Products, services, and tips to make your home & office more comfortable, healthy, and efficient.
Aug 27, 2009
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Style on the Cheap
While homeowners tighten their belts, a Brooklyn-based interior designer has answered the demand for bargains with the formation of glasstilestore.com
, which showcases more than 300 stylish designs at a fraction of the retail cost. While glass tiles and mosaics can run from $30 to $80 per square foot, GlassTileStore.com unloads these beauties for just $7 to $25—or about 60 percent off. glasstilestore.com
Brondell’s Perfect Flush system, new to the market this month, promises to give homeowners the benefits of a dual-flush toilet without actually buying one. By cutting a toilet’s water consumption by 30 to 50 percent—using just 0.8 gallons per flush (rather than the typical 1.6 to five)—Brondell asserts that if every American toilet were equipped with a Perfect Flush, we’d save about 20 trillion gallons of water per year. $99. brondell.com
Just as technology has allowed us to do our jobs without traveling to the office, FREEVOLVE’s housEvolve home monitoring kit (main controller $533) enables homeowners to maintain their abodes without actually being there. Become a remote gatekeeper with the garage door controller ($266), be the first to know about a flood in your house with the water presence detection pod ($266), or be more mindful of your HVAC system with the remote thermostat controller ($266). freevolve.com
Ironically, the washing machine can be the biggest hotbed for mold and mildew in your home. When fungus spores build on leftover residue from detergents, not only does it make your clothes smell awful, but medical experts agree that molds can cause serious health complications. What once could only be solved with harsh chemicals can now be treated by adding a tablespoon of all-natural, organic Smelly Washer powder to your next hot cycle. $16.99. smellywasher.com
Pushing the Envelope
Experts agree that summer is the perfect time to give your home heating system a checkup. And efficient heating—not to mention indoor air quality—all starts with a tight envelope. The new, compact, and durable RotoStorm insulation blower outputs 1,350 pounds of cellulose per hour, as well as 450 pounds of fiberglass per hour. An optional accessory package includes R-value rulers, goggles, insulation bricks, and more. Prices vary. rotobrush.com
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