3 gifts for the house that add comfort and value

3 gifts for the house that add comfort and value

What if you took all the money you plan to spend on individual gifts for your family and spent the whole chunk of change on something for the home that everyone can enjoy. After all, how many sweaters or portable devices do you need? Installing a stationary generator to get you through the next blackout or central air conditioning to survive another hot summer will improve not only your quality of life but the value of your home as well. … (read more)

Coway OXY generator and humidifier

Coway OXY works as both, oxygen generator and humidifier. This stylish dual function device provides the simultaneous supply of moisture and oxygen, which is particularly beneficial to your health. The decorative OXY is fitted with mood illumination and a wake-up lighting to rouse you at a predetermined time.

Unlike zeolite-based oxygen generators that often deliver very dry oxygen, the Coway OXY supplies a combination of moisture and pure oxygen. The oxygen generator can either be docked on the main body or can be disconnected and used as a separate unit.

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Avoid generator risks by following these safety tips

Avoid generator risks by following these safety tips

A good generator can get you through a power outage but it also poses safety hazards of its own including carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution and the risk of fire. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the incidents involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces. Here’s how to stay safe, with tips from the CPSC.

Carbon monoxide hazards

Never use a … (read more)

The model name’s the same but the Honda generator is better

The model name’s the same but the Honda generator is better

One of Consumer Reports’ challenges in presenting timely, relevant test results is that now and then manufacturers make changes to their products without changing the model name. If it’s a slight change, like the location of buttons or other features, the product functions essentially the same. But in the case of a Honda generator we recently tested, the changes were major enough to warrant a name change. That didn’t happen.

After we posted our latest generator … (read more)

Generac and Kohler in power struggle over generator claims

Generac and Kohler in power struggle over generator claims

Besides being located less than 75 miles apart in Wisconsin, Generac and Kohler have another thing in common. Both had their hands slapped last week by the National Advertising Division for claims they made about residential generators. NAD is a watchdog group for the Better Business Bureau and the advertising industry.

Following our blog about the NAD’s decision that recommended Generac discontinue some promotional claims and modify others, the NAD called Kohler to task for telling its … (read more)

After Kohler complains, Generac powers down generator claims

After Kohler complains, Generac powers down generator claims

Generac has been making powerful claims about its 20-kilowatt stationary generator, perhaps too powerful. When the company said that its machine was more powerful, longer-lasting, quieter, safer to operate and the “most environmentally friendly generator on the market” competitor Kohler took notice. Its complaints to the National Advertising Council, a watchdog group, resulted in the recommendation that market-leader Generac discontinue some claims and modify others.

Kohler contended that Generac, in sales brochures, press releases, and other documents, made “unqualified superiority claims.” … (read more)