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By Laura on 10/29/2012 5:37 AM
Seven percent of all the energy used in your home is from your refrigerator! This is a huge percentage when you consider how many things are left on and how many other appliances you use throughout the day! Refrigerators have advanced a lot over the years but there are many things you may not know you could be doing differently to conserve a lot of energy with your existing refrigerator. Many older refrigerators can have their seals start to leak or even begin to fall off. This may seem like a minor nuisance but they could cost you a lot of money. At first it’s just leaking a little bit of air making the refrigerator run harder and longer. In the long run, just leaving a seal in this condition will cost you high energy bills AND the cost of a new refrigerator. New seals generally cost a few dollars to replace versus the price tag of a brand new refrigerator. Shut the door! Were you raised in a barn? Refrigerators are closed units for a reason. They need to hold the cold air in otherwise it’s stuck completely...
By Laura on 10/22/2012 12:29 PM
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So many technological things have become so commonplace in our lives that we may entirely forget what it was like before them. While not all of us use our phones for email and online browsing, it is extremely rare to find anyone that doesn’t at least have a cell phone for making calls.  Civilizations have been around for a long time and most of our electronics have only been available within the last twenty years or so! Most appliances have been around for much longer than that but putting it into perspective, there is recorded history for thousands of years while the first dishwasher was invented only 160 years ago. Before that… scrubba dub dub! That’s right, everyone used to wash their clothes by hand. Hard to even imagine this day and age isn’t it? Dishwashers have come a long way in how...
By Laura on 10/15/2012 5:52 AM
We’ve all seen at least something about the Terminator movies and stories about the machines taking over if they are given too much artificial intelligence. That fear is probably not something we need to worry about in our daily lives and technology really has made things so much easier that I think most of us are willing to take a risk.  Some of us are old enough to remember the family’s first computer while generations after us have grown up playing with handheld devices more powerful than those first computers. Technology has advanced at a rapid rate and it’s been pretty exciting watching as things that would have been science fiction only a decade ago, have become normal use in our lives. Nearly all our appliances at this point are computer controlled to some degree which has made some impressive functions possible. Refrigerators for example are able to regulate temperature to the exact degree and can program defrost times to keep it running in top efficiency. Some refrigerators even ship with built-in...
By Laura on 10/8/2012 8:15 AM
We often get complacent in dealing with things that don’t make the priority list but some things you may not know about should be high on that list! For example, did you know that “clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually”? The leading factor they found was “failure to clean”. Are you making a to-do list right now? You should be! Dryers work by forcing hot air into the drum where wet clothes are placed. During the drying process, lint is generated. Most of this lint is caught by the lint trap… but not all of it! Some still gets through into the piping and collects, both restricting the air flow and creating a fuel source for the hot air to ignite. This is an extremely dangerous combination if left unattended. Consult your manual to find out the proper process for cleaning every single spot the lint could collect. If you can’t find the manual or aren’t sure how to get at some of these areas, call in professionals. It’s a lot cheaper paying someone to...
By Laura on 10/1/2012 6:08 AM
I recently read an article about Whirlpool coming out with a new line of washer and dryer that incorporate an lcd touchscreen as the user interface for the appliances. The appliances are claimed to have a price tag in the area of $4000. My first thought was how easy this will probably be to use. My second thought was something along the lines of keeping up with the Joneses! Then I realized I could never justify spending that much money for cool factor!  There are so many things in life that look neater than the last model like cars, shoes, clothes;  but most of the time it’s just things we want and don’t need. Appliances are no exception. I’ve seen many appliances like these that look amazing but when it comes down to it, you’re paying a premium for something with a higher risk of breaking down and costing you even more money.   When you are shopping for appliances, try to be rational and get something that suits your needs rather than wants. If you run a maid service, you’re going to need a huge washer...
By Laura on 9/24/2012 7:36 AM
We have grown so accustomed to the conveniences our household appliances offer that we seldom realize how much our daily lives are dependent on them until they inconveniently take a break on us (pun intended). Our washing machines make it possible for us to take up just a few moments cleaning laundry not to mention where we’d be without our refrigerators! Can you imagine not having the ability to keep your food cold? Our appliances are so important to our daily lives that they can instantly change our schedules if something goes wrong with them!  We thought we’d write some information from our standpoint that may help you get your schedule back on track as quickly as possible. When something goes wrong with any of your appliances, there is some information that you can put together to make the scheduling process go much more smoothly and get your problem fixed as quickly as possible.  First off, safely get your appliance’s make, model, and serial number. This helps us pull up the right information on...
By Laura on 9/17/2012 11:14 AM
All sorts of vent hoods have come out with different purposes in mind. Some suck the air up, some pull the air back, some act as a downdraft inhaling the cooking fumes directly down. There are all sorts of companies that make beautiful and unique hoods that look like chandeliers or ornate cabinetry or flat panels or… you name it! One thing I’ve been seeing a lot more of lately are motorized vents that move to the optimum position for functionality then retract to a less obstructive position when they’re not in use or disappear entirely becoming flush with the appliance or counter. Some of them come up from the back and pull the air back or pop up from the center and suck the air into the center of the oven. Many of these have built-in charcoal filters to recirculate the air and eliminate the need to vent outside. They can also be equipped with LED lighting to shed some light on your cooking experience. They often come in various stainless and glass construction depending on the look you’re going for or the appliance it is matching up with. A bunch of the major appliance manufacturers are building these motorized vent hoods into some of the appliances themselves....
By Laura on 9/10/2012 10:56 AM
Everything breaks down with time regardless of how much it’s worth. Knowing how long an appliance will last can help you plan accordingly so you’re not surprised into making a major purchase. The lifespan of some appliances has increased thanks to advances in technology, while it has decreased in others due to various other reasons. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted a study on the longevity of housing components. Many of the manufacturers, trade associations, and researchers surveyed emphasized that the life expectancy of all appliances is “largely affected by the quality of the maintenance performed on them”.  Regular maintenance can go a long way in getting the full life out of an appliance. Regular water filter replacements not only improves water quality but also keeps hard water deposits from building up and causing damage to your appliances. Emptying out the lint trap before every use reduces hazards and keeps the dryer from struggling to force air through a buildup of wet lint. Fully cleaning out cooking appliances can keep vents from getting clogged and prevent any other potentially dangerous issues that can result from a lack of cleaning....
By Laura on 9/4/2012 11:26 AM
A lot of innovations have been made in the appliance industry over the years allowing functionality to make things easier while working in the kitchen. Refrigerators have taken on some of the biggest advancements in functionality. Over the years, refrigerator doors have gone from flat doors that serve solely as the function of closing up the refrigerator to outside temperatures to becoming one of the most useful storage areas on the appliance. Now they have multiple shelves that serve alternating functions and can be raised and lowered depending on their purpose. They also now hold quite high weight ratings so you can load them up with as many drink cartons or other heavy contents as you need to without worrying about tearing the doors off. One other nice feature about this is the accessibility since the doors open out essentially making the contents come out into the room for ease of reach. Many of these door bins are large enough to accommodate up to full size gallon water and milk jugs so you’re not even...
By Laura on 8/27/2012 11:26 AM
Studies show that the average home uses $1,300 to $1,900 in energy costs every year. Energy Star rated appliances can cut $400 - $600 off that figure. Energy Star is a standard generated by the U.S. government back in 1992 with the intentions of reducing power consumption and greenhouse emissions generated by power plants.   In order to qualify for Energy Star ratings, a product has to deliver features and performance that are demanded by consumers plus they have to deliver certain standards of efficiency. If the product costs more than an appliance in the same category, it needs to make up for the added cost by recovering the investment through savings within a reasonable amount of time. Energy savings must be able to be measured and verified through testing. Labeling of Energy Star rated appliances also make the standards visible for consumers. Energy Star appliances use up to %50 less water than standard models making water savings a huge incentive. The less water that gets used; the less water is polluted...
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