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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.

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    Vacation Home Check List

    5/31/2016 3:16 PM

    The reservations are made, your bags are packed, you've got your itinerary printed out, and you're ready to leave the world behind and escape to a fun-filled vacation spot.  While most travelers take great care to make sure they pack everything they need during their vacation, many don't give that same attention to preparing their home for thei

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    Hot Water Heaters Can Be Energy Hogs

    5/18/2016 3:45 PM

    While heating and cooling your home are the biggest energy users, water heating is the next biggest energy hog at about 18% of a typical family's utility bills.

  • Healthy Food Kitchen

    Tips for a Healthy Kitchen

    5/16/2016 11:58 AM

    Consumers' interest in healthy living continues to grow.  With pollution in our air, harsh chemicals in home cleaning and beauty products, and fresh produce laced with harmful pesticides, everyday living can be hazardous.  As we strive towards green living, we want to make healthier choices that are better for us as well as better for the environment.

  • New Window Latch

    Replacement Windows: Key Considerations

    5/2/2016 2:54 PM

    If your windows are old, warped, contain wood rot, or are otherwise not energy efficient, it may be time to consider replacement windows.  While the project requires an upfront investment, it's a cost effective project since you will immediately begin to recoup your money in the form of lower energy bills.  You'll also reduce the wear-and-tear on your HVAC s