How to Choose Modern Major Appliances for Your Home

Buying appliances for a new home or upgrading the ones you have for your existing home can feel like a particularly daunting project. After all, there are tons of different options for everything from dishwashers to ovens to cooking ranges and stoves lining the aisles of every home appliance store in the country. In fact, even narrowing down your choices can be somewhat difficult.

Use this guide to help you make the right decision when choosing major appliances for your home.

Know Your Style 

Before you even start looking online or visiting stores in person, you need to evaluate the style of your home and kitchen to see what type of appliances are right for you. When it comes to buying major appliances, they can generally be classified as as modern or traditional, and that style needs to fit with your home.

Modern appliances tend to be very sleek with slim profiles. Major appliance companies like Electrolux Home Products tend specialize in modern appliances that fit the profile of homes with a more conteporary look.

However, modern appliances can also fit more atraditional homes and are often a better value since they won’t require upgrades down the road to look current.

Determine Your Budget

Major appliances can cost a great deal of money and they are generally considered an invstment you’re making in your home for years to come. In fact, most homeowners should plan to keep major appliances for at least 10 years to make them cost-effective.

Once you’ve determined your style, the next step is to figure out how much you can truly afford to spend. If you’re outfitting an entire kitchen, you probably won’t be able to pay in cash, especially if you want high-quality appliances. However, you do need to figure out what your payments on a kitchen’s worth of appliances will be and how much you’ll spend on interest charges before you buy.

You may realize that you need to purchase less expensive appliances or that you can afford a few exceptional pieces that really matter to you while outfitting the rest of your kitchen with more basic choices.

Consider Resale Value 

The kitchen is often the first place potential homebuyers look, so if you’re planning on selling your house soon you’re probably considering upgrading. While a well outfitted kitchen can help, spending $25,000 on new appliances may not be a wise investment for a home that’s only worth $250,000. Take your home’s resale value into account to make sure you can really get your money back.

3 Tips for Maintaining A Furnace

Is a clanking or hissing keeping you awake at night? Has a harsh winter made you worry about the state of your pipes and the efficacy of your heating equipment? Don’t worry: These three guidelines will keep your furnace in tip-top shape no matter what life throws your way.

1: Replace Your Filters

Most homeowners dust off their filters about once a season, but experts recommend doing it more like once a month. The continued use of a furnace means that dirt, dust and other contaminants are always building up, and replacing them is the easiest way to maintain the integrity of the unit.

2: Don’t Ignore Problems

“I thought I’d fix it later” is one of the most common excuses heard by repairmen who have been called in to salvage a broken furnace. To save money and prevent yourself from freezing when the heat suddenly goes out on a cold night, always address issues as they make themselves apparent.

3: Keep It Clean

It may seem like a no-brainer, but in addition to being more hygienic, a clean furnace will also waste less fuel and prevent overheating. Take a rag to your motor and a spray bottle to your blower. Use pressurized air in hard-to-reach areas.

These are just three ways to keep your heater in good working order. If you need additional help, or if these tips seem out of your league, consider contacting a professional heating company for help. Click here to learn more about their services in your area.

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Should You Use Solar Lights?

When looking at outdoor landscape lighting, you have three basic options. First of all, you can get lights that have to be plugged in, hardwired just like the lights in your home. These offer continuous light, but they can be hard to set up if you do not have any plugs on the outside of your house. Installing plugs can add a lot of expense to the project, and you do not really want to run extension cords inside, going through the windows. This could detract from the look and feel of the outdoor space, which is exactly what you care about most in the first place.

Another option is to get battery-powered outdoor lights. These get rid of all of those cords so that you do not have to run them anywhere, but they still give you lighting where you want it. In fact, they are much better in that regard because a battery-powered light is self-contained, so you can set it up wherever you want. You can perfectly create the atmosphere that you desire to have outside. However, the downside is that these lights are going to die far more frequently than any other type. If it is not the bulbs going out, it will be the batteries running out of power.

Your third option, then, is to use solar powered lights. These give you many of the same advantages as batteries, seeing as how you do not need to have any cords and you can put the lights wherever you want. However, the biggest upside is that you also do not need any sort of a battery to go along with them. They naturally draw their power from the sun, so they have a charge whenever you want to use them, and they never go dead. If you get LED solar lights, you rarely even have to worry about the bulbs going dead since they last for so long.

In many ways, solar lights are just the best option for any homeowner. Once you have them installed, you can basically forget about them. There is very little upkeep, and there are very few expenses after you get them in place. These are also good to use as security lights because you can get some that turn on automatically whenever the sun goes down. They simply sense the level of light outside and turn on when they are needed.

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Beautiful Mirrors

It’s interesting to wonder what people did before mirrors were invented. It’s bad enough that they didn’t have mirrors to help pull themselves together in the mornings, but they couldn’t even take a look to know what they looked like. Fortunately, we now have mirrors for just about every task. Created by manufacturers like American Fixture, there are mirrors that not only help a person with her make-up but mirrors that can even show her what her shoes look like from all angles.
Mirrors can be small enough to fit on a vanity top, like an adjustable oval mirror with a lacy, raw steel support. Another mirror is built very much like it, but it’s big enough to sit on the floor and is nearly five feet tall. A simpler oval mirror has an S-shaped support on a metal stand. A square shoe mirror is crowned with a touch of raw steel filigree and has two sides for the owner’s convenience.

Some mirrors aren’t made out of glass but acrylic. One, which comes in two sizes, is small enough to fit on a counter and is a simple rectangle. Another is a bit more fancy. This one is oval shaped, double sided and tilts in a modernistic frame.

Finally, a lovely three way mirror is just the thing for a dressing room or walk-in closet. This has a chrome stand and is six feet tall. This mirror makes sure that the owner looks as good as she can be before she goes out to work or play.

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