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Archive for October, 2012

Happy Havens’ 2012 Top Vacuum Awards

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

With thousands upon thousands of vacuum cleaner models out there, ever wonder which are the best of the best? Happy Havens is hosting our very own 2012 Top Vacuum Awards (TVA) telling you who wins best of category with different superlatives, regardless of the type of vacuum you like!

hoover-linxBest Upright: Hoover Platinum LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Runner-up: Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Upright

This genius vacuum has 4.5 stars on Amazon and is packed with a ton of smart features every upright vacuum cleaner should really have. First of all, the design is sleek and sexy with a great silver, red and black design. It just looks like 21st century vacuum for the innovative homeowner. A big problem with bagless cleaners is that they can puff dirt in your face when opened if not designed correctly. Read more »



Falling in love with a clean house for fall

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Get ready for winter and to enjoy your time snuggled up indoors with these fall cleaning tips.

Get ready for winter and to enjoy your time snuggled up indoors with these fall cleaning tips.

It’s finally fall! That means pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apples, Halloween and Thanksgiving, along with beautiful leaves and cool weather. Not to mention my birthday was this month!

But as the indoors start to become a cozy shelter from the winter cold, it’s probably time to do some fall cleaning and get rid of some dust in the air and make your house a bit livable for some wonderful nights in front of the fireplace (or the TV under a blanket drinking hot cocoa browsing Facebook and Pinterest, pretty much the same thing). Read more »



Going Green by Using Greywater

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Did you know you can actually go green by reusing water from household chores and appliances like dehumidifiers to water plants?

Did you know you can actually go green by reusing water from household chores and appliances like dehumidifiers to water plants?

When people hear “gray,” they usually think of losing their youthful hair color. Luckily, that’s not what’s going on here.

When you think about it, everyday household chores are using up a lot of precious water. Between laundry, doing the dishes, water for baths, flushing toilets, garbage disposal, and other appliances like dehumidifiers, the average American is using 50-100 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot, considering fresh water is such a scarce resource. Read more »



Make your car look brand new with a home car wash

Friday, October 19th, 2012

carwash

So recently I got a brand new midnight blue 2013 (ooh, from the future) Hyundai Elantra. It is probably one of the nicest things I’ve ever received in my life. When my older brother graduated from college, he got the hand-me-down family car that was at least 7 years old. It still had bite marks on the interior from when I was a child. Needless to say, it was not the ideal vehicle to be going on long commutes with or taking from Washington D.C. to the Carolinas. My parents decided it would be more fair to let me start my new life with a more reliable car rather than something that was falling apart (my last car utilized a lot of duct tape in the interior – nuff said). Read more »



Waging War Against the Dust Bunnies

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Evil dust bunny is hoping you don’t learn vacuum types. Or for that matter, ever use one again.

Evil dust bunny is hoping you don’t learn vacuum types. Or for that matter, ever use one again.

They’re fluffy, evil, and composed of all those secret hairs that fell off your head when you weren’t looking. They also probably steal your useless pocket lint. These evil nose-twitching lagomorphs are under your bed, couch, and behind the curtains, plotting viciously how to take over your home.

Luckily, an effective vacuum can be your sword and shield to banish those little lint balls forever.

Obviously, vacuums aren’t really…optional. It’s a pretty essential home appliance. But are you getting the right kind of vacuum for the type of space that you are living in? Choose your weapon wisely: Read more »



Here’s to Happy Breathing: Comparing Dehumidifiers

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Breathe in, breathe out…ahhh.

Breathe in, breathe out…ahhh.

So you’ve decided to purchase a dehumidifier to improve the air quality in your home. When you bring home your new moisture-extracting baby, what should you expect? How do these things work and what features do they have, anyway?

Dehumidifiers use a fan to pull in air over two sets of hot and cold refrigerated coils, pulling out the moisture in the air as if you were wringing it with a wet wash cloth. The general factor that sets dehumidifiers apart is how many pints of water they can extract per day. Read more »



Warning Signs: 5 ways to know if you need a dehumidifier

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Here’s a cute little dehumidifier helping dry out a freshly painted room. An interesting use, eh? The basic function of a dehumidifier is to drain excess moisture from the air and store it as water, which has many health and home comfort benefits.

Here’s a cute little dehumidifier helping dry out a freshly painted room. An interesting use, eh? The basic function of a dehumidifier is to drain excess moisture from the air and store it as water, which has many health and home comfort benefits.

“A dehumidifier? What’s that? Don’t I have enough appliances already?” you may be asking. “How do I even know if I need a dehumidifier?”

Your child or someone you love may be plagued by allergy problems and you feel like you’re losing the battle against the invisible microorganisms at the root of the problem. How can you fight what you can’t see? Well, if your home or apartment feels stuffy, has0 dust-filled or moldy air, or just you have allergies that just won’t seem to go away, it may be time to attack the problem head-on and invest in a dehumidifier.

Better air quality means better health for everyone. It can be the difference between waking up in the morning feeling irritated and groggy and feeling fresh and alive. Read more »