10 Handy Washing Machine Usage Tips

Loading a Washing Machine

Many people think that the washing machine is a self-cleaning machine, but it is not. It still needs to be cleaned and cared for periodically. What happens to all of the dirt and debris that the washing machine removes from your clothes? It does not all go down the drain during the rinse cycle, like you may think. Much of that dirt accumulates inside of the machine and the detergent that you use to wash your clothes may also leave behind minerals and residue that accumulate on the inside of the washing machine.
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How to Move Large Appliances Without Damaging the Floors

Moving Large Appliances

Whether it’s for spring cleaning purposes or a big move, it’s important to be very careful when moving large appliances. You run the risk of ruining your floors, hurting your back, or even damaging your unit. Depending on the model, the appliances in your home can weigh from 100 to 300 pounds or more, so having a plan of action is crucial.

Whether you have hardwood floors, laminate, carpeting, or tile, you can protect them from dings, dents, and rips if you approach your appliance-relocation challenge armed with knowledge and the right tools. Here are a few tricks of the trade that, when followed, will help you avoid potential damage to your floors and move your unit quickly and efficiently.
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6 Dishwasher Loading Tips

Dishwasher Loading Tips

Nothing beats the convenience of a dishwasher. Live without one for a while and you will never take for granted the time and energy savings that this small appliance can provide. Standing with your arms submerged in soapy water up to your elbows is not very enjoyable, especially if you have to do it day in and day out.

While your dishwasher is likely one of the most loved appliances in your home, what do you do when your dishes keep coming out dirty? In an ideal world, your dishwasher would remove every last piece of dried food or grime; however, improper loading techniques can reduce efficiency and leave you with dishes that are not completely clean.

If you want to ensure that your dishwasher works the way that it should, try some of these loading tips.
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10 Easy DIY Household Fixes

Remember the time you paid $200 for a repairman to “fix” your dishwasher only to find out it was just a Lego jamming the spray arm?

DIY Homeowner

Yes, home repairs can be costly, but there are many you can tackle on your own. After all, you’ve got nothing to lose if you try, and hard-earned cash if you don’t!

Here are a few do-it-yourself, money-saving tips to try next time before calling the repairman.

1. The Garbage Disposal Isn’t Working

If there’s no noise at all when you flip the switch on, it’s likely an electrical problem. To be sure, try pressing the reset button on the bottom of the unit and/or see if the circuit breaker has tripped.

If you hear a humming noise but the disposal doesn’t work, there’s likely something being lodged in the disposal. Lower the wooden handle of a broom into the disposal and rotate the flywheel until it turns freely.
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6 Advantages Washer Dryer Combos Have Over Their Full-Size Counterparts

There are a number of advantages of using combo washer dryers in your home, as they are incredibly versatile, efficient, and compact. Through the use of these combo units, it is no longer necessary to take up a great deal of space in your home with traditional and separate washer and dryer units, nor is it necessary to make frequent trips to the Laundromat, which can be time-consuming and costly.

Washer Dryer Combo Unit

There are many combo washer dryer benefits, including:

  • A wide variety of available options.
  • Significant space is saved.
  • Units are very efficient and versatile.
  • The horizontal axis drum is easier on clothes.

1. Many Options Available

Most people have varying needs relating to their laundry. Because of this fact, it is important that there are a variety of options available. This makes it much easier to find a unit that is suitable for your specific needs, and the combo units do indeed come in a variety of load capacities, helping to meet the many needs of consumers.

Obviously, each combo unit comes equipped with washer and dryer capabilities, but there are also a number of other functions that may differ from unit to unit. It is best to consider your specific needs when making a decision on which unit is best for you.
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4 Common Freezer Types and Their Benefits

Freezers have become a household necessity since they were first introduced to consumers in the late 1940s. Not only do freezers have the ability to keep foods from developing bacteria or mold and from rotting, but they allow consumers to buy items in bulk so that they can shop less frequently.

Freezers are also the perfect solution for keeping ice cream and other favorite treats frozen and on hand. While there are thousands of makes and models of different kinds of freezers, they can all be separated into the following four basic styles, each with its own unique advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each type of freezer.
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Top 10 Uses for a Portable Air Conditioner

EdgeStar Portable Air Conditioner (AP12001S)

Modern portable air conditioner units are quickly gaining popularity as a solution to unique air conditioning challenges. From tight rooms with limited window access to older construction that lacks ductwork, portable A/C units can accommodate spaces that window air conditioners can’t.

Additionally, many portable A/C units can be fitted with specialized filters that can reduce the presence of airborne particles like allergens, bacteria, and irritating chemical odors, allowing you enjoy cooler temperatures while simultaneously improving your indoor air quality.

Let’s take a closer look at these A/C units and all the possible uses you might not have thought of.

1. Irregular & Non-Standard Window Openings

While window air conditioners can often be installed fairly easily, they typically do best in windows with standard measurements. Portable air conditioning units can be used in combination with windows of any size, and can even be adapted to use a ceiling or other alternate vent.

In addition to being easily adapted to just about any type of room or window configuration, portable A/C units won’t block valuable sill space and natural light as conventional window units often do.
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5 Types of Filters for Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners – also known as ductless AC units – make it easy to find an effective cooling solution for nearly any room in the home. In addition to improved efficiency specifications and smaller space requirements, many modern units can be fitted with a variety of portable A/C filters that allow you to improve the quality of indoor air while you beat the heat.

Replacing Your Portable Air Conditioner Filter

Improving Indoor Air Quality with Improved Filtration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air pollutants as one of the top five modern environmental health risks. From pet dander and mold spores to cigarette smoke and the noxious chemical odors given off by cleaning agents, many households harbor a variety of potentially harmful contaminants. Fitting your portable air conditioning equipment with a specialized air filter can help you to control or eliminate indoor impurities while also improving health and living conditions in the home.

Today there are a wide range of portable filter options available, from simple pre-filters that eliminate larger particles to activated carbon and antimicrobial filters that target tiny molecular irritants and hazardous microorganisms.

Let’s take a closer look at these filters and why you should consider adding one to your air conditioning system.
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The Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality (And How You Can Improve It)

It is a well-known fact that pollution from power plants, vehicles, and outdoor machines contribute to poor outdoor air quality. However, many people do not think about pollution problems that are present indoors that can sometimes be worse than what we experience outdoors. Microbial pollutants such as mold, plant pollen, and pet dander can combine with chemicals such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radon to create an extremely toxic environment indoors.

Indoor Air Quality Plant

According the National Safety Council (PDF), approximately 90% of our time is spent indoors with 65% of our time being spent inside our homes. Poor indoor air quality may result in asthma, allergies, and weaken your immune system which can make you more susceptible to colds and other sickness.

By learning about the common causes of poor indoor air quality as well as simple ways to prevent such problems, we can save ourselves and those around us from a lot of discomfort and health problems.

The Culprits

It is easier to take charge of the indoor air quality of your home, office, or other building once you understand the underlying culprits of the problem. In many cases, we innocently bring things into our homes and other buildings that wreak havoc on the quality of our indoor air.

Common culprits of poor indoor air quality include the following:
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Espresso vs. Drip Coffee: Exploring the Differences

When it comes to the discussion of espresso vs. drip coffee, it seems that many people have very strong and differing opinions. While these opinions may vary widely, there are still many misconceptions relating to the difference between espresso and drip coffee.

Espresso

From the nature of the grind to the cultural connotation of each, even the slightest of differences impacts the final product, and there is indeed a significant divergence between the ground, the flavor, and the boldness.

How Fine Is the Grind?

Due to the way that espresso is brewed, it is necessary for the coffee to be very finely ground. The espresso is made by forcing about 1.5 ounces of water through this finely ground espresso coffee, and how tightly the ground is packed will have an impact on the final product. The fineness will also impact the time it takes for the water to pass through the grounds, though it is generally accepted that the ideal shot of espresso takes about 25 seconds to pass through the grounds.

There are other variables, however, which include the following:

  • The temperature of the water
  • The pressure of the water
  • The consistency of the grind

Drip coffee, on the other hand, requires a ground that is much coarser. Because of the nature of the ground, the hot water remains in contact with the grounds for much longer than espresso.
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