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Air Purifiers: What Are Your Options?

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Date: November 1st 2016

In an attempt to create a healthy indoor environment by sealing out contaminants from the outdoors, some homeowners end up creating an environment that is almost hermetically sealed. This is not ideal, as what you end up doing is trap pollutants and contaminants such as pet dander, allergens, bacteria and a host of microorganisms in the home. If you would like to ensure that you and your loved ones are breathing clean and safe air, then you may want to consider investing in air purifiers. So what are some of the home purification options that you could consider? UV air purifiers As the name suggests, these types of purifiers will make use of ultraviolet rays to sterilise the air in the home. UV purifiers are best at eliminating microorganisms and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. To operate, the purifier will release pulses of light from an ultraviolet bulb. These light pulses literally zap the microorganisms that are floating in your indoor air. If you or your loved ones are prone to minor illnesses such as the common cold or if you have a newborn baby in the home, then this would be an ideal solution for your air purification needs. It should be noted that UV purifiers are not fitted with filters. Therefore, they are not capable of cleaning your air of other pollutants such as dust, pollen, smoke and more. HEPA purifiers HEPA is the abbreviation of High-Efficiency Particulate Air. These are one of the more expensive air purifiers that you can find in the market. The reason for this is they are adept at eliminating a wide assortment of pollutants from your air ranging from large particles to microscopic matter. Therefore, a HEPA purifier would be ideal if you are looking to get rid of pollutants that make their way into your home from the outdoors, such as dust and pollen. They are also an effective solution for homeowners who have pets as the HEPA purifier will also get rid of pet dander. If you choose to invest in a HEPA purifier, ensure that you have the filters changes on a scheduled basis or the efficiency of the air purifier will be compromised. Activated carbon filters As the name suggests, the main component of this type of filter is the activated carbon. Once the carbon has been activated, it becomes porous and absorbent. As such, it will […]

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Many of today’s homeowners are increasingly making the switch from fluorescents and incandescent lighting systems to LED lights. One of the primary reasons behind this trend is that LED lights are considered to be more energy efficient, presenting an opportunity for people to make considerable cost savings in their monthly electricity bills. But energy- and cost-efficiency are not the only benefits that LED lights have to offer homeowners. Read on to be enlightened about a few other advantages that can be realised by taking the LED lighting pathway. Protection from ultraviolet radiation Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light emitted from traditional light sources like fluorescent bulbs can lead to serious skin-related illnesses such as skin cancer, meaning that your health expenses may increase drastically. Aside from the human health risks associated with ultraviolet radiation, your expensive interior furnishings may also fade rather quickly, causing you to replace them more frequently than normal. With LED lights, the occupants of your home and your expensive interior carpets, furniture, curtains and drapes will be protected from ultraviolet radiation, as the amount of the radiation produced by the lights is almost negligible. This little amount of ultraviolet radiation is then converted into white light by phosphor found inside a light fixture.  Environmentally friendly The presence of hazardous substances in light sources poses a serious threat to environmental safety. In the pursuit for more environmentally friendly lighting, more and more homeowners are on track to replace traditional lighting systems such as fluorescent light bulbs, which contain toxic elements such as mercury, with LED lights. LED lights do not contain toxic substances, and this helps prevent contamination of landfills. They also save you costs incurred to ensure proper disposal of lighting fixtures containing toxic waste. As they can last longer than fluorescents and incandescent lights, LED lights will take longer before they can be disposed of, leading to less impact on landfills. Brighter light Unlike other lighting systems that waste a lot of energy by illuminating in all directions (including ceiling areas), LEDs focus and distribute light where it is needed the most. Because the light emitted from LEDs is relatively more directional than other lighting sources such as incandescent lighting systems, you will require less LED lights to achieve the same level of brightness compared to when you are using incandescent or fluorescent lights. This essentially means that LED lights are brighter than fluorescents and incandescent […]

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Pets bring so much happiness and joy to those who love keeping them at home. Pet lovers have different preferences, which is why some people would keep cats or dogs only. Some would even keep both. However, these furred animals can cause a lot of difficulties when cleaning the house using canister vacuum cleaners. When the pets rub against the floor, furniture, and other appliances in the house, they drop small strands of hair to the floor of the house. This also happens when people touch them. The hair is sucked into the vacuum cleaner and clogs up some of its components. Here are a few things you should know to help you minimise pet hair problems when using canister vacuum cleaners: Washable and non-washable filters For canister vacuum cleaners, pet hair always causes a breakdown of the machine. This is because the hair can pass through the filter into other parts or stay there and clog it. Wipe the filter with a cloth or soft brush to remove the hairs strands that you can reach. However, it is difficult to get rid of all the pet hair from the filter because some of the strands might be caught up in parts that the cloth or brush cannot reach. Therefore, you should buy a Smeg canister vacuum cleaner with a washable filter, which can be immersed in water and cleaned more thoroughly. Clean the pipes and hose The filter is not the only component of the vacuum cleaner that is susceptible to clogging. The pet hair can also stick in the pipes and hose. If you have pets, it is important to look through the pipe and the hose to make sure that the hair has not formed small balls that inhibit the passage of other vacuumed materials. The blocked passages increase the pressure in the vacuum cleaner, reducing its suction ability and elevating the chances of overheating. You can use long tubular objects to push out the small balls of hair to keep the machine’s pressure as low as possible.  Custom made alternatives There are canister vacuum cleaners designed specifically for helping you clean without having to worry about pet hair. The filter and dirt collection system are designed to deal with the clogging effects that pet hair causes. If possible trade in an old one with this custom made vacuum cleaner to avoid regular repair costs. Go bagless […]

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A ducted or central vacuum system is a good upgrade to consider for your home, and something to think about adding to a new home construction. There are many advantages to a ducted or central vacuum system, some of which you might not have considered. For yourself or for someone in your family, note a few of those advantages here. 1. They eliminate the need for a heavy vacuum cleaner Not having to haul around a heavy vacuum cleaner can be a great benefit for yourself or someone else in your family. For example, if you have an elderly parent who wants to stay in their own home but whose strength is failing, you might consider having a ducted vacuum system installed in their home. They would not need to use a standard vacuum cleaner any longer but their house will still be clean. This is also a good consideration for anyone with health or strength issues, such as those with arthritis, back problems, or who for any reason may struggle with a heavy vacuum that would need to be used in their entire house. 2. They have higher vacuuming power When you use a typical portable vacuum cleaner, not all of the debris and dust that it vacuums actually winds up in the bag or canister. The rollers can only pull up so much debris and the suction power of the vacuum is not strong enough to pull up everything touched by the rollers. With a ducted vacuum system, everything that is vacuumed from your home is deposited outside the home, so you have a higher vacuuming power. This is why it’s healthier to choose this type of system, as a standard portable vacuum is very limited in its cleaning power and often leave pet hair and dander, human hair and shed skin cells, and large amounts of dust and dirt and other irritants behind. For those with allergies or breathing problems, this can be an important consideration. 3. Increased resale value Adding something to your home that makes it cleaner and that makes it easier on homeowners almost always increases the home’s resale value. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the real estate market and need to do something to make it stand out from the crowd or from other homes in your area, you might consider a ducted vacuum system. This is especially true if […]

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Do you need ice on a regular basis on your commercial property? Then you should invest in an ice machine. To do that you should take the time to learn about the different ice machines out there and the various types of ice that they can produce. By doing so you can come up with an ice supply solution that will match your specific requirements. With that thought in mind here are the most common types of ice machines and the ice types that you can choose from. Types of Ice Machines To find out which ice machine best suits your needs take a look at the following list: Countertop ice dispenser: The advantage of counter top ice dispenser is that they can be placed in a variety of locations due to their relatively small ice. However, they produce ice in smaller quantities and at a slower rate than some of the bigger commercial ice makers out there. This is ideal for an office setting. Under counter ice makers: These types of ice makers will typically be placed under a table or counter as the name suggests. They can be used in places such as restaurants and bars, because they are big enough to store an adequate amount of ice for such establishments, yet small enough to be hidden out of sight. Modular ice makers: These are large ice machines that will typically be stored in a back room. They have the ability to produce up to 1,000lb of ice per day, and for that reasons are the best choice if you require a large amount of ice every day. Types of Ice Not all ice makers produce every single type of ice. Therefore, you should find out the ice types available, and then make sure the type you want is produced by the ice machine you are interested in buying. Here is a list of the main ice types: Flake: This type of ice has the smallest individual components and for that reason will melt relatively quickly. This makes them perfect in situations where you want to display food, but at the end of the day get rid of the ice quickly. Nugget: This type is primarily used by healthcare facilities because they are considerably softer than cube ice—which in turn makes them easier to chew. Cube: This type of ice takes the longest to melt because of its […]

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About Me

Hi, my name is Frances, and I love to spend time taking care of our house. I love the act of making it into a home. However, as it is the 21st century, I also have a job and artistic hobbies I need to pursue. Because of that, I have everyone in the family helping, and I always try to buy appliances that make it easy for everyone to help. If you want to learn about appliances to make your life easier, please explore my blog. It has info on appliances anyone, including the kids, can use. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy reading!

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