Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Mobile Peephole

The Peep HolePhoto Credit: Taholtorf

Technology is always emerging and as it does, there have been some pretty neat advancements in the home that we certainly didn’t have ten or twenty years ago. One of these modern advancements is something that we like to refer to as the mobile peephole. Remember those days when someone knocked on your door and you would peer through that tiny glass hole in the door to see who was there before opening your door? Well, those days are long gone. Most doors these days don’t even have peepholes built into them because so many of the modern and contemporary style doors have glass built into their design, which allows you to make out the person on the other side without having to utilize the peephole. Others simply enjoy their privacy and no longer feel the need for peepholes with the way that technology allows us to be always one step ahead. Who’s knocking on your door? Oh, well your smart phone just let you know it’s the Amazon guy. Friends text or call when they come over, and it’s rare that you have someone knocking on your door when you don’t already expect it.

But what about those times when you really don’t expect it, or you’re not at home to see who is knocking or hanging out on your front porch when you’re away? Well, thanks to modern technology, we have even have a solution to this now, and we’d like to share it with you.

Ring, ring, ring!
Yes, you guessed it – the solution to all your home security needs is called Ring. It is a door bell and camera all at once. Connected to your smart phone technology, every times someone rings your doorbell, you will be alerted. The signal will transfer to your smart phone and you will be able to see exactly who is standing at your front porch, no matter how far away you are. The signal transmits in real time so that you can see the action as it happens and take any appropriate action accordingly. You can even purchase a chime as an extension of the doorbell so that it sounds around the house, even when you don’t have your phone in your pocket. The Ring device also features motion detection so that it is certain to capture any movement around your home. Whether it’s a cat or an unwanted visitor, the Ring Video Doorbell picks up the motion through its camera and sends the video capture straight to your phone so that you can play it back instantly.

The Ring Video Doorbell is the ultimate solution to home security and it’s a pretty nifty little gadget to have around. The program works through applications available through both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. There is also a computer download available for any Windows 10 computer or tablet, giving you an array of different options through which you can use the security device.

Emerging technology has a lot to offer, and we thought this was one worth sharing. Your home is worth protecting, not to mention your loved ones, and this is a great product to have if you’re in the market for home security. Do you have any other favorite home or kitchen tech products that you couldn’t live without? Leave your suggestions in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you, and if we think your tech product is worth sharing, we might feature it on the Range Hoods Inc blog!




Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen

Winter is finally on its way out, and with it goes a plethora of cold and flu germs. As spring flutters in, you might be feeling like it’s time to do a bit of spring cleaning in preparation of summer. Not only do you want to get rid of all those nasty sick germs, but your weekly dinner plans will start to change to pool-side dining and grill-ready barbecue instead of stovetop recipes.  Spring cleaning can mean as little or as much as you want it to, but our suggestion is to make the most of your spring cleaning experience and get your kitchen prepped and ready to go for summer while also giving it a good anti-bacterial scrubbing down. The upcoming summer season can be a great motivator for cleaning out the cupboards, do some shopping, and get rid of expired or out-used foods or kitchen products. Cleaning itself may never be fun, but the results are always much appreciated and can give you a sense of accomplishment and take off a load of stress. Here are some ideas to get you started with your kitchen spring cleaning.

Sanitize the Sink
Germs and bacteria thrive in cool, damp places and this is especially true of the kitchen sink. If you have a drain that serves the dual purpose of a garbage disposal cleaning out the sink may seem like the least desirable task in the whole house, but eventually it has to be done. After a while, food gets stuck in the garbage disposal, it becomes backed up or it starts to release unpleasant odors. Not just the garbage disposal, but the sink as well, can house a host of germs, even when it appears relatively clean and there is no visible plaque on the surface. If you’re like most household, dishes inevitably start to pile up after a few days, food and waste gets dumped into the sink and like the old saying goes: “out of sight, out of mind.” But even if you don’t see the germs, don’t forget that they’re still there, and start your spring cleaning by giving the kitchen sink a good scrub down.
RHI Sink                                          Photo Credit: Lotus Kitchen Solution

Wipe Down Cupboards and Drawers
Another area of the kitchen that is often neglected, spring cleaning will be off to a great start if you give your cupboards, pantries, and drawers a thorough wipe down. It seems like a hassle, but once you do it you’ll be glad you did, and you might even be surprised to find how much dust and debris comes from these rarely cleaned, and rarely thought of storage areas. Clean off your kitchen table or the island and prepare to take everything off the shelves and out of the drawers. These things can be temporarily transferred onto the table or island while you clean out the drawers and wipe down the shelves. This would also be a great time to wipe down some of the less-used items in your pantry, as things can start to accumulate dust and may become sticky or moist due to other items leaking or spilling. Now that you have everything spread out before you, you can also get rid of anything that is outdated or no longer acceptable for use. It also leaves the perfect opportunity to reorganize everything as you put it back where it belongs.

RHI Cupboards                                                    Photo Credit: 1st Class Cleaning

Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
This is another one that often gets left by the way side as time filters through. Not only is it inconvenient and time consuming, but it’s also a less-than-desirable task that no one ever wants to do, but somehow always seems to need to be done. Like it or not, things spill, leak, and run over in the fridge, leaving behind sticky, grimy residue in the fridge that is not only visually unappealing, but also hazardous to your heath due to cross contamination with the other foods in your fridge or freezer. To get a great start to your spring cleaning regimen, we suggest a thorough cleaning of your fridge and freezer. It won’t be fun, but it will be one of those things you’re glad you did once the task has been completed.

RHI FridgePhoto Credit: Appliance City

Scrub the Microwave
A clean microwave is a great feeling, and it’s also one that doesn’t come often. As your microwave is busy zapping your food and getting it ready to eat, the food particles are often thrown to the deepest, darkest recesses of the microwave to dry and leave a caked-on residue. It can be quite a pain to clean the microwave, especially when it means scrubbing off months of foods that have been zapped a hundred times over. It can also be tempting to skip this task, figuring that the next time you use the microwave it will simply become soiled again, but having a sharp clean microwave can keep your other food safe from bacteria and cross contamination, and it can make the task of cleaning the microwave much easier when it is done more frequently.

RHI Micro                                                          Photo Credit: ABT

These are just a few of the biggest cleaning tips that we suggest when you start your kitchen spring cleaning, but other tasks range in time requirements and cleaning difficulty. If you finish all of the above, and still find yourself with time left over, consider cleaning out the kitchen waste bins, washing the kitchen windows on both the inside and outside, dusting and wiping down the walls and baseboards, and even getting your knives professionally sharpened and oiled. Do you have any other special projects you like to undertake for your kitchen spring cleaning time? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!