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  • Summer Storms: Be Prepared

    8/10/2016 1:10 PM

    For mid-Atlantic residents, summertime means cookouts, pool parties, mountain biking, trips to the ocean, and a host of other activities to take advantage of the summer months. But Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC summer weather can create a potentially deadly combination: heat and humidity. Coupled with unstable air aloft, this can make the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms.

  • Entry Door Styles for Your Home

    8/4/2016 3:24 PM

    Your front door is a key component of the "curb appeal" of your home. How your home looks from the street creates a first impression - good or bad - to visitors. While real estate agents stress good curb appeal when listing your home for sale, it's important even if you're not selling.

  • Testing a Window's Performance

    7/29/2016 11:07 AM

    In today's world, when homeowners are looking at new appliances or replacement products such as windows and doors, they all have similar requirements in mind. At the top of most lists are products that are energy efficient, which saves you money on your energy bills, improves the energy efficiency of your home, and reduces your carbon footprint.

  • Heat Wave Coming to the Mid-Atlantic

    7/20/2016 3:30 PM

    Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC have enjoyed a relatively calm and pleasant summer when it comes to weather. While we've had a few 90+ degree days, we've enjoyed many in the lower 80's with lower humidity. But that's all about to change as a heat wave approaches the mid-Atlantic region by the weekend.

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    How to Keep Your Yard Lush This Summer

    6/30/2016 10:25 AM

    Homeowners in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC have enjoyed a nice start to summer with temperatures close to average and plenty of rainfall to keep their yards and landscaping looking lush and healthy. But as summer wears on, the mid-Atlantic is sure to get its usual dose of hot humid air and long stretches with no rain.

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    Solar Heat Gain: What is it and how does it affect your home?

    6/22/2016 3:42 PM

    Have you noticed that some rooms in your home get hotter during the day than others?  To find out why, look at which direction the windows in the room face. South and west facing windows get more direct sunlight, therefore those rooms tend to get warmer. The term for this is solar heat gain, or SHG. While SHG is desirable in the winter to warm up chilly rooms, it's an unwelcome side effect in the strong summer heat.

  • New Front Door

    Is it Time to Replace Your Front Door?

    6/20/2016 1:51 PM

    Curb appeal. It's what realtors stress when listing your home - how your house and yard look from the curb gives potential buyers the first impression of what might await them inside. Your landscaping, trimmed lawn, condition of your siding, and your front porch area all play an important role in good vs. bad curb appeal.

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    Gutter Gardens Shouldn't Be in Your Landscape

    6/16/2016 8:38 AM

    No, we're not talking about the Pinterest craze of mounting gutters on an exterior wall and planting an herb garden. We're talking about gutters that are so clogged with debris that seeds are actually able to germinate and grow in them. Besides being an eyesore, your gutters cannot effectively carry water off your roof and away from your home when they're this clogged.

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    Keeping Your Dog or Cat Safe and Happy this Summer

    6/10/2016 2:26 PM

    Summer is upon us.  Here in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, heat and high humidity are as much a part of summer as pool parties and major league baseball.  Most of us are able to cool down in the comfort of our air conditioned homes and cars, and by dressing lighter. But for our four legged friends, they wear their fur coats year 'round, so Fido and Whiskers rely on us to keep them safe during summer's heat.

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    Hurricane Season 2016: Get Your House Ready

    6/7/2016 1:36 PM

    As of June 1, we are officially in the hurricane season in the Atlantic and Central Pacific regions, which runs through November 30.  Hurricanes need warm ocean water to form, and hurricane season is when the tropical waters climb above 80 degrees.