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Avoid Appliance Fires with This Advice

"Did I leave the oven on?" It's a thought that everyone has had at one point or another, and for good reason! After all, there is perhaps no other home disaster with the same combination of frightening consequences and ease of occurrence as a house fire. Our many appliances make our lives much easier, but they are also a common source of fires in our home. Keep reading for advice about how you can identify potential fire hazards and prevent them from going up in flames.

Improving Indoor Air Quality Is a Growing Concern

As homes become more and more tightly sealed in the quest for better energy efficiency, there is also a growing need for better ventilation systems. Older homes allow more outside air to circulate through the house, increasing the load on the HVAC system but keeping air relatively "fresh" (of course, this depends entirely on the outside air quality); in contrast, newer homes have vastly improved their energy efficiency by sealing exterior air leaks at the cost of recirculating "stale" air. Luckily, there are already good solutions available to homeowners to help solve these ventilation issues.

Sellers Should Avoid These Controversial Interior Design Trends

One of the best things about owning your own home is the ability to change the interior in any way you want. Do you love pink carpet and wood paneling? Go for it! (Well, maybe don't go that far.) However, if selling your home is anywhere in the foreseeable future, then you should put some effort into keeping your interior design relatively conventional. While most current design choices won't make or break a sale, there are some common trends that can seriously turn off buyers.