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30 General Topics Lists

Appliances (Other) Topics

Does Jim really know appliances?

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Homeowner Benefits? - These are the potential benefits that a typical homeowner will realize by following the tips or by installing the home-related products that are discussed in this column.

444 - Front-loading clothes washers wash/rinse better, cost less to use
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- Buyer's guide of 12 front-loader and combination washer/dryers showing model numbers, max. load capacities, max. rinse spin speeds and settings, pre-programmed washing cycles, water usage per load, hook-up, dimensions, features and photos and prices of many of the models.
Homeowner Benefits: Cleans and rinses clothes much better, costs less to operate

559 - New clothes dryers with precise controls, fewer wrinkles, less energy
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- Buyer's guide of the 16 most efficient no-vent, standard-vent dryers and combination washer/dryer manufacturers showing types of automatic moisture sensors, max. drying capacities per load, reversing or one-way drum rotation, drum materials used, number and description of drying cycles, overall dimensions, unique features, prices and laundry efficiency tips.
Homeowner Benefits:Better drying control, less wrinkles, no outdoor vent required

621 - Install tight-sealing dryer vent kit for savings, reduce indoor pests
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- Buyer's guide of the11 best-sealing dryer vent kits with brief description, installation instructions for the floating cap dryer vent, clothes washing and drying efficiency tips: electronic insect and rodent repellers, types (portable, plug-in, light trap), maximum coverage areas, product details and illustrations.
Homeowner Benefits: Keeps out bugs, drafts and allergens, saves energy

760 - Whole-house voltage surge suppressor protects entire house
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- Buyer's guide of the 13 best whole-house and plug-in surge suppressor manufacturers showing model names/numbers, design types, mounting methods, speed of surge reaction times, max. surge power each can handle, clamping voltage, unique features, many prices and illustrations of many whole-house and pont-of-use models.
Homeowner Benefits:Eliminate damage to electronic equipment, computers, TV's, etc.

831 - Central vacuum systems clean better and are easy to install
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- Buyer's guide of 12 central vacuum systems manufacturers (55 models) listing type (cyclonic, self-cleaning, cloth or disposable bag), cleaning designs, air watts, dust capacity, cfm, suction in water lift, features, descriptions and illustrations of the various types of filtration methods, a layout guide, suggestions on planning your central cleaning system.
Homeowner Benefits: Very quiet, deep cleaning, no dust or allergens indoors

849 - Allergen-safe vacuum cleaners have special design and filters
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- Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers (31 models) of HEPA and true-HEPA canister/robot vacuum cleaners listing style (canister or upright), cleaning power (water lift in inches and air flow in cfm), filtration methods, dust bag capacities, length of cord, features, weights, illustrations, prices and descriptions of several models, chart of particle size of common air contaminants.
Homeowner Benefits: Deep-cleaning, elimination of most common allergens

DIY Appliance/HVAC Maintenance Guides
This section lists do-it-yourself tips for maintaining and using10 major kitchen, heating and cooling appliances in your home. This keeps them running efficiently with a longer life.