Monthly Archives: January 2017
  1. Guide to Ventless Dryers

    The typical dryer that everyone knows is the type that pulls air in, heats it to dry our clothes, and then discharges that air through a vent via an airtight hose. However, technology has given us other methods of dispersing the air that gets weighted down with moisture when we dry our laundry. Known as “Ventless Dryers”, there are two types to choose from; condensation and heat pump.

    These dryers don’t use a vent to discharge air, thus there is no need to install pipes and hoses, or cut holes through walls. This makes this type of dryer ideal for small areas and they can be placed nearly anywhere in your home that has sufficient electrical supply as they are powered by electricity.

    ·      Condensation Dryers. This system works similar to how a traditional dryer works, where cool and dry room air is pulled in, heated, and discharged in a closed path - creating heat to dry clothes. It is a recirculation system where cold water is used as a moisture condensing medium.

    ·      Heat-Pump Dryers. With this system air is made to go through a heat pump, condensing water vapor and then forwarding it into a drain pipe or collection chamber. It is then reheated to be used again on the clothes that are still damp. Compared to traditional or condensation dryers, the heat pump consumes much less energy.

    ·      Washer/Dryer Combo Drying Systems. Products with the most updated washing machine technology utilize the condensation-based drying system designed to function differently from that of the ordinary vented dryer, but used a system similar to the condenser types. Modern washer/dryer combos use cold water. The heated air is made cool as the water flows against its direction, with the moisture released with the water that was used to cool it.

    Care and Maintenance

    Like other types of dryers, ventless units still need to be constantly free of lint. Models that use a condensation tank may also require at least a once-a-month de-clogging to keep functionality at an optimum. Because they are ventless, a sufficient amount of air-flow must be present for the machine to operate at its best.

    To learn more about the different ovens that are available at Reno’s Appliance, visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson, NJ or visit us online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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  2. Five Considerations When Choosing a Refrigerator

    Five Considerations When Choosing a Refrigerator

    *Updated September 13, 2017

    Other than the size of your family and lifestyle factors, here are a few other things to consider when thinking about a new refrigerator:

    1. Choose a Size. Take into consideration the amount of storage you will need. The average fridge for a family of four runs between 18 and 25 cubic feet. Young couples just starting out can usually make do with 18, but a large family should probably think larger. Of course, entertaining and hosting family get-togethers should come into play as well, or if there are any plans for an expanding family, that should be factored in as well.
    2. Pick a Style.
      • Side-by-Side. The freezer is along one side and the fridge along the other with the freezer about a third of the width. They have a modern look and have more space, but the shelves are typically quite narrow, making fitting some food difficult.
      • Bottom-mount. This model has become more and more popular, with the fridge section at the top and below a pullout freezer. This allows for the most used items - in the fridge - to be accessed easily.
      • Top-Freezer. This is your more classic fridge model, with the freezer on top for those who prefer keeping their frozen foods up high.
      • French Door. This is a current trend. They are very similar to bottom mount modes except that the doors open from the center, as a French door would. The freezer drawer is still below, and everything else is relatively the same.
    3. Pick Features. Basic features common to most all models include shelves, crisper drawer and door compartments, and if all you're looking for is somewhere to keep things cold, that's all you'll need.
    4. Environmental Concerns. The past 20 years have brought tremendous gains with respect to making home appliances more environmentally friendly and less costly to run. However, the refrigerator remains the most expensive kitchen appliance to operate. Watch for the Energy Star logo when making a purchase - some can save up to 40% over less energy efficient models.
    5. Select Your Brand. While there are many brands of refrigerators, there are only a few manufacturers; Sub-Zero and JennAir are two common Reno's Appliance brands.

    To learn more about the refrigerators at Reno's Appliance, visit our showroom or visit us online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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  3. Finding the Best Freezer

    Finding the Best Freezer

    Most homes have a refrigerator, with a freezer compartment which is convenient in the kitchen, but typically is insufficient for the amount of frozen foods a family will need. Savings associated with buying bulk frozen food can be substantial, and for long-term storage a freezer is the best option. These tips can help you find the best freezer for your needs.

    Freezer Types

    There are two types of freezers; chest and upright models. Each have their own pros and cons, and many users will choose a style based on convenience and capacity. Evaluation of your current refrigerator freezer can help to find which style most fits your need.

    Freezers are available in a good variety of capacities, from the smaller units - apartment-sized 5 cubic feet models - to larger sizes in the 20 cubic foot range. The primary factors influencing your decision on a size will obviously be your family size, but other things to consider are various lifestyle factors - hunting, fishing, entertaining, etc.

    Your location can also be a factor - the proximity of food markets and the convenience of making frequent trips there. Or do you want to “stock up”, and make fewer trips.

    ·      Chest Freezers. The most economical units are chest freezers. They also have the best frozen food storage space for bulky items, but are most inconvenient when it comes to cleaning the unit, and retrieving food. They do require more space to have in place, as well as room to open the lid. There is no fan in a chest freezer, so air circulation is limited and can hinder temperatures adjusting evenly throughout the freezer. However, as long as the whole chest freezer maintains a below zero Fahrenheit temperature, foods will remain frozen.

    ·      Upright Freezers. Usually costing more than chest models, upright freezers offer the most convenience when it comes to cleaning, organizing, and finding foods quickly. However, since the access is similar to a refrigerator, they tend to encourage lengthy browsing and can increase energy costs.

    ·      Convertible Freezer/Refrigerators. There is a new breed of freezers that offer the flexibility of being used for frozen foods, or adjusting temperature for use as a refrigerator. This feature can be an ideal choice for those who need more freezer space for seasonal storage.

    To learn more about the different freezers that are available at Reno’s Appliance, visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson, NJ or visit us online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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  4. Buying an Oven

    Buying an Oven

    So you’re finally getting around to replacing that old range. There are a host of different stovetop/oven combos, and the decisions to be made are mind-numbing.

    Gas or electric? Double oven or single? Every brand has a different combination, and the pros and cons are different for each option.

    So, what do you do?

    Gas or Electric?

    This will be the most important decision when buying a new range. Most often this choice is made based on the available services in your home, but those can be modified should you feel strongly one way or the other. Before you go shopping, make sure you’re familiar with both options and take that path.

    Electric ranges offer many benefits - they are easy to clean, provide an even surface and require no ignition. They also offer a more even distribution of heat within the oven. A drawback however is typically a glass or ceramic cooktop is less durable, and can damage easily.

    Gas stoves and cooktops are more durable, and offer quick heat as the open flame is immediately hot - but a boil-over can cause a mess, and is more difficult to clean than the smooth electric surface.

    Once you settled on a source, determine how many burners you’ll need. Most come with 4 or 5, and many ranges come with an interchangeable plate to turn one side into a griddle. Some gas ranges come with larger grates, and some smaller.

    Double or Single Oven?

    Back in the day, fitting a full-sized turkey in the oven was a tight squeeze. Now various brands are maximizing the inside-the-oven space, making cooking more items at once a breeze.

    The newest feature in range ovens is the double oven range. They are perfect for the cook who needs the flexibility of a double oven, but doesn’t have enough space for a full, wall-sized appliance.

    Pros of a double oven range include the ability to bake two different recipes simultaneously, at different temperatures – along with the ability to bake something on a single sheet, using the smaller upper oven using less energy than heating the entire unit would.

    For those who like to entertain, or make many different things at once, the double oven is a great choice.

    Do You Need a Hood?

    It’s a good idea for every range top to have a hood - somewhere for the cooking smells and smoke to go. If you’re buying a new oven, you should consider a new vent hood as well. Buying the same brand as the range top will ensure the finishes match.

    So, whichever options or brand you eventually choose, be certain to do your research and find what suits your individual styles and needs. The choices are plentiful.

    To learn more about the different ovens that are available at Reno’s Appliance, visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson, NJ or visit us online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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  5. Choosing a Wine Refrigerator

    Choosing a Wine Refrigerator

    After accumulating a few of your favorite wines, now comes the challenge of properly storing your newly found cases. For some with a basement or other cool area of their home where they can store wine at an appropriate temperature and humidity, the solution is relatively simple and inexpensive. However, for the rest of us the best way to keep our wine at 55 degrees Fahrenheit may be to invest in a wine refrigerator, or wine cooler.

    From small under-cabinet models to large units capable of holding hundreds of bottles, wine refrigerators come in all shapes and sizes. For a newcomer to wine collecting, deciding which type to buy can be an overwhelming experience.

    Take some of these factors into consideration when making a selection.

    ·      Size. If you are unsure how large your collection may eventually become, experts suggest starting out with a 40-bottle cooler. It would be small enough to fit in most kitchen environments without compromising too much space, yet it will meet the goals of a collector starting out and would be big enough for entertaining.

    ·      Quality and Features. A basic wine refrigerator will store your wine at the proper temperature and relatively humidity. Wine refrigerators vary in quality, with higher quality units offering separate cooling zones for storing different blends. Other high-end features include pull-out shelving for different sized bottles, UV-protected glass, remote controls, and digital temperature control panels.

    ·      Coolers or Racks? Depending upon how you plan to consume your collection, a combination of a wine refrigerator and wine rack in a cool space may offer the most affordable alternative. Wines can be stored outside a cooling system on a built-in rack - perhaps those that you plan to consume within a relatively short period of time (a month or two), or those not of great value. This would free up room in the wine refrigerator for more valuable bottles, that you may be saving for a special occasion, or a wanting to keep in your collection for a longer period of time.

    To learn more about the Wine Refrigerators that Reno’s Appliance offers, visit our website at www.RenosAppliance.com or visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd, in Paterson.

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