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hvac-zoning-diagram What is an HVAC Zoning System?
Ever notice how the second story of your home is always stifling, while the first floor is practically Arctic all year round? That’s not a coincidence. Homes often have hot and cold spots—places where the angle of the sun, the physics of heat, and the home design all sync up to cause temperature fluctuations from room to room. Inconsistencies like these Continue Reading
Solar-rural-home Are Your Neighbors Getting in the Way of Your Solar Power?
Do you have a right to solar power? The short answer is: it depends. The long answer has to do with your state legislation, local permitting boards and zoning commissions, and the governing rules of your homeowners’ association. In many states, the government protects your right to install solar on your roof. However, where these laws don’t exist, some HOAs Continue Reading
A pair of hands holding freshly dropped hail. How Hail Can Affect Your Roof
If you live in a hail-prone area, you’re probably no stranger to those balls of ice that come in the middle of a heavy storm, and you know that they’re no joke. In fact, in June of 2010, hail fell in Vivian, South Dakota that measured eight inches in diameter—about the width of your average dinner plate. Luckily, most hail Continue Reading
Close up of a man's arm and hand holding a paint brush and painting white latex paint on an interior window frame How to Refresh Fading or Dirty Vinyl Window Frames
It’s no secret that replacement windows are one of the smartest investments you can make as a homeowner. After all, they mean better sound-proofing, reduced energy expenses, and improved comfort. But they’re also a big financial investment, so if you haven’t had to worry about any of these issues, it may be worth trying to salvage the windows you already have, while Continue Reading
New Windows Ask an Expert: Everything You Need to Know About a Window Replacement
A window replacement is a sizeable investment—but it’s well worth it, in terms of making your home more energy-efficient, visually appealing, and comfortable. We sat down with Jeff Ludy of Houston Window Experts to ask your top questions and make the window replacement process more manageable. Here’s what he had to say. How can you tell that it’s time to Continue Reading
Boy in Sunny WIndow Ask an Expert: How to Find a Windows Installer You Can Trust
It can be hard, as a homeowner, to know that you’re getting quality workmanship and products for your money. Often, the difference between a good installer and a bad one lies in technical know-how that takes an industrial professional to spot. To help sort through these issues, we spoke to John Litsey, of Houston’s Window City. John clued us into Continue Reading
Young Man Repairing Air Conditioner Standing On Stepladder Ask an Expert: How to Perform HVAC Maintenance
Homeowners can save themselves a lot of time, energy, and money by performing some basic regular maintenance on their HVAC systems. To get a feel for what that entails, we enlisted James Richmond, of Richmond’s Air in Houston. He runs us through the basics of HVAC upkeep, plus some information on how to choose a contractor and what to expect when Continue Reading
solarskin on terra cotta Ask an Expert: What’s Next for Solar Power?
Solar is definitely taking off across the country—but California, which leads the US in residential installations, has some of the most cutting-edge energy options available. Today we sat down with Ruben Ugarte, the Director of Business Development at Horizon Solar Power in Temecula, California, to talk financing options, the future of solar, and just what makes Californians so good at Continue Reading
local roofing information Ask an Expert: How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof
There’s more to your roof than just the shingles. And regular upkeep is essential for long-term roof health. Today, we talked with Sam Amstill, Vice President of Amstill Roofing, and learned about how often you should have your roof inspected, and everything you need to know about hiring a reputable contractor. What do you wish homeowners did differently in regards to their roofing? Continue Reading
Ask an Expert: What Are Some Ways to Afford Solar Energy?
Many homeowners who are new to solar energy don’t realize how many purchasing structures exist to help them afford solar panels. Leases, loans, and PPAs allow homeowners to install solar on their homes with little to no money down, and reap all the benefits of a reduced monthly utility bill without a costly upfront purchase. There are subtle differences between Continue Reading



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