UPDATED 1/3/2018 When the temperature drops, heating systems fail due to increased use. Heating problems can happen any day of the winter, though, even on so-called warmer winter days. The five most common heating system problems you can expect as a homeowner, and the steps you can take to prevent them, so you don’t get… Read more »
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Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental dangers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A healthy home means healthy living. That’s why it’s important to improve indoor air quality. It starts with identifying why homes have poor indoor air quality.
Power surges occur when there is an increase in electrical energy, causing the voltage in your home to exceed the normal amount. Typically caused by lightning, windstorms, short-circuits, equipment failures, or downed power lines, power surges can cause severe damage to your electronics and appliances. How can you protect your electronics and appliances from power… Read more »
While you’re going about your day, the quality of the air you’re breathing is probably the last thing on your mind. However, the Environmental Protection Agency found indoor air quality is worse than outside. It affects your health and comfort. There are six main sources of indoor air pollution.
As we discussed in 10 Ways to Prepare for a Summer Storm, storms – whether mostly harmless thunderstorms or severe hurricanes – are typically rampant in the end of summer. An important way to prepare for storms – and any subsequentpower outages – is to create an emergency kit. Not only can emergency kits help… Read more »
On the East Coast, we’ve seen the damage of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes – especially in these last few weeks of summer. Even if your area is not hit hard, as the wind picks up and the rain starts to fall, the power in your house can go out for hours or even days. For… Read more »
Although summer is usually associated with baseball, backyard barbecues, and cold drinks, there is one more thing the season is known for – major storms. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and even vicious thunderstorms can all result in damage, including fallen trees, obstructed power lines, and destroyed houses. That is why it is very important for homeowners to prepare… Read more »
Attic ventilation is an important part of your home because it not only keeps a comfortable temperature in your house year-round but also reduces energy costs. Natural attic ventilation (or the ventilation not produced by whole-house fans or other ventilation systems) happens through the natural exchange of air in your home. The 3 signs of… Read more »
Along with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, you should also install natural gas detectors in your home. Natural gas is commonly used in homes – to heat household appliances – but it can be extremely dangerous. Thankfully, natural gas leaks are fairly easy to detect because the gas, while organically colorless and odorless, is mixed with… Read more »
In Maryland, humidity can make even a beautiful day feel oppressive. When you step outside, it can feel like stepping into a wall made of heat, unbearable even for the ten-second walk to the car. Inside often doesn’t feel much better, even if your air conditioning is working. You can feel sticky or clammy, making… Read more »