Prevent A House Fire – Clean Your Dryer Vent

More than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many people are more aware of cleaning out the lint trap between loads but seem to forget that the dryer vent needs to be cleaned out on a regular basis as well.

I’m not saying you need to clean the hose every month or anything – that’s unnecessary; we’re talking about every year to year-and-a-half. The vents used in dryers can built up thick walls of lint and other dirty debris over time that can trap the air that needs to escape for effective drying. By preventing the air and moisture to escape, the dryer has to work harder and harder at drying – leading to heat build-up which may cause a vent fire.

The placement of your washer and dryer could create a higher risk for a fire to occur. If the dryer is located in the middle of the house rather than up against an outside wall, the dryer vent hose is much longer which makes it more difficult for the dryer to push the lint out. Therefore, dryers with longer vents need to be monitored more closely as they are more susceptible to fires.

Getting your dryer vent cleaned out also preserves the life of your dryer and keeps your energy bill down! If you installed your own dryer, chances are, there may be a few tweaks a technician can help you fix in order to ensure your machine is working safely and efficiently.

So please, be mindful of this household task as these fires are preventable. If you don’t remember the last time you had it cleaned, it would be a good time to call someone to get it looked at because chances are, you’re over-due and holding you and your family at high risk!

For tips on how to catch build-up before it’s too late, visit ABC Action News here:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/money/angies-list/thousands-of-fires-are-sparked-each-year-by-clogged-dryer-vents

 

LINT ALERT is also available!

Lint alert can be installed in your home to take the guess work out of this potentially hazardous issue. This device is placed in your home and is connected directly to your dryer; this system detects the amount of lint and debris build up in your dryer vent and will alert you once it evaluates that the vent is too full and there is a high risk for fire. Our specialists highly recommend the use of the Lint Alert to be used in every home to eliminate the risk of a house fire and ensure the safety of your family.

 

References:

ABC Action News

http://www.abcactionnews.com/money/angies-list/thousands-of-fires-are-sparked-each-year-by-clogged-dryer-vents

 

The Almetal Dryer Vent Corporation

http://www.almetaldryervent.com/productinfo.html

 

We provide vent cleaning services! Call Brand Source at (720) 881-8384 to learn more about Lint Alert and schedule your vent cleaning appointment today!

Questions & Concerns of Buying A New Mattress – You’re Not Alone!

There are quite a few myths, questions, concerns, and even fears based around buying a new mattress. People in the market for a new mattress may not understand that the mattress they end up buying could affect more than just their sleep. Purchasing a mattress that fits your physical needs can improve your quality of life.

Several people are uneasy about buying a new mattress because it is such a large part of our lives. Our mattresses are to us as chargers are to our phones – it’s where we go to charge back up for the next day, so changing the platform in which your body rests on can be really nerve-racking.

When you think of purchasing a mattress, what are your concerns? You would be surprised how many other people have similar hesitations. Below are some customer concerns that July’s edition of Sleep Savvy came up with – can you relate?

 

  1. Knowing when to replace your mattress

Consumers need help identifying when to replace their mattresses.

  • “I usually replace (my mattress) when there are holes in it or it sags so bad I can’t sleep”
  • “I replace when I feel a sunken impression made by years of sleeping in the same place on my mattress”

From our previous mattress post, Improve the Quality of Your Sleep:

4 Signs you desperately need a new mattress set

  • You wake up with stiffness, numbness, and aches and pains.
  • You had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed, such as a hotel.
  • Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse – it sags, has lumps, the interior is exposed, etc.
  • Your mattress is 7 years old or older.

 

  1. Being overwhelmed with options

Some consumers don’t know where to start.

  • “I hate shopping when the options are limitless.”
  • “Do I start by researching the technology or find something in my price range?”

 

Our Mattress Buyer for Mattress Kingdom always asks, “Do you prefer to sleep in the mattress or on the mattress?” If you know if you like to sink in to your mattress or like to sleep comfortably on top of it, that will eliminate about 50% of your options to get you started. You also want to keep your physical needs in mind: do you have a bad back, in which position do you typically sleep, etc. Keeping all of this in mind and talking to a mattress specialist about these things will help eliminate most of your confusion and help make the experience a more pleasant one.

 

  1. PDA… with a mattress

Consumers are embarrassed about testing mattresses in public.

  • “I hate going to a store to look at a mattress. You can never really lie down and test it like you would at home. I am afraid of messing up the mattress or of everyone staring at me.”

 

The reason why mattress retailers have test beds is so you can get a feel of what you are looking to purchase. You shouldn’t be shy to test out the bed you are interested in, I mean, it’s a very important and impactful purchase! How will you know which bed is for you if you don’t get a feel for it; so jump on in and get comfy!

 

  1. The “used car salesman” approach

Consumers liked genuine retail associates who encouraged “test-drives.”

  • “(The retail associate) immediately had me lay down on a mattress while she talked about it and asked me how it felt. She was not pushy at all and kept reminding me which ones were firmer and which weren’t to help me remember. She was very knowledgeable and shared stories from her customers. She never made me feel that I was bothering her or wasting her time.”

 

Most mattress retailers understand that the customers coming in are shopping for “the most important health care product in the house hold.” They have also been mattress customers themselves so they will understand you mean when you say, “this isn’t the one.”

 

Have no fear potential mattress customers! It’s really not as scary as you think it is. Take your time and find the mattress that is right for YOU.

Get Ready For The First Energy Efficient Dryer!

You’ve seen and heard about HE washers; shoot, you probably have one! But Whirlpool has gone above and beyond to create the first HE dryer.

What does it mean for a dryer to be Energy Star-qualified? To be considered energy efficient, these HE dryers need to use approximately 20% less energy on average than dryers that meet the federal minimum efficiency standards for 2015. Dryers have been adapted to this by including advanced moisture sensors which prevents over drying and is easier on your fabrics. HE dryers are also advanced because of the Ecoboost setting which improves the method for turning the heaters on and off during the cycle depending on the load. This is where you can save most of your dryer’s energy!

Great it saves energy, but “How much money does it save?” is what you really want to know. Energy Star says to expect to save about $18 a year in electricity costs. Over 12 years, that’s more than $200 – it doesn’t seem like a lot but consider saving that amount of money on top of saving the life of your clothes. The Whirlpool Duet WED87HED electric dryer is the ‘ying’ to your HE washer’s ‘yang’ – it may not seem like you’re saving much now but using these high efficiency laundry sets  not only save you money in the long run but can take better care of your clothes and in turn, take better care of your wallet.

Keeping Up With Your Front Load Washer

Several family homes have upgraded to the front load washing machine. They stack, they’re energy efficient, they save you time and money – mostly money! But what about the upkeep to make these beautiful machines last longer? You’re probably saying, “Wait, upkeep?? People do that?” YES! Maintenance is very important to help keep your machine running smoothly and almost more importantly, keep your machine and clothes from exuding a nasty, moldy stench.

Today, most energy efficient washers have a self-cleaning setting – much like your oven. This cycle helps to take care of and even prevent mold and mildew build up from all those loads of laundry. But there are other cost efficient, easy ways to keep your machine clean and if you’ve passed that point and it’s already starting to stink, there are solutions for that as well.

Below are some links that we have found to help the average laundry-set-owner keep their washing machine clean and fresh. Whether it’s a daily ritual when you’re doing the laundry or a here-and-there cleaning, these tips will help you prevent and take care of this unfortunate situation.

 

Tips and tricks to do for every load:

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/how-to-keep-your-he-front-load-washer-clean-and-smelling-fresh/

Daily + Once-in-a-while cleaning techniques:

http://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/8-tips-maintaining-front-load-washing-machines.html

Deep cleaning your cleaning machine:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8160246_clean-high-efficiency-washing-machines.html

Bleach and vinegar – but not all at once!

http://blog.diynetwork.com/maderemade/2013/04/30/get-your-laundry-back-on-track/

 

 

Improve The Quality of Your Sleep

How do you know if it’s time to replace your mattress or if it’s just time to change your habits? Read the tips and statistics from Sleep Savvy Magazine below to learn how to improve the quality of your sleep.

 

How to get the best sleep you can!

  • Commit to seven to eight hours of sleep. The average adult needs this many hours of quality sleep each night. Work backward from your wake time.
  • Keep regular sleep hours. Make sleep a priority by keeping consistent bedtime and wake schedules – even on the weekends.
  • Exercise during the day. Even moderate exercise, such as walking, can help you sleep better. Just make sure you don’t’ work out within two hours of bed time.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Alcohol and caffeine can interfere with sleep habits. Smokers also should avoid tobacco before bed.
  • Eat light at night. Finish eating at least two to three hours before bed. Eating too close to bedtime can disturb sleep quality.
  • Relax before bed. Create a bedtime ritual that is relaxing. Experts recommend reading a book, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath or shower.
  • Create a sleep sanctuary. Transform your room into a haven of comfort and relaxation. Make sure your room is cool, quiet and free of distraction for the best possible sleep.
  • Evaluate your mattress and pillows provide the proper comfort and support. If your mattress is seven years older or older, it may be time for a new one. In general, pillows should be replaced every year.

 

Interesting Sleep Facts

Sleep deprivation equals being drunk on the job

Don’t think having the best bed for you is necessary or important? It is – it not only improves your sleep but improves your ability to function while you’re awake. According to researchers in the Sleep Medicine Division of Harvard Medical School, it has been proven that sleep deprivation is the equal cognitive impairment as alcohol consumption. Crazy, huh? This sleep deprivation is costing companies $63 billion a year from insomnia and other health and productivity-related problems. Insomnia is most likely affecting your personal life as well. So, maybe it’s time to re-think getting that new mattress? 

 

The language of sleep

A study conducted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville shows that the words involved in coaxing your brain to sleep may be an important factor in the amount of sleep you get. Participants, who were exposed to sleep-related words like “cozy” and “relax” for five minutes before napping, snoozed 47% longer than those who didn’t see the language. It’s been said that reading relaxing words activates goal-oriented mental processes in your brain that help control how tired or wired you feel. Who knew you could talk your body and mind in to being tired?!

 

4 Signs you desperately need a new mattress set

  1. You wake up with stiffness, numbness, and aches and pains.
  2. You had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed, such as a hotel.
  3. Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse – it sags, has lumps, the interior is exposed, etc.
  4. Your mattress is 7 years old or older.

 

Content courtesy of: Sleep Savvy Magazine http://www.sleepsavvymagazine.com

“Sleep Shorts.” Sleep Savvy. Vol. 13, No. 1, Pg. 8. January/February 2014.

“Spring Ahead: Tips to ease daylight saving time suffering.” Sleep Savvy. Vol. 13, No. 2, Pg. 8. March 2014.

“4 Signs your customers desperately need a new mattress set.” Sleep Savvy. Vol. 13, No. 3, Pg. 8. April 2014.