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Replace Heat, AC at the Same Time to Save Cash

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A complete installation of residential furnace and air conditioning systems, like this one, can maximize efficiency and save you money over time. (Photo by Central Heating and Air Conditioning )
A complete installation of residential furnace and air conditioning systems, like this one, can maximize efficiency and save you money over time. (Photo by Central Heating and Air Conditioning )

So your home's air conditioning has quit, but the heater is still working. Learn why replacing both at the same time can save you cash and maximize efficiency.

How to Choose a Finish for Your Hardwood Floors

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The finish you choose can provide the protection your floor needs, but it also should add something special to the appearance. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ken M. of Albany, New York)
The finish you choose can provide the protection your floor needs, but it also should add something special to the appearance. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ken M. of Albany, New York)

Deciding to finish your hardwood floors is only the beginning. Learn how to select the finish that has the durability, tint and resistance to moisture you need.

Answers to 4 Frequently Asked Basement and Foundation Questions

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Preventing a water problem in your basement starts with finding the best quality products for the job. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Huy L. of Philadelphia)
Preventing a water problem in your basement starts with finding the best quality products for the job. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Huy L. of Philadelphia)

Out of sight, out of mind: Don't ignore potential problems with your basement or foundation. A professional explains why it's best to be proactive.

Organize Your Thoughts for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Less mental clutter can equal more quality sleep time, says Thorton. (Photo by Organized for Life)
Less mental clutter can equal more quality sleep time, says Thorton. (Photo by Organized for Life)

Having trouble sleeping? Mental clutter might be to blame. To get more rest, follow these tips to clear your head of nagging thoughts before you go to bed.

Hate to Toss It? Repurpose What You Don't Need

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Clean up that kitchen clutter by repurposing items such as storage shelves and crates. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David K. of San Francisco)
Clean up that kitchen clutter by repurposing items such as storage shelves and crates. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David K. of San Francisco)

Don't throw out that magazine rack! Getting organized usually means getting rid of stuff ... but learn how you can re-use those items as organizational helpers.

How Often Should I Replace My Engine Filter?

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Experts recommend replacing your engine air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. (Photo courtesy © Thinkstock)

Your car's engine air filter should be replaced when it gets dusty or dirty enough. But don't let a mechanic convince you to replace it too frequently.

Condensation in Your Home? Don’t Blame Windows

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Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)
Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)

When you see condensation on the glass, it’s natural to blame the windows in your home. But it's not that simple. A pro explains how to discover the real cause.

Timber! How to Tell if Your Tree is About to Fall

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Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Preventing fungus can be as simple as trimming branches for more light and air to flow through. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

How can you tell if Mother Nature is about to take down one of your trees? Learn the signs that indicate a tree is in decline and may succumb to the next storm.

DIY Drywall Repair Tips from an Expert

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Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

You may prefer the lived-in look, but a hole in the wall makes your home look a little too lived in. A pro tells how to repair a hole yourself and save money.

How to Develop Positive House Cleaning Habits

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Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Mandy Boardman about how to get your home clean after the holidays and keep it that way.

The Ornish Diet: A Spectrum of Weight-Loss Choices

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One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)
One aspect of the Ornish diet is controlling stress, through activities such as meditation or yoga. (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)

Based on Dr. Dean Ornish's book "The Spectrum," the Ornish diet focuses on choice over restriction while also emphasizing the role of activity and lowered stress in weight loss. But can the program really deliver?

Know What You Owe: Taxes on Social Security

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The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

Collecting Social Security payments? As much as 85 percent of benefits could be taxable in some situations. Learn more before it's time to file your taxes.

7 Steps for Cleaning Your Home to Sell

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Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)
Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)

One of the most important parts of "staging" your home to sell is getting it squeaky clean. Follow these 7 professional cleaning tips to get your house noticed.

What You Eat Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth

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Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Wait about 30 minutes before brushing after eating — the contact of bristles and teeth will increase the destructive nature of acid. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Your teeth not only can reflect what you eat ... some foods and drinks can damage tooth enamel, which protects the delicate inner structure of your teeth.

A Heart-Healthy Diet: 5 Ways to Improve How You Eat

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Many people do not drink enough water throughout the day. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but what you eat can make a difference. Get started on your heart healthy diet with these five tips.

The Mediterranean Diet: Wine and More, in Moderation

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The Mediterranean diet recommends that fruits and vegetables be a substantial part of almost every meal. (Photo by Hugh Vandivier)
The Mediterranean diet recommends that fruits and vegetables be a substantial part of almost every meal. (Photo by Hugh Vandivier)

Health and an active lifestyle are primary goals of the Mediterranean diet. But you can use this plan, which includes olive oil and red wine, to lose weight.

The DASH Diet: Speedy Trip to Weight Loss?

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A caprese-style treat of crostini topped with low-fat, part-skim mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil fits well into the DASH diet. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thom C. of Indianapolis)

The DASH diet aims to lower blood pressure with healthy food choices. It also may help you lose weight and improve your overall health. What's DASH all about?

Winter is the Best Time for Basement Organization

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Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)
Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)

Many homeowners who plan to clean a cluttered basement come spring never get around to it. These five steps can help you to organize your basement this winter.

Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Run or Exercise?

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When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)
When you run you are increasing blood flow in the body, which can contribute to gum inflammation. (Photo courtesy of Body3 Fitness Center)

Tooth pain while running or exercising can be triggered by trauma or an infection. Even temperature can set off dental pain. A dentist can determine the cause.

Turn Your Master Bedroom into Your Sanctuary

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Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )
Turn your master bedroom into a master suite by adding a comfortable sitting area. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )

Whether it boasts a cozy reading nook, custom closets or master bathroom with clawfoot tub, a designer can help you to create the master bedroom of your dreams.

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