Things To Consider While Buying A Thermostat
Posted by Alanah on May 24 at 10:45 AM
Before buying a thermostat, there are some things to consider if you want the thermostat to operate with your home heating and cooling systems while providing enough programmability. The first (and these days obvious) thing your thermostat should be capable of is having wireless access so you can control it remotely. Sure, you can do without if you're not very tech savy, but I bet that after reading these wifi thermostat reviews you will know what I mean.
So, with the wireless issue out of the way, let’s take a quick look at the other points.
- Programmability: A good thermostat should let you program your heating and cooling needs in advance. Different models provide different levels of programmability but the models that let you program for the whole week in advance and set temperature for four different time segments in a day are usually the best.
- System Compatibility: The thermostat must be compatible with your devices. Depending on your systems, you can go for multiple heating and cooling stage thermostats. For example, if your devices provide 3 heating and 1 cooling mechanism, you need to buy a thermostat with 3 heat and 1 cool function and map each mechanism to one of the functions. There are models in the market that provide up to 4 heat and 3 cool functions.
- Energy Save: Some of the new thermostats save energy while operating your devices and also let you know which temperature settings are the most energy efficient. Some will even provide you with detailed energy consumption charts so that you can change your settings accordingly.
With these points in mind, buying a thermostat will be very easy. If you choose the right one, a thermostat will make your life very smooth and comfortable.
Faucet Features to Consider
Posted by Alanah on April 26 at 04:45 AM
The finish is not the only thing you should consider when finding the right kitchen faucets, their functionality must also be looked into. From all different styles to look into, you should begin with evaluating their handles, sprayer and spout.
Handles You can either go with single handle units or double handle faucets. The latter offers handles intended to deliver cold and hot water. Unlike the former, double-handle units will let you control the temperature of the water manually.
However, modern single-handle units can do the same through the use of a single lever that you can move 180 degrees.
Sprayer Types Newer models of kitchen faucets have integrated sprayers. They are commonly known as pull-out sprayer. The pull-out sprayer allows you to easily clean veggies and dishes. Some newer units have a pause button found at the faucet’s head. Kitchen faucets with a pull-down sprayer are also available. These, too, may have a pause button. As the term suggests, this type of faucet’s sprayer can be pulled down from the head into the sink offering more space and improving its usability.
Spouts Kitchen faucets may have long spouts or shorter ones. The options are not limited when it comes to the spout. The only things to keep in mind is that you should go for spouts that a) look good in your kitchen and 😎 prove to be the best kitchen faucet to use.
Regardless of the type of spout you will be purchasing, you must opt for a kitchen faucet with a spout that reaches as close to the sink’s center as possible. For average-sized sinks, this means the spout must be at least 7.5 inches but not more than 10 inches. If you have larger sinks, you can add 4 to 5 inches.
More information: Kraus
Klimaire KSIM012-H220 – A Great Mini Split Air Conditioner For All Purposes
Posted by Alanah on April 06 at 09:40 AM
Thanks to improved technology and dropping prices, air conditioner or AC is no longer a luxury. In fact in many corners of the world, it is almost impossible to live comfortably without installing an AC in the house. With the introduction of mini split ACs, things are even easier now as these devices consume less energy and provide intelligent cooling.
In case you do not know what mini split ACs are, these are like regular split ACs but smaller in size. There are two distinctive parts, a compressor unit that is installed outdoors and a cooling unit that is placed inside the room. The cooling unit can effectively manage the temperature of the room with thermostatic control.
Klimaire KSIM012-H220 – A Perfect Choice:
Although there are many brands and models in the market, the Klimaire KSIM012-H220 has made a name for itself by being a solid energy saver and extremely efficient mini split air conditioner. Some of the features of this AC are:
- The DC inverter not only helps in cutting down the energy consumption, but also monitors the temperature of the room and adjusts the cooling accordingly.
- The remote control is able to send signals to the outdoor compressor too hence the flow of cool air is at your fingertips. This system eliminates guesswork from the whole operation improving efficiency and decreasing power consumption.
- This AC self cleans! It is able to clean the inner parts with condensate water when the fan is running at lower speeds. Thus it greatly decreases the maintenance efforts on your part.
- Apart from cooling the air, the KSIM012-H220 also releases ion particles to remove dust, dirt and germs from the air. The built-in carbon filter takes care of bad odors, chemicals and gasses rendering the air inside the room perfect to inhale.
This AC cannot operate smoothly below the temperature of 5° Farenheit but otherwise, it is a perfect choice for every household. Priced decently, if you are looking for a quality powerful AC that does not burn a hole in your pocket with electricity bills, this is the one.
More information at Air Reflect split AC reviews
Why to Use Induction Cooktops
Posted by Alanah on April 06 at 08:30 AM
Although induction cooktops have immensely increased in popularity over the last few years, gas ovens still rule a large part of the market. In case you are torn between the two and are wondering whether you should buy an induction cooktop or not, take a look at the following points.
- Induction cooktops are safe. The only area heated up while cooking is the area where you place the utensils.
- They cook very fast as compared to traditional ovens. If you are a busy person, you should go for induction cooktops.
- Most of the induction cooktops are portable. You can place them anywhere in the house where there is a power outlet and start cooking. You do not get this sort of flexibility with gas ovens.
- They are getting cheaper by the day.
Well if you were wondering whether induction cooktops were really worth all the hype, now you know the pros. These reviews will surely help you choose the best one for your kitchen.
Things to Know before Installing Carpet
Posted by Alanah on March 30 at 01:02 AM
Carpets do look great in a house. It beautifies your interior, makes it look elegant and upscale, safe for toddlers and the like. However, are you prepared for the repercussions of having carpets?
Yes, there are repercussions. This is because there are costs and cons in installing carpets in your house. One of these would be about cleaning it. Of course, people step on it often, unless you want people in your house to float. After all, stepping on it, as part of your floor, is its main purpose. Hence, maintaining and cleaning it would be a major issue. With that, what you need as a resort is to have carpet cleaners.
One option would be to hire someone else to clean your carpet once in awhile. This is convenient since you will just call some service providers to do the nitty-gritty for you. However, it is costly in the long-run, most especially if you will require such service more often. Alternatively, you can invest on carpet cleaning equipment or devices. While their upfront cost is quite high or expensive, buying one is cheaper in the long-run than paying for the services of carpet cleaners. This is because you can use the device to clean your carpet as the need arises. Hence, you will have a clean carpet anytime you want.
3 Ways to Make Air Beds Last Longer
Posted by Alanah on March 29 at 10:20 PM
Air beds are very convenient to use as a replacement or substitute for an ordinary bed. If, for instance, you are expecting overnight guests, you can just fill it with air once they arrived and deflate it when they leave.
Can they be used for camping?
If you will be out with your friends and go camping, you can bring air mattresses as they offer more comfort than a sleeping bag. You can come across air beds that are specifically designed for camping. They are light enough to be inserted into a backpack.
There are things that you can do to make them last longer:
Re-inflate them regularly
This is especially valuable if you are using them for more than two nights. In order to keep the air mattress firm, you must re-inflate them by forcing air into it every few days.
Although most of these beds come with velvety material, laying a set of sheets offer more comfort at nighttime. Nothing beats the warmth and breathability of having sheets on top of these beds.
Place them on top of a box spring
Getting in and out of air beds can be a bit difficult, especially when they are placed on the floor. To alleviate this problem, you may set them up on a box spring or a bed frame, i.e. if you are planning to use it for long-term. Doing so will enhance their look and convenience.
When you're looking for the best air mattress for your guests, these are some of the things to think about. Just follow these tricks to make the bed last longer. Try it and you will see the difference.