Windward IV Ceiling Fan

Windward IV Ceiling Fan

I bought the Windward IV Ceiling Fan from Home Depot to replace the old, slow ceiling fan that came with my house’s master bedroom about 12 years ago. I have been very comfortably blown-away ever since. The old fan, for some reason just never did move much air. The other problem with the old fan was that the remote would receive interference and the light would randomly go off and on in the middle of the night. For that reason it stayed off. Having suffered 12 years of warm, uncomfortable summer nights in the upstairs bedroom, I thought it was finally time to do something about it.

Installation of the Windward IV Ceiling Fan

I won’t waste your time explaining how to install the Windward IV fan. There are plenty of good instructions. I put the video below on my laptop and followed it one step at a time.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that installing the fan is more complicated than it really is. Installation is every bit as easy as the video explained. There is one caveat and I will give you one huge tip that will save you time, money, headaches, and possibly even a bill from an electrician. Make sure you completely uninstall your old fan. I ended up with an extra red wire that I did not know what to do with. After trying several different wiring combinations, I could not get the fan blades to spin properly and the LED lights continually blinked. The electrician very thoroughly inspected the wiring inside the wall plate where the old fan was installed and noticed the remote was still connected. This completely explained why the wires didn’t match like they did on the video. He simply snipped the wires from the old remote and replaced it with the new Windward IV remote. In 20 minutes the fan and lights were working like a champ. Let me tell you what I really like about this fan.

Windward IV Benefits and Features

The Windward IV remote can be temperature controlled via a thermostat so it turns on or off based on the internal temperature of the room where the ceiling fan is located. There are three fan-speed settings which work like a toggle. The light, of course, can be turned off without use of the fans at all. Here’s a cool feature: The included LED lights are dimmable via the remote. To dim them, simply, press the light button and hold. The lights when turned off and back on will resume back to their previous brightness state.

Ultra Quiet Fan

The thing I might like best about the Windward IV fan is how quiet it is. Even on full speed, you can barely hear the motor above the sound of the air moving beneath its blades. It really is a high quality, smooth-operating, well-built ceiling fan. I highly recommend it.

Grundfos Booster Pump

Grundfos Booster Pump
– A Review

Whole House Hot Water Recirculating System

grundfos booster pumpA booster pump or whole house hot water recirculating system is a nonsubmersible pump designed to bring hot water to your kitchen and bathroom faucets without having to run and waste water for several seconds waiting for it to get warm. How well a water circulation pump depends on many factors of your household; size of hot water heater, pipe length, distance of pipes from hot-water heater, and last but not least, temperature and climate. Before I had a Grundfos circulation pump, it required over a minute for the water coming out of my kitchen faucet to get warm first thing in the morning. I was constantly filling pots as the water ran, as to not waste so much water. I had heard about hot water recirculating systems before, so when I had a new hot water heater installed last summer I decided to finally give one a try.

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Kobalt Battery Powered Lawn Mower

Kobalt Lawn Mower – 4 Year Update

After over 4 years of ownership, I felt it was a good time to provide some updated information on the Kobalt lawn mower. My original and complete review on the Kobalt lawn mower can be found, here. Since I purchased the 40 Volt, 20″ model in 2014, Kobalt has some new 80 Volt Mowers. Meanwhile, my own experience with the 40V Kobalt has been nothing but positive since publishing my original review on April 27, 2014. My lawnmower had continued to offer me flawless, trouble-free performance. I recognize, however, from the feedback below that not everyone has had such a trouble-free experience.  The main source of complaints seems to stem from battery issues.

Kobalt Battery Problems

Some users have reported that the mower stops working for no reason. They remove the battery or place it into the 2nd compartment on the mower and it works fine again for a while. I think I can shed some light on at least half of the issue and that is with the actual batteries, themselves: Since buying the rechargeable mower, I have purchased two other Kobalt products which use the very same batteries: The Kobalt Hedge Trimmer and the Kobalt Leaf Blower.  I now have a total of 5 batteries; 4 of them are the regular, 2Ah, and one is the 4Ah Long Run Battery.  In the past year, one of the 2Ah batteries has begun demonstrating the same symptoms described in the comments below. Whatever device I am using, whether it is the Hedge Trimmer, Leaf blower, or lawn mower will suddenly shut-off for no reason. I can get it to power up again by removing the battery and giving it a hard slam back into the battery compartment. This very same battery also has trouble charging inside the battery charger. Instead of the normal green flashing light, a red light will appear on the battery charger. The other batteries work fine. Since then, I have marked the problematic battery with a red, Sharpie.  This might not explain everyone’s problem with the Kobalt lawn mower, but it could be a simple solution for some of you who are having power issues. Maybe you simply need Kobalt to replace your battery. Give Kobalt a Call.

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