Lifestyle, Technology

Before Buying a Cooling Fan, Consider These Points

Before Buying a Cooling Fan

A fan can be really helpful in summer days. I can say that all types of fans can be beneficial in all cases, when it’s really hot. But it’s obvious that not all the fans serve a specific purpose. Each situation requires certain function, design, power and size. For example, in the office you don’t want to buy a ceiling fan as it is expensive when considering the use of one person. A ceiling fan is more suitable for a family space. In the office you may use a desk fan or a tower fan as it is less expensive and serve the purpose very well. But there are some points that should be considered that we figure out after having bought a fan and which are the following.

Oscillation

I find more pleasant to have the fan on oscillating mode rather than to fix it in one direction. This is more natural as it resembles the uneven, seemingly random movement. It also, at the level of noise, is less disturbing. In addition to that, when the fan is moving right and left, you feel more the cool breeze effect that the fan produces. Also, when you point the fan in one direction, only some part of your body benefits from the cool airflow as opposed to oscillating mode in which all your body cools down.

Air Circulation

When it comes to air circulation, a ceiling fan always seems to be the best option. There are many interesting ceiling fans like Minka Aire ones which can do this task in a nice way, but there are some fans manufacturers who focused on this point when designing their cooling fans other than ceiling fans. One of these brand is Vornado. This famous, which the name makes us think of ‘Tornado’, developed a technology in their fans with the aim to have a constant airflow in the room rather than the momentary oscillation.

Power

The airflow power of a fan is also a point to look at when buying a fan. The more a fan is powerful, the more choice you have in adapting it to various situations.

Next you want to purchase a fan, make sure you imagine yourself having this fan, how you will use it and where in order to decide which one is the more suitable for you.

Fashion, Lifestyle

Earth Wood Watches

Earthwood manufactures wooden watches and sunglasses on earth. The brand’s name is linked to earth because of natural materials that Earthwood uses in their watches. Rosewood and Bamboo are mostly the types used by Earthwood. Watches shapes are various, round rectangular small and big. You find all wooden watches, as well as watches where only the case is made wood. Wood used by Earthwood is Eco-Friendly and 100% natural.

Design of Earth Wooden Watchesearth-wood-watches

With many brands today entering the wooden watches business, design of these natural timepieces has improved since the traditional wood watch originally manufactured by woodworking amateurs on their garage. The Earthwood watches designs vary mainly on the three levels: the case, the dial and the strap. You find round, oval and rectangular shapes. The pseudo-bezel like on the Raywood model gives a more sturdy look and has numerals engraved on it. While this bezel is originally designed to rotate, on this watch it’s only a decoration and it does look nice. You find different dials on Earthwood watches. Most of the time, the dial is made of the same wood as the whole watch. On other models, the dial is of a different color than the case and the band. Another design feature is the numerals designed to indicate the time. On the majority of Earthwood watches, small sticks are in the place of numbers that indicates time. This gives the watch a minimalist look. On some models, you can find the 12,3,6, and 9 numerals only. On the latest collection from Earthwood called “Aztec”, there are only small stick in the place of indices. The Aztec collection features a wooden case with a leather band, while most of the other watches are all wooden (the case and the band). The logo of the brand has also evolved since the beginning, while there was always “Earth” plus the globe as a logo positioned on the top near the 12 o’clock, now Earthwood has decided to put only the globe as logo signature which is a lot better as it’s less busy. The logo is also engraved on the wooden case-back as well as the bracelet’s claps. The glass used on these watches is scratch resistant according to Earthwood.

Earthwood watche are splash resistant, not water resistant. The difference is that you wash your hands with them or walk safely while it rains with the watch on your wrist, but certainly not swim or dive with these watches.

Earthwood watches are nicely designed wooden timepieces that are among the top watches of this category and are contributing to the new fashion of stylish wood watches which have been neglected for a long time.

Health, Lifestyle

Humidity, Moisture and Dehumidifiers

Moisture in Buildings Studies

Moisture in Buildings Studies

Among various climate related causes that affect buildings is moisture. Not only that, studies that come back to middle 90s shown that 75–80% of all the problems with building envelopes are due to a certain extent to moisture. Later on in 2002, a finding of a cross-sectional analyses done in Finland by Haverinen is really surprising : 38% of detached houses and 25% of apartments were experiencing notable or important moisture issues. In the same year in Sweden (Wessén, Honkanen, Mälarstig, 2002), a study of more than 400 buildings found that 65% of the buildings were having moisture problems. Moisture had led to the growth of microbes in these buildings. These studies have without a doubt risen the awareness of many scientists and should therefore do the same to everyone of us.

Solutions to Indoor Humidification

Today, many people go right to buy a device to cope with humidification problems and doesn’t look for natural dehumidification means. These devices are called dehumidifiers and which are designed to remove indoor moisture by dehumidifying air of the room. This is done by condensing water which is in vapor form, and collecting it in a tank in a first step. The second step is to get air back to the room in its same temperature level. Frigidaire dehumidifiers are one of the most rated units of this category and some models could dehumidify up to 70 pints of water per day.

Examples of Most Common Moisture-related Problems

While some of the examples listed below are very obvious, many people are not aware of the danger of some simple dysfunctions in our homes and which are directly connected to moisture.

  • Water on the roof or walls coming from rain which often results in mold growth
  • Plumbing is sometime not properly designed or installed which results in spills and leaks.
  • When fixing a plumbing problem, it may have been nicely installed but after maintenance, some plumbing problems may persist or arise.
  • When weather is warm and humid, you may experience an infiltration of warm or moist from outside entering through crack in the enclosure.
  • The opposite effect could happen as warm or moist could get outside your home through holes in the enclosure and which can result in condensation in your house´s walls or ceiling.

Sources : http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/43325/E92645.pdf

Lifestyle, Technology

Household Technology and Artificial Intelligence

Almost anyone loves change, of course positive change. Whether it’s small or big, feeling progress is inexplicably satisfying and rewarding. In the case of new purchases that make our lives easier and more convenient, we tend to feel a sense of progress and pride in our selves even though we didn’t create these things, but we kind of reward our selves for the “right” choice we’ve made. Smartphones, tablets, smart watches all testify for that. Technological advancement has touched almost every part of our lives and there are some items which are becoming indispensable.

Household Technology and Artificial Intelligence

What About Robots ?

Many journalists are wondering whether robots will take over our lives. Many people feel a bit scared when imagining a human creation made of solid steel having human like capabilities taking over their lives. I’m sure that others accept, let’s say by necessity, to let these technological “devices” control some parts of their lives especially when it comes to getting rid of their household chores. This is by the way the opinion of Michael Björn the Head of Research at Ericsson ConsumerLab.

We Are (Almost) Already Living It

While many people don’t feel the slow shift we are experiencing in our lives, others are aware. Smart home automation systems are somehow the brain of the house. Who’s brain is this? Doesn’t this sound like a scary question? For people fearing a presumed robot conspiracy, it is. But when we take a look at people living in an automated house, it’s really not as alarming as we’ve just imagined. Nevertheless, household technology have also it’s cons and “horrifying” situations when you count on your smart home system to lock the doors at night but fails to do it. Smartphones having Siri installed in them are also transforming a smartphone to a personal, virtual assistant allowing users to get things done throughout the day easy and fast. The voice-control option make it sound more like a robot and because of its contextual awareness, he seems to know more than you know and respond to questions that even a human can’t think of.

Dumb Appliances

If we observe our lives, we realize that the machines we use in our everyday lives are running it somehow. These machines are not smart and this doesn’t please to us. We have to read manuals with hundred of pages, repair them, and buy them lots of electricity. This is clearly an unstated call for smart(er) machines/devices. But of course there should be limits to this Artificial Intelligence machines in order not to get out of control or execute more than we want them to (manual and automatic driving modes are a great example ). This will result in freeing a great deal of time, saving energy and lessening worries.

Confirming Statistics

According to Ericsson.com, by 2020 a range of domestic robots helping with everyday chores such as cooking and laundry will not be a surprise for at least 64% of consumers. In addition to functional tasks, robots would also keep company to people especially the elders.