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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NOVEMBER 2, 2016 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Choose a High-Efficiency Mini-Split System

If you live in a mild climate, consider yourself lucky. Everyone else? You know that whenever the temperature soars or plummets, you always face an impossible dilemma: Either you commit t...

OCTOBER 28, 2016 | FRIDAY
All You Need to Know About Indirect Water Heaters

Because they're typically out of sight—in the basement or a back closet for instance—water heaters are largely out of mind for many homeowners. Most simply take it for granted that wh...

OCTOBER 28, 2016 | FRIDAY
5 Ways Clogged Gutters Are Destroying Your Home

There’s a long list of maintenance tasks that homeowners hate to do. At the top of the list? Gutter cleaning. The chore is mundane and time-consuming, not to mention messy and unpleasant....

OCTOBER 26, 2016 | WEDNESDAY
5 Things to Know Before You Invest in New Siding

The blistering heat of the Southwest. The bitter cold of the Northeast. Every region faces a set of unique climate challenges that—no matter where you live—slowly but surely work to erode...

OCTOBER 25, 2016 | TUESDAY
The Lazy Homeowner's Best Weapon in the Fall

An unsung hero of the home, gutters quietly perform the critical function of capturing storm water and carrying it away to a safe remove. Unfortunately, the consistent performance of your...

OCTOBER 18, 2016 | TUESDAY
6 Signs You Need a New Furnace

During heating season, there's never a convenient time for the furnace to give out, especially considering the discomfort—and the genuine hazards—of a home without heat. Making matters wo...

OCTOBER 17, 2016 | MONDAY
7 Features to Look for in Your Next Garage Door

From its origins as a no-frills, utilitarian outbuilding, the garage has matured into an integral part of the home, one that plays a major role in the day-to-day activities of contemporar...

OCTOBER 14, 2016 | FRIDAY
7 Advantages of a Zoned Climate-Control System

When it comes to cooling and heating their homes, homeowners often face a difficult choice: They can either keep their home at a comfortable temperature, or cut corners to try and save mo...

OCTOBER 3, 2016 | MONDAY
All You Need to Know About Heat Pump Water Heaters

Homeowners rarely think about their water heater or its vital contribution to the convenience of modern living. Likewise, relatively few think about hot water’s surprisingly high price ta...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 | FRIDAY
6 Key Repairs That Can’t Wait Till Next Year

Fall means many things to many people. Some look forward to football season. Others relish apples and pumpkins and all the other autumn harvest delights. However, if you're a homeowner, t...