How to find the best vacuum cleaner for your home

All homes, just like all individuals, are different. They have different particularities and need different maintenance activities in different doses. And with household maintenance tools it’s  always a question of the biggest and the strongest, but rather the most appropriate.

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Vacuum cleaners are in a continuous improvement process, and with the wide variety of models and features you find on the market deciding which one is better for your home might be difficult. Here are some tips on what certain features you can find in a modern vacuum cleaner good for.

When you’re thinking about a vacuum cleaner to suit your house you’re referring to the area to be covered and the type of surfaces the vacuum will have to clean. This is why the first question you should ask yourself is what type of vacuum would do the job. A canister vacuum has the best suction power, but it might be a little more difficult to maneuver on large areas. An upright vacuum lose a little of the power suction, but works much better on carpets thanks to the standard motorized brush roll. Cordless vacuum cleaners are great for difficult to reach crevices and in-between cleanings swipes, but have the disadvantage of running out of battery very fast if they’re used on large surfaces, and their suction power isn’t spectacular.

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After you’ve chosen the right type of vacuum, consider the stretches that a short hose would put you through. If you have stairs, or tall ceilings in your house, a long hose will save you from a lot of back pain and help you get your job done easily and fast. In the same manner, a cordless or handheld unit will make cleaning corners and upholstery a piece of cake.

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Last on our list is the type of disposal the vacuum offers. Bags are great for avoiding messy canister emptying procedures, but you need to always have refills at hand. Canisters can cause a lot of mess if the mechanism isn’t sharply executed, or cause you serious problems if you’re allergic to dust particles. This could also happen if the vacuum uses poor filtration or if instead of sucking in all the debris, the machine scatters it – as it happens when using a brush roll on flat surfaces.

In conclusion, choosing a vacuum cleaner requires to carefully consider all the details regarding the carpeting, upholstery, and surface area of your home.

The best point-and-shoot cameras of 2016

 

 

Looking a few years back, point and shoot cameras seemed to be facing obsolescence, with smartphones, Iphones and Ipads integrating better and better photo and video technology. However, the manufacturers have managed to open new doors to progress for the once dying breed, and now we’re witnessing a new comeback wave on the market. This year has seen many powerful arrivals on this niche, and here are some of the most appreciated point and shoot cameras in 2016.

 

ol4Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-100 is one versatile tool, with a 12.8 MP Micro 4/3” MOS sensor that does wonders in combination with the 24-75mm Leica lens. A manual focus ring offers you more creative freedom than auto focus cameras. 4K video and photo resolution makes it a powerful contender, and is also a big selling-point that not only adds to the richness of the image, but also allows depth of detail and great colour reproduction.

 

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is a high-end compact camera that also features 4K resolution, the famous Sony Optical Steadyshot and a performant 24-600mm equivalent F2.4 -4 lens and 20MP 1”-type stacked CMOS sensor. Together with the BIONZ X image processor, they offer great ISO performance and noise reduction. Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an appraised camera that efficiently combines a great zoom range and fast lens speed.

 

Another point and shoot camera that everyone admired this year is the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4, a perfect companion for the adventurous photographers. Waterproof, shockproof ( very good for landscapes), freezeproof, what more proof do you need? Combining a 16MP live MOS sensor of 1/2:3 and an F2.0 wide angle lens, this camera is as sharp as it is tough. Built-in wi-fi connectivity even lets you share your experiences in no-time.

 

ol5Canon Powershot G16 may seem an odd choice for those of you who cherish portability the most, but as far as performance goes, you will quickly understand why the manufacturer decided to sacrifice a little space. Similar to the RX100 III, the G7 from Canon has a 20 MP, 1”-type sensor, it works with 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens and allures us even more with its flip-up rear touchscreen. Moreover, the G7 renders great physical control features such as clicking control dials and exposure compensation dial.

 

As you can see, the point and shoot cameras industry has been really busy with finding new features and combinations to woe the consumer and we may well admit we are looking forward for more.

Why you should buy lifetime updates for your GPS unit

Most GPS units manufacturers offer the possibility to add lifetime updates for you unit, but is it really worth spending the money? To answer this question, let us consider the disadvantages of not updating the maps on your GPS.

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As you can see everyday around you, infrastructure is in continuous growth and change. Streets, bridges, buildings are constantly being built and demolished to make room for more constructions. If you live in a small town, it may be easy to find your way without a GPS or a map, but large cities can be something of a mousetrap once you’ve taken the wrong turn. Long trips with your car across the state are even more chancy if you’re not abreast with the latest changes, and the risk of driving for hours before hitting a dead end is higher.

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The GPS unit functions based on the signals sent by an orbiting satellite system that delivers an accurate position of the GPS on the globe, but it also needs a mapping system. With all the changes in infrastructure we mentioned above, owning a GPS unit that hasn’t got its maps updated is just like using a several years-old map. An outdated mapping system will possibly lead to wrong routes, traffic jams, and even speed tickets.

The market today offers two ways of updating the maps on your GPS- there is a third one you can find on this website. One is purchasing the updates individually every year, and another one is getting a lifetime updates package along with your unit from the manufacturer. The first option might prove to be better if you change your vehicles and your gear often, and for the short run, it will cost you less money.

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However, with the immense amount of errands and the general speed of our modern lifestyles, remembering something as small as getting an update for your GPS can be easily neglected, getting you in undesirable situations when you most rely on its accuracy.

Furthermore, a lifetime update package will save you the trouble of remembering and making the purchase every year, and will cost you less that a yearly update in the course of several years.

In conclusion, sometimes, the commitment might be the best choice, but it all depends on your way of living, and the way you use your vehicle.

Here’s a short video on how you can update maps for a Garmin device: