(NAPSI)—Before you turn on your air-conditioning system, you may need to perform a few simple maintenance tasks to ensure it runs efficiently—things such as changing filters, tightening loose screws and clearing away obstructions from vents. Systems that fail to turn on or present challenges beyond your expertise require the skills of a trained technician. This is especially true if your cooling system exhibits any of the following signs:
(NAPSI)—Here’s hot news for home cooks: You may be able to get much more out of the kitchen stove than you realize. Today’s ranges let you do more than just heat up a frozen pizza or boil water. Here are six things you can do to make meals easier, faster and more fun to make.
(Family Features) While the stress-relieving capabilities and health benefits of gardening are well known, a twist on this timeless hobby offers a way to add charm and a whimsical feel to your home and garden. Creating an enchanted fairy garden can boost imagination and offer a family-friendly way to hone your green thumb.
(Family Features) Natural stone is one of the most beautiful materials available for residential and commercial design. Each piece is unique and can fit effortlessly into a variety of decors, making it a top choice for consumers and designers. While natural stone is a popular material, there are several myths surrounding its use that cause homeowners to question its practicality.
(Family Features) From homemade childhood favorites that warm the heart to delectable desserts, no one works their magic in the kitchen quite like mom. When trying to decide what to get your favorite lady for Mother’s Day this year, look for gifts that allow her to channel her inner foodie, chef or baker.
(Family Features) A deep clean is a surefire way to freshen up your home. In order to create a cleaner, healthier household environment, you need to be sure you're using the right methods and tools to get the job done.
(Family Features) Spring breezes may be blowing, but before you put those windows down and settle in for a leisurely drive to soak up that fresh air, your car needs some seasonal freshening of its own.
(Family Features) Whether spring or summer, extended breaks from the day-to-day routines are great for making new family memories. They are also great for taking some time to recall previous ones often found in items around the house.
(Family Features) Driving conditions have drastically changed in recent years, and thanks to the rise of cell phones and smart devices there are more distracted drivers on the road than ever before. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are a direct result of cell phone use while driving.
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the turn of seasons means it’s time to tackle the big move. Whether you’ve purchased a new home or are changing apartments, moving is a lot of work — both physically and mentally. By planning ahead, packing smart and moving safely, you can avoid some of the most notorious moving day mistakes.
(StatePoint) Spring is peak home-buying season, but for some, a low credit score may make it difficult for their dream home to become a reality.
(BPT) - The spring home buying season is in full swing all across the United States.
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.
(StatePoint) If you're in the market to buy a home, today’s historically low average mortgage rates are something to celebrate. Mortgage rates play a significant role in how much home you can afford -- and when rates are low, a home that was once unaffordable may now be within reach.
(BPT) - Open floor plans, mini-mansions, micro homes — some home design styles and elements shift with the currents of consumer tastes. However, others stand the test of time because they’re enduringly useful. Attics or lofts, for example, are a staple of American home design, remaining in demand even as the way we use them has evolved.
(BPT) - Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task – whether it’s a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel like you're the only homeowner, ever, to have questions. Renowned designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus, has answered design questions from homeowners for more than 20 years, and he's found that the same ones keep cropping up.
(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy is being lost through inefficiencies in my home and how much is this energy loss costing me each month?"
(BPT) - Investing in your safety pays off, whether you live in a coastal region prone to hurricanes or in a place fires can occur and storms inevitably strike. Preparing your exterior with fire-resistant, water-resistant siding and hurricane storm-rated shutters can ensure your home stands up to nature’s harshest elements — and weathers them beautifully. Fortifying your home exterior to resist fires and ride out storms is doable when you choose durable and innovative Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle siding and Atlantic Premium Shutters.
(BPT) - Homeownership remains an important goal for consumers, especially for those looking to buy for the first time. While most are willing to make some lifestyle changes to make their first home possible, many are looking to bypass a typical starter home in search of a place that will suit their future needs. Learn about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic.