Home Improvement Category

Staying Safe During A Power Outage

There are steps you can take to storm-proof your home HVAC equipment.
With the warm weather of early summer comes more frequent thunderstorms and severe weather that can increase the risks of power outages. To help you stay safe when you lose power, we've created a list of a few supplies that will help keep you and your family safe when you lose power: 1. Flashlights and Batteries The last thing you want to do during a [...]

When you know it’s time to replace your wood-burning fireplace

Converting your wood fireplace to gas can improve your home health quality.
Fireplaces have long been a favorite home feature among residents. More than 3 out of 5 homebuyers said the presence of a fireplace would impact their decision to put an offer on a home, and 35 percent of buyers said they'd pay as much as $5,000 more for a house equipped with one, according to Angie's List.Wood-burning fireplaces were listed as [...]

Upgrade Your Living Room in the New Year

A gas fireplace installation and a ductless mini-split system are two ways to make your living room more comfortable during the winter.
The days are getting longer, but they're still a long ways from getting warmer. And if the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil carry any weight, it'll be at least another six weeks before winter begins to subside.For homeowners in particularly snowy states such as Maryland, now is the time to begin searching for an oasis from the bitter cold outside. [...]

Heat Pump Vs. Furnace: How to Decide the Best Heating Method

Recent heat pump models can still be efficient in the winter.
  Heat pumps have been used in many parts of the U.S. as a means to heat homes since the 1940s, according to Angie's List. However, until recently, they were primarily utilized in areas that experienced very mild winters. They couldn't efficiently or adequately heat homes when temperatures dipped below freezing for extended periods of time. As such, [...]

Here’s What You Need to Know About Gas Fireplaces

A gas fireplace can make your home cozier without the mess associated with wood-burning models.
There are few activities cozier than curling up in front of the fireplace on a brisk late-autumn or mid-winter day. A fireplace is one of the most sought-after home features, and many buyers are willing to increase their bid for a home if it comes with a fireplace. Though many people believe an old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace is the only way to go, [...]

Labor Day Safety Tips

Labor day safety tips
Labor Day weekend is the last chance to squeeze out a vacation, go to the beach, or fire up the grill. No matter how you are celebrating, we have a few tips to help keep you safe: If You Are Traveling: Carry an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Check the weather, and try to plan to drive in the optimal conditions for that day. Have a [...]

Your Summer Storms Preparation Checklist

Backup generators will help you avoid power loss during a summer storm.
As homeowners in the Northeast know all too well, summer means more than backyard barbecues. It also means storm preparation. Summer storm season lasts from June to November along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, with thunderstorms hitting Maryland once every five days on average in July and August. Fortunately, by following a storm preparation [...]

How Do You Know Which Home HVAC Equipment is Right For You?

Woman Operating Air Conditioner With Remote Control
We're now firmly entrenched in warm weather for the next few months - do you have the HVAC equipment you need to stay cool and comfortable throughout the season? It can seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven't had to make such home climate control updates until now. But the process is not as difficult as it may initially seem - as long as you go [...]

Improve your indoor air quality this spring

The air quality in your home can impact your general health.
Many homeowners gear up for some good old-fashioned spring cleaning after the hibernation of winter, whether it means giving their interiors a hearty dusting or clearing debris left by storms from their backyards. Doesn't the air you breathe deserve the same care and attention? Springtime represents the perfect opportunity to improve indoor air [...]
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