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May 2013

Understanding the difference between ionization, photoelectric smoke detectors


Most fire alarms in today's homes are ionization.
For many years, there has been a considerable amount of debate about the type of smoke detector that works best – ionization or photoelectric. According to experts on the topic, it’s hard to determine which one is best because they both have their own unique set of strengths.

Foreclosures dwindle through first four months of year


Fewer people are getting foreclosure notices.
As a recent report suggests, foreclosures aren’t nearly as common as they once were, illustrated by the infrequency in which they were purchased through the first three months of the year.

Poll: Most Americans prefer home improvements they can do on their own


Most Americans say that given the choice, they'd rather take on a home improvement task themselves than hire a professional.
According to the poll, which was conducted by survey research firm GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, approximately seven in every 10 homeowners say they trend toward do-it-yourself home improvement projects as opposed to recruiting a business that specializes in renovation or home design.

Poll: Many homeowners affected by Sandy not planning on updating windows


Most homeowners affected by Sandy say they have no intention of updating their windows.
According to the poll, approximately 95 percent of respondents – all of whom were affected adversely by Sandy – do not plan on renovating their windows this year, such as by installing hurricane shutters to cover them so that the glass doesn’t break from gale-force winds.

Indoor air quality a global health issue that demands action, report states


Indoor air quality is a major heath issue that all too often goes unnoticed.
While it may already be quite clear that outdoor pollution is a major issue that needs to be addressed in order to improve the quality of living for everyone worldwide, there hasn’t been enough emphasis and urgency placed on indoor air quality problems, a new report indicates.
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