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Jul 6 2016

The 5 Best Ways to Maintain your Pool for a Healthy, Fun Summer!

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We’re fully into the sun and fun of summer, complete with heat and humidity. If you’re like us here at Crucial, there’s nothing better in the middle of a hot and sticky summer day than a dip in a pool. As a pool owner, you know that there’s a certain amount of responsibility that comes with having a pool. First among those is maintenance. Nobody wants to swim in a pool that has an inch-thick layer of algae floating on top. So let’s walk through weekly pool maintenance and cleaning you should be doing to keep your pool safe and sanitary. Continue reading »

Jun 28 2016

Crucial Vacuum’s Picks: Top 5 Vacuums of 2016

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Vacuum cleaners have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1905 by Walter Griffiths. Through the years, various improvements have come, including beater bars, cyclonic action, HEPA filtration and even automated robotic units. So, now, 111 years later, what are the best vacuums you can get on the market?

It really depends on what you’re looking for. A vacuum that would suit a homeowner with four cats is not the best vacuum for a college student just starting out. So, here we have a list of five of the best vacuums for you, depending on what your needs are. Continue reading »

Jun 23 2016

Why is it Important to Change Your Vacuum Filters?

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We at Crucial talk a lot about how important it is to change your filters on a timely and regular basis. Whether it’s your household furnace or central air, your vacuum cleaner, or your humidifier or air purifier, taking care of your filters is important. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies or any other sort of breathing malady. To understand why it’s so important to change your filters, you need to understand how filters work. It’s also important to understand how filters are rated; after all, not all filters are created equally. Continue reading »

Jun 14 2016

All about Tea: The Perfect Way to Brew

brew_teaLast time, we talked a bit about the various types of teas that are available around the world for you to enjoy. From white to oolong to black tea, there are enough varietals of tea to satisfy even the most diehard of fans. This time, we’re going to discuss how to brew each type of tea to get you a perfect cup. After all, just as you wouldn’t brew a cup of espresso using a coarse grind and a drip machine, you can’t treat every type of tea as the same either.

As with coffee, brewing a great cup of tea lies in the temperature of the water and the type of tea and form the tea is in. Keep in mind that this applies to loose teas only. For tea that has been diced and powdered and put into square bags, a two minute bath in boiling water or a long afternoon soak as a pitcher of sun tea isn’t going to affect its quality much. However, try making a pitcher of iced oolong tea sweetened with honey and with a bit of grated ginger, and the world of possibilities that tea offers begins to open up to you. Continue reading »

Jun 8 2016

All about Tea: Types and the Process

tea-set-imageWe at Crucial tend to talk a lot about coffee, mainly because we love the stuff and want to pass on that love to any and all readers. However, there is another caffeinated drink that is extremely popular and we felt it was time to talk about that as well. It’s as versatile as coffee; it has as many different preparations as java for sure, and is just as nuanced in flavors and notes. We are of course, speaking of tea.

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, falling in line right after water. It has gained popularity in the past decade because of its health benefits and that it doesn’t have the acidity that troubles so many coffee drinkers. Tea does have small doses of caffeine, about one-half of an equivalent amount of coffee, which makes it a more suitable night cap for some. Green tea is high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, which helps combat the signs and symptoms of aging. There is also a study that shows that drinking green tea daily helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Continue reading »