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How to Choose a Gas Fireplace for Your Home

Gas fireplaces are very popular today, and the main reason is convenience. Gas fireplaces provide an instant fire at the touch of a switch or remote control and there is no mess or clean up of ashes with a gas fireplace as there is with a wood burning fireplace.
Changing air filter on central air conditioner.

AC Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Check out these simple maintenance tips to help keep your air conditioner running smoothly all summer long. Watch this video to find out more.
Hand adjusting a Nest Learning Thermostat to 70 degrees.

Nest Learning Thermostat Saves Energy

Watch this video to find out about the Nest Learning Thermostat, which programs itself by remembering the temperatures you set and can be accessed remotely from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
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Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | February 15, 2020

Need help soundproofing your home? This product keeps unwanted noises out! Also: a beam in Rich's basement is pushing a block, causing cracks to form on the home's exterior — learn what we can do about that, and more, here.
Single story ranch house with almond colored vinyl siding, brown shutters, and white trim.

Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Project

Find out how we improved the energy efficiency of my daughter's home by replacing the heating and cooling system and adding insulation under the floor. Watch this video to find out more.
Using a stiff brush to straighten bent air conditioner fins.

How to Repair Bent Air Conditioner Compressor Fins

Cooling fins on an air conditioner compressor can become bent over time, reducing the cooling efficiently of the unit. Watch this video for an easy, DIY tip on how to repair them.
Person aiming remote control toward ductless mini-split air conditioner installed on a wall just below the ceiling.

8 Tips to Save Money on Heating Your Home

A heating solution that’s green and affordable? It’s possible! Here are some money-saving tips.

Keeping Shrubs Away from Your House

Shrubs that are too close to your house can deflect rain onto the siding and prevent moisture from drying out. This can result in rotten wood and provide a fertile environment for mold and mildew to grow.

Innovative Pump Unclogs AC Condensation Drain Lines

A clogged AC condensation line can result in water damage to your home, and may even cause your air conditioner to stop working. While you can clear the line using a shop vac, I recently discovered a product, called Mighty Pump, that is simple to use and keeps condensate lines flowing freely. Read on to find out more.