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Between air conditioning and heating, our apartments can start to feel stuffy and stale. But adding some houseplants to your décor actually can help clean indoor air all year round, while improving the look of your home. Read on for the benefits of indoor plants and how to take advantage of them.

When you're prone to sniffles and sneezes during allergy season - or at any other time of year - it's important to keep your apartment as free of allergens as possible. Read on, fellow allergy sufferers, for eight practical tips.

door draft stopper

When you walk past the windows or doors in your apartment, do you feel an icy draft? If so, you’ve got leaky windows, which can be a real problem. The icy air coming inside is something your heater has to fight against, costing you a lot in heating costs. You probably feel like there’s nothing you can do – it’s not like your landlord will let you replace the windows. You’re not out of luck – you just need to insulate the windows.

Draft stoppers – also called draft blockers, draft dodgers, or door/window snakes – are simple: They’re just tubes made of fabric and filled with an insulating material.  It’s basically a tube shaped pillow that you place at the base of your windows or doors, where most energy leaks happen. Making your own draft stopper is a fun, simple DIY project that took me less than an hour. Here’s how I did it:

Depending on the season, location and amount of usage, your electric bill can be an intimidating expense. After all, electricity powers nearly everything in a modern home–from the appliances and entertainment devices, to air conditioning and lights. Despite its importance,…

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