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Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

You and your family are all set to go on vacation. But, you begin to worry about the safety of your home, even when you do the security basics of locking your doors. How can someone ensure that their home will be safe when they are away on vacation? Check out these tips on keeping your home safe, beyond locking the doors, while you are on vacation.

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Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake

Time for some de-stressing without added distress? Kiss those high-maintenance getaways goodbye, and head for the water. Here are seven benefits of renting a cabin on a lake. Continue reading “Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake” »

Home Office Design Inspiration

If you are a blogger, a freelancer, or any other stay-at-home worker, you have a designated home office area. Being able to get up every day and get work done from home takes a lot of self motivation. A work space that is unorganized or dull can make it even harder to stay motivated throughout the work day. Since you spend a lot of your time at your desk when working from home, it wouldn’t hurt to give yourself an organized work space. It also wouldn’t hurt to add some color or design to your home office either. After all, you do spend a lot of time in your work area, you might as well make it look exactly how you like it. If you are interested in spicing up your home office workspace, here are some design inspiration and ideas to get you started.

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How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly Home Picture

Today, a lot of home owners are going green by making their homes more eco-friendly and energy efficient. Climate change is a real problem all over the world, and a lot of people are wondering how they can help out in some way throughout their everyday lives. If you are one of those people, keep reading to find out ways to make your home more eco-friendly by providing a good balance between the health of the environment and the health of your household.

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Are LED Downlights Affordable For A Home?

old light bulbSolid state LED lighting has become the standard. Energy savings over conventional lighting can reach as much as 25% on brightly lit structures. LED streetlights are appearing in cities all over the globe, and the US Department of Energy claims it will represent over 45% of public lighting in the next two decades.

But the same advantages of commercial LED downlights are available to homeowners as well. Energy consumption can’t be so easily monitored, and most people don’t figure in lighting costs as part of the home expenditures. But people are becoming more aware that LED bulbs can create substantial savings over time. LED bulbs and lighting fixtures are taking up more space in retail stores than they did just a few years ago, and even tech review sites have jumped on the LED bandwagon. Continue reading “Are LED Downlights Affordable For A Home?” »

Perfect Wonderlic Score. Perfect House.

Perfect HouseI recently had the good fortune to meet football legend Pat McInally who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1975 through 1985.  (A little bit of side trivia, Pat is rumored to be the only NFL player in history to have made a perfect Wonderlic score on the official NFL-issued Wonderlic test.)  Anyway, when I met Mr. McInally, we weren’t talking about football or standardized testing or anything of the sort.   Continue reading “Perfect Wonderlic Score. Perfect House.” »

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Thick Ice on Your Driveway

review_id_433_image3_ATT00002De-icing your driveway is no easy task. We’re right in the heart of winter right now, and much of the northeast and midwest have been seeing heavy snow storms. Much of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are about to get hit with a snow storm within the next couple days. Unfortunatley for many of us in these regions, that means unruly snow mixtures accumulating on our driveways and sidewalks. Continue reading “The Best Ways to Get Rid of Thick Ice on Your Driveway” »

Staying Warm at Home this Winter with a Rinnai Wall Furnace

It’s important to stay warm in the winter. Some homes lend themselves to specific types of heating appliances, for example, installing a wood stove in a cabin is an ideal method for keeping warm for obvious reasons as cabins are often surrounded by trees. Some stoves can heat small areas, while others can heat an entire home. Some homes, however, can do well with products like wall furnaces.

There are a variety of manufacturers when it comes to heating products. Rinnai, for example, is a top manufacturer of products in this category, including tankless water heaters and direct vent wall furnaces. They also specialize in gas heating for homes, such as condensing boilers and vent-free fan convectors, all reliable options for staying warm this winter. Tankless water heaters are among Rinnai’s most popular items, as well as furnaces. These water heaters heat water fast, which is another desirable benefit in the winter. Continue reading “Staying Warm at Home this Winter with a Rinnai Wall Furnace” »

Accessible Home Design for Wheelchairs

Most homes you see today lack in accessible design. Unless there is a current need for accessibility, there are many features that homes lack for basic accessible needs. Home builders can modify homes to include accessible features, and sometimes, this would have to be requested and reincorporated into the original blueprints if you are designing a home from start to finish. Continue reading “Accessible Home Design for Wheelchairs” »

10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Winter

winterizing-homeWith fall here, that can only mean one thing: winter is around the corner. Winterizing your home can be tricky, especially if you live in an older home with poor insulation. Whether you live in a 150-year-old home or a new family starter, you should consider the many ways to begin preparing your house for the coldest months of the year. Without proper winter preparation, you might find unwanted damages to your home and an uncomfortable living space. Here’s how you can begin preping your home for the winter: Continue reading “10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Winter” »

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