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Chicago airport noise complaints skyrocket amid new flight patterns

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Noise complaints from residents near Chicago's two international airports have dramatically increased in 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation)
Noise complaints from residents near Chicago's two international airports have dramatically increased in 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Department of Aviation)

There's little annoyed residents near Chicago's airports can do about the flight noise outside, but one soundproofing window company can help cut noise inside.

Is poor attic ventilation damaging your roof?

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Ideally, you want your attic temperature to be close to the outdoor temperature. (Photo courtesy of Jennafer T. of Newcastle, Calif.)
Ideally, you want your attic temperature to be close to the outdoor temperature. (Photo courtesy of Jennafer T. of Newcastle, Calif.)

What you don’t know about attic ventilation may cost you in possible roof damage. Roofing pros say many attics are insufficiently insulated.

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Air Duct Cleaning

How allergy sufferers can cope with peak ragweed season in D.C.

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Plants and weed in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Late summer in Washington is when local plants and weeds begin releasing more pollen into the air. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Ragweed pollen hits its peak in September for Washington, D.C., residents. Left untreated, these allergies can be severe enough to develop into asthma.

Air duct cleaning: Know the facts before making a hire

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The inside of a silver air duct before cleaning
The best choice a homeowner or business can make for the evaluation and cleaning of air duct systems is hiring a licensed air conditioning/heating company, says Peterson. (Photo Courtesy of Diamond Quality Services)

Do you want clean air in your home? Air duct cleaning may be the answer, but it isn’t always the best. Follow these tips to make sure you don’t get scammed.

Do you really need an air duct cleaning?

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A good air duct cleaning job takes several hours and thoroughly addresses all elements of an HVAC system. (Photo by Alexander Buntin)

Before hiring an air duct cleaning company, check out these five tips from experts in the field to find out whether air duct cleaning is worth it for you.

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Home Energy Audit

Discounts, tax incentives fuel solar energy interest in the Carolinas

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Solar panels can be an investment that pays for itself in 7 to 10 years. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ruthy B.)
Solar panels can be an investment that pays for itself in 7 to 10 years. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ruthy B.)

A non-profit pro-solar energy group is making Charlotte greener, one roof at a time, with info on and discounts for solar panels, energy bills and tax credits.

Converted Chicago condos create challenge for HVAC replacement

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An improperly sized HVAC unit won't keep your home comfortable. (Photo courtesy of member Manoj J., of Mundelein, Illinois)
An improperly sized HVAC unit won't keep your home comfortable. (Photo courtesy of member Manoj J., of Mundelein, Illinois)

A condo-owner asks how to determine whether the Chicago HVAC contractor's quote is for a properly sized furnace and air conditioner. To do: Ask for a load calculation.

3 ways to save money and create an energy efficient home

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Energy-efficient windows (Photo by DirectBuy of Indianapolis)
Up to 40 percent of the heating costs in your home could be wasted due to older windows and doors, says Wyant (Photo by DirectBuy of Indianapolis)

Tired of wasting money on your energy bill? Follow these simple tips to reduce energy waste, keep your heat in your house, and your money in your pocket.

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Propane Refill

Midwest braces for more winter storms; propane shortage drives higher costs

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Providers who deliver propane, such as Boye's Gas Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are in great demand across the U.S., thanks to wicked winter weather. (Photo submitted by member Sue P.)
Providers who deliver propane, such as Boye's Gas Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are in great demand across the U.S., thanks to wicked winter weather. (Photo submitted by member Sue P.)

Brutally cold winter weather in Midwestern states causing homeowners and providers to feel strain of propane shortage as prices rise and supply dwindles.

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Heating Oil

Avoid hazardous spills by having your fuel oil tank removed

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Even when a fuel oil tank has been pumped, about 5-10 gallons of sludge and oil will remain in the tank after pumping, says Gorman. (Photo courtesy of Timothy Gorman Contractor)
Even when a fuel oil tank has been pumped, about 5-10 gallons of sludge and oil will remain in the tank after pumping, says Gorman. (Photo courtesy of Timothy Gorman Contractor)

Even supposedly empty fuel oil tanks are a risk for oil leaks and spills. Avoid costly cleanup and have your fuel oil tank removed by an experienced contractor.

Should I replace my current heating system?

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When you get that tune-up on your heating system, ask for a report that states the efficiency of the system and tells you whether the system needs repairs, says Chretien (Photo courtesy of Mass Energy)
When you get that tune-up on your heating system, ask for a report that states the efficiency of the system and tells you whether the system needs repairs, says Chretien (Photo courtesy of Mass Energy)

Now that both oil and gas have risen in price and heating systems have become so much more efficient, it's wise to consider different replacement options.

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