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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Got Water? The Complete Water Cooler Buyer’s Guide

What is a Water Cooler & Why Would You Need One?

We all know it’s true – we read about it in the news, feel the consequences when we don’t have enough, and reap the benefits when we’re fully hydrated – water is essential for our bodies to function. Apart from needing water to survive, maintaining hydration has many benefits which can improve your life on a daily basis.

Avanti Water Cooler

Consuming 8 ounces or more of water daily can help increase your energy, flush out toxins, improve complexion, maintain regular digestion, enhance the immune system, promote a healthy weight, and even relieve headaches.

Having a water dispensing system in your home, office, gym, or business has many benefits as well. They produce clear quality water, are convenient, encourage everyone to drink more, save money, eliminate waste and reduce your carbon footprint by using less bottled water. Some people may need a water cooler due to lack of sanitary drinking water while others may shop for a dispensing system out of water taste preference. Whatever the reason, here’s everything you’ll need to know to choose the best water cooler option for you.

What to Consider While Shopping for a Water Cooler

If your area is limited or you’re looking for a large capacity system with refrigeration for an office, there is a perfect option for your space. First in your search, it is important to understand the difference between a water cooler and a water dispenser. While both options technically dispense water, one uses electricity to cool the water as the other simply dispenses from the bottle. Additionally, here are a few other water cooler application types:
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How to Avoid the Laundromat & Still Have Clean Clothes

Do you live in an apartment or house that does not come equipped with washer/dryer hookups? Do you find yourself piling up your dirty clothes until you finally don’t have anything to wear but some old holey t-shirt from junior high and your swim suit bottoms? This outfit predicament is usually the last straw that forces you to take your now Mount Kilimanjaro sized pile of dirty clothes to the laundromat.

Washer Dryer Combo Unit

Once you procure your roll of quarters and get to the laundromat, you feel trapped there like a caged animal while you wait for your clothes to wash AND dry. You wouldn’t dare venture out to grab a bite to eat or run an errand because last time you tried to be efficient with your time and left your clothing unattended, someone took your wet clothes out of the dryer and stole your machine because you weren’t there to protect your territory.

If this sounds like you, or you would just like a way to wash and dry your clothes in the comfort of your own home when you don’t necessarily have the space or connections for a traditional washer and dryer, there may still be a solution for you: A washer dryer combo.

What is a Washer Dryer Combo?

A washer dryer combo is an all-in-one laundry machine that both washes and dries your clothes. The majority of them are ventless units that only have two basic requirements to wash and dry your clothes. Those requirements are typically only a 120V plug and a cold water connection. They do not use the same type of drying method as traditional dryers and instead use a method called condensation drying to dry the clothes that does not need the power of a 220V plug.
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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a powerful tool that can make your living and working space much healthier. Whether you’re dealing with damp winter weather or sweltering summer humidity, dehumidifiers can keep you comfortable and protect your possessions from mold and mildew.

If you’re thinking about buying a dehumidifier, these five tips can help you choose the best unit for your needs and use it as efficiently as possible.
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BUYER’S GUIDE: Tankless Water Heaters

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless Water Heaters, often referred to as Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We only heat our homes when there is a demand for heat. In the same way, a tankless water heater is used only when there is a demand for hot water.

How do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Tankless water heaters work by heating the water directly, without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit.
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How to Select the Right Size Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are rated by the maximum temperature rise possible at a given flow rate. Therefore, to size a demand water heater, you need to determine the flow rate and the temperature rise you’ll need for its application (whole house or a remote application, such as just a bathroom) in your home. It is important to note that you should never try and save money by undersizing your tankless water heater.
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How to Choose an Air Purifier

Air pollution and environmental irritants are two common dangers that people face on a daily basis. Unfortunately, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, diminished air quality may severely hinder your health and overall quality of life. To help you manage your symptoms, as well as help prevent them in the first place, you may want to consider getting an air purifier for your home or office. With the right air purifier, you can greatly reduce your exposure to airborne pollen, dust, and other allergens commonly found in the environment.

Choosing an Air Purifier

There are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for the right air purifier for your home or office. With so many different brands and models to choose from, picking the right one can be a pretty daunting task. Like anything you spend your money on, it’s simply not wise to blindly choose a device without doing the proper research or planning ahead on how you’ll use it.

This is precisely why we’ve put together a brief guide on how to choose an air purifier, and what you should consider before spending your hard earned cash.

Consider the Room Size

How large is the area or room that you’re planning on putting the air purifier in? This is the first thing that you’ll want to consider when selecting the best air purifier for your home. If you choose to purchase one that is designed for a smaller room, it may take longer for it to do its job efficiently, or it may not be able to do it all. On the other hand, selecting a unit that can clean the air in larger rooms will allow you to purify smaller areas much faster.
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Radiator Heaters 101: Your Complete Guide

In the spirit of the season, over the last few weeks we have been breaking down the pros and cons of different types of heaters that you may come across. The next heater on our list is the radiator heater, an old-fashioned way to keep your family warm.

Invented in the mid-1800s, the concept of radiator heaters has a long history of keeping people warm. Over the years, this type of heater has slowly evolved into the low-maintenance, energy-efficient heaters that we know today.

While it’s definitely not the most popular type of heater nowadays, it still works great at keeping you and your family warm. Let’s take a look at how a radiator heater works, the pros and cons of owning one, and whether it’s the right fit for you.
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4 Benefits of Baseboard Heaters

For many homeowners, keeping themselves and their family warm during the cold winter months is a priority. Relying on a central heating system will work when it comes to works at keeping your home warm, but it can also be expensive and very inefficient.

We’ve previously discussed the benefits of implementing a supplemental heating strategy, and there are many different types of heaters that can help you do this. Today, however, we’re going to discuss the benefits of baseboard heaters, how they work and why you should consider using one to keep you and your family warm.

What is a Baseboard Heater?

Baseboard Heater in Kids Room

Baseboard heaters are highly efficient heaters that sit directly on the floor or a few inches above the floor. Typically, this type of heater is either convection or hydronic-powered. All floor and baseboard heaters must be used with a thermostat to control the overall temperature and usage. If you don’t feel comfortable installing it yourself, then it would be wise to call a professional electrician to ensure that you get the maximum benefits for your home.

Baseboard heaters are designed to envelop the room in warmth without using up a lot of electricity. This allows you to keep the central heating system turned down low during those colder evenings, and turn on your floor heater for more energy-efficient warmth.
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What are the Benefits of a Combo Washer Dryer?

Washer Dryer Combo

The key benefits of washer dryer combo units make them very useful in many different types of applications.  Below I have highlighted each of these benefits:

  • Space Saving – This is probably the biggest benefit about a combination washer and dryer.  Instead of having two appliances, this unit combines both a washer and a dryer into one package.  They come in a variety of load capacities, however, most of the combo units are about the size of a full size dishwasher and are counter height so you can even install them under your kitchen counter.
  • Portable – You can purchase casters for most combination washer and dryers making them easier to bring out when you are ready to do laundry and move out of the way when not in use.
  • Efficient – Combination washer dryers use less water than your top load washers since they use technology similar to a standard front load washer.
  • Ventless – Most combo washer dryers do not need to be vented like your standard dryer does.  This allows the combo units to be used pretty much anywhere there is electricity and a water connection.
  • Electricity Requirement – The majority of combination washer and dryers only require a 115 volt plug instead of the 230 volt plug that is required by most of your standard dryer units.
  • Gentle – Combo units utilize a horizontal axis drum similar to that found in front load washers.  The horizontal axis drum mimics the washboard clothes washing action by raising the clothes out of the water and plunging them back in.  This method of washing is much gentler on the fabric than the agitator method used by top load washers.
  • Ease of Use – With combo units you have the ability to put your load of laundry in and it will both wash and dry them.  Most even come with delay timers so you can have the load finishing when you are ready.  Many people throw a load in before they leave for work and utilize the delay timer so that it will be finishing when they get home.

Do you have or have you ever used a washer dryer combo? Let us know in the comments!