The right air purifier can cleanse dirty indoor air

The right air purifier can cleanse dirty indoor air

Cold weather means closed windows so it’s the time of year when allergy sufferers worry more about indoor air than outdoor air. And the season they start shopping for air purifiers. To help, Consumer Reports is preparing to test almost 20 portable and whole-house air purifiers that we’ve just purchased.

Portable models can be taken from room to room, while whole-house models replace a forced-air furnace’s filter. Besides the new portable models from Kenmore, Sharp, and Whirlpool, one that seems to … (read more)

Eclectic Style Interiors Done Right – by Rebecca Leivars

Combining multiple design aesthetics into one cohesive package takes planning and a good eye, which is something Rebecca Leivars, a British Interior Designer, definitely has. Her ability to layer in multiple styles into a singular scheme without any one style dominating the other is not easy to do. Here she has taken the house’s naturally rustic fireplace and juxtaposed it against a contemporary version of a claw foot tub. The wood burning stove housed within the fireplace is reminiscent of the days when water had to be … (read more)

5 ways to save energy and money right now

5 ways to save energy and money right now

Boston scored a win over New York this week and it wasn’t on the baseball diamond. Instead, Beantown won top honors for its efforts to advance energy efficiency. New York took third place after Portland, Ore., in the rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. While the report focuses on the actions of the nation’s 34 largest cities, citizens everywhere can do their part and save money too. Plugging leaks and insulating your home are two of … (read more)

Find the right beer for your backyard barbecue

Find the right beer for your backyard barbecue

A cold beer may already be your go-to barbecue beverage. But like wine, different types of beer taste better with some foods than others. Here’s our experts’ beer menu for which types of beer go best with what foods, from pre-party nibbles to dessert (yes, dessert).

Crisp, lighter-flavored beers such as domestic lagers and wheat beers are especially good at washing away the saltiness of chips, pretzels, nuts and other snacks. They also go well with Monterey Jack and other mild … (read more)