Caraway Cookware Review – We Gave It a Hands On Test

Carawary cookware set on a table

Caraway Cookware Overview Like Made-In, Misen, Abbio, and a handful of other cookware startups that have shaken up the industry in recent years, Caraway started as a direct-to-consumer company. Their pans were so immediately well received that they are now available through select secondary retailers, including Crate & Barrel and West Elm. In addition to … Read more

What Is The Best Water for a Humidifier?

water flowing from the faucet

Humidifiers are a great way to fight dry air and support respiratory health, especially during dry winter months. But if you’re using the wrong kind of water in your humidifier, you could actually be doing more harm than good. So, what is the best water for humidifiers? Distilled water is the only type of water … Read more

What Is a Dehumidifier Used For? Benefits For Your Home

a dehumidifier on the floor

Dehumidifiers are one of those important appliances that I recommend every homeowner have in their arsenal, regardless of the climate. This is because a dehumidifier has far more uses than many people realize. So, what is a dehumidifier used for? The obvious answer is to pull moisture out of the air. This makes dehumidifiers useful … Read more

Yeedi Vac 2 Pro Robotic Vacuum Review – A Hands On Test

Yeedi Vac 2 Pro, Yeedi Self Emptying Station and other inclusions on the floor

Yeedi Vac 2 Pro Overview The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro is the latest robotic vacuum from Yeedi, a company that got its start in 2020. Despite only having been in operation for a couple of years, Yeedi has already made a name for itself in the automated home helpers market. The original Yeedi Vac blew … Read more

Can You Use an Air Conditioner as a Dehumidifier?

a person using the AC’s remote to adjust the temperature

You may have noticed that your air conditioner seems to do a pretty good job reducing the humidity in your home. So you might be wondering, can you use an air conditioner as a dehumidifier? The answer is yes. You can use your AC to dehumidify. But there are some things you should know before … Read more

HVAC Return Air Vent Filters – An Easy Guide

an HVAC technician checking the return air vent filter

At-home air filters are a critical component of any HVAC system – it helps keep your home’s air clean and free from pollutants. But with so many different types of HVAC return air filters available today, it can be challenging to know which ones are right for your needs. In this guide, we’ll look at … Read more

Trifo Ollie Pet Edition Robotic Vacuum Review – A Hands On Test

Trifo Ollie Pet Edition robotic vacuum and its packaging and inclusions on the floor

Trifo Ollie Pet Edition Overview The Ollie Pet Edition Robot Vacuum is the second Trifo Product I’ve tested. The Lucy Robot Vacuum, which still lives upstairs in my house and cleans the floors daily, impressed me with its specialty pet hair extractor brush and effective obstacle avoidance features. The Ollie robot has many of the … Read more

HVAC Duct Size Calculator and Sizing Charts

A HVAC expert installing ductwork

Properly sizing the ductwork in your home is essential to maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout every season.   An undersized duct can restrict airflow, leading to hot or cold spots in certain rooms. On the other hand, an oversized duct can cause your HVAC system to work harder than necessary, wasting energy and driving up your … Read more

Dual Hose vs Single Hose Portable Air Conditioners – What’s the Difference?

sara from essential home and garden with a single hose portable air conditioner

If you’ve recently started shopping for a new portable AC, you’ve probably noticed that your options fall into two distinct categories: dual and single hose. Across these two categories, many models share the same features and specifications, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t significant differences between ACs with two hoses and ACs with one. These … Read more

What is a Dual Inverter Air Conditioner?

a technician inspecting a dual inverter air conditioner

If you’re shopping for a new cooling system, you have probably seen ads for dual inverter air conditioners.  Various big-name HVAC system manufacturers are marketing the relatively new technology, emphasizing the superior performance and efficiency they deliver. But what is a dual inverter AC conditioner anyway? And is it really better? This article delves into … Read more

Dehumidifier Vs Air Purifier – What’s The Difference?

dehumidifier vs air purifier

The main difference between an air purifier vs dehumidifier is that a purifier uses a filter to capture and reduce pathogens, while a dehumidifier reduces moisture to decrease pathogen activity.  You can use both devices to provide cleaner air for your home. If you suffer from allergies, especially to mold, either one can be helpful. … Read more

The 6 Best Battery Powered Air Conditioner Units

zero breeze mark 2 battery powered air conditioner

The sweltering summer months can make doing just about anything absolutely miserable. And whether you’re sleeping in a camper or sitting in your sunroom, you can quickly become uncomfortably hot. These situations are where the battery powered air conditioner comes in handy. But is there such a thing as a battery powered air conditioner? Luckily … Read more

The Best Air Purifier for Smoke – 2022’s Top 7 Models

an air purifier in the living room

We all know about the harmful effects cigarette smoke can have on the body. But do you know that breathing in smoke can be just as harmful? Whether you’re dealing with smoky air from wildfires, a recent home fire, a woodburning stove, or cigarette smoke, the faster you purify your air, the better. And the … Read more

Can You Drink Dehumidifier Water? Is It Safe?

woman collecting water from the dehumidifier

Whether you’re using a dehumidifier to reduce the overall humidity in your home or just to dry out your bathroom after a shower, it’s hard to deny the magic of these machines. With a bit of electricity, they can take damp air and turn it into liquid water. If you’ve ever pulled out your appliance’s … Read more

What Is The Ideal Indoor Humidity For Your Home?

a hygrometer on the windowsill

Humidity control in your home is important all year round. You might not know it, but humidity levels play a vital role in the health, safety, and comfort of you and your family.  Sometimes, the humidity in your home isn’t right. It can be too high or too low. Both can range from being mildly … Read more

How To Future-Proof Your Home And Garden

future proof your home

We live in an age of unpredictability, and that is no more true than with the weather. Climate change has impacted the entire world, and while scientists are able to construct models, these models can only predict the basics. We do not know what major storms different areas will face, where high temperatures will cause … Read more

X-Sense XS01-WT Wi-Fi Smoke Detector Review

X-Sense XS01-WT Wi-Fi Smoke Detector and its accessories on the table

X-Sense XS01-WT Wi-Fi Smoke Detector Overview The XS01-WT Wi-Fi smoke detector is one of five smoke-only detectors available from X-Sense and one of two that are Wi-Fi connectable. The XS01-WR is the original model of the XS01 line. It has all the same features as the XS01-WT minus Wi-Fi connectivity. It is also interconnectable with … Read more

Yeedi Vac Robot Vacuum Review – Hands On Test

Yeedi Vac device, box, and accessories on the floor

Yeedi Vac Robot Vacuum Overview The Yeedi Vac is the stripped-down version of the Yeedi Vac Max, but it has the same vacuuming specs and works with the same smartphone app. Both models are also Yeedi Vac Station compatible for hands-free, automatic emptying of the robot’s dustbin for up to 30 days.  The difference is … Read more