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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Energy Star

With all the talk of Earth Day on April 22nd, 2015 and mention of our Energy Efficient appliances we thought we would share with you just what Energy Star is about.  Here is what our friends at Wikipedia say about the matter.
 Energy Star Logo Energy Star (trademarked ENERGY STAR) is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States.
 It was created in 1992 by theEnvironmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.[2][3] Since then, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have adopted the program.

Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark, such as computer products and peripherals, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, generally use 20–30% less energy than required by federal standards.[4] In the United States, the Energy Star label is also shown on EnergyGuide appliance label of qualifying products.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

French Door Refrigerators

There are four popular questions I am regularly asked by people as they start their search for a new French Door Refrigerator.   I thought it would be a good ideas to share these questions – and my answers – with you.

KitchenAid French Door Refrigerator Q: What brand of French Door Refrigerator is best?  
A: Almost every appliance brand we carry now makes at least one French Door Refrigerator, so there are lots to choose.  I feel that Kitchen Aid, Maytag or Samsung have the best value based on the many years of dealing with these brands.  Above that, however, these three brands separate themselves from the competition by offering a 10-year compressor warranty.  I like that added piece of mind when investing in a great new fridge.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Appliance Manuals

Is it worth reading the washer or other appliances manuals?

 Maytag Washer Manual
It’s not uncommon for a customer to mention that the modern washing machine sure seems to have a lot of features. Many of these folks say they don’t need or use all the features the manufacturers currently offer, stating they could do with just one or two of the features, and they’d be fine with that.
So that got me to thinking about my washer, and it brought two questions to mind:
First, do I use all the cycles?
Second, why do the manufacturers give us all those cycles and features?
The answer to the second question is easy: all the cycles are there to help the machine do the best it can at washing our clothes within today’s government standards. Standards of how much water and energy a washer should use. In my case, I don’t use or need every single cycle, but it is reassuring to know that they are available if the need arises. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Buying the Correct Pillow

Why a good pillow is important?

After a long day, there is nothing quite like the feeling of curling up in bed on a good supportive mattress. But what about the quality of your pillow? Does a good pillow really make a difference in whether you have a good or poor night’s sleep? 

The answer is YES! The average person spends as much as 2,500 hours every year with their head on their pillow. A good quality pillow adds comfort and provides the support you need for your neck and spine, contributing greatly to a better sleep. It is important to look at your pillow as something much more important than a piece of fabric and stuffing that we put our heads on at night. 

Here’s how your pillow contributes to a good night’s sleep: your neck needs to be properly supported by your pillow when you go to bed. If the pillow is too high or low, your neck will be forced either up or down from its natural state, causing your neck muscles on one side or the other to be strained by the angle. So, finding the right height pillow for your is crucial.