Friday, August 30, 2013

Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Microwave

Cover everything you Heat or Cook
It is a necessity to cover the food or drink that you are microwaving, because hot liquid and food is what kills most microwaves. This is because the microwave starts building up particles and begins to lose value. If you ever wanted to know why this is such a big deal, you can look inside the unit where there is a small piece of fiberboard covering the right side of the unit. The fiberboard is what allows the machine to operate smoothly and effectively. In addition, if the filter is covered by food and grease, the radio waves cannot get through. This causes the machine to overheat and cook itself. Most people think it is safe to heat water, coffee or tea without a cover. Yet, this rationale is completely false. The particles in the coffee and tea can cause the microwave’s interior to fail. Finally, covering your cups and dishes can extend the life of your unit from five to ten years in one simple step!
Do NOT Cook Food for Long Periods of Time in the Microwave
Cooking food in the microwave is not safe in the first place. Therefore, there is no reason to cook food for an extended period of time in your microwave. Certain things like chicken and beef cannot fully cook in the microwave due to the temperature not getting hot enough to kill all the bacteria on the meat. Only an oven gets hot enough to kill the parasites and tapeworm off pork, chicken and beef.

In addition to not cooking food all the way through, the inside walls of your microwave can warp due to the extended period of time of having the microwave cooking. Most microwaves now-a-days are programmable, so if you need to heat something up for 20 minutes (for whatever reason), program it to cook for ten and rest for about five minutes. After the rest period, have it continue the rest of the cooking process. There is no reason to heat your specific food or drink on high for the whole time because once it reaches a certain point it will still heat as though it were on high. 

Cleanliness is Second to Nothing with Your Microwave
Cleaning your microwave is probably the easiest and most straightforward way of maintaining your appliance. Microwaves have little ventilation, and they do is through little vents at the top of the microwave that emit steam. If you do not clean this area, especially if you do not clean the filter, your microwave will not last more than a year. Also, clean your spills and food stains directly after they occur in your microwave. One huge problem that occurs is when there is a spill in the microwave and it is not cleaned. The microwave is then used again and the spilled still has not been removed. Needless to say, your microwave will need to be replaced shortly.

Usually you can use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean your microwave if you do not have a 409 solution or something of that kind. It takes a simple spray and a quick wipe down of the top, sides and bottom plate on the inside of your microwave to keep it lasting. Microwaves should last up to 9 years, and with these techniques, yours should as well.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Does a Ceiling Fan Cool a Room Down

Although it cannot be measured on a thermostat, the rotating of a fan’s blades in the counter clockwise direction produces a breeze that helps create a wind chill factor throughout a room. This wind chill factor makes the room feel significantly cooler than what the thermostat will actually read. This wind chill factor can be felt by anyone in the room, and makes the room much more comfortable even though the temperature has not changed drastically at all. This saves energy due to the fact that people can set their air conditioners at a higher temperature. The money saved on their electric bill will be eminent along with helping keep our environment green by being more fuel efficient. Ceiling fans only use anywhere between 25-80 watts versus an air conditioner, which uses considerably more (around the 500-2500 watt range).

What are the appropriate steps to buying a ceiling fan?
Room Size and Ceiling Height
When choosing a ceiling fan be sure to get the correct size that is most compatible to your room. You should not purchase a fan that is obviously too big or too small for the room because it will not cool down as quickly or cool the room down too much.  
The ceiling height of your room will also determine the length of the down rod and the size of other accessories that the fan needs to operate. Ceiling fans come with a universal 8” foot ceiling rod so be wary of that. In order to ensure a quality ceiling fan, make sure you know the proper dimensions of the room you are purchasing the unit for. This will make the purchasing process go smooth and quick.

Blade Span   Room Size (Square Footage)       Room Size
29”- 36”          Under  110 square ft.                     Small
40”-48”          110 sq. ft. - 150 sq. ft.                    Medium
50”-58”          150 sq. ft. - 300 sq. ft.                    Standard
60”-72”          Over 300 sq. ft.                              Large

Ceiling Fan Performance
How well a ceiling fan will perform is dependent on the parts that make up the fan. The motor size, blade pitch, and blade construction are those parts and factors that will determine this. Big is not always best when it comes to these parts, as it is always about performance. A blade pitch is a term for the blade angle. A greater angle will equate to the ceiling fan moving more air. The blade pitch should be between 12 and 16 degrees to be at maximum efficiency. The blade construction is all about the certain kind of material the blade is made from, and will determine how well your ceiling fan will perform. They should be made of pressurized Hardwood to prevent warping, which can be a problem when purchasing fans with cheap blade construction such as particle boards.

Design of the Ceiling Fan
When you are looking for the right ceiling fan, consider the different styles and designs that will improve your home d├ęcor. Many ceiling fans come in different finishes to match virtually every household design, such as the blades, that come in different shapes, sizes, colors. Take advantage of the wide selections of fans that are offered and all different styles of fans. These include traditional, contemporary, indoor, outdoor, and energy star fans.  Lastly, make sure the style of fan you choose matches your home to add value to the design of your home.

There are three different kinds of ceiling fans available for purchase including a pull chain, hand held remote control or a wall control. Choose what control system is most convenient for you when purchasing a ceiling fan.

If in the market for a ceiling fan, call CoreCentric Solutions at 1-866-737-2244 or visit our website at for exclusive deals on new and refurbished Hunter fans