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Expansion Tanks: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
Homeowners looking to maximize the efficiency and life expectancy of their heating and cooling systems may want to co...
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A Few Things to Consider When Installing a Radiant Heat System
Comfortable, even, and efficient, radiant heat systems are becoming a popular option for many homeowners today. But t...
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What Would Bob Do? Cleaning Air Ducts
I am moving into a new home. The previous owners had a dog. I am wondering if cleaning the air ducts is worthwhile.  ...
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Control Temperatures and Save Energy with Zoned Heating Systems
Homeowners seeking a better way to control temperatures throughout the home should examine the benefits of a zoned he...
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We've Got You Covered: 11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators
With much of the nation experiencing the bitterest temperatures on record, many of us are appreciating our radiators like never before. Why not show that love by ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pellet Stoves
A roaring fire makes for a lovely scene, but fireplaces are notorious energy-wasters. Most of the heat generated by a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Newspaper Fire Logs
There’s nothing quite like sitting by a cozy fireplace on a chilly night. Unless you own your own private forest, tho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Retrofitting Fireplaces
Did you know that only about ten percent of the heat from a fire in the fireplace makes it into the room? That’s righ...
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Breathe Deep: 5 Ways to Improve Your Home's Air Quality for Better Health
Deep breathing has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and even improve digestion. But if the air you’...
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Baseboard Heating 101
Baseboard heat can be an effective and affordable solution, either for the whole house or as a supplement in rooms un...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Walls
You’re probably familiar with the comfort and effectiveness of radiant flooring, but did you know that radiant heat c...
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Increase Your Comfort Level This Winter with a Humidifier
Scratchy throats, frequent nosebleeds, dry skin, and static electricity can be common occurrences in winter—particula...
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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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Pro Tips: Wood-Burning Fireplaces
Everyone loves the imagery of chestnuts roasting on an open fire—but wait just a minute! An open fire may be great fo...
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Hot Spots: 10 Rooms to Warm Up With a Fireplace
They're not just for living rooms anymore! With a well-situated fireplace, any room in the house can become warm and cozy.
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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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Quick Tip: Zero-Clearance Fireplaces
If you like fireplaces but your home doesn't have one, a zero-clearance fireplace could be for you.  It can be set on...
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Planning Guide: Fireplaces
Is there anything better than sitting beside the fireplace on a chilly winter eve? Not only does a fireplace provide ...
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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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Back to Basics: Types of Insulation in Your Attic
Being warm blooded, we always have to regulate the temperatures around us to feel comfortable. Whether you live in ho...
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Chimneys 101
Why would Kris Kringle choose to squeeze his considerable girth through one of the narrowest and most soot-covered pa...
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Quick Tip: Fireplace Doors
You can lose a lot of heat through your chimney, even with the damper closed. Installing fireplace doors is a great w...
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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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Radiant Surfaces: Heat Where You Least Expect It
Think “radiant heating” and you’re likely to think of floors. But did you know that radiant heat panels can also be i...
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How To: Make Fire Logs from Newspaper
As winter approaches, many homeowners are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use their fireplaces and wood-burni...
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Quick Tip: Rumford Fireplaces
Fireplaces are a nice feature in any home. Count Rumford fireplaces, known for their heat efficiency, are tall and sh...
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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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Spruce Up Old Baseboard Heaters with Stylish DIY Replacement Covers
Baseboard heaters have been an extremely popular choice for many homes since the mid-1950s—and unfortunately, many of...
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5 Ways to Retrofit an Old Home to Make It Warmer
Older homes certainly have their charm, but they’re not usually the most energy efficient or the easiest to keep warm...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Fan Care
The soothing whir of a ceiling fan is one of the sweet sounds of summer. But summer’s not over yet. To keep your fan ...
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6 Things You Didn't Know About Radiant Floor Heating
It’s 7 o'clock on a winter morning. Your alarm clock goes off. You muster the strength to rise up out of the warmth o...
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How To: Install a Programmable Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat can help you save between 5% and 15% on y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Heat gettin’ you down? If you’re in a house where installing central air would also mean installing ductwork, maybe y...
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Stay Cool with These Best-Rated Window Air Conditioners
If you're in the market for a new window air conditioner, check out these 9 best-rated models for small, medium, and large rooms.
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9 Ways to Lower Cooling Costs in Rising Heat
Check out these energy-saving tips that will help your air conditioner do its job without breaking a sweat—or the bank.
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Use Awnings to Reduce Energy Costs in Summer
Homeowners looking to reduce air conditioning costs and shield interior furnishings from the sun’s harsh glare may wa...
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Keep Your Home Cool, Dry, and Energy-Efficient With a Dehumidifier
Hot and muggy summer weather outside can mean excess moisture inside. Mold and mildew, musty odors, condensation, war...
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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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Home Renovation: Ventilation and Insulation
Ventilation is to insulation as Stan Laurel was to Oliver Hardy: very different indeed, but thinking about one is vir...
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Indoor Climate Control
The work of adapting your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems begins at this stage. When the wa...
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Some Notes on the Mechanical Systems
Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-ins should take roughly two to three weeks. The insulation will happen in a day ...
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Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heat represents about two percent of the total heating market in the U. S. , with more than 1. 3 million s...
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Green Homes—Heating and Air Quality
Where to StartToday’s HVAC is more than just the equipment that heats, ventilates, and cools our home. It is the inte...
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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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Choosing an HVAC System
If you’re considering a new system for your home, talk first to your architect or designer. Conversations with HVAC c...
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5 Keys to Understanding Geothermal Heat Pumps
There's been a lot of chatter about the energy-saving potential of geothermal heat pumps over the long term. Also kno...
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The Mini-Split Air Conditioner: Today's Smart Cooling Option
Now that summer has arrived, it's definitely time to focus on home cooling. If your house does not have central air c...
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How To: Choose a Programmable Thermostat
Looking for a small home improvement that yields big results? A programmable thermostat, properly installed and confi...
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Keep Ceiling Fans Clean to Ensure Smooth Operation
Ceiling fans are a wonderful addition to any room, offering a cool breeze and providing a pleasant decorative accent....
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Blades of Glory: 10 Ceiling Fans with Sharp Style
Take a spin through our roundup of ceiling fans to suit every design sensibility.
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Top Tips for Choosing an Air Conditioner
All air conditioners are designed to cool—that is, to remove heat and humidity from interior spaces. If you are in th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Whole-House Fans
Warm weather is just around the corner, with its humming air conditioners and skyrocketing electric bills. You may be...
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How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan
Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. With so many variables and options, what should y...
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10 Electric Fireplaces That Turn Up the Heat
If a smokey, wood-burning hearth seems like a hassle, these sleek and clean electric fireplaces will warm you up—with no mess to bring you down.
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiator Covers
Cast iron radiators can be beautiful, but an old, peeling one can really bring down the look of a room. Stripping and...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplace Tools
A new set of fireplace tools brings both style and utility to your hearth. Here are a few guidelines that will help y...
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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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Go Ductless with a Mini-Split Heat Pump
Before we built a new home, I’d never heard of mini splits. What could they be, some kind of tiny frozen dessert or s...
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Bio-Blaze Ethanol Fireplaces Burn Virtually Anywhere
Call it the PC-ification of the fireplace. A company called Bio-Blaze is selling a line of portable, vent-free firepl...
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12 New Designs to Change Your Mind About Radiators
New radiators mean that keeping warm the old fashioned way no longer forces you to leave your style sense out in the cold.
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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: Space Heaters
If your home has cold, drafty spots, this is the time of year you’ll notice them. Rather than cranking up the heat in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Log Splitter
If you heat your house with wood, you know how expensive buying firewood can be. Cutting, splitting, and drying a cor...
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The New Wave of Programmable Thermostats
Aside from the price of your own renewable energy, the cost of anything used to heat or cool the home is largely non-...
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Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Types
While traditional open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces are quickly going the way of the dinosaur, if you still want t...
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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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Firewood Primer: Which Wood Burns Best?
Of all the many species available, which types of firewood are the best to use at home?
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Hot Fireplace Inserts
Fireplace inserts are a great way to update an existing masonry fireplace. A traditional open-front wood-burning fire...
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Bob Vila Radio: Winter Ceiling Fans
Did you know you can put your ceiling fan to work year-round? Simply by reversing the direction and changing the spee...
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Trending Now: Pellet Stoves
Practical and eco-friendly, pellet stoves are the perfect solution to a variety of home heating challenges.
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Firewood: What Type Should You Use?
'Tis the season for hot chocolate and snuggles by the fire. Many newer homes have gone to gas fireplaces. They’re che...
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Pellet Stoves: An Eco-Friendly Heating Option
The warmth of a wood stove appeals to many homeowners as much for its practicality (it can cut down on heating costs)...
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10 Space Heaters We Love
Take the chill off this winter with one of these ten design-savvy space heaters.
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10 Accessories for the Fashionable Fireplace
We've rounded up the best fireplace accessories to poke, air, and shield flames while keeping your hearth looking great.
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Fireplace Maintenance Checklist
As days get shorter and weather gets colder, we retreat indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you have a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplaces
While it’s hard to argue with the romance of a crackling fire on a chilly night, your fireplace might be costing you ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Heat
Whether you're building a whole house or just adding a new bathroom, one of your first decisions has to be how you're...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mechanical Ventilation
Until very recently, homes were built to breathe. Insulation was seldom used, windows were single-pane and drafts wer...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fall AC Care
Now that the summer scorchers are over, it’s time to bring in your window air conditioning units. Listen to BOB VILA ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms are required by code in most states, and they’re a good idea everywhere. T...
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Bob Vila Radio: Programmable Thermostats
If you’ve still got an old mercury or mechanical contact thermostat, it’s easy to forget to adjust it when you leave ...
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What You Might Not Know About HVAC Filters
Everyone agrees that you should change your HVAC filter on a regular basis, but not everyone agrees on the type of fi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cooling Ventilation
Before you crank up the air conditioning this summer, try a little old-fashioned ventilation first.  LISTENListen to ...
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Quick Tip: Proper Insulation is Key
Contain the Heat How much insulation does your home need and where? It depends on your climate and the energy costs i...
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Quick Tip: Radiant Heat Has Other Options Beat
Start with Heat Whether you’re building a whole house or just adding a new bathroom, one of your first decisions has ...
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Quick Tip: Make Your Fireplace More Efficient
Burning MoneyA fire in an open hearth is only 10 percent efficient at best, which means that 90 percent of the heat e...
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Max Efficiency: Replacing AC Pipe Insulation
An imperative “rite of spring” in our house is checking our two central air conditioning systems to make sure they ar...
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10 "Really Cool" Cooling Fans
Just in time for the heat of summer, browse ten fans that bring style to home cooling.
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Eldorado Stone's "Non-Stone" Fireplace Surrounds
Love the idea of a stone fireplace mantel but turned off by the high price? Eldorado Stone—one of the leading manufac...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window AC Checklist
Before you pull your window air conditioner out of storage, consider its age. Efficiencies have improved so much that...
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Gas Fireplaces 101
Fireplaces have always been among the top amenities for homeowners looking to buy a new house. In fact, they rank jus...
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Gas Fireplaces: A Showcase of Design and Innovation
Ten gas fireplaces to consider for warmth, energy savings, and beauty.
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Quick Tip: Don't Forget to Ventilate!
Don’t Overlook Proper Ventilation Making your home more airtight with new windows, insulation or a finished basement ...
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Quick Tip: Ventilation for the Home
It’s important to make your home energy-efficient by sealing all gaps and insulating thoroughly. But don’t overlook v...
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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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Radiant Floor Heating: How It Works
The Radiant Panel Association illustrates six ways to install radiant floor heating in your home.
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Radiant Floor Heating 101
Radiant floor heating is arguably the ideal home heating system. It’s comfortable, efficient, unobtrusive, quiet, and...
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Quick Tip: Alternatives to Air Conditioning Your Home
Try Old-School Cooling Before you crank up the A/C this summer to keep cool, try a little old-fashioned ventilation f...
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Nest Learning Thermostat: Digital-Age Home Temperature Control
The Nest Learning Thermostat is, I'm betting, the first HVAC device to excite so much chatter in the blogosphere. An ...
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How To: Stack Firewood
Nothing celebrates the colder weather like the distinct scent and sound of a crackling log in the fireplace. A steady...
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Quick Tip: Buy and Install a Room Air Conditioner
What to Look for Room air conditioners are rated by the number of BTUs, or British thermal units, of heat that they c...
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DIY PEX Tubing Installation
A few months ago we had the asbestos covered pipes removed from the basement because they hung a foot below the ceiling ...
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New Air Conditioning for Old Houses
High noon will turn many a classic home into a summertime sweatbox. And while noisy window-mounted air conditioners c...
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Fans vs. Air Conditioners
Photo: LABWorks360Last week, the New York Times featured a Home Section article on fans and/or air conditioning--depe...
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Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior door...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Pouring the Upper-Story Walls and Saving Energy with Concrete Construction
As the upper-story walls are poured, Bob talks with the builder and contractor about the significant savings in time, energy, and cost that come with concrete and...
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Building a First-Floor Slab and Walls with Concrete
The home's concrete-slab floor is constructed with foam decking and connected to PEX tubing that will heat the home. The ReddiForm foam blocks enable a single con...
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Constructing the Porch and Reviewing the Mechanical Systems
A big farmer's porch will run the whole width of the house. Bob discusses the boiler, which will heat the domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, and hydro-air...
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Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
The new windows in the baby’s nursery are highly insulated for cold and sound and have health and safety features for young children. They can be installed by do-...
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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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Brick Chimney Repair
Bob meets with Ed and Lisa Zywusko, a husband-and-wife masonry team, and sees how they are going to refurbish the old brick chimney.
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Reviewing the Boiler Pipes and Bathroom In-Floor Radiant Heat
Bob and plumbing and heating contractor Frank Iadarola review the air handler and bathroom in-floor radiant heat.
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Reviewing the High-Efficiency HVAC System
Bob reviews the heating and air conditioning equipment that will bring the Shingle Style house into its second century.
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Revising the Landscaping Plan
Bob talks with landscape architect Rick Lamb about revisions to the plan. Bob points out the redesigned parking area and the plan for magically melting the snow.
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Restoring Old Double-Hung Windows using Spring-Loaded Balances
Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin and expert carpenter Danny Ruffini to restore old double-hung windows and replace lead sash weights with new spring-loade...
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Placing Windows on a Home's Facade
A double window is installed in the kitchen, which will let in a lot of sunlight and give a view of the back yard.
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Moving an Existing Oil Tank
The oil tank is moved into the new basement utility room to make room for the basement playroom.
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Installing and Explaining a Basement HVAC System
Bob meets with the installer of the new HVAC system to discuss how it filters air and reduces energy costs.
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Repairing the Chimneys, Installing a Gas Fireplace Insert and Completed Cabinets in the Basement Family Room
The house's two chimneys are repaired, allowing the installation of a gas fireplace insert, and basement family-room cabinets are completed.
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Installing a Basement Half-Bathroom
Bob discusses the installation of a basement half-bathroom, including wiring, plumbing, and radiant heating.
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Installing a Water-Cooled HVAC System
Bob and Jeff Akers of The Air Authority review the water-cooled HVAC system, granting focus to its ingenious mechanical design and up-to-code energy efficiency.
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Direct-Vent Fireplace Installation
Jack Murdock from RMI and Craig Ryans from Vermont Castings demonstrate how simple it is to have gas appliances and heat in a rural location.
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Multi-Zone HVAC System
Bob meets with Mark Gallivan from Sears HVAC, and Brent Morin from Morin Mechanical Services, to review the heating system installation in the modular home.
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Running HVAC Ductwork, Part 1
Bob meets with Peter Merianos and the crew from Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning, who are fabricating the AC ductwork on site.
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Running HVAC Ductwork, Part 2
To add a new line off the main trunk, the crew cuts a hole into the the trunk with a special tool. A starting collar from which the new line will extend is then i...
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Touring the Heat-N-Glo Showroom
Bob learns about Heat-N-Glo gas fireplace technology.
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Gas Fireplace Installation
The crew from The Ironhouse hooks up with Dan DeMagistris of Heat-N-Glo to install the fireplace.
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Air Conditioning Condenser Install
Kevin Callahan from Sears joins Bob to talk about the new Kenmore air conditioning condensers that will be installed.
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Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
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Touring the Blackwell Parlor at Winterthur
Bob tours one of Winterthur's most ornate rooms, the Blackwell Parlor.
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Installing the Chimney Liner
Bob and Chris Vila join Andy Grover of Hallsted Welles Associates for the installation of a new, flexible, stainless-steel chimney liner.
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Individual Zone Heating and Cooling
Bob meets with Meredith Schelp from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC to learn about the City-Multi HVAC system that will heat and cool the Manhattan Brownstone floor-thro...
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Building the Fireplace
Bob talks with general contractor Ted Riley about the fireplace construction.
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Efficient Burnham Boiler for Heat and Hot Water
Bob visits with Mark Lundquist of Burnham Hydronics to check out the boiler for the hot-water heating system being installed in the Mashpee, Massachusetts, afford...
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HVAC System Installation
Bob discusses the SpacePak HVAC system that's being installed to provide heating and cooling in the house and barn. The SpacePak system is well-suited to projects...
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Discussing the Air Conditioning System & Breezeway Design
Bob talks with Mike Donaghey (from American Standard) to learn more about the barn's air conditioning system. Also, Bob and general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski...
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Master Bathroom Tour, Sauna Installation, and Window Blinds
Bob tours the master bathroom, noticing the finishing touches and pointing out the features. Also, Bob checks out the Finlandia sauna, before reviewing te Crysta...
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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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Blower Door Test
Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test.
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Building a Rumford Fireplace
Masons are building the Rumford fireplace, as Bob talks over the herringbone construction process being used.
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Installing the Fireplace Throat and Flue
Masons install the throat and flue for the Rumford fireplace in the Lifespan House.
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Lamp Making and Landscaping
Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
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Restoring the Mantel
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Greg Cowan (from Tidewater Restoration) discuss the process of restoring the antique mantelpiece.
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Installing the Restored Mantelpiece
Bob returns to the Virginia governor's mansion to see the restored mantelpiece reinstalled in the ballroom.
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Technology Systems in the Governor's Mansion
Bob inspects the remote device, controlling the PA system, HVAC, lighting, and entertainment systems. In the basement, Bob Ryley is exploring the wires and cables...
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Reviewing the Plumbing and Heating
The developer and the plumber guide Bob through the equipment-laden boiler room.
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Oven Hood and Shelving Installation
A restaurant-quality oven hood vent is installed, in addition to Metrowire shelves.
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House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
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Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace, and Howard Brickman refinishes the hardwood floor.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Installing High-Velocity, Flexible-Duct Air Conditioning in an Older Home
The air conditioning system for the third floor exercise area, with its unique features and ductwork, is installed.
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Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting
A granite tub surround is installed, as well as an in-floor heating system and unique fiber optic lighting.
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Tour of The Barnacle
Bob tours of The Barnacle, one of the first homes built in Dade County, FL, to see how early settlers built in order to deal with the heat.
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HVAC System for the Home Addition
Bob meets with Mark, a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning mechanic, who is installing an HVAC system to moderate the temperature in the addition.
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Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet
Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safe...
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Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
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Installing a Window Seat
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is installing a two-section window seat with a built-in reveal for baseboard heating. With a few measurements and a bit of scri...
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Installing an Oil-Fired Boiler for the New Home Addition
Bob meets Jack O'Leary, the plumbing and heating contractor for the Newton, MA project. Since the house has doubled in size with the neaddition, the old heating u...
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Salvaged Brick Hearth
Bob watches as the mason lays a new hearth in the old fireplace using salvaged Charleston brick.
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Mantelpiece Work
Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks in the library of the Federal-Style home to review the restoration of the mantel.
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HVAC System for the Greenhouse
Bob meets with HVAC contractor Dave Talbot to discuss the heating and cooling of the greenhouse. A system of thermostats, blowers, vented windows, and boiler has ...
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Installing the Greenhouse Windows
Contractor Bob Ryley shows off the greenhouse's motorized windows. At the touch of a button, or via a thermostat, the windows open and close. Bob helps Ryley asse...
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Count Rumford Fireplace Construction
As the mason builds a Count Rumford fireplace, he describes the foundation built to support the hearth and the variety of bricks used throughout the fireplace.
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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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Discussing the In-Floor Radiant Heating System
Bob meets with mechanical contractor Frank Iadarola to watch the installation of the Heatway hydronic radiant heating system in the slab on the automotive side of...
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Discussing the Radiant Heat and Boiler
John Marran (from Energy Kinetics) and heating expert Frank Iadarola review the energy efficient boiler system that will supply heat to the hydronic floors and to...
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The Search Ends for a Home on Martha's Vineyard
The search for Bob's next project house ends, when he finds a small 19th-century home on a large plot of land in East Chop, a laid-back, picturesque part of the i...
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Concrete Chimney
Bob and contractor John Clancy discuss creating the new concrete chimney at the Victorian-style project house in Martha's Vineyard.
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Tour of Vermont Castings
Bob tours the Vermont Castings factory in Randolph, VT in order to learn about the manufacturing process for the type of wood-burning stove being used in the Mart...
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Constructing a Clapboard Sunburst Fan
Bob joins siding contractor Brian Quinn, who is constructing a beautiful gable-end sunburst fan from clapboard siding. Quinn explains how to lay out the center mo...
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Wiring a Thermostat
Bob observes as electrician Steve Bradley snakes a thermostat wire along a wall in service of the new air conditioning system.
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Redressing the Fireplace
Carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley dresses up the fireplace to give it a Colonial look.
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Installing the Air-Conditioning System
Bob and the HVAC installer review plans to install air conditioning in the Naples project house.
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Installing an Attic Fan
If air conditioning is out of reach, the next best way to beat the Florida heat is by putting a ceiling fan in the attic of the house.
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Screen Porch and Ceiling Fan
Bob reviews the plans to create a new screen porch with a ceiling fan at the Naples project house.
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Discussing Heating Systems
Bob discusses heating systems for the rental units with HVAC contractor Kirk Rustman.
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Creating Ducts
Bob goes over the ducting process with carpentry contractor Bob Ryley at the Cape Cod project house.
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Installing a Zero-Clearance Fireplace
Fireplace dealer Kris Renier installs a new zero-clearance fireplace and explains how it operates.
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Progress Report on the Coach House
Bob tours the completed living room and dining room of the coach house, then heads down into the basement to see the work that's been done on the heating system.
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Radiant Floor Heating System Installed
John Martin (from WarmZone) is on-hand to show Bob how the medium density fiberboard (MDF) faced with reflective aluminum shielding, and precut channels for the h...
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White Oak Hardwood Flooring Installation
General contractor Tim Berky installs the white oak, tongue-and-groove floor. Since the flooring will be nailed over the hyrdronic heat system, it is critical to ...
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