These Little Tips Can Save You Money on Your Heating BillReal Estate
According to real estate agents.
Jan 4, 2023
Heat Pump vs. Furnace: Which Is Best for Your Home?Real Estate
Winter is coming, and finding the right heating system for your homes is quickly becoming a top priority. But is a furnace or a heat pump best for your home?
Nov 23, 2022
The Best Space Heaters for Every Type of Home (and Budget)Living
Cozy times await!
Oct 25, 2022
I Asked 5 Self-Proclaimed Sweaty People How They Survive the Summer HeatLiving
Here's how to go "AC hopping" this summer, according to summer heat haters.
Jul 10, 2022
The Small but Mighty Space Heater That Doesn’t Take Up Any Floor SpaceLiving
Just plug it in and prepare for warm and toasty vibes.
Sep 10, 2021
What to Do When Your Window Air Conditioner SmellsLiving
A smelly air conditioner unit is nothing short of gross. But what can cause these exhaust fumes, or gunmetal, musty/mildew-y, burning… (need we go on?) scents? And better yet, how can you get rid of them? After all, you install your air conditioner to cool down the air in your home, not stink it up with unpleasant odors, some of which might even be potentially dangerous.
Jul 24, 2021
Here’s What to Know About the Differences Between Convection and Radiant Space HeatersHome Projects
When you’re sitting at home, wrapped under 40 blankets in efforts to keep the electric bill down, knowing the difference between types of heaters is probably the least of your concerns. But rather than resorting to wearing your puffer coat indoors, understanding what space heater is best will allow you to pick the best one for your situation and may even cut back on your monthly expenses.
Dec 23, 2020
Humidifiers Are Just as Healthy for Your Home as They Are For Your SinusesHome Projects
Your home gets dry skin in winter, too. Here's how you can help.
Dec 23, 2019
Is It Ever OK to Sleep with a Space Heater On?Living
For as awesome as having an electric space heater can be during the cold weather season, they often come with a lot of safety risks. We called on Jim Bullock, a retired FDNY Deputy Chief and President of New York Fire Consultants (NYFC) for advice on how to manage our space heaters properly at home. From when to turn yours off to places you should never put one, here are 10 expert tips for handling your space heater safely this winter.
Feb 6, 2019
5 Ways I’m Making Sure I Don’t See Another $700 Heating Bill This YearLiving
When I moved into a sprawling old Victorian in Louisville, Kentucky three years ago, my neighbors terrified me with their tales of four-digit utility bills. I’d swapped an under-900-square-foot bungalow for the three-story, 1890 behemoth, and was so scared of the bill the first year, I chose to freeze rather than turn up the thermostat.
Feb 2, 2019
This $28 Amazon Item Is My Secret to Surviving WinterHome Projects
I used to be one of those people that always preferred being cold to being hot. “You can always put on more clothes,” I’d insist, “but there’s only so much you can take off.” Then a few things happened, one of which was that I developed an auto-immune condition called Raynaud’s. As many as one in 10 people have this issue, which causes fingers and toes to overreact to cold, losing blood and turning white-blue. (Yes, it’s as painful as it sounds.
Nov 9, 2018
I Spent $30 on a Fan for My Kitchen, and It’s Made a Huge DifferenceHome Projects
A while ago, I wrote a post about how to ventilate a kitchen when you don’t have a range hood or vent. A number of Kitchn readers recommended installing a reversible window fan which, when put on the exhaust setting, can effectively draw smells, steam, and smoke out of your kitchen. I don’t have a hood in my rental kitchen, and for a long time I just ran the ceiling fans in other rooms when I cooked something particularly smelly or smoky. It worked okay, but wasn’t ideal.
Jul 23, 2018
Why You Should Sleep With a Sock on Hot Summer NightsHome Projects
I don’t know about you, but on hot summer nights I don’t want anything remotely close to me, unless it’s the frigid, steady breeze from the AC unit. I’ve been known to draw an invisible boundary line down the center of our bed (not unlike the line that separated my sibling and me in the back of our parents’ car on long trips when we were kids), restricting my husband to “his side” so his body heat stays as far away from me as possible.
Jul 5, 2018
7 Stylish Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This SummerStyle
How is it that we forget how miserable summer can be until we’re profusely sweating just from sitting outside for our lunch break? Summer isn’t all beach trips and rosé on rooftops, people! This season has the potential to be a hot, humid, sweaty mess. You could blast the AC for the next three months—but it’s expensive and not great for the environment—or you could use your awesome design skills to hack your way to a cooler home.
Jun 26, 2018
Is This The Thing That (Finally) Gets You To Change Your Air Filter?Home Projects
Some things are just plain old hard to remember, especially when it comes to ongoing home maintenance. I’m not talking about doing the dishes or laundry regularly, but the stuff that only needs doing every once in awhile, like cleaning your ceiling fan blades or washing windows. Which is why I love the idea of an air filter that tells you exactly when it’s time to swap it out. My air filter gets a workout.
Feb 14, 2018
Make Your Radiators More Effective With This Household StapleOrganize & Clean
If you’re on the East Coast of the United States, chances are you’re currently being pummeled by what meteorologists are (horrifically) calling a bomb cyclone. Basically, it’s a blizzard on steroids (aka low barometric pressure). If you’re safe and sound at home but could use a little more oomph from your radiator, here’s a handy tip that uses something you probably have in your kitchen drawer.
Jan 4, 2018
Read This Before You Paint Your Old, Peeling RadiatorHome Projects
You might just be wasting your time.
Dec 15, 2017
Here’s Your Reminder That You Should Never Plug A Space Heater Into a Power StripLiving
The temperatures are starting to drop, and if your home is a bit drafty, chances are there’s a space heater making its seasonal return from the depths of the closet. Though before you plug it in, one fire department has an important reminder on how to safely operate the units. “The weather is getting colder, and people are pulling out their space heaters,” the fire department shared in a Facebook post.
Dec 2, 2017
A Super Simple Way to Disguise a Window Air Conditioner in the Off SeasonStyle
While they’re absolute LIFE SAVERS in the summer months (or, if you live in the South like me, 11 months out of the year), A/C window units are pretty much hideous. But, cooler temperatures bring the opportunity to hide or disguise that window A/C during the winter, and it’s a small tweak that will dramatically upgrade a room’s look.
Oct 23, 2017
This Weekend: Prepare to Cool Off & Cool DownOrganize & Clean
Summer will be here soon and temps are already rising all over the country. Judging by the number of people I saw in the fan and air conditioner aisle at Home Depot this past weekend, keeping your home (and yourself) cool is high on everyone’s priority list right now. If you don’t have an adequate number of cooling devices — get thee to the hardware store. If you do, it’s time to make sure they’re clean and ready to go.
May 20, 2017
10 of the Best-Looking (Really!) Space HeatersStyle
Baby, it’s cold outside, and sometimes the radiator, or your home’s furnace, just can’t keep up. For chilly basements and chilly offices and everything in between, we’ve hunted down 10 space heaters that are shockingly easy on the eyes. Before you buy! It’s worth reading this info on space heater safety, so you don’t burn your house down. Pleasantly industrial, no-nonsense design at a reasonable price.
Dec 16, 2016
No More Ugly Radiators: How To Buy (or DIY!) Your Way Around an EyesoreHome Projects
While you may be grateful for it in the middle of a cold winter, an ugly heater can be an eyesore that you get tired of having to decorate around. Peeling or chipping paint, the wrong color or shape, or an awkward location can all make a radiator your least favorite piece of your home. Even if you don’t have a problem with how it looks, it may just be taking up valuable real estate that could be put to better use. But, don’t despair!
Dec 13, 2016
This Weekend: Don’t Let This One Thing Slip Through The CracksHome Projects
I know, I KNOW. I hate to even bring it up. But soon it will be winter, your joints and dry skin will hurt, and you’d rather cozy up in bed instead of fiddle with your drafty windows and doors. Take advantage on this transition period by prepping your home for the cold to come. You’ve totally got this! If You’re a Renter: Even if you’re not responsible for the building itself, you can still amp up your home’s efficiency and reduce your own heating bills this winter.
Sep 16, 2016
IKEA BILLY Hack: How to Cover Up An Ugly AC Wall UnitStyle
Mara’s condo has a necessary but unsightly feature smack dab in the middle of the living room: a wall-mounted air conditioner. She desperately wanted to disguise the yellowed AC unit so it was still accessible and functional, but infinitely better looking. After giving her IKEA BILLY bookcase a discriminating look, she reckoned it was tall and wide enough to fit nicely around the eyesore. Let the hack commence!
Feb 5, 2015
How To Heat Up a Cold RoomStyle
Brrr! Have winter temperatures outside been a little too present in the inside of your home? If you’ve got cold rooms, we’ve got the fool-proof ways to warm them up. Start from the top of this list and work your way down to see if any of these culprits have been keeping your rooms too cold to enjoy! First, check to see if you’re doing everything to keep the cold out. Drafts from windows are the first place to look.
Dec 13, 2014
Winter Sleepwear: Balancing Cuteness, Coldness, & Turning Up the HeatLiving
I’ve been shopping for our traditional Chanumas Eve pyjamas, and keep encountering sets like the one you see above: so adorable, and yet so impractical. If it’s cold enough for flannel, isn’t it cold enough for pants? Heat rises, for crying out loud! I would love a set of flannel plaid shorty jammies, or a darling striped nightgown, but I would have to crank the heat waaaaaay up to be comfortable wearing them.
Dec 1, 2014
Winter Survival: How To Get Help With Your Heating BillsLiving
If you, a loved one, or even just an acquaintance can’t afford to keep your home at livable temperatures this winter, help is out there! Seriously, if any of us have a customer, student, neighbor, patient, or client who is struggling to heat their home this winter, let’s do our best to get them help.
Nov 7, 2014
Crazy Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill This WinterLiving
We’ve heard all the regular ways to conserve heat in your home. And hopefully by now you’ve caulked your exterior walls, covered windows with plastic, and insulated the water heater. Now, it’s time to explore these perhaps less known ways to reduce the amount you spend heating your home — without needing to keep your teeth chattering, all bundled up in a Norwegian wool sweater, with down slippers glued to your feet all winter long. (Although, no lie, all those help too.
Nov 3, 2014
Learn from My Experience: Get a Whole House HumidifierHome Projects
When I moved into my house from an apartment, I was used to humidifying my space with a small, stand-alone humidifier. When I bought a house, I simply assumed that I would continue using a stand-alone unit that was sized for humidifying a larger space. I bought a Vornado humidifier for just under $200 and a few replacement filters at $15 each. I ran the thing constantly in the winters and still, the air was always dry. I refilled it endlessly.
Oct 23, 2014
How Much Does it Cost to Install a New HVAC System?Home Projects
We’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. If you can, let us know the type of system you chose, how large your space is, and specify materials vs. hired labor if needed. Approximates are fine. Since costs vary, your region of the country is always helpful too!
May 9, 2014
10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household EyesoresHome Projects
Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. Here are ten common household eyesores, and DIY projects and ideas to help you disguise them: 1.
Apr 3, 2014
The Bottom Line: What It Really Costs to Buy & Install a Water HeaterHome Projects
Last month we asked how much readers spent buying and installing a new water heater in their home. And you told us! We hope this information gives a basic sense of how much this new appliance costs, and how much you can expect to pay when hiring someone. Keep in mind, this is general and prices most likely vary in cities versus more rural locations, etc…Although this gives you a rough idea, you should always seek multiple quotes for any work done in your home.
Feb 20, 2014
Why There is Ice on the Inside of Windows & What to Do About ItHome Projects
No need to replace your windows yet.
Dec 13, 2013
The Ideal, Safest Temperature to Set the Water Heater Is…Style
Now the daily temperatures have dipped down into the “gotta put on some socks and a sweater” range, it also means I’ve been adjusting morning showers or post-workout baths into the steamy-hot triple digits.
Nov 19, 2013
How to Hide an Ugly AC Unit With Removable DIY ShelfOrganize & Clean
It’s been hot these last several days in LA. Anyone who has lived here for awhile knows this summer heat can go well into autumn, as September can be one of the hottest months of the year. And for those of you lucky enough to have AC in your home, you might be realizing now — as you start to crank your unit higher — the air conditioner is quite an ugly necessity… Here’s a worthy DIY that will not only hide a wall or window unit, but give you extra storage as well.
Sep 3, 2013
Before & After: Improving a Window Air Conditioner ViewHome Projects
On those unbearably hot days I really need to turn on our apartment’s window air conditioner I’m certainly thankful I installed it. But for the majority of the year the air conditioner is an unsightly presence, blocking a third of the view looking outside our windows and keeping desirable light from entering…A Brooklyn designer decided it was time to give eyesore window air conditioners a visual makeover.
Jul 29, 2013
Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Air Conditioner Size RightHome Projects
Save yourself money by buying the right one.
Jun 26, 2013
Old School Tech: Radiator HumidifiersLiving
Faced with a toasty warm but terribly dry apartment this winter, I went in search of old fashioned radiator humidifiers. Surprisingly, there are relatively few on the market these days – especially in the States. What was once commonplace has been replaced by standalone humidifiers that run on electricity. If you’re feeling old school or you won’t want to commit space to a separate small appliance, try one of these radiator humidifiers.
Nov 29, 2012
The Ventless Fireplace: A Cool Idea Worth Warming Up ToStyle
There’s nothing like the crackle, warmth and glow from a real wood-burning fireplace. But for apartment dwellers without an existing fireplace, alternatives to the traditional chimney and flue are necessary. Ventless designs powered by eco-friendly biofuel are now available in modern materials and as ceiling-mount, wall-mount and floor standing units. Here are a few sleek designs that won’t leave you feeling left out in the cold.
Feb 2, 2012
Winter Is Coming: How To Weatherize Your HomeStyle
We know, we know. Just writing those words hurt our hearts. But it’s true: the first day of Fall is tomorrow, which means Winter is right around the corner. Now is the time to weatherize your home before the heat is blasting in (and probably escaping out of) your home. Did you know that the amount of heat escaping through cracks in the average house is equivalent to having an open window year round? Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the leading causes of energy waste in homes.
Sep 22, 2011
Keep Your Cool: Air Conditioning 101Home Projects
Hot summer? If it looks like temps will continue to stay on the upper end of the thermometer for awhile, it’s safe to say that your air conditioning unit will be getting good use. Using your air conditioner effectively, balancing comfortable temperature with energy use and effectiveness can be daunting, especially for those still wondering what type of AC unit is best for their room (size vs. power). We take a look at a few tips on how to beat the heat.
Aug 4, 2011
4 Easy Ways to Cool Off Your Home During a Heat WaveOrganize & Clean
If you happen to live in a home with one tiny window AC or a portable unit — or no AC at all — battling against 90+ degree heat can make spending time at home during the summer far less enjoyable. Add a heat wave, a prolonged period of unusually warm weather, to the equation and you’ll probably find yourself counting down the days until fall.Minus the luxurious arctic blast of central AC, there are creative ways to stay cool and keep from sweltering.
Jul 25, 2011
8 Tips For A Cool Night’s Sleep (Without the AC!)Style
After a collection of heat-wave-days getting a good night’s sleep can be almost impossible. Even if it cools down in the evenings, some homes remain infected with a lingering warmth, making dream time a bit of a nightmare. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up to help me cope, but please share your own —for the summer has only just begun!Clearly, there is no A/C in my humble apartment, so scratch that from the list.
Jun 29, 2011
Retractable Screen Doors: Cool Your Space Without AC!Living
The United States makes up a fraction of the world’s population, and yet we consume about half the world’s energy. Most of that energy is spent on heating and cooling! Instead of habitually switching on your air conditioner, use screen doors to create cross breeze. These retractable screen doors make it easy, sliding open and close in the tightest of spaces.
Jun 23, 2011
Putting 3 Fans To The Test: Ceiling, Window, and DrumLiving
Want to cut back on your energy usage and save some money? Then skip the AC and turn on a fan. According to The New York Times, a standard window air conditioning unit uses 1,200 watts and costs 14 cents an hour to run, while a typical ceiling fan running at a medium speed operates on 30 watts an hour and costs just one penny every three hours to run. We know they save energy, but how well do they work?
Jun 16, 2011
Just Cool Enough: Desk Fans Instead of the ACHome Projects
When you share an office with another, whether it’s your home office or in a work office, chances are the AC is either too cold or too hot for one person. Sometimes a desk fan can offer some level of comfort for hotter temps without going to to the extreme of a cold blasting AC, especially in spring and early summer…Dyson Desk FanThe fan, called the Dyson Air Multiplier fan, does away with the blades used in common desk fans.
May 26, 2011
DIY Wishlist: A Patio Shade SailHome Projects
It’s suddenly hot outside. Which has me trying to figure out how to DIY a little shade for the patio and love the idea of a shade sail. I’ve been looking around for inspiration and love the ones pictured here:Sails like those from Coolaroo can be purchased for as little as $90. Find DIY installation tips and custom shades at Custom Shade Sails. And see a wonderful DIY from start to finish by this flickr member.Do any readers out there have a shade sail in their outdoor space?
May 10, 2011
How to Make the Most of a Crawl SpaceHome Projects
Ahh, crawl spaces – those lovely subterranean areas that often consist of dirt, cobwebs and feelings of claustrophobia. Even though we may try to avoid them, improving an existing crawl space is actually an important step in greening your home. Retrofitting these areas not only addresses energy efficiency and moisture problems, but for those living in a small home, they can also be turned into valuable storage space!
Apr 7, 2011
Winter Tip: Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Direction and Save EnergyOrganize & Clean
When it’s the middle of winter and freezing outside, it’s probably safe to say that most of us aren’t thinking about our ceiling fans. However, running fans in the colder months can actually save up to 10% on heating costs and is as simple as flipping a switch. In the summer months, the slightly angled blades of a ceiling fan turn counterclockwise to move air down, making people feel cooler due to a concept known as the wind chill effect.
Feb 9, 2011
Sleeping with the Enemy? Hot Men, Cold Women And The Battle Over BedclothesHome Projects
So, all evidence to the contrary, it seems I am actually a man. Every morning I wake up with a quarter inch of sheet over one ankle and I am practically sweating. My husband is lying under his portion of the duvet and my portion (which I have flung over him during the night) plus the occasional pillow covering his torso. And he is perfectly content.
Jan 20, 2011
4 Ideas for Insulating the Attic FanOrganize & Clean
If you have an attic fan in your home, it may help you save on your cooling costs in the summer. But in the long, cold days of winter, the opening can be a major source of heat loss from the house. Here are a few ideas for keeping the warm air from slipping right through:Since warm air rises, an uninuslated attic fan opening draws heated air right up and out of your home’s living spaces. Insulating or blocking the air’s flow can help prevent heat loss.
Jan 4, 2011
Keeping Warm this Winter: What IS a Parabolic Heater?Style
Our readers are in the know. Yesterday, in our post seeking tips for warming up a very cold apartment, several readers chimed in with their hearty recommendations for parabolic heaters. I stopped mid-comment thread with the realization that I had no idea what a parabolic heater actually IS — never heard of them before.A google search followed …According to Answer Bag, this is what they are: A parabolic heater earns its name because of its shape.
Nov 11, 2010
8 Eco-Friendly Blankets to Keep You Cozy and WarmLiving
No matter where you live, a great blanket is key to making it through the winter. Blankets help keep the thermostat down a notch or two and are a super easy way to inject a little style into a space. A quality blanket will last for decades, but if you’re looking for some new throws, or need to stock up for expected overnight guests, be sure to check out this list of some of our favorite eco-friendly blankets.
Nov 9, 2010
Tips for Storing an Air ConditionerOrganize & Clean
During this post-Labor Day week, I can sense autumn creeping into the picture. While I’m sad to see summer come to a close, there is one advantage to the impending change of season. It will soon be time to remove the air conditioners and reclaim the windows! Here are a few tips for storing an air conditioner in the off season: After removing your air conditioner, take the time to clean it before you stick it in storage. Remove the filter and clean it in warm, soapy water.
Sep 8, 2010
Don’t Sweat: This DIY Ice Fan Tutorial Will Keep You Cool All SummerHome Projects
Stuck without air conditioning again this season? No problem. While you may think you’re doomed when sweltering temperatures hit, if you have a fan and a freezer, you’ve got yourself a DIY cooling machine.
Jul 29, 2010
Tips for Making a Fan More EffectiveHome Projects
I don’t have air conditioning. Most of the time, my apartment, which is on the bottom floor, stays cool. But then there are those nights that are almost unbearable, and I break out the fan. Easy, right? Set it up, so it blows directly on your face. Uh, not so much. Luckily there are some tricks you can use a fan to help make it more effective.Since heat rises, the coolest air in your home will be hovering around floor level.
Jun 21, 2010
9 Tricks to Beat the Heat (Without Turning Up the AC)Living
It’s summer and if you’re not getting out of town, chances are you’ll find yourself fighting a battle with the heat between now and the fall. Maybe you’re like us and you don’t have air conditioning, maybe you’re trying not to rack up big bills, or maybe you’re trying to be more environmentally-friendly. Here are some tricks we’ve accumulated through years of grinning and bearing (and sometimes baring) it.
May 26, 2010