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amazon-echo 5 Ways to Use Smart Tech for Your Home
Using advances in wireless communication, smart technology gives you complete control over your appliances, heating and cooling systems, electronics, lighting, and security systems with just a simple swipe. Besides giving the luxury of convenience, smart technology maximizes both energy efficiency and performance. The best part is that you can access it all remotely—while you’re at your favorite coffee shop or halfway around Continue Reading
flor-carpet-tiles Sustainable Carpet Options
Eco-friendly carpeting has become more popular than ever in the past few years. Why? Conventional carpeting is often made with synthetic petroleum-derived fibers that come treated with so-called stain resistant chemicals. These fibers and the stain resistant treatments have a tendency to “off-gas” into the surrounding air after they’re installed. Most carpet brands use “styrene butadiene rubber” as an adhesive Continue Reading
Ice dams on large home How to Tackle Ice Dams on Your Roof
Icicles on your roof may look quaint and charming, but unless your house is made out of gingerbread, they usually wind up doing a lot more harm than good. Typically, they’re a sign that your roof is forming ice dams—big, hard hunks of ice that build up over the edge of your roof. When ice dams form, they can cause Continue Reading
a small stained glass window with green and purple sections How to Choose a Stained Glass Window that Perfectly Accents Your Home
A medieval castle. An ornate British monastery. A quaint country chapel. Stained glass stirs up evocative visions of traditional, decorative spaces from the past. But the word on the street is that stained glass is about to make a major comeback—and not just for churches. With a wide variety of modern glass pieces available, you can even use stained glass Continue Reading
Man installing siding Why Proper Nailing Is So Important for Vinyl Siding
Homes function best when every element works in perfect harmony. Even the smallest parts, like nails and screws, make a difference. But the type of nails you use—and your nailing technique—is extra important when you install vinyl siding on your home. Vinyl is a plastic product, so it’s a little bit more malleable than aluminum or wood—particularly when the sun Continue Reading
mackinac research Polymer Window Panes Could Be the Newest Way to Upgrade Your Windows
A small window firm in Mackinac Island, Michigan, is aiming to revolutionize windows in homes all across America. Construction professionals have long known that windows were a weak point in a building’s outer envelope. While a tightly constructed, insulated wall can achieve R-values over 50, even the most efficient modern windows top out at around 4-R. According to the Department Continue Reading
nontoxic wood sealers Non-Toxic Wood Floor Sealers and Finishes
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t appreciate the charm and warmth that a wooden floor adds to any home. Still, they require some upkeep if they’re going to last for years and years—which brings us to question that so many homeowners are asking. What is the least toxic, healthiest way to finish and seal a wood floor? Conventional Continue Reading
Green shutter on exterior stucco wall All About Stucco Finishing Options
Any home improvement project has its uncertainties. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Will there be any surprises when you start to build? If you’ve decided to re-side your home with stucco, know one thing for sure: you’ll have tons of options. Stucco textures span the gamut from simple waves to smooth, flat surfaces, to faces made Continue Reading
nubryte-touchpoint-side Brand Spotlight: NuBryte
What’s the main thing you wished customers understood about the home tech industry? We’re excited for customers to understand that home tech can be for everyone. There’s a misconception that it’s extremely expensive to automate your home, but that’s not the case! We’ve approached the smart home with simplicity for the consumer as a top priority. The smart home should Continue Reading
Solar panels on house roof Ask an Expert: What Is a Solar Lease?
Solar leases, PPAs, financing—there are sure a lot of different paths to solar. The array of different purchasing strategies can seem dizzying when you’re just being introduced to the technology. In this sense, SolarCity can be looked at as an innovator. Their leasing option was one of the first programs of its kind, allowing customers to essentially rent solar systems—in Continue Reading

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