Has there ever been a better summer drink than a Slurpee? When I was 14, I bought one almost every single day. If only I knew then what I know now, I’d have saved myself quite a bit of cash. Here are five delicious home Slurpee recipes that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth whenever it gets too hot. Continue reading
Most households experience a drop in humidity during wintertime. Lower temperatures means less evaporation and prevents the air from holding moisture. Furnaces and forced air heating systems exacerbate the problem because they burn out any lingering water vapor as they circulate warm air. Dry skin, itchy eyes, and nasal and throat irritation are all symptoms of low humidity. It also increases risk of colds, causes paint and wallpaper to peel, and damages wood furniture and electronics.
Humidifiers and vaporizers alleviate these problems by adding moisture back into the air. Most people don’t understand the differences between humidifiers and vaporizers. They both dispense moisture, but in different ways. Continue reading
Hard water is a major headache for homeowners. It builds up in your pipes, leaves scaly residue on your fixtures, and clogs your plumbing. Hard water can also damage your portable ice maker. Once it gets in, it restricts water flow, hampers ice production, and, in worst case scenarios, it can even disable your water pump. If you have hard water in your home, or suspect you might, here’s how to keep it from ruining your portable ice maker. Continue reading
As winter approaches, it’s common for pets to spend more time indoors, which can be a problem if you suffer from pet allergies. Contrary to popular belief, pet allergies are not caused by pet hair, but by a proteins contained in their skin and saliva. These proteins get mixed into their fur, but also into carpets, clothes, and furniture around your home. If you love your pets, but can’t stand the way they irritate your nose, throat, and eyes, here are five techniques proven to reduce pet dander. Continue reading
Evaporative cooling is one of the most cost-effective ways to stay cool in warm, dry climates. Evaporative coolers – also known as swamp coolers – can cool your home at a fraction of the cost of an air conditioner and come in a variety of styles. The sleekest are evaporative cooling towers, a perfect blend of style and convenience. Their compact design means they can be placed anywhere you need a cool breeze without becoming a burdensome or obstructive eyesore. Continue reading
Without proper care, portable evaporative coolers, sometimes called swamp coolers, can become breeding grounds for mold and fungus. These infestations thrive in dark, damp areas with stagnant air and can cause a wide range of respiratory problems for people exposed to them. The good news is keeping your portable evaporative cooler mold-free is easy with some simple maintenance and preventative measures. Continue reading
Every summer, the winds shift in Arizona. The hot weather creates low pressure zones along the desert floor that draw air and moisture up from the Gulfs of California and Mexico. This is the cause of Arizona’s monsoon season. Using an evaporative cooler during Arizona monsoon season requires some extra care. The storms last from June through September and can cause a lot of problems. Your cooler may not function right and it can get clogged with dust and debris. If you want to keep using them, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading
One of the challenges for dude ranches is keeping their guests comfortable while they experience the great outdoors. Many rely on air conditioners and shade to cool down their guests, but there’s another option that often gets overlooked: evaporative coolers.
Portable evaporative coolers keep guests cool both inside and outside. They can be used to cool guest rooms, dining rooms, patios, porches, pools, barns, lookouts, dance floors, shooting ranges, swimming pools, and cattle corals, and they’re perfectly suited to the American west. Continue reading
Have you ever looked at the ice they serve you in a restaurant compared to the ice you make at home? You might have noticed that it’s crystal clear, while the ice at home is white and cloudy. Why is that? Why should you care?
Restaurant ice is clear because restaurants and bar owners use specialized ice making equipment that freezes ice from the inside out, rather than the outside in, like you do at home. The difference seems small, but it has significant benefits. Clear ice lasts longer, looks better, and does a better job chilling your drink than cloudy ice. But you don’t have to go to a restaurant to get clear ice.
Luma makes clear ice at home using the Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Ice Maker. It produces large amounts of clear ice very quickly in your kitchen, on your patio, or wherever you gather to enjoy a cool drink on a warm day. Here’s how.