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fan typesNot everybody knows that electric fans can do more than just getting rid of warmth in during summer days. Fans help keeping the air in motion and circulating it. This is important in order to maintain a fresh breeze in addition to keeping humidity levels in control. Fans can also be used for ventilation purposes with the aim to prevent harming gases from being inhaled by people withing a certain location.
You may be looking for floor fan for your office or living room, a ceiling fan for your bedroom, or a pedestal fan for your workshop, in all cases this little guide will help you have a clearer idea about the fan that suits your needs.

Which Fan for Which Location

The number one factor on which you want to base your decision of which fan to buy is which type do you need. There are various types, styles and sizes of electric fans, but most of the ones which are meant to be used in home are made with the axial technology. The type of fan you need is also based on where you will be placing the fan. Large bedrooms are not the same as small bedrooms. A basic ceiling fan may be sufficient for a small or medium bedroom to provide cool air. But in the case of a large bedroom, you may want to consider an oscillating pedestal fan so that you can move it where you want the cool air to be present most. If you want to cool down your warehouse however, you will need to get a more powerful industrial fan which has a high velocity so that it can move enough air to cool such big spaces.

A Workplace Fan

Industrial fans is the name for such types of fan that are designed to keep the air cool at the workplace. In terms of style, majority of industrial fans are made with the same technology as other standard electric fans, and you can also find various styles in this serious category. Important to note that the differentiating criterion that makes these industrial fans different from standard portable models is that the size is more important can they are built to bare higher CFMs rate without e disturbing vibrations of a standard basic fan.

A Fan for Your Home

If you have enough of heat waves that make your hot summer days painful or you just want to feel the cool breeze in your home, then many options are waiting for you. Because of their affordable price, box fans, table fans and floor fans are what consumers opt for  to deal with this temporary issue. But each of these present pros and cons and limitations that you won’t be aware until you use them. There is also another popular type and which is tower fans. These ones looks nice and usually come with some cool functions as well as a remote control to make switching from a speed to another, or turn on and off easier. Ceiling fans are also the most appreciated by people looking for  a total circulation of air in a bedroom or living room and are which are of two major categories : indoor and outdoor ceiling fans.
I hope that this little helped clear out some basic concepts regarding electrical fans. Don’t forget to share with your friends the info.

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I remember the old Sci-Fi cartoon movies and how they tried to predict what our everyday life would look like in the future, precisely in years between 2010 and 2020. Besides flying vehicles, hoverboards and biometric authentication some of these cartoons were amazingly right when it comes to the increase in terms of home automation and artificial intelligence. Home automation’s benefits are numerous, but one of the most important ones is no doubt how helpful it can be in facilitating everyday chores and other worrisome tasks around the house. So if you want to upgrade your life to the next version, maybe It’s a good idea to take a look into these technologically advanced devices to get started:

One Device for Total Control

It was obvious for many people after the first universal remote control has come out that it was just the beginning of a centralized control device. In present times, technological advancements are making universal remotes obsolete because another device, which has already conquered the hearts of most people, is the inevitable substitute and which is the smartphone. This is the case of many home automation systems such as Z-Wave controllers which comes with an app that you can install on your android or iPhone in order to monitor and control all the Z-Wave devices in the house. Check the great guide TheTechyHome have written on that. So you don’t need multiple devices to control different electronic devices no more. All appliances in your home can be turned on/off and adjusted with just a push of a button. This includes locks, curtains, TVs, doors, lights, fans and other household appliances.

A Central Hub

In 21st century, you no more have to treat all your home systems individually. Now, you can think of your household devices as being responsive entities. In addition to being able to control and command all your devices, complete home automation system will enable your devices to speak the same language and communicate with each other. This interoperability will allow your air conditioner, your fans and window blinds to exchange information and coordinate from on central hub and function for the good of your home.

Security

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One of the most interesting parts of home automation is surely the advanced security systems that it allow and that are very beneficial for modern family households. Security is one of the basic needs which technology haven’t neglected and which now allows us to automatize windows, doors, fences, security cameras, smoke detectors and more. Voice authentication also plays a crucial role here as it allows along with an advanced locking system to enter your home using your voice in case you lose your keys somewhere.

Automate Outdoors

Your exterior is also an area in which you can expand your home automation. You can for instance automate an event that will set a specific ambiance lighting automatically at a specific time after the sunset. You can also control the pH levels in your pool and also set a garden sprinkler system to work at a specific time and for set duration.

Today, with technologies like Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and ZigBee, a smart home resembling to the futuristic houses depicted in films are no more a myth and they are becoming simpler and more innovative.

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If you’re reading this blog post you probably have a pair of Birkenstocks. If you’re one of these who are fund of their Birks and wear them on a regular basis, you certainly made your footrpint on the footbed. This is why cleaning and taking care on your Birkenstocks is a must. here are some steps and pieces of advice to consider.

Cleaning Your Birkenstocks

The cork of the footbed is one of the main areas which you want to keep an eye on. When the shininess of the cork diminishes, you can use a “cork sealer” and reapply it in a thin layer. In case your encountering difficulties applying it, try to use a paintbrush to apply the sealant. Regarding people living on the coast, this is especially important because the cork can crack because of exposure to direct heat.
Water and liquids are should also stay under your radar to protect your Birkenstock sandals. You’re probably seduced by the supportive orthotic aspect of these marvelous sandals and you don’t want to bruise them. There is a Nabuck and Suede brush that you can buy on HappyFeet and which is made to protect your sole by brushing the uppers of your footwear with it in order to loosen dust and dirt particles. After that, you can dry it with a towel.birkenstock arizona sandals cleaning

Refreshing is also something which your Birkenstocks would need on a regular basis. Accumulation of sweat stains and toe jam are unavoidable. This is another occasion to use the Nabuck/Suede brush. Start by dousing all the footbed Birkenstock’s Cleaner and Refresher and then wipe off the result using a clean cloth. Finally, use the brush to restore the texture of your Birkenstocks.

Keep Your Birkenstocks Away from your Pets

I’m almost sure that every Birkenstock owner cares so much for its pair of sandals. Gnawing is the way dogs and puppies test new objects out after having spotted it using their nose. Because chewing is one of their usual activity, your Birkenstocks are also a fun target for this activity. They wouldn’t do that to make you made but they will do it if they’re bored or stressed. So the best thing to do is to keep them away from your pets and buy a toy that will keep your pets busy.

I hope these tips will help to take care of your Birkenstocks, have a nice walk !

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Anyone who lives with an asthma sufferer knows well the wight of this burden on the person whether it´s a family member, a friend or a partner. On the work place, asthma sufferers face the discomfort of having to sneeze and wheeze before colleagues.
Asthma is a disease that results in, because of triggers, the lungs of the sufferer to become inflamed. This is explained by a narrowing of the sufferer’s breathing airways and a surplus of mucus begins to form inside them. This somehow obstruction of air makes it difficult to the person to breath and therefore he begins to experience chest tightness, wheezing and breathlessness. This state is called an “asthma attack.” Some may consider the word “attack” a bit too dramatic, but actually it is. Because asthma is not always moderate and can even threaten the life of the sufferer in certain severe cases.
Before an asthma sufferer could help him or herself, he first have to know what are the kinds of asthma triggers.

Types of Asthma Triggers

Outdoor Air Pollution

Pollution emitted by cars and factories are on the top of the list in outdoor pollution. This is why people in large cities are more exposed to asthma triggers than any other place in the world. Emergency department in these large cities receive a very high number of visits related to asthma attacks and figures increases as the air quality goes down.

Mold

Another microscopic organisms that triggers asthma episodes is mold. Getting rid of mold from all your home can help limiting asthma attacks. Indoor humidity is one of the major causes of mold. Humidity levels should be between 35 and 50 percent. In certain cases when climate is hot and humid, making use of dehumidifiers is the right thing to do. There are many portable dehumidifiers in the market which was reported to do an effective job of removing moisture. There other ways to reduce moisture inside the house like improving plumbing design and fixing water leaks.
Tobacco Smoke (including secondhand smoke)
At their early age, children are more exposed to severe asthma problems when someone is smoking around them and it can lead to serious health issues. This is why it’s imperative to stop smoking in presence of your family’s or friends children. Because for many people to quit smoking is not easy thing, there several assistance programs to help them do that like : Stop Smoking Now program. Some people are using air purifiers to reduce the amount of tobacco smoke in their homes, but it’s not an effective long term solution. That said, smokers who are in their steps to stop should smoke only out. Also, there is a possibility that children go to schools where it’s not smoke free, and it’s the responsibility of parents to check whether it’s the case.

Dust Mites

These microscopic organisms are found inside pillow case covers and mattress covers. While it’s recommended that you don’t use quilts, down-filled pillows and comforters, clutter must without a doubt be removed from living rooms and particularly from bedrooms.

Cockroach is Another Enemy

While it’s obvious not to mention pets, cockroaches are also an allergy trigger. These ugly insects are most found in kitchen where food is as well as any place where food and crumbs are left. Staying away from cockroaches in your house can also help reduce asthma episodes. An effective way to get rid of these insects is to take away as many food and water as possible as it’s a source of living for cockroaches. There are traps and substances that you can purchase in order to decrease the number of these insects indoor.

Source : Pennsylvania Department of Health

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With the increase of allergy sufferers in our modern industrial world, you find the desease and the antidot, which is in our case, air purifiers. Also called air cleaners, you find a variety of them in the market and the Germguardian AC4825 is definitely one of the most popular of them all and which is a 3-in1 Air Cleaner with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction. In this review, I will go through its features to make it easier for you to see how it can improve your indoor air quality.

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What Does 3-in-1 Air Cleaner Means

This 3 in 1 feature is what makes Guardian Technologies, the manufacturer, proud of the Germguardian AC4825 as it incorporate 3 air purification methods which get the dirty air in and sends the purified air out. The three air filtration stages are : Carbon layer pre-filter, HEPA Filter and UV-C Technology.
In the first stage, large particles like lint, hair and dust which are found indoors are trapped via the pre-filter using activated carbon along with a charcoal filter. Another benefit of the carbon layer is its ability to help remove bad odors like tobacco smoke, cooking and household pets.
The second step is where the True HEPA Filter comes into play. HEPA means high-efficiency particulate air which is an air filter that works mechanically to make the air get throught a fine mesh in order to catch harmful particles. According to Guardian Technologies, this HEPA Filter is able to capture up to 99.97% of airborne allergens such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores and more importantly household dust.
During the third stage, the UV-C light (Ultraviolet light), which is a disinfection method with Titanium Dioxide, works via short-wavelenght to kill airborne germs and bacteria.

Clean Air Delivery Rate

the AC4825 is CADR rated 100+ (Clear Air Delivery Rate), meaning it’s an air purifier cabale of cleaning rooms up to 155 square because it’s able to deliver 100 cubic feet of clean air per minute. The 155 square is sufficient for majority of bedrooms. In order to keep the unit running smoothly, the filters got be vacuumed once every two weeks on average and changed every six/eight months depending on how often you use the air purifier.

Fan Speed

Like all efficient air purifiers, the Germguardian AC4825 is equipped with a fan which you can control its peed. The fan has three speed settings : low, medium and high. The manufacturer mentions that the lowest speed is ultra-quiet. Some customers have noticed that when the fan is on the high speed, you can start to hear white noise. When it’s daytime, I don’t think that it would be a problem, but at night it’s better to turn it to the low level to have a good sleep.

The AC4825’s Design

The look of the Germguardian AC4825 is an absolute success, definitely the best designed air purifier I have seen. Modern looking, sleek lines with a nice dark black casing and lazer blue LED light makes it a nice looking decor which you can put almost anywhere in your home without compromising the interior design.

Germguardian AC4825’s Reputation

This air purifier model is a Best Seller in Amazon in the HEPA Filter Air Purifiers category with more than 4000 customer reviews and a approximatively 4.5 stars rating. This means that many customers are satisfied and have put very positive comments, but I have to mention that I have come across someone who have complained about it because he have scented from te first week the smell of burned plastic. A part from this one, the majority of review are very positive.

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