Home Performance Tools on Amazon Prime Day
In case you haven’t heard, Amazon is having its Prime Day sale today and tomorrow. Occasionally, I write about tools and products we use in our work or homes and provide affiliate links* to the ones we like. I’ve also just put together a page here on the Energy Vanguard site called Building Science Tools We Like. It has some of our favorite stuff in it, from Amazon as well as other companies we like (e.g., TruTech Tools, Therma-Stor…*).
This morning I spent some time looking around Amazon for deals on stuff we like, so without further adieu, here are some of the Prime Day deals I’ve found, with our affiliate links. They’re not all strictly home performance items, but if you’re a tool or DIY person, you may find them useful, too.
Airthings 2930 Wave Plus – The Awair Element is my current first choice, but it’s not a Prime Day deal. The Airthings is a good, consumer-grade IAQ monitor that does what the Element does plus radon.
Ecobee thermostats – Really nice thermostats that come with remote sensors to help you balance the heating and cooling in the house. And if you like data, you can download a lot of them!
Ceiling fans – Everyone loves ceiling fans in summer, and I do, too. Be sure you understand what to look for when buying a ceiling fan, though.
Broan range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans – Broan makes some of the most efficient exhaust fans for homes, and they’re quiet, too. I put one in when I remodeled the bathroom in my condo in 2016.
LED bulbs – So many LED bulbs on sale for Amazon Prime Day!
MERV-13 filters – There’s not a great selection for Prime Day, but check them out if you’re looking.
Hygrometers – Many of the digital thermo-hygrometers on Amazon are available as Prime Day deals! You have no excuse for not monitoring your temperature and relative humidity in the house, crawl space, attic, and outdoors now. Or wherever you want to measure it. The Amir hygrometer is the one in my house, shown in the photo above.
Akro-Mills drawer organizers – I love these things!
Crescent tools – A trusted name in tools
Dewalt tools – I’ve been using Dewalt tools for a long time and have a bunch of them.
Allison Bailes of Atlanta, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and founder of Energy Vanguard. He is also the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog and is writing a book. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
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Allison, I am a bit of a data nut too. I have lots of different sensors and controls around my house and lots of replacement batteries too. I keep an indoor/outdoor hygrometer in my bathroom so that I know if I should turn on the exhaust fan during and after a shower. If the indoor humidity is low during heating season, I don’t bother using the exhaust fan so that the shower helps humidify my home. If the outdoor temperature and humidity is high during the cooling season, I also don’t use the exhaust fan since the AC is running quite a bit and is probably more effective at removing this humidity than an exhaust fan that also sucks in hot humid air from somewhere else in the house.
I also like having my own home weather station for outdoor temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, and pressure. We can all get weather information from nearby weather stations via the internet, but there is a lot of local variation, especially with rainfall. I like the Ambient Weather devices that allow you to see historical plots as well as instantaneous data.
Roy, we do a lot of the same things. I haven’t gotten a weather station for my home yet, but it’s on the list. Ambient also has a nice thermo-hygrometer with graphing that’s on my list, too. For anyone interested, here’s the link to the Ambient store on Amazon. (Both links here are affiliate links.)
For anyone that is considering a home weather station, here are some warnings and suggestions. If it has a rain gauge, you will have to clean it periodically to get rid of the bird crap and bug nests that like to plug it up. If you want wind speed (anemometer) and you live in Oklahoma, don’t go cheap. The anemometer on my first cheap weather station wore out in about a year. My Ambient Weather station is working fine so far. One of the other nice features of this station is that not only does it measure solar radiation, it uses it to power the outdoor unit so that you don’t have to replace the batteries nearly as often.
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