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  • One of the most unexpectedly in-demand products of 2020 is the home air purifier, particularly when it comes to the more affordable choices. A quick search on Amazon shows hundreds of options ranging from $40 to well over $400, but it seems the sweet spot is in the $100-150 range. The other thing that stands out is the sheer number of competing brands, with no shortage of new names thrown in the mix. One of the better-reviewed options is the Okaysou AirMax 8L, with a 4.6 out of 5 average rating on Amazon at the time of publishing. We had the opportunity to try one out for a week and compare our experience with the positive feedback seen online.
    September 17, 2020
  • Pellet stoves are increasing in popularity as a more affordable way of heating a home or a specific room in the home. These stoves run by burning pellets, which are usually made of sawdust, bark, or other wood or agricultural waste. They are extremely efficient, and provide heat at a much lower cost than traditional furnaces. Pellet stoves are available in two main styles: freestanding and fireplace insert. The freestanding type looks much like an old-fashioned wood stove, and are reported to be more reliable than the fireplace insert types. The fuel can be inserted either through the top or bottom of the pellet stove, and is stored in a hopper. When choosing a pellet stove, you should consider the performance, ease of cleanup, installation, price, and efficiency.
    February 03, 2016
  • As temperatures begin to soar during the summer months, you rely on your air conditioner to provide relief from the heat. There are several different types of air conditioning systems from which to choose, including window, portable, central, and ductless mini-split units.  The following air conditioner lists will provide all the information you'll need to make a informed home cooling system investment with the majority of our selections being smaller models as opposed to larger, centralized units. We've also provided an air conditioner buyer’s guide below to aid you in your search.
    April 30, 2015
  • Infrared heaters are a fantastic way to heat during the colder months, pushing heat in the general direction of wherever they are pointed. While this can make them less effective at warming up a room quickly, they’re great for heating an area good for an individual or small group. They often cost less to operate and act far more energy efficiently than regular household heating systems; they’re also an excellent way to save money on the energy bill during winter.Infrared heaters naturally take longer to heat up, but the following picks begin radiating warmth almost immediately upon turning them on; it will require several hours to sufficiently warm an average-sized 120 square foot room in most cases, with larger spaces taking longer. Although larger and more powerful heaters inevitably use more electricity, each of the following selections are energy efficient enough to be used on a regular basis without driving up utility bills. These infrared heaters are also offer safety features such as tip-over switches and overheat protection, reducing the risk of fire or injury from contact with hot surface elements.
    April 29, 2015
  • Whether shopping for a space heater to help supplement your home’s heating system, or just help you save on your winter heating bills, finding just the right space heater for your situation can be confusing. Heater choices seem endless, and with each one offering slightly different features, knowing what to look for when choosing a heater will ensure you get a space heater that best fits your needs. The following list of space heaters and in-depth buying guide should help you narrow your search and take some of the confusion out of your next space heater purchase.
    March 31, 2015
  • Humidifiers are designed to help maintain an optimal humidity level in your home. When looking for a humidifier, take into consideration the size of the humidifier. Will it be large enough for the entire house, will it humidify only one room, or do you need something permanently installed? Where will you use the humidifier, do you need warm- or cool-mist, or ultrasonic humidification? This list of humidifiers include smaller, portable units for single rooms to larger, permanently installed additions to your existing heating system. We’ve also included a humidifier buyers guide below which provides detailed information to help you in your search.
    February 04, 2015
  • A dehumidifier extracts excess moisture from the air in your home. Reducing airborne moisture can help avoid mold and mildew damage to your home and personal belongings as well as alleviating allergy symptoms associated with high levels of humidity. These dehumidifiers includes units that will remove condensate from the dampest locations to units small enough to remove excess moisture in the tightest locations, helping to take the confusion out of choosing the best dehumidifier for your home. Be sure to also check out the dehumidifier buying guide below to help you in your search.
    February 04, 2015
  • Whether you are a car enthusiast or a hobbyist, attempting to work in your garage during the cold winter months can create a challenge, especially if your garage is unfinished and lacks sufficient insulation. Conventional space heaters cannot produce enough heat to warm a large area, and the lack of insulation in the garage will fail to retain whatever heat a small space heater does produce. The following lists highlights different styles of garage heaters designed to produce enough heat to make even the largest garage more comfortable during the winter. Choosing the right garage heater depends on the size of your garage, how you intend to power the heater, and whether you are looking for a portable heat source or one that is permanently installed.
    January 23, 2015
  • With so many pedestal fans to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? You might start by taking into consideration where the fan will be located. For example, if you need a pedestal fan for a large family room, make sure the model you choose is large enough to move the air from one side of the room to the other. You should also check to see if the fan runs quietly so it doesn't interfere with conversations or your favorite TV show, its maximum height, and if it oscillates back and forth.
    November 10, 2014
  • The slender design and small footprint of most tower fans let you place them nearly anywhere while saving the amount of available space in your home or apartment. When looking for the best tower fan, remember to take into consideration what features are important to you and how they’ll affect your fans ease of use. These best tower fans go beyond featuring just 3 fan speeds and automatic oscillation. They’re equipped with timers, remotes, air purification systems, and a few models even have flashlights built into the remote in the event of power loss in the home.
    November 10, 2014
  • One of the first things to consider when choosing a window fan is the size of your actual window opening, and if the model you select will fit. Once you've got this information, you need to make the decision of which window fan works best for you and your family. Do you simply need a fan to pull cool, fresh air into your home or a unit which can simultaneously exhaust indoor air while drawing in outdoor air? Both types of window fans are featured on this list of best window fans to make your decision a little easier.
    November 10, 2014
  • If you've ever gone into your attic during the heat of the summer, it can be as stifling as a dry sauna. Heat trapped inside your attic could damage roofing materials and make it harder to cool your home. Installing an attic fan exhausts hot attic air to equalize temperatures indoors, reduces home deterioration and help save on your energy bill, especially if duct work runs through the attic. Typically powered by electricity or the sun, attic fans are available in both roof mount and gable mount versions, Our list of best attic fans has both electric and solar powered models, as well as both installation types to make your selection a bit easier.
    November 10, 2014
  • A misting fan combines a cooling breeze with a comforting mist so ideally, the best models will cool the air around you without making you wet. When looking for the best misting fan, take into consideration where you intend to use it; an indoor rated misting fan won't be effective outdoors, while an outdoor rated misting fan may drench everything around it. These best misting fans were chosen because of their effectiveness at cooling, versatile and hassle free operation, as well as their price.
    November 10, 2014
  • Indoor air pollution exists, and it can be the same - if not worse - compared to the air outdoors. For healthier air indoors, an air purifier is the easiest place to start. There are many air purifiers on the market offering different types of air purification, such as HEPA, ionization, UV, or a combination of purification types, along with additional filters to remove odors from the home. When looking for the best air purifier, take into consideration the amount of space the purifier is rated for, the type of purification it offers, the cost of replacement filters, and its ease of use.
    October 29, 2014
  • Electric stove heaters are made to resemble old fashioned wood burning stoves, but seek to better them by lessening the pollution and amount of work it takes to maintain them. Plugged into a wall output, they are much like any heater, but display images of flickering flames to create a glowing ambiance. A quality electric stove heater should be able to emit enough heat to effectively warm a small space while remaining cool to the touch.Although most of these units can be surprisingly heavy on your utility bill if used constantly, they should ideally be efficient enough to regularly provide supplemental heat to a space. Electric stove heaters are generally quite sparse when it comes to features, with simple controls to change the temperature and flame size. However, some include a remote control and the Dimplex TDS8515TB even includes built-in filtration to improve air quality. How realistic the flames look is subjective, but the best electric stove heaters should be able to effectively provide supplemental heat to a room, while having simple controls and an attractive design.
    September 02, 2014
  • An electric fireplace can provide you with the warmth of a traditional fireplace, but without the hassle of lighting it, cleaning it, or even the expense of having one installed. These fireplaces come in many different designs, from the most simplistic to very elegant and traditional. Many offer you the versatility of operating the fireplace with or without heat, allowing you to enjoy your fireplace year-round. These units will require a bit of assembly, but the process is usually simple; they plug in to a standard wall outlet. Most of the following electric fireplaces are mantel designs, which can allow for putting a television or decorations on top. A wall mounted fireplace uses up less space, and is usually better for rooms where space is at a premium. The best electric fireplaces offers not only an attractive design and easy assembly, but also the ability to add heat and ambiance to the room, thanks to their built-in heaters and flame effect.
    September 02, 2014
  • The best time to shop for a gas furnace is before cold weather hits so that you’re not forced to make a quick decision. While those who live in mild climates may have the luxury of shopping around, even in the winter, people in the coldest areas will want their furnaces in place well before any cold spell. Gas furnaces are a considerable monetary investment and must also be installed, so it’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the furnace models you are considering.The following gas furnaces are not central units, instead being suited for more localized heating. We've selected furnaces that are relatively simple to install, although local codes and regulations may create their own challenges and not everyone will be comfortable doing the installation themselves. These furnaces range in price, from around $500 to well over $1000  plus the cost of installation. Nearly all of the following gas furnaces can be converted to use either natural gas or propane, expanding your options. When ordering a gas furnace, you should always check with the vendor to find how it will be shipped, as these units are very heavy and easily damaged.
    August 27, 2014
  • Wood-burning stoves are designed to provide efficient heating while providing the ambiance of a log fire. They require less firewood; produce minimal ash and almost no smoke. They come in different sizes and styles and can produce enough heat for a single room or your entire home. When choosing a wood stove, make sure you look for the EPA certification label that rates the amount of emissions the stove produces each hour. A wood stove can provide your home with heat, even in the event of a power outage. The wood stoves on this list are suitable to heat small homes or large family areas, and represent the best wood stoves on the market to help narrow your choice.
    September 24, 2012
  • When space is limited, but it still requires heating, an electric wall heater can be the answer. These wall units can be recessed into the wall for optimum space-savings or attached to the wall’s surface. Wall heaters are available in both 120 and 240 volt units that have the ability to keep areas warm, even when installed in entryways and subjected to high traffic. The electric wall heaters in this list can provide you with the best choices to heat your space.
    August 31, 2012