Monthly Archives: September 2017
  1. Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will increase the value of your home, but won’t take up top much of your time, start with upgrading your kitchen appliances. Experts agree that installing high-quality appliances that are functional and stylish will get you the most return on your investment when it’s time to sell.

    Here are some tips to help you choose appliances that you, and potential homebuyers, will love.

    Think Timeless Style
    If you’ve got all-white appliances that look like they are from a bygone era, then it will be difficult to maximize your asking price. Choose stainless steel or black appliances instead for a sleek, contemporary look that never goes out of style.

    Or, consider appliances that can be concealed behind cabinetry. With this current design trend, refrigerators, dishwashers, and even range hoods can seemingly disappear, for a truly cohesive look that is sure to impress homebuyers.

    Try to avoid purchasing appliances with bold finishes such as bright colors or patterns if your purpose is to up your home’s resale value. Potential homebuyers may be turned off by a design aesthetic they don’t like.

    Enhance Energy Efficiency
    Kitchen appliances account for a large percentage of the typical home’s total energy use. So when it’s time to upgrade, choose energy-efficient appliances that are marked with the Energy Star logo, like this Whirlpool dishwasher and GE refrigerator. These appliances will cost more up front, but you’ll see lower energy bills—and higher bids from potential homebuyers.

    Go for Fun and Functional Features
    Appliances with extra features are appealing to homebuyers. Just make sure they’re not just expensive add-ons, but will truly simplify life in the kitchen. For example:

    Adding on the Extras
    If you’ve gotten your major appliances taken care of and you’ve still got some room in your budget, then there are some extras that can be worth the investment. For example, garbage disposals and trash compactors are appliances that potential homebuyers often don’t know they want until they see a home that has them. If you’re in a more high-end market, then installing a wine refrigerator can be a nice touch that adds a bit of elegance to the home.

    Remember, unless you’re truly in the high-end market, you don’t need to overspend on luxury appliances. You’re better off purchasing durable appliances with timeless style and practical features. When you are ready to upgrade your kitchen appliances, come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s has a large selection of kitchen appliances to choose from including:

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. 7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    Dishwashers are not exactly new inventions, but for some reason, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. Maybe, once upon a time, there were certain tips or tricks that helped your parents or grandparents get the most out of their dishwashers, but most of that is irrelevant today. It’s time to bust these seven dishwasher myths once and for all.

    Myth #1: You need to pre-rinse.
    Unless there’s really large pieces of food still stuck to the plate or a baking dish, there’s no need to pre-rinse. In fact, pre-rinsing can do more harm than good. If you rinse the dishes too much, then there’s nothing for the detergent to work on, so dishes are more likely to get scratched and chipped.

    Myth #2: There are different ways you can load a dishwasher.
    Some might say they know the best way to load a dishwasher. Others might claim it doesn’t really matter how you load it. They’re all wrong. Here’s the ideal way to load your dishwasher:

    • Top rack—Place cups and glasses between the tines of the top rack. Load bowls at an angle. All dishwasher-safe plastic belongs on the top rack as well.
    • Bottom rack—Plates, pans, and larger items should go on the bottom rack.
    • Third rack—If you have a third rack on your dishwasher then this is where you’ll put tall cooking utensils, spatulas, large knives. If you don’t have a third rack, then put these items on the top rack facing down.

    Myth #3: Dishwashers damage flatware.
    It’s definitely OK to put flatware in your dishwasher. That’s why there’s a basket specifically for your utensils. Place forks and spoons in the basket with handles pointing down. Knives can go there as well, but make sure the blades are pointing down and the handles are pointing up.

    Myth #4: You can put any dish or utensil in there.
    Just like certain items of clothing don’t belong in your washing machine, there are certain kitchen items that should never go into your dishwasher. Good knives, fine china, ceramic cookware, wooden cutting boards, crystal glasses, sterling silver, and silver-plated items can be damaged in the dishwasher and therefore, should always be washed by hand.

    Myth #5: Rinsing agents are completely unnecessary.
    Rinsing agents are actually very useful. They prevent spots and streaks by enabling water to rinse completely away from the dishes.

    Myth #6: All detergents are the same.
    Gels, powders, tablets, pods, liquids—there’s seemingly no end to the variety of dishwasher detergents out there. They all claim to be the best, of course, but studies show that powder tablets out-clean them all, especially when it comes to really tough loads.

    Myth #7: The dishwasher and kitchen sink have different drain pipes.
    This is simply not true. Your dishwasher drains into the same pipes as your kitchen sink. So a clogged sink drain will affect your dishwasher as well. And if you have a garbage disposal, make sure that’s completely clear of debris before you run the dishwasher.

    Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 5 Ways to Incorporate Range Hoods Into Your Kitchen Re-Design

    5 Ways to Incorporate Range Hoods Into Your Kitchen Re-Design

    Most people tend to think about range hoods in practical terms because they are, in fact, very practical appliances. With just the simple flick of a switch, smoke, odors, and airborne grease from your stove are whisked out of your home. But, also consider that your range hood is often the focal point of your kitchen. There’s no reason that your range hood can’t be functional and stylish all at once.

    Let’s look at five of the most popular trends in range hood design that we see popping up in kitchens across the United States. Consider some of these ideas when it’s time to remodel your kitchen.

    1. Simply Modern

      If you love the modern design aesthetic, then choose a range hood that’s simple and subtly blends in with the rest of the kitchen. A stainless steel finish is a good choice because it looks professional and is always in style. Plus, it’s durable and easy to clean.

      This Amana range hood, with its sharp angles and geometric shape is an excellent example of a sleek and modern design. Or check out this model, also from Amana, that incorporates glass for a truly unique and high-end look.

    2. Creatively Colorful

      There’s nothing that says you can’t have some fun with color in your kitchen. Many designers are encouraging clients to use a neutral color palette on the walls and floors of their kitchens, and saving bold color statements for the appliances. For example, you can start with this cherry-red range hood and add a stove and refrigerator to match. This is a chance for your range hood to shine, while making a bold yet elegant statement throughout the kitchen.

    3. Hidden (“Insert”) Hoods

      Perhaps you don’t want to showcase your range hood, but keep it hidden instead. That’s when you want to choose hood liners or inserts. These allow you combine powerful ventilation with the custom exterior treatment you want. They’re perfect for when you want to hide your hood behind an intricate and beautiful exterior. Or, have it blend in with the existing cabinetry for a seamless and cohesive look throughout the kitchen.

    4. Neat and Narrow

      One of the most recent trends in range hoods is the narrow, low profile hood. These hoods look like thin strips of metal that are mounted above the stove. This is the ideal option if you want to maintain an open and airy feeling in your kitchen, or you want your backsplash to be the focal point of the kitchen. This low-profile hood from Jenn-Air is the perfect example.

    5. Downdraft Design

      But what if you don’t want a range hood at all? You don’t want to minimize it or even hide it—you simply don’t want it. That’s where downdraft ventilation technology comes in. Downdraft ventilation is a type of ventilation built into cooktops and kitchen ranges that pulls cooking fumes and smoke downward and out, instead of being sucked up and out. There’s no need for a range hood with a downdraft cooktop, so it allows room for extra cabinets where you would typically place a range hood.

      This Jenn-Air stove is an example of downdraft ventilation that’s built right into the cooktop. Other stoves, like this Wolf, have rear-mounted downdraft ventilation.

    These are just five of the emerging trends in range hood style and design, and all are easy to incorporate into your kitchen. Not sure where to begin? You can start by checking out Reno’s Appliance’s extensive inventory of world-class brands of range hoods like Bosch, Broan, Zephyr, and many others. Plus, we have all the range hood accessories you need for your kitchen.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. 5 Steps to Perfect Refrigerator Organization

    5 Steps to Perfect Refrigerator Organization

    Most people might not give much thought to how they stock their refrigerators. After all, as long as the perishables are cold, and the frozen stuff stays frozen, then everything’s good, right? Well, it turns out that there’s a bit more to it than that.

    Temperatures can vary throughout different areas of the refrigerator. For example, upper shelves tend to be warmer than bottom shelves. And door shelves are warmer than deli compartments. Keeping this in mind when loading your fridge can help food last longer, reduce the risk of food borne illnesses, and may even help your refrigerator run more efficiently.

    Here’s a simple step-by-step guide that takes the guesswork out of organizing your refrigerator.

    Step 1: The Door
    Temperatures of door bins and shelves tend to be two or three degrees higher than the main compartment. That’s too warm for milk, eggs, and other highly perishable items. Instead, reserve the door for items that can handle warmer conditions, such as:

    • Butter
    • Condiments
    • Juice
    • Cooking oils
    • Soda
    • Water

    Step 2: The Deli Bin
    This storage option may be found beneath the crisper drawers of French-door refrigerators, or as a separate drawer that hangs below the top shelf in other types of refrigerators. It’s a helpful feature, especially if the temperature can be adjusted to best accommodate a range of foods. Here are the items that belong in the deli bin:

    • Deli meat
    • Bacon
    • Cheese
    • Hot dogs

    Step Three: The Crisper Drawers
    Crisper drawers are designed for produce. On many refrigerators, the humidity of the drawers can be adjusted. Keep the humidity high on one drawer to store leafy greens and other vegetables that wilt easily. Keep the humidity low on the second drawer for fruits that tend to like dryer air. If you can’t adjust the humidity of the drawers then still try to keep vegetables and fruits separated in these categories:

    Low-Humidity Drawer

    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Mushrooms
    • Cucumbers
    • Peppers
    • Ripe stone fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines)
    • Summer squash

    High-Humidity Drawer

    • Leafy greens
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Green onions
    • Carrots

    Step Four: The Lower Shelf
    The lower shelf tends to be the coldest part of the refrigerator, so it’s ideal for items that are more susceptible to developing harmful bacteria like eggs, milk, and raw meat, fish, and poultry. And remember that any meat, fish, or poultry you don’t plan on consuming within 24 hours should be wrapped in a freezer safe bag and stored in the freezer.

    Step Five: The Upper Shelf
    The upper shelf tends to be the warmest part of the refrigerator, making it the best for these items:

    • Jams and Jellies
    • Nut butters
    • Yogurt
    • Hummus, salsa, and other dips
    • Leftovers

    Refrigerator Restriction

    Now that you know what goes where in the fridge, you should also be aware of which foods don’t belong in the fridge in the first place, such as:

    • Bananas
    • Bread (storing bread in the freezer is fine)
    • Coffee
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Potatoes
    • Tomatoes

    Also, keep in mind that you should avoid overloading your refrigerator. Stuffing your fridge full of food may prevent cool air from flowing freely throughout the unit. As a result, your refrigerator may run less efficiently and food may spoil faster.

    Having the right kind of refrigerator that fits your family’s lifestyle is also something to consider. Reno’s has a large selection of refrigerators to choose from, including bottom-freezer, top-freezer, side-by-side, and French door models from trusted brands like Sub-Zero, GE, and Whirlpool. We also have a large inventory of compact refrigerators that are perfect for dorm rooms and for smaller spaces, plus all the replacement parts and accessories you might need for your refrigerator.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  5. 5 Reasons You Need GE WiFi Connect Appliances in Your Life

    5 Reasons You Need GE WiFi Connect Appliances in Your Life

    For the last 100 years or so, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other household appliances have basically performed the same way. But in recent years, so-called “smart” appliances have been appearing on the market. These appliances can be connected to the Internet through your home’s existing WiFi and controlled with your smartphone.

    Not surprisingly, GE is at the forefront of this emerging technology—and it’s about to take off. Experts estimate there will be 13 billion WiFi-connected appliances and devices in consumers’ homes by the year 2020.

    You may be wondering why anyone would need a WiFi-connected appliance. Here are five good reasons:

    1. Convenience

      GE’s WiFi Connect appliances deliver real, everyday convenience for real, everyday moments. For example, you can start preheating your GE Profile Wall Oven or GE Profile Range before you leave work, so it’s at the perfect temperature right when you walk in the door. Or, place your dinner in the oven before you leave the house and use your phone to choose the time the oven turns on. That way, you’re coming home to a fully cooked dinner.

      Alternatively, what if you are already home, but you’re busy with chores or playing with the kids and you hear the oven’s timer beep? No need to run to the kitchen. Simply take out your phone and turn the oven off or set it to “warm,” then return to what you were doing until you can get back to the kitchen.

      Some GE WiFi Connect refrigerators have Keurig K–cup brewing systems built right into the door. As if that wasn’t convenient enough, you can time it so hot water is ready to brew your coffee as soon as you step into the kitchen in the morning.

    2. Peace of Mind

      You leave the refrigerator door open. You forget to turn the oven off. Or maybe the dishwasher springs a leak while you’re not at home. These scenarios happen to all of us at one time or another. With a GE WiFi Connect appliance, you’ll receive alerts on your phone if anything is wrong and then you can control the device from your phone to prevent disaster.

      You’ll also get alerts when it’s time to perform regular maintenance, like cleaning the oven or changing the water filter in your fridge.

    3. Energy Efficiency

      Smart appliances can also help you save energy and reduce utility bills. For example, you can program your GE WiFi Connect dishwasher to run in the middle of the night when energy costs are typically lower. Or set your refrigerator’s thermostat to adjust itself throughout the day so it stays colder during the day and runs more efficiently at night.

    4. Powerful Partnerships

      GE Appliances has partnered with leaders in the world of WiFi-connected devices, like Amazon and Google to enable your appliances to respond to your voice commands. You can also have your appliances track and order supplies for you through Amazon Dash. That means your dishwasher will detect when you are running low on your favorite detergent and automatically order more.

    5. Future-Proof Technology

      You may be reluctant to invest in a smart appliance now, thinking that something newer and better is just around the corner. The best part about smart appliances is that they are future-proof. You’ll get automatic software upgrades as soon as they are available ensuring that you always have access to the latest features and benefits. No additional purchases necessary.

    If you’re interested in learning more about GE WiFi Connect, then stop by Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ to see our large selection of appliances in that collection, including single-convection wall ovens, double-convection wall ovens, free-standing ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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