Archive for April, 2011
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
When it comes to vacuum cleaners, one of the most trusted brands definitely has to be Miele. Miele’s history of superior German design and quality performance has been its reputation for over 110 years. We take a look at several of Miele vacuum cleaners so you can figure out which one is right for you.
The first category of Miele vacuum cleaners
are the more popular upright vacuum cleaners. The whole line of full size upright cleaners provide unparalleled performance. One of the stars in this class is the S7580 Bolero, which was named the leading upright vacuum cleaner for overall filtration performance and cleaning ability by Good Housekeeping. The Bolero has 6 power settings for different floor types and its 4,800 rpm brush roller motor makes sure that there’s plenty of power to suck up all the dirt. Its award winning HEPA filter is exceptionally helpful for those with allergies and a 39 foot cord allows for a lot of freedom in big spaces.
The second class of Miele vacuum cleaners are the canister class. These vacuum cleaners offer an alternative to hefty uprights with its portability. Canister vacuums are ideal for vacuuming inside cars and tight places. The Miele S5981 Capricorn is one of the canister Miele vacuum cleaners around. It also has several unique features including the Auto Seal Closure which locks in dirt when you remove the filter bag from the canister.
Lastly, the stick class of Miele vacuum cleaners offers lightweight options for consumers. These lightweight vacuums are a great option when you want to do quick clean up of the floor. Although light, these Miele vacuum cleaners are powerful enough to remove any dirt from any floor. The S168 is one of these vacuum cleaners that pack a lot of suction into a lightweight vacuum cleaner.
Thursday, April 28th, 2011
In the grip of chilly winter storms, home gardeners bit by spring fever envision lush gardens, vibrant landscapes, and thriving orchards. But all too often, such dreams turn to close-cropped nightmares as marauding animals wreck destruction on the inviting green before them. In areas where animals roam freely, this scene can occur year after year. Damage can range from nibbling tomatoes just as they turn red, to chewing unsightly holes into ornamental trees, to extensive breaking up of young fruit trees. How do you stop the damage and financial drain, and give your plants a chance at growth? The answer may well be the use of a garden animal repellent.
The idea behind a garden animal repellent
is one of aversion and avoidance. A garden animal repellent is a conditioning tool used by the gardener to overcome an animal’s natural attraction to a target plant. No matter how tasty a plant specimen is, the repellent should cause the animal to turn away from its intended feeding, and find a plant less fraught with anxiety-inducing vibes.
One way to cause an animal to avoid a plant or a landscape section is with the use of predator urine. Urine from predators–such as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, or wolves–can keep away their prey animals, such as deer, rabbits, moles, mice, and moose. Since such predators don’t generally proffer up urine samples, however, chemical formulations can replicate substances found in nature.
Another type of garden animal repellent based on chemistry is the use of substances designed to irritate certain species of animals, which then creates a swath of safety as the animal gives the protected area a wide berth.
A garden animal repellent can work because of its taste, or because of its smell. Taste repellents are more effective in the winter months, and odor repellents work better when it warms up. However, the taste repellents only work as a conditioning tool after the animal has sampled the plant, so if you’d like to deter any damage to that particular plant, use either an odor repellent, or an odor/taste repellent.
Other ways to use a garden animal repellent are based on mechanical principles. Gardeners can set up a simplified electrical fencing scheme to keep animals out of a protected area. High-frequency sound devices can also keep away rodents, dogs and cats.
Bring on the green dreams!
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
White Christmas lights are the quiet, serene answer to the colorful and hard-to-miss accessories of the holidays. Rather than draping a house in showy, blindingly bright rainbows of flashing and blinking lights, they offer a soft overall glow, not unlike thousands of tiny candles. White Christmas lights won’t clash with a house’s existing color or decor, and look absolutely breathtaking when turned on just after a snowfall, where they will reflect beautifully off of the carpet of snow in your yard and on your roof.
Long after the holidays are over, white Christmas lights can be pressed into service as home decor, especially on porches and patios. Unlike their colorful counterparts, they do not immediately bring to mind the holidays when seen in Spring, Summer, or Fall. This makes them ideal when used as fun and whimsical lighting that invites guests to linger for conversation and cocktails. Certain individual light coverings can also be purchased to transform an ordinary white Christmas lights set into anything from small glowing lobsters to chili peppers to elegant miniature Japanese lanterns that glow delightfully.
If you are planning to use white Christmas lights as decor, in season or otherwise, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions. While new smaller models of Christmas lights might not put off as much heat as their larger vintage cousins, it is still important to keep them from touching flammable objects like curtains. Keep a few spare Christmas light bulbs in a junk drawer in care of burn-outs: a single bulb dying won’t take out the whole string in newer models, but several could impact the integrity of the light string. Once you’ve plugged them in and hung them where you’d like, just kick back and enjoy the soft glimmer of these peaceful pieces of decor – they’ll put you in a jolly mood no matter what month it may be.
Monday, April 25th, 2011
Christmas decorations are an important part of the holiday tradition; however, many of them use a lot of energy. In fact, Christmas lights are often responsible for the highest consumption of energy during the holiday season. Luckily, there is an alternative to inefficient traditional holiday lighting: solar Christmas lights.
Most Christmas lights are powered by electricity and therefore need to be plugged in to an electrical outlet when in use. Solar Christmas lights however, are powered by the sun and do not need an outlet to operate. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and can blink and light up similarly to non-solar lights. Although they are initially more expensive than traditional lights, in the long-term they are more efficient and eco-friendly than non-solar lights.
Solar Christmas lights can be used in any way that traditional Christmas lights are used. They can be used year round as long as they receive sunlight. In fact, some solar Christmas lights come with a separate charger that can be placed outdoors while the lights are being used indoors. They are easy to install and often do not need to be switched on and off. On average they cost $30 per 100 lights. They also make great gifts for eco-conscious individuals.
Solar Christmas lights are an affordable option for someone who loves decorating for the holidays but is also concerned about protecting the environment. They are easy to use, come in a variety of types and do not require any specialized equipment or knowledge. Before decorating for the holidays, consider using solar Christmas lights.
Sunday, April 24th, 2011
Christmas lights add a festive touch to the holiday celebrations of many families. In fact, the twinkling lights create such a beautiful display that some people are loathe to take them down once the Christmas season is over.
Fortunately, there are many different ways of recycling Christmas lights and integrating the twinkling bulbs into year-round decor.
Some people choose to add ambiance to their outdoor eating area when recycling Christmas lights. Strands of white or colored bulbs can be draped across a pergola on a patio in order to create a lively mood for outdoor celebrations. The lights can be left off when the mood is less festive, and turned on for special occasions.
Another method of recycling Christmas lights is to use them for a grand celebration such as a wedding. White bulbs in particular are quite appropriate for weddings. Some brides prefer the interior of the church to be adorned with these lights while other brides may wish to restrict their usage to reception area decor.
In addition, consider recycling Christmas lights by using them to decorate indoor space, such as bedrooms. Children, in particular, delight in extravagant, whimsical bedroom decor. Creating a web of tiny lights, suspended from their bedroom ceiling is sure to make any child more eager to spend some quiet time in their room. If only a few Christmas lights are used, the strand can serve as a nice night light for the child.
With the many opportunities for recycling Christmas lights, there’s no need to relegate the strands to the attic between Christmas seasons. Think creatively and your Christmas lights can become a year round fixture in your home. And just think, you won’t even have to untangle the lights when the next Christmas season rolls around!
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
When stringing Christmas lights for the holidays, few people stop to think about the potential for a large utility bill at the end the season or, even worse, the possibility those illuminating bulbs could be a fire hazard. If the traditional, incandescent lights are being used, either of those scenarios is possible. That’s why more people are making the switch to light emitting diode (LED) Christmas lights. By using a tiny piece of semi conductor material, LED Christmas lights forego the gas-filled bulb or tube to produce light. This allows them to be more efficient, durable and safer. For example, an LED light will use 1-3 kilowatt hours of energy, while an incandescent version will burn 12-105 kilowatt hours of energy. LEDs also burn much less hot, making them less of a hazard, and last longer.
While LED Christmas lights come in a variety of colors, white adds a simple, elegant touch to holiday decorating. There is also a wide range of shapes and designs, allowing creativity to shine during the season. In addition to the traditional LED white Christmas lights that are strung together, snowflake shaped lights can be draped around the house. The same goes for icicle lights, which come in long- or short-form and can be hung from the house or trees. White LED rope lights can be wrapped around a post or a tree or can be used to mark a pathway. Net LED Christmas lights make decorating a bush a breeze compared to stringing together several strands of lights.
White LED Christmas lights add a touch of elegance and simplicity to holiday decorating while also having the bonus of using less energy and staying cooler when in use. Their many designs, combined with the white lights, can reflect the snowfall and enhance any wintry scene.
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
If you suffer with allergies or upper respiratory problems then you know how irritants in the air can cause you to feel even worse. When this happens too often, it’s probably a good time to shop for Airfree purifiers. Shopping for one perfect purifier among the many different Airfree purifiers is an important activity because your comfort is at hand. Airfree purifiers will make your life much easier and much healthier by eliminating the allergens that are making you miserable.
The Airfree purifiers actually sterilize the air making it better for you to breathe and letting you breath fresh air without contaminants. There are different types of these purifiers and each one may offer something unique. Depending on their capacity and size the price range varies for each one. For instance, there are Airfree purifiers that have a capacity of 450 sq. ft. which is a smaller model. The next size is a 550 sq. ft. capacity and another is even larger with a 650 sq. ft capacity. No matter what the capacities are for each purifier, they all are built to clean your air and eliminate viruses, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, allergens of all kinds and ozone, since all of these Airfree purifiers are ozone-free.
These purifiers are even attractive enough to have in any room in your home. The most common colors are black, white or silver. Another great feature of all of these is that they are so quiet that you can have a normal conversation in the room. For your convenience there is no need to change a filter and it never needs any maintenance. This is a worthwhile addition to your home to keep everyone healthy and happy.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Gone are the days of having to lug around a ten ton vacuum cleaner just to get anything cleaned in your house. Nowadays, there are plenty of lightweight and portable options that get the job done for those light to medium tasks. The only question is, what are the best lightweight vacuum cleaners out in the market?
Nobody wants to spend too much on a lightweight vacuum cleaner but nobody wants to spend on a piece of junk that doesn’t suck (which is a bad thing). Great lightweight vacuum cleaners balance portability, functionality and price.
The first lightweight vacuum cleaners we came across was the Eureka 96B Quick up. This lightweight vacuum cleans surprisingly well for its size. It’s also a cordless vacuum which makes it especially easy to clean up the room. It’s easy-to-release canister makes it also convenient to dispose of the dirt. At only $68.99, this is a good buy for those quick cleanups.
Next is the Oreck Housekeeper Canister Vacuum. This vacuum is definitely lightweight at a little less than five pounds but don’t let its weight fool you. The Oreck has a strong suction with a long hose that can get to those pesky hard to reach spots. It also comes with a hypoallergenic dust which is perfect for those with allergies. At $249, this little vacuum can take the job of bigger vacuums.
Last is the Miele S163 and the most advanced of all the lightweight vacuum cleaners in our list. This lightweight vacuum cleaner practically replaces older full sized vacuums at half the weight. Miele’s objective to keep the consumer’s health in mind isn’t compromised here as the Miele S163 use an active HEPA filtration system that traps 99.99% of particles. The suction of the vacuum is phenomenal and works best for carpets, hard wood floors and furniture. The $289 price tag of the S163 is a bargain when you find out that this lightweight vacuum cleaner is built to last for 20 years.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Time is precious and you don’t want to spend all day cleaning. Robotic vacuum cleaners can take over this chore for you, sparing your back, cleaning your house, and freeing up some time for you.
Robotic vacuum cleaners aren’t just for the Jetsons; they’re for people all over the country. These smart little helpers can be put to vacuum the living room while you cook dinner. An even better idea is to let robotic vacuum cleaners do the housework while you go play with the kids, or visit with a friend. Life is short, and having one of these machines will let you enjoy it more!
They are extremely easy to use, and you will wonder how you lived without them. The machine runs over the carpet, vacuuming as it goes. When it’s done running you empty the dust bin and put it back on the charger. With robotic vacuum cleaners, you can enjoy having freshly vacuumed carpets every day without having to pull out a big machine.
Miele vacuum cleaners offer a robotic version that is easy to use, and quite effective at cleaning the floors. When this vacuum is done cleaning, it will return to its charging base so it can be ready for use again later. The soft bumper prevents it from damaging walls or furniture, and cliff sensors keep it safe from stairs and other drop offs.
Robotic vacuum cleaners are convenient, effective, and addictive. A quick pick up of the floor is all you need to do before turning on your helper robot. They will essentially add time to your day, while giving you a clean house to enjoy.
Sunday, April 17th, 2011
There are certain types of canister vacuum cleaners that are efficient to keep the home clean. These cleaners are versatile and more maneuverable in contrast to upright vacuums. Canister vacuums can be used to clean the floors, carpets, long drapes, stairs, and other places that might be more difficult to handle with a regular vacuum. Due to their size and weight, they are easy to handle and does not take up too much space. This appliance prevents the chore of cleaning hard to reach places and makes the job less stressful. Canister vacuums are an essential appliance that makes cleaning easier on a daily basis.
Miele canister vacuums continue to grow in popularity because they are light-weight, durable, silent, and they do an excellent job cleaning carpets, tiles, and hardwood floors. Miele vacuums cleaners are top-rated. This particular brand have always maintained a positive reputation, so customers can feel confident in knowing that they are buying a product that will live up to their standards.
Miele canister vacuums are affordable and make a complete difference when it comes to cleaning the house. Miele canister vacuums have certain features that demonstrate a powerful cleaning performance. For example, the Miele S5281 Callisto Canister Vacuum Cleaners provides a high level filtration system, combined with a sealed system construction, nine layer air-clean filtering vacuum bags and a full-size power brush that is essential for cleaning various types of carpets. These Miele canister vacuums are equipped to clean medium to thick pile or plush carpets, area rugs and bare flooring.
For someone who needs a high quality vacuum with a powerful canister, integrated rubber PVC bumper guards, protection of HEPA filtration, and efficient dust bags, the Miele S5281 Callisto Canister Vacuum Cleaners is recommended.