If you are anticipating flooding in your area as a result of a hurricane or other storm, it is important to know how to safely handle appliances that have been in a flooded home. Flooding can cause serious damage to appliances and make them hazardous to operate, even if they look normal. If your home … Continue reading "In the Hurricane’s Wake: What to do if your appliances are flooded"
The benefits of keeping a clean home are well-documented, from reduced stress to fewer potentially illness-causing germs and even improved allergy symptoms. Like a lot of household activities, cleaning saw its profile increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey of consumers conducted by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) in 2021 found that the use of … Continue reading "Cleaning Your Appliances, Inside and Out"
Millions of college students are headed back to campus and to smaller living quarters. Before the pandemic, any thought about the air in a dorm might have been limited to where to set the air conditioning or heat. As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, students and their parents are looking ways to improve their … Continue reading "Dorm Room Checklist: How to Buy an Air Cleaner for College Students"
Many regions in the U.S., including areas of California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are experiencing severe drought conditions, and residents and officials in those states are looking for ways to save water. Outdoor water use is already being restricted for millions of residents in those areas, and dwindling water levels in … Continue reading "4 Ways to Save Water With Your Appliances"
A well-maintained, properly functioning air conditioner can be your home’s most important appliance during the summer, particularly in times like this, with excessive heat warnings in effect for several states. Many residents of those areas are being advised to stay indoors for safety during the heat wave. If you are relying on a portable or … Continue reading "Tips to Maximize Air Conditioner Performance During Extreme Summer Heat"
It’s tough to imagine tackling the various spring cleaning projects around your home without essential cleaning appliances like vacuums, washers and dryers. In fact, some appliances are such a part of the cleaning routine that it’s easy to forget that they need to be cleaned, too. Regular cleaning is also essential to keep your appliances … Continue reading "Your Appliance Spring Cleaning Checklist"
During wildfire season, many people in areas affected by smoke use air cleaners (sometimes called air purifiers) to improve the air quality in their homes. How an air cleaner is maintained and operated can affect its performance. If you are using an air cleaner to manage wildfire smoke, take these steps to ensure that your … Continue reading "Using an Air Cleaner to Manage Wildfire Smoke"
Grocery prices are on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices are 7.4 percent overall in the past 12 months in the agency’s food at home index, with the sharpest increases in meat and seafood. But prices for kitchen staples like milk and eggs are also heading upward, and many people … Continue reading "Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home"
Rice is an easy to make, easy-to-store dish that compliments just about any main course or forms the base of any number of creative dishes. And while the word “rice” usually is associated with plain white rice first, there are numerous varieties available—brown, black, wild rice (which is not truly rice), basmati, yellow and others. … Continue reading "3 Quick Tips for Using a Rice Cooker"
What changes have you made in your home over the past two years? Maybe you have taken on a full kitchen renovation. Or perhaps the changes are more subtle, like a new chest freezer in the basement, an air cleaner, or a portable kitchen appliance. COVID-19 and the extra time spent at home drove people … Continue reading "What Home Design Trends Will Continue After COVID?"