A well-maintained, properly functioning air conditioner can be your home’s most important appliance during the summer heat, particularly in areas like the Southwest United States, where a “heat dome” is forecast to bring extreme heat this weekend. Many residents of areas that will be affected by the latest “heat dome” are being advised to stay … Continue reading "Weather the Heat Dome With This Air Conditioning Advice"
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"
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?"
If you are one of the millions who now works from home, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature during the cold winter months is important. While wearing multiple sweaters is perfectly acceptable, a portable electric heater might be just what you need to stay comfortable at home this winter. Like any appliance, portable electric heaters come … Continue reading "Choosing a Portable Electric Heater: Features, Use and Safety"
Autumn is normally a time when appliance shoppers think ahead to the holiday season and try to purchase new appliances before guests arrive and families gather for a holiday meal. But this isn’t a normal time, and as anyone in the market for a major appliance has probably heard, they might have to wait additional … Continue reading "5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Appliance"
How clean is the indoor air you breathe, and how can you make it cleaner? Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seasonal wildfires and spring allergy season, those are questions many are asking. Several home appliances can help reduce indoor pollutants, but an air cleaner is your go-to product if you are focused on improving the … Continue reading "How to Choose the Best Air Cleaner for Your Home"
If you are anticipating flooding in your area, 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 has been flooded or you are expecting flooding, follow … Continue reading "In the Hurricane’s Wake: What to do if your appliances are flooded"
Is it time to change your refrigerator’s water filter? Be careful about where you buy the replacement. Many consumers, perhaps attracted by lower prices, are being duped into purchasing counterfeit water filters. These convincing but fake filters, which can be nearly impossible to distinguish from the real thing, may put consumers’ health and property at … Continue reading "Is your water filter counterfeit?"