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Because a buildup of lint in the dryer vent is a potential fire hazard, it’s a good idea to clean out the dryer vent ASAP. Also remember to clear out the lint filter after every use.

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The air-quality industry uses a rating system called MERV — minimum efficiency reporting value. To capture viruses, guides from the industry and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health both recommend air filters with a rating of at least MERV-13.

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Caffeine lovers on your list will enjoy this award-winning coffee maker. It's a snap to make smooth-tasting cold brew at home. Add ground coffee to the brew filter, pour in cold water and pop the carafe in the fridge overnight. Extra points for adding a box of Dunkin' or Starbucks cold brew coffee packs to the bag.

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With a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR), if you're shooting a portrait, there's a good chance you'll want a shallow depth of field that leaves your subject's face sharp but blurs distractions in the background. If you're shooting a landscape, you'll probably want maximum depth of field so that everything is sharp. For that result, use a higher aperture (F-stop), which means you'll be using a slower shutter speed, a higher ISO or both. (You can't control all these variables on a smartphone but you can use an after-the-snap digital filter to give the effect of selective focus.)

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Coffee lovers know one of the best ways to get the most flavor from your beans is by preparing coffee using the pour over method. But buying pour over coffee filters can quickly add up, and cloth alternatives to paper filters are difficult to clean. That’s where this $12 stainless steel pour over dripper comes in.

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Grab your coffee and cozy up!  The filter is not on, the moral may be low, but the camaraderie during this chilly, chilly time is high! 5 To Know's Nat Cardona shares real thoughts and questions for the upcoming Polar Vortex.

Getting your morning jolt has become more convenient than ever with quick brew pots of drip coffee or single servings from K-cup coffee makers—but when was the last time you sat down with a hot, fragrant cup of freshly ground and brewed coffee and savored sips over breakfast or dessert? If you find yourself craving a better cup of joe, here are 4 ways a French press can help you up your coffee game.

A dirty dishwasher becomes less efficient, leaving dishes caked in grime and unsanitary. Over time your dishwasher can even take on an unpleasant odor from stuck food, grease, and soap scum. If you want to avoid a dishwasher repair bill, regular cleaning is a must—and it’s simpler than you might think.

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