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Category: Home Sense

Firewood 101: What You Need to Know

If you’re a fan of old-fashioned fireside comfort, firewood may be an important part of your home heating experience. However, firewood selection isn’t as “cut and dried” as it may seem, and care should be taken when selecting and handling the wood you burn in your home. The quality and safety of your fireside experience depends not only on the kind of wood you use,...

Seven Musts for Hosting a Viewing Party

Arrange the tray tables, fluff your sofa cushions, and bust out the guacamole: it’s viewing party season!Whether it’s tense playoff showdowns, glitzy award ceremonies or gripping episodes of everyone’s favorite nail-biter series, it’s always fun to host a viewing party with family and friends. Move over, binge watching. This time of year, it’s all about those don’t-miss live broadcasts on TV.Football fans have the big...

The Homeowner's Guide to Chimney Inspections

The fireplace often serves as a warm and inviting place for families to gather. However according to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2016 and 2020, fireplaces and chimneys were responsible for seven percent of residential fires in the United States. Despite accounting for only seven percent, chimney fires were responsible for more than $200 million in property damage.Figures like these underscore the need for...

Do I Need To Insure My Engagement Ring?

Your engagement ring is more than just a piece of jewelry. It’s a reminder that you’ve found your person and you’re ready to build a life together. But on the practical side, an engagement ring is a big financial investment. Even if you’re careful, life has a way of serving up surprises. Your ring could slide down the kitchen sink while washing dishes… get swept...

Home Smart Home

More than 57.5 million homes had at least one smart home device at the end of last year, according to a report released by research firm Research and Markets. That’s a 12% increase from 2021.* Affordability is among the reasons, says Anthony Pezzula, owner of Red Spark Technology, a Pittsburgh-based technology company that offers a variety of technology-based solutions. “Pricing in the technology has made...