Skip to content

7 Key Features That Your Handheld Vacuum Must Have

More people are now buying handheld and cordless vacuum cleaners as purchasing a full-sized vacuum is usually too expensive for most people. If you have only a few small rugs in your home rather than floor to wall carpeting, then there is no point in buying a huge vacuum. You can always go for a flexible and affordable handheld version. There is also a huge range of features available in handheld vacuums.

However, it is very important to properly research before purchasing one. Some of the most essential features that you should look in your handheld vacuum include:

1.     Quality

The first point is to be clear about is the quality of the vacuum. Regardless of how many rooms you want to cover or how often you plan to use your cleaners, you can never compromise on the quality as it will cost you more in long run. Determine the material it is made of and find out how long it will last you with regular use. Depending on your preferences, you can then choose the right one for you.

2.     A Good Battery Life

This is one of the most important features that should be taken in consideration. For prolonged cleaning sessions, a vacuum cleaner should be able to work for extended periods of time. The longer the battery, the easier it will be for you to properly clean the carpets and rugs.  

3.     Sufficient Capacity

A vacuum cleaner with a small storage capacity cannot clear huge amounts of dust and debris unless it is emptied frequently. If you want to clean multiple rooms or have one large room, you should definitely go for a handheld vacuum cleaner with a higher capacity. However, if your usage is limited, you can always use models with smaller containers.

4.     Options for Dry and Wet Cleanup

If you want to have additional features in your vacuum cleaner, you should go for one with the wet/dry function. It will you help in picking up dry as well as wet spills from your carpets and floor.

5.     High Power

If you want a durable vacuum cleaner that lasts for a long time and can be easily maintained, you should go for one with a higher power. The performance of a vacuum cleaner is directly related to the number of amps or volts it uses. This is a very important element to take in consideration if you want your vacuum to function smoothly throughout the cleaning process.

6.     Strong Motors

If you want to buy a cordless vacuum cleaner, you should go for one with a powerful motor. You can also buy a cleaner with multiple motors to increase the efficiency of your equipment.

7.     Plenty of Filters

Make sure that your handheld vacuum has multiple filters installed in it as they help in keeping dust particles from being released in the air. If you want your filters to be effective and efficient over longer periods of time, you should go for washable filters. Although costlier, they will save you from a lot of maintenance expenses in the future. Buying handheld vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters is highly recommended. 


Window Tint Film Selection Advice

If you are someone doing research on window tinting, so as to be able to make the best decision about the type of film you install on your windows, then this article is exactly what youve been looking for, because in it we name the most critical issues you need to be aware of when selecting window film.

The number one and undoubtedly the most important thing you need to know about window film is the difference between good window film and bad quality film. And this is why:

Good quality window film will last for the life of your windows but bad window film will barely last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.

The only way for you to discriminate between premium quality and poor quality film is price and guarantee. When making enquirers with a supplier, be sure to ask how long the film is guaranteed for. If it's not at least 12 years keep looking. And also look out for the shady operator who offers you a guarantee on low quality film and hikes the price, to make it seem like it's good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has degraded.

Here's the tip, (and by the way I've found this to be true with most things), if your only consideration in getting quotes is looking for the lowest possible price, then you will naturally find yourself with the rubbish product and the real price you pay will be in around 3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and just look awful. Be warned, the cheapest price is most likely to lead to regret!


There are many and varied benefits you can get from window tinting, and each particular film you use will encapsulate some of these benefits, so the first thing you need to be sure of is the most important reason for applying window tint in your circumstances. Lets look at each benefit in a little more detail so you can more fully appreciate the most suitable solution for your particular application.

Heat Rejection: Good quality window film rejects heat by blocking as much as 73% of IR radiation through windows. UV Blocking: Good quality window film prevents up to 99% of infra red radiation from coming through windows. And as a bonus, it also prevents 93% of glare, which massively improves for your view and makes things look really cool!

Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, enabling everyone inside to remain cool, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from onlookers in daylight.

Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from shattering on impact. Safety films are made to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass spraying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass dropping like a guillotine, the major risks associated with safety are prevented. It also stops your windows from becoming a soft and easy entry point for thieves, because both the effort and noise required to force entry is so noticeable criminals, would rather just move on in search of an easier, 'softer' victim.

Finally of course there's the matter of style. Good quality window film also makes windows look good; and for many people it's the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the main reason for their purchase.

SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO CARS & VEHICLES The next point I want to discuss is relevant to vehicles and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car.

In all States and Territories of Australia, the darkest legal tint permitted on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which is not allowed to have any window tint with the exception of the visor strip across the top). The only exception to this are in the NT and WA. In the NT you are permitted a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.

So here's the point. Most vehicles already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this needs to be taken into consideration when adding tint to a window. Here's how the maths looks.

If the factory glass on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the "darkest legal tint" of 35% is added to this glass, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the final VLT will be finalised by the addition of both VLT ratings.

This needs to be taken into consideration because if a driver by mistake fails to comply with tinting regulations, the result can be a fine. But even worse, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could result in the cancellation of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial culpability of the accident. Furthermore a criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.

The final thing to consider is that by modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows, the vehicle is deemed to be unroadworthy, which means you can't drive the car again until it has been put through roadworthy testing, in which case the illegal tint will have to be removed. That's why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you're selecting the appropriate tint for your car.

So what do I really want you to get from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a quality film and that your installer has the knowledge to be able to offer you the right solution for your circumstances. That way you'll end up with a range of benefits, instead of a bunch of hassles.

Whats Hiding In Your Appliances?

Summer is not around the corner yet, but at any time of the year, it is never too early to start your home appliance cleaning. If you check your home appliances properly, you will realize that they could be harboring not just a lot of dirt, but also bacteria, and other microorganisms. This unwanted stuff can compromise the working efficiency of your appliances and increase appliance repair costs. It is, therefore, necessary to keep them at bay all of the time. With this in mind here are a few tips and ideas:


If you visit any local appliance repair company, you will find that the fridge is the one that needs to be maintained and therefore can cost the most to run if you are not careful. Its regular use in the home makes it a good candidate for food chunks and other dirt. To reduce the cost of repair, you should clean it using white vinegar and water all of the time. Place a box of baking soda in the inside to keep the smells down.


You should check your dishwater filters for debris. Also make sure there are no dirt, food chunks and other unwanted bugs in the bottom of the dishwater. To clean the unit, place one cup of white vinegar on the upper rack and then run the unit without anything else in it. Sprinkle baking soda solution after cleaning to eliminate the vinegar smell and to freshen the dishwasher.

Washing Machine

Scrub front loaders using 3 cups of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar, and top loaders with ¼ cup of white vinegar. After washing, turn on the hot water to rinse off the cleaning agents. After cleaning, leave the door open to keep the unit cleaner and fresh for longer. By doing this routine, it will also allow the unit to dry and prevent molds from growing.


Your oven is another home appliance that could be harboring a lot of dirt, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Just use a mixture of water and white vinegar to clean the inside of your oven. Running the self-cleaning option is not recommended unless you have a major overflow in your oven.

If you put all these tips and ideas into practice, but your home appliances still develop problems, you need to contact a local appliance repair contractor to fix the problems. Choose a professional contractor because they have the experience in refrigerator repair, washer repair, dryer repair, washing machine repair, dishwasher repair, and servicing of any home appliance you may have.

Thinking About Getting Wireless Outdoor Surveillance Cameras?

You want to be prepared when things bump in the night. You want to see what is causing the racket without having to open any doors. This is where wireless outdoor surveillance cameras enter the picture. Even neighborhoods that were once deemed safe are now under constant threat from robbers and other hoodlums. Security cameras don't only provide round the clock surveillance, but also help identify suspects, if necessary.

Plenty of people don't know where to start when it comes to this type of purchase. First of all, there are different styles of surveillance cameras that are currently available at various costs. Some of the most favored varieties are wireless outdoor surveillance cameras that one can install with ease and access from any point in the house, provided an internet connection is readily available. These wireless outdoor surveillance cameras are transmitted over the Internet, making them susceptible to hacking but this does not diminish their value. There are many things that one can do to ensure that these devices are protected from any type of interference and external manipulation. Regular password changes is a good start. Change the device access every two weeks to start and configure the cameras' administrative console.

The thing about wireless outdoor surveillance cameras is that these are worth investing on. It is all about the lens. Low-end cameras can only capture footage at a maximum of 20 feet and images rendered may be of pixelated quality. High-quality lenses can capture clear footage at distances reaching 100 feet on average. Since the cameras' are meant to record footage that you may use for legal purposes, it is better to go for those that are really clear.

Aside from high resolution lenses, devices that are more expensive usually come with more features too, some even equipped with night vision functionalities. One of the best features that you can expect from high quality wireless outdoor surveillance cameras is motion detection complete with SMS notification. Video and image saving are other essential features.

The beauty of wireless outdoor surveillance cameras is that you can link them with cloud storage, ensuring that footage is recorded and stored 24/7. Installing multiple cameras will ensure that the space is secured from all angles. This does not mean that homeowners will also require several monitors since the cameras can be hooked up to one system with multiple screens displayed side by side.

What the devices can't control, regardless of how expensive they are, is the lag time, which is dependent on the user's Internet connectivity. All surveillance cameras may experience some delay versus real time. Average lag times can measure in at about five to ten seconds. So basically, those are just some of the things you should know prior to purchasing any surveillance camera.