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Whole House Humidifiers

Not only does winter bring cold air, it also brings dry air into your home. Dry air makes you uncomfortable, and can also damage wood floors, musical instruments, artwork and other objects. The key is to keep the humidity in your home between 25% to 50%. You can do that by purchasing a whole house […]

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“Smart” Thermostats

Programmable thermostats (by these we mean thermostats which can be programmed but are not connected to the Internet) have been around for a long time now. And they have many advantages over standard models. For one thing, they save money on your utility bills by allowing you to set different temperatures for different times of […]

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Water Softeners – Part 2

If you think the Lake Michigan water coming out of your faucets is too hard (and many people do, considering that it is rated medium-hard), here are some tips on buying water softeners. There are four different types of water softeners: Salt-based ion exchange softeners are the most popular. These units remove the hard minerals […]

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Water Softeners – Part 1

Here are a few things to know about water. The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon of calcium carbonate (137 mg/l of CaCO3). Lake Michigan water measures eight grains per gallon, which is considered medium-hard. Hard water is actually recommended for drinking, since it contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, carbonate and […]

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Bathroom Safety Tips

How many times a day do you go to the bathroom? It is likely the first room you go into in the morning and the last one at night. But bathrooms are often the site of serious – and preventable accidents. In fact, about 230,000 people a year are injured in the bathroom, according to […]

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Winter Energy Saving Tips

With winter coming, you know it’s going to be cold outside. But inside you want to be warm. At the same time, you want your heating bills to be under control. So, in addition to making sure your furnace is in good working order, here are some more tips. Note that many of them are […]

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Electrical Terms 101

When an electrician comes to your house, or when you’re looking at electrical items at the hardware store, you might be exposed to some language you absolutely do not understand. Here we provide some plain English definitions of some of the most frequently used terms. Current – The rate of flow of electricity. There are […]

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Outdoor Fall Tasks

With fall here, there are a few things you can do to prepare for winter now (including getting your furnace tuned up). Here are a handful of suggestions of things you might want to do outside before it gets too cold. Clean out your gutters and downspouts. When the rains come, you’ll want the water […]

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Time for a New Furnace?

Winter, unfortunately, is not that far away. The air conditioner will go off; the furnace will go on. Obviously, the one thing you do not want to happen is for your furnace to quit during a bitter cold day. While no one can predict exactly when a furnace will die, there are some hints you […]

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What to Do When Your Ceiling Leaks

Ceiling leaks can be frustrating, inconvenient and expensive. It is important for you to find the source of the leak to prevent it from reoccurring. But before that, minimize the immediate damage by doing the following things. Find the area of the ceiling that is leaking. Look for areas of the ceiling with coffee-colored stains. […]

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