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Summer Safety in AtticsAttic safety is a concern at any time of year, but particularly in summer. While many homeowners avoid visiting the attic as much as possible, it’s sometimes necessary to inspect the structure, check for roof leaks or retrieve items stored there. Unfinished attics are not constructed to the same safety standards we take for granted in living spaces below. Persons entering the attic must recognize hazards and take necessary steps to guard against injury. Here are some specific attic safety issues to be aware of, especially during hot summer weather.

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How to Identify HVAC Vents in Your HomeIf you have central, forced-air HVAC for heating and cooling your home, it relies on a network of ducts that are essential for proper air distribution through the system. The ducts themselves are routed behind the walls, ceilings or floors, so all you see are the HVAC vents that cover the duct openings. Learning how to identify these vents and understanding their purpose can make it easier to keep your HVAC system operating reliably and efficiently, and help ensure your home comfort.

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Dust Mite Prevention in Your HomeDust mites live inside carpets, soft furnishings, clothes, bedding, and any other place where dust usually accumulates. Waste from these microscopic bugs is a significant cause of allergies. Regardless of how clean your home is, it's not possible to completely eliminate dust mites. Fortunately, there are certain dust mite protection tips you can follow to lower their numbers dramatically.

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Ways to Keep Guests Cool in Guest RoomsGiving some thought and preparation for guest house comfort before you have summer visitors will ensure that they’ll find your home as comfortable and inviting as you do. People tend to acclimatize to different temperatures and what’s comfortable for you may not be for someone else. Should the guest space be separate, you’ll find innovative and versatile ways to keep it comfortable.

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Proper Garage VentilationProper garage ventilation is important not only for the garage environment itself, but also for the home it’s attached to. A garage is typically a source of unhealthy fumes and unpleasant odors. These include poisonous carbon monoxide emitted by vehicles that enter the garage, fuel fumes from lawn mowers and other powered equipment, and vapors including toxic volatile organic compounds released by various paint and solvents often stored there.

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Benefitting from a Portable A/CA portable A/C makes home cooling mobile. These units are mounted on wheels for transport and sized to fit through interior doors in residences so they may be easily re-positioned anywhere in the house. Most models can serve as both temporary spot coolers bringing quick comfort to any space in the house, or adapt to a more stationary role in a dedicated room, substituting for a conventional window air conditioner.

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Homeowner's Guide to HVAC CostsAs a homeowner, you expect to incur some expenses related to maintaining, repairing or replacing your heating and cooling equipment, but how do you judge whether you're getting good value for the amount of money you spend? Understanding some of the key factors that affect HVAC costs and what you might pay for different HVAC-related services and products can help.

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