I measured the humidifier fan as drawing 60 watts. That won't change - if we run it for eight hours, it will pull nearly half a Killowatt hour. Of course, that doesn't reflect its true operating cost: those filters are expensive and we were using a fair amount of vinegar to clean it.
While an inverter generator isn't always an economical option, it may save you money in the long-run through efficiency and by protecting your sensitive electronic equipment.
What can you do to boost the performance of your air conditioner? What should you do to supplement and improve the performance of an AC?
The most popular low to medium budget range hoods from trustworthy brands with excellent customer support are reviewed and compared. Check it out now.
Replacing your air conditioner fuses is cheap, easy, and fast. Learn what your fuses do, how to get new ones, and how to switch them out.
Having a wood stove in the home has so many benefits. From lowering the electric bill to releasing stress, the wood stove should be an important consideration when considering the type of heating you would like to use for your home.
If you want to install solar panels and are concerned about the cost, consider a DIY solar panel kit. They include solar panels, inverter and charge controller - everything you need to go solar and can be installed by the average homeowner. Solar panel kits are excellent for RVs, boats, pools, shops/garages and more.
Replacing the gasket on your refrigerator is easy. This simple repair can offer many benefits for little cost and in little time. These step by step instructions will tell you what you need, how to do it and how to check if it needs done.
Despite the poor economy due to the Great Depression, magazines advertised a host of modern products. Kitchen appliances of 1932 offered clean, safe operation and freed up time for housewives.
The aim of this article is to guide you in finding the best heat pump water heater. Here, you will find information and tips on hybrid water heaters in general as well as reviews and recommendations.
Instead of spending a lot of money on a new air conditioner, learn how to make one yourself! It's simple and easy to make.
Your central air conditioner needs regular maintenance to function at peak performance. Follow these tips to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently.
Does your furnace make more noise than you care to hear? This hub will help diagnose noises common to residential furnaces. The problems are often simple and cheap to fix.
A comparison article of the larger upright vacuum cleaners from Dyson -- the DC33, DC40 and DC41, ultimately determining which offers 'you' the best overall value given its price tag.
A water dispenser is great for providing safe drinking water. The Primo Water Dispenser is one of the least expensive units and also dispenses instant hot and cold water.
Replacing a water heater can be one of the more costly items a homeowner is faced with. Here see nearly step by step how I replaced mine and decide for yourself if it's something you can do too.
One of the simplest problems to diagnose and fix is the hot surface ignitor (or igniter). Learn how to do that here.
I think I'm fairly qualified to tell you what's wrong with the Champion 46539 portable generator, having owned and used one for over a year now both for my business and for home use.
With the cost of electricity on the increase, an energy monitoring adapter is a useful device which can measure and track the energy consumption of a home appliance. Costing about $15, the adapter can be plugged into a standard wall socket and can display several parameters about the appliance connected to it.
One of our complaints about the GE was that it didn't seem to wash very well. We happen to be big water drinkers and we filter our tap water rather than contributing to more pollution with bottled water. We had noticed with the GE that we'd see little soap bubbles if we didn't rinse our glasses before using them. We could also taste it - we wouldn't have noticed it with milk or juice, but it s
Reviews and tips for use of non-electric space heaters. Be prepared for a power outage or disaster. Great source of heat when off grid.
I had so much trouble with my new LG dishwasher that I returned it after one week and got a different brand. What went wrong with my LG dishwasher and which model is better than LG?
Instructions on how to replace a hot water heater, a task most homeowners can do quite easily and save considerably in plumbing costs.
A homeowner's guide for troubleshooting and repairing common electric water heater problems. Many repairs do not require a professional plumber.
I bought a Makita 18v Lithium-ion cordless drill and impact driver combination set, Wow... was I impressed, light weight and powerful. This is my personal review because I'm a tool lover.
Always unplug the refrigerator before you work on it. Review safety procedures. The most common problem in a refrigerator that is leaking is a plugged drain. All frost free refrigerators have a defrost cycle that melts the frost and ice that...
In this review, I explain why the Madoats Mini Portable Air Conditioner is the best personal cooling fan and humidifier for the summer.
Cleaning your furnace fan thoroughly may not be as hard as you think. The dirt in it however may be much more than you think. See step by step, how to access, clean and re-install your blower motor and squirrel cage.
Alarm keypads and remote controls can eventually become unresponsive after years of use. You can use aluminum foil, conductive silver ink or replacement rubber pads to give them a new lease of life
Learn how to get rid of the musty, mildew-y smell coming from your window AC unit and stop the stink!
Learn what your air conditioner is made of and what parts you may very well be able to replace yourself if there is a breakdown. Easy to follow explanations with photos.
The information in this hub will educate you and make you more comfortable with what you're being told by your HVAC service provider.
Know the facts about EdenPURE portable heaters and avoid the scam. See why you cannot save money with an electric heater.
Handy dishwasher troubleshooting chart on common problems. Easy "Dishwasher Timer switch repair" lesson, and maintaining your dishwasher tips.
Want a dishwasher that cleans well? Consider an inexpensive Amana Standard Tub. Review, video, pictures and description of how it really works.
You´ve probably heard some of these not-to-do in the microwave tips, some you have innocently performed and others you´ll be surprised to hear about. MUST READ!
Washer overflowing? I explain five ways to fix it: installing a sink, using a lint catcher, regular use of enzymes to keep it clear, using a snake, and changing to a front-loading washer.
Video and step-by-step guide to fixing your home's heating system. See if you can solve your own furnace trouble.
What does a flame sensor do? How can I clean a flame sensor? A dirty flame sensor can cause furnace problems, including a furnace that won't stay on. This simple repair tip could save you $100-$150.
An overview for each type of material used to make sinks. And an in-depth look at everyone's favorite sink material, stainless steel sinks!
You have just 2 options when looking for a slide in electric range with downdraft. Read a thorough review of both the models including their drawbacks.
The DW743 flip over saw is a classic icon on building sites everywhere, this hub is my expert review from a professional owner and daily user. I wrote this hub because I rely on my DW743 every day to earn my living and I love the fact that it...
Window air conditioners need a regular spring cleaning to keep them in working order. Read on to find out how to clean your window air conditioning unit.
The serial number of your furnace and air conditioner is the key to answering if your HVAC equipment is still under warranty. Your HVAC warranty should have started from the date of installation.
Learn how to sharpen a lawn mower blade or blades, intended for the homeowner. Lawn mower blade sharpening is not difficult and can be done by most homeowners without much effort.
Cleaning your air conditioning coils doesn't just make the unit look better. This easy to perform maintenance will save you money, extend the life of your condensor and help to prevent the breakdown of air conditioner parts often caused by overheating. Do it yourself in just a few easy to follow steps.
Are you tired of it your rusty or old-style refrigerator? Are you looking for a new, fresh look? Do you want a quick DIY solution? I will show you 5 easy steps to make over your old fridge.
That flashing light on your furnace is trying to help. This Hub will help you understand what it's saying.
When the two washing machines in my life both quit, and it turned out to be the same problem with each, it seemed a clear message from the cosmos: write a Hub about this inexpensive DIY fix. Find out if it is the solution to your washer blues!
If you wake up in a blizzard and find yourself without heat as I did this morning, there are a few things that you might want to try before you give up and call for repair. Even if you can't fix the problem yourself, you may be able to determine at least some information about what is causing the malfunction and that information can sometimes be very useful to the people who will ultimately come to fix it.
It is much less difficult to change a fridge door water filter than many people think. Here's how it works for the Samsung RS265TDRS.
Is your electric water heater broken? Don't call the plumber! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to troubleshoot and repair it yourself.
If your water heater is leaking, what do you do? How do you know where it's leaking from? Learn how to locate the leak, decide if it's something you can fix and ways to extend the life of your water tank here in this hub.
If your house gets damp in cold weather or you have condensation problems then you need a domestic dehumidifier! All about humidity problems and what to look for when chosing a dehumidifier.
Ceiling fans can cut your energy bill by 10 to 40 percent, depending on your individual heating and cooling habits. That statistic alone should be enough to convince you to purchase a ceiling fan – or two. But how do you go about finding the best one for your home? This article will show you how. Just think, can be saving money in no time!
Is the red light on your Lysol No-Touch Soap Dispenser blinking? Is the dispenser not pumping any soap? Follow these easy tips to fix it. If the dispenser is defective you may be able to get coupons for free products.
The contactor is a fairly simple part of your air conditioner and is really quite easy to repair or replace if it's your problem. Learn how a contactor works, how to check it, and repair or replace it if needed.
Dishes not getting clean? Don't buy a new dishwasher just yet. This guide will show you how to clean and extend the life of your dishwasher and get that cloudy film off your glasses and silverware.
Designing an HVAC system properly is important to the comfort of your home. Know more about your system and its design when buying a new system or building a home. Understand your contractor better.
Learn 2 simple, effective, and cheap ways to seal your own leaking ductwork that will hold up over time and help get the air to where it's supposed to be in your home.
The temperature/pressure relief valve (T&P) is an important mechanism for safe operation of a water heater. This article shows how to check your T&P valve and replace it if not operating properly.
A how-to with photos and discussion, showing how to use a wringer washing machine - a good solution when limited water, power, or other resources are available.
Dishwashers have become more efficient in the way they use water and electricity, but how can you tell the good from the bad? This article explores the nature of dishwashers to help you choose.
This guide explains all about watts, amps, volts, kilowatt hours (kWh), Ohm's Law and how to work out the cost of running appliances. Also covering an explanation of AC and DC, resistivity, three phase and the electric and magnetic effects of current flow in a conductor.
Recommendations and tips for choosing a cordless screwdriver. There are many possibilities, but which is right for you?
Cleaning your condenser (air conditioner) yourself is easy, free and increases the efficiency of the system. These few simple steps will tell you how to clean the condenser simply and quickly.
Your new home is perfect, except that the old dryer cord won't fit the new plug, and no adapter will work. Here are instructions for replacing a 4-prong dryer cord with a 3-prong cord.
Here are some quick troubleshooting tips to get hot water again. Learn how to handle common problems with electric, gas, and tankless water heaters. You may be able do this yourself.
These are step by step instructions to figure out how much money you spend on heating, how much is wasted, and how much a new furnace can save on your gas bill. You'll feel more confident about choosing your new furnace and knowing what to expect from it.
You've moved into your new home, but the dryer plug doesn't fit. Step-by-step instructions (with photos) for how to change out a 3 prong dryer plug for a new 4 prong cord.
Air conditioner capacitors are a common cause of A/C breakdowns and very simple to replace. This shows how to diagnose the problem and replace the part.
Flushing and draining your hot water heater is a basic maintenance that is easy to do. Learn how to drain your tank fast and help improve the recovery time and efficiency of your water heater. Save money, get tips, and increase the life of your water tank with these easy to follow instructions.
Is your window air conditioner installed properly? These tips will help you know what is needed to correctly install your unit as well as how to store it and locate the best place to install it to maximize your cooling ability.
Ten top tips when using a portable generator for home use. Plus what to look for if you want your generator to be an off-grid power source at home ~ full time or for emergencies. Which one is best?
The best handheld planers make working with wood a pleasure. But how do you choose and which models are best for which jobs?
Is your furnace fan running but there is no heat? Learn what a limit switch is, where it is and how to replace it. Simple to follow instructions.
How a burglar alarm system works. Control panels and wiring. Troubleshooting issues with false alarms, faulty contacts, PIR sensors, backup batteries, bells and sounders and keypads
Understand the proper working order of a furnace, so that you can pinpoint problems and repair them, or know what to tell the people who will. Understand what all those parts in your furnace are for.
Detailed instructions on replacing an ordinary light switch with a motion sensor switch to turn the lights on automatically when a room is occupied.
For DIY projects requiring stone tiles or stone veneer, you will definitely need a Wet Saw. There are a few styles of Wet Saws to choose from. Wet Saws are easy to use and here are some basic guidelines.
Starting a coal stove is nothing like starting a wood or pellet stove fire. Not even close. In this article, I explain one method that has worked for me and two methods that haven't worked.
Here's what you need to consider when deciding whether your new wood-burning stove should be a catalytic or non-catalytic model.
How to select the right wireless security system. Plus I'm included tips from the installation and coding process to make it easier for you. Cheers!
We've all had the pilot light on our water heater go out, but do you know how to get it lit again? Here are a few different techniques to re-light it, whether it's open or sealed combustion.
Eventually your hot water heater will need help - learn how to troubleshoot and replace thermostats and heating elements.