Pros and Cons of Having a Tankless Water Heater

best-tankless-water-heater-reviews-and-guidesIn the era of compact, tankless water heaters are another testimony of the evergrowing success of minimalist technology These heaters work differently than the standard large (unnecessary) hot water volumes. They operate by heating cold water in a very short amount of time as it passes through. This is why they called them On-Demand Water Heaters.

Advantages

One of the major advantages of this type of water heaters is their size. These units are compact and won’t require much space to be installed as opposed to the conventional tank design. According to EnergyDepot, this type of water heaters can almost eliminate standby losses, a term used to refer to lost energy when unused hot water cools down.

The immediate production of hot water allows these units, when used, to waste less water. You may have deduced the fact that you don’t have to let the water run while you’re waiting for hot water to reach the tap next to you. Another cool thing about tankless on-demand water heaters is their longer expected lifespan as it’s, normally, 20 years which is 5, and sometimes 10 longer than that of tank type water heaters.

Disadvantages

Like all human-created things, tankless water heaters also have drawbacks. One of the most important negative points to notes is that inability of these units to supply enough hot water when using two devices simultaneously like for example for laundry and shower. Some brands have better water heaters than others, so this issue is relative.

Another con is to keep a nice constant temperature at different flow rates, you will need to equip the unit, if it doesn’t come with it, with a modulating temperature control. This is important as you don’t want the temperature to increase and decrease uncomfortably. This is more frequent when the pressure changes in various parts of your home.

Also, the on-demand feature of tankless water heaters makes of them a unit that requires a relatively high electric power to heat water fast. Another point, which is not really a drawback but I wanted to include it here, is that in case you will quire tankless gas water heaters, it will require to be vented to the outdoors. You have two choices when it comes to venting, either you use a conventional exhaust flue or a direct vent. Finally, check if the gas-powered unit has a pilot light that could waste energy.

I hope this post helped you answer a lot of questions about thankless water heaters. So don’t forget to read a review about the heater your about to purchase.

Ozeri Food Storage Container Set with Vacuum Seal Review

I don’t know about you but I’m always in need of additional food storage. Tupperware lids and even entire containers have a way of disappearing into thin air in my house! I was eager to try the new Ozeri Instavac Green Earth Food Storage but mainly because I needed it, not because I had any idea what it was all about!

This is definitely not your ordinary food storage or Tupperware set! I had no idea I could be so impressed by something so simple that would make my day to day life easier. Since I just had a baby, friends have been delivering meals to me. With lots of leftovers to keep track of, it was the perfect opportunity to try out the whole set!

I love that there is vacuum freshness so that food will last longer. When I have leftovers, I don’t want to eat the same thing over and over until it’s gone. I like to alternate it with something else so I need it to keep longer. With the little date dial on the cover, I know exactly how long something has been inthere. That’s something this sleep deprived mama would not be able to remember without a little assistance.

After using them all for a week. leftovers actually lasted that long that I know definitely wouldn’t have survived in regular containers or foil. It helps us to save money to not have to throw away food that could have survived longer with proper storage.

The Ozeri Instavac Green Earth Food Storage Container Set is a new mom’s best friend with leftovers galore helping meals last even longer than expected. Thanks Ozeri!

Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts. Simply press down on the center of the lid and air is forced out through the one-way valve. Requires minimal effort.

Patented valve easily removes excess air so growth of naturally occurring bacteria is greatly reduced, and food stays fresh longer. Also features a release valve that prevents spills, splatters, and bursting when used in microwaves.

Wave pattern on bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices.

Handy date dial allows you to record when food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator.

BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof, and as transparent as glass. Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale Review

ozeri-scaleI think I am one of the luckiest women in the world because my husband is seriously awesome. Among the many amazing things about my husband, Matt, is that he can cook and bake really well, and I mean really well.

He makes delicious chicken and dumplings, Indian curries, the best alfredo sauce you’ve ever tasted, lemon curd that tastes like sunshine, cinnamon rolls that are soft and gooey, and he’s really good at taking whatever we have in the kitchen and throwing together a wonderful meal.

On top of all that, he bakes our sandwich bread, but more than anything, he is famous among our family, friends, and his co-workers for his artisan bread.

For quite a while now my husband has been wanting a kitchen scale to aide him in his cooking and baking endeavors, so I was pretty excited that I had the opportunity to try out a Touch 2 digital kitchen scale by Ozeri. I decided to surprise my husband, so I left it on the kitchen island where I knew he would see it when he got home. He saw it right away and asked what it was. He was pretty happy when he found saying, “Hey, I’ve been wanting one of those!”

There are a variety of reasons to use a digital kitchen scale, among them accuracy in measuring ingredients, and also as an aide to dieting. You can probably tell by the list of foods that my husband cooks, but we are not dieters! If you are though, the Ozeri Touch 2 digital kitchen scale comes with a handy calorie guide book that you can use with your scale to keep track of the calories you consume.

My husband wants it specifically to measure flour while making his breads. Apparently using a measuring cup does not always measure the exact same amount of flour each time. That’s a problem in bread baking because it can lead to the loaf turning out differently every time and requiring slightly different amounts of time for baking, which leads to the bread being over, or under done.

My husband is not going to have that problem now, because the Touch 2 digital kitchen scale is incredibly exact! I tested it out and was very pleased with its speed and accuracy. It’s really easy to set up and use. It can handle weight between 0.1oz and 11lbs and you can choose if you want it to display results in pounds, kilograms, grams, and ounces.

Another thing I really like about this scale is that it uses Microban, which means it has antimicrobial product protection, which basically means it helps to prevent harmful bacteria from forming on the scale.

My husband and I are very pleased with the Touch 2 digital kitchen scale, and I know it’s going to become a regularly used tool in our kitchen!

About the Scale


Product Description

Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale ReviewThe Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection is the industry’s first kitchen scale to include antimicrobial protection that disrupts the growth of bacteria that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.

Infused at the point of manufacturing, Microban antimicrobial protection works for the lifetime of the scale and helps maintain surface cleanliness. On an unprotected kitchen scale surface, bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes. With the Ozeri Touch II Kitchen Scale, the Microban antimicrobial protection is built-in to the scale and will never wash off or wear away!

The Ozeri Touch II Kitchen Scale combines new advanced touch sensitive buttons, high-precision GFX sensors and a celebrated design with an elegant reflective white surface. It has a capacity range from a mere 0.1 ounces to 11.2 lbs., or 1 gram to 5100 grams. The Touch II provides measurements in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz. and it boasts a high-contrast blue backlit LCD screen that is easy to read.

Its 4 high precision GFX latest generation sensors deliver superior accuracy and the fastest response times for the quick paced chef. The Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale combines all this technology into a contemporary thin design that stands out as a show piece for the modern kitchen.

Designed for the culinary perfectionist who desires the best in form and function, the Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen also features an automatic Tare button that quickly calculates the net weight of your ingredients by subtracting the container weight, whether the container is a bowl, tray, plate or anything else.

The scale also displays results in both the US and metric systems (grams | ounces | pounds | kilograms). The Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale comes equipped with 2 Lithium batteries. It provides both Low Battery and Overload indicators and automatically turns off after 2 minutes of inactivity to preserve battery life.

Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Cleaner Microfiber Cloth Towel to Polish Appliances

Now that I have stainless steel appliances I have learned a few things about stainless steel. There are different grades which can make all the difference in cleaning and also the price. I was excited when we decided to buy stainless steel appliances, until they were delivered and installed and I looked at all the fingerprints on them. I realized I may have caused a whole lot more work for myself! Ugh!

I have tried the Pro Chef Kitchen Towel on many things. The instructions are to fold the Polishing Towel and use it dry (I assume it means to then use a little bit of elbow grease.) First I tried my toaster. It is a little older and an inexpensive stainless steel. It has been hard to clean even with the Pro Chef Kitchen Tools Premium Microfiber Cloth Stainless Steel Polishing Towel. There were some spots on it which were impossible to remove.Pro Chef Kitchen Tools Stainless Steel Appliance Polishing Cloth - Clean and Polish Appliances, Counters, Fridge Doors, Sinks, Windows with Easy Wipes Using Dry, Damp or with Cleaners

I then tried the Polishing Towel on my dishwasher which is new, but has a few water spots on it. Those water spots I could not rub out with the Polishing Towel either and honestly I didn’t want to rub to hard and accidentally scratch it. I tried it dry as recommended and also with water on the Towel, but the water spots are still there. On to trying out the Polishing Towel on my oven which was fairly clean and new, but did have a few water spots also and those were easy to wipe off. My oven and my dishwasher are different brands so I wonder if that had something to do with it.

Then I tried my coffee mug that is stainless steel. When I wet the Polishing Towel by Pro Chef it worked with a little less elbow grease on my coffee mug. The latest thing I tried the Polishing Towel on was my dog’s water bowl. I was able to polish it clean for the most part. It seemed like the right kind of stainless steel for this Microfiber cloth.

Now I have learned even more about stainless steel. The age of the stainless steel and/or how long or well the stainless still has been cleaned has a lot to do with trying to clean the stainless steel now. Also, I have learned that you should not let water or spills dry on your stainless steel appliances! Pro Chef Kitchen Polishing Towel seemed to work on a few things, but may have worked on more if I would have used more elbow grease!

Home Tech Devices You May Consider

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You probably added many devices to your list of indispensable household devices. While every family is different, a lot of devices like vacuum sealers, desktop fans and tankless water heaters weren’t a must 10 years ago have become so.

There is a growing popularity of air purifiers with Wi-Fi capabilities among consumers. This can be ascertained to the extra level of convenience provided when using a smartphone to control the various functions of an air purifier and also view the properties of air. I should also mention that air purifiers efficiency have been questioned by one of the renowned blogs in product reviewing as they taken down a video about air purifiers for the reason that air purifiers can’t really do a lot of what it claims to do, like HEPA filters don’t capture airborne viruses.

The quality of indoor air can be often significantly worse than outdoor air quality. This is attributed to the fact that the outdoors environment is continuously being purified by plants, the wind and the sun’s UV rays. On the other hand, the indoors environment remains stationary and polluted especially in spaces that are well insulated and less ventilated.

The air inside an enclosed environment may contain various allergens and contaminants. An air purifier, as a household technology, is designed to filter out the toxicity in the air reducing the risks to your health and well-being. The Wi-Fi capability allows for automatic control of the device and checking for filters replacement.

Another household technology is Vacuum sealers. These devices use manual or automatic operations to extract air from packaged food prior to sealing. Vacuum sealing slows down the deterioration process caused by aerobic bacterial growth, thus extends the shelf life of food items.

Vacuum sealer can also be used for several cooking applications such as flash pickling and sous vide. There are three main types of vacuum sealers: handheld valve sealers, external vacuum sealers, and chamber vacuum sealers.

The Handheld vacuum sealer sucks out air through a valve on special zip-top bags. The external vacuum sealer uses vacuum pump to suck out air directly out of the opening of a bag with its lip placed into a narrow chamber over the seal bar. The chamber vacuum sealer also uses vacuum pump to suck the air out of the chamber that houses a bag with its lip positioned over the seal bar.

Another household technology is the Cooling fan, which is often used as an alternative to an air conditioner in terms of costs, space and energy efficiency. These circulating fans include ceiling fans, floor fans, table fans, and fans mounted to poles or walls. Even in the presence of natural ventilation or air conditioning, the wind chill effect they create can improve the thermal comfort of a house.

When purchasing a cooling fan, you need to take into consideration its portability, sturdiness, the size of the room it will be used and the quietness of operation. Ceiling fans are considered to be the most effective cooling fans as they are able to circulate the air in a room to create a draft throughout the room. Window fans are the second option and are best used in windows facing away from the prevailing wind and exhausting hot air from your home.

Benefits of Hydronic Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard-HeaterHydronic baseboard heaters offer a solution to people who do not wish to install a full central heating system in their homes and also those who own small apartments. They come into the market as space heaters that are user-friendly, safe on cost and effective at heating up fixed spaces.

Hydronic baseboard heaters are useful where additional heat is required in a home or to supplement heat to a room where the temporary heat would increase the thermal comfort. There are two main types of baseboard heaters: hydronic baseboard heaters and electric baseboard heaters. The hydronic heaters use water while the electric heaters use convection to circulate air warmed by the electrically heated metal fins.

Hydronic units have been designed for use with heating systems that utilize forced hot water or radiators. A hydronic baseboard heater can offer the user a number of benefits but the best way to gain these benefits is by hiring a professional to install the unit in your home.

There are two types of hydronic baseboard heaters; a self-contained baseboard radiator that does not have to be connected to your boiler, and the other one that is to be connected to your boiler. Both of these units use hot fluid, mostly water, to warm up enclosed spaces.

For the model that is connected to the boiler, hot water is circulated into its inner pipe and heat is released through the baseboard radiators. The water becomes cools when it exits the radiator and returns to the boiler for re-heating to be used in the next cycle.

A self-contained baseboard radiator uses a special fluid that is not circulated in and out; instead, the fluid is held inside the narrow metal tube in the radiator and electrically heated whenever the baseboards thermostat is triggered.
It is important to note that hydronic baseboard heaters are great for allergy sufferers because it uses a radiant heating system. With this type of system, you do not have to worry about swirling dust and pet dander, which is common with the forced type of system.

Another benefit is that hydronic baseboard heaters are quiet in operation, since they do not blow the heat. These units are virtually soundless in operation; therefore, the user does not have to worry about the unit producing noise or disrupting the peace in an indoor environment.

Hydronic baseboard heaters save space in homes. They can be sized in varying lengths without sacrificing a lot of space in the house. Furthermore, these units do not have the bulk that come with larger radiators.
Lastly, Hydronic baseboard heaters are easy to install and have a low surface temperature running cool to the touch. These baseboard heaters are able to generate residual warmth even after they are switched off thus saving on energy and lowering utility bills.

Choosing A Ceiling Fan for Home

Despite their concentration in some area on the blue planet, heat waves are starting to become standard almost in any part of the country. This is not a pleasant info for modest families who haven’t a very deep pocket to purchase an air conditioner all day long. And even if you don’t belong to this category, sometimes, like in early summer, the weather isn’t hot enough to run an AC. What you can do in this situation is to get a ceiling fan in order to set a cool mood in your interior.

Many Ceiling Fans Types

Circulating the air in your home is the main objective for which ceiling fans were created to meet back in the time when the idea came out. But as time goes by, this simple purpose became a standard along with which style has become a must, especially today where a small misfitting item in a living room could disturb many interior design lovers, let a alone something as big as a ceiling fan. This is the reason why the best ceiling fans aren’t just an air circulation appliance, but also a nice looking object of decoration that you can find in many styles and shapes.

Directional

As its name suggests, this type of ceiling fans, ventilates the air by directing the air flow to a designated area of the room. One of the best scenarios in which you can profit from the directional ceiling fan is when the place you sit it in is designated like in an office where sitting seats are fixed.

Hanging Propeller

In contrast to the directional ceiling fans, which can only ventilate the space towards which it is directed, the hanging propeller ones can ventilate your entire room. This type of fans looks like the propeller of a fan. Like many modern ceiling fans style, these ones are hung by a pole attached to the ceiling.

Rotational

If you combine the directional and hanging propeller ceiling fan you can come up with the rotational one. This type of fans have multiple sets of spinning blades which rotate in opposite direction to each other. They have a central pole attached to the ceiling from which they stem. It is recommended to use them in outdoor spaces.

What’s the difference between Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans ?

As it clear by their names, each of these fans serve a specific purpose and one can’t always be used instead of the other. As a consequence, picking the right one for you depends on where you want it to be placed.

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There are two types of outdoor ceiling fans : wet-rated and damp-rated ceiling fans. You can guess it from their name, each of these fans are designed for different environments.
The wet-rated outdoor ceiling fans are designed to withstand harsh winter conditions and are sealed and protected by special materials.
Damp-rated fans’ motors on the other hand are usually made with special protective materials against corrosion. The same goes for their interior wiring that should also be protected in order to keep the fan intact in humid environments.

Indoor Ceiling Fans

Unlike outdoor ceiling fans, the indoor ones doesn’t have the same categorization as indoor environment is usually the same in part of the world. The main differences are in style. You find modern, classic, contemporary, rustic, fancy, children and other styles of indoor ceiling fans. It’s however important to measure how high your ceiling is before deciding on which size of ceiling fan fits more your room.

I hope this little guide helped clarify some important points to take into consideration before buying your ceiling fan.

How to Choose A Space Heater?

home-heaters-A space heater is a convenient way to quickly raise your room temperature and add warmth to any space or room. They come in a variety of sizes and styles all with their own unique design features.

When choosing what space heater to buy, there are two main questions that come into mind, “will it effectively heat my room or space?” and “how much will it cost to run?”. The cost and heating capacity take precedence over the bonus features that are included in most of these units.

The following factors are to be considered when choosing which space heater is best to heat up your space or room: heater type, heating capacity, energy efficiency, safety features, and noise level. These factors will determine the space heater that is suitable for your heating needs.

There are basically three heating technologies under which every space heater fall; radiant, convective, and micathermic. Convection heaters typically provide even, whole-room heating; radiant heaters deliver quick, spot heating in small spaces; and micathermic heaters offer fast, widespread heat while saving space.

The size of space that the heater will cover is an essential part when choosing a personal heater. The heating capacity can be determined by the appliance’s wattage rating. The general rule of thumb is that heaters uses 10 watts of power to heat 1 sq. foot of space. However, this rule does not apply for all models due the heating technology, the nature of the indoor environment, and the working application.

The energy efficiency of a space heater is considered by users who are more concerned about conserving energy and maintaining low heating costs. Most space heaters lack a standard level of efficiency like those on AC systems. The unit can be coupled with special features such as adjustable thermostats, energy saving modes, and programmable timers to cut on utility bills and save money.

Space heaters can become sources of fire hazards if not properly monitored during use. Most heaters are designed to run cool to the touch surfaces with tip over cut-off switches that shut off the power if the heater is accidentally knocked over. The level of noise produced by these units during operation may vary from low to high pitched sound. This factor of consideration should be used to determine whether the appliance can be used in quiet rooms such as bedrooms and offices.
With the two key factors, the heating capacity and the running cost, and the heater’s operating design features in mind, it is now easy to choose the best space heater for your specific requirements.

3 in 1 Non-contact Infrared Thermometer for Baby Adult and Child

I have three children so I have gone through a LOT of thermometers! My favorite has always been the forehead thermometer since it’s best for babies and easiest for older kids. It’s done pretty well for us unit I had my third baby last year. He does NOT like it on his forehead and moves around so much to fight it that it’s really hard for me to get an accurate reading.

When I saw the Eathermometer[email protected] 3 in 1 Non-contact Infrared Thermometer could be used without contact, I had to try it!

There are times I have called the Doctor and they will ask me to what his temperature is when he’s asleep. I never want to wake them but now I don’t have to! It was super easy to use so I didn’t even need directions the first time.

There are different modes depending upon if you are checking body, object or room temperature. You can click between the three with the simple click of a button and on screen info. No more guessing games about what mode you are in!

There are also no more guessing games about whether or not your baby has a fever. It’s color coded for you to show if your baby’s temp is normal, they have a mild fever or a high fever. I know there is often confusion about what is considered an actual fever or even what makes it a high fever. This takes out all the guess work.

Another thing I really appreciate about this is that it comes in a hard storage case. I know a couple of mine have been broken because they weren’t protected so this prevents it from happening.

The Easy @ Home 3 in 1 Non Contact Thermometer is my favorite to date! It is so easy to use and allows my baby to be comfortable without anything touching his already burning head!

ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

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I have grown nieces and nephews (past 18) that I never know what to get for Christmas. This year my twenty two year old nephew is going into the Navy. I saw this ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag and thought it would be perfect for him. Sure it’s not a fancy gadget but it’s something he’ll need and will be put to good use!

The really nice thing about this is how many pockets it has! It actually has room to take everything single thing you’ll need in the shower AND bathroom, and more!Shower Tote - 2 Premium Quality Shower Caddy The Strongest Quick Dry Bag for your Washroom Accessories - Perfect Hanging Caddy for College, Dorm or Gym - Portable for Camping and Travelling

The mesh material will allow water to go through it if it’s hanging in the shower and dry quickly thereafter without getting moldy or mildew. It also has a really long strap so if the shower head is really high, you can still reach it.

When I opened it, I was impressed with how thick it is. It can really hold a lot of weight without collapsing or breaking apart on you. I stuffed it with some goodies for my nephew to take with him when he ships off and it made the perfect Christmas gift! Of course I still added a gift card to make it even more appealing but it was fun to actually have something to give him to open instead of just an envelope!