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Free online program helps choose paint
colors: My Color Finder
This Better Homes and Gardens program lets you
select a surface to paint, then choose a color from
their paint palette to apply to the
You can also save your room to work
on the room to work on it later or print your painted
room and color swatches to take with you when you buy
Allergy Sufferers Guide to Spring
is that time of the year.
you suffer from allergies caused by dust, dust mites,
mildew, and other "stuff" you are removing from your
home, spring cleaning can make you sick.
writer of this article has some good ideas for
eliminating and/or reducing spring cleaning
there's always the option we like: take a vacation while
someone else cleans your
|Things you don't get to
wonder how things work?
some amazing videos showing how:
Three ways to
finance your home improvements
Spring is home improvement
time and sometimes that means
seeking financial assistance to
Barnett, Vice President/Program Lending Manager at
ViewPoint Bank in Plano, TX (a member of NARI
Greater Dallas) provided an excellent discussion
and comparison of the major sources of loans in the Spring
2013 issue of NARI's Renovation Dallas
Magazine. Barnett compared Home Equity Loans,
Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) and Home Improvement
more on page 6 of the
Service your air conditioner now
to have your air conditioning system checked -- before
temperatures rise and stay
Conditioning Inc. provides the following
tip: Make sure you have your HVAC system serviced in the
spring and fall to ensure maximum efficiency, prevent unwanted
service calls and extend the life of your
continue: Don't fall for the falsely advertised $29.00
service call or maintenance tune-up. A reputable company with
proper insurance and training cannot send a certified
technician to your home for this price. They just can't stay
in business. The trick here is to get into your homes and
charge you for parts and services you probably don't
termites or ants?
Do you have
flying insects inside your home or have you found insect
wings on a windowsill? This is the time of the year when
termites start swarming and flying out of their colonies --
sometimes through holes in your walls.
in colonies in the ground but they travel up mud-like tunnels
they create on your foundation and into walls to find
food -- your house, of course -- then return to their colony
in the ground. They eat wood and paper like that on
your wall board (sheetrock).
Have you seen
small specks of dirt on your walls that you brush
away only to have it appear again very soon?
If so, you may have termites. They put a dirt
mixture in any holes to prevent air from getting into their
tunnels and causing their bodies to dry out.
Here is how to
tell a termite from an ant:
If you suspect
you have termites, contact a certified pest control company to
arrange for a termite inspection. Pest control companies
are licensed and certified to do the work by the Structural
Pest Control Board of Texas. Click here
for a listing of those who hold current
information about termites and ants and their control,
click here and put termites in the advanced search box.
Several publication choices will
Why a radiant barrier?
barrier is a layer of reflective material installed in a
home to redirect the radiant heat created by the sun.
This increases the
efficiency of your attic-installed air handling system,
resulting in increased energy savings and lower energy
not buy granite counters you adopted them and if you take the
minimal care needed, they will keep performing like they
have for milliniums!
tool for your granite counters is "000" steel wool. This pad
can cut any stubborn, dried food spills without fear of
damaging your counter tops.
usually find different grades of steel wool in the paint
section of your local hardware store. Be sure you are
Fitters also recommends that you always use cleaners
that are dedicated to cleaning "natural stone" -- much
like window cleaner for windows and oven cleaner for
Is your house off
All rooms are not alike. Some are warmer when you
would rather the be cool and some are cooler when you'd rather
they be warm. How is this happening? A number of
variables could be having an impact. For example, direct
exposure to sunlight heats up a room -- good in winter, not so
good in summer. Other variables include the number of
stories, distance of rooms from the furnace or air
conditioner, amount of insulation, computers and accessories
producing heat, the height of the ceiling, the type of
flooring and even the number of people in a room.
There are steps you can take for balancing the air.
Make sure the return vents are open, windows are properly
closed and that you clean or replace your air filter on a
If that does not help, consider having your system
evaluated by a professional. The effectiveness of
your system depends on the amount of airflow. A
certified technician can measure this airflow and see how the
system is performing.
The technician can then make a diagnosis to repair and
balance the duct system for maximum performance. If you
have rooms that were too cold this winter and too hot last
summer, Total Air & Heat can evaluate the situation and
see what needs done to make you more comfortable in every room
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