Home Equipment Buying Guide

You may have either just bought your home or have been living in it for a number of years now. However, making your home feel like a home is made easier with the purchase of a few important appliances, including air conditioners, air purifiers, and vacuums to name a few.

Air Purifiers

Don’t think that air purifiers are just for allergy sufferers. While it’s probably true that those who suffer from allergies will get the most out of these units (particularly the Whirlpool AP51030K Whirlpool APR45130L and Whirlpool AP45030K), anyone who wants cleaner air in their room or wants to get rid of unpleasant smells can benefit. There are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Size of the Room: The size of the room is undoubtedly important. However, be warned that the bigger the room you are looking to improve the air quality in the higher the price of the unit.

Noise: The last thing you want is an air purifier that is so loud that you are unable to get to sleep at night, even if it really does excel at purifying the air. Look for units that output around 40 decibels on their lowest setting, as these are usually quiet enough to allow you to get to sleep.

Types of Filter: Without a doubt you should look for purifiers that come with HEPA filters. This is because these kind of filters are able to remove 99.97% of particles. However, as with anything that is worthwhile, purifiers that come with these filters are more expensive, and replacing the filters can also be costly.

Air Conditioners

If you are looking to remove air moisture, lower the air temperature, and filter the air then an air conditioner is a must. Typically, there are 3 types of air conditioners to choose from, all with their own benefits and downsides, including wall, portable, and built-in wall units.

Wall Units: While these units tend to be easy to install, are affordable, and there are even both heating and cooling units available, they have the downside of blocking the window where installed. Not a huge downside by any means, but still annoying.

Portable Units : These units are easy to set up and their great advantage lies in how they are able to be used in multiple rooms. However, these kind of units are typically less efficient than others.

Built-in Wall Units: While built-in wall units are very efficient, can be used with a wireless thermostat, and even have heat functions, they are quite expensive, additional parts may be required, and you will likely need to pay someone for installation.

Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum cleaners typically come in three types: upright, canister and robotic.

Upright: If you have lots of carpeted floors then look no further than an upright vacuum cleaner. This is because the motor is located behind the brush for the best suction power.

Canister: Canister vacuums are considered to be the most versatile type of cleaners, as they support plenty of attachments, allowing you to do things like clean the curtains, ceilings, and upholstery. A good model is the Miele S2121 Delphi

Robotic Vacuums: These types of vacuum cleaners certainly look cool and futuristic, and actually perform quite well in most cases. However, they can only really be used on low carpets and hard floors, so keep that in mind.

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