How to Move Heat from a Wood Stove: 5 Methods

wood stove with a small fan on top to move heat

The average cost of heating a 2,000 square foot home is nearly $2,000 per year, according to Energy Services Group. One way to offset that cost without spending a lot is to use your wood-burning stove. Wood stoves provide a ton of heat for little investment, especially if you have a free supply of cut … Read more

How To Fix The 11 Most Common Electric Fireplace Problems

A technician checking the electric fireplace

Electric fireplaces are excellent alternatives to traditional wood-burning and gas fireplaces. Unlike a real fireplace, electric fireplaces don’t require you to split firewood, build fires and empty the ashes. But, like most electric appliances, electric fireplaces can develop problems over time too.  In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the most common electric … Read more

Do Air Circulators Cool Rooms?

an air circulator on the floor

Read any blog about how to stay cool in the summer, and you’ll no doubt see a subheading about air circulators. However, these articles rarely address how they work and when they’re helpful to use.  To help you understand more about the potential benefits of air circulators and get the answer to the most important … Read more

Cheap Ways To Insulate Windows For Summer

Having a lot of windows lets natural light in while letting you keep tabs on the neighborhood and enjoy the outdoor view from the inside. But the joys of having a lot of windows can be quickly overshadowed by the summer heat. If your home tends to heat up like a greenhouse in the summer … Read more

Should I Open My Windows at Night?

Sunny days and warm temperatures have your home heating up throughout the day. To help relieve that heat, many homeowners recommend opening your windows at night. But just as many seem to think that doing so carries more risks than benefits. So, should you open your windows at night? The answer, as you can imagine, … Read more

Does Opening Windows Increase Humidity?

If you live in a humid climate, keeping comfortable is about more than controlling the temperature inside your home. You also have to find a way to deal with the relentless moisture in the air. When the humidity inside the home becomes too much to handle, many homeowners wonder if opening the window would help … Read more

How Heavy Is a Ceiling Fan?

Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that nearly 20,000 people are injured from falling ceiling fans every year. Surprisingly, the injuries suffered are almost always blunt force trauma rather than cuts and decapitation. So, before you install that new fan above your bed or the dinner table, it is a good idea to understand how heavy … Read more

Switching Your Furnace From Heat to Cool

Whether it’s the beginning of spring or just a week of whacky weather, there will be times when you need to switch your furnace from heating to AC. While this is typically a fairly straightforward process, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your system is ready for the change. Below, we’ll … Read more

Should You Crack a Window While the AC Is On?

Should the windows in your house be cracked when running the AC, or not? It’s a question that gets posted on blogs, Reddit, and HVAC forums all the time. Despite some pretty confusing and questionable responses, the answer to this question is actually fairly straightforward. In this article, we’ll look at why people often think … Read more

The Different Types of Thermostats

Most homes have thermostats. But the majority of homeowners don’t know they have other options to control the heating and cooling of their home. As long as the thermostat turns your heating and air conditioning on, you likely won’t be looking for a new one.  However, since your thermostat is the “brain” of your HVAC … Read more

The Parts of a TV Antenna – A Visual Guide

parts of a tv antenna

There are three main parts to a standard style of TV antenna: The Reflector Dopole Directors All these parts carry out an important role when it comes to getting the TV signal from the transmitter, to your television! Let’s take a look at some pictures of these parts and a more detailed description of what … Read more

Does Aluminum Foil Boost TV Signal?

can aluminum foil boost tv signal

You may have heard stories from your grandparents about how wrapping aluminum foil around their rabbit ear antennas was the only way to get a decent TV signal. But does it actually work? Will it help you today if you are having poor signal problems? Well, the answer is….maybe. It depends on your setup. Read … Read more