The difference between a house and a home is how much you love living there. LaunchPad explores the innovative technologies that help you care for your space more effectively.
You may not know it, but you live in a power house. That is, your home and the gadgets in it are producing a ton of energy throughout the day in ways you might not even notice. We sometimes take for granted how high-tech modern appliances, utilities and tools are, so here are some ways of thinking about all the sheer strength that surrounds you every day:
Anyone who’s used it knows that the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum has an extremely powerful motor to make sure it’s sucking up every bit of dirt, debris, and dust instead of just spreading them around your house. But just how fast is that motor? It spins at 125,000 RPM, which is more rotations per minute (up to about 8.3 times, in fact) than the engine in a Formula 1 race car. Doing chores never felt so dangerous.
It also comes with a whole-machine HEPA filtration system, so you’ll clean your air while you vacuum your floors. HEPA was first created to deal with the small radioactive particles produced when making atomic bombs, and is still used by the nuclear industry today. If it can clean up after that type of mess, your kids and pets are definitely in good hands.
Clothes in a washing machine tumble at an average speed of 80 MPH — faster than it’s legal to drive anywhere in the state of California. The g-force they produce on those clothes often exceeds 150 G’s (you can calculate your specific washing machine’s Gs here!). If that doesn’t sound all that huge to you, consider that astronauts experience a maximum of 3 Gs upon takeoff and re-entry from outer space.
If you’ve ever signed a lease without testing the water pressure first, you know how much it matters that water is able to flow through a house’s pipes with ease. Most of those pipes are built to handle up to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure — making them much tougher than your veins and arteries. A clinically “normal” human blood pressure of 120/80 is producing just 2.32 PSI /1.55 PSI.
The Dyson SuperSonic Hair Dryer blasts your ‘do at an incredible speed. The digital motor in the hair dryer spins at up to 110,000 rpm, which is up to about 7.3 times faster than the rpms of an engine in a Formula 1 car.
The spinning arm at the bottom of your dishwasher uses the same principle of physics that rockets rely on to get off the ground. Like Newton said, for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction, so when a rocket blasts hot gas out of its back end, that force pushes the body of the rocket up into the sky. In dishwashers, it’s water spurting out from jets that pushes back on the spinning arm and makes it twirl.
Zan Romanoff is a freelance writer and the author of the novels A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART and GRACE AND THE FEVER. She lives and works in Los Angeles.