Home Improvement

How Does a Refrigerator Work?

In the refrigeration cycle, there are five basic components: fluid refrigerant; a compressor, which controls the flow of refrigerant; the condenser coils (on the outside of the fridge); the evaporator coils (on the inside of the fridge); and something called an expansion device. Here’s how they interact to cool your food.

Why So Many Southern Porches Have Blue Ceilings

This design trick works no matter where you live.

Easy Home Makeovers
 

Refresh your entire house on a budget. Use our DIY tricks and stylish solutions for making easy upgrades that’ll give your home a brand new look.

5 Can’t-Miss Labor Day Sales You Can Shop Right Now

Get a head start on these big sales from your favorite stores so you can actually relax this Labor Day weekend.

9 Secrets Only Contractors Know

Before you even think of working with a renovation pro, consider this insider intel from our panel of expert contractors.

5 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From My Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show makes renovating look easy—but it’s not. I found out the hard way.

The Best Space Heaters

On the hunt for a modern model that’s smart, efficient, and easy to use? You’re getting warmer.

Boyfriend Gift Ideas for Every Type of Guy

Not sure what to get the man in your life this year? Try these budget-friendly picks from our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Or, find more great gifts for everyone on your list here.

14 Entryway Organizing Tips

Clutter coach Chip Cordelli turns this potential pileup spot (backpacks! jackets! soccer balls!) into a super-efficient on-off ramp for quick school-day exits and happy homecomings.