January 11th, 2015
In the world of water heating the new biggest craze is tankless water heaters. While I would definitely have to say that tankless is a far better method of heating water than the traditional tank version it does come with its drawbacks as well. Today we will be discussing all the pros and cons of tankless water heaters in an attempt to educate our readers. If you haven’t already made the switch then hopefully we can convince you to do so when the time is appropriate.
The Benefits of Going Tankless
The biggest advantage that alone should make you want to make the switch is the fact you will never run out of hot water. The way this works is that instead of heating the water inside of a tank the water is heated as it runs through the pipes. This allows you to heat up water right when you need it which can help you to save around 20 to 30% on your water heating bill.
You can expect a tankless unit to last about 5 to 10 years longer than their tank counterparts and I’m sure by now you can start to see how much money you will save. Not only will you save money but you will also save space as these units are much smaller and can even be installed outdoors if need be. Since they are installed on the wall they really don’t get in the way at all. If you are using a point of use model you can even install it under a cabinet or in a closet.
Drawbacks of Making the Switch
There really aren’t too many drawbacks of a tankless water heater but we will try to list any problems that could be associated with making the switch. The biggest negative aspect is the fact that they are more expensive than the traditional tank version. This means more money up front so it’s kind of like a trade-off for saving money later on. If you don’t buy a unit powerful enough you won’t be able to get really hot water which is never good. This is due to the fact the hot-water output is split among all your household fixtures but as long as you buy the right type you will be good to go.
If you happen to buy a gas powered unit you also be producing greenhouse gas. Not only that but you will have to deal with annual servicing to keep it working properly. While gas powered units are cheaper to use the annual servicing windup equaling out the cost over time. Unless you own an office or business an electric tankless water heater should do the job.
Overall I would have to say that making the switch to a tankless water heater is definitely worth it and you should look into doing so as soon as you can. With all the benefits of making the switch without many drawbacks it amazes me more people haven’t done so already. Make sure to read reviews of all the most popular models to ensure you get the best one possible.
October 30th, 2014
What is Speedsball?
One of the first things you’ll notice as you get into learning about the sport of paintball is that there are two different, well-known paintball games out there. The first is known as woodsball which is simply a military style game in which you see players geared up from head to toe in camo. The second, which I will teach you all about, is Speedsball. It was invented in the 1920s by a man named Elmer D. Mitchell. Typically, more advanced to professional leveled players player this version of paintball. This is due to being a highly competitive game. Speedsball has one goal and that is to be the last man standing; technically, in this case it would be a team, but I think you get the gist.
Info & Rules
This game is played in a small field that allows easy view and communication for the players. The field tends to be flat and contains multiple bunkers which are, of course, artificial. Some of the fields will be indoors while others will be outside. However, whether inside or outside the game stays the same. There are usually 3 or 5 teams which consist of 3, 5 or 7 members. Each game will last 5-15 minutes, hence the name speedsball. Once all teams are eliminated except one, you have a clear winner and then the game restarts.
When searching for a paintball gun that is suitable for speedsball, try checking out the Dye Proto Rail, Azodin Blitz Evo or Spyder Fenix. If none of these guns suit your taste then just browse the internet for any electropneumatic marker. You’ll want it to be fast and lightweight. If you’re going all out you should even consider getting one with a force fed hopper.
Expecting to find yourself in the middle of an intense speedsball match in the near future? Good. You will want to wear comfortable clothing such as loose jeans as well as shirts. Many of the players you’ll see on the field will be wearing jerseys, although it is okay not to. Whatever you decide on, know you’ll have a blast dominating the paintball field.
October 16th, 2014
Best Paintball Guns
One of my favorite things to do is gather a group of my friends and head out to a paintball tournament; the only thing that makes it better is winning. However, winning a tournament wouldn’t be possible without all of us having some of the best paintball guns on the market. Let’s face the facts, when your competing against somebody who has a better marker than you chances are you’re gonna lose. Thankfully, it’s been quite a while since we’ve taken a loss. So, to get you to the top of your game I’ve written reviews on a few of our markers.
Azodin Blitz Evo
The Azodin Blitz is my paintball gun and it’s better than any other marker I have ever held in my own two hands. My favorite thing about it is it’s consistency; it tends to stay within 5fps of what I set it to, varying occasionally. The Blitz is also extremely lightweight which helps me out during long, competitive matches because I don’t feel like I’m lugging anything around. Also, it shoots about 11-14 balls per seconds. There are some guns out there that shoot more, but those are the absolute best paintball guns and usually come at a very expensive price tag while the Azodin Blitz Evo is affordable.
I think it would be safe to say that the Tippmann 98 is the all time best paintball gun for any beginner player. This is mainly due to the amount of customs that you can add on to it, although it comes with a lot of great features straight from the factory. Not as great as my Blitz but still more than decent, this marker can shoot around 9 balls per second from it’s 200 capacity hopper. It is also super light at just 3 pounds while fully loaded, so like I said, you never have to feel as if your constantly lugging around heavy equipment.
October 16th, 2014
Tankless Water Heater Reviews
When it comes to tankless water heaters you need to make sure that you choose the correct one. The most important things that you need to keep in mind while looking at different options and brands are the size of your home, climate of the area in which you reside and family needs. Other things that you should consider, but are not vital, include where you want to install the water heater, cost as well as the features the instantaneous water heater comes with. Fortunately for you, I have assembled a couple tankless water heater reviews on my two favorite brands: Ecosmart and Rinnai.
If you can’t tell by the name, Ecosmart is an expert at supplying consumers with earth friendly, efficient products. From spa and pool heating needs to marine purposes, they’ll quickly become your go-to brand. Why? Well, because they’re simply the best at what they do. With a 99.8% efficiency rate, they’re quite hard to beat. Plus, you can save almost 60% on your utility bill every single month! How great is that
Unlike Ecosmart, Rinnai specializes in manufacturing and producing machines that are extremely durable. So durable in fact, that their tankless water heaters can last up to twice as long as a conventional tank. However, if a part on your water heater manages to break or malfunction you won’t have to worry because every single piece on a Rinnai tankless water heater can be replaced. Have an expert install the machine indoors or outside and you’re good to go!
If you’re looking for a water heater that produces few harmful emissions into the air and is extremely efficient go for an Ecosmart tankless water heater. On the other hand, if you want a machine that is sure to withstand the test of time purchase a product from Rinnai. Either brand is great and offers many different options perfect for every family; however, you may want to take a look at some other tankless water heater reviews before making your final decision.
September 16th, 2014
Empire Axe Review
The Empire Axe paintball marker is one of the best out on the market today. Although, $500 may seem like a lot of money to pay it really isn’t for a paintball gun of such high quality. While using the Empire Axe in tournaments you’ll be sure to have a comfortable grip due to the extended grip frame used in the making of this marker.
Another great thing about the gun is its lightweight design, meaning you won’t get worn out towards the end of your match from having to haul around your equipment. It may not seem like a big deal but I assure you it can be the final decision making factor in whether you end on a good note or not. You won’t ever have to worry about giving away your location while playing or about bothering neighbors as this marker is very quiet.
As if it couldn’t get any better, this marker features outstanding velocity meaning performance that you can count on. This paintball gun comes with a unique push button bolt removal system that results in easy maintenance. The Empire Axe happens to be one of my favorite paintball markers, but you should go ahead and read other Empire Axe reviews so that you can make a smart buying decision!