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Tricks and devices from Lidl, Leroy Merlin… to dry clothes inside the house and avoid humidity and rain

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When the rainy season arrives, one of the problems that we can find when it comes to drying the laundry. The water, the cold, the humidity… climatic factors that make it take a few minutes to happen, now it takes hours. We can always be inventive so as not to use a dryer, but between one method and another, there are still many options.

Along with the solutions we have already seen, at home, we can apply a series of tricks and also combine the use of devices which, although they require the use of electricity, do not cause the electricity bill to skyrocket, as can happen with a dryer. That is why we are going to review some of the solutions that we can most easily apply at home.

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And to begin with, a classic system that has always been used, and that now, with the elimination of the resistance or fire braziers, is even safer. Place a rope under a stretcher tableso that using the legs as a support, we achieve a small clothesline.

Clothes line

Camouflaged under the table, It is an ideal option for drying small size clothes such as socks, underwear, tableware… An electric oil radiator generates heat that is collected by the bed linen, generating a kind of hot receptacle in which to dry clothes while serving us to give heat at home

Another option that we can apply is to use a heating or electric blanket and place it safely and some distance Regarding the hanging clothes. We can use a portable clothesline and the blanket, placed so that the heat it gives off can be used to dry clothes located at a safe distance.

Heater

Even, in a twist, we can use an air heater, of those that expel hot air, to direct the current in front of the hanging clothes and simulate the wind that can blow in summer and that makes the clothes dry faster. And as in both cases, on the way, we air-condition the house.

Iron

With all this said, it can be given situations in which we are in a hurry to take out a garmentand in this case we can help ourselves with electrical appliances that we have at home, such as a dryer or an iron.

For take advantage of the power of hot air offered by a dryer, and remove the moisture from the clothes, it is enough to bring the dryer closer to the garment at a safe distance so that it does not damage the fabric and it is here that it is important to distinguish the material from the clothes. The ideal is to hang the garment on a hanger and move the dryer around the garment in different areas, without remaining static in a single area, as this can burn or discolor the fabric.

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In a similar way, We can also use an iron to dry clothes faster. Simply place a towel under the garment in question so that it takes care of trapping steam and moisture. Of course, it is necessary to avoid that the iron is at a temperature that is too high.

Going through the box… but paying little

Clothes

And when we thought we had seen it all, we came across a clothesline from the TenderUp brand. A vertical clothesline that can be placed on windows, doors, balconies, screens…

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It rolls up and unrolls like a blind or blind and thanks to the fact that it can be placed on doors or windows, it favors the drying of clothes by having more air currents. On the web they are priced at 19.90 euros or 34.90 euros depending on the model.

Portable clothesline

Also we can get a portable and folding clothesline What to use on the radiator. They are cheap, compact and also, we take advantage of the fact that we heat the house and without spending more, they are not used to dry clothes.

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Dilightnews Hanging Balcony Drying Rack, Radiator Drying Rack, Balcony Railing Drying Rack, Radiator Dryer for Balcony, Clothes, Small Clothes over the Door or Railing, Portable Shelf

Clothes line

Bigger is the classic wings clothesline like this one that we can find in LIDL. For 24.99 euros we found a light clothesline that is easy to place in any room.

Leifheit Drying Rack Pegasus 16 m

Leifheit Drying Rack Pegasus 16 m

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If we want other options, we can always find devices focused on drying clothes and a good example is this JOCEL clothes dryer that we can find in Leroy Merlin. It is the JSR002228 model and consists of a clothesline made of plastic and stainless steel, capable of supporting up to 15 kg of clothes to which is added a 1000W power fan, very quiet that will make the clothes take little time to dry.

Shaped like a cabinet, this appliance It even allows you to program the drying time, from 30 minutes to 3 hours. And also, thanks to the fact that the garments do not come into contact with each other, we prevent wrinkles from appearing and it will facilitate ironing.

JOCEL rectangular clothes dryer

JOCEL rectangular clothes dryer

Dryer

And no, it is not the only similar product that we can find on the market focused on drying clothes for little money and another example is this electric dryer. It is the Concise Home that we can find on Amazon for 78.99 euros. A kind of small closet, in which to hang clothes on hangers and which allows up to 15 kilos of clothes to be dried and even disinfected.

Concise Home Electric Dryer 1000W Large Capacity 15kg Stainless Steel Double Deck Energy Saving Indoor Wet Clothes Hot Air Drying

Concise Home Electric Dryer 1000W Large Capacity 15kg Stainless Steel Double Deck Energy Saving Indoor Wet Clothes Hot Air Drying

wardrobe

It is the economical option compared to more expensive products like this cabinet shaped dryer and a price of 139.99 euros that has a power of 1,200 “and that allows you to dry up to 15 kg of clothes and place 30 kg on the clothesline and closet that it includes.

Secamatic Máxima XXL Clothes Dryer by Ventilation, 1200W, Dryer Capacity 15 kg and 30 Kg Drying Rack and Wardrobe.  Timer 180 min, silent, multifunction:

Secamatic Máxima XXL Clothes Dryer by Ventilation, 1200W, Dryer Capacity 15 kg and 30 Kg Drying Rack and Wardrobe. Timer 180 min, silent, multifunction:

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Electric clothes rack

And although we have seen classic portable clotheslines, we can also use an electric clothesline for best results. This one, for example, with a power of 100W, is in Leroy Merlin at a price of 77.99 euros.

Electric clothes drying rack S825G-1

Electric clothes drying rack S825G-1

Hanger

Another device we can use is a electric hanger. It is a device that works with hot air creating a circuit inside the garment that makes it dry while being mold and humidity proof, anti-cracks and sterilizes eliminating odor. This model, for example, costs 32.99 euros on Amazon.

Longzhuo Electric Clothes Drying Hanger Portable Folding Smart ABS Shoe Dryer Hanger for Business Home EU Plug ABS

Longzhuo Electric Clothes Drying Hanger Portable Folding Smart ABS Shoe Dryer Hanger for Business Home EU Plug ABS

Clothes line

If you don’t mind drilling holes in the wall and have little space, a folding clothesline like this can help you. It costs 47.99 euros in Leroy Merlin

13x181x3 cm aluminum wall extendable drying rack

13x181x3 cm aluminum wall extendable drying rack

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You can too combine the use of a clothesline with that of a dryer laptop like this A model that on Amazon costs 62.02 euros and with a power of 2,300W you can place it on the floor, under the hanging clothes

cecotec

If with all these systems we notice that there is humidity In the room, we can always use a dehumidifier and a good example is this Cecotec model that we can find for 49.90 euros. It catches up to 300 ml/day with a minimum electrical consumption that turns off automatically when the tank is full.

cecotec BigDry 2000 Light Dehumidifier - 300 ml/day, 0.6 liter removable tank, coverage up to 20 m2, minimum consumption of 23 W

cecotec BigDry 2000 Light Dehumidifier – 300 ml/day, 0.6 liter removable tank, coverage up to 20 m2, minimum consumption of 23 W

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what they are, types, advantages, disadvantages and models from 180 euros

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at the time of produce our own electricity at home Typically, we think of photovoltaic solar panels or panels, a technology that takes advantage of the sunlight to feed our equipment and appliances with a relatively high initial cost if we want great power.

However, there is another option that is gaining more and more strength, especially if we have a single-family home, with a clear roof, garage, large terrace or with a small patio or garden at our disposal: domestic wind turbines. (more…)

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in which cases it is essential to bet on a top-of-the-range robot vacuum cleaner and in which not

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Let’s go ahead that today the intelligent navigation essential for mapping has been democratized, so that we can find it not only in the high and medium range, but also in moderately affordable robot vacuum cleaners (even under 200 euros). But either by investing the minimum essential in this autonomous broom substitute or because we do not want a robot vacuum cleaner to draw maps of our house under any circumstances, there are those who choose to do without this feature. Buy a robot vacuum cleaner with or without mapping?

why map

Lets start by the beginning. Mapping consists of the fact that the device has the Technologys that allow it to deduce what the environment will be like to sketch a map. The direct consequence is that you can draw meaningful navigation paths (the logical thing to do is to sweep by rooms, not start sweeping part of the kitchen, leave it halfway and go with the living room), so you make sure that covers the entire* area with just enough passes.

And that asterisk in “everything”? The reality is that there are obstacles such as cables, pots, feeders, legs and cracks that the vacuum cleaner does not pass through, either because it is physically impossible for it to fit or because its algorithm determines that it does not fit (generally when it has little clearance).

That it does not go too far is important, firstly because it optimizes its operation and the long useful life of its components, secondly because thanks to not wasting resources, it can cover and clean more space. Finally, because if you are at home, listening to the robot vacuum cleaner in full action is a drag. Better clean up as soon as possible.

The normal thing with a robot that maps is that you can view the map in the app and that also brings benefits. Thus, there are quite a few models that offer a color graph that distinguishes the areas that have been cleaned from those that have not, ideal for you to take note and remove some elements that make navigation difficult.

But the great advantage of mapping has to do with partial cleanings. Yes, you can resort to the classic and ancient virtual barrier (an element that simulates a virtual limit for the device) or proceed to the bravest taking the vacuum cleaner in your arms, drop it in a room and close the door to clean, but if your kitchen is dirty after preparing food or your bathroom has turned into a post-apocalyptic place after your child has showered and cleaned up, the ideal is to go to the phone, open the application, select which area or room you want it to clean and let the action begin. In a few minutes and without further need for your intervention, the floor of the area would be clean again.


In any case, if a robot maps it is because it has some kind of intelligent navigation system that will help you move better than without it, allowing for more effective cleaning, minimizing the chance of getting lost and also getting stuck around. That he does not clean a part of the house is a problem, that he pulls the cord of the lamp, throws it on the floor and breaks it is a chore.

Not related to mapping, but to note: models without mapping are entry-levelwhich generally implies more rudimentary handling (perhaps manual and remote controlled) and basic cleaning Technologys (don’t expect special rubber center rollers for pets).

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How robot vacuum cleaners navigate

The state of the art of robot vacuum navigation. As we anticipated in the intro, nowadays finding smart mapping and navigation is not only unusual, but the exception are models that do not map. But there are mappings and mappings.

The highest range of robot vacuum cleaners is mostly taken over by models with a multi-navigation system with a laser sight and a front camera which, in addition to allowing maps, serve to recognize objects. Map and objects usually appear in the application, so that we know what problematic things are on our floor. Under the hood, a processor, algorithms and even artificial intelligence to make decisions: ignore it and try to go over it or avoid it.

This is essential because that way you can avoid what was Worst cleaning day of my life: that fateful date when Lola felt unwell, she planted a pine tree in the corridor, the Roomba ran over it while cleaning and you can imagine the rest. Cleaning the floor of the house of excrement is not a pleasant dish, but having to disassemble your vacuum cleaner and waste time removing splinters… for me it stays.

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The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra has it “everything”: laser sight and front camera

Then there are models that they either just have a laser sight or a camera (although iRobot bets only on a camera placed on the front for mapping, navigation and recognition of objects in models like the Roomba J7 +). These models are more than enough for domestic mapping and optimized navigation, although to avoid accidents and loss it is best to leave the house as clear as possible.

And we close with the non-mapping. These robot vacuum cleaners have a combination of mechanical pressure sensors to detect contact with walls, infrared sensors to measure the distance to obstacles, optical sensors similar to those of mice to analyze movement, and fall-prevention light sensors that detect steps and unevenness. How do they navigate? Like you would if you were blindfolded and released into a room: with moderate caution and touching everything. The bonus is that they must also try to cover the entire area, so navigating randomly means taking a few more detours and turns.

Do I map yes or do I map no?

The good thing about robot vacuum cleaners is that they clean moderately well for you, which depends on their suction capacity, the quality of their brushes, that they are capable of covering the maximum space in your house and that they have a battery to do so.

Are you concerned about privacy? Here are two recommendations: see how the manufacturer manages this data related to our architecture and its objects (essentially, if they stay on the device or if they go to a server, if there is data encryption) and the premise that Although on paper there are protection systems, logically there is always some risk. The second is to weigh this fear against what you earn.

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Roborock S7 MaxV application interface

When is it essential to have mapping? If you have a large house and/or with several floors, you want to do partial cleaning or you simply expect the best results from a vacuum cleaner, then your thing is to bet on efficient navigation. No matter how much battery a robot with random navigation has, it is highly difficult for it to clean a large floor well and it is not so much a question of size as of obstacles: it can already have autonomy of 300 minutes, which if it gets stuck at minute 7, it will not be able. Another thing is that you have a completely clear ship.

Ok, but I still want to spend as little as possible, Is a robot vacuum cleaner without mapping worth it? Obviously having a robot vacuum cleaner is better than nothing and its effectiveness can be acceptable if we are clear about its limitations. In any case, it can be a good option if your budget is just over 100 euros, you have a small and/or sparsely furnished house that you agree to leave uncluttered, or you simply want an extremely basic model without connectivity (an example : to give it to your grandmother and she can control it with a remote).

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After decades of making use of cathode ray tube televisions, several manufacturers began to launch televisions on the market that were considerably thinner and with a novel panel technology. We are talking about plasma televisions, which ended up revolutionizing the industry. It must also be said that there was such a powerful marketing campaign around this new technology that even today you can find people thinking that they are still the ones that offer the best image quality.

And it is that the manufacturers of TVs made sure that when someone talked about plasma TVs, they were talking about a product synonymous with quality and high-end. For a while it was like that because the evolution compared to the old CRT was considerable. In this article we wanted to pay tribute to this type of television, mentioning its origins, what its technology consisted of, and its successors.

It took decades to see the first plasma television

Although the plasma display was developed in the 1960s for the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) computer system by a group of researchers from the University of Illinois, it was not until the late 1990s that to commercialize televisions with this technology. During all that time there were monochrome screens (orange, green or yellow), very popular for their hardness and because they detached from elements such as memory or circuits to update the image.


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In 1973, IBM developed an 11-inch monochrome display with this technology, accompanying the IBM 3270 computer and making it capable of displaying up to four terminal sessions at once.

The Plasmaco company, founded in 1983, also played an essential role in the development of this technology. In fact, it was acquired in 1996 by Matsushita Electric Industrial, who in 1983 launched the Executive Partner, its first computer with plasma screen. The latter is known today as Panasonic, one of the companies that has most promoted plasma technology.

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When Pioneer launched the first plasma television to the public in 1997, the technology began to catch on in a big way, promising larger screens and better image quality and brightness.

Much larger panels with higher image quality

The plasma television has a set of small cells located between two glass panels. These contain a mixture of noble gases (neon, argon and xenon) that after charging the electrodes creates a voltage difference between the rear and front, causing the gas to become ionized and change its state to plasma. After this process, the ions of the gas move towards the electrodes, where they collide and generate photons, thus causing the emission of light.

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This technology allowed to manufacture televisions with much more brightness than tube TVs. In addition, they were popular given their larger size, since in the market we could find plasma televisions larger than 70 inches.

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In terms of image quality, it was an incredibly noticeable leap, with a greater color gamut and deeper blacks than LCDs, given its low luminescence. However, they were televisions that got too hot, being unpleasant for the user in the case of spending long hours with the television on. In fact, as with OLEDs, in plasma televisions there was also the fear of burning the panel.

Plasma

In the market we could find all kinds of plasma models of different sizes. Manufacturers such as Pioneer, Panasonic, LG, or Samsung, among many others, showed the world the capabilities of this technology in televisions, which became very popular, although yes, significantly more expensive than CRT TVs.

The price and its stagnation buried this technology

The price disadvantage, and the need for the panel to have a large diagonal for its manufacture, meant that the plasma television became part of a highly concentrated market. Secondly, LCD technology kept growing. And it is that although the first LCD televisions were notably inferior to plasma, little by little they were conquering the public, eventually tackling the problems of dead pixels or ghosting of the first generations.

During the last years of life, the plasma barely reached 5% of the market sharein a context in which brands such as Samsung or LG dominated the market for flat screens with LCD technology.

In 2014, most plasma TV manufacturers finally abandoned the technology, although it ceased to be relevant several years earlier. However, it will always be remembered as one of the Technologys that most helped advance the image quality of televisions.

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