Archive | June 2014

The Different Types and Brands of Smoke Alarms

It should always be safe to have a smoke alarm in any building whether industrial or residential. Particularly in buildings that are quite old but still in mass use. In some countries and cities the installation of some alarm is mandated by law. In the paragraphs that follow, we will be precisely discussing the type of smoke alarms available in market and some best brands that could be picked.

Types Of Smoke Alarms:Smoke Alarms

The market has been predominantly following the two technologies of Smoke detection. They are the ionization type and photoelectric smoke detectors. We will briefly discuss their working mechanisms and benefits in this section.

  • Ionization Type Smoke Detectors – This particular type comprises of two plates, one positively and one negatively charged. Smoke produces a combination of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Electrons. The positively charged Oxygen and Nitrogen ions get attracted to the Negative plate and negatively charged electrons do the same to the Positive plate and eventually neutralize them. This causes a reduction in the current within the plates and sets the alarm off detecting smoke. This technology is good in detecting fire when there are flames.
  • Photoelectric Type Smoke Detectors – This type uses a less complicated technology. It uses a Light Emitting Diode(LED). The light beam projected from the diode is scattered by the smoke when in contact thus setting off the alarm. This is best in catching smoldering fire even before there is a proper flame burst.

Best Smoke Detectors In The Market:

Now we will discuss about the best brands available in the market for smoke detection.

  • BRK Brands 7010B Hardwire: This is a photoelectric one but is more appropriate for bigger and commercial places like offices and hotels. Once the alarm goes off, the direction of the smoke can also confirmed. It is operated on a 9V battery and has a 360 degree Optipath technology to assess the air quality around the area of installation.
  • Kidde 19040 Fire Sentry: It uses ionization and is quite cheap. It can be used in both home and offices and in more than one places without causing much pain to your pocket. Its humble 4 inches body is not at all hazardous to the décor and is really easy to install. It is best to be installed in places where fire hazard is a possibility such as the kitchen.
  • Kidde Combination CO And Smoke Alarm: This is undoubtedly the best model. It can detect both Smoke and Carbon Monoxide and its voice alert technology will shout “Fire, Fire” when it’s smoke and “Warning – Carbon monoxide” when it’s CO. The best part is that you can use the hush feature to stop the alarm if you are sure the source of fire is not harmful, for example a gas stove fire.

So there you got the discussion on some of the best smoke detector brands in the market. Pick one that fits your needs and stay safe from fire hazards.

A Brief Buying Guide For Garbage Disposals

In each and every house, it is kind of mandatory to have a garbage disposal unit for hygiene’s sake. Just think of the amount of mess and stink it will result in if the waste and garbage produced due to the daily chores in your kitchen is not properly disposed. This is why garbage disposals are undoubtedly one of the most important household essentials.

Type of WasteHousehold Garbage Disposer

Though it sounds naïve, the type of waste should be considered as the most important parameter before choosing your garbage disposer. Different households have different types of waste, and garbage disposers also have their patent way of treating different types of waste (more information on that at Down the Sink).

The production of wastage depends on the number of people residing in that household. A small family will definitely produce much less organic wastes than a larger family. You may have inorganic wastes too. So be really cautious in what you are throwing down your sink. The manufacturers will tell you beforehand the type and amount of waste a disposer can handle. But if a manufacturer claims that a disposer can grind meat bones in to powder before disposing the waste, I will suggest please go for a demo.

What Kind Of Wine Cooler Is The Best For You

Well many people have this question in their minds and today we will try to answer this question. All the shiny features and technical gimmicks aside, the choice of wine coolers boils down three types of models.Dual-Zone Wine Cellar

  • Single Zone: Required for storing only one type of wine. These usually come with a capacity of 8 to 11 bottles. These are good if you prefer only one kind of wine and drink occasionally.
  • Dual Zone: This is the choice of true wine lovers. These come with a larger capacity of 16 to 30 bottles. Two temperature zones to store two types of wines hence they are named dual zone coolers.
  • Built-in Coolers: These coolers are for those who have a space crunch in their homes or apartments. These coolers are installed inside the kitchen cabinet and manage to look classy while saving a lot of space.

These basic pointers will help you start your search in the right direction. Make sure to read some reviews (the site Cooling Wine is pretty good), buy one and enjoy perfectly chilled wine whenever you want.