improvement

Start season off right with a furnace tune-up

The children are back in school and the summer is quickly — too quickly for most — winding down. The time is fast approaching to shut down the air conditioning system and fire up the furnace to keep the family warm during the colder months …

Efficient way to cut heating/cooling bills

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Some homeowners are saving money on their energy bills year-round by installing high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning units that act in tandem and internally to keep homes comfortable.

Lawn recovery after tough winter

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Duane Graff, owner of Graff Gardens & Farm in Worth, IL, shares some tips for getting the yard summer-ready after nasty winter.

Siding saves on energy costs

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The right siding may help cut energy bills next time a polar vortex drops in for a visit.

Heading off ice-damming on roofs

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Find out about the causes of ice damming, which can do damage to roofs and interiors of houses, and discover the best way to prevent it.

Holding to highest standards for over 50 years

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For more than 50 years, Evergreen Door & Window has offered a variety of doors, storm doors, patio doors and garage doors, as well as siding, commercial doors, awnings, and security storm doors.

Teach kids how to feed birds

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The back yard can be the perfect place for parents to help kids learn about bird-watching and bird-feeding. Learn ways to do it right.

Home design trends - spring 2014

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Check out some of this season’s most buzzed-about home design trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.

A different type of laminate

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Today’s laminate has evolved to improve its style, looking like real wood, stone or tile.

Vinyl windows, fiberglass doors on the rise

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A trend in the window and door world is vinyl and fiberglass products replacing wood. Among the reasons are cost and durability.

Trends in outdoor living space

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There is an increased interest in people for expanding their outdoor living space rather than enlarge their home’s interior.

High-tech HVAC heating up

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Merts Heating & Air Conditioning in Steger, IL, offer high-tech products that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Installing such equipment may qualify customers for a variety of tax credits and rebates.

Keeping up with trends in flooring

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Trends in carpeting include frieze and silk-like yarns, while luxury vinyl is growing in popularity for flooring.

Advice on buying new windows

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Those buying new windows need to think about insulation, installation, aesthetics and warranties.

Local experts dish on fall home trends

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As the smoke of backyard barbeque season clears and our living and entertaining needs move indoors, it’s the perfect time to note what’s hot right now in home design and what to expect for fall.

Seal up your home to save on utility bills

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One great way to keep cold air from getting in your home in the winter, and hot air from getting in during the summer, is by sealing up the gaps and holes around windows, doors and other areas of the home.

A fall maintenance checklist

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Fall is a good time to prep the house for the cold, winter days ahead. That means such tasks as cleaning gutters, servicing the furnace and cleaning the chimney.

Wireless ‘out there:’ Add digital fun to your outdoor living space

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There is no reason you should do without the comfort and enjoyment of the digital world, just because you choose to spend time on your deck or patio. Here’s some practical advice on how to go digital “out there.”

Rennovation for any age a wise choice

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Check out these functional-yet-beautiful ideas for making your home safer and more comfortable for all ages.

Making ‘old’ outdoor spaces new need not bust a budget

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A few budget-friendly improvements and decorating touches can restore style, comfort and ease to your worn outdoor spaces. Here are some common challenges, and tips for overcoming them.

When to replace doors, windows, roof and trim

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Parts of a home exterior eventually wear down and need to be replaced. Learn to know when that time comes for the roof, windows, doors and trim.

Home improvement tips for 2013

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Find out home improvement trends for spring 2013 in energy-savings, bathrooms and kitchens.

Financial benefits to buying high-efficiency HVAC equipment

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There are several financial benefits for homeowners who invest in high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. This ranges from rebates offered by utility companies and manufacturers to savings from lower gas and electric bills.

Making vinyl fencing more affordable

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Modern methods of installing vinyl fence posts makes installing vinyl fencing easier, cleaner and more affordable.

A mix of aesthetics and practicality with window treatments

Trends count for something in window treatments, but many look for design elements that are timeless.

Getting more mobility at home ramps up

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Ramps that look good and “fit” the curb appeal of the home also answer the call for more mobility from an aging at-home population.