Blog - Rosie on the House

28 June 2012

Selecting the proper air filter is key to cleaning the air that circulates in your home. For most homes, Rosie recommends a $4 to $5 pleated air filter, which should be replaced every month.From worst to best:Standard air filter. Made from spun fiber...

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21 June 2012

As you shop for new windows, you’ll hear and read a lot of jargon about glazing, spacers and cladding. Here is a glossary of terms that might help you understand the gobbledygook!   Cladding. This is the wood or metal window frame. Four...

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15 June 2012

The key to spot removal is getting to the spot as soon as possible. If the carpet is new or has a sufficient protector on it, all you need is some water to take the spot right out. If that doesn’t work, spot cleaner is your next weapon of choice...

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08 June 2012

You’ve just moved in to a brand new home that came complete with a landscape package, front and back. A drip irrigation system was provided for the trees and shrubs, and an underground sprinkler system was provided for the back lawn. You noticed...

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31 May 2012

You can keep your house as cool as you like this summer and save at least 30 percent on your electric bill. In fact, you can keep it downright cold if that’s how you like it.  The trick is to tap your electric utility’s “off-peak” rate...

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24 May 2012

Come down before 9am for the broadcast and get in FREE! Enjoy Rosie and Romey broadcasting from Rosie Quarter at the Phoenix Convention Center!This event offers the Home & Building Expo, The Green Expo and The Baby Boomer Expo all und...

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18 May 2012

R-value is a measure of how effectively insulation, windows or another building material resists heat flow. Generally, the higher the R-value, the greater the product's insulating power.You'll run into R-value when you buy windows or insulatin...

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11 May 2012

Why do I need to ventilate my attic? Temperatures inside an unventilated attic on a 90-degree day can reach 170 degrees. A properly ventilated roof will prolong the life of roofing material because it will reduce the temperature of t...

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04 May 2012

Here are some tips from my exterminator friends:Expect unwelcome houseguests like spiders and scorpions from March until the end of November. In the winter, they’re content to live outside because the weather is pleasant.Scout around your yard to...

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26 April 2012

You don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest energy-efficient appliances to save energy at home. Here are 12 no-cost, no-hassle ways to conserve energy and cut your electric bill:  Set your water heater at 120 degrees. Besides saving en...

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19 April 2012

Yes! To replace the broken glass in an aluminum frame window, you’ll need a rubber mallet and a Phillips-head screwdriver, or a large flat-head screwdriver or a pry bar.Many homes in Phoenix have “single-hung” aluminum-frame windows, with on...

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13 April 2012

Reoccurring mites can be a big problem and a big headache, so I sympathize with your frustrations. And not to add to your frustrations, but during my research on this problem to make sure I got you the best and most thorough solution, I read that ...

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06 April 2012

Your house guests will never do the white-glove test behind your refrigerator or in your dryer vent—and so you probably rarely clean those places. This year, include those often-ignored spots in your spring cleaning ritual. You’ll have a heal...

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30 March 2012

Opening your northern Arizona cabin for the summer could present a bigger challenge this spring than it has in years past. The unusually large amount of snow that fell in the mountains and surrounding areas caused quite a bit of water damage to hom...

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23 March 2012

Start by adding a mister. A misting system can cool your patio, gazebo or Arizona room by about 30 degrees. The system creates a curtain of cool air around your outdoor living space that keeps everyone comfortable, even on 100-plus-degree days.Use wa...

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15 March 2012

Description: Concrete pavers, or paving stones, are concrete shapes in various colors and textures that interlock to form a patterned surface.Benefits: Because these long-lasting pavers aren’t set in mortar (except around the perimeter of the pati...

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09 March 2012

The latest trend in laundry rooms is convenience. Here’s how to get a laundry room that makes wash day more convenient:Move your laundry room so it’s next to the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Design the laundry room so it blends in with the rest...

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01 March 2012

It’s not a good idea to fill in or permanently cover an old swimming pool. A better solution is to build a temporary deck over your swimming pool so you can remove it if you decide to sell your home later. A pool can add value to your home.Plus, if...

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01 March 2012

It’s not a good idea to fill in or permanently cover an old swimming pool. A better solution is to build a temporary deck over your swimming pool so you can remove it if you decide to sell your home later. A pool can add value to your home. Plus, i...

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24 February 2012

Like people, mold needs food and water to thrive. And there's plenty of both in your home.Food for mold can be the dirt and dust that collects inside your home. Water in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and even from leaky pipes can help mold gr...

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