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28

Jun

On The Fly

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Don’t know about you, but one of the less pleasant consequences of this great weather we seem to be having is the apparent increase in the numbers of flies and other buzzing creepy crawlies that are flying about.  We all know that flying insects like moths and bees are vital for pollination of crops, but […]

22

Jun

Fantastic Journey

Written by Duncan under Ceiling Fans, General | No Comments ""

Even we in the midst of this World Cup season wouldn’t try to shoehorn in England footie fans here.  Nor are we talking about  how oddly teamed animals make their way back home, or how Raquel Welch squeezes into a miniaturised  submarine (that would be a Fantastic Voyage!).  Neither do we consider a long and […]

21

Jun

Who Are The Best Fans?

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The World Cup.  We promised not to touch it, but we just can’t avoid it, especially given the run of frankly baffling first round group stage results.  France apparently being morphed into a Pub Team.  Switzerland beating Spain – what’s that about? Ten-man Germany slipping to defeat after missing a World Cup penalty for the […]

03

Jun

Obama Scared Of A Little Shock…

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On Monday, President Obama started his Memorial Day Speech in front of huge crowds of people in the middle of a torrential downpour. With severe lighting stoms close by, Obama seemed a little distracted at first – the wind and  rain lashing at the free world’s  leader from all angles. Within a few minutes, Obama […]

03

Jun

The Sunniest Weekend Of The Year So Far On Its Way…

Written by Duncan under General | No Comments ""

Quick, grab the barbecue before it changes its mind! It’s June now, so I  think we can be forgiven for expecting a bit of sun. Yes I know we’re in Britain, but I want my summer. After a couple of false starts (where it pretended it was summer to get us all in shorts and […]

30

Apr

Was Iceland Volcano an Inside Insurance Job?

Written by Duncan under Air Purifiers, General | No Comments ""

The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier is apparently spewing out far less ash, but a change of wind direction means the island’s main airports are set to close for the first time.  It remains active and has been throwing magma chunks the size of cars into the air with some lava flow and Earth tremors. […]

26

Apr

Air Conditioning and the First Signs of Summer

Written by Duncan under Air Conditioners, General | No Comments ""

In the old days of LBC talk radio on FM in London you knew summer was coming because virtually all the advertisements on air were for portable air conditioners.  Even if it was raining cats and dogs outside the car window, as soon the annoying, strident tones of the ads for a particular supplier came […]

23

Apr

Summer Is a Coming!

Written by Duncan under Ceiling Fans, General | No Comments ""

Even if you are not a fan of weather forecasters, they all seem to be in agreement about what this summer is going to be like.  It’ll be a scorcher!   Not just the Met Office, but a number of commercial forecasters (which have to be right more often so they get paid!) are suggesting that […]

22

Apr

Weather Wizards of OZ?

Written by Duncan under General, Weather Stations | No Comments ""

Weather forecasters. The popular conception often seems to be that they may have more gadgets and gizmos, but seemingly today’s weathermen can’t tell us much more than the Shaman in the headdress holding two sticks and throwing chicken entrails at the clouds.  After all, even with global warming and all that, how hard can it […]

24

Mar

Humidifiers Can Help Save Energy and the Planet

Written by Duncan under General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

At a time when there seems to be a conspiracy to deny the scientific basis behind climate change theories, you could be forgiven for  relaxing about making your home and lifestyle fit better with sustaining  the environment.  Even if you believe the global warming deniers, the one thing that cannot be denied is the fact […]

23

Mar

Getting the Right Humidifier For The Nursery

Written by Duncan under General, Humidifiers | 1 Comment ""

Part of the thrill of becoming a parent for the first time is the preparation of the baby’s room.  That’s when new dads, no matter how ham fisted, are expected to master gloss and emulsion painting  and the art of wallpapering by trying to match up patterns of cartoon characters without consuming  half the roll […]

19

Mar

Guide to Choosing a Dehumidifier

Written by Duncan under Dehumidifiers, Desiccant, General | 2 Comments ""

One of the most important  factors to bear in mind when choosing a dehumidifier  is the need to match the water extraction capacity of the unit with the requirements of the place where it is going to be installed. Obviously, larger rooms require dehumidifiers that are capable of removing large quantities of water efficiently in […]

18

Mar

The Future of Air Purifiers?

Written by Duncan under Air Purifiers, General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

Air purifiers and humidifiers have demonstrable health benefits, especially for people with respiratory illnesses or children who are suffering from croup or any other infection of the upper trachea.  Many find relief from their symptoms by using humidifiers and air purifiers, but we’ve come across a recently launched unit that claims to bring the health […]

23

Feb

Horticulture or Humidifiers?

Written by Duncan under Air Purifiers, General, Humidifiers | 1 Comment ""

We don’t all have green fingers.  Whatever the opposite of that is, many of us have it in spades! Our allotment is barren, our house plants wither and die no matter what we do.  Which is a shame really, since indoor plants act as a natural air purifier, filtering the toxins and pollutants including carbon […]

19

Feb

Humidifiers to Keep You in Tune

Written by Duncan under Dehumidifiers, Desiccant, General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

If you’re in a band or an orchestra and have musical instruments in the house, you’ll be aware of how quickly they can “spontaneously” go out of tune.   That’s especially the case if you live or perform in a very dry or arid environment.   There are humidifiers specially made for instrument cases and some humidifiers […]

16

Feb

Control Your Killer Pets

Written by Alex under Air Purifiers, General | 1 Comment ""

Crufts is coming!  Around 28,000 dogs will descend on the NEC in Birmingham on 11-14 March for the world’s greatest dog show and why not?  Pets are great. They reduce blood pressure, provide companionship, give you a reason to go out to the pub for “walkies” and introduce the kids to responsibility.  They’re cute too!   […]

16

Feb

Air Purifiers for Cigar Smoking Celebs

Written by Alex under Air Purifiers, General, Humidifiers | 1 Comment ""

The Cigar.  It’s the staple export of Cuba, the image associated with the “fat cat banker” and the traditional gift for new fathers.  Smoking is bad for you, so stop OK!  Cigars especially, no matter how much you may enjoy them, do leave a stink.  However, if like Mark Twain (nee Samuel Clemens) you do […]

25

Jan

Humidifiers Could Help Kill Flu Viruses

Written by Duncan under Dehumidifiers, General, Humidifiers, Weather Station Reviews | 1 Comment ""

Cold and flu season has arrived and it’s been well established that running a humidifier in your home can help relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat.  A humidifier can be particularly beneficial for children with colds and snuffles as their smaller nostrils get stuffed up more easily. Indeed, one of the first things most […]

20

Jan

Humidifiers Protect Skin in Cold Weather

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Most weather men are suggesting that this year has been one of the coldest so far and it’s set to remain that way for a while.   Temperatures are low enough to begin with, but add a wind chill factor to that and the results on your skin can be pretty bad.  You don’t have to […]

15

Jan

Ceiling Fans In Winter Save Heat and Cash

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Ceiling fans are a great way to provide comfort and add a touch of style to any home. They are of course most obviously useful in the more balmy summer months, where they are very effective in cooling rooms of various sizes.   The way a ceiling fan works is very simple. When a breeze blows […]

12

Jan

Humidifiers to Boost Winter Games Team

Written by Duncan under General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

Air-O-Swiss will be supporting Swiss athletes at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.  The edge that the already competitive Swiss will have?  Each athlete will receive an Air-O-Swiss 7146 Ultrasonic Travel Humidifier.  With less than a month to go until the jamboree  gets under way in the early February 2010, preparation work […]

04

Jan

Tenants: Do You Have the Right to Request a Dehumidifier to Combat Mold?

Written by Duncan under Dehumidifiers, General | No Comments ""

The UK is a funny old place, certainly in the view of many Europeans for whom the idea of getting a mortgage (literally meaning “Dead Hand”) seems ridiculous.  In their view a home is a place to live, not an investment.  The British economy has always been driven by the housing market’s ups and downs, […]

21

Dec

Could Humidifiers be the Key to Stopping Real Life Magnetos?

Written by Duncan under Dehumidifiers, General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

The ability to control electricity with your mind may seem the stuff of science fiction, but Debbie Wolf, who hails from Telscombe Cliffs, near Brighton, says she is one of Britain’s growing number of “SLIders” – people who believe their presence interferes with household appliances, radios and light bulbs. She claims she can bust light […]

15

Dec

Mariah Carey’s Diva Demands Include 20 Humidifiers for her Vocal Cords

Written by Duncan under General, Humidifiers | No Comments ""

Mariah Carey, the multi-Grammy-award-winning singer, is famous for her outrageous demands.  The latest request was for 20 white kittens and 100 white doves to accompany her when she was invited to turn on the Christmas lights at the Westfield Shopping Centre in London recently. Extravagance is nothing new for the starlet.  Back home at the […]

14

Dec

Fuel Poverty and Cold Will Kill More Elderly People in the UK This Winter

Written by Duncan under General, Heaters | No Comments ""

TheWeatherOutlook, one of the UK’s leading independent weather forecasters, has suggested there’s a 45%-49% chance that we’ll have a white Christmas this year with the prospects for yuletide snow better than they have been for years.  Even if it’s not a Dickensian blanket on Christmas Day, colder weather will begin to bite bringing an increasing […]

07

May

A Barbeque Summer…at last!

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It’s official!  The MET Office forecasters are predicting we are “odds on for a barbeque summer”. The long-term forecasters have said that temperatures are going to soar into the 30C’s at times and rainfall should be “near or below average”. Ewen McCallum, Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, has commented that, “After two disappointingly wet summers the […]

05

May

Home Improvement Centre

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Here at AWC we often trawl the web looking for good resources around air conditioning, air quality, home heating and general home improvements. Every now and again we come across a little gem of information where people have worked hard to put out great information for free. The Home Improvement Centre is just such a […]