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Sep 30 14

Older Versus Newer Models of Thermostat

by Ingrid

A thermostat is a valuable energy device in your home. You may need to shell out money to purchase one but it’s a great investment considering its uses and benefits over time. In order to maximize its existence and offer comfort, you’ll need to use the most appropriate unit for your house.

Older models

If you already have this type of unit at home but it’s an older model, you might want to consider getting a new one. This is especially true if what you have is manual. Why? Manual models can make heat run more often than when it’s necessary.

Do you really need a new model? To know if you need a new thermostat, you must check your model’s accuracy. Use a cooking thermometer, walk through your house and check the air temperature. If it doesn’t match your setting, then it’s time to upgrade to an advanced model.

Saving on energy

One of the reasons you need to purchase a new unit is to help you save on your house’s heating costs. The best way to save is when you choose a model with smart features. This means that it must have pre-programmed settings that will automatically lower or increase the temperature when it’s needed.

With the use of a smart thermostat, you’ll no longer have to worry about forgetting to turn down the heating system in your house. This is because the unit will do it for you, automatically. However, you still need to make sure that you have set the program in order to fit your busy schedule, thereby, optimizing savings.

Then again, this type of unit doesn’t have a one size that fits all house temperatures and works with heating systems. So, make sure that you choose a unit that’s compatible with the heating system that’s already in your house.

How to make it become more energy efficient?

Keep in mind that a programmable or smart thermostat is only a tool to help you save on your energy bills. This means that you still have to adjust its settings. According to experts, it’s ideal to set the temperature at 68 degrees. During bedtime, the best temperature is 60 degrees to give you greater savings.

Avoid turning the unit higher. It won’t warm your house faster. Instead, it’ll just overheat your house. Worse, it wastes energy.

It’s always a great idea to read reviews from experts on how to choose the best thermostat. In this way, you’ll know what to expect from a particular unit.

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May 11 14

Things You Must Avoid When Buying Toilets

by Ingrid

Toilets are not like your mobile phones that you can just easily throw away or replace when you are no longer happy with their performance.

For that reason, it is essential that you know what you are getting so you can avoid spending the next five years lamenting why you chose the noisy, uncomfortable commode.Elongated Toilet Bowl

How to avoid regretting purchasing certain toilets?

Choose a quieter flusher

Pressure-assisted toilets are water efficient. They can keep your bowl clean and also eliminate clogs.

But don’t choose model that has a sound like jet engines when you flush it. Go for something that offers a stronger, more effective flush but performs quieter.

Opt for standard toilets

Having a unique toilet in your bathroom offers a sense of pride when your visitors use it. But before you consider getting one, make sure that its parts can be easily replaced.

Avoid spending your money for toilets with custom seats. The cost of replacing them is high when they wear out.

Then again, as you can see here: http://www.besttoilets.net/reviews/washlets-and-bidets/, washlets are a special kind of seat that you might want to invest in.

Ok, moving on..

Pick the white one

Those avocado green, pinkish ones and other colored toilets may appeal to you today. But 5 to 10 years from now, these toilets will no longer be pleasing to your eyes. Worse. They could make it difficult for you to sell your house.

Settle with white toilets and you’ll never regret them.

Go for toilets with standard height

There are toilets that you can purchase that come with comfort height. But the comfortable height they may provide may not be for everyone. In fact, they may inhibit your ability to defecate freely.

Plus, the comfort height may not be too comfortable for your small kids, who will also be using such toilet.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to just consider a toilet with a standard height of 15 inches.

For more information please visit the Best Toilets website

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Apr 12 14

Basic Tips for Finding Security Cameras

by Ingrid

Security cameras are electronics that many have come to depend on, yet while there are several types and uses for them they are mainly used for surveillance and security. In fact, numerous buildings now house either hidden or visible security cameras. The purpose of having these cameras is to provide information to security personnel in the event that they need to track down a particular person or need some particular information.

Buying Tips

It is important for you to know that you simply cannot walk into a store and purchase the first security camera you come across. There are tips that can help you choose the right security camera to suit your needs.Security Cameras

Firstly, it is important that you understand the different kinds of security cameras available on the market. Examples are like infrared, hidden and dome cameras. First off you will need to look at the advantages of each of the types of cameras available in order to weigh each against the other. For instance, an infrared camera will produce high resolution videos during the day, but produce better picture quality at night. They provide clarity as if it were day time, making them ideal for low light or even totally dark situations. They are also built to withstand harsh weather. Meaning they can be in the harsh sun, or exposed to bitter winds, and it will still remain functional, nullifying the need for additional camera housing.

The dome camera on the other hand, is used in both indoors and outdoors. One advantage is that anyone under watch would have a hard time detecting where exactly the camera was pointing at. Some dome cameras come in clear glass casing, while others look smokey. They fit easily into corners and can almost stay undetectable.

As you may already understand, these were just a few minor tips on how you can choose your security cameras. For more elaborate information I would advice a visit to homesecurityview.com, they are true professionals and one of the only websites I have come across that provides honest and unbiased information.

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Apr 4 14

The New Cleaning Choice that’s Called Steam

by Ingrid

Steam cleaners are quickly becoming the cleaning method of choice on both a residential and industrial scale. These machines were designed to ensure you can get the most out of your cleaning in the shortest time possible. Steam cleaners

As can be seen at Steam Insider they also have multiple uses. You can remove dirt, disinfect, and deodorize bad odors all at the same time. One main benefit of steam cleaners is that they clean without the use of chemicals, and because of this, they are said to be very environmentally friendly. What’s more is that they have developed a reputation of being effective against toxic, stains and allergens.

 So how do these machines work? These machines work by converting water in super heated steam with anything between 4 and 10 bar pressures that enable the water particles to penetrate even the toughest of places. This technique makes it more effective than mops and chemical cleaners. This also makes steam cleaners the best alternative to people who have aversions to using harsh chemical.

Steam cleaners have various uses because of the cleaning technique they employ. One of these uses is that they can kill harmful bugs such as bedbugs and dust mites that often reside in furniture, carpets and upholstery. These machines are also quite useful on cars, both interior and exterior. You no longer have to spend too much time trying to clean your car, as you can now do it with a steam cleaner. If you have tough to remove stains, then you can rest assured that steam cleaners will remove them for you.

This machine also comes in handy in the bathroom. Got tough water stains, grime, mould and mildew that have refused to budge? Simply use a steam cleaner and watch your bathroom transform itself from dank and musty, to fresh, clean and airy.

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Mar 16 14

The Only Way to Quench Your Thirst For Quality Wine

by Ingrid

Wine-Enthusiast-12-Bottle-Wine-CoolerWine is considered the most lavish and aristocratic drink till date. Style and attitude goes hand in hand with aristocracy, and if this is to be put in terms of wine then with expensive and flavorsome wines the involvement of wine coolers goes without question.

Now, selecting the best and suitable wine cooler to serve your purpose is not an easy task, especially when there are a number of wine coolers to choose from. Hence, a thorough reading of this article will give an insight on the types of wine coolers available and which one to opt for.

Wine coolers are categorized primarily into single zone, dual zone and built-in wine coolers.

  • Single Zone: If you are new to the world of wine cooling then it’s highly advisable that you start your journey by owning a single zone wine cooler. The single zone coolers are less expensive as compared to the other models mentioned and it will give you a fair idea on the type of cooling and taste you are looking for. As the name suggests, single zone cooling has a single temperature controlling regulator and a single area of effective cooling. A novice can start learning a thing or two about wines by owning single unit wine coolers and once he is confident about his knowledge can gradually proceed to the higher models.
  • Dual Zone: This type of cooler is for those who have a fair knowledge on the various types of wines available, their cooling temperature and their desired taste. The price of this cooler is on a higher side and has got two zones of cooling area and temperature regulator. This type of coolers is specially made for those who have a hobby of collecting various wines.
  • Built-in Wine Coolers: This type of wine coolers is exclusively meant for those adept wine lovers who not only love to collect wines but also literally study the taste, texture and temperature of all the wines known till now. These coolers have all the specifications that an electric appliance is expected to have. They are stylish in appearance and thus add statement of aristocracy to your kitchen or bar counters.

This article is a quick start guide for you if you take your wines seriously. Choose from the many available models in the market and enjoy your wine like never before.

More information: coolingwine.com

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Mar 15 14

Finally, Soft Water Wherever You Need It

by Ingrid

WattsRVPRO1000We cannot stress enough the importance of water softeners considering the damage hard water deals to the plumbing system, water driven devices, our health, clothes and almost every aspect of our daily lives. Things are easy inside an apartment. Just install a good water softener and enjoy clean soft water whenever you need it.

But what if you are a travelling nomad who loves to nestle inside an RV or a camper each night? How to soften up your water then? Well, Watts have got just the product for you. The Watts RV PRO-1000 Portable Water Softener will do the trick perfectly and supply you with quality softened water on the go.

It’s A Salt Based Water Softener:

There are some people out there who do not like salt based water softeners at all due to the hassles of cleaning and changing salt regularly. But the good news is that the Watts Pro-1000 works with regular table salt as well which can be easily procured wherever you are. Each regeneration take only about 20 minutes thanks to the Y ball valve system and uses up around 2 lb of salt. So say good bye to the hard water of RV parks forever.

Portability Is The Key:

The unit measures 8” X 22” hence it is not the smallest water softening unit around. But there should be plenty of space for this bad guy in your camper or RV. Once you understand the importance of clean soft water, you will never go anywhere without this baby aboard the vehicle first. The company includes some water testing strips so you can be absolutely sure whether the softener is performing up to the expectation or not.

This is not the most advanced or feature laden water softener out there but it does the job perfectly. So if you travel a lot and are tired of using hard water, Watts RV PRO-1000 Portable Water Softener is the way to go. Buy it and enjoy riding off into the sunset while drinking a glass of cool soft water.

More information about the Watts RV PRO-1000 is available at SoftWaterFiltration

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Mar 15 14

The Best Way To Remove Smoke And Odor From Your House

by Ingrid

Many people might not know that ionic air purifiers are the second most loved air purifiers in the market. These air purifiers are marked by the ease of use and low-maintenance as compared to other variants of air purifiers.

The working principle of these purifiers is simple. Most of the dust, dirt and allergens found inside a room are positive ions. The purifier discharges negative ions that get attracted and bound to these positive ions. These combined ions get heavy afterward and fall on the ground. Hence thorough vacuuming of the room is important to get rid of this dirt.

One problem with using ionic air purifiers is that most of the room is actually positively charged. The negative ions might get attracted to the wall and create dark spots. These spots are usually prevalent in the areas around the filter. To counter this problem, some purifier models include an electrostatic precipitator that attracts the particles and stops them from ruining the walls and furniture. The metallic precipitator needs to be cleaned regularly otherwise it loses its efficiency.

Low Maintenance And Low Noise:
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These purifiers have no filters hence no need to replace costly filters after every few months. There are no built-in fans or motors in ionic air purifiers hence they do not emit much noise making them perfect for operation during the night time. The negative ion generator does all the work to keep the air inside the room clean.

The Honeywell HHT – 090 (see here) is an effective HEPA ionic air purifier with amazing performance. It can neutralize air pollutants up to 2 Microns in size. This purifier can be cleaned just by vacuuming the filter. This filter can also remove cat dander and pollens effectively which is boon for allergic people.

Ease of use, installation and operation make ionic filters the second most loved variant in the air purifier market (obviously, HEPA wins). If you are looking for a cheap and easy to maintain air purifier then you should invest in one too. It will definitely be worth the cost.

More information can be found at Air Reflect

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Mar 15 14

How (and Where) to Choose a Convection Oven

by Ingrid

kitchenChoosing a convection oven seems to be a simple task. It’s a rectangular thing that comes in many sizes and variations, with a few buttons and heating technology that will create a flow of air inside the oven. But considering the advancements in technology, choosing an oven is not that simple anymore. You can choose from convection ovens with whisper quiet technology or ovens that multiply the air flow and even remote operated ovens.

The KitchenAid, DeLongi and Breville ovens seem to steal the show with effortless ease, especially models like the EO1270 that flaunt the patented defrosting technology. Boasting of having excellent air flow, this convection oven looks like a piece of decoration until turned on. Once in operation, this simple looking device will efficiently and evenly heat up your meals with a minimal risk of burning (thanks to the warning system).

Countertop models seem to be most popular choice, and Hamilton Beach is another brand that successfully entered this market. And as you can read at Kitchen Remodel World quite successfully too.

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