Air Quality

How to Stop Condensation Inside Windows

If your home suffers from drippy, wet condensation on the inside of windows during cold weather, you’ve probably noticed it can make a real mess of everything below.  In the 20 years I spent as a professional home inspector, I’ve noticed all sorts of so-called DIY “solutions” for this problem, from rolled up towels strategically…

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Smoke Odor in Home? Best Way to Remove

LESLIE: James in Georgia is on the line with a new home that’s coming with a stinky scent. Got a smoke odor in home? Tell us what’s going on. JAMES: Just got a home that had obviously been smoked in, not only cigarettes but cigars from the previous owner. LESLIE: Bleh. TOM: Bleh. Yuck. JAMES:…

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How To Insulate Ducts | Video

If your heating and air conditioning ducts aren’t insulated, you’re losing money by letting hot air leak out in the winter and cold air leak out in the summer. Luckily, insulating ducts is an easy, inexpensive project you can finish in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to insulate your ducts: TOOLS & MATERIALS Tape…

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How-to Get Rid of Excessive Dust in Your Home

LESLIE: Joe in New York is on the line and looking for some help with excessive dust in his home. How can we help? JOE: I seem to have a problem with excessive dust in the house. I know I dry-dust the wood floors every week and there’s a significant accumulation of dust on the…

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Musty Odor in Home on Concrete Slab

LESLIE: Mary in Virginia, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today? MARY: I’m looking to purchase a home that has a slab foundation. And when I went in, I kind of smelled a musty, mildew-y odor. And I’m just wondering, how would you know that water is coming up from…

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How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smell

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got William from Texas on the line with a question about cigarette smell. William, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we help you with today? WILLIAM: Well, my daughter bought a house. And the person that she bought the house from smokes cigarettes. And the house – when you walk…

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How to Control Humidity

LESLIE: Pat in Arkansas is dealing with a humid house and wants to know how to control humidity. What’s going on there? PAT: Well, I have a new heat pump and it’s not taking out the humidity. Of course, I live in a humid area but I just wondered. It’s supposed to take out the…

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Smell From Air Conditioner

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Jeff in Iowa on the line who’s got a smell from air conditioner. What’s going on, Jeff? JEFF: I can’t smell. The wife can smell. TOM: OK. JEFF: Yeah, we have a … LESLIE: We smell everything. JEFF: There’s a smell emanating from somewhere. I thought it was maybe the basement…

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