Home & Garden Buying Guide
This buying guide will help you out if you are looking to make your home, both inside and out, a better, more comfortable place. We will cover some of the most common products that homeowners purchase, including chainsaws, lawn mowers and blowers, for the outside of the home; and air conditioners, air purifiers, fans and dehumidifiers, for the inside of the home.
Chainsaws fall into two categories: gas-powered and battery. Gas-powered chainsaws require oil and gas to operate, while battery chainsaws simply require the battery to be charged to function. Gas-powered models tend to be more powerful but are more expensive.
However, many people have different needs:
Occasional Use: Those who only use chainsaws occasionally tend to favor ease of use over performance. As a result, these chainsaws tend to be cheaper and often retail for under $200.
Semi-pro: These saws can be used in a variety of situations. Most of the time they share the same design and many characteristics as professional saws, but the engine isn’t quite as powerful. Therefore, they are a good middle ground between chainsaws for occasional use and models which can be used everyday.
A good example of a semi-pro chainsaw is the Husqvarna 445
Professional: These saws are used for frequent use and are targeted at users who require the very best. They often make short work of even the tallest and hardest of trees, but tend to require for at least $300.
A good example of a professional saw includes the Husqvarna 455 Rancher.
Electric chainsaws, like this one at Lawn Patio Garden also shouldn’t be overlooked, such as the Makita UC3530A.
Other things to consider
Weight and size- The lighter is saw the easier it is to maneuver and vice versa. However, you must make sure that you don’t choose a chainsaw that has a small engine, as you may be disappointed with its performance.
Safety: Safety is paramount when choosing a chainsaw. Therefore, it’s often a good idea to choose a chainsaw that has a kickback feature. It’s also always a good idea to read the manual and even watch a few videos to learn the best technique of operating a chainsaw.
Maintenance & Service – You want to make sure that the chainsaw you choose is easy to maintain. For example, a model with easy access to the spark plug and air filter is always a plus.
When it comes to generators you can either go down the standby or portable route. Portable generators tend to be less powerful, but are perfect for your RV or when camping, whereas standby generators are ideal for when there is a power cut and are really in need of power.
A few highly rated portable generators include, the AR Blue Clean AR383 Westinghouse WH7500E, Yamaha EF2000iS, http://www.lawnpatiogarden.com/sportsman-gen7000lp-review/ the 42436, DuroStar DS4000S, and DuroMax XP10000E.
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Just like chainsaws and pressure washers, there are both electric and gas-powered models of blowers, with the gas-powered models again being more powerful but ultimately more expensive.
Electric blowers have gained in popularity in recent years, as they’re not only lighter but are also more powerful than their gas-powered counterparts. They are also quite easy to maintain, which is a big plus in the eyes of homeowners. However, they are almost always handheld, so usually aren’t quite as comfortable as gas-powered models.
Gas blowers are a must for the professional, but they are also popular with those who are looking to get the job done quickly. They have more than enough power to blow leaves, grass clippings, twigs, debris, and even small rocks.
They tend to be a little on the loud side, although choosing a 4-cycle engine over a 2-cycle one plays a large role in the decibel rating. As mentioned earlier, gas-powered blowers tend to feature a backpack, which certainly makes them more comfortable, especially for those who suffer from back problems.
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There are several things that you need to keep in mind before you purchase a lawn mower, the most important being whether you want a gas, electric or corded model.
Gas powered lawn mowers, such as the following: Husqvarna 5521P, http://www.lawnpatiogarden.com/lawn-boy-10634-review/ ,Husqvarna YTH2042 and Husqvarna 7021P, tend to be more expensive than their electric and corded counterparts. This is because they do a much better job at mowing the lawn, especially if your yard is large and has thick, long grass. However, you should also keep in mind that they are loud, emit exhaust emissions and are more likely to break down.
Electric lawn mowers (also commonly called battery mowers), such as the Black & Decker SPCM1936 , GreenWorks 25022, or this model by Worx are a popular choice for many homeowners for several reasons, including their quietness, there are many pollution-free mowers and will start up 100% of the time. They also require minimal maintenance; however, sharpening or even replacing the blade is recommended.
While manual lawn mowers, such as the Fiskars 6201, are often considered to be the most basic and cheapest kind of mower, there are a few excellent models available that can rival gas-powered and battery-powered models. The best thing about them is that they are incredibly quiet, easy to use and require virtually no maintenance. However, if your yard is larger than 1/4 acre in size then you may have no other choice than to opt for a battery or gas mower.
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We’re not really experts when it comes to snow throwers, so we’ll just point you in the direction of a couple of the best one on the market – the Greenworks 26032.
To put it simply, air conditioners must do three things: lower the air temperature, remove air moisture, and filter the air.
There are three types of air conditioners to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
• Easy to install
• Easy to remove and store
• Heating and cooling units available
• Blocks window where installed
• Easy to set up or relocate
• Can use in multiple rooms
• Less efficient
Built-in Wall Units
• Models with heat function available
• Location flexibility
• Option to use wireless thermostat
• More expensive
• More involved installation
• Additional parts may be required
Some of the best, most affordable air conditioners on the market include, the highly rated Whynter ARC-14S, and http://www.homelycomforts.com/lg-lw8012er-review/ and Frigidaire FRA106CV1. Click here to read Air Conditioner Reviews.
When it comes to air purifiers there are several things to consider, all listed below.
Size of the Room: Size of the room is one of the most important aspects to consider. If you purchase a unit that isn’t designed to be used in a 500 sq. ft. room, then you will experience a minor improvement in air quality, for example.
Purifier Types: There are several types of purifiers to choose from, all with their own advantages and disadavantages. For example, activated carbon filters are very effective against odors and unpleasant smells, but not against allergens, dust or microorganisms. HEPA filters are able to remove 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger in size, but are not very effective against gases, odors, or viruses. They also tend to be more expensive to maintain.
Quiet Operation: Many people prefer to purchase an air purifier that is as quiet as possible, whereas others like the white noise they generate. Therefore, depending on your preferences, particularly if you’re planning on using the purifier in your bedroom at night, you should opt for a quieter unit.
Automatic Timer: A timer comes in handy when you want your purifier to switch on and off when you’re not home or asleep.
Filter Change Indicator Light: This is an often overlooked but very important feature. If an air purifier comes with a filter change indicator light then it is far less likely that you will damage your unit.
When shopping for a dehumidifier there are several factors to consider, including the size of the unit, safety features, and the size of the unit, to name just a few.
Size: The size is generally based on the amount of moisture extracted from the air in 24 hours, and is measured in pints. If you want to dehumidify a larger area in a shorter amount of time then your only choice should be a large unit.
Portability: If you’re looking to move your unit from room to room, look for a portable model, namely one that is compact, lightweight, and comes with a carrying handle and wheels.
Built-In Humidistat: A humidistat in invaluable if you want to be able to adjust humidity levels.
Automatic Shut-Off: This function will allow you to turn the unit on or off without having to unplug it. It also prevents overfilling when the storage tank is full.
Automatic Defrost: An anti-frost sensor is recommended if you’re looking to use a dehumidifier in areas below 65° F
Continuous Drainage: Purchasing a unit with a continuous drainage port is great to have if you don’t want to empty the tank periodically. All you have to do is attach a hose to the dehumidifier and the moisture will drain out through the hose.
Washable / Removable Air Filter: Dehumidifiers with washable filters are always recommended, as this makes maintenance very simple.
Bucket Size: A dehumidifier with a larger bucket can run for a longer period of time before you need to empty it; however, this will often cost you more.
There are such a wide variety of vacuum cleaners that it can be hard to make the right choice. In general, though, there are three types to choose from:
Upright Vacuum Cleaners: These units are best suited to carpet cleaning, as the motor is generally right behind the brush for intense suction power. Many models can be adjusted to accommodate the height of your carpet, and several have attachable features which allow you to clean bare floors.
Canister Vacuum Cleaners: Canister models are the most flexible type of vacuums, and often come with a variety of attachments, allowing you to perform a wide range of tasks, such as cleaning curtains, ceilings, upholstery, carpets, and bare floors. Therefore, if you want a one model fits all approach, then these are definitely your best bet.
Robotic Vacuums: Robotic models used to be nothing more than a novelty but nowadays, due to technological advancements, they are much more effective at removing dirt, dust and other particles than ever before. They are best suited to low carpets and hard floors. The best one on the market is the iRobot Roomba 630.
There are a few other features that you need to take into account:
HEPA Filtration: Some models have HEPA or HEPA-type filters that are able to trap 99.97% of particles measuring as small as 0.3 microns. Look for this feature if you want the most effective cleaning results.
Self-Propelled Motor: Vacuums with self-propelled motors allow you maneuver around furniture and other tight spaces with a smooth motion that won’t strain back muscles.
Bagless Technology: Bagless operation include a reusable canister or cup to collect dirt, eliminating the need to buy bags.
Telescoping Wands: Units with telescoping have a wider reach and allow you to get at areas that are hard to clean.
When it comes to vacuum cleaners there tends to be one brand that is heads and shoulders above the rest – Miele. A couple of models worth looking into include the Miele S2121 Olympus, and http://www.homelycomforts.com/miele-s2121-delphi-review/ Of course, we shouldn’t forget Dysons either, such as the Dyson DC24. Still undecided? Then take a look at a few Vacuum Reviews