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Heating

In one form or another, asbestos has been used in home construction for almost 100 years. If your home is more than 30 years old or so, you could be at risk. The two most common forms are cement asbestos, used in siding, and asbestos insulation, used to insulate heating pipes.

The risk of...
Attics and Lofts
Dear Tom and Leslie: 

I've heard you say many times that using an attic fan sucks cooled air right out of the house and that it's better to rely on soffit and ridge vents. Is that still true if you ONLY have soffit vents?  We don't have ridge vents and my husband reminds me how we fight...

Windows and Skylights

As heating and cooling costs inch up and the fossil fuels behind them begin to disappear from the face of the earth, there's good reason to look skyward for a solar power solution. Harnessing the power of the sun for comfort at home is an idea that's thousands of years old, but finding solar...

Garage Doors

Some of the easiest DIY projects can make a major difference for your home’s energy efficiency, and Owens Corning offers two options with its Attic Stair Insulator and Garage Door Insulation Kit. Simple to install, these solutions provide comprehensive insulation for areas susceptible to air...

Apartment and House Insulation Tips: Heat It Up!

Looking to heat up your home this winter, but can’t make any major improvements (like installing attic insulation)? Maybe you rent an apartment or house and don’t have the authority to start making major changes; or maybe you’re a homeowner on a budget and insulation isn't an option this year....

Caulking

If you think you can skip winterizing your house or apartment just because you rent, think again. Your rental can have just as many energy-wasting leaks as any other home, and sealing it up for winter just makes sense.

Caulk around windows. Windows typically need the most attention, so check...