"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
One part of the security system that lets homeowners rest easy is the motion detector. Read on to learn more about how these silent sensors work.
If a burglar enters a security-system-protected home, he?ll likely step right into a minefield of invisible tripwires that will send the cops speeding his way. The technology that makes this possible is the motion detector?specifically, the PID, or passive infrared, detector. ?Passive? means that the device produces no infrared heat energy itself, which allows for multiple detectors to work simultaneously without triggering each other?s alarms. These devices don?t simply detect infrared energy itself, which is constantly emitted by the sun and from the surface of the earth. Because most homeowners don?t want their alarms triggered by a tap-dancing centipede, PIDs are only programed to react to large, sudden changes in infrared energy.
Positioned behind a lens, a pyroelectric sensor inside the PID takes constant readings of infrared energy via interior reflectors that give the device a ?view? of the room. This sensor allows the PID to monitor the room?s ambient energy levels so that it doesn?t react to gradual changes in temperature. An abrupt change, however?like that of an intruder brandishing his 98.6-degree body temperature?will trigger the PID and trip the alarm.
Although modern PIDs are less likely to go off at the drop of a microwaved hat, a few things can still trigger false alarms. These include HVAC vents, sudden drafts, and, occasionally, pets?although careful positioning and special pet-immune PIDs should solve this problem for all but the largest or most acrobatic critters. And despite the fact that most PIDs do not detect well through glass, homeowners should avoid pointing detectors towards windows. For those areas, glass-break sensors will be much more likely to catch intruders.
While some carpet cleaners depend on the power of grit and elbow grease, All Seasons Chem-Dry utilizes the scientific principles of hot carbonation extraction to make dirt feel so guilty that it up and leaves. Carbonation penetrates the unseen microbes that lurk within carpeting to thoroughly extract unsightly pollutants using less moisture than traditional steam cleaners. The powerful muck-busting method is safe, non-toxic, and fast-drying (one to three hours), making it convenient for unslippered family members and, more importantly, helping prevent mold and mildew from festering in unseen regions where the police have no jurisdiction. Today’s deal helps customers augment the carpet cleaning by unfilthing their furniture, which might include lifting the stains from a neglected leather or upholstered sofa ($84–$105 for seven linear feet) or freeing a loveseat ($59–$69) or upholstered chair ($39) from nacho-cheese poltergeists.
Cee 2 Cee’s team of technicians keeps yards well groomed, perfuming area homes with the welcoming aroma of freshly cut grass. Armed with upwards of 15 years of experience, the crew deploys a fleet of ride-on and self-propelled mowers to trim overgrown greens, before resolving neighborhood border disputes via sidewalk edging and zip trimming services. Along with doling out buzz cuts to unruly yards, Cee 2 Cee’s team further beautifies home exteriors thanks to services such as shrub trimming, general mulching, small tree pruning, and mani-pedis for hardworking garden gnomes.
Signature service: Inspect and adjust sprinkler system
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Hunter, Rain Bird, Irritrol
Pro Tip: Please make sure that the irrigation controller is easily accessible
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.