How to Choose a Freezer for your Home

Written by Donald Grummett

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Others suggest filling unused space with containers of water. They would become frozen and act as a thermal media that in theory would lowerrepparttar run time ofrepparttar 100016 freezer. The jury is still out on these ideas. To me seems like an over reaction by people who bought too large a freezer inrepparttar 100017 first place.

Options required --------------------

Since most freezers are relegated torepparttar 100018 basement they are not an appliance that needs to look pretty. Neither do most consumers feel a necessity for them to have many options. Most are simply regarded as large storage boxes where frozen foods are kept for later usage.

Recently though manufacturers they have been offering a few more options. Things such as frost free, built in alarms, digital temperature displays, push button controls, and quick freeze are now onrepparttar 100019 market. All options on a freezer can serve a purpose but must be offset withrepparttar 100020 possibility of increased complexity. The more complex a devicerepparttar 100021 more possibility of it breaking down. Plus, along with complexity usually comes increased cost.

One ofrepparttar 100022 more unusual things you will see comes from Haier America. It is a chest style freezer with a pull out drawer atrepparttar 100023 bottom. The upper half is a basic chest freezer for long term storage. The lower half allows quick access via a drawer that slides out. The idea is thatrepparttar 100024 drawer section is for items that need to be frozen but will be used within a few days.

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Food preferences have changed significantly inrepparttar 100025 last decade. We are eating less beef and more poultry and vegetables. Consequently, consumers now store less than 50 pounds of beef at any time.

Twenty years ago freezers sold would average fifteen to twenty cubic feet. Todayrepparttar 100026 most popular size for a freezer is seven to twelve cubic feet. Again a reflection uponrepparttar 100027 fact that more people are consuming fresh foods rather than frozen.

Household freezers come in either a chest style or an upright style.

If you are looking for convenience, thenrepparttar 100028 upright freezer is for you. Obviously, its design allows you to get torepparttar 100029 food easily. Simply reaching into an upright requires less flexibility than leaning into a chest freezer.

Chest freezers tend to be more efficient to operate and consume less electricity.

Chest freezers are usually manual and will need to be defrosted once per year. Many upright freezers though are self-defrosting.

If you expect to userepparttar 100030 freezer for long-term storage a chest is better because they operate at a lower temperature than an upright.

So it is time to finally make that choice of what to buy. Hopefully, some ofrepparttar 100031 ideas above will help you make an informed decision. Remember to take a close look atrepparttar 100032 Energuide before purchasing. It offers a lot of information to help with an informed decision. But more onrepparttar 100033 Energuide in future issues.


Even if it is a low income housing option, you cannot spare home security atrepparttar 100034 cost of a fancy carpet or some other flooring supplies.

Copyright 2005 by Donald Grummett. All rights reserved. In the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. For more information about appliances including Frequently Asked Questions, Stain guide, Recycling, and monthly Newsletter visit his website at

Baking Soda for Cleaning

Written by Rosana Hart

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Baking soda is an abrasive, milder than commercial cleansers. For scrubbing outrepparttar sink, bathtub, or shower stall, for getting gunk offrepparttar 100015 outside of my toaster, and projects of that sort, I find it very useful. Using a rag or sponge, pour some baking soda onto it and then add a little water, just enough to form a paste. Then scrub! You can also mix uprepparttar 100016 paste in a small cup or bowl and then throw out what you haven't used byrepparttar 100017 end of that cleaning session. I keep a small container of baking soda handy byrepparttar 100018 sink, in a closed jar so thatrepparttar 100019 baking soda doesn't cake. You can also use a salt shaker, as you will probably go through that much baking soda before it gets caked up.

Pots and pans that have something burned onrepparttar 100020 bottom call for sterner measures. I admit that sometimes I just reach for my rarely-used commercial cleanser, butrepparttar 100021 baking soda cleaning method is to shake baking soda all overrepparttar 100022 burned stuff and then letrepparttar 100023 pot sit overnight. You can also add a little water and baking soda torepparttar 100024 pot, bring it to a boil, and then let it sit.

For stained marble, a paste of baking soda and white vinegar can be effective. For washing windows, put some baking soda on a wet rag or sponge.

Baking soda also has a variety of uses in keeping your body clean too. But enough! This article is about baking soda for cleaning aroundrepparttar 100025 house.

Rosana Hart has been using baking soda in cleaning houses for years. She tells you more about cleaning houses and offices, and how to do it for a living, at her website,

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