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Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Benefits – Updated Home Guide

Ductless mini split heat pumps are becoming more popular each year. Their easy DIY installation, high-output, energy efficiency, and new smart heating & cooling controls make them the go-to option for older homes and home improvements (or renovation).

Below we’ll go over the advantage of buying a ductless heat pump for winter.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Benefits

When considering the list of benefits to using a ductless heat pump, it’s hard not to begin with the extraordinary energy efficiency they offer. Ductless mini split heat pumps function by using a system of coils and refrigerant to capture ambient heat in the outside air and moving it indoors. Since there isn’t a combustable reaction that produces the heat, a ductless mini split consumes less energy vs. regular space heater or ventless heater.

Ductless systems are also super low-maintenance. You may have to clean the filter for dust every once in a while, but overall they can last for years without issue. And depending on your needs they’re available in many sizes – perfect for heating a small bedroom, or an entire basement!

Room Size vs. Ductless Heat Pump (BTU)

How Much Money Can You Save?

The “how much can I save” question be a difficult question to answer, since every home is different. Given consistent room temp (before and after install), our clients typically save 20-30% in monthly home heating energy costs.

With this much savings, the system pays for itself in a within a couple years.

Many senior consumers like the high-output heating in the winter – not only does it maintain warm temperatures for long hours, but it’s also very quick at heating large rooms (specifically bedrooms). Today’s modern units like the Senville SENA mini split, also let you control it using your smartphone!

Senville Smart Mini Split AC & Heat Pump

  • Turn on/off remotely
  • Set your desired room temp
  • Select mode (heating, air conditioning, fan, sleep mode)
  • Create a schedule or timer

Buyers confirm that it’s relatively easy to sync with your iPhone or Android. And if you have a newer phone you can use voice-control via Amazon Alexa or Google Home (or nest)

How Much Does A Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Cost?

The price of a ductless mini split heat pump can fluctuate considerably. Here’s some of the factors that affect the price you’ll end up paying:

  • Heating model size (in BTU)
  • Traditional vs. smart mini split models
  • Year introduced – older mini splits are cheaper, but less energy efficient
  • Will you need a contractor vs. DIY unit
  • Brand. Senville mini splits are affordable vs. Trane or Mitsubishi models
  • If you want to heat and cool multiple rooms, you’ll get a discount by buying dual mini splits, tri-zone, quad, etc.

In general you can expect a high-quality ductless mini split heat pump (and air conditioner) to cost anywhere from $799 to $2499.

Overall if you’re looking for an affordable heating and cooling solution in your home, we think that a they are definitely worth looking into. You can view our list of Top 10 Best Mini Split Heat Pumps here!

Is a Portable Generator Worth It?


Portable Generator for Home Use

If you’ve looked online you’ll see that portable inverter generators are pretty expensive — you can buy a cheap one for as low as $199, but if you want a high-quality model it’ll run you $499 to $899.

The good news is that there’s a lot of situations when it’ll come in handy — the primary example is during blackouts caused by bad weather or other disruptions. Big storms are the leading cause for outages in the midwest, while hurricanes and typhoons cause outages on the coasts. In some areas it’s an annual occurrence to be without electricity for days.

For those with portable generators, powering your communication devices is the primary reason you’ll want a good, dependable model.

  • smart phones
  • laptops and computers
  • televisions
  • emergency radio

The next usage of portable generators for homes is to provide electricity to areas that are unreachable using extension cords — for example if your home is submerged in water, you’ll want a portable generator to power your space heater or microwave.

For safety reasons, some gas-powered portable generators should not be used indoors or in remotely enclosed areas.

Portable Power for Outdoor Recreation

For outdoor recreation, there are times when electrical power can be very convenient. For camping, outdoor barbecuing, or traveling with RVs. Campers who need electrical appliances can bring along portable generators to power many items.

When barbecuing outside or preparing a picnic, a solar portable generator is a good option for basic cooking or heating. The larger wattage model can even be used to power multiple devices in a RV or trailer:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Microwave
  • Blender

Understanding Portable Generators

When it comes to possible portable generator usage, there’s a lot of scenarios where it’ll come in handy. Everything from home use, to outdoor camping, today’s models typically offer 240–500W of power, for 3–8 hours.

Here’s a wattage chart for consumer products.


Read more about portable generators at helpadvisors.org.

Bio Bidet BB-1000 Supreme Review

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The Bio Bidet BB-1000 Supreme Bidet Seat is an older model but comes with a wireless remote control and comes in two sizes — elongated or round toilet design.

Overall it’s an affordable version vs. the expensive Toto-brand toilet washlet seats that you see in high-end hotels, and prominently used in Japan (which is where the Toto brand originated). Still the Bio Bidet brand remains the mainstay among all the Korean bidet producers.

The Bio Bidet BB-1000 is among their most popular bidet models online. Other notable options include:

  • USPA 6800 Bidet Seat
  • Bliss BB-2000 / BB-1700
  • Ultimate BB-600

BioBidet Toilet Bidets

Although bidet seats are most popular in Japan, the Bio Bidet brand is based in Korea — it’s said that Korea may have been the first country to produce toilet bidets at scale (arguably before Japan). And since the Bio Bidet inception there’s been a few other high-end, Korean bidet seat brands gaining traction — you may have heard of Coway and Samsung.

To correctly install the BB-1000 you’ll need to make sure you have a GFCI outlet — you may need to check with an electrician or local handy man if you aren’t handy yourself in order to install your first bidet seat. Depending on the age of your home toilet it shouldn’t be too difficult to hook up though — the directions say it’s a true DIY bidet toilet seat.

The Bio Bidet BB-1000 is actually one of the first models that let you select your ideal water pressure. Buyers say love the wall panel control — multiple reviews say it’s super easy to make adjustments to the water pressure, temp, warm air dryer, and air deodorizer.

One buyer noted that they liked the higher water pressure option because it instigates the muscles used to contract the bowels to release – if you suffer from constipation, this is a life-saver, according to a couple reviewers online.

Wireless Remote Control Panel

The Bio Bidet BB-1000 is said to be a super user-friendly bidet seat model!

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It’s one of the easiest to use with some of the largest buttons found on any bidet remote. Straightforward with full visibility, all primary functions are directly on the remote interface making it easy for anyone to operate — even if it’s your first time using a bidet!

Bio Bidet BB-1000 Supreme

  • Easy DIY installation (cold water source only )
  • Dual stainless steel nozzles
  • Gentle Aerated Water Stream
  • Tank reservoir designed for flow ant temp consistency
  • Multiple water temperature & pressure settings
  • Heated Toilet Seat
  • Warm Air Dryer
  • Auto Smart Power Saving Mode
  • Patented 3-in-1 nozzle system with separate wand for Feminine wash, Posterior wash, & Patented Enema wash.
  • Wall mounted remote control with all functions

Best Garage Door Openers

The newest garage door models offer a lot more functionality than years prior.

Brands such as Chamberlain, Genie, and Liftmaster include mobile app control, realtime alerts, anti-theft motion detectors, and long range remote controls.
 

To help you find the best garage door opener we reviewed ten of the most popular.

Our review takes into account price, durability, buyer reviews, and overall features/functions.

Garage door prices on my list range, $199 – $489.

1. Chamberlain B980

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The new Chamberlain 980 garage door opener includes the latest security features.

It comes with smartphone control — by downloading the Chamberlain you can adjust all the settings and receive realtime alerts and status updates.
Chamberlain 980 is their quietest garage door opener.
 
It’s powered w/ the new MAX Lift Power System – includes a smooth track belt drive that’s made of reinforced steel to minimize vibrations.
 
The mobile lets you control the garage remotely — you’ll also get real-time status updates or alerts if there’s an obstruction or tampering.

Additional features:

safety sensors, wireless keypad, garage door deadbolt

Lots of positive buyer reviews!

2. LiftMaster 3265

LiftMaster 3265 Garage Door Opener
The LiftMaster 3265 garage door opener is part of their Premium Series.
 
Includes the newest security and safety features — like the best Chamberlain garage door openers it’s a WiFi, smart garage door opener.
Using the mobile app you can easily open or close from anywhere, receive updates, or set alerts.
Includes LiftMaster’s PosiLock (to prevent forced openings) + Protector. Light Beam which detects obstructions.
 
Affordable price and very good buyer reviews!

3. Chamberlain B1381

Chamberlain B1381 Review

The Chamberlain B1381 is an ultra quiet smart garage door opener.

It includes 100 LED light system for 3,100 lumen brightness — enough to fill your entire garage for added layer of security.
 
Designed with MAX lift power for heavier garage doors — force equivalent to 1.25 horsepower. Buyers confirm that the extra-strong belt drive makes it silent when opening or closing.
 
Like the chamberlain B980 the Chamberlain B1381 includes mobile app control.
 
You can also check an activity log to see exact times that your garage door is opened or closed.
 
Medium price w/ lots of positive reviews from buyers.
 
4. Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax 1200
Genie SilentMax 1200 Garage Door Opener
The Genie SilentMax 1200 garage door opener uses a traditional chain drive system.
 
Buyers say it’s incredibly smooth and fast — it opens and closes at a rate of 9-inches per second.

Genie SilentMax 1200 comes w/ 140V DC motor for smooth, quiet operation.

For durability, the Genie SilentMax garage door opener is designed with reinforced c-channel rails — helps to prevent accumulation of dust and dirt over long periods of time.
 
** FYI: accumulation of grime is what ultimately causes malfunctions.
 
Genie SilentMax includes an infrared, safety beam to detect anything in its path.
 
If there’s an obstruction, the door will auto open (instead of closing).

5. Chamberlain B550 Review

Chamberlain B550 Garage Door Opener

Chamberlain B550 is an affordable garage door opener w/ mobile app functionality.
 
It’s very similar to the Chamberlain B980 — designed w/ a high-grade steel framing + smooth belt track, making it a very durable.
Buyers love how quietly it opens/closes.
 
Chamberlain B550 controllers have good range — using the remote control, you can open/close from 1,500 ft. (455 meters).
 
It also comes w/ a high-end security systemMotion detectors send you an automatic alerts if detected.

The Chamberlain B550 is expensive, but comes w/ top buyer reviews + high-end security system.

6. Chamberlain B730 Review

Chamberlain B730 Garage Door Opener

The Chamberlain B730/WD962 is battery powered — very handy if there’s a power outage!
 
It includes mobile app functionality giving you control to open/close from anywhere — the distance on the remotes is good too, 1500 ft. (455 meters).
 
The new DC belt drive is steel reinforced offering a very quiet open and close.
 
Also comes w/ “Vibration Isolation System” which allows for consistent open/close speed.
 
Like the B550 model, the Chamberlain B730 includes a motion detector system w/ mobile app alerts + activity log. 
 
There’s also a timer-to-close function (in case you forget to close it).
Buyers like its affordable price + say it’s fairly easy to install.

7. Genie ChainMax Door Opener

Genie ChainMax 1000 Garage Door Opener
The Genie ChainMax is built for quiet operation and durability.
 
Users have been impressed by the smoothness and speed at which it operates at — opens/closes at a rate of 7.5″ per second.
The 140V DC motor is the main reason for the smooth operation.
 
And to make the garage door opener more durable, they’ve used high-quality reinforced c-channel rails. This prevents the accumulation of dirt and dust over the years of use
 
Genie ChainMax includes an infrared, safety beam to detect anything in its path. If there’s an obstruction, the door will auto open (instead of closing).

8. Chamberlain B970 Review

Chamberlain Smartphone Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain B970 is often overlooked, but don’t let that fool you!
 
In terms of safety, the B970 is one of the best garage door openers for alerts and hack-prevention.


Ideal for areas that are prone to power outages, the Chamberlain B970 includes a built-in battery for power outages or emergencies.

Buyer reviews say it operates very smoothly + quietly. 
 
The upgraded belt drive is what allows for decrease in noise – made with reinforced steel the structure holds well and allows for a smooth track.
To prevent hacking, the Chamberlain B970 uses coded encryption and Posi-Lock anti-theft features.
 
In case of emergency, you can close the garage door and it will stay locked, no matter what — and if there’s issues, it will alert you via mobile app.

9. Chamberlain C870 Review

Chamberlain C870 Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain C870 comes is built for durability.
 
Using the mobile app you can see a log of all garage door activity. 

It includes a backup battery system so you can open/close during power outages.

Chamberlain C870 is built with a reinforced steel chain drive — buyers say it’s the best Chamberlain garage door opener for durability.
 
And to prevent the system from being hacked, there’s encryption protection w/ mobile notifications.
 
Very good buyer reviews.

10. Chamberlain WD832KEV Review
Chamberlain WD832KEV Garage Door Opener



The Chamberlain WD832KEV is an ultra quiet garage opener that includes mobile app functionality.

Users can open and close their garage doors remotely with the app, as well as monitor garage activity.

The steel reinforced belt minimizes vibrations and noise and is built to last for years – it comes with a lifetime warranty!

Protector System offers motion detection lights and safety sensors that are important safety features to have.

Chamberlain WD832KEV includes two remotes w/ 1500 ft. range and keyless entry-pad.

Buyers also like the timer feature which can be set to auto open or close after 1-10 minutes.