Do Dehumidifiers Use a Lot of Electricity?

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Dehumidifiers are often necessary to use after a flood or leak. They can also make a huge difference in how comfortable you feel during the summer. But running a dehumidifier isn’t exactly cheap. Compared to many appliances in the home, dehumidifiers draw a considerable amount of energy. This is because using these units effectively often … Read more

Arlec 130cm Smart Ceiling Fan (Grid Connect) Review

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A reasonable fan let down by poor design When it comes to upgrading the ceiling fans in your house there is plenty of choices. And this makes that decision quite hard. Especially when you are upgrading multiple fans at a time like I was. Which fan should you buy, and which brand? What features should … Read more

The 7 Best Air Purifiers For Mold [2022]

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Mold is not fun to be around. Not only can this kind of fungus cause sneezing, stuffiness, and other allergy symptoms, but certain kinds produce mycotoxins that can cause acute reactions, immune deficiency, and even cancer. Unfortunately, it can be hard to avoid mold—this substance is just about everywhere. But there is one way you … Read more

Shellbot SL60 Robot Vacuum Review [Hands On Test]

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Comprehensive Cleaning Robot with All the Bells and Whistles If you’ve read my other robot reviews, you know I’ve been waiting very impatiently for a robot vac that has it all. One that can vacuum well, mop effectively, multi-floor map, recognize carpet, and avoid obstacles. Well, I’m happy to say I’ve finally found that robot, … Read more

How Does a Portable Air Conditioner Work?

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Summer heat can be unbearable, and portable air conditioners are a great way to stay cool without breaking the bank. But how do they work? It might not surprise you, but portable air conditioners work the same way as central air conditioning units and window AC units. However, they have a different form factor and … Read more

How To Use Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate once they establish inside the home. These insects are great at hiding, reproduce quickly, and can live a surprisingly long time without feeding. To get rid of bed bugs, many homeowners feel they must resort to expensive heat treatments or dangerous chemicals. Diatomaceous earth is neither expensive nor … Read more

How to Cool the Upstairs of a 2 Story Home

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If you’re like most homeowners, you want to keep your entire home cool during the summer months. But sometimes, the upstairs of your home is significantly warmer than the downstairs. And while you can just turn the thermostat lower, your downstairs might get too cold with the upstairs still remaining warm. So, how do you … Read more

Where to Put a Humidifier – Tips For Maximum Effectiveness

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Humidifiers have been proven to reduce the spread of illness, and are key to finding relief in dry climates and during times of illness. But to work effectively without causing damage, these appliances have to be placed in the right location. When it comes to where to put a humidifier, the best place is on … Read more

How To Get Rid Of Mold On Bath Toys [The Easy Way]

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It’s bath time for the kids. You fill up the bath, chuck them in (not literally) and get out their bath toys. Then you remember – you forgot to clean them again! They are all dirty, moldy and to be honest a little slimy right? Well time to throw them out… NO… WAIT! There is … Read more

SmartAC Hands-On Review – Predict HVAC Breakdowns & Save Money

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Summary Review As with any “smart home” sensor, you’d expect to it be completely wireless and make use of an intuitive user interface. And SmartAC’s solution does just that– it walks you through the setup and installation of the sensors and provides easy access to local HVAC technicians if something breaks down. SmartAC’s product does … Read more

Why Is My Dehumidifier Freezing Up? The Reasons and the Fix

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A frozen dehumidifier is not something you want to ignore. Not only do frozen coils mean the unit can’t pull humidity from the air effectively, but they can also cause irreparable damage to the appliance. If your dehumidifier is icing up, it’s important to identify the reason so you can fix it as soon as … Read more

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth For Ticks and Fleas

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Ticks and fleas are more than just a nuisance for dogs and cats. These blood-sucking pests can cause diseases, including Lyme disease, bubonic plague, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But it’s not just your pets who are at risk of getting sick. If your dog or cat has fleas or ticks and comes into … Read more

How Long Do Air Conditioners Last?

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Central AC units typically last 15-20 years, but this can vary significantly depending on how much you use it and how well you take care of it. You extend the lifespan of your AC unit with routine maintenance, good installation, and quickly addressing any issues. In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into how … Read more

Why My Air Conditioning Smells Bad – And How to Fix It

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Summer is in full swing, which means one thing for many homeowners – air conditioning! While AC can make your home nice and cool, it’s not uncommon for it to produce an unpleasant smell. If you’ve been noticing a bad smell from your air conditioning, don’t worry – we’re here to help. Keep reading our … Read more

The 6 Best Cleaners for AC Coils of 2022

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A whole-house AC system can be the difference between a miserable, sweaty summer and a delightful season that you look forward to all year long. But getting a central AC is just half the battle. Once you have it, you must maintain it to continue reaping the benefits and avoid driving up your electric bill … Read more