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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SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | MONDAY
10 Things You Never Knew Are Negotiable

Haggling over prices is a time-honored tradition in many countries, but American consumers aren’t particularly keen on negotiating. According to a 2013 survey by Consumer Reports, only 48...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | MONDAY
Are We Finally Ready for Radiant Heat?

It's a good time for the building and remodeling industry! Just check out the most recent U. S. Census Bureau data, which shows that in the last year alone, single-family home starts ...

AUGUST 29, 2017 | TUESDAY
13 Things Never to Put in the Microwave

Rush, rush, rush—in today's 24/7 culture, a microwave can be a real boon to busy households and time-strapped cooks. But even though these ubiquitous appliances are fast and convenient, t...

AUGUST 28, 2017 | MONDAY
How To: Choose a Well Pump

In cities and suburbs, folks enjoy virtually uninterrupted access to clean, potable water. But if you live in one of the 15 million U. S. homes reliant on a well, you don't have the l...

AUGUST 17, 2017 | THURSDAY
Why HVAC Professionals Want You to Go Both Ductless AND Ducted

Homeowners looking to upgrade or modify an existing heating and cooling system are often confronted with a dizzying array of options and choices, starting with one seemingly either/or pro...

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, ...