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Contractor-inspecting-roof-damage What to Expect on Your Roofing Quote
When it comes to home improvement projects, nothing makes you feel more vulnerable than a roofing repair. Even if there are no major issues and it’s just time for a roof replacement, your roof is your first line of defense against the elements—and it’s also one of the more costly updates you’ll make to your home. On top of that, Continue Reading
Home being built How Your Home’s Foundation Affects Heating and Cooling Costs
When most of us talk energy efficiency, we’re thinking about the things inside the home: the washer and dryer that could stand to use a little less energy, or the heating unit that’s been hanging around since the 90s. And these projects certainly make a difference—for instance, a higher rated HVAC system can save homeowners over $115 a year on Continue Reading
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



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