ceiling fan maintenance
In my quest for the most energy efficient ceiling fan, one model blows the rest away. Now is the time to install ceiling fans for lower electricity bills this summer--here's how.
Here's how ceiling fans work, and how you can use them most efficiently.
The BagPacker is three handy yard tools in one.
Our recent article about energy-recovery ventilators stated that using a “true high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter” in your forced-air heating or air conditioning system would reduce allergens more effectively than regular filters. But one reader pointed out that this could be dangerous. So we went to the experts for their advice.
An attic fan may not reduce your air conditioning costs, but a whole-house fan is a different story.
The old rules of building suggest that, at a certain point, additional insulation would result in diminished returns — but those rules no longer apply.
While it may seem like an easy fix or prevention method, septic system additives, generally used to kill bacteria, aren’t as effective — or safe — as you would hope.
Clean air does not need to be expensive.
Save time and avoid blisters and burnout by following these common-sense guidelines this leaf season.
In part two of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares a homesteader named Isaac's 19th century journal entries on love, including the observation of local beauties and his desire for a woman who enjoys reading.
Machine expert Hank Will offers advice on whether to drain the gas tanks of machines that will be idle for a while.
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
Try these approaches for a stylish, eco-friendly tub and shower.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Extend the life of your washer and dryer and save money on repairs with these 10 tips.
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.
Washboard road is often considered a fact of country life. It's uncomfortable, wreaks havoc with your vehicle, and can cause expensive damage. Here's the one simple trick to preventing it almost completely!
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
A great way to get more enjoyment in the garden and less work, is to try the ancient concept of a garden Sabbath. That's one day a week where gardening isn't allowed, but communing with nature is.
Simran Sethi reflects on her first summer of yard-care and gardening.