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5 Easy Projects to Protect Your Home This Winter

The winter months are here! While you may be preparing to celebrate the holidays and spend time with loved ones, it’s also important to ensure your home is protected from the cold weather. There are several ways to lower your heating bill and protect your home this winter. Below are five easy projects for first-time home buyers that make a big impact. 1. Change air filters Easiest to do, easiest to forget. A clean air filter provides healthy air quality and savings on... read more

Practice makes perfect: Easy steps to plan for an emergency

Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn’t when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an emergency escape plan. Make time to sit down with your family...

Tips and technology for a healthier, more livable home

Today’s home builders, designers and innovators are working to create interiors and living experiences that take into account consumer trends toward seeking a more healthful environment, inside and out. This year’s “Whole Home Concept House,” by leading design magazine House Beautiful, places focus on design elements and appliances created to promote health, livability and sustainability, reflecting the increasing...

Most burglaries are home break-ins: How to protect your family

Did you know most burglaries are home break-ins? Keeping your home secure is vital to the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are several simple ideas to increase your personal safety. 1. Install a home security system. Security systems offer perhaps the most powerful protection for your home. Even a simple alarm system and a few well-placed...

Along with the cold temperatures, snow and ice, winter also brings unpredictable dangers, including the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisonings in the U.S. Referred to as the “silent killer,” CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that...

3 inexpensive home maintenance projects to help save thousands on repairs

Routine maintenance: two words that likely evoke eye rolls, exasperated sighs and dread for most homeowners who read, hear or even think about them. However, they’re also a homeowner’s best line of defense when it comes to protecting their most important investment — their home. “Many homeowners insurance policyholders are choosing higher deductibles because it lowers their insurance costs,”...
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