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Home & Garden
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 12:00 am

A programmable thermostat helps keep heat in balance

During winter and summer, it is difficult to keep all the rooms comfortable for my family. They are either too warm or too cool, and it varies throughout the day. What is my best option to fix this?
Home & Garden
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 12:00 am

Don’t rely on price as an indication of effectiveness

I need to get a room air cleaner for my son’s allergies. I see advertisements on television for expensive ones with no fans and others called “HEPA.” How can I tell which air cleaner
Home & Garden
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 12:00 am

Stoves that rely on wood-pellet or corn fuel are energy efficient

I use my fireplace for extra heat, but it is a hassle. I am considering getting a corn or wood-pellet stove instead. Are they energy- efficient and low-maintenance? What are my options? A wood-pellet
Home & Garden
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 12:00 am

Stability and durability are key

Dear Jim: I am getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting because of the kids’ allergies. I want to replace it with hardwood floors. Will hardwood insulate as well as the carpet? Which woods are best
Home & Garden
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

Properly designed, it can capture the sun’s warmth year-round

Dear Jim: My family needs additional living space. I want a sunroom, but I cannot afford to have one built. Are there any do-it-yourself kits available? Can I build one from scratch? What design is be
Home & Garden
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 am

Techniques for building a hot fire, and reducing creosote build-up

Dear Jim: I plan to use my fireplace often this winter to lower my heating bills, but I have never been very good at getting a fire started and keeping it going. Is there a proper method of building a


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