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Buying a Room Air Conditioner
When buying a room air conditioner, remember that bigger is not always better. If you were to buy a unit that is too large, you aren’t necessarily going to get better cooling. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective - it also wastes energy as well. Make sure your unit is sized properly.
So What is a Proper Size?
Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air, and if a unit is too large, it will cool the room in less time, but will only remove some of the humidity. This will leave you with a damp, clammy feeling room - if properly sized, the unit will remove humidity as effectively as it cools.
There is a simple formula to size a unit best for your needs:
Determine the square footage of the area to be cooled - use the following.
- For rectangular (or square) rooms - multiply the length of the area by the width.
- For a triangular space, multiply the length of the area by the width, and divide by 2.
For odd shape rooms, break down the room into basic shapes, and apply the same math as above.
Use the chart below can help you to determine the correct cooling capacity for your room. Cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU’s) per hour.
Area To Be Cooled (square feet)
Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150
150 up to 250
250 up to 300
300 up to 350
350 up to 400
400 up to 450
450 up to 550
550 up to 700
700 up to 1,000
1,000 up to 1,200
1,200 up to 1,400
1,400 up to 1,500
1,500 up to 2,000
2,000 up to 2,500
Make any adjustments for the following circumstances:
- If the room is heavily shaded, reduce capacity by 10 percent.
- If the room is very sunny, increase capacity by 10 percent.
- If more than two people regularly occupy the room, add 600 BTUs for each additional person.
- If the unit is used in a kitchen, increase capacity by 4,000 BTUs.
- Consider where you install the unit. If you are mounting an air conditioner near the corner of a room, look for a unit that can send the airflow in the right direction.
As always, do your research and make sure you’re taking all the factors necessary into consideration before making your purchase. In this case, choosing the wrong size will be counter-productive, end up costing you more in the long run, and leave you with a less than cool alternative to just opening the windows and using your ceiling fan.
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So You Want to Buy a Dishwasher
If you haven’t been in the market for a dishwasher in a few years, you’re not going to believe what they can do now!
Models today can “hand wash” the finest crystal; there is a double dish-drawer that allows you to mix delicate crystal and heavily soiled baking dishes; and an in-sink dishwasher that runs a small load in half the time.
What’s the Trend?
Recently, the most important factor to consumers has become the noise level during operation. With floor-plans featuring kitchens as the hub room of the home, nobody wants the sound of a dishwasher grinding away in the background. While some models are promoted to be “ultra-quiet”, almost all dishwashers are now made with more insulation so they make less noise during operation than older models.
While a seamless look is still popular - where dishwasher fronts are matched with cabinetry panels, there are some who like to see their appliances and are opting for fronts with bright colors and patterns. Stainless fronts are still popular with those looking for a professionally styled kitchen.
Check the arms on the bottom of the dishwasher and choose a model that has stainless steel, as they tend to be sturdier, have bigger holes, and generate better water pressure so you don’t use as much water to do the job.
Two or Three Tiers
Since Maytag introduced the world’s first dishwasher to include a third rack, other manufacturers have followed along. The extra level is helpful if you entertain a lot or have many utensils - stacking cutlery on the third rack gets it a little cleaner and is easier to unload.
Adjustable racks can be moved to accommodate larger pots and pans when needed.
Soil sensors check the water after every phase of rinsing or washing, no matter what cycle is selected. They sense that the dishes are clean after three parts of the wash cycle and will move straight to the dry cycle, even if the six-part cycle was selected. This feature can also result in a significant savings over time.
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Posted: December 09, 2016|
There are several options of washing machines to select from. Let’s take a look at some things to consider.
What is the Size of Your Laundry Room?
Full-sized washers can be 24-30 inches wide, and depending upon the contour of the front, it may even be wider. So be sure to measure you space, and check the hallways and doorways that lead to it - make sure you can get through OK. Consider limiting factors, such as a washer door that may bang into the wall each time you open it, or maybe a narrow space - a front loader that stacks with the dryer may be a good fit.
Main or Second Floor Laundry?
First thing is to be sure the floor can handle to weight of the machine. You may also want to look at quieter models with features that reduce vibration and noise during the spin cycle.
How Much Do You Wash?
Tub dimensions are most important, and range from about 2.45 cubic feet up to 5.6 cubic feet. The largest capacity on a front or top loader will not have a central agitator. Consider the bells and whistles, such as programmable settings or a pedestal that will save the back-strain from stooping all the time.
Not a Lot to Spend?
Just because you have a small budget, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice performance. Trendy colors can add to the cost, and you can save a hundred or so dollars by opting for a standard white model. Traditional no-frill top loaders are the cheapest, but typically will cost more in the long-run as they use more energy. Use the Energy Guide to estimate your energy cost over the typical 10-to-15 year life of your machine.
Conserving Water and Electricity
Front loaders typically use less water than traditional top loaders, as they have to fill up entirely for their wash and rinse cycles. Look for an Energy Star model, which reduces water and electricity use by 20% to 35% over non-rated models. Actual costs will vary, but they can give you a ballpark estimate of what you’ll be in for.
Recent tests have found front loaders tend to provide better cleaning results than top loaders. Some machines feature special stain-remover or presoaking cycles, or a steam feature. A “cool” temperature setting will mix a small amount of hot water with the cold to help powdered detergent dissolve completely for better removal of stain and heavily soiled items.
If you have many delicate items, you’ll want a front-loader or a top-loader without an agitator - they can cause clothing to tangle and is harder on the fabric. Some higher-end models have special cycles designed to clean specific materials, like denim, towels, comforters and even hand-washables. Look for custom features like steam for better stain removal, adjustable spin speed to reduce tangling, and even germ killing high-temperature sanitizing cycles.
So whatever you decide, you’ll certainly want to do your research and consider all the factors involved when choosing the right make and model for the type of unit that will best suit your needs.
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The latest clothes dryers are loaded with numerous settings that boost performance and functionality. Learn what dryer is right for you!
First step - Gas or Electric?
This will likely be dictated by the supply to your house. If you don’t have a natural gas supply to your home, the choice is simple - you’ll need to go electric. If you have gas, it will offer an edge on the energy-saving side.
Dryers, like all appliances, are available in eye-catching shades like ruby red, electric blue, and metallic carbon, but be aware those fancy colors will add a hundred or so dollars to your bottom line compared to their basic white counterparts.
Make sure you have enough clearance to open your dryer’s door. Keep the following in mind:
• Standard width of a clothes dryer is 27-to-29 inches - if you have a small space, consider a trimmer dryer of a stackable washer-dryer set.
• Match up your machine with your washer - a good rule of thumb is to allow for twice the capacity of your washer - this will allow heated air to circulate through and around your wet laundry efficiently. Drum capacity is measured in cubic feet.
• If you wash bulky, oversize items on a regular basis, consider a larger-than-average capacity dryer.
Necessary Features and Functions
• Moisture Sensor: This feature will put an end to over-drying, and eventually damaging your clothes - they automatically shut off when the load is dry.
• Brightly Lit Controls: If you plan to keep your new machine in a poorly lit corner or basement, this feature can be a lifesaver (at least an eye-saver!).
• A NSF-Certified Dryer: Only NSF-certified models can effectively kill 99.9% of certain household bacteria.
Ready to Go?
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There are trade-offs to each type of freezer - you have to choose between price, capacity, conveniences, energy efficiency, and freezer installation. Find out which freezer option is best for you.
Chest freezers typically come with a wire basket to help separate food and keep your freezer organized. They accommodate odd-shaped, long, or larger items which may have difficulty fitting in a standard upright freezer. Some models now have a bottom drawer accessible from the outside of the chest - while that feature adds convenience, it will also result in a slight reduction of capacity.
Since chest freezers are typically very wide, you will need to ensure that there is enough space and head-room above for the freezer door to fully open. Double check your measurements before you purchase to make sure you have a spot for it.
Price, Capacity, and Energy
Upright freezers are generally more expensive than chest models, and ironically they provide less usable storage capacity - about a difference of 10-15% less. Prices are influenced by capacity, storage systems, and convenience features. Check the defrost procedure; auto or manual - it can be hard to detect whether an upright has self defrost or not - confirm that with your retailer.
The feature can cost you $100 or more, plus will use more energy - but the convenience is well worth the extra cost. An auto defrost feature in an upright works similar to refrigerators, cycling on and off to keep the freezer free of ice build-up.
The best convenience feature of an upright freeze is the ability to organize and rotate food. Some models have versatile storage systems with removable, adjustable door storage bins and shelving.
While you are able to keep your items better organized in an upright, size constraints can make it difficult to store larger items like turkeys or long frozen items without removing a shelf to accommodate their size.
From a footprint perspective, an upright freezer requires less space. Think in terms of refrigeration when looking at an upright - it will need room for its height, width, and door swing space. Also allow an inch behind the unit.
So, Which is Better?
If organizing your items is important - and you can swing the extra cost, an upright model may be best for you. But, if all you’re wanting is an economical frozen food storage space, while keeping energy costs low, a chest model is more economical to buy, and operate.
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