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luxury house A house is a building in which a family dwells.  A household is the group of persons who live in a house and that functions as an integral unit.  The household occupants require products and services that make it more convenient to operate a home and also make sure it is well-maintained and doesn't become run-down.

Modern houses are often constructed with wood framing and exterior sheathing on a concrete or cinder block foundation.  Exterior roofing generally consists of asphalt shingles, while the siding is vinyl.  Interior walls and ceilings are made of drywall or plasterboard.  But equally important are the products and services used inside the house!

Products needed inside a home include furnishings, so there are places to sit, eat, sleep, and care for personal hygiene.  Some products are built into the house, such as bathroom fixtures, kitchen sinks, heating systems, and basic storage units.  Other portable products, such as tables and chairs, sofas and beds, and appliances and cookware, must be obtained by the homeowner for household use.  Household management items such as cooking utensils, tableware, floor care products, and linens are known collectively as housewares.

Sometimes services are needed to maintain a home.  These services might include installation of major appliances, home security systems, and HVAC systems.  If the homeowner is elderly or disabled, cleaning and basic repair services may be required to keep things sparkling and in good order.

modern living room in a luxury home

Safety is an important consideration when choosing products and services for your home, especially if there are children or elderly persons living in the home.  The Household Products Database features health and safety information on household products.  Also, on this page, you will find a variety of information resources about household products and services.

  • Air Cleaners
    Air cleaners, air purifiers, HEPA filters, and vacuum cleaners.
  • Air Mattresses
    Features air mattresses, air beds, inflatable beds and portable beds.
  • Alarm Clocks
    Travel alarms, clock radios, and digital alarm clocks.
  • Closet Organizers
    Guide to closet organization and closet storage units.
  • Coffee Shop
    Gourmet coffee, coffee makers, espresso, and coffee gifts.
  • Copper Cookware
    Copper pots and pans, copper cookware sets.
  • Curtain Rods
    Decorative rods and utility rods for curtains and draperies.
  • Garage Storage
    Guide to garage storage organization and shelving units.
  • Home Mortgage Loans
    Home mortgages, home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit.
  • Home Offices
    Home office equipment, supplies, and accessories.
  • Kitchen Appliances
    Kitchenware, small appliances, cookware, and kitchen gadgets.
  • Moving Trucks
    Moving supplies, packing boxes, moving trucks, and more.
  • Room Air Conditioners
    Portable air conditioners and air conditioner efficiency information.
  • Space Heaters
    Guide to indoor space heaters and patio heaters.
  • Tool Boxes
    Portable storage boxes and wheeled storage cabinets for tools.
  • Wall Clocks
    Traditional and contemporary wall clocks and accessories.
  • Washing Machines
    Find laundry appliances, washing machines, and clothes dryers.
Our house-related video resources include fingers pressing control panel buttons to activate a home security system and a single-family house being sold by a real estate agency.
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