for your energy bills as...
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Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

If solar energy comes from the sun, it seems only logical that panel productivity would take a severe hit in winter, right? Wrong—nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, depending on the weather in your area and your solar equipment, you could actually experience a slight increase in your home's solar energy...
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