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19Jan/120

Big Game, Big Sale

The NFL is down to only 4 teams. The biggest game in football is less than 3 weeks away. Are you ready!?

If you haven't already started planning your watch party, then right now is the time. Order all of your gear now to have it in time for game day! Get a kegerator, beverage cooler, grill and more to make your watch party the biggest and baddest your friends have ever seen.

Football Party SaleFull Size Kegerators   Beverage Refrigerators

Portable Ice Makers   Grills

Free Draft Mag Subscription

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4Jan/120

Our Annual Heater Sale

So, the annual heater sale is a bit of a misnomer this year as we are also offering discounts on our window and portable air conditioners. I'm sure the last thing on your mind this time of year though is air conditioning your home, but many of our air conditioners also have a heating function so you are able to use them year round.

Home Air Quality Sale

Portable Air Conditioner Discount    Vornado Heaters

Window Air Conditioner Discount    Electric Fireplaces

Hope you're staying warm and cozy all winter long!

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14Dec/110

Full-Size Kegerators Starting at $299!

These are our best prices of the year on full-size kegerators and other great gift ideas! December 19th is the final day for free standard ground shipping, so don't wait until the last minute or you'll miss the deadline and these amazing deals!

Kegerator Specials

Danby Kegerator          Nostalgia Kegerator

EdgeStar Kegerator          EdgeStar Stainless Steel Kegerator

Give the Gift of Peace of Mind

         

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15Nov/110

FAQ: What is the Best Humidifier for 1200 Sq Ft Plus?

What is the best humidifier for 1,200 sq. ft. or more?

If you need a humidifier for a large space, such as 1,200 sq. ft. or larger, then you should purchase a whole house humidifier. Cool or warm mist humidifiers are usually meant for single rooms or personal use, while whole house humidifiers can humidify homes up to 2,500 sq ft.

The best humidifier is somewhat subjective. Instead, you should look at which are the best brands of humidifiers, because whole house humidifiers are available in a variety of styles and you will want one that looks nice and isn't an eyesore in your home. Definitely look at reviews across numerous sites to determine which brand and humidifier you think will be best for you.

In our experience at CompactAppliance.com, the best brand for whole house humidifiers is Essick Air. Here are our top-rated Essick Air whole house humidifiers and snippets of reviews:

1. Essick Air Console Style Whole House Evaporative Humidifier (SKU: 821000)

"The water capacity is greater than other style humidifier and so the time between additions is much longer."

"Small, quiet & it works."

"We use for the whole house, and it does an awesome job. No more static shocks, dry eyes and there seems to be less dust in the air."

2. Essick Air Credenza Style Whole House Cool Mist Humidifier and Air Cleaner (SKU: 697500)

"This humidifier does everything I wanted one to do. It really puts moisture into the house as evidenced by the monitor on my wall weather station."

"As rated it does the whole house of 2300 sq ft for 24 hours in the driest winter cold."

"I Have Had Many humidifiers in the past but this one so far is one of the best"

3. Essick Air Console Style Whole House Cool Mist Humidifier (SKU: H12300)

"Was very impressed with performance."

"Works very well and easy to put together no tools needed"

"Exactly what I needed"

31Aug/110

Egg & Muffin Maker

Last year an egg & muffin maker was purchased for the office. I was called a Debbie Downer because I firmly believed that it would either never be used or be used once and never touched again because no one wanted to clean it up. But my pessimism didn't keep others from being excited.

Well, they're finally going to try and prove me wrong. Titus showed up this morning with eggs, english muffins, turkey and cheese to make our own egg & muffins for breakfast in the office. Check out the videos below to see how we cooked the food and the results.


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8Aug/110

Living Direct Ping Pong Tournament

The below post comes from Derek who organized the first Living Direct ping pong tournament, which finally ended on Friday, August 5.

August 5th, 2011. Today is the end of our two month long ping pong tournament. After a grueling fight to the finish, our very own Jeff Meadows prevailed!

I started our first table tennis tournament here at Living Direct, Inc. and right off the bat, our employees placed a huge interest in it. With sixteen players signing up, I knew I had my work cut out. I wanted this to be perfect.
I setup the matches to include a double elimination scheme and allowed everyone to play at their own leisure. The competitors could check the scores daily and see who they were to compete with next.

Originally, I had purchased a custom made trophy with the engravings [Living Direct –Ping Pong Tournament 1st Place] but that wasn’t enough. Thanks to the company, a brand new APPLE IPAD 2 was donated, and that quickly gave everybody a new game face to display.

Players battled one by one - before, after and even during work. Matches were intense lasting 20-30 minutes sometimes. The games were very unpredictable and exciting to say the least.

Sadly, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

Congratulations Jeff Meadows!

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1Aug/110

It’s Back to School Time Again

Whether you like it or not, the school year is going to start again. If you're not quite ready to accept that though, go ahead and ignore this post, it'll still be here when you finally come to terms with summer ending.

For those of you who like to get a head start on your back to school shopping, here are the top products and deals for decking out your college dorm!

Microwave/Fridge Combos

EdgeStar Energy Star Rated Microwave Fridge Combo Avanti Microwave / Refrigerator Combo, Black MicroFridge 2.4 Cu Ft Fridge/Microwave Combo Avanti Microwave / Refrigerator Combo, White
EdgeStar Energy Star Microwave Fridge Combo Avanti Microwave / Refrigerator Combo, Black MicroFridge 2.4 Cu Ft Fridge/Microwave Combo Avanti Microwave / Refrigerator Combo, White

Hot Plates & Burners

Avanti Induction Hotplate with Skillet Fagor Induction Cooktop Broil King Light Duty Double Burner Range Summit Commercial Portable Induction Cooktop
Avanti Induction Hotplate with Skillet Fagor Induction Cooktop Broil King Light Duty Double Burner Range Summit Commercial Portable Induction Cooktop

Compact Midsize Refrigerators

EdgeStar 3.2 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Rated Fridge / Freezer - Stainless Steel Danby Energy Star Stainless Steel All Refrigerator- 4.4 Cu. Ft. Avanti 4.5 Cubic Foot Counterhigh Refrigerator
EdgeStar 3.2 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Rated Fridge / Freezer - Stainless Steel Danby Energy Star Stainless Steel All Refrigerator- 4.4 Cu. Ft. Avanti 4.5 Cubic Foot Counterhigh Refrigerator MicroFridge 2.9 Cu Ft Energy Star Compact Refrigerator/Freezer

Microwave Ovens

Sharp 0.8 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Avanti 0.7 Cu. Ft. Electric Microwave Avanti 0.7 Cu. Ft. Electronic Microwave with Touch Pad Magic Chef 0.9 Cu. Ft. Microwave Oven - Red
Sharp 0.8 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Avanti 0.7 Cu. Ft. Electric Microwave Avanti 0.7 Cu. Ft. Electronic Microwave with Touch Pad Magic Chef 0.9 Cu. Ft. Microwave Oven - Red

Fans & Air Circulators

Flippi V6 Personal Fan Midnight Vornado 3 Speed Air Circulator Vornado 3 Speed Air Circulator Flippi V8 Personal Air Circulator
Flippi V6 Personal Fan Midnight Vornado 3 Speed Air Circulator Vornado 3 Speed Air Circulator Flippi V8 Personal Air Circulator

Ice Makers

EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker - Titanium EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker - Stainless Steel Avanti Portable Ice Maker / Dispenser
Koldfront Ultra Compact Portable Ice Maker EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker - Titanium EdgeStar Portable Ice Maker - Stainless Steel
Avanti Portable Ice Maker / Dispenser

Laundry

Haier Deluxe Washer / Dryer Combo with Bonus Portability Kit Haier Ventless Front Load Washer / Dryer Combo - 13 lb. Capacity Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Hand-Crank Mini Washing Machine Avanti Top Load Portable Washer - 12 Lb. Capacity
Haier Deluxe Washer / Dryer Combo with Bonus Portability Kit Haier Ventless Front Load Washer / Dryer Combo - 13 lb. Capacity Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Hand-Crank Mini Washing Machine Avanti Top Load Portable Washer - 12 Lb. Capacity

Compact Dishwashers

EdgeStar Portable Countertop Dishwasher with Digital Controls Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher EdgeStar Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Six Place Settings Avanti Portable Countertop Dishwasher
EdgeStar Portable Countertop Dishwasher with Digital Controls Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher EdgeStar Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Six Place Settings Avanti Portable Countertop Dishwasher
22Jun/110

4th of July Sale: Extra 4% Off

It's not too early to make sure you have everything you need for your 4th of July celebrations. Right now, you can get an extra 4% off all of our already discounted products! Many of our top entertaining appliances are already 20% off, like kegerators and ice makers. This offer ends tomorrow, June 23 at midnight CST though, so order now to save and receive in time for Independence Day!

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17Jun/110

FAQ: Where to Buy a Kegerator

Where can I purchase a home kegerator?

So you're ready to make the leap from bottles and cans to draft beer? There are probably multiple places around you that sell kegerators. Check your local home improvement store, but don't expect to leave with a kegerator in hand. Many home improvement stores sell kegerators, but they don't always keep them in stock. You'll have to place an order with the store and then wait for the kegerator to be delivered.

You're probably better off purchasing a kegerator online. There's a larger selection of home kegerators available online and you'll be able to read reviews. Also, if you buy from a specialized kegerator or beer website, they'll be able to answer any questions you may have with more expertise than someone in a large store that needs to know about a lot of different products because they probably have more hands-on experience.

While a homebrew store would be another good place to ask questions about a kegerator, they might not actually sell ready-to-use kegerators. If you're interested in making your own kegerator though, you might be able to find parts at a homebrew store.

15Jun/110

FAQ: Can a Thermoelectric Wine Cooler Be Installed as a Built-In?

Is it possible to install a thermoelectric wine cooler as a built-in?

No, a thermoelectric wine cooler should not be installed as a built-in unit. Thermoelectric wine coolers are designed to be freestanding because their cooling capabilities are easily influenced by the temperature around them. If a thermoelectric wine refrigerator were to be placed between cabinets, it would not be able to dissipate the heat it gives off and the unit would not be able to reach the cool temperatures necessary to store wine properly. The unit would also be more likely to fail or breakdown.

The difference with a built-in wine cooler is that the venting is on the front of the unit and it has a compressor instead of thermoelectric cooling. All thermoelectric and free standing wine fridges are vented on the back of the unit, but built-in wine fridges are vented on the front so when placed under a counter or into cabinetry the heat the unit gives off will be dissipated in the front instead of trapped in the back, which causes the cooler to overheat and malfunction. Because built-in wine refrigerators are compressor-based, they can reach and hold the set temperature despite how warm it may be on the outside of the unit.

If you do choose to build in a freestanding wine fridge you may end up spending just as much or more than you would on a built-in unit because the wine refrigerator will not last and your wine could be ruined if left in the broken wine cooler. Built-in wine coolers are definitely worth the extra cost if you want to keep your wine collection safely stored in a reliable unit.

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