You can now use a fob, a smartphone or a tablet computer to lock and unlock your front door, but problems remain.
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You might have to pay extra for glass upgrades.
Improved LED fixtures are flooding the outdoor-lighting market. However, experts say using LED bulbs in conventional models produces equally good results.
The latest high-tech innovations in bathroom fixtures could put additional strain on your wallet.
Connect to your grill wirelessly through Wi-Fi.
Experts tell us that self-storage facility burglaries are rare.
The big news is larger designs.
When it comes to today's room air purifiers, a higher rating might not signify the best appliance.
The latest power tools provide more versatility.
Manufacturers of portable heaters are adding infrared models to their product portfolios.
Programmable thermostats will help you to save money on your bill only if you refrain from overriding the energy-saving settings.
Today’s flat-panel-TV mounts handle larger screen sizes and can allow TVs to hug much closer to the wall.
Manufacturers are taking steps to reduce the burns that are caused by the glass front of a gas-burning indoor fireplace.
Do-it-yourself storage racks for the garage have been beefed up to handle more weight.
This seems to be the year to refinance your mortgage.
The new combo: desks and notebook computers.
The first electric-powered pressure washers that have water-cooled motors have arrived.
Rising wood costs mean that the prices on large wood sheds have jumped during the past 4 years.
Higher efficiency central air conditioners soon might appear at both ends of the price scale.
You should be wary about claims of overall effectiveness for whole-house air purifiers.
A lack of regulation can lead to unlicensed workers installing home-security systems.
You’ll want more space and you’ll spend more money to add horizontal climbing bars to your playset.
Makers of kitchen countertops and flooring have cooked up new features on their latest products.
Manufacturers have added DC motors and variable-speed controls to help your everyday ventilation fan to run more efficiently.
New models are more efficient than ever before.
More models than ever before have eye-saving features.
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It’s unclear whether grass-seed manufacturers’ claims about their products are accurate.
New energy-efficiency standards mean that residents of northern states must purchase a more expensive furnace.
You might want to wait to buy long-lasting LED bulbs.
The addition of insulation to new garage doors might not deliver the intended benefits.
Manufacturers are changing the formulations of filters.
The latest in outdoor dining ups the ante on comfort.
You might want to use a magnifying glass to read the fine print that’s on power contracts for hidden fees.
Energy-savings additions to ceiling fans have a slow ROI.
New technology might not be ready for prime time.
Manufacturers struggle to introduce innovations.
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Manufacturers have improved the design and functionality of their outdoor fireplaces at all prices.
You’ll have to be sharp when you shop for kitchen cutlery.
Now you have a wider choice of how your sounds fit in with your outdoor living space.
Adding more-energy-efficient glass might be a waste.
Don’t assume that this is the perfect time to buy a home.
Monitor and control your home-security system from your smartphone.
The variety of fabric coverings for outdoor furniture has expanded in all price ranges.
New energy regulations won’t increase the cost of a spa, but new models will run slightly more efficiently than they did before.
The latest options that are designed to help to keep you in your home can work against you.
Control your door with a finger swipe or via your cellphone.
Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your energy use, but experts doubt that you’ll ever see the touted savings.
New nonstick coatings supposedly contain fewer toxic materials, but a lack of industry transparency gives consumers little assurance.
Insurers use credit scores and higher deductibles, and sell more policy add-ons to cull more cash from consumers.
Dozens of useless rooftop wind turbines have been introduced in the past 2 years as manufacturers dangle big tax breaks as incentive.
Today’s dinnerware brings fresh ideas to the table.
Much recyclable waste picked up at the curb ends up in the same place as the trash: the landfill.
Paint companies lay it on thick when they tout the environmental friendliness of their products. But they don’t disclose the fact that “green” paint does not work well.