Which cooling fan to choose for your house

It’s hard to imagine going through hot summer temperatures without the help of a cooling fan. Sure, you can try and withstand the heat on your own but what would that give you? You’d save a couple of hundred dollars at most by sacrificing being comfortable at your own home. Buying a cooling fan is really the better choice here.

You might be afraid that you won’t find a fan that has a suitable size for your room or that fits in with the décor. There is no need to be worried about that, though. The market of cooling fans is vast and diverse so everyone will be able to find something for themselves. The best cooling fans for rooms can be bought in most retail stores.

The first thing you need to do when purchasing a cooling fan is deciding on its type. There are several to choose from.

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are attached to the ceiling and are generally used to cool the whole room because they cool the air from the above. They might seem old-fashioned but newer ceiling fans come in many slim and modern-looking designs that absolutely cannot be considered an eyesore. Because ceiling fans hang from the ceiling they don’t take up any space on the floor. Also, few people are aware of it but ceiling fans can also be used to heat the room in colder months – you just need to reverse the spinning direction.

You need to drill into the ceiling to attach them so they should be treated as a permanent solution to a room that easily gets too hot. For this reason, they also aren’t a good idea if you are renting.

Wall fans

Wall fans are fans that are attached to the wall of the room. Just like ceiling fans, they don’t take up any space on the floor but require drilling and knowledge of your electric wiring system. The cool air is directed in a specific direction so whether you choose a ceiling fan or a wall-mounted fan depends on whether you want to cool the whole room or a specific spot.

Pedestal fans

Pedestal fans belong to the floor fan family and they are placed on the wall, preferably near an electrical outlet so that they can be conveniently plugged in. They look like a typical floor fan – large wings perched on a stand. They often offer several strength settings and can rotate from side to side to offer more coverage.

Tower fans

Tower fans are another type of floor fans. They feature a long vertical design that has the cooling mechanism hidden inside. Tower fans look very slick and can be a cool addition to a modern living room. Due to their shape, they don’t take up much space and can be used without any drilling required.

Personal fans

These are the smallest fans that are meant to cool only one person. They are often placed on desks, in bedrooms, and even inside cars. Personal fans are used as a temporary solution and can be taken with you wherever you need them. Some are even wireless so feel free to use them outside.

Run For Your Health

Jump the Run!

If you’re thinking about picking up a healthy habit, like jogging, you’ve come to the right place! If there’s one thing that this year has taught us, is that looking after our bodies and staying healthy is very important. Running is one of the most enjoyable- and most effective – forms of cardio. Doing at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every single day is essential to a healthy lifestyle, so you need to find something that won’t bore you to death. You shouldn’t regard working out as a chore – but as a self-care ritual. Running at a relatively slow pace for half an hour burns around 400 calories, so you can go ahead and indulge in that slice of cake after lunch. In addition to that, jogging pumps oxygenated blood to your organs, strengthening your veins and arteries. The stronger and more flexible the walls of your circulatory system are, the healthier your ticker will be. Plus, not that it matters, but it’s one of the only forms of exercise where you can see results within a week. Your first run might be slow and painful. You will be gasping for air and feeling pain in muscles you didn’t even know you had. The first week will be the hardest. As long as you can get over that initial bump, you’re definitely in it for the win. However, the reason I particularly enjoy jogging is that it builds a formidably strong link between your mind and your body. When I first took up running, I was surprised to see just how much pain I could power through solely by breathing through the discomfort; in and out, in and out. I was finally able to meditate and be alone with my thoughts. I’m happy to say that this has made me happier and more alert. I never used to be a morning person, but now I wake up excited to go out for a run!

Where to Start

The good thing about running is that, unlike swimming, tennis, or mountain biking, it doesn’t require any sort of equipment. The only two things you need are comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Do yourself a huge favor and buy the right kind of shoes for your feet. When it comes to running attire, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all. You have to really assess your feet and go from there. If your tootsies are on the wider side, wearing narrow shoes can make for a painful and uncomfortable run that will leave you with blisters and sores. The best running shoes for wide feet are roomy enough to not hurt you, while still providing adequate support. Moreover, it’s important to determine whether you suffer from underpronation. While it might sound like an intimidating word, it basically means that your ankles don’t allow your feet to roll properly during your runs. In turn, this can put too much pressure on either your heels or the balls of your feet and can lead to improper running form. Once you get used to running that way, it’s not easy to unlearn the bad habit. If you suspect you might experience underpronation, check out this list of underpronation running shoes that will give you that added bit of support. No more unhappy feet!

How to take care of your drip coffee maker

If you, like most people, are the type of person that drinks coffee every day and cannot imagine starting their day without it, then you need to make sure that your coffee maker is kept in perfect condition. Making sure the coffee maker is clean of any old coffee residues will ensure that you are tasting the best coffee possible every time.

The coffee maker cleaning process consists of two stages: cleaning the machine itself and cleaning the glass coffee pot.

Coffee maker cleaning

Each part of your coffee maker that can be removed should be washed by hand or in the dishwasher regularly to ensure that they are free of any grinds or oil residues. It is recommended to do this after every brew.

Once a month you should also deep-clean the coffee maker. To thoroughly clean your coffee maker it is best to brew a pot with no coffee beans but with some cleaning solvents.

First, get rid of any leftover coffee and coffee beans from the machine and empty the filter. Pour a mixture of white vinegar and water (1 to 2 ratio) into the coffee maker’s reservoir. Brew a pot but don’t let it out into the pot yet. You should leave it inside the machine for at least 30 minutes to give the vinegar time to work its magic. If your coffee maker doesn’t have the ability to stop the brewed liquid from pouring out, then brew the mixture halfway, turn the machine off for 30 minutes and only then finish the brew. Once the cleaning process has been completed, brew another pot but this time with just water to rinse out the leftover vinegar. This process not only cleans but also decalcifies your machine.

Coffee pot cleaning

The glass coffee pot, also called a carafe, gets dirtier with each brew and the glass surface makes it very visible. Without proper cleaning, the coffee pot is a hotbed for germs and bacteria. Cleaning the coffee pot with dish soap after each use will largely take care of the problem. However, if you haven’t cleaned it for a long time or your glass coffee pot has worn down with use, it might be impossible to wash it with just soap. Fortunately, you can get rid of most stains with ingredients easily found in most homes.

One method involves using vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste-like mixture from baking soda and water. Start by pouring small amounts of water into the soda until you get the right consistency. Put the mixture on the stubborn stains on the pot and then pour vinegar in until it covers the baking soda. The baking soda will react with vinegar creating a powerful cleaning solution that should take care of most stains.

If your problem isn’t stains but rather an overall worn-down look of the glass coffee pot you can try rice to make it look new again. Just put some rice in the pot and fill it with warm water. Swirl the mixture and scrub the insides of the coffee pot with a sponge. Rinse with water and enjoy the new look of your coffee pot.