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What is Relative Humidity?

Almost everyone knows what humidity is and what it feels like. We know it as a feeling of dampness that can be very uncomfortable. However, what most people do not know about is relative humidity. To the surprise of many, humidity and relative humidity are not synonymous. Additionally, most do not know why it is important to maintain certain humidity levels for a healthy and comfortable living environment.

For a detailed explanation of relative humidity and how it relates to air quality, visit the featured article in the Dehumidifiers Learning Center

Win a $250 Visa Gift Card! It’s a Breeze Video Contest!

People hear the words “installation” and “venting” and get the willies. But understandably so. Your mind may conjur up frightening images of heavy equipment, lost parts and complicated instructions. When it comes to portable air conditioners, this is absolutely not the case. Portable air conditioners are easy to set up and easy to vent. So much so, that we go so far as to say “It’s a breeze!”

Have you or someone you know used a portable air conditioner? Send us a video of your set up process and you’ll be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card!

It is completely free to submit. Simply send your video to pacvideo@compactappliance.com and you’re entered! Entries must be submitted by May 8th and a winner will be announced on May 15th. Click on the image below for complete contest details.

portable air conditioner contest

Knock knock. Who’s there? Free wine!

For a limited time only, receive a free $60 Wine Voucher, redeemable at NakedWines.com, with any purchase of $99 or more on CompactAppliance.com.

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Click on the above image for state availability details

 

What is NakedWines.com?

NakedWines.com is a company that seeks to change the way wine is bought and distributed. According to Forbes.com, the website “is helping to democratize wine making by investing in talented independent winemakers from around the world.” Customers fund independent winemakers and in exchange, get exclusive wines at wholesale prices. Independent wine makers no longer have to spend time, energy and money on sales and marketing and can focus their attention on their wine making.

How does my voucher work?

With your $60 voucher, you won’t even have to become a member to redeem. With no strings attached you can choose and receive incredible wine from independent wine makers as long as you spend at least $1 of your own money. Browse the site, fill up your cart with delicious wines, add in a dollar, and voila! Hello, $60 worth of free wine on your doorstep!

Shop with us and join in on supporting this wine revolution! 

Portable Air Conditioner Sale

Portable Air Conditioner Sale

The temperatures continue to rise outside, especially on the east coast this week where they’re flirting with 100 degree weather! Now 100 degrees doesn’t seem terrible to those of us living in the south (Texas had a record 100+ degree days in a row last year), but many people in the north east don’t have the luxury of central air conditioning. That’s where our portable air conditioners come in!

For a limited time, we are offering two of our best selling units at deep discounts to help fight off the heat. Use coupon code PACDEAL at checkout to save.

Koldfront AP12000S-KF Extreme Cool Portable Air Conditioner

Regular Price: $524.99
Sale Price: $379.00
You Save: $145.99

Koldfront PAC701W Slim Portable Air Conditioner

Koldfront Portable Air Conditioner

Regular Price: $374.99
Sale Price: $269.00
You Save: $105.99

What is a Halogen Oven?

Morningware Infrared Halogen Oven

I think everyone who knows me, knows that I am not a cook. I don’t enjoy cooking and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at it.

When I saw this halogen oven from Morningware at the Housewares Show a few years ago, I was intrigued mostly because I had never seen anything that looked like it before. When we stopped at the booth to learn about this product, I knew it was something we had to add to our website. I also knew it was something I had to have for myself.

The convenience of this oven is amazing! It cooks 50% faster than traditional ovens and can heat up to 400 degrees without pre-heating. It uses convection, conduction, halogen and infrared technology to cook. You don’t even have to defrost your meat, you can put it in frozen and it will cook in about 30 minutes!

The Morningware oven also comes with a cooking chart so you’ll never have to guess how long your different meats and vegetables need to be in the oven. It’s so fast and easy that even I can cook using this!

Immersion Blender Recipe: Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes

Immersion Blenders

Immersion blenders are a product that I have recently fallen in love with. They just take the hassle out of blending. In a previous life, I would often burn myself while I was trying to transfer whatever hot mixture I was cooking up into the blender while making soups. And it never failed that I would splatter ingredients all over my kitchen and my shirt while I was trying to use a hand mixer to whip up some mashed potatoes. Then, one glorious day, I came across an immersion blender (also known as a stick mixer) and I have not looked back since.

Now, when I am cooking soups or whipping up mashed potatoes, I just get out my immersion blender and stick it right in the pot that I have been cooking the ingredients in, flip the switch and that’s it. It makes for less mess which means less clean up and less time.

The latest thing I have been whipping up with my immersion blender is No Potato Garlic Mashed “Fauxtatoes.”

No Potato Garlic Mashed “Fauxtatoes”

Ingredients

1 Head of cauliflower
2-3 Tablespoons of sour cream
3-4 Laughing cow cheese wedges
3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Teaspoons coarse ground pepper
Salt to taste

Directions

1. Steam the cauliflower and drain water from the pan.
2. Add all other ingredients to pan with cauliflower.
3. Take an immersion blender and blend until desired consistency. (I enjoy my “fauxtatoes” smooth, so I blend until there are no chunks left.)
4. Enjoy!

What recipes do you make with an immersion blender?

Who Says There is No Room for a Kitchen?

tiny kitchen

Are you living in a space that doesn’t come equipped with a kitchen but you would spend a lot less money if you could just cook from home?  Are you converting a portion of your home into an apartment or other living area but just don’t know how to equip the space with a kitchen without spending an arm and a leg?

In this day and age people have all different kinds of living arrangements that don’t necessarily cater to the typical idea of a kitchen; however, if you equip your space with the following items, you will be cooking in no time.

Let us know in the comments how you save space in your small (or large) kitchen!

 

Austin Smarter Spaces Tour: 3112 Lafayette

After seeing all of the homes on the tour, I think we came to an unanimous decision that this next one was our absolute favorite. The color scheme, the decor, the landscaping, everything about this home was beautiful. As one of my coworkers put it to the homeowner, “I want to make out with your house.”

So, please enjoy our photos of 3112 Lafayette.

3112 Lafayette
4112 Lafayette

This home made us feel like we were no longer in Austin. I’m not quite sure what it was, but something about the home felt very eastern U.S. to us. We loved the gray color scheme. It was carried throughout the house and gave it a very tranquil feeling.

There were many small features of the home that we loved as well, like the bathroom tile, the doorknobs and the wall decorations. The backyard was another great part of this home. It had multiple seating areas where you could host a large group, lounge or enjoy a dinner outdoors.

You’ll also notice our mini kegerator on the kitchen counter top. Alright, enough of my yammering. Check out the pictures of this beautiful home!

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Austin Smarter Spaces Tour : 1715 Giles, Unit C

The first house profiled from the Smarter Spaces Tour was the home at 4813 West Park. Be sure to check out that post for more pictures and inspiration on how you can make great use of the room available in a small space.

Next up though, we have 1715 Giles, Unit C.

1715 Giles, Unit C

  

This place was actually 1 of 4 townhome units in a small development. It had a long, narrow hallway with a small half bath on the left and door to the garage on the right when you first walked in before it opened up to the living area and kitchen. The architect, who was actually using the home as an office at that time, told us they had decorated the home on a budget, but it wasn’t obvious at all. We loved the items they had chosen, especially the lighting fixtures and burlap ottoman/seat that you can see in the picture above on the right. All of the pieces felt eclectic but like they went together at the same time, not an easy task to pull off.

The ceilings are surprisingly tall for a small space and feature skylights that really open up the space up with natural light. My favorite feature of this home though was the backyard. It has a patio that faces a small creek and wooded area that is very serene and beautiful.

Both bedrooms were upstairs and each had its own bathroom, but the bedroom on the back of the house also featured a small balcony that overlooked the patio and same creek.

We were able to get a few of our products in this house to show off, including the EdgeStar stainless steel kegerator, Kamado grill and MicroFridge red mini fridge (one of my favorite products).

See more photos of the home below.

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Austin Smarter Spaces Tour: 4813 West Park

As we previously announced, we were the title sponsor of Austin’s first ever Smarter Spaces Tour which took place Saturday, April 14. There was a total of 10 homes on the tour and I believe around 500 people ended up attending. Pretty impressive for the inaugural run!

The first house on the tour was 4813 West Park.

4813 West Park
4813 West Park Home

4813 West Park is a 3-bedroom house located a little further north than most of the other homes on the tour. We had our Koldfront 4-bottle wine cooler on display in the kitchen.

From the outside, I really expected the home to have a second story, which shows you just how spacious it looks. I’m sure if there had been a second floor though, it wouldn’t have qualified to be on the Smarter Spaces Tour (homes had to be under 2500 sq ft). The first feature that really caught my attention was the teal-colored door. I love bright colors and teal isn’t one you usually see on the outside of a house.

When you first walk in, you can see across the entire home and right into the backyard thanks to large windows in the living room. The windows let in a ton of natural light and help the open floor plan seem even more open. The living room, kitchen and dining area are all in one giant room with an island providing a clear delineation for the kitchen.

This home was custom built by GnM Lohr Homes (you can see more high quality pictures on their site) and it was awarded 4 stars by the Austin Energy Green Star rating program.

See more photos of the house, including our wine cooler, in the gallery:

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