Buying Guides

Choosing a right television

When deciding which television set to purchase, try considering the following factors:

1) Budget Basically, the price of televisions depends on the size of the screen and the resolution level. Integrated tuners and multiple HDMI inputs affect the price, but it will save space and some of the cables. There are also some television sets which incorporated some extra features, such as picture-in-picture, virtual surround sound, comb filter and more. All these will have the effect on the pricing of the television set.

2) Viewing distance The distance between the TV and where you’ll be sitting to watch will affect the viewing experience. Sitting too close to the screen you might lose out on the whole big picture while sitting too far from the screen you’ll lose the feeling of being immersed in the action. The suggested viewing distance is as follows: Viewing DistanceScreen Size

  • 1.5m – 2.4m14” – 21”
  • 2.4m – 3.0m23” – 32”
  • 3.0m – 3.6m36” – 42”
  • 3.6m +43” – 60”

3) Design The features of modern television are now all packed into a slim design, which can easily make a design statement in any home. Slim-designed television can now recreate a cinema-like experience in your home, or just hang or mount it on the wall as a piece of art. Although the conventional colors of the television remains in black or silver, some creative manufacturers are coming out with more colors.

4) Plasma or LCD? Go for plasma television for the size, contrast and action. Plasma TVs have the ability to reproduce the deepest blacks and as a result have high contrast ratios, the measure of the blackest black compared to the whitest white. Plasmas also can keep up with a fast moving object like a football better than LCD, so that the ball’s motion will look clearer and more detailed, hence more natural. As for LCDs TV, go for the brightness, resolution and wall-mounting. LCDs deliver even and brighter images, making them ideal for very brightly-lit rooms. Also, if you’re looking to wall mount your television, it’s worth knowing that LCDs tend to be lighter and slimmer than plasmas.

How to Save Energy on Using an Air Conditioner

1) Ensure the cooling capacity is right There is no point in installing a 1HP air conditioner and expecting the unit to cool the room of the size of a basketball court. Try determining the size of the room, it’s exposure to heat and the primary function of the room before deciding on the capacity of the air conditioner to purchase. Incorrect cooling capacity for the room will waste energy and setting the room too cold is bad for health.

2) Room temperature The higher the room temperature, the more energy is needed to cool the room. Try cutting exterior heat by using drapes or heat-reflective window coatings. This will naturally brings down the temperature of the room.

3) Control the room temperature Always set the room temperature using the thermostat to a comfortable level. It is not necessary to set the temperature to the lowest all the time. This is because the lower the temperature is needed, the harder the air conditioner will work and this will consume more energy.

4) Regular maintenance Regularly cleaning the air conditioner filter can help to save energy as well. This will not ensure the air conditioner works better and efficiently but will also ensure that the air is cleaner. A dirty air filter will block the air flow and this will cause the air conditioner work harder.