Hygiene hotspots in your home -- and most importantly, how to clean and sanitize them!

Something many of us hate to think about is the multitude of germs (virus, bacteria, and other yuck particles) hanging out in our homes on a regular basis. We don't want to think about the fact that we're sharing our living space with them, and we REALLY don't want to face the task of cleaning and sanitizing the germy areas in our homes. I hate to break it to you, folks, but these hygiene hotspots certainly aren't going to take care of themselves. With a little bit of effort and elbow grease, though, your house will be sparkling -- and sanitized -- in no time! Common Household Hygiene Hotspots Door Handles and Light Switches Germs and bacteria always live and thrive on door knobs/handles

Fireplace Safety Tips for Homeowners

October is fire safety month, so this month we bring you fireplace safety tips to keep you warm and toasty -- and safe! -- all Winter long. Before lighting that pilot light or buying your firewood for the season, please take a look at our fireplace safety checklist. Never leave a fireplace unattended while in use This tip is fairly self explanatory and is especially important if you have a wood-burning fireplace (rather than a gas model). Fires can get very hot and out of hand quickly, so it's best to keep your eye on the fireplace when in use. As a side note, please make sure not to leave young children alone near a fireplace that is in use. Make sure to clean out your chimney (or call a

Our Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

Well, folks, it's that time of year again. The leaves are starting to change, pumpkin spice lattes are all the rage, and we're all gearing up for colder temps and changing weather. While enjoying the falling leaves and bonfires of October, it's a good idea for all of you home owners to complete your "Fall Home Maintenance Checklist" in preparation for Winter's arrival. The following list will get you started and help you to enjoy a worry-free Winter season in your home. Get an HVAC tune-up There is nothing worse than waking up on a bitter cold December morning to discover that your furnace went kaput in the middle of the night. HVAC providers tend to be busy during the very cold (and ver



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