Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

July 2003

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Choosing A Cooling Strategy

Room air conditioners have their advantages: They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and they can effectively dehumidify a room. They are noisier than central air, however, and generally not as energy efficient. As with many things in life, there are trade-offs when it comes to choosing a way to keep your home cool in the summer.

I Want My HDTV

Not the typical aerial antenna, either. Many of today's models can capture broadcast HDTV signals and can be mounted under your eaves or easily clipped to your mini satellite dish.Once a rabid sports fan sees football in high definition, there's no turning back. The view is as sharp as you'll get from a field-level box on the 50-yard line.

Practical Homeowner: Rock-Solid Repairs

One of those chores that many of us dread is patching and repairing concrete. While not all that difficult, it is often easier just to forget about it and hope that it won't get worse. Unfortunately, it usually does. The best time to fix concrete is when it is just a stable, hairline crack.

Giving Yourself A Lift

I t usually starts with the groceries. Though some people need an elevator in their house to access the multiple levels of living space, most homeowners purchasing elevators today simply want one for the convenience. "From a 2,000-square-foot house to a 14,000-square-foot house, people are installing elevators," says Eugene Aubrey, an architect who is planning an elevator in a luxury home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

The Light of Day

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