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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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Which Is Better, Forced-Air or Radiant Heat?
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...
Move your knick-knacks to a brand new home on this charming DIY shelf. It's an easy project that can be completed in the s... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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