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According to a recent report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 1 in 5 home fires in 2009 were caused by home heating equipment. This puts heating at a very close second to cooking as the top cause of home fires. The report sites many other interesting, if grim, statistics. For example, only 12% of home heating fires are due to mechanical failure or malfunction, while 53% of deaths related to home heating fires result from combustibles being too close to heat sources; that is, from not keeping heaters a safe distance from things like drapes, clothing and furniture. As you’ll see here, the great majority of home heating fires are entirely preventable.

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Indoor air can be toxic and cause respiratory irritation and illness — especially in the winter. Here are some simple and mostly free ways to clear the air.

According to the EPA, most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. That seems about right to me, especially in the wintertime (though in the summer, I’m able to work outside on some days, so it’s much lower then). And although there are plenty of laws and regulations about outdoor air pollution, most of us don’t give a second thought to the air in our homes.

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“Summertime, and the living is easy!” Even when not on vacation, we always feel a little freer in the summer to relax over long meals outdoors. If you’re in the market for an outdoor dining table set, there is likely one that matches your deck style and budget. Interior designers weigh in on their choices for stylish outdoor dining.

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Chances are good that your air conditioner is inefficient and oversized if it is more than 10 years old. You can probably improve comfort, lower energy bills and reduce your environmental impact by replacing an old air conditioner.

You should consider replacing your air conditioning system if it is noisy or no longer cooling evenly. If your home is humid, your system may be inefficiently oversized or it is no longer working adequately. These problems could require major repairs that approach the cost of a new unit, particularly when you consider the potential savings on energy bills.

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Spring can be a season of nightmares for the estimated 50 million American allergy sufferers. The temperature is getting warmer, so it’s tempting to get outside and get away from all the aggravating dust and impurities indoors. However, the pollen outside may trigger worse allergic reactions.

It’s best to keep trying to minimize dust and other year-round indoor allergens while keeping out the spring pollen. Here are some tips for keeping spring allergens out of the house.

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For most homes in warm climates, air conditioning uses more electricity than any other use — up to 70 percent of a summer electric bill, according to some estimates. However, there are ways for most people to reduce this load by changing their air conditioning habits. Here are the biggest air conditioning mistakes people make, and how to reduce usage and electric bills.

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As the weather starts warming up, it’s wonderful seeing everyone outside taking their dogs on long walks.  I thought all these beautiful dogs and their caring owners would appreciate a quick reminder on some of the common plants that are poisonous to dogs.

Here are 10 of the most poisonous plants for dogs, including some found in our homes, our yards and in the wild. Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards and in the wild, and sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian. These 10 plants are among the most toxic to dogs (you can find a full list with photos at ASPCA.org).

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