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What to Look for in a Portable Room Air Conditioner

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This year has found me a new home, and I realized air conditioning was my primary concern. So I decided to shop around for the best portable room air conditioner. I know many of new homeowners find themselves in the same nightmare and also if you move around frequently whether at home or work, you realize that fixing an AC is quite hectic. This blog is just what you’ve been looking for. I have gathered all the useful tips and insights combined with my experience to help you find the perfect solution to overcome excessive heat in your room. Join me as I unleash the best portable room air conditioner reviews 2015.

One fact I’d like to point out is that a good portable air conditioner must be able to deliver depending on the ambient temperature conditions. Most portable air conditioners will be rated in Kilowatt (kW) or British Thermal Units (BTU). This is calculated in terms of the total amount of heat a portable air conditioner will expel out of a given room. Mostly, calculated using the room size and the use of the room. For example, a portable air conditioner for the bedroom might be of a smaller capacity than one designed for use in a lounge even if the two rooms are of the same size. A great tip when choosing the brand is to go for one with the highest efficiency. This means that the portable air conditioner unit is effective in cooling (Cools the room very fast) yet very conservative with electricity consumption. Most of these types are dual hose.

It is important to consider is the type of refrigerant used in the brand of portable air conditioner you are interested in. The most common refrigerants used are R410A and R22. Lately with global warming scenarios and Eco-friendly campaigns, R22 is getting a negative review hence manufacturers are phasing it out. Be on the look out since I have seen these models being retailed at throw away price. Also with the ever advancing technology, go for a quiet mode. You do not wish to have annoying noise and sounds in your room especially the bedroom.

Talking of technology, I have encountered three major variations of portable air conditioners. Models with a tray for emptying condensation, also called drip models and those that drain automatically known as the non-drip models. We have models with a single hose and others with a dual hose; the latter are more efficient when it comes to cooling. Finally, we have the multifunctional ones that combine cooling with other functions such as heating, dehumidifying and fan cooling. The most common portable air conditioners models in 2015 are; Delonghi, LG, Daikin, Sharp, Whynter, and Haier.

Finally, you need to take care of your portable air conditioner. Regular cleaning and maintenance practices will guarantee you a longer shelf life. I once encountered a failed portable air conditioner and almost called my repair guy before I rummaged in my garbage to find the installation guide. Simple basic troubleshooting guidelines were included in the user manual. Make sure you read it to avoid future hick ups. See you as you say goodbye to heat and welcome cool fresh air.

How we got a good dehumidifier after reading reviews

We started looking at dehumidifier reviews 2015 when we decided to use the basement more often this year. That’s because we were falling short of space with the children growing up and requiring their own bedrooms. Every Easter, my husband’s extended family would also come in to spend a few days with us. My sister would occasionally come down from New York with her husband and three kids, and if all them decided to come in together, the two spare bedrooms just wouldn’t do. We needed an additional room, and so decided to use the basement more often where we could relocate activities if required. If the upper two floors would fill up, we could also sleep here during those times.

Purchasing the proper dehumidifier is a real task with so many choices available, We simply wanted the basement to look clean, get rid of the condensate efficiently, and wanted it without that moldy smell that would often make us open the door and then close it immediately without so much as taking the first step to get in. Most of the dehumidifiers offered similar features, though we knew we wanted one that could work as noiselessly as possible, had an inbuilt pump, and didn’t occupy much space.


Since budget wasn’t a constraint, we selected the top three ranking models from various websites. We then went to other sites and read the reviews on all three. We finally chose the one that was praised uniformly by most users. Some of them even said they would recommend the model to their friends and relatives without even batting an eyelid-such was their confidence.

We have used the dehumidifier for the past couple of months now. This Easter our house was packed, and we had to sleep in the basement to make space for others. Our children also slept with us. We woke up fresh every morning of the three nights that we had to sleep here. In fact, these three nights were so great that we have decided to use the basement more often and shift our study here as well.

Important features of house dehumidifier – http://enlightenme.com

An Overview of The Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

Handheld vacuum cleaners are portable and valuable tools which are used to get rid of dust and dirt before major and heavy clean-ups are conducted. Due to their less weight, you can easily carry them around the house for quick and effective cleaning sessions. In the market today, there are numerous best handheld vacuum cleaner ratings. For a wise investment, consider the brands below.


Eureka Easy Clean 71B handheld vacuum cleaner

This is a powerful and corded hand-held vacuum cleaner which is run by two motors. This makes you worry less about the battery running out. The cord is long enough to provide good reach. The cleaner can efficiently clean bad stains, dirt in tight places and quick messes in your car, bare floor, stairs or carpet. For this gadget to give you long service, ensure you properly install the dust cup before use and clean it regularly.

Dyson DCC44 Animal Digital SlimMK2

This is a light handheld vacuum cleaner which is easy to operate and use during quick clean-ups. It is cordless thus can be moved from one room to the next with ease. It thoroughly picks up everything on the floor, stairs and cabinets. This brand is very advanced technologically and its digital motor operates three times faster than conventional motors. Though it sold at a high price, you are assured of getting value for your money.

Black and Decker CHV1510 Dust Buster

This cordless black and decker brand has great reach and accessibility. It has a rotating, slim nozzle which targets dirt and debris in tight places. It also has a wide mouth or nozzle which enables it to collect large dirt particles. This hand-held vacuum cleaner has a triple stage filtration that prevents clogging and provides cleaner air exhaust. Its battery power is also long lasting when fully charged. In general, this vacuum cleaner is easy to operate and delivers quality results.

The Eureka, Dyson, Black and Decker brands are the best and most reliable handheld vacuum cleaners in today’s market. They are equipped with great features which ease operation and keep your home sparkling clean. These brands have great customer reviews and high ratings. For a perfect home, consider purchasing one of these brands.

Learn more on the different types of vacuum cleaners here, Wise Geek.

A Home-Based Embroidery Business is Just Perfect

After working as an administrative assistant for nearly six years, I decided it was time I ventured into something different. Being employed by someone else just wasn’t working for me anymore. After getting married, priorities changed as well as the financial needs. For instance, with the birth of our baby James, it also meant looking and paying for a bigger house and hopefully finding a nanny. Obviously, I had to get back to work in order to help with the household bills.

embroideredOn the other hand, my schedules in the office were becoming more and more unfavorable. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with the new member of our family. That is why I resolved to a home-based embroidery business. With the few savings we had as a family; I invested in one of the best embroidery sewing machines for beginners. I hadn’t practiced embroidery and garment decoration for a long time, and this seemed like starting afresh. This is why I needed a sewing machine for beginners. Choosing the right machine was an exciting yet daunting activity. I choose one of the latest devices because they are not only easy to use but also easily upgradable when there are innovations. Specifically, my embroidery machine utilizes computer software, and I always feel that it was the best option for me. Thankfully, we managed to find a machine that fitted our budget at that time.

I am reaping a lot of benefits from my home based embroidery business. For starters, nothing makes me happier than the fact that I now earn thrice the amount I made as an administrative assistant. Secondly, I get to choose my working hours. This means that I have time for my family and also myself. Thirdly, I decide where I want to work from. Apart from the days when I attend exhibitions, festivals, fairs, and other special events, my embroidery business is based at my home. Fourthly, since I am the boss, I have control over the expenses as well as the prices. Lastly, I even get to choose the type of clients to work with. So far, I offer embroidery services to corporate identities, schools, interior designers, and pet owners.

Of particular importance is to ensure that you have the right embroidery machine. One of the things that I have learnt is that your choice of embroidery machine can make or break your home-based business. The more powerful and easy to use a machine is, the easier it is to produce quality work.

I Have Discovered Practical Health Benefits of Steam Cleaning

Campaigns for environmental sustainability are all over, including on our TV screens. I didn’t pay attention to the campaigns aimed at encouraging individuals and business to purchase and use Eco-friendly products. Perhaps, I didn’t see how that would help my family and I. Eventually, I just couldn’t ignore the whole concept, and I decided to participate in the efforts to make the environment sustainable for the present and future generations. Seeing that I already have kids, I also want to ensure that they have a better world to live in when I am gone.
With respect to this, I started purchasing and using Eco-friendly products. Nowadays, it’s not difficult to achieve this as most of the companies and manufacturers engage in activities that promote Eco-friendliness. Among the things I have since embraced is steam cleaning. I had already heard about this cleaning method but didn’t know how beneficial it is for families and businesses. The only problem I encountered was difficulty in finding the right steam cleaner.

From the very beginning, I wanted something portable, yet not handheld. However, I later realized that there were so many of them in the market. This meant making a careful choice in order to get the right one. Of course, I had to pay particular attention to the relevant features, as well as the budget. To a great extent, I depended on portable steam cleaners reviews 2015 site which came in extremely handy.

I would love to share with you about the various benefits of steam cleaning. For starters, I no longer use chemicals to sanitize or clean my home. Steam cleaning uses only heat and clean water. This way, I play my part in ensuring economic sustainability. Secondly, I no longer have to worry about the harmful effects of bleach on my kids or pet as they walk barefoot on the floor. Thirdly, indoor air is always free of pollution from regular cleaning chemicals. Fourthly, we are safe from allergies and asthma. This is mainly because, the high temperature of steam helps to kill dust mites not only fast but effectively without leaving harmful residues. My steam cleaner also kills fleas, eggs and larvae without having to use costly chemicals or pesticides. My kitchen has never been free of the common pathogens like it is today. Lastly, steam cleaning helps to save a significant amount of money since I don’t spend money on cleaning chemicals and pesticides anymore.

Building a Niche Hair Styling Business

I had just completed my hair stylist training and was fresh in the job market. Unfortunately, steady jobs were hard to come by. I was regularly called for work at local salons. But this was when the salons had a lot of clients. It was quite frustrating not having a stable job. My business partner was in the same situation. As fate would have it, we met at a salon which had offered us job interviews. After the interviews were over, we went out for coffee and it was during this time that our business idea was born.

We were going to start our own salon. We would target at home moms who wanted their hair done either at home or at our salon. The styling package aimed at providing professional hair styling at affordable rates.
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After coming up with a business plan and financing the business, we divided tasks between ourselves. One of my duties was to ensure that the business got the best quality styling products and accessories. Rather than simply go shopping for these products, I decided to find out what the businesses target market wanted. I knew that most of these women had specific preferences as far as their hair styling products and accessories were concerned.

There were diverse preferences regarding the types of hair products the women liked. However, with regard to hair straighteners, the women unanimously endorsed the titanium flat iron. According to them, it produced the best results regardless of hair type. My purchasing job had been significantly reduced. All I had to do now was to find the best titanium hair straighteners and buy them.

Since most women liked the titanium plated flat irons, we made a point of mentioning this in our marketing material. The response was amazing as business grew exponentially. Today, our salon has three branches and each exclusively uses titanium plated hair straightening flat irons. This has enabled us build a business around women who love the titanium flat iron for their hair styling.

The perks of working in my virtual office


Perhaps the best decision that I’ve ever done for myself was to get a virtual office. I decided to do that when my young son asked me why I have to drive off somewhere to go to work. That question really made me think hard, and a month after my son asked me that burning question, I now have a virtual office in NYC. One of the perks of the service is having more time to spend with my family. For instance, I don’t have to rush out every morning to beat the traffic jam, and I can have a leisurely breakfast with my kids before they go to school.

Another benefit is being able to design my workstation in the manner that I see fit. I used to work in a cubicle, which was no more than ten by ten square feet but now I have a more spacious office from the study room that I recently converted. The fact that I work from home doesn’t mean that I’m less engaged than people who work at the company headquarters. In fact, I believe that I’m more engaged because I have regular scheduled meetings with the people I work with.

I also have the right communication tools to make my work easier. I can make audio or video calls thanks to a desktop video device. I can also have video conferencing, which allows everyone to see who’s on the conference call and who’s talking at the time. I have also seen my productivity improve because of the relaxed work atmosphere. For instance, when I’ve been working hard the whole morning, I can decide to take a dip in my backyard pool to cool off while I’m thinking of my next move.

However, there are some things that I miss because of working in a virtual office in Hong Kong. One of the things that I miss is having a drink with my colleagues after a hard day’s work. Even though I may not admit it, I also miss the mad morning rush to get to my office, which used to give me the edge that I need to stay on top of my game. Working in a virtual office also requires a lot of discipline. There are times when I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel like stepping into my home office. The fact that I have customers to serve and a boss to answer to is what keeps me going.

Why some virtual offices are virtual – Bloomberg

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