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Whether you are someone with the money to pull of an entire bathroom renovation or you are someone who doesn’t know how they can improve their lives on such a tiny budget there are going to be products in here that will fit your needs and greatly improve the time spend within the hallowed walls of your bathroom. There are a lot of things you can do for your bathroom that are going to cost you a lot of money and at the end of the day are going to leave you scratching your head considering what you just paid for, and ultimately add to the stress surrounding your bathroom not the ease we are all going for when we consider the design of these spaces. Have no fear the call for sanity is here and willing to cut through the nonsense and get you the bathroom experience of a life time, for a price that won’t take you a life time to obtain. Because, lets face it, whose got the time?

Up first among my big dog watch list for bathroom revamp series is the Oral-B Black 7000 smart series. These bad boy is coming in hot at the rock bottom price of $119.97. Lets face it the toothbrush and your dental hygiene can either be a source of utter happiness of total shame and embarrassment. What you spend in dollars you will get back 10 fold when it comes to the confidence and cleanliness of your teeth. What makes this product so unique in my eyes is that it provides real time feed back on your brushing habits via a smartphone app. You see there are sensors that tell you when you are pushing too hard, a common mistake among teeth brushes, as well as tell you when you hit the coveted 2 minute mart for your brushing, a time frame that is almost impossible to keep in mind when you are in the thick of it.

Up next is the most important tool a man can own, a healthy and awe insping thrown for the king of the castle. I’m referring to your toilet, and in this case I’m giving a big time shout out to the Delta Brevard with Flush IQ. So what the heck is a smart toilet you ask ? Well a smart toilet or iPoo as they are referred to within the industry is touch free for one (yes please) and it has over flow protection system for those who can’t control their movement. Not to mention water activation that allows a nice calming stream of relief to caress your hind parts. At a cool $2oo bucks this is a steal considering other comparable products on the market today will go upwards of 3 thousand dollars US. This next one is an oldie but a goodie and gives you peace of mind without tossing too many dimes.  This is a hands free faucet from the Bear Co. brand and allows you to have hands free access to water without touching it.

The Next Generation of Consumer Integration

 

We are in the midst of one of the most fundamental changes to the fabric of the way we live more so than any other time in human history. The only times which are comparable can be understood in terms the advent of first developing agriculture, then onto the automobile, and then the advent of electricity infrastructure and grids. What makes the next wave which we find ourselves in is that it is none which is self improving to a large degree, and whose potential and speed of growth is exponential. What this means for its affect will go further than something like the advent of electricity or personal mobility because the later are things whole end is understood in the advent of their creation. What I mean by that is that in some respects the logical conclusion or end for these things is already understood when you set out in their creation. However, when it comes to tech, this is simply not the case, and we are left to consider where it will go with nothing inhibiting our creative or logistical en devours. This is both one of the most exciting as well as cautionary or frightful reality about both the history of the human race, as well as the future of the planet and its sustained existentialist and potential for relative peace. The things that we can understand most about this reality is that tech is going to find a way to infiltrate and alter the course of every things and institution we operate with and under in our daily lives today, In many respects it already has. Where this road goes is entirely unknown, However it is the most substantial things we should negatived or will ever navigate. The time to ask the questions that pertain to these issues of morality and reach need to be asked in our philosophical or policy circles more so than our tech circus because many times our moral en-devours are pushed to the way side in an effort to make rapidity of change constantly increasing and keeping us unable to ask questions of whether or one we should do something, and only ever ask if we can do something. This is wrong headed and needs to be the core of our social and political discourse of the millennial generation. When we look a generation back to the cold war we see a time where there was a sense of mutually ensured destruction on both ends of those who fought in it. Today there is very much a reality shift, where it is a final global agenda, where in there is little to no sense of things being world ending or changing in a catastrophic way. Essentially we are operating under the guise that we are incapable of being harmed by any enemy domestic, that we fail to see the treachery of ourselves as being ourselves. Thus we are caught in a kind of blind security where our next great innovation, may be our last. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

Appliance Trends: Time is Money

No matter who you are or what you eat today’s highly customization luxury kitchen trend gives you the freedom to design everything from the color to the specifics of the machines functionality. Also in today’s custom kitchen economy, whatever you are there is a product for you, whether you are Paleo or Vegan, Artisan organic or DIY sushi master there is someone out there is found a way to monetize the phase you are going through and get you something that is painfully specific to what you cook. nl

This marks a big shift in the way we tend to personalize our kitchens and spaces in general. We have long been in the Sears catalog paradigm where you get a few options of basically the same things, and in the track homes we found ourselves in they usually have the exact same layout and machines as all of your neighbors and whoever else is in your socioeconomic scale.

BSH is the maker of Bosch, Gaggenau and Thermodor brands, which are more than 500 other exhibitors showed off their goods all this last season in the kitchen and bath trade shows across the country and world. When you work through these the crowd of one of these things there are up to 100,000 dealers, builders, architects, designers and suppliers, for all intensive purposes they are a mad house. The choices are overwhelming, and most of them will never take off. That said, through all of this madness a handful of products stand out and are on the lips and minds of most people who attend. Its these products that change the market going into the next year.

This year one of the big ones was French manufacturer La Cornue which tapped into the influence of Designer Suzanna Kasler in order to create some new very stylish Parisian inspired colors for its handmade ranges. This whole company is going for customization and wants your dishware to be as much a part of the style of your home as the drapes or color. So much so that they give the the freedom to choose your own color. How much freedom? Upwards of 8,000 colors. So whatever you choose or want for your house they should be able to color match it.

nfnAnother thing that was key this year on the circuit was the notion of cooking time and quality to be delivered in a fraction of the time. Easier said than done, because this has long meant that people have made those hybrid microwave toaster ovens you are likely to find at Subway which are really bad, and ruin something with even a little more culinary integrity than Subway (Whattaburgar).

One of the top ovens this year answered the bell with a Middleby debuted its Turbochef line. This oven heats air and moves it at 60mph in a convection. This allowed them to cook a 12-pound turkey in 42 minutes in front of a stunned onlooking crowed of two thousand in Reno Nevada. This is compared to this taking upwards of 4 hours.

Kitchen Hacks: Masters of the Waffle Iron

We’ve all been there, don’t get me wrong “lets not beat around the brunch.” Its time to cook and you have very little inspiration in your kitchen both in the ingredients you have at the ready as well as the tools you have to cook said materials is usually uninspired and ultimately bleak. So you go into your kitchen and what do you do, you cook the same meals with the same materials with the same everything and you fade into a monotonous and bleak existence where each day blends into the next without any difference or joy on the horizon. But there is one thing that might offer a little hope to this cycle of darkness: your waffle iron. I know you’re thinking “how the heck am I gonna eat a waffle everyday day, What I’m gonna spruce things up with a little blueberry ? pa-lease.”oof

The thing is that the waffle iron is one of the most versatile appliances in your kitchen, possibly in the whole world. It offers a quick and effective way to cook an extremely wide range of foods at a very low energy price point. Meaning that given the pressure and surrounding attention to heat you are given the means to achieve an internal temperature with a much lower amount of energy being spent. Consider if you were to heat something in a conventional convection oven. The amount of energy you need to produce needs to heat an entire internal chamber and maintain that heat for the duration of the cooking. Now this is not to say that the waffle iron is going to cook your thanksgiving turkey or be the showcase of your dinner parties. However, most people eat alone or for a small amount of people, so incorporating this bad boy into your daily use is going to save you a lot of time, money and energy for clean ups. This is also extremely versatile and used can be used on the road. mom

From sweet to savory here are a few ways to get most bang for your buck in the kitchen. First way to embody the easy breakfast life a possibility with little clean up is to use the waffle iron for everything you do. For example begin by grating your potatoes finely and squeezing out all the water from it. When jah is fresh you add flour until the consistency is correct then place it in the waffle iron with a little bit of oil. This is another way the Waffle iron will change your life is through the fact that you are going to use a lot less oil when cooking things. When that puppy is golden brown remove it and add your waffle mix with nothing more than a quick wipe. You can add 14 blueberries if you want to be fancy. Boom there is your breakfast, no dishes and a lot of smiles.

Lunch time: get yourself some artisan bread and Swiss with an arugula and pesto spread, in addition to some capitol. Just like that you have yourself a panini press, and saved about $300 in the process.

Don’t forget dessert, Waffle brownies. Just make your standard batter and pour it in and just like that every brownie is a corner brownie.

CaloriCool Leads the Way in Replacing Conventional Refrigerators

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory recently announced that it was working on a design for a new generation refrigerator.

The conventional refrigeration process has gone basically unrevised for almost a century; that means it takes a whole lot of energy and creates a whole lot of heat to keep  things cool.

Nowadays, there’s a call for energy efficient appliances that’s more urgent than ever before; climate change is no longer a subject of debate, nor is our need to drastically revise our lifestyles in order to meet the environmental needs of our warming planet.

PrintAccordingly, a research group called CaloriCool will be investigating caloric cooling technology as a way to improve on the conventional refrigeration process.

“There is a technical revolution right now as breakthroughs ind at a science and materials science combine to provide breakthroughs in applied research,” explained Director the Advanced Manufacturing Office for EERE Mark Johnson. “As Ames is a globally recognized leader in the basic discoveries for caloric materials, which if developed could be an important technology for our energy future, we are pleased to see them engaging with industry to accelerate these discoveries towards potential applications.”

According to some studies, 20-30 percent of the energy in the United States is used for cooling alone.

In general, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in Iowa will become the home of a wide research consortium for the discovery and development of more environmentally friendly and energy-effieicient refrigeration technologies.

CaloriCool’s research will be conducted in collaboration with the private appliance sector and universities. The EMN will facilitate industry access to whatever unique and technical resources become available as a result of the consortium’s findings and will enable manufacturers to bring cutting edge materials to market as quickly as possible.

caloric coolingThe CaloriCool method involves creating compounds that generate cooling when cyclically acted upon by magnetic, electric, or mechanical forces. These forces are called magnetocaloric, electrocaloric, and elastocaloric matierlas. These materials can be more effective and cheaper to use than those known today, which would enable huge energy savings in the form of resources and money for owners and the environment.

“Following our discovery of the giant magnetocaloric effect, it took everyone almost 20 years to realize that what really holds the technology back from commercialization is the lack of a viable material with a strong enough caloric cooling effect,” Explained Ames Lab scientist Vitalij Pecharsky. “Once we develop the materials that are suitable and cost-effective, the technology can make the leap forward on its own.”

“If you consider all the ways in which humans are using cooling technology globally, the societal impact and energy savings are enormous,” comments Duane Johnson, chief research officer for Ames Laboratory. “In the U.S. it represents a 20 to 30 percent drop in energy needs for cooling.”

Cooling seems to be just another example of a need done by antiquated methods that can and will be done in a better way, if we can only attribute enough value to doing so as a society. I find the direction of this movement relieving, and hope that there will continue to be a way to outsmart environmentally unfriendly practices.

Can You Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger?

Just moved into your new spot and finished wondering if you forgot to buy any important bathroom appliances, only to clog the toilet and realize you don’t have a toilet plunger yet? To make matters worse, is the date of your dreams on his or her way over to sweep you off your feet, but you don’t want them to see this sort of disgusting mess you’ve created and you don’t have time to go to the store before they get to your house because they already texted to tell you that they’re on their way? Feel like you’re screwed to live alone for the rest of your life because you can’t stop scaring away potential lovers with your awkward toilet-related mistakes?

hot watDon’t worry. You can unclog your toilet without a plunger, and if this first way doesn’t work, there’s a second way you can try out too.

The first way is to get a bucket and fill it with hot water. Squirt a whole lot of dishwashing liquid into your toilet, or chop up an entire bar of soap and pour all the little pieces into the bowl instead. Either way, you’re going to need a whole lot of soap.

Then carefully pour the hot water into the toilet bowl so that it dissolves the liquid or the bar of soap. You want it to be hot enough water that it will kick the sudsy chemicals in your soap right into gear. If it’s activated, the soap should begin to unclog the toilet drain by helping the clogged paper and waste to begin to slide down the pipes. Repeat the process if necessary until the water in the toilet bowl goes down the drain, implying that the blockage has been dislodged. Then you’r going to need to flush the toilet a few more times in order to remove any residue from the soap. You don’t want anyone to come around asking questions after all.

dawnDidn’t work? Here’s Plan B:

Pick a container that you’re never going to use again and put on some rubber gloves. Remove as much water from the toilet bowl as possible by filling the container repeatedly and pouring its contents out into a bucket. Now fill a large plastic bottle with warm water. Keep your thumb over the top so you can fit the top of it into the outlet at the bottom of the toilet. Then remove your thumb quickly and squeeze the bottle so that water shoots into the toilet drain. The pressure will likely dislodge the clog. You’re going to want to wear a mask and some eye protection in this case, as water might splash feces into your eyes and give you pink eye. Then Add more hot was water to the toilet bowl and see if goes down the drain; if it does, you’re in the clear. If it doesn’t, repeat the bottle squirting steps until it does.

Finally, pour about three quarts of boiled water into the toilet bowl to clean out the residue. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes until it cools down, then flush it for a sparkling finish.

What Are Air Tubs and How do They Work?

People have enjoyed the healing and soothing effects of bubbling bath waters for thousands of years. Nowadays, those seeking calming soaks don’t have to make the trek to the nearest hot springs; there are a variety of tub and jacuzzi options that offer the relaxing massage you need to feel fully invigorated.

Air tubs are a lot like jacuzzis or jet baths, but tailored to the needs of those who prefer a softer touch. They unleash a gentle stream of bubbles just slightly gentler than a whirlpool bath.

air tub2What’s the difference? Whirlpool baths tend to launch a mixture of water and compressed air through pipes and into the backrests of their seating areas, allowing the firm current to be directed at sore muscles. Air baths simply release millions of small bubbles throughout the water in the tub which surround the body and create a more effervescent massaging sensation.

Air tubs tend to be easier to clean and maintain due to their construction; they have air tubes that don’t allow excess water to build up, an engineering detail that prevents mold and mildew from building up in and around the tub’s piping and pump.

Another important difference: air tubs do tend to me more expensive than water-jetted tubs in terms of entry-level price. Water-jetted tubs cost as little as $500, while air tubs will usually set you back about $1200. Once you get to the nicer end of both types, you end up in the same $3000-$4000 arena. You can even get combo tubs, which are by far the most expensive option and cost around $5,000.

So how do air pumps work? They utilize four major pieces of equipment: the air pump, the air manifold, the tub, and the  controls.

As you would assume, without the air pump, your air tub would just be a tub. The pump’s fan sucks air into a housing unit and pushed the air into the air manifold. The air manifold constitutes all the piping that surrounds the tub not he bottom, the sides, or both. It’s usually hidden by a decorative frame of some kind. When the air pump pumps air into the manifold, the air is then forced through very small holes and into the body of the tub.

outdoor air tubThe tub you are likely familiar with. Its holes allow for tiny bubbles to enter the water from the manifold. These bubbles then rise to the surface of the water, creating a light massaging effect. This process can occur with a few variations as dictated by the tub’s controls. Controls may allow users to modify air pressure, water temperature, and even scent and lighting.

If you’re ready to opt into an air tub, you should know the pros and cons of having it in your bathroom vs. having it in your backyard. The outdoor tub may require you to build some kind of privacy structure, access steps, a tub cover, a surrounding deck and other complementary structures that may add to your costs. Indoor tubs may need to be designed to fit into the space you choose, so you may have to get it shaped to your personal optimum dimensions, which can cost extra.

Pick the Right Stove for You

Few people truly understand the difference between a gas and electric stove, yet every home owner has to decide between one or the other at some point. Here’s everything you need to know to figure out which choice works best for you.

gas stoveWhen you initiate the flame of a gas stove, your house’s main natural gas supply releases gas into your stove, after which its combined with air inside a mixer tube. That mixture is then sent through the holes in your stove’s burner, mixing with even more air right before the ignition system lights it on fire and creates the blue flame you’re so used to stir frying over. When you turn the burner knob to make a larger flame, you’re making the mixture more gas-heavy.

Gas stoves can either use a pilot light or an electric ignition system. Stoves with pilot light systems constantly burn a blue flame near the burner. This wastes a lot of gas if you don’t use your stove very often, but makes more sense in industrial kitchens. The electric ignition system is what you’ve more likely seen in people’s homes. It creates a spark (the clicking noise) only when you turn the burner on.

electric stoveWhat about electric stoves? The heat given off by electric stoves is emitted from an internal coil that sits underneath the cooking surface. A turn of the stove’s dial allows for a current of electricity to flow through the coil. Some of that electricity is lost during its journey through the coil and instead converts to heat. The more you turn the dial, the more electricity flows to the burner and the hotter it gets.

So which one’s right for you?

If you’re interested in cooking difficult recipes that require a lot of accuracy, you’re going to want to go stove. The dial turn of a stove has a much more consistent affect on the increase in heat on the burner, plus the flame itself is visible to the user. Electric currents aren’t quite as easy to monitor, so you’re less likely to know how much your stove is heating up.

Gas also wins in terms of energy efficiency. It takes about three times as much energy to produce and deliver electricity to your stove than it takes to run gas to your burner. Provided you have electronic ignition (as opposed to a pilot light), your gas stove will yield less than half the utilities bill damage done by an electric stove.

Finally, when you turn off a gas stove, it cools down much faster than an electric stove does. The electric coil design tends to create a heat that dissipates a lot slower than that of a snuffed-out flame. That means if you turn the stove off but leave a pan on the burner, your food may transform from well done to over done behind your back.

So why do people like electric stoves? Hard to say. Besides heating up faster, they have little to offer.

How to ensure security factors at home?

Building a home is not an easy task. One must investment more money and hard work to come up with their dream home. But it is to be noted that the entire dream will go in vein if the security features of the home is not good enough. The security features are not the one which is done after building home. But there are certain security factors which are to be framed while making the building plan. It is the duty of every investor to insist their engineer to build a securely home for their family. This article is especially for such people who are seeking for a secured environment. The following are some of the security factors which will help in enhancing the safety at home.

Storm doors

Strom doors are the best option for the people who are living in an area with bad weather. These storm doors will be placed in front of the exterior door and they are also highly used for ventilation purposes. The main intention of fixing this door is they will protect the interior from bad weather. Basically the storm doors will be highly transparent with glass panels. These doors are also readily available in the market with different design and materials. Thus, one can choose the one which can well assist their exterior. Usually the storm doors are made from materials like wood, aluminum, fiber glass and plastics. It is all up to one’s interest to choose the best among them.

Security cameras

The security cameras will help in protecting the home and family members to a greater extent. With the surveillance camera one can easily protect their home from theft and other external threats. By installing these cameras one can also track the happenings in their home even if they are far away. Even though this sounds to be mission impossible, today there are many advanced surveillance cameras in the market which can be used for these enhanced needs. There are many security systems in the current market whose workings can be operated right from mobile phone. But it is to be noted that to enhance the security level to a greater extent, the best security systems must be used. The system must also be compact and easy to handle. And they must also be capable of withstanding the atmospheric changes.

Fire alarms

Fire alarms are one of the best security systems which must be installed in every home. Even though this sounds to be simple, they can help in preventing huge property loss. Hence this system must be taken into consideration while planning the building or there are certain alarm models which can be installed even after the construction. This system will raise alarm immediately when the smoke gets exerted. With the advanced alarm system, one can come to know about the fire at home even if they are away from home. This is because the system will send alert to mobile and hence one can initiate better to stop the fire.

Keep Yourself Comfort With Advanced Home Appliances And Gain More Benefits

Home appliances is gaining more popular today with the advancement of technology many electrical and mechanical products are came in to existence. However with the increasing speed of day to human life the need for home appliances grow and everyone enjoys the benefits with the appliances whether its small or large appliance the need and use of the everyone is amazing makes the life much more easier and provides utmost comfort and convenient with their use.

home1If you decide for shopping the home appliances then first take a deep look about the availability of appliances in the market and are sure about the need of appliance and the purpose you want. Shopping the home appliances is really more interesting especially for women, if you are in idea of remodeling the kitchen or planning of new kitchen then find out the essential appliances which makes your life even more enjoyable.

Tips to shop smartly without hassle

Before start planning to buy home appliances set a budget for the amount you need to spend for the appliances, many people opt for used appliances but that doesn’t look good, sometimes this may ends with lot of troubles with the appliances. If the reason for your desire to buy a new appliance is because the old one broke, then wait; it would be worthwhile to call a reputable appliance repair company to fix your appliance, which will be significantly cheaper than buying a new one. For example, Samsung fridges often develop ice build up behind the back cover, preventing the fan from blowing properly. This is a 10 minute fix, but to someone inexperienced it may seem like a significant issue and they may end up throwing a good appliance out, when all that was needed was to get a free estimate from Samsung appliance repair specialist

While shopping for the new home appliances look for the energy efficient and that saves more energy and cuts down the electric bills. This is valuable information need to look for when shopping for new appliances. yet another important thing is to find out the perfect size of the appliance you need to buy, some buyers may go with wrong decision while choosing the size of the appliance they chose big one which doesn’t fits the room or too big for the space.

It’s better to take the measurement of the space you need to buy the appliance for instance if you would like to buy refrigerator then find out the exact size you need so that save you from trouble. Understanding the warranty is important factor need to consider before shopping the home appliances. Before start making your purchase find out the extended warranty and other features which would be produced by the manufacturer in case of any defects.

Various choices of home appliances for both small and large

Small kitchen home appliances are includes in this list such as bread toaster, griller, coffee maker, microwave oven, juicer, food processors, induction, blenders, mixer and more. Cleaning appliances such as washing machine, steam cleaners, steam mops, vacuum cleaners, are very essential house cleaning devices gaining more popular choice for the household items. Steam irons, garment steamers, room heaters, electric fans, humidifiers are essential home appliances used commonly by the people in their day to day works.

home2Some of the large appliances such are refrigerator, air conditioning, washing machine, clothes dryers, dish washer stoves are important types of appliance requires with good quality, so that easily save energy and money. You need to consider about the budget before you shop the appliance check online to the best prices offered in the market. There are numerous brands manufacturing the same product but the standard of the product may differ from one brand to other so give little importance to it.