Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coupon Deals thru 9/9/2014 Portable ACs, Shot Chillers, Ice Makers, Beverage Coolers and More!

NewAir AC-12000H AC and Heater. Originally $499.95 now just $344.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

NewAir AC-14100H AC and Heater. Originally $549.95 now just $354.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Ice Maker. Originally $149.95 now just $137.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Avalon Bay AB-ICE26B Ice Maker. Originally $149.95 now just $137.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

NewAir AD-250 Dehumidifier. Originally $164.95 now just $137.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Luma Comfort EC45S Swamp Cooler. Originally $139.99 now just $112.99. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Koolatron W75 Beverage Cooler with Car Charger. Originally $179.95 now just $167.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Picnic Time 302-55-401 Highlander Picnic Basket and Blanket. Originally $169.95 now just $134.95. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Vinotemp VT-SHOTCHILLER Shot Chiller. Originally $229.00 now just $217. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Bayou Classic 700-701 4-Gallon Deep Fryer. Originally $369 now just $299. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com! 

Bayou Classic B159 Cast Iron Fish Cooker. Originally $139 now just $119. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Blackstone 1575 Outdoor Patio/Pizza Oven. Originally $649 now just $529. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Blackstone 1517 28" Griddle Cooking Station. Originally $199 now just $179. Use code REDEEM through 9/9, only at Air-n-Water.com!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vornado Space Heater Recall

 Do you own this space heater?
It was a real shocker when I heard about this recall. Vornado enjoys a very good reputation in the space heater industry and is one of, if not the best, at distributing heat into every corner of the room.I hope the recall is limited to this specific model.

Call Vornado at 844-205-7978 or visit www.vornado.com and click on the recall graphic in the lower right corner of the home page for more information about the recall.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tips On How To Start Or Grow A Business

Looking for tips on how to start or grow a business? Gain insight from the expert, join SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet as she answers your questions during a live Google Hangout-On-Air on August 27. The Hangout will be hosted at the Google Small Business Community.

RSVP and Submit Questions.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Corn Is Crashing

The prediction of a record corn crop this year has sent prices tumbling almost 25% from year ago levels to $3.76 per bushel.

This is also well off the record highs of $8.00/BU seen during July of 2012.

So last year's price of around $225/ton for bulk fuel corn should also see a decrease. It's still too early for the fuel corn dealers to set the 2014 - 2015 prices, but I'll let you know as soon as they decide.

You can also check the Fuel Cost Comparison Chart for updated pricing on corn and 7 other home heating fuels.

FYI: Corn fuel at $225/ton (last years price) works out to around $23 per 1 million BTUs which is $5 more per 1mil BTUs than natural gas, and $10 less per 1mil BTUs than fuel oil.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Space Heater Recall

SPACE HEATER RECALL

Sunbeam Products of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 151,600 Holmes ceramic heaters.

This recall involves Holmes oscillating ceramic heaters sold in black, purple, red, blue and white.

The firm has received 132 reports of units that unexpectedly stopped working and/or overheated, resulting in 1 report of smoke inhalation and 10 reports of property damage involving burned flooring.

The rectangular heaters (shown at left) included in the recall are about 12 inches tall, 8 ½ inches wide and 5 ½ inches deep and have model number HCH1823M printed on a label on the bottom of the product.
 

The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The heaters, manufactured in China, were sold at Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2013, to March 2014, for about $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heater, unplug it and contact Sunbeam Products, for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunbeam Products at (800) 834-0056 anytime.

FYI: Another Holmes space heater I wouldn't want in my home is the Holmes HFH111T-U Desktop Heater with Fan.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About Portable Air Conditioners

Whynter Portable Air Conditioner 
One of the best ways to keep you and your family cool during the hot weather is with a portable air conditioner; especially when the use of a window air conditioner is restricted by regulations or irregular window construction.

Picking out the right portable air conditioner to fit your needs is easy if you know all the facts. Here then are 5 things you need to know about portable air conditioners before you spend your hard earned cooling dollars.

1. what is EER?
EER stands for energy efficiency ratio and is a numerical guide to help you compare the energy efficiency of different models. The EER of most units ranges between 8.5 and 11; the higher the number the better. If the EER is not stated you can figure it out for yourself by dividing the unit's wattage into the BTU rating.

2. What's the difference between single hose and double hose portable air conditioners?
All portable air conditioners need at least one hose to exhaust the hot air generated by the compressor. So the primary difference between single and dual hose models is where the intake air comes from. A single hose model intakes air from the room and recirculates it just like a window air conditioner. While a dual hose unit intakes air from the outside through one hose and exhausts the heated compressor air from the other.

3. Are dual hose models more efficient than single hose models?
There is no quantifiable evidence that I can find, (and believe me I've been researching this for quite a while) that a dual hose model is more efficient than a single hose model. As a matter of fact, I can't find one instance where  a dual hose model has a lower EER than a single hose unit where the BRU outputs are equal.

However, I can tell you this: In most cases, portable air conditioners with higher BTU outputs are more  efficient than units with lower BTU ratings simply because incrementally, it  doesn't take that much more power (watts) to run a larger compressor.

For instance, the Whynter Dual Hose 12,000 BTU ARC-12SD draws only 18% more power than the Mobile Comfort single hose 8,000 BTU KY-80, yet delivers 50% more BTUs of cooling.

4. Are portable air conditioners with heaters a good deal?
Portable air conditioners with heaters are a real convenience and a good value. However, heating capacity varies a great deal between models based on which type of heater is used in the unit. Some models use a separate electric heater, while others run the existing compressor in reverse for heat just like a central air conditioner's heat pump.

Those that use a heat pump have the capacity to heat approximately the same area that they cool. Those that employ a separate electric heater heat only 30% of the area the unit is capable of cooling.

Besides the convenience of having two appliances in one, the price is nearly identical to a similar size unit that offers cooling only.

5. Are portable air conditioners expensive to run?
Surprisingly, even the most powerful 14,000 BTU model consumes only 1,250 watts versus 1,500 watts needed to run a typical electric space heater.