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Electrical Generators and Home Security: What to Know

Make sure your home security system stays armed with a backup generator Anyone living in a winter-weather state can tell you that when the power goes out having a backup generator can bring a huge sense of relief. A generator for home use keeps your appliances, heat and lights…

Cable vs. DSL: Which Is Right for You?

When searching for a new internet provider, you’ll come across the terms cable, dial-up, DSL and fiber. DSL runs through telephone wires, while cable internet is transmitted through a coaxial cable network. Cable internet is usually faster than DSL and tends to have higher peak speeds, which makes i…

10 Ways to Boost Your WiFi Signal

Most devices in your home are not hardwired to the internet but rely on a router to provide wireless internet service. This means that you’ll need a strong, steady WiFi signal to conference call, binge-watch TV, blast through your favorite RPG or shop online. Great web surfing starts with…

Do You Really Need a Furnace Humidifier?

Humidifiers are a common appliance to keep homes comfortable, especially in winter when the air can be very dry. Portable humidifiers run in specific areas of the home, such as bedrooms, while furnace humidifiers are installed with the HVAC system to distribute moisture throughout the house.  W…

WiFi speed test: Check your speed & troubleshoot problems

WiFi speed refers to how fast you can transfer data between the internet server and your device at any given time. This speed determines the kinds of activities you can do with your internet connection and also the number of devices you can connect simultaneously over WiFi. …

Internet speed test: Here’s what it does (and doesn’t) tell you

In 2019, there were 293 million internet users in the United States and you’re probably one of them. Depending on your provider and plan, you pay for a certain internet speed each month — one that’s selected based on your usage needs. You may have a faster…

CenturyLink problems? Here’s how to know if it’s time to switch

CenturyLink has an extensive global fiber and DSL network. It provides services to residential and business customers and is the third largest DSL provider in the U.S. offering service in 39 states. Residential services include high-speed internet and home phone service. Unfortunately, CenturyL…

Laminate vs. Vinyl Flooring

Laminate and vinyl flooring are both excellent alternatives to hardwood, stone and tile when you’re looking for cost-effective flooring solutions. Not only are they both durable, they also feature easy installation and maintenance. When comparing laminate flooring vs. vinyl, there are many fac…

Ductless HVAC: Do you need it?

If you are looking into buying a new furnace, a new air conditioning unit or replacing an older window unit, a ductless HVAC system could be a solution. Also known as mini-splits, ductless HVACs are high-efficiency heating and cooling units that are ideal for homes without pre-existing ductwork. Alt…

What are the different types of floor tile?

Flooring plays a critical role in the ambiance of a home, and tile flooring options are often durable and sustainable, helping to offset high costs for flooring renovations and maintenance. Some choices have a smaller eco-footprint with more sustainable materials. Although certain types of tile floo…