Jul 14

4 Ways to Help You Save Money With a Thermostat

A thermostat is a very useful unit that you can install in your home to sense air temperature. Basically if the temperature falls below the setting you have chosen, it switches the heater on. Then, it switches off when the set temperature is reached.

ThermostatIt is important to know that turning this unit to its higher setting won’t make your room heat up faster. This is because how your room heats up will depend on the design of your heating system.

So, how do you set your own thermostat?

(don’t worry, it’s just as easy as with the microwave we reviewed)

One way to set this unit is to find the lowest temperature that you’re comfortable with. Then, turn it up one degree every day until you find the right temperature. But be careful when adjusting its setting as any adjustment above -18 degrees Celsius can cost more money.

How to save money with your thermostat?

  1. Turn the unit down when you’re out. Or lower it to 55 degrees Fahrenheit if you’re away for a few days. In this way, you won’t risk your water pipes from freezing up.
  2. Save at least 10% of your heating bill by turning down the unit to 10 degrees at night. You can turn it up again during morning.
  3. Install a set-back thermostat. You can have it for your gas and oil central heating system. With this type of unit, the heat will turn up automatically when you get up in the morning and the temperature will turn down as you go to bed.
  4. Turn it down if you need to open all your windows to get some fresh air during spring time. You must also turn it down when you’ll have a party in your house. Having a large group of people around can easily warm up your place without the use of a heating unit. You can save money from doing so.

Where is the most ideal place to install thermostat?

In order to properly sense the room temperature, this unit must be installed in a place where there’s a free flow of air. Thus, don’t cover it with curtains or block it by placing furniture. Avoid placing it near televisions or electric fires as it can prevent the unit from working properly.

In order to get the most of your thermostat, you must choose a temperature that is ideal for the whole house. Install a thermostatic radiator valves to control the temperature of the entire house.

Advanced Features

We have only discussed the more basic features of a thermostat, but as you can read in this nest learning thermostat review (2g) today’s thermostats can be controlled remotely as well, thereby allowing us to set the temperature when we’re not at home. This is a great feature if you want your home to be comfortably warm when you return from an unexpected visit, or when you want your room a little colder because you stay out longer than expected. If your budget allows you, a wireless thermostat is probably a wiser choice.

Jun 29

The Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius Prestige – A Microwave Oven To Long For

Microwave ovens are firmly a part of our modern household kitchens. They make our lives easier by cooking, defrosting and melting food items within minutes without breaking a sweat in front of a traditional hob or a induction oven.
The main problem with microwave ovens is that of uneven heating. You will often find your bowl of soup or pasta red hot around the edges yet cold in the middle. The only option till now was to stir the food again and again while microwaving it. But thankfully those days are over with the Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius Prestige.

The Inverter Technology

Panasonic NN-SD681S uses a technology called inverter technology. Without getting into much technical details, it will suffice to say that the inverter technology allows you to effectively use the power settings of the microwave. In other microwaves, the pulse setting is always high even though you set it on low from the controller. But the Panasonic microwave is designed to utilize low and high pulses as per your requirement and thus effectively heat the food up.

This also ensures that the food is heated evenly without you having to stir it. There are also less chances of burning your food.

It Is A Smart Oven

No matter you are using the oven to defrost your cold turkey or reheat the leftovers, a quick touch on the cook/reheat button will do the trick. The Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius Prestige automatically controls the pulses to make sure you do not overcook your food.
Most importantly, it will adjust and control the pulse level based on the steam being produced. Judging the temperature of the food it will stop sending pulses so that the food stays warm without cooking it continuously.

Power And Capacity

The Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius Prestige comes with 100 watts of power and it has a capacity of 1.2 cu ft so your largest bowls will enter the oven with ease. Built using smaller parts, this oven is pretty lightweight for its size and will sit on your kitchen counter comfortably.
To conclude with the looks, the microwave has a nice blue LED display that shows the power level, timer and clock. All the buttons are neatly tucked towards the right side of the front panel. There is also a child lock in place if you have adventurous kids in your house.

It may not be the best countertop microwave ever, but the Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius Prestige is a great piece of kitchen appliance if you appreciate smart and quality cooking.

Jun 14

A Brief Comparison between Memory Foam And Spring Mattresses

When you are totally exhausted after a day of hard work, your mind looks forward to the moment when you finally hit the bed. But not all mattresses can be the perfect one for blissful sleep after a day’s work. The market is full of options. Traditionally Spring Mattresses had a dominating market share but with the advancement of technology, a lot of other varieties especially the memory foam mattresses have come up as options. In this article we will help you compare the two market leaders, spring mattresses and memory foam mattresses.

After reading this factsheet we came up with the following benefits and disadvantages.Foam And Spring Mattresses

Spring Mattress

The traditional technology of combining spring and foam has ruled the Market for far too long. It is still considered to be a healthy competitor to the modern technologies.

Pros:

  • The most important reason for its thriving in the market is that it is the cheapest variety because of the simplicity in the manufacturing process.
  • You do not have to wait for the mattress to unwind into original shape after unpacking as it happens immediately.
  • It is adequately ventilated and do not make you feel too warm when you sleep.
  • Since it is basic foam that is used, no chance of outgas odor.

Cons:

  • It never helps you if you are suffering from back or joint pain.
  • Uneven distribution of your body when sprawled along this type of mattress can cause serious hazard to your spine and joints.
  • Maintenance is really hectic for this kind and warranty never exceeds more than 10 years that too with lots of problems in between.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is a special kind of polyurethane foam which reacts to human body pressure and temperature and moulds according to the shape of the body gradually after a person sleeps. We’ve read the latest 2014 memory foam mattress reviews and came up with the following lists.

Pros:

  • It evenly distributes your body weight and moulds according to your body shape thus giving great relief to any kind of body ache. Moreover it stops any ache from occurring as well.
  • It has the latest technologies involved in the manufacturing process and offers you many choices.
  • Due to the perfect contouring according to your body, sleep is more peaceful.
  • It has a great deal of tenacity and maintenance is easy.
  • It is environment friendly.

Cons:

  • It produces extra heat while adjusting to your body temperature.
  • The material is costlier than spring mattress.
  • It takes time to come to the real shape after unpacking so you have to wait before you can sleep on it.

Now that you know a few important things about the two types of mattresses, you might know which type of mattress you are looking for your bedroom.

Jun 14

Is A Steam Mop Better Than a Regular Mop?

A mop is necessary for perfect home cleaning, especially if you have naughty little ones in your home. In modern times, however, more and more people are choosing steam mops over regular mops. There are many benefits of using a steam mop for regular cleaning. Here are a few of them:Steam Mop

  • Steam mops make cleaning easy. The steam makes dirt and grime loosen up so you can get rid of them without much effort.
  • The steam kills lots of germs and bacteria.
  • You can mix disinfectant with water and get rid of up to 99.9% germs from just one cleaning.
  • Since you can get rid of dirt easily, steam mops are easy on your back.
  • Steam mops are not soppy to use. You do not need to wait for a long time for the floor to dry up.

Be warned that in order to clean extremely sticky dirt and stains, you still might need to do it old way by scrubbing and brushing. For regular cleaning steam mops are definitely the better choices, especially if your kids have the habit of soiling the floor time and again. There are many models in the market that you can choose from. So if you are tired of mopping your floor over and over, go for a steam mop without hesitation.