Portable Washers: Your New Best Friend

If you travel regularly or live in a small space without a washing machine, laundry is probably an ongoing logistical nightmare for you. Going to laundry facilities can be costly and time-consuming, but washing all of your clothes by hand is hardly a practical alternative. You don’t have to resign yourself to either approach, though, thanks to a fairly new and fantastically convenient solution: portable washers.

A portable washer can be a lifesaver for anyone living in a small space like a dorm, apartment, or condo, and portable washers are so versatile that you can even take them on the road to be used in hotels and RVs. A portable clothes washer can truly be used anywhere that you have a few feet of space and access to water.

What Is a Portable Washer?

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A portable washer is a compact top-loading washing machine that does not need a permanent water line connection. Many portable washers are less than 3 feet tall and have a depth and width of less than 2 feet. Weight can vary considerably; some models are less than 50 pounds, while heavier ones weigh in above 100 pounds. Water capacity generally ranges from 1 to 2 cubic feet, or a bit below half the capacity of regular washers. Most portable washers offer a few settings for water level, speed, and cycles, giving you all of the basic options that you need to get the job done.
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Why You Should be Using an Antimicrobial Filter in Your Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners are used in a variety of situations and are designed to make staying cool easy and effortless. Students living in small apartment buildings use portable models so that they can take the units with them as they move from place to place. Established couples and families with larger homes use the devices to spot cool those areas of their home that can be hard to keep cool otherwise. Many buildings don’t have central air, and the portable units offer both convenience and comfort for people at home and at work.

Regardless of the reason, more and more people are turning to portable air conditioners to keep themselves cool. Many people are also turning to the use of Antimicrobial Filters in their cooling units, as well.

Let’s delve into what these filters are and why they might be beneficial to use in conjunction with a portable air conditioner.
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How You Can Get Warm Now & Stay Cool This Summer

As energy costs rise and temperatures become even more extreme in all parts of the country, it becomes more and more expensive to stay comfortable during the cold months of winter and the hot months of summer. Despite the expense, it’s important to find relief from the extreme outdoor temperatures when you enter the comfort of your home or office.

Dangers of Extreme Weather

If you’re fighting the rising costs of energy and attempting to relieve the pressure on your HVAC unit, consider the dangers of both extreme cold and heat before you hit the off button on your system.

Extreme heat can lead to severe discomfort, and also to several serious illnesses:

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  • Heat stroke occurs when the body is no longer able to control its temperature, and is the most serious of illnesses related to extreme heat. An actual stroke can occur is temperature is not controlled, and permanent damage to the organs is common when left untreated.
  • Heat cramps are often triggered in a hot environment, and are characterized by inadequate fluid intake while working in extreme weather.
  • Heat exhaustion is caused by either salt or water depletion and is common in athletes. The body is unable to cool itself down in extremely warm temperatures.
  • Heat rash is common in infants, and occurs when the sweat glands are blocked, and appears in the form of small red bumps on the skin.

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FAQs: Portable Ice Makers

Portable ice makers are a fantastic option for compact living spaces, such as apartments, boats and RVs. They are also a great alternative to buying bagged ice or dealing with troublesome ice trays. Whether portable ice makers are a novel idea to you or one you’ve been contemplating for a while, you may have a few questions. We’ve compiled the most frequent questions we’ve been asked over the years. Hopefully we’ll be able to answer yours, perhaps even before you know what to ask.

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  1. Do I need a water line to use my portable ice maker?
  2. How do portable ice makers work?
  3. How quickly do portable ice makers produce ice?
  4. How small are portable ice makers?
  5. What makes portable ice makers portable?
  6. How do I clean and maintain my portable ice maker?
  7. What is the difference between ice production capacity and ice storage capacity?
  8. Do I need a drain line for my portable ice maker?
  9. What type of ice do portable ice makers produce?
  10. Do I need a special plug or power supply to run my portable ice maker?
  11. Can I use my portable ice maker outdoors?

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The Next Big Thing in Portable Air Conditioners: InvisiMist Technology

With the never-ending Polar Vortex over staying its welcome across the country this week, it may be tough to think about warmer weather, but (fingers crossed) it’s coming. In years past, extreme winters have led to extreme summers, so you may want to get prepared. Here at Compact Appliance, getting prepared means setting up our portable air conditioners.

These versatile cooling products are a great solution for those who need an alternative to central or window air cooling systems or need to supplement their existing cooling system. For those who live in apartments that don’t have central air or have strict HOAs preventing the use of window units, portable ACs have been the perfect way to meet their needs. For home owners tired of paying outrageous energy bills during the summer months, portable air conditioners offer a way to spot cool only the areas they’re occupying at that time.
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4 Different Types of Freezers and Their Best Uses

The freezer is a relatively modern invention, only becoming widespread after World War II. Today it can be difficult to imagine the home without at least one freezer, though. They have become one of the most common ways for people to preserve meat and other foods. Freezing foods protects them from bacteria, mold, and rot. Many people prefer to shop less frequently and buy large quantities in order to save money and time. A standalone freezer can be a thrifty alternative to purchasing a refrigerator that has a larger freezer section.

Freezers come in many sizes, but they can be separated into these four basic styles that have very distinct purposes.

Chest Freezers

Chest Freezer

The most economical freezer is the chest freezer. It is called this because it is typically shaped like a large box or chest with a hinged lid that opens upward. Because of the lid, a chest freezer requires adequate space with plenty of head room.

Chest freezers range in size from compact models as small as 2.1 cubic feet to commercial sizes with more than 40 cubic feet of space. The most common place to find a chest freezer is the garage, utility room, or basement of a house, since it tends to be such a large appliance. The large, boxy dimensions of the chest freezer are ideal for storing bulky items that do not typically fit well into the freezer section of a refrigerator. This economical use of space frees up the refrigerator freezer for convenience foods.
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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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10 Tips For Choosing Paint Colors for Small Living Spaces

As many of you know, living in a small space can make everything in your home seem a bit crowded. The good news is there are several ways to make your small space appear larger than it actually is. In fact, selecting the right furniture for your small space will do wonders for making it appear bigger. But, there’s still a lot more that you could do.

It may take some creative thinking, but another possible solution to “opening up” your home is to choose the right paint colors for your walls. Here are our top ten tips for selecting paint that makes your room appear larger than it really is.

Quick Tips & Tricks for Small Spaces

There are several ways you can enhance your small living area to make it seem larger and inviting. When it comes to the furniture, try to stick with monochromatic colors by choosing different textures and shades of the color you select. You should also limit the number of things you have in a single room. Too much furniture or accessories can make the room feel cluttered.
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Compact Living 101: How to Select Furniture for a Small Living Space

There are many benefits to living in a small home or apartment. There is less to clean, little to maintain, fewer repairs to make, and you don’t have to pay for space you aren’t going to use. One of the challenges, however, is choosing and arranging furniture for that same compact living space.

Furniture in Compact Living Space

It’s important to have enough furniture for you to be comfortable, as well as entertain your friends and family. The challenge lays in selecting and arranging your furniture so that your living area doesn’t appear cluttered or is difficult to move around.

Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for maximizing the use of your small home or office by selecting the best furniture for your space.

1. Start With Light Colors

It would be best to select light-colored furniture. The lighter the hue, the bigger your home will feel. This is by-far the easiest way to make each room more inviting, without having to do a lot of complicated rearranging of the furniture. This will give your room a more open feeling, even in the smallest of spaces.

If you already have darker furniture, then you can always add light-accents. A light-colored rug or a pair of curtains, for example, can make your home look roomier almost instantly.
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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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