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Tips for Cleaning & Caring For Your Washing Machine

Just because your washing machine was created to clean things, doesn’t make it exempt from needing some cleaning and care itself from time to time. Your washing machine is an appliance, and like any appliance it needs a bit of TLC every now and then in order to stay in top form. If you spend a few moments now, you will likely keep your washer working as it should, as well as possibly have to spend hundreds of dollars on repairs later on.

EdgeStar Washer Dryer Combo

Whether you own a washer dryer combo or a full-size unit, here are a few tips that everybody should know when it comes to keeping their washing machines in top-working order.

Deep Scrubbing

In order to make sure that your clothes are coming out as clean as they can possibly be, it’s a good idea to deep clean your washing machine once a month. This is also a good way to keep odd smells out of your washer. There are cleaners made specifically for washing machines that you can put to good use. When using a washing machine cleaner, you’ll want to run the machine on an empty cycle on hot wash.

If you like, you can make your own washing machine cleaner with a 3/4 cup of bleach and a teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent. Allow the mixture to run through a single soak cycle before you start up a rinse cycle to make sure that all of the bleach has been washed away.
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Why a Heat & Cool Window A/C Unit Makes a Good Investment

When it comes to the comfort of your home, the temperature is one of the primary factors. Having a system or unit that can adequately and consistently heat and cool your space to a comfortable setting is critical. The options for heating and cooling are diverse. Many systems provide either heating or cooling, and must be purchased and installed separately. There are parts of the country where installing a large central air unit creates a greater expense than the need requires.

Likewise, heating units can be extremely expensive, requiring costly fuel purchases such as oil or propane. In some places the mildness of the temperatures for most of the year makes this type of system excessive. A window A/C unit that provides both heat and cool air can save money and create the comfortable environment you want for your home all year-round.

Small Spaces

Even in a home with a large heating and cooling system, there are frequently rooms, particularly in upstairs spaces, converted garages, and attached guest houses that do not get the full benefit of the system. Installing a window A/C unit in these spaces can keep them from being the rooms you close off or avoid during months with extreme temperatures. Running a window unit during these months may also help to reduce the energy costs of the larger system while making any room more comfortable.
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6 Things You Should Know About Portable Ice Makers

The idea of a portable ice maker is a fairly new one, but they have changed the way many families make ice for a number of reasons. There are many advantages to owning one, and there are some misconceptions as well. If you’re looking for an alternative ice solution, you should educate yourself on portable ice makers. It could be exactly what you have been searching for.

Bucket of Ice

To help get things started, here are six things you should know about portable ice makers to clear up any confusion and to determine whether this appliance is right for you.

1. They Truly Are Portable

A portable ice maker will work anywhere there is an outlet to plug it in. It is a compact appliance that can be placed on a countertop and won’t take up an inordinate amount of space. They are fantastic for parties, family gatherings, and even road trips. With a simple DC adapter, a portable ice maker can be plugged into a car with no problem. They are even small enough to conveniently fit on the limited counter space available in RVs and campers.
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The Complete Portable Ice Maker Buyer’s Guide

If you’re looking for a new way to have refreshing ice whenever and wherever you need it, we suggest investing in a portable ice maker. Not sure if portable is the way to go? Or not sure which unit is right for you? Not to worry, here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these alternative ice making appliances:

What is a portable ice maker?

Portable Ice Maker in Kitchen

Portable ice makers are compact appliances that produce ice without requiring permanent installation. Although they operate similar to traditional ice machines, they don’t require water or drain lines. To begin the ice production process, you simply pour water into the reservoir and turn it on. On average, portable ice makers produce up to 35 lbs. of ice a day and are able to store up to 2 lbs. of ice at a time.

Why would I need a portable ice maker?

Those who don’t have traditional freezer ice makers are confronted with the hassle of either buying bagged ice or using bothersome ice trays. Portable ice makers offer a convenient alternative. Having a dependable ice source is also an issue for RV and boat owners. When out on the water or while traveling cross-country, ice can be hard to come by. Those are the exact scenarios in which portable ice makers are best able to meet ice needs. Because only a power source is required, the opportunities, especially if you employ a DC power adapter, are endless. From camping to tailgating, portable ice makers are able to provide ice in otherwise difficult situations.
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Our Top 5 Most Reviewed Portable Air Conditioners

If you’re in the market for an alternative cooling solution, you may find yourself reading a multitude of portable air conditioner reviews. As you’ve probably seen, these tend to range from pure bliss to utter dissatisfaction and every reaction in between. With each season, we evaluate our influx of reviews and alter our product line-up accordingly. Over the years, we’ve seen a select 5 of our portable air conditioners receive overwhelmingly positive reviews. They aren’t all positive, of course, but the majority of their over 100 reviews are what have caused us to keep these products around to meet the cooling needs of our customers.

Here are our top 5 reviewed portable air conditioners and what customers are saying about them.

Garage Apartment Cooling

EdgeStar 14,000 BTU Dual-Hose Portable Air Conditioner & Heater (Model: AP14001HS)

When transforming your attic, basement, or garage into a liveable portion of your home, consider using a portable air conditioner as a cooling solution for this space. There’s no need to rework your entire central cooling system; as long as you have proper insulation, a portable air conditioner works perfectly.

Photo from AP14001HS Review

The EdgeStar 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner and Heater, which has over 160 reviews, has been able to meet this need quite successfully:

“We finished our upstairs in the garage and put this unit next to the window. With the insulation we added, it is able to keep the 300s/f area cool. Am happy with the product; Thanks!”

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