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Is your high-efficiency water heater going to lead to heartache later on?

(BPT) - It’s time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you’ve done your homework. You’re going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. Good for you! But as with any home improvement project, it’s important to know the nuances of proper installation — even if you’re relying on a professional to do the job.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Hot Accessories For The Contemporary Cook
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—These days, it’s not enough for home cooks to be able to multitask—get all the elements of the meal on the table at the same time, while looking after family and career—they want their appliances to multitask, as well.

Three Ways To Save This Spring
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—As the weather warms and outdoor watering starts, it's a good time to ask: Are you throwing water—and money—into the wind? Experts estimate that 50 percent of the 9 billion gallons of water we use outdoors every day is lost due to evaporation, wind or runoff caused by inefficient landscape irrigation.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Know Your Options For Home Cooling Systems
Posted: April 26, 2016

(NAPSI)—When the weather heats up, many homeowners crank up their central air conditioning or turn to multiple noisy window units. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal: central air, wastes energy by its all-or-nothing nature. Window units, in addition to being cumbersome, diminish a room’s attractiveness and obscure its views.

Know Your Options For Home Cooling Systems
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—When the weather heats up, many homeowners crank up their central air conditioning or turn to multiple noisy window units. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal: central air, wastes energy by its all-or-nothing nature. Window units, in addition to being cumbersome, diminish a room’s attractiveness and obscure its views.

Monday 04/25/2016
Ten Ways To Get Prepared For Planting
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—When the weather warms, many people's thoughts turn to how to make sure their yard is in tip-top shape for planting. These 10 tips can help get your garden off to a great start:

Enhance Your Home Decor with Natural Light
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Something about warmer weather inspires homeowners to lavish attention on their homes. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, there’s no better way to breathe new life into interior spaces than decorating with light. 

5 Reasons Why Hen Welfare Should Ruffle Your Feathers
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. Just three years ago, eggs from hens in cramped cages made up 95 percent of the market. Today, major corporations across the country have committed to more humane food practices by moving to cage-free eggs.

3 Ways to Find Financial Happiness This Year
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether a Millennial keen to put down roots and buy a house in the near future, a Gen Xer intent on nourishing credit health to keep life goals on track or a Boomer who wants to ensure their finances are in order before retirement, good credit health matters. A majority of Americans feel it directly correlates with their overall happiness, too.

Weed Out Gardening Injuries this Spring
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Gardening has many health benefits, but you need to ensure that you're not putting undue strain on your body.

Tips to Create the Perfect Sports Viewing Set-Up at Home
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to watching the game, the next best thing to the stadium can be your home. And sometimes home viewing can be even better. This season, take your spectating more seriously by bringing your entertainment center to the next level.

5 Tips to Remove the 'Pain' from Painting
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) If painting is on your list of home upgrades to tackle this year, you may find yourself procrastinating to avoid a painful process. However, with the right tools and a little preparation, you can achieve the new look you want and a finished product that makes you proud.

Friday 04/22/2016
5 tips to keep your kids safe at home
Posted: April 22, 2016

(BPT) - Your home is supposed to be a safe haven: a place to relax, unwind and spend time with family. It’s where families share the events of the day over dinner, celebrate their child’s birthdays and snuggle on the couch for movie night. But the home is also a place where many accidental injuries occur. In fact, nearly nine million children are treated at emergency rooms across the country each year due to accidental injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Monday 04/18/2016
4 simple ways you can save the Earth
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Every year in April, Earth Day encourages people around the world to think about how they can better support the environment. While this is a great reminder to live sustainably, the lessons surrounding Earth Day shouldn’t be limited to just one day. In fact, world leaders and A-list celebrities alike are raising awareness about climate change all year round.

DIY From the Inside Out
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, the weekend is their chance to get their house in order, tackling that seemingly endless list of projects that take a little more time. After all, the key to improved function, value and comfort at home requires a plan, some elbow grease and a few simple tips to help you do it yourself. Use these projects as inspiration and make your favorite dwelling spaces shine from the inside out.

Spring Project Breakdown
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As a kickoff to home improvement season, there are many home updates homeowners are undertaking. But before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional, do your wallet a favor, and conduct a little research.

Sharing Economy Embraces Camping
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) The number of people sharing their homes and rides has increased at steady rates across America based on increasing demand for less expensive and better vacation rentals and carpools. Now, landowners can join the sharing economy and benefit by sharing their land and hosting campers.

Felines and Fleas: A Dose of Prevention is Key
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s a common belief that indoor cats don’t need protection from parasites, such as fleas. While cats that stay indoors are at lower risk than those who spend the majority of time outside, the potential still exists for infestation. Preventive care is the most important step cat owners can take to help ensure a long and healthy life for their furry friends.

Understanding the Yawn
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Yawning is a natural part of everyday life, yet this simple phenomenon has some rather curious and mysterious features.

Friday 04/15/2016
Innovative Firsts For The Kitchen You'll Want To Know About
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s kitchens offer more than a place to cook—they are also a high-design destination. Here’s a look at the latest advances, technologies and innovative new products—the first of their kind—that you won’t want to miss:

Thursday 04/14/2016
What You Need To Know About Duct Cleaning
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually in a typical six-bedroom home, which raises the question, is duct cleaning important to indoor air quality (IAQ)? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts.

Three Steps To A New Home
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re diving into homeownership for the first time or looking to move into a larger or smaller home, here are the three things you should know before you begin your search this spring:

Monday 04/11/2016
Give Your Kitchen Convenient Country Charm
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Kitchens are no longer a back room; these days, they’re a major living space, and designers and consumers are looking for elements of warmth and comfort to tie a kitchen into the rest of the home. As a result, the latest look for kitchens is old-fashioned comfort and convenience—but with a material difference.

Four Steps Toward Getting Your Mower Set For The Season
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—April is National Lawn Care Month. It’s a great time to celebrate the beginning of warmer weather and the beauty of your outdoor landscape. And what better way to observe National Lawn Care Month than by getting your lawn mower ready for the season?

Perfect Patio Escape
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise, it’s the perfect time to gather friends and family for a getaway in your own backyard. Spruce up your space with furniture and accessories that reflect the newest sights and styles of summer for a patio-ready look that truly takes you places.

Tips to Get Your Yard Summer-Ready
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Although you may be itching to get back outside, before you can relax there’s work to do. After enduring the wear and tear of fall and winter, most yards need attention to get back into summer shape.

Fertilize Your Way to a Great Looking Lawn
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) A great looking lawn can play an important role in leading a happier, healthier life and can lead to enjoying more time outdoors while connecting with family and friends. And now is the perfect time to get your lawn in tip-top shape to host those warmer weather gatherings.

5 Simple Tips for Birthday Bash Success
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(Family Features) Whether you’re planning a princess tea party or a superhero birthday bash, the secret to organizing a party your child will treasure is to keep your little one’s interests at the forefront.

Tech Transforms Dining Out Experience
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(Family Features) Satisfying a craving has become easier than ever with the growing menu of interactive tools available at restaurants. From ordering to entertaining to rewarding, these resources make it simple to enjoy visiting your favorite eateries.

Friday 04/08/2016
Lower Home Cooling Costs And Improve Energy Efficiency
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—As summer nears, many homeowners are already singing the blues thinking about the spike in their electric bills as they start cranking up the air-conditioning to stay cool. But one way homeowners can help beat the heat at home and in their wallets is with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation.

Wednesday 04/06/2016
Homeowners Beware: Are Termites Feasting on Your Home?
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Homeowners across the country are out enjoying sunshine and fresh air while prepping their homes for the warmer seasons. While home improvements on the honey-do list may seem endless, one important task that shouldn't be ignored is checking for termite activity.

Tuesday 04/05/2016
Give your home a seasonal refresh with these easy tips
Updated: April 13, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Another winter has passed and warm weather is on its way. That means it’s time to say hello to all-things spring: budding flowers, walks to the park and…spring cleaning.

Monday 04/04/2016
7 Places Mosquitoes Might Be Hiding in Your Yard
Updated: April 04, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Spring has sprung, which means that mosquito season is almost here. These tiny insects could be living, flying and breeding right in your yard, and you might not even know it.

Last Minute Tax Tips
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Even though it’s common knowledge that tax day is April 15 (April 18 for filing 2015 taxes in 2016), many people wait until the last minute to file their income taxes.

5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

5 Reasons for Eating Right
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Eating right is not about adhering to a strict diet, losing weight or depriving yourself of your favorite foods. While maintaining a diet that is good for you can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid certain health problems, it can also have a positive impact on your mood, energy level and outlook.

Friday 04/01/2016
Save Money And Energy
Updated: April 02, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)--Here’s a cool idea: If your refrigerator is 15 years old or older, replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR® certified one can save you $260 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if all refrigerators 15 years old or older in the United States were replaced with new ENERGY STAR models, Americans would save more than $1 billion in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from more than 1 million vehicles.

Make The Cool Choice For Room AC Savings
Updated: April 02, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Keeping your home cool and comfortable in warm weather doesn’t have to get you hot under the collar when you get your energy bills. Consider a new ENERGY STAR® certified room air conditioner for comfort and energy savings and to help protect the climate.

Weekend Warrior: Take Your Home from Boring to Beautiful
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) It often feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish chores; let alone home improvements. Luckily, several do-it-yourself projects can spiff up your space with little time and resources.

Thursday 03/31/2016
6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and that means tackling home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all winter long. As you plan for these projects over the warmer months, include steps to improve your family’s home environment, both inside and outside. Your house will be a better, more comfortable place to live.

Tips And Tools To Make Chores Easier
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether your “to-do” list is getting you down or gearing you up for do-it-yourself fun, you want to be sure you have the right equipment to minimize the time, money and elbow grease you have to expend.

Wednesday 03/30/2016
Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy up these areas of the home.

6 kitchen and bath upgrades that are 'the whole package'
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it — once you get past high school, the people who go farthest in life are the ones who are the “whole package,” those who balance style, good looks and brains. The same can be said of kitchen and bath upgrades. The ones that will stand the test of time — the ones you’ll love as much in five years as you do the day they’re installed — are the improvements that blend style and intelligence.

Homeowners Plan To Save By Making Their Homes More Energy Efficient
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Harris Poll, two out of three Americans plan to make their home more energy efficient in the next year. For 84 percent of them, the biggest motivator is the money they hope to save.

Monday 03/28/2016
5 ways to improve the air quality in your home
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Before you take that next breath, do you know what’s in the air in your home? Sure there’s oxygen and carbon dioxide — that much you know — but it’s the things you don’t know about that should concern you.

Wash Away Winter Grime
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Months of harsh weather conditions can take their toll on your home and outdoor features, such as decks, sidewalks and even your lawn furniture. Often all it takes to get these items spruced up and ready for spring is a serious scrubbing with little more than a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime.

Room to Shine
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Something about warmer weather inspires homeowners to lavish attention on their homes. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, there’s no better way to breathe new life into interior spaces than decorating with light.

Simple Tips to Relieve Clutter Distres
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) Getting organized can feel like an insurmountable goal when every place in your home becomes a catch-all for the family clutter, especially if your closets and designated storage areas are tapped out of space.

4 Tips to Spruce Up for Less
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) If you’re looking to make a big change around the house, tidying up can make all the difference.

DIY Drain Tips and Hacks
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) When it comes to fixing household clogs, don’t be afraid to do it yourself. With proper maintenance and the right products and tools on hand, you can skip the plumber and keep your drains running smoothly at their maximum capacity.