You likely know that behind the walls of your home is a network of ducts. The ducts connect to each room in your home, providing a pathway where air can cycle back and forth from your cooling and heating system. Without the supply and return vents, your ductwork wouldn’t be able to perform its job. But, do you know the difference between them?

Supply Vents vs. Return Vents
Below will explain the difference between your supply and return vents.

Supply Vents
The supply vents connect to your supply ducts. These are responsible for blowing the air into your indoor rooms. They’re usually smaller than the return vents and often have slats or louvers behind the grill that allow you to direct the flow of air.

Your home’s supply vents are the covers for your walls’ openings where the air blows out. The air then flows from your cooling and heating system out of your supply vents from the ductwork.

Turn the fan of your system on and hold your hand or a piece of paper in front of the vent. If you can feel the air blowing out — it’s your supply vent.

Return Vents
Return vents connect to the return ducts. These are responsible for pulling the air out of your indoor rooms and delivering the air to your cooling and heating system. They’re usually larger than supply vents and don’t have louvers.

While return vents also cover your walls’ openings, they connect to the return ducts. You don’t feel any air blow out of them like you do with the supply vents.

Turn on the fan of your system on and hold that piece of paper or your hand over the vent. If you feel a suctioning effect or notice the paper being sucked towards the vent — it’s your return vent.

Your air-supply and return system needs to follow a couple principles to function properly:

You should have a supply register and return-air register in each room of your house. If you have a home that wasn’t designed like this, for optimal efficiency, you may want to have them installed. Return registers should be installed on your inside walls; supply registers under windows and on outer walls.

Make sure the supply and return registers aren’t installed too close to one another, since the air may not circulate properly since the return vent will draw the supply air quickly back into the ductwork.

Some individuals believe they should close the vents if a room is too cold. They also believe this will save energy. However, doing so can damage your vents. When you close off a vent, it increases ductwork pressure, resulting in improper air flow. This causes your system to operate harder and wastes energy. If you’re looking to save on energy, you may want to consider installing a whole house fan.

To ensure your vents are running appropriately, don’t place any objects or furniture in front of them. Keep the area clear to make airflow easier. You need supply and return vents installed in your home to keep your home feeling comfortable. To ensure the vents are installed properly, call an HVAC professional to come and do the job.

To effectively cool and ventilate your home, while simultaneously reducing your energy bill, especially in moderate climates, use a whole house fan.

Man caves. The ultimate room for rampant testosterone-driven fun and festivities in the home today. These rooms can be your dream room filled with all the things (and toys) you love most But, is your man cave properly ventilated?

The odds are good if your man cave is in the garage or basement, it may not have the right kind of ventilation to meet your needs. Here’s what you need to know.

Most people think of creature comforts when planning for ventilation in their man caves. It’s understandable. You want to be able to remain cool and comfortable no matter what’s happening in your favorite video game, on the ice (for hockey fans), or with your favorite football team.

But ventilation is about so much more than keeping your cool in summer or heating things up in winter. It is also about making sure air is circulating effectively, humidity is being shown the nearest exit, and your precious possessions and memorabilia aren’t damaged by mold, mildew, moisture, or heat.

What Are Your Options for Man Cave Ventilation?
Your primary options for air purification in the past have been the combination of dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and air purifiers to reduce toxins in the air inside your man cave. Men who intend to smoke pipes, cigars, or cigarettes in their man caves might appreciate the abilities of a “smoke eating” device, but probably won’t be thrilled with the noise factor these tools generate.

We recommend one tool to get the job done without taking away the purpose, design, or human-friendly nature of your man cave: The QuietCool Garage Exhaust Fan. It doesn’t matter if your man cave is located in your garage, your attic, your workshop, or wherever. The QuietCool Garage Fan is an effective tool for driving smoke and moisture away from your man cave and releasing them into the great outdoors.

This fan is energy efficient, blowing 1452 CFM while using a paltry 47 watts of power, keeping it miles ahead of the competition when it comes to energy efficiency. You can even use it with garages that have attics to keep both spaces cool and comfortable for your man cave and its guests throughout the year. Better still, the GA ES-1500 is almost silent when operating so you’ll never miss a moment of commentary, even during intense putts on your favorite greens.

Contact us today to learn more about your options for keeping moisture out of your man cave while making it a cool and comfortable place to congregate. 1.888.229.5757

Is your garage home to hazardous materials and dangerous tools that you wouldn’t normally store inside your home? Then no doubt, you want to make the garage as safe as possible especially if you have a family.

Keep your home and family safe by periodically performing an inspection of your garage to address safety concerns before they become a major issue. You can use this checklist to ensure that your garage is safe and sound.

  1. Remove hazardous materials. Flammable chemicals like propane, gasoline or even lighter fluid should be contained in a place where they can’t be reached by small children. Experts recommend storing such materials away from the garage in a shed. However, if this is not possible you can keep them on shelving units away from the ground where they can easily spill over. Avoid storing flammable liquids near combustibles like cardboard or cloths.
  2. Store tools in a secure place. Be sure to store your gardening tools on the wall. You can install hooks so that they can be clipped to the wall  upright potential. You may not view gardening tools as dangerous but they can cause injury when they are left carelessly lying around. Just imagine, falling over a tool can result in cuts, bruises and in severe case broken bones. Electrical equipment like snow blowers and the lawn mower should be stored in a safe place with the safety controls activated.
  3. Use a garage exhaust fan. If you find that your garage has high humidity levels than it’s important to ventilate with a garage exhaust fan.  An intensely humid garage can provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth which can be harmful to your health. Yes, an exhaust fan will help reduce the build-up and reduce condensation.
  4. Maintain your garage door. There has been a number of injuries contributed to garage doors. You should make sure that the springs and brackets are in working order because you don’t want the door to fall on your car or on you when opening and closing.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Garage fires are a common occurrence. Therefore you should make sure that you keep the fire extinguisher handy in a place where it can be easily accessed by anyone within the household.
  6. Install a carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t already have one, it’s a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in the garage. Carbon monoxide is deadly and odorless. Since there are often toxic fumes in the garage, you’ll need to take measures to protect yourself.

 

Now is a great time to review and implement these 6 garage safety checks.

 

Whole-house fans have been helping cool down homes for years. They have a simple design and can purge the hot air right out of your home in a mere couple minutes. They not only remove this heat buildup, but also provide you with a pleasant breeze.

Some factors to consider when you’re out shopping for a whole house fan are as follows.

  1. Cost
    Whole-house fans cool your home, attic and workspace at only a fraction of the cost of an AC unit. They’re efficient, natural and cost-effective ways to get your home cool without spiking up your energy bill. Whole-house fans are innovative, have no chemicals and cool your home in minutes. Improve the quality of your indoor air and stay cool at the same time. Typically, these fans range from $450 to $1500 depending on the fan you choose.
  1. Noise
    Stay comfortable and cool without any noise disturbance. Traditional attic fans and ceiling mounted fans are noisy. Today’s modern whole-house fans, however, are whisper quiet at around 42 decibels sound level to the room. They don’t vibrate and you can watch TV, talk, sleep or read without disruption.
  1. Features
    Most whole-house fans come with modern features like:

Electric timer
1, 2, 4 and 8 hour time ranges
Extended use hold feature
No programming needed – easy to use
Set and forget operation
Fast setup

Don’t forget the wireless remote control so you can simply push a button to operate your whole-house fan. The signal travels through doors, walls and windows and comes with a 6-inch cord that you can use with 3 wire plugs. The remote even works over a 60 feet distance and is ready to use because its pre-programmed.

  1. Eco-Friendly
    Go green with a whole-house fan since it’s environmentally friendly. It’s also a great alternative to AC since its energy efficient. You save a lot of power with whole-house fans. Many cool your home and use about as much power as one fluorescent light bulb.
  1. Size
    A whole-house fan makes a complete two to three-minute air exchange creating a nice breeze throughout your home. To get the recommended flow rate, you calculate your home’s gross square footage by 2. For instance, if you have a 2,000 sq. ft. living area, you’d require a fan that’s with around 4,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of capacity.

No matter what whole-house fan you choose, your home has to have sufficient roof ventilation so airflow exhausts properly. Because of this, you may want to call on a professional ventilation contractor to figure out the best size whole-house fan that’s needed for your exhaust area.

To help you choose your new whole house fan, give us a call at 1.888.229.5757.

All homes require good ventilation. Ventilation is where indoor air is exchanged with outdoor air to help reduce odors, moisture and pollutants.  Why is home ventilation so important? For many reasons, including the reduction or elimination of contaminants, moisture, mold, and backdrafting. It can also improve your comfort inside the home.

Contaminants
Contaminants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and radon, which could lead to serious health issues, can accumulate inside your home if it’s poorly ventilated. It’s also hard to remove unpleasant odors without adequate ventilation.

Mold
Extra moisture in your home can lead to mold growth and physical damage. Mold exposure caused by inadequate ventilation can also cause health problems, including:

Headaches
Immune system issues
Eye, throat and nose irritation
Respiratory damage
Fevers
Worsen symptoms in patients with autoimmune diseases

When you properly ventilate your home, you’ll eliminate this moisture buildup by maintaining air movement. Proper ventilation moves extra moisture out of your living areas, preventing damage to furnishings and structures and mold growth that high moisture levels cause.

Backdrafting
When your home’s pressure inside is lower than the home’s outside pressure, then your home has negative pressure. This negative pressure can cause backdrafting where outdoor air is pulled inside your home.

If this happens, it can become dangerous if carbon monoxide and other combustion gases are pulled into your home through your chimney or another opening, becoming concentrated in your home. Proper ventilation controls your homes inside pressure, eliminating this issue.

Temperature
When you and your loved ones are in a confined space, it can lead to a hot and stuffy environment. You’ll make the room instantly more comfortable with ventilation.

Natural and Mechanical Ventilation
Your home can benefit from both natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation.

Natural Ventilation: Opening up your doors and windows will allow air to flow inside and through your home. This is known as natural ventilation. Natural ventilation can even occur through cracks surrounding your windows, but to conserve energy, you should really seal these up.

Mechanical Ventilation: Examples of mechanical ventilation are air ducts of your house, exhaust fans and whole house fans. Let’s take the whole house fan as an example. A whole house fan draws in the fresh outdoor air from open windows, exhausting it through your attic and roof. Whole house fans provide excellent whole house cooling and good attic ventilation.

Unless you have a good home ventilation system in place, you won’t have any control over the airflow in your home. Proper home ventilation can help.

If you’re interested in improving the ventilation in your home, take a look at our inventory of products, which include whole house fans, attic fans and garage exhaust fans. Then, give us a call at 1.888.229.5757 if you have any questions.

 

What comes to mind when you think of air pollution? For most of us, it’s a smog or haze that lingers in the air outside. However, what many people don’t know is that the air inside our homes, buildings and other places we visit is more polluted than outdoors.

The average person spends ninety percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Therefore, the health risks associated with exposure to air pollution are greater indoors than outside.

Check out these five factors that are impacting your home’s indoor air quality.

  1. Pets. While our pets are a big part of the family, they can also be harmful to the air quality inside  our homes. Many types of non-hypoallergenic pets shed excessive amounts of hair and skin cells. Also, pet hair and dander leave their mark all over your home including the upholstery, bedding, furniture and the air ducts Let’s not forget that they also have the tendency to roll around in contaminants. If you have allergies, then you may find that you’re experiencing symptoms more frequently than usual if you’re around pets.
  2. Poor Ventilation. Low air quality is often tied to poor ventilation. When there isn’t enough ventilation, your home doesn’t get as much fresh outdoor air as it should and indoor pollutants don’t get to circulate out. A whole house fan can add much-needed ventilation to your home.
  3. Dust.  If you don’t dust regularly, not only does your home starts to look and feel neglected, it can do damage to the air quality. Dust is airborne particles that come from a variety of sources such as hair, clothing, dirt, pollen and dead skin cells. Accumulation of dust can trigger allergies and asthma health conditions. The best way to effectively minimize dust is to use a microfiber cloth which traps dust, while a dusting feather simply spreads much of the dust around.
  4. Moisture.  Moisture can be detrimental to indoor air quality. Whether the culprit is a leaking pipe or an old air conditioner unit moisture provides the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms and it’ll also deteriorate the health of an otherwise healthy individual.
  5. Plants.  While potted plants can be used to add style to a space they also have the ability to improve the air. Studies have shown that even the most basic houseplant, such as a spider plant or aloe vera plant, can help remove toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon dioxide and other harmful toxins from the air.

 

If you interested in improving the ventilation in your home, give us a call at WholeHouseFan.com at 888-229-5757 to discuss your options and our solutions.

Your roof is an important part of your home. It keeps you warm on a cold winter’s night, dry when it’s raining out, and shielded from the sun’s rays. It also protects everything on the inside of your home. To ensure your roof will continue to protect you and your family from the outside elements, regular roof inspections are imperative.

There are various factors that can determine how often you should get your roof inspected such as the types of conditions it’s been weathering throughout the year and the types of materials it is made of. Immediate action should be taken if you see any signs of damage. Below are some guidelines to assist you in deciding how often you should get a roof inspection.

Inspecting your Roof Yourself
If you decide to do your own roof inspection, look for things like cracked caulking and uneven surfaces in your decking. Other things to take notice of include missing shingles or shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering, worn down rubber in your pipe vents, lichen or moss or any signs of decay.

If you find colored grit in your gutters, this is a red flag. You might think its sand, but what it really means is that your roof is getting too much UV ray exposure and could be an indication that your roof’s service life is near expiring. If you act quickly, you could buy yourself a few more years.

It’s also important that you have proper attic ventilation which can prevent ice dams in the wintertime. These build up during freezing temperatures and can cause damage. You can install an attic fan to help improve attic ventilation and preserve your roof.

Hiring a Professional to Inspect your Roof
The best policy when it comes to having your roof inspected is to hire a professional to do the job. When you don’t have the right kind of training, working on your roof can be dangerous. Professional roof contractors will have proper insurance coverage as well so if there are any accidents, they’re covered.

After you hire the right professional roof contractor to perform the inspection, ensure they also:

Look into the gutters: The contractor should always look into your gutters to see if there are any traces, grains or pieces of asphalt shingles (if this is the type of roof you have). If they find any, it could be a sign you are in need of a roof replacement.

Check the flashings: These are the metal pieces covering the edges and curves of your roof. When damaged, water can leak around them and inside of them.

Check for dry rot: If you have a roof made with shake or wooden shingles, the contractor should check for dry rot or warping to see if your shingles need replacing.

As your roof ages, a quick inspection each year can help prevent unexpected and unwanted problems. You definitely want to get a roof inspection at minimum once a year if your roof is nearing the last five years of its expected lifespan.  Have it inspected immediately after any significant storms as well.

Having a room that gets plenty of natural light during the daytime can be a great amenity for any home. While having plenty of light during the day can make your home seem bigger and brighter, too much light during the night can make it very difficult to sleep. And, too much sunlight coming into your bedroom can make the room warm and uncomfortable for sleep too.

If you have a room in your home, particularly your bedroom, that has too much light at night and lets in the heat of the sun in making it warm, installing blackout blinds could be a great option.

There are several different types of blackout blinds and shades that you should be aware of.

Blackout Shades
Blackout shades can come in a variety of styles including cellular shades and roller shades. The shades can be raised and lowered using a string or chain and are ideal to have installed due to the convenience.

An added benefit of having the shades installed is that they can come in many different patterns and colors and can even be customized to properly match the rest of the décor of your room. Once installed, the shades will block the vast majority of light from entering your room.

Blackout Curtains
Another option when you are looking to install new blinds is to install blackout curtains. Blackout curtains will do a great job of blocking out all light from entering a room. This includes the small cracks on the side of the window that are often missed by the blackout shades.

In many situations, a great option would be to install both shades and curtains to completely minimize the light from entering the room.

Thermal Insulated Blinds and Curtains
While traditional blackout blinds and curtains can do a great job of keeping light out of your home, an even better option would be to upgrade to thermal insulated curtains. Thermal insulated curtains can block light from entering your home the same way as traditional blackout blinds, but they can also help you to reduce your energy bills.

Thermal insulated curtains are designed to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Additionally, thermal insulated blinds can also help to soundproof a room in your home by blocking outside noises.

In addition to installing blackout curtains in your bedroom to help keep it cool, consider installing a whole house fan. This beneficial device can take the place of air conditioning in some climates, and when used as directed, can draw in cool air, while pushing out hot air.

Whole house fans are beneficial devices that help keep homes cool, especially during the summer months. This cooling solution works by balancing the air flow.  They push hot air through vents and draw in cooler air from open windows and doors.

The continual rapid exchange of air is what makes house fans so effective. Homeowners often prefer whole house fans rather than central air conditioning units because they use can save 90 percent on their air conditioning bill if they use one.

While a whole house fan may not be ideal in environments that experience really high levels of humidity continually, it has great cooling properties when it’s properly maintained. And, they are highly effective in many temperate climates.

Since whole house fans move a lot of air, they should be cleaned regularly.

How to Clean A Whole House Fan
Whenever you are attempting to clean a whole house fan, safety is key. Before you begin cleaning it make sure you turn the power supply off. The blades spin very fast and you can get your hands or fingers caught in them if you don’t take this precaution.

Dust
Whole house fans can experience a buildup of dust. Dust can accumulate on the blades and motor.  However, when too much dust accumulates on the housing motor this can cause the motor to overheat, which could decrease the life of the fan.  Simply dusting your whole house fan on a regular basis can help ensure that it stays in working condition.

Use a Household Cleaner
You can use basically any type of standard household cleaning product. A mild and non-abrasive cleaner is effective at removing dust and debris from the blades. You can spray it onto the blades and use a cloth to wipe off the blades. Avoid spraying cleaning solution on to the motor. You can use a slightly damp cloth to remove dust from the fan’s motor.

Clean the Cover
Most whole house fans are equipped with a cover. These covers are often used during the winter months since they help keep the cold air out when the fan isn’t being used. You should also clean the cover and remove lingering dust.

Once you’ve completely cleaned the house fan to your satisfaction you can restore the power. You should clean your whole house fan at least once a year. However, feel free to clean it more often than annually. Some people opt to clean it monthly, while others clean their whole house fan twice a year, when the move they move their clocks forward or backwards for daylight savings time.

Check out our Quiet Cool whole house fans products, and give us a call if you have any questions. 1.888.229.5757

How safe is your garage? You might be surprised to learn that the garage can pose a bigger risk than you think.

Did you know that more than 6,000 residential garage fires take place annually, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of injuries? What makes garage fires even more hazardous is that they aren’t detected as quickly and they have the tendency to spread to other areas of the house.

How Dangerous Is Your Garage?
It’s no secret, that the garage is often the burial grounds for unwanted items. A report from the U.S Fire Administration revealed that in garage fires, lingering trash is one of the first things to catch fire after cable and electrical wires. Structural framing, boxes and bags are often ignited next. Fires in cluttered garages spread quickly making it much more difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze.

Storing flammable liquids and materials in the garage is a hazard. Flammable items can include paint, gasoline and cleaning solutions. Fire requires heat, oxygen, and fuel to grow. While products aren’t problematic in itself when combined with these three factors they become dangerous.

In addition, appliances and electrical fixtures are common sources of fires since it can lead to overheating circuit overloading. Clothes dryer and water heaters can be potentially hazardous especially in instances when there isn’t proper heat ventilation.

Preventing Garage Fires
The first step in making your garage less hazardous is taking the necessary steps to ensure that it is well ventilated with a garage exhaust fan. An exhaust fan, like the QuietCool GA ES-1500 garage exhaust fan, can help to remove toxic fumes from the garage. In addition, ventilating with an exhaust fan will reduce heat build-up.

As previously mentioned, heat builds up and when mixed with flammable items can generate a fire. A garage exhaust fan can help ensure sure there is enough air circulating through the small space.

The next step in making your garage safer is to clear out clutter. Consider donating old clothes and disposing of junk items. Organize the space using plastic containers for storage as opposed to cardboard boxes. Install shelving units to store electrical appliances that can catch on fire.

Experts recommend storing flammable liquids, like propane and oil in a detached shed or an area away from the garage. Also, the fire extinguisher should be easy to access.

If you take the necessary precautions to protect your garage and home you can reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring.

Order your Quiet Cool garage exhaust fan here or call us here at WholeHouseFan.com with any questions. 1.888.229.5757

 

Whole house fans can be a real boon for your energy consumption over the course of the warmer spring, summer, and early autumn months. In fact, it can help you save a great deal of money by allowing you to consume far less energy to keep your house comfortable throughout the year.

The biggest way whole house fans help you save energy is by relying on lower temperatures outside your home to aid in the process of cooling your home.

How does this work?

Before you even turn your whole house fan on, you open all the windows on the lower floor of your home (but it works on one-floor homes as well).  This allows you to draw the cool, fresh air in through the windows. Then, when you turn the fan on, the hot air is pushed up and out of your home through vents in the attic.

Essentially, you’re replacing the warmer air inside your home with cooler air. With this method, nature does a great deal of the heavy lifting and the fans come into the picture to get the air moving, create a nice breeze (depending on the specific type of whole house fan you choose), and eliminate the hot air that can otherwise prevent the rapid cooling of your home in the evening.

The real beauty is that in many situations the fans operate far more efficiently for cooling homes than an air conditioning unit at a fraction of the energy consumption and cost. This means you get the double benefit of doing good things for the planet by consuming less energy — and even better things for your budget.

When should you use whole house fans for the greatest effect?

Whole house fans are commonly used in the early morning hours or the late evening hours, once the sun has set. However, they can be highly effective at any time when the air temperature outside your home is cooler than the temperature inside your home.

It’s true that in some areas of the country people cannot solely rely on a whole house fan to adequately cool their homes all day every day. They can, however, alternate between an air conditioner and a whole house fan to minimize energy consumption while maximizing the comfort of everyone in your home.

That said, people in many areas of the country in moderate temperatures can utilize whole house fans exclusively and run their AC very little, if at all.

With the right whole house fan system in place, you may even consider using judicious zone cooling, only cooling certain areas of the home with the whole house fan, to further reduce your energy consumption. The key is to strike the right balance between energy savings and comfort for the people who call your house home.

If you have any questions about how whole house fans work or our product line, give us a call at 1.888.229.5757.

It doesn’t take much for the heat of the day to become trapped inside your home creating some very hot summer nights. If your bedroom is located on the second floor, it can become even hotter. That’s because cold air sinks, leaving people sleeping on the second floor of your home to roast.

Fortunately, there are solutions to consider, besides running the AC and running up your energy bill, that will help you keep your cool and get a good night’s sleep even on hot summer nights.

Get Rid of Items that Bring the Heat
Some items heat up a bedroom just by being turned on. This includes laptops, lamps, televisions, and other electronics. Move them to another room. Or, at least turn them off during the summer months. Opt instead to have screen time elsewhere.

While this will solve the problem in the bedroom, cooking is another thing that brings the heat and extends to the entire house. While you still have to eat in the summer, consider some of the other options instead:

Use a crockpot for cooking
Cook outside
Eat cooler meals (like salads and sandwiches) on the hottest days
Embrace microwave cooking

Also consider blocking radiant heat with light blocking, energy efficient curtains in your bedroom. This helps to prevent heat from coming in, which can do a lot to keep your bedroom cooler. If nothing else, just keep the blinds closed. It won’t block all heat but will keep some of it from coming into your bedroom.

Use a Whole House Fan
Using a whole house fan draws cooler air from the outside of your home into your home through open windows on the first floor of your home. Warm air is then expelled through ventilation along your roof, creating a much cooler atmosphere throughout your home and eliminating unwanted hot air that might keep you awake at night.

You might also consider using an attic fan to cool things off as night approaches. Attic fans work especially well when it’s too warm for whole house fans to be beneficial. They not only help to generate a nice cooling breeze throughout your house, but also to draw out moisture and humidity that can damage your home.

Other Tips to Feel Cool in the Bedroom
Other things you can do to help you keep your cool at night include the following:

Drink something ice cold before bed
Switch to cooler sheets, such as moisture-wicking sheet
Switch your lightbulbs. LED bulbs are much cooler than incandescent bulbs
Soak a washcloth in cool water and place around your neck before going to sleep
Put a bowl of ice cubes behind a fan to blow out cool, moist air

These quick tips will help your bedroom feel cooler even on the hottest summer nights. See what an amazing difference they can make in your home.