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Ask an Expert: Diagnosing Technical Failures on Your HVAC Unit
Anyone who’s ever looked into making a minor repair on their air conditioner or furnace will tell you: HVAC units are complicated! Compressors, motors, fans, drain lines—there’s a lot going on in your home’s system. Today we talked to HVAC repairman Chris Tinney, to address the more technical side of repairs and find out more about some exciting new products Continue Reading
Loose slates on a house roof Interview with an Expert: Handling Roof Damage and Maintenance
Even if you aren’t considering a roof replacement right now, sometimes the weather has other ideas in store. When storms strike, they often take their toll on your roof—and repairs can range anywhere from replacing a few shingles to an entirely new roof. Today, we talked with Magie Nunn, of New Braunfels Roof Repair and Leak Experts in New Braunfels, Continue Reading
marvin picture windows Ask an Expert: What to Expect When You Buy Windows from a High-end Dealer
In the windows replacement field, there are prefabricated windows built for direct replacements, and then there are custom dealers who can design almost any kind of window you’d like. To learn more about the latter, we sat down with a Marvin windows dealer in Austin, Texas, to talk energy efficiency, window trends, and of course, custom remodels. How can homeowners tell that Continue Reading
Hand painting garage floor, soft selective focus, toning Does No-VOC Exterior Paint Matter?
Did you know that most home improvement paint includes VOCs—volatile organic compounds? Think about the strong fumes you smell in a newly painted room, which are often so harsh you have to air out the room for a few days while avoiding it entirely. Those are VOCs—chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene—and they leach into your home every day, with the Continue Reading
solar BIPV house Building-Integrated PV Looks and Feels Like the Future of Solar
Not to knock against solar panels, but they’re not always the most beautiful pieces of equipment. When you’ve spent time perfectly pairing your roof tiles to match your home’s siding, shutters, and trim, you risk altering the whole aesthetic when you slap panels on top. In fact, some homeowners groups and organizations even forbid residents to install solar on their Continue Reading
Transmission tower using solar What Is Time-of-Use Energy Pricing?
In 2016, California achieved a monumental first: it became the first state in the US to implement statewide time-of-use energy pricing. That may not sound like a sweeping accomplishment—but rest assured, the Golden State’s rate redesign is set to usher in a new era of energy pricing. Time-of-use rates (TOU, to those in the energy biz) is a multi-tiered payment structure Continue Reading
A paper house and butterfly over grass on blue sky. Top Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to an Energy Efficient Home
Whether you’re moving to your eco-friendly dream home or simply adding a few green bells and whistles to a newly purchased property, you’re making a difference. “Purchasing an energy efficient home is one of the most practical decisions a person can make,” says Lauren Thead, sustainability coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. “Green homes lower utility bills Continue Reading
Woman looking at receipts PowerSaver Loans Versus PACE Financing: Which One is Better?
The ecosystem of financial options for your solar purchase is more intricate than a coral reef, which is one thing that scares a lot of homebuyers away from renewable energy. But contrary to popular belief, the price on the tag isn’t always your final offer. Tax credits, rebates, and energy purchasing make solar power one home improvement that pays for Continue Reading
photovoltaic panels - alternative electricity source What Kind of Solar Cells Are Best for Hot Climates
What’s the best spot for a solar installation in a chilly Northeastern home that’s no stranger to a fierce winter blow? Or what about on a hot desert property, that’s sun-drenched 90 percent of the year? Careful—the answer is more complicated than it seems! It’s tempting to think that solar only perform well in sunny, hot climates—it is called “solar” power, Continue Reading
sliding glass walls Unique Window Trends of 2017 That Are Perfect for Warm Weather
  Earlier this year, we wrote about our own predictions for the top window trends of 2017. Some were right, (including green design trends and energy-efficient windows, since they never go out of style) but we couldn’t have predicted some of the ways in which residential windows have made waves and altered the architectural look and feel of homes as Continue Reading



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