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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JANUARY 23, 2015 | FRIDAY
Radiant Heating Gives You Total Design Freedom

By now, you're familiar with the many benefits of radiant floor heating: It runs silently, circulates no dust or airborne impurities, and operates at least 25 percent more efficiently tha...

JANUARY 16, 2015 | FRIDAY
Make One Minor Change to Get Major Curb Appeal

When Remodeling magazine last published its annual Cost vs. Value Report, many were surprised to learn that, of all the many different home improvements one might undertake, front door re...

DECEMBER 24, 2014 | WEDNESDAY
The 8 Best Tools for Conquering Ice and Snow

While winter does have its upsides—cozy fires, hot chocolate, snow days—for many of us, having to deal with all the snow is a battle of unpleasant proportions. Here, we introduce you to t...

DECEMBER 18, 2014 | THURSDAY
How Does Radiant Heat Operate 25% More Efficiently?

Most people assume radiant floor heating costs a fortune. Perhaps that's because, compared with radiator or baseboard heat, radiant systems are rare. But there's reason to suppose that in...

DECEMBER 5, 2014 | FRIDAY
11 Gifts for Gadget-Loving Guys and Gals

Hunting for a gift with real wow factor? This selection of gadgets ticks all the right boxes, satisfying the desire for both fun and function. Click through our carefully curated guide, w...

DECEMBER 5, 2014 | FRIDAY
10 Gifts for the Tool Nut Who Has It All

If you know someone who gets starry-eyed over T-squares and power drills, chances are that special someone already has a well-stocked workshop chock-full of tools of every imaginable kind...

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 | THURSDAY
7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable

In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however, a garage can be transfo...

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 | MONDAY
The Benefits of Radiant Heat Are Invisible, and That's a Good Thing

You've probably heard about radiant heating, a new technology that delivers comfort via hydronic panels installed underneath the floor. There are many things to love about this home heati...

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | MONDAY
Winterize Your Home in 7 Simple Steps

With winter fast approaching, you'll want to make sure you've taken some critical steps to keep your house warm and safe through the colder months. Here are seven simple things you should...

NOVEMBER 7, 2014 | FRIDAY
The Right Way to Start a Fire

At first it may seem like a foolproof undertaking: You put some wood in the fireplace, light a match, then sit back and watch it burn, right? Well, yes and no. With seasoned firewood, a b...