Donna Boyle Schwartz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Boyle Schwartz is a well-known home furnishings writer and editor, working with leading magazines and newspapers for more than 30 years. An enthusiastic DIYer, she has a shed full of tools and a house full of projects.

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AUGUST 15, 2017 | TUESDAY
4 Considerations for Choosing and Installing a High-Velocity HVAC System

As the temperatures rise, homeowners across most of the country face the same dilemma: whether to turn on the noisy air conditioning and suffer the skyrocketing energy bills or sit throug...

AUGUST 7, 2017 | MONDAY
11 Common Causes of House Fires and How to Prevent Them

Fire is one of the most fearsome and deadly calamities that can strike a home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 365,500 home fires occurred in America in 2015,...

JULY 31, 2017 | MONDAY
9 Ways to Pay Less for Home Insurance

Many consumers don’t pay much attention to the cost of homeowner’s insurance, simply accepting the fact that they have to pay steep prices to protect their biggest asset. That's a mistake...

JULY 31, 2017 | MONDAY
How To: Prepare for a Hurricane

Summer is upon us, and with it come visions of long lazy days relaxing in the sunshine. This summer weather, however, has an ugly and dangerous cousin: hurricanes. The latest forecast for...

JULY 31, 2017 | MONDAY
7 Things to Buy If You Want to Spend Less on Bills

Let's face it: Owning a home isn't cheap. You're on the hook for mortgage payments and property taxes, of course, as well as maintenance and repair expenses. Under typical circumstances, ...

JULY 25, 2017 | TUESDAY
Make Your Great Outdoors Great Again with 6 Easy, Clever Yard Hacks

Most of the year, you practically ignore the backyard, choosing instead to focus your repair and improvement efforts inside your home. Then, ironically enough, when the calendar finally f...

JULY 19, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Upgrade Your HVAC—Without Giving Up Your Ducts

Have your monthly energy bills risen in recent years? Are some rooms stubbornly hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, no matter the thermostat setting? Do you find yourself having ...

JULY 17, 2017 | MONDAY
11 Air Conditioning Mistakes That Spike Your Bills

Nowadays, more than 90 percent of homes and virtually all businesses in America use air conditioning to beat the summertime heat. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, air ...

JULY 5, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
Old House, New AC: Your Best Bet for a Seamless Retrofit

Having once lived in a charming and historically significant Victorian home, I'm quite familiar with the compromises those old houses require. Built in 1870, ours was one of the first...

JUNE 27, 2017 | TUESDAY
10 Things You Didn’t Know Sawdust Can Do

If you’re an avid woodworker, you know that cutting, screwing, sanding, drilling, and similar activities produce a lot of sawdust. All that wood waste can be a headache. It seeps into cra...