Traditional Vented Dryer

Traditional vented dryers draw in room temperature air from your laundry room, heat it, tumble your clothes in it, and then blow the exhaust—full of evaporated moisture—outside.

Condenser Dryer

Condenser dryers draw a small amount of air into the dryer—much less than is needed in a traditional unit. The air passes through the condenser for initial heating. The heated air is then pushed into the drum, where it heats up the wet laundry and causes water to evaporate.  Instead of venting that hot, wet air outside, the air is looped back into the condenser where it's cooled down.  The evaporated water either goes down the drain, or collects in a tray that the user must empty after a cycle.  Since condenser dryers don't get as hot as vented models, they can also be more gentle on clothes.

Heat Pump Dryers

These ventless machines replace the condenser with a heat pump, which works like an air conditioner running in reverse: As they recirculate hot air in the drum, they also remove moisture from laundry.  Heat pump dryers are more efficient, since they can achieve the same result at even lower temperatures than a condenser. The average heat pump dryer uses half as much energy as a vented model, but they also take longer to get your clothes dry. A vented dryer might finish a Normal load in about 45-50 minutes, but a heat pump dryer could run for an hour and a half. Bulky items like a blanket or comforter could be more than three hours.  The clothes also come out of the dryer much cooler than other dryers, barely warmer than room temperature.

HE detergent is low sudsing and concentrated, meaning that you should only need to use 1 tablespoon per load!  HE detergent is available in liquid or powder and under many popular brands including Tide and Sunlight.

Using regular detergent in your High Efficiency Washing Machine will cause damage to the bearings and sensors, create odours, and leave soap residue on clothing and in the machine.

Look for this symbol on the front of your detergent bottle!

If you're looking for a new television right now, you may have heard of 4K or UHD TVs and you may be wondering how they compare to a high definition TV.

The big difference between high definition, and 4K (also known as UHD) TVs is the resolution, or the number of pixels that make up the screen. A 1080p high definition TV is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. A 4K TV has four times as many pixels, being 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high.

The bonus of having four times as many pixels is that it makes the picture much clearer, meaning that you can sit much closer to TV without the picture becoming blurry. However this depends on the image you are viewing.

If the image you are watching is not broadcast for 4K, the TV can upscale it to fit the TV, but it's not going to be as impressive as one intended for a 4K TV.

Right now, our local providers Shaw, Bell, Eastlink, and BMTS have very little, if any, 4K content. However, since most 4K TVs are capable of streaming content off of the internet, there are many options for 4K content. The most popular provider of 4K content is Netflix, though you will have to have a premium account to access the 4K content. YouTube and other streaming services also have 4K content, with more options being offered every day!