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9 Easy Ways to Troubleshoot Furnace Problems (Before Calling In the Pros)
Furnace not performing up to snuff this winter? Before you call in a furnace repair company, go through these 9 troubleshooting tasks to see if you can uncover th...
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The Heat's On! Which Is Better, Radiant or Forced-Air?
In the radiant floor vs. forced-air heating debate, radiant floor always wins because it provides a quiet, even heat ...
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Chase Away Winter’s Chill with Radiant Heat
Drafts got you down? If your goal is to achieve even, comfortable heat and warm floors, then you may want to look int...
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Unsound Sounds: 7 Noises You Don't Want to Hear From Your House
Homes make strange noises. They’re built of many different materials — glass, concrete, wood — that expand and contra...
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How To: Troubleshoot Your Furnace (in 9 Quick Steps)
Now that winter's nearly here, it's time for a pop quiz: You wake up in the morning and there's ice on the dog's wate...
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How To: Choose a New Boiler
Feel that chill in the air? Winter is coming. Now is the time to assess your heating system and replace any aging or ...
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Heating Systems 101
So you’re in the market for a new furnace, maybe because the old one is hopelessly inefficient, or because Hurricane ...
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Cut the Costs of Home Heating
Making homeowners’ heating systems energy-efficient is the answer to lower utility bills, the experts say. Thankfully...
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Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?
Baby, its cold outside—and the last thing you want to do is return home to a frosty house. The smart time to examine ...
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Gas vs. Oil: Which Furnace Is Better?
With temperatures dipping into the single digits here in the Northeast—and below 0° F in many other places—shivering ...
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Change Filters Frequently to Optimize Furnace Efficiency
Dust bunnies are multiplying, dog hair is piling up, and bird feathers are flying—oh my, it must be the furnace filte...
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Save Money with a Hybrid Furnace
We had to make so many decisions when we built our new construction home. I didn’t realize it at the time (having nev...
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Bob Vila Radio: New Furnace
When it's time to replace your furnace, you might have to think faster than you'd like about this major purchase. Her...
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How To: Choose the Right Furnace Filter
As far as home improvement gear goes, furnace filters are admittedly among the least, um. . . exciting. There's none ...
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Evaluating the HVAC and Plumbing System
Bob meets with HVAC and plumbing contractor Frank Iadarola to review the HVAC and plumbing systems and discuss how to begin the remodeling process.
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High-Efficiency Water Heater Installation and Buderus Factory Tour
Chris Hoff (from Buderus) demonstrates the features of the boiler and hot water heater installed in the basement, while Bob takes a tour of the Buderus factory in...
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Installing a Gas Furnace
Bob meets with Alex Alexander to check out the new gas furnace, before taking a trip to Alex's shop to see how a computerized plasma cutter is used to cut out the...
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