The high price of furnace filter neglect

How often should I change the furnace filter? The short answer is once a month during the heating and cooling seasons for one inch filters. The furnace manufacturers recommend a…

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Asbestos in the home

As a home inspector, I'm not qualified to positively identify asbestos. So when I see what looks like asbestos, I always say the same thing; "Portions of the metal ductwork…

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What does AFCI mean?

Arc Fault Circuit Breakers By now you know what a GFCI is, right? Ground Fault Circuit Breakers keep electricity from going through you if something goes wrong. Imagine bouncing a…

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What does “double-tapped” wiring mean?

What does "double-tapped wiring mean? It means that there are two wires under one screw where there should only be one That's not very helpful, so let's look a little deeper.…

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Controlling the water temperature

What should I know about hot water? Hot water is something we all take for granted. But maintaining the proper water temperature is more complicated than you might think. Water…

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Ungrounded three-prong outlet

If your house was built after 1962, you shouldn't have to read this That's because houses are currently built with a ground wires that act like an emergency off ramp…

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives What's required; CO alarms are required to be installed (hard wired, plugged into an outlet or battery operated and mounted) within 10 feet of every…

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Is your house depressed?

Is your house depressed? No? How about depressurized? (See how I did that? I got you to read past the headline.) A combustion vent is a passive one, which means…

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