Contractors and Builders Can Stop Looking for a Reliable Wood Stove, Chimney and Hearth Supply Retailer

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The Fireplace and Grill Shop at Westport in Sudbury has been servicing contractors and builders in the Massachusetts Metrowest area for 30 years. As a reliable and customer service oriented retailer of wood, gas and pellet stoves, fireplace inserts and gas logs, as well as chimney venting and caps, we understand your customer’s needs and demands. If you are a contractor looking for a reliable vendor of hearth appliances, look no further.

With service and installation specialists in house, as well as a fully stocked showroom, we can supply the products necessary and, if needed, fulfill the installation requirements. Additionally, West Sport has the knowledge and product breadth to help you help your customers make the best decisions for their new homes, additions or renovations.

If you are a builder or contractor in Sudbury, Weston, Wayland, Concord, Hudson, or Stow or any of the surrounding areas, we are experts offering everything for the outdoor kitchen; also, chimney lining, venting and caps; as well as wood, pellet and gas stoves, fireplaces and inserts. Your one stop shop for everything grill and fireplace related.

Ford Delivers 12 Fuel Economy Leaders Across Its Lineup In Their 40 MPG and Over Club

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With oil nearing $100 per barrel and gasoline prices continuing to rise, Ford and Lincoln customers have reason to smile – 12 cars, trucks and utilities that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four with EPA-certified ratings of 40 mpg or more.

Fuel economy and technology are consumers’ biggest priorities and we have made them Ford’s as well. Our product portfolio reflects the investment Ford has made to transform our lineup in the past several years so our customers can be more green and keep even more green in their wallets than when fuel prices reached $4 per gallon in 2008.

Now, from Ford Fiesta to Super Duty, the company’s lineup features improved aerodynamics and fuel-saving technologies including PowerShift, a Ford-designed dry dual-clutch automatic transmission available in the Ford Fiesta and all-new Focus, six-speed automatic transmissions, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and EcoBoost engines that save on fuel with no compromise to driving excitement.

The newest Ford vehicle in the fuel economy winner’s circle is the all-new Focus, which today has been EPA certified at 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. Focus joins the 41 mpg city Fusion Hybrid and 40 mpg highway Fiesta in Fords 40 mpg and over club. In addition, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America with its 41 mpg city EPA-certified rating, helping make Ford and Lincoln vehicles the most fuel efficient in the company’s 107-year history.

The arrival of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine later this year in the Edge crossover and Explorer SUV will see two more nameplates join Ford’s best-in-class mpg club

A-1 Sheds Some Light on Repairing Your Home’s Foundation Quickly and Efficiently

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Repairing your home's foundation is one of the most important things to do. There are many reasons that you would want to repair the foundation quickly and ways to get the repairs done. When it comes to your home, you should want it to be it's best at all times. If you are looking for some tips on how to repair the foundation of your home, keep reading. It may surprise you.

The number one tip for repairing the foundation of your home, is make sure that you fix all the cracks, holes or other things that are allowing water to get in. Water can ruin a home in the flash of your eyes. Water can lead to mold and mildew growing on the walls and so much more that can cause health problems. It can also cause major damage to the flooring such as carpet and hardwood.

Another tip and reason for fixing your home is, the foundations condition can affect the status of your home when it comes to getting a home loan and selling the house. If you have cracks and other kinds of problems, they can be seen as a defect and most homeowners will make a purchase until the problems have been fixed.

The longer you wait to fix the foundation, the more of future repair costs. Tip number three. Make sure that you fix the foundation as soon as possible. Not fixing the foundation can cause your home to shift and cause even bigger cracks and messes to fix.

In order to repair the foundation of your home, you are going to need to do things that can include, but are not limited to foundation waterproofing, concrete foundation repair, waterproof the basement walls, crawl space ventilation, replace carpet due to carpet water damage, and insulate the basement. Hiring the professionals at A-1 will be a smart solution to getting your home's foundation in tip top shape. Contact us today to learn more about your home's foundation and how we can put our A-1 method to work for you.

Auston Woods Provides Some Insight on Renting vs. Buying

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Auston Woods Provides Some Insight on Renting vs. Buying

We all need a place to call home but even with the real estate downturn, many people continue to think that buying a home is a good investment and a way for them to build wealth. When times were good, this was not really the case for most people. Wherever you choose to live, make sure it’s for the right reasons. Owning a home can be rewarding. Renting an apartment home with Auston Woods can also be very rewarding. Don’t just take our word for it - check out this article on Yahoo Finance - Why Your Home is not the investment you think it is. In recent months, the housing market, interest rates and the economy have been the focus of many news stories and are key issues in the political arena. Consumers have been inundated for years with visions of the American Dream and why homeownership is a great investment.

As seen with the recent housing crisis, homeownership may not be right for everyone.

  • If you bought in Rochester, N.Y., in 1980, you would have seen only a mediocre 4% annual growth for the next 25 years.
  • If you bought in Dallas in 1986, as the oil boom went bust, your home wouldn’t have appreciated at all before 1998.

It is also important to look at the “net appreciation”. Most people do not subtract all of the interest paid to the banks, maintenance, decorating costs, closing costs, taxes, and insurance from the appreciation. In many cases, especially if you do not own your home for more than a few years, there is not true appreciation and in more and more cases, there is negative appreciation. Many do not realize the real financial and practical advantages HHHunt residents experience every year when they decide to rent an apartment home at one of our communities.

There are just a couple of points to consider and think about. Renting is a long term investment and very rewarding. Especially in the North Carolina area we are a respected and very diverse community. Be sure to take a look at our communities and our activities we have to offer. Our unique apartment homes at Auston Woods combine convenience, comfort, and technology for today’s lifestyle in our apartment homes. Our beautiful interiors are designed to optimize the way you live, work, and play. Contact us today to learn more about renting at Auston Woods, or feel free to stop in and take a tour of our community.

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Obesity and Asthma

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Obesity and Asthma

...By Karli Taylor

Obesity has been rapidly increasing in prevalence over the past two decades—in children as well as in adults. Although obesity is a recognized risk factor for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and some forms of cancer, new evidence suggests that obesity may also contribute to or even cause asthma.

Obese patients with severe asthma account for 75% of emergency department visits for asthma. A new study shows that obese adults with asthma are more likely than normal weight asthma suffers to have severe and persistent symptoms, and when obese asthma patients lose weight, there is a notable decrease in asthma symptoms and severity.

Obesity affects the anatomy of both the lungs and airways. Excess mass in the abdomen and chest put pressure on the lungs and the airways restricting the flow of air.

The impact can actually be life altering for children because that extra mass can affect lung growth, resulting in smaller lungs and reduced pulmonary function.

Another possible correlation is that obese individuals breathe at higher frequencies—but with smaller breaths—compared with non-obese individuals. As a result, the muscles around the airway are overworked and over stressed.

With every new study that emerges about the impacts of obesity, it becomes more clear that we have to take a firm stand against obesity.