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Indoor Air Quality Help for Homeowners: Tips to Breathe EasierIndoor air quality can influence your health and happiness while at home. Poor indoor air quality can exacerbate allergies, lead to respiratory infection, and may even lead to problems like chronic illnesses. There are many things you can do to measure, test and improve your indoor air quality. Here's what you need to know.

What Contributes to Poor Air Quality?

Many factors come into play when it comes to air quality. Everything from the HVAC system to the type of paint you use on your walls can affect what's in the air and how easy it is to breathe.

Moisture

Moisture contributes to the development of mold and mildew, which can have serious health effects. Sometimes mold is visible on paint and in carpeting, but other times, mold is hidden

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Own a Fireplace? Safety, Maintenance Tips You Need to KnowThere's nothing more cozy than lighting a fire in the fireplace on a winter night. And even in sunny California, where winters are mild or even nonexistent, many homes have a fireplace - even if they are rarely used. However, fireplaces can be dangerous if they're not properly maintained and used safely. Here's what you need to know to keep your fireplace in good condition.

Never Leave a Fire Burning Unattended

Fires should never burn unattended. Homeowners with gas fireplaces need to only turn off their fireplace before leaving the room. However, homeowners with wood-burning fireplaces must wait for their fire to burn low: they cannot put out the fire with water.

For this reason, it's important for Manhattan Beach homeowners with a

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4 Countertops Materials You Should Know AboutWhen improving a home, replacing the countertops in kitchens in bathrooms is one of the most popular projects that homeowners invest in. When people think of replacing countertops, they usually automatically think of marble and granite, and while these options can both be great materials for counters, they aren’t the only options out there. Here are some of the other materials for counters that homeowners don’t often think about when choosing their new countertop.

1. Laminate Countertops

Natural stone like marble and granite can be expensive, so many homeowners who are trying to save money or stick to a budget will opt for a material like laminate that’s more cost-effective. While laminate doesn’t feel like more expensive materials, it can be

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How to Clean and Maintain Your GuttersThe home's gutters are more than just an ornament on the side of the home. They help prevent flooding, protect the foundation, and can even keep the soil healthy. But after a while, they can start to crumble under the weight of all that water, foliage, or ice. Water damage does more than just ruin a home's resale value, it can potentially cause deadly mold to form on the property. Here are a few tips for homeowners to keep their gutters functioning like new.

Inexpensive and Effective

Unless the gutters are in terrible shape, homeowners can use gutter sealants as a quick fix. Small holes or disconnected joints can be patched together with this strong epoxy that can be purchased for under $10. If the problem is larger, homeowners can consider metal

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HVAC MaintenanceImprove the life of an HVAC system and its efficiency with proper maintenance. Doing routine maintenance on an HVAC system can make for fewer costly repairs and a more energy-efficient system. People searching for a new house to buy want a home with a working and effiecient HVAC system. Use the following tips to prolong the life of an existing HVAC system.

Check the HVAC System

Checking the HVAC system regularly can help homeowners take care of small issues that arise. This should be performed before summer and winter seasons to address any malfunctioning parts without drastically impacting the comfort of occupants in a home. During this time, a homeowner can also inspect insulation on refrigerant lines and the general condition on observable

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Garage Organization Tips for HomeownersWith the right organizational techniques, the garage can act as a functional workspace and storage room. Homeowners must overhaul their entire garage to achieve this goal, however. Although the process is time-consuming and tedious, the outcome can provide a lifetime of benefits. Here are a few DIY steps homeowners can follow to transform their garage into a truly organized space.

Start By Making a Rough Sketch

By drawing up a rough sketch, homeowners can plan the overall layout of their organized garage. They should include the location of all major toolboxes, workbenches and other large items to start. From there, they can plan where to put the shelves, drawers and other organizational elements to complete the design.

Find the Right

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your WindowsGood windows contribute to the lighting and beauty of a home while also helping that home maintain its energy efficiency. Windows can last for decades, but only if they're properly maintained. Knowing when windows need maintenance, what kind of maintenance to perform and when to replace windows is an important part of maintaining a property.

Maintaining Windows

There are many things that homeowners must do to maintain their windows.

  • Cleaning. Washing the windows at least once per quarter helps the inside of the home stay light and bright.
  • Caulking. Occasionally, windows need to be re-sealed with caulk; this happens every few years as the caulk deteriorates.
  • Repairs. A broken window is a hazard and also bad for energy efficiency,
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Should You Refurbish or Replace Your Cabinets?Refurbishing kitchen cabinets is a common practice among homeowners who are trying to improve their home's value without breaking the bank. New kitchen cabinets are a big attraction for home buyers, so this is a good project for homeowners who want to sell their property. This is also an excellent project for a homeowner who wants to upgrade their kitchen without getting involved in an extensive remodeling project.

When To Refurbish?

It's time to refurbish when the kitchen cabinets are starting to look their age, the kitchen is out of date or the cabinets have sustained cosmetic damage. Many homeowners decide to refurbish their cabinets when the cabinets have become scratched, stained, yellowed or are simply very dated.

Paint or Stain

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Pool Maintenance: A Reality Not to IgnoreSome homeowners consider a backyard swimming pool a mixed blessing. A pool is typically an attractive focal point and a social gathering spot during the season. In some parts of the country, owners enjoy year-round use of a pool and adjacent patio. In addition to the pool, many homes have professional landscaping around the pool to enhance the functionality and beauty of the backyard.

However, every pool requires regular maintenance: In addition to thinking about the fun it will provide, also consider the time and expense to keep a pool in prime operating condition as well as assuring that it is always visually attractive and safe for use. Although they are not normally an overwhelming concern, a homeowner must also be aware of the need for

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What to Know About Installing a DeckInstalling a deck can be an exciting new project for any homeowner to take on. They picture summer evenings sipping beer or serving dinner to all their friends. But there are a few factors to keep in mind before measuring or hiring contractors. The rules of decks vary across the nation, depending on where a person lives, what materials they're using, and how the land slopes beneath their feet. Keep these tips in mind for better results.

Check for Permits First

Whether owners are subject to HOA rules or not, they still need to check with their local authorities to learn more about what they can and can't do. In some El Segundo neighborhoods, owners can install their decks without permits or governmental permission. In others, they may only be

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