Why You Should Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction This Winter
According to a pro, it’ll save you energy and money.
Winter Is Coming (Sorry!) — Here’s What Your Home Needs Before Then
Home Projects
Consider this your pre-cold-weather to-do list.
Aug 31, 2023
No Central Air? Here Are 4 Ways to Stay Cool During a Dangerous Heat Wave Projects & Improvements
Learn how to protect yourself in dangerously hot heat — even without central AC.
Aug 11, 2023
9 Things Sneakily Making Your Home Feel Hot in the Summer
Home Projects
If you just can’t seem to get your home to a comfortable temperature, you might have one of these factors to blame.
Jul 14, 2023
The Best Portable Air Conditioners for Your Apartment
Beat the heat in every room of your home.
Jul 13, 2023
9 Cheap Ways to Stay Cool with Things You Already Have at Home
Don’t pack away your winter scarves just yet.
Jun 19, 2023
I Found the Reason My Home Feels So Hot — 6 Ways to Combat “Hot Zones”
Hot zones making you sweat? These pros have the answers.
Jun 13, 2023
The Best Editor-Tested Window ACs That You Can Buy NowProjects & Improvements
Beat the heat this summer and beyond.
Jun 8, 2023
This Smart AC Unit Is the Only Thing That Gets Me Through the Brutal NYC SummersProjects & Improvements
Sturdy, reliable, and effective — what more could you ask for?
Jun 2, 2023
10 Table Fans That Are *Actually* Stylish
You don't need to compromise on form or functionality with these great-looking picks.
Mar 21, 2023
Why There is Ice on the Inside of Windows & What to Do About ItProjects & Improvements
No need to replace your windows yet.
Jan 11, 2023
How Did People Survive Before Air Conditioning?Projects & Improvements
Probably everyone has had this thought at least once a summer, while sweating through their clothes: how did people survive before air conditioning?
Jan 2, 2023
4 Ways to Know It’s Time To Replace Your Water HeaterProjects & Improvements
Here’s what you need to know about water heaters in your home, including how long they typically last and signs that it might be time to buy a new one.
Oct 29, 2023
Heat Pump vs. Furnace: Which Is Best for Your Home?Projects & Improvements
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
This Small-But-Mighty Space Heater Is Going to Keep Me from Freezing in My Apartment This Winter (It’s On Sale!)
This compact heater is perfect for small spaces!
Nov 2, 2022
Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Air Conditioner Size RightProjects & Improvements
Save yourself money by buying the right one.
Sep 21, 2022
How to Use an Air Conditioner Economically and Save on Your Electric BillProjects & Improvements
There are plenty of ways you can get creative when it comes to staying cool and saving money.  But when the heat of summer truly hits, sometimes your best bet is cranking up the AC. Learning how to save money with your air conditioner can help you keep your cool physically and budget-wise. While it certainly costs a bit more than your usual ice fan hack, things like closing off vents and rearranging furniture are effective and still pretty easy on the wallet.
Sep 20, 2022
Tips for Making a Fan More EffectiveProjects & Improvements
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.
Sep 16, 2022
Don’t Sweat: This DIY Ice Fan Tutorial Will Keep You Cool All SummerProjects & Improvements
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.
Sep 9, 2022
Read This Before You Paint Your Old, Peeling RadiatorProjects & Improvements
You might just be wasting your time.
Sep 8, 2022
With a Moss-Covered Panel, July Is Once Again Revolutionizing the AC IndustryProjects & Improvements
July's previous AC products have had 30,000 people-long wait lists.
Jul 31, 2022
I Asked 5 Self-Proclaimed Sweaty People How They Survive the Summer HeatProjects & Improvements
Here's how to go "AC hopping" this summer, according to summer heat haters.
Jul 10, 2022
Putting This One Product in My Bedroom Was an Absolute Game-ChangerProjects & Improvements
A mini air conditioner was the perfect solution for my sweaty, sleepless nights.
Feb 25, 2022
These Stylish Covers Will Add a Pop of Color to Your Air Conditioner UnitProjects & Improvements
The covers have been designed in collaboration with celeb-loved furniture designer Sophie Collé.
Feb 5, 2022
The 10 Best Draft Stoppers to Keep Coziness High and Energy Bills Low This WinterProjects & Improvements
Doors, windows, garages, fireplaces — you name it, we've got a way to keep the cold out.
Dec 2, 2021
The Small but Mighty Space Heater That Doesn’t Take Up Any Floor SpaceProjects & Improvements
Just plug it in and prepare for warm and toasty vibes.
Sep 10, 2021
The Best Dehumidifiers to Buy Right Now for Every BudgetProjects & Improvements
They fight mold, reduce allergens, and can help you get through that heatwave.
Jun 7, 2021
8 Stylish Portable Air Conditioners and Fans to Help You Beat the Heat On the Go
Stay cool — no matter where you are.
May 21, 2021
Here’s What to Know About the Differences Between Convection and Radiant Space HeatersProjects & Improvements
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
The Bottom Line: What It Really Costs to Buy & Install a Water HeaterProjects & Improvements
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.
Jul 16, 2020
10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household EyesoresProjects & Improvements
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.
Jul 15, 2020
This New Air Conditioning Unit Is Surprisingly BeautifulProjects & Improvements
Designed by the people behind Away luggage.
May 4, 2020
10 Great Humidifiers We LoveProjects & Improvements
image:78113c68e82a4c44a1573ec0e4ddb4bb73682f53 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" It’s that time of year when the air is oh so dry and sore throats and bloody noses abound. With an end to winter still quite a ways away our thoughts have turned to ways to add more moisture in the air.
Apr 13, 2020
How To Heat Up a Cold RoomProjects & Improvements
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.
Mar 11, 2020
The Best Portable Space HeatersProjects & Improvements
Here’s another way to save energy this winter: try using a portable space heater to heat just the room you’re in, and turn down the thermostat in the other rooms of your house. The New York Times recently tested 10 portable space heaters. Here are the Top 5:Shown above the jump, from left to right:Holmes Ultra Quiet Ceramic Heater ($82.99): At 15-inches high, this model from Holmes produced the hottest air and took only about 20 minutes to warm up the room by 10 degrees.
Jan 26, 2020
Humidifiers Are Just as Healthy for Your Home as They Are For Your SinusesProjects & Improvements
Your home gets dry skin in winter, too. Here's how you can help.
Dec 23, 2019
The First 5 Things You Need to Do Before You Turn on the Heat at HomeProjects & Improvements
Here's a short list of checks that home maintenance experts think you should run through before the first big chill hits where you live.
Oct 1, 2019
How To…Stay Warm at Home without Much HeatProjects & Improvements
Today, in our chilled state, we came across a great list of strategic steps and tips for staying warm at home if there’s little heat (for whatever the reason may be).Today is the first day that we’ve been truly cold in our home office, reminding us that the seasons have very officially shifted. We have on our wool socks, scarf, and almost considered finding some fingerless gloves so we could type more comfortably! We want to know your top way(s) of staying warm indoors.
Sep 9, 2019
Kotatsu: The Heated Small Space DesktopProjects & Improvements
We were chatting with a friend who spent several years in Japan about the Japanese proficiency for maximizing usable space in the home when he mentioned the kotatsu, a low multipurpose table that transforms for warm or cold weather configurations.
May 9, 2019
9 Tricks to Beat the Heat (Without Turning Up the AC)Projects & Improvements
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 9, 2019
How To: Insulate with Bubble WrapProjects & Improvements
We’ve blogged about a bubble wrap “stained glass window” before, but bubble wrap also works as a great insulator when it’s cold. See how to use leftover packaging to decrease your heating bill, after the jump…According to Build it Solar, bubble wrap is often used to insulate greenhouses during the winter — so why not use it at home, too!
May 8, 2019
Zip-A-Way: Removable Window SealantProjects & Improvements
Just the other day we were starting to think about winterizing our home for the season, when we got a great tip from one of our favorite home improvement gurus, Lou Manfredini. Lou suggested that as an alternative to covering drafty windows with plastic, caulk them with a temporary and removable sealant such as Zip-A-Way.
May 8, 2019
4 Ideas for Insulating the Attic FanProjects & Improvements
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.
May 7, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Switching to a Tankless Water HeaterProjects & Improvements
If the idea of constantly heating your water in a big tank sitting in your basement sounds mighty inefficient and wasteful to you, then a tankless water heater may be the right option for you. I’ve researched some of the advantages of a tankless water heater system, alongside some of the compromises that come with the compact, more energy efficient option. There are many advantages to going with a tankless water heater.
May 5, 2019
This Weekend: Don’t Let This One Thing Slip Through The CracksProjects & Improvements
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.
Apr 30, 2019
No More Ugly Radiators: How To Buy (or DIY!) Your Way Around an EyesoreProjects & Improvements
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!
Apr 30, 2019