Extreme cold isn’t limited to the outdoors. If there’s a power outage or an overworked heating system breaks down, or the home isn’t sufficiently insulated, families not adequately prepared can be in real danger. Even if everything seems to be working, dangers can lurk.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that before the temperature starts to drop, make sure you have an easy to read thermometer. Especially if there are young children or elderly people in your home whose bodies may be more susceptible to lower temperatures, depending on the often hard-to-ready thermostat thermometer can let it get dangerously cold. Also, having thermometers around the house makes it easy to see where it’s getting too cold before the thermostat, usually kept in a warmer interior room, gets the message. Continue reading
Did you know that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration oversees the safety of pet medications, as well as those for humans? In fact, a number of the medication errors that occur with people are similar to show up in the treatment of animals, and since 2008, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has been examining error reports on medications for animals and working to increase their safe use. What they’ve learned can help you help keep your pet safer. Continue reading
Miele and its dealers, including Best Vacuum, have raised a $145,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help in that organization’s Sandy relief efforts. The money was raised as part of the “Help Us, Help Our Neighbors” program where Miele and Miele dealers work together to help the communities in which they live and work. Continue reading
Humidifier design has come a long way since the sick room vaporizer and box with water wheel/evaporator configurations. Humidifier engineering has advance considerably, with airwashers and ultrasonic technologies added to the mix. And while the units themselves no longer are eyesores (mostly, at least), neither are they something you want to actually want to have in a room.
Until now, that is. Continue reading
The smell of cookies baking is thought to be so universally loved that real estate agents often bake some in a home before an open house to add some warm fuzzies to the event. But that may just be a myth, according to recent survey by the makers of the Blueair air purifier.
Make no mistake, cookies, brownies, bread…most anything baking…are my personal favorite aromas. But according to research conducted by Blueair in late December, those smells rank at the top of list of “bad” odors people most wanted out of their homes.
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The winter air combined with heating appliances can dry out the air in your home, leaving you with dying house plants, dry skin and frequent sore throats – making you more susceptible to the cold and flu viruses.
Our choice of humidifier is the Venta Airwasher. The Venta Airwasher humidifier not only adds moisture to the air through its unique “cold water humidification” process, it also purifies the air at the same time and does both without leaving any of that white “dust” that makes a lot of people stop using their humidifiers. Continue reading
We’ve unveiled a completely re-designed Web site for Best Vacuum that combines the latest Web technologies without sacrificing any of the ease of use that made our Web site a customer favorite.
The new Web site makes it easy for you to navigate through brands and product categories to find just the item you’re looking for, including our selection of Miele vacuum cleaners and Miele accessories, air purifiers, humidifiers and other products. We’ve enhanced and added features to the product pages, including new images with close-up zoom, expanded descriptions and customer reviews. And we created new, easily accessible sections for accessories and maintenance items, from cleaning tools to replacement bags and filters, for quick ordering or re-ordering. Continue reading
We’re proud to announce the availability of Miele’s newest full-size series, the Miele S8 vacuum cleaners. Continuing Miele’s tradition of “Immer Besser” (Forever Better), these machines improve on every aspect on the Miele S5 full-size series, up to now Miele’s bestselling canister series of all time.
Designed, engineered and built in Germany, the Miele S8 vacuum cleaner series is lighter, quieter and offers improved cleaning performance. They include Miele-exclusive innovations such as “Dynamic Drive” wheels with integrated shock absorbers and inflated tires that absorb impact from grouted tile and thresholds, plus luxury touches such as three-dimensional felt bumpers to protect baseboards and even a model with a spotlight in the handle to better see while cleaning in dark areas.
Among over 200 engineering and design improvements, all Miele S8 vacuum cleaner models share Miele’s powerful “Vortex” motor, sealed HEPA AirClean system, and the new “skeleton construction” body that reduces the vacuum’s weight while increasing the strength of its body. All models also feature a larger, easier-to-grab handle, longer 36-foot power cord, and foot-operated suction control panel. Continue reading
Miele has a vacuum in every color of the rainbow, but each model is color-exclusive. If you want the S7 Miele Salsa, you’re getting a red vacuum. If you want the S5 Miele Capricorn, you’re getting a purple one. Three out of five people I speak with who are interested in a Miele will ask, “Does this come in any other color?” And even though the answer is “no,” Miele proves they’re listening by tweaking their colors a couple times a year. This time around, they’ve changed a couple of the S7 uprights.
First, we have the S7 Miele Twist. Up to now, it was a deep, vibrant Royal Blue color. It’s a very traditional color: it’s in the US flag, most blue ink pens use royal blue, and let’s not forget the Kansas City Royals! But their new color, described as “Sprint Blue,” is a shade lighter and a little pastel. It’s a color most commonly used in sports cars, perfect for a luxury appliance. The Miele Twist’s color is definitely a lot more subdued this time around – which isn’t a bad thing. It looks more natural, and in my opinion has more of a “calming” effect than the harsh blue of its predecessor. Continue reading