Michael Franco


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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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

JULY 17, 2015 | FRIDAY
When the Clothes on Your Back Are a Tool for the Task

Look at any flat roof and, along the edges, you're likely to see a special type of flashing—the drip edge. Though nothing more sophisticated than a profiled length of aluminum or galvaniz...

JUNE 30, 2015 | TUESDAY
Home Zoning: The End to All Your Thermostat Wars

When you stop and think about it, doesn’t it seem strange that, in the typical residence, a single thermostat controls the temperature of the entire house? After all, no matter the size o...

JUNE 23, 2015 | TUESDAY
Avoid Gutter-Cleaning Forever After This One Improvement

Experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year—at the tail end of fall and at the very beginning of spring. If you live in a home surrounded by trees, then it's wise to c...

JUNE 9, 2015 | TUESDAY
6 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Home

Everyone makes mistakes, even when it comes to the responsibilities of homeownership. No matter how conscientious you are, you may be leaving your home vulnerable to extensive, expensive ...

MAY 27, 2015 | WEDNESDAY
6 Signs You Need New Gutters

Day after day, year after year, your gutters and downspouts are always on call to channel damaging storm water away from the home. Though yours may have contributed decades of faithful, m...