Michael Franco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A creative director with Reader's Digest for ten years, also formerly serving as site editor for a division of About.com, Michael Franco has spent over a decade covering science, technology, hospitality and home improvement. His writing credits include Angie's List, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic. A graduate of Ithaca College and Manhattanville College, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, Mr. Franco once owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Amish country. Today, he lives and works in Asheville, NC. Michael Franco on LinkedIn | Google +

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AUGUST 21, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon

We were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterday's home, but it's time to reconsider these 15 once-popular details, not for their novelty, but for their practicality.

MARCH 21, 2019 | THURSDAY
Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups

"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offers visitors and passersby ...

FEBRUARY 22, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
9 Unexpected Household Uses for Table Salt

It's an integral part of every meal, but ordinary table salt can do a lot more than add flavor to your food. From cleaning to winter maintenance, salt can do a whole lot around the house....

DECEMBER 15, 2015 | TUESDAY
4 Reasons to Ditch Your Furnace for Radiant Heat

Visit any assortment of American homes built in recent years and, though you'll probably see a range of architectural styles, all are likely to have only one type of HVAC system—forced ai...

NOVEMBER 10, 2015 | TUESDAY
6 Steps to a Cozy Winter Home

When plummeting temperatures and cruel storms combine to make the outdoors forbidding, everyone takes refuge indoors. There's only one potential problem: If aggravations like drafts and c...

OCTOBER 14, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
So, You Want to... Install Radiant Heating

Thinking about installing radiant heat? Well, you're not alone. The technology has already gained wide acceptance with consumers internationally, and though radiant systems haven't yet be...

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
7 Myths About Radiant Heat, Debunked

For once, industry experts agree on something: To keep your home warm through the winter months, there's no method more comfortable than radiant heating. Although it earns praise for its ...

AUGUST 25, 2015 | TUESDAY
When's the Right Time to Install Radiant Heating?

Energy efficiency and radiant heating are mentioned together so often that you might reasonably assume one had precipitated the other—that the drive for greater sustainability in home bui...

AUGUST 6, 2015 | THURSDAY
Save Money and Live Better with Multizone HVAC

You are reading one installment in a 10-part series devoted to exploring Mitsubishi Electric ductless heating and cooling. See all. The typical HVAC system takes a one-size-fits-all appro...

JULY 28, 2015 | TUESDAY
7 Features That Define the New American Home

Indoor plumbing. Electric lights. We take these things for granted today, but there was a time when such basic conveniences were novel and sought after. Of course, with the forward gallop...