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Preparing to Install an ERV in a Not-So-Old House

You may recall that I bought a ranch-style house a couple of years ago and have been doing some work to improve it. The house was built in 1961, so it turns 60 years old this year. That may seem old to some people, but I think it’s actually still young and sprightly! How leaky is my house? Home builders in 1961 didn’t pay much attention to making homes airtight. In fact, they probably hadn’t even started claiming that “a house needs to breathe” because pretty much no one was arguing otherwise, especially in Atlanta, Georgia. I don’t know what…

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Low-Cost Design Ideas for Any Home

Are your living room walls lackluster? Is your concrete patio an eyesore? If so, you’re in good company: Even interior designers have style challenges like these­—and budgets that aren’t bottomless. We canvassed some of our favorite pros to see how they overcame problem areas at their own places without breaking the bank. The resulting projects aren’t just handsome, they’re also doable for the average DIYer. “I’m not a handy person, so I had to start from scratch ­figuring out materials, watching YouTubes, and asking for advice at The Home Depot,” says designer Max Humphrey, who gave a blah ranch interior…

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10 Easy Pieces: Modern Wood Dining Tables and Benches

Dining tables paired with benches create an appealing sense of community and informality; here’s a roundup of modern favorites. Above: The Bough Table from Kalon Studios is available in two sizes and in a choice of ash or black walnut; the matching benches and stools are sold separately. Contact Kalon directly for pricing. Above: The Ethnicraft Double Expandable Dining Table in solid oak is $4,949 and the Ethnicraft Straight Bench is $689 at Lekker Home. Above: The elegant Ovo Table and Bench were designed by Sir Normal Foster for UK company Benchmark; contact Benchmark directly for pricing. Above: The Mash…

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8 Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

The quiet workhouse in your kitchen has a big job to handle: It’s tasked with keeping everything from your favorite deli’s salami to the gallon of milk your kids guzzle with breakfast cereal at the perfect temperature for safe consumption. Sure, everyone knows that a packed freezer works at optimum efficiency, but there are several other ways to keep your refrigerator working at full efficiency, too. 1. Keep an eye on the temperature in the fridge—and in the room Refrigerator temps may change with the seasons as the room temperature heats up or cools off the appliance. Keep an eye…

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Echelon InsulTech System Brings Durability, Longevity and Modern Farmland Appeal to Will County EMA Building

Echelon InsulTech System Brings Durability, Longevity and Modern Farmland Appeal to Will County EMA Building | 2021-03-23 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie…

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Are Life-Cycle Assessments Worth the (Recycled) Paper They’re Printed On?

This post originally appeared at Ensia. Single-use items—which have long been the target of ire from environmentalists—are having a moment in the era of Covid-19. From disposable cups and take-out packaging to gloves and masks, safety concerns are pushing consumers and institutions in the direction of disposables. Balancing the sustainability of these items with the benefits they seem to offer society, which range from convenience to sterility, has never been easy, and is even more difficult now. First, there’s the fact that they must be continually replenished: produced and shipped over and over again to meet unending consumers’ demand for…

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