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  1. Kitchen Storage Zones

    Kitchen Storage Zones

    Planning your kitchen and determining the right amount of storage is crucial to a practical and visually appealing space. It is important to understand the kitchen storage zones as they will help your planning process.

    • Refrigerator storage central. One option for planning storage is utilizing the refrigerator space. The refrigerator is the starting point for most food preparation. Typically, we recommend placing your refrigerator near where you walk in with groceries. Adding a countertop near the refrigerator is a great spot to set your groceries down. Having easy access to your ingredients makes the cooking process go quicker. We recommend storing your mixing bowls and cooking utensils near this area.
    • Sink storage space. Another option for planning storage is near the sink. Ideally, the sink should be placed between the refrigerator and cooktop. Keep your trash and recycling bins nearby to make cleaning up meals more efficient. Near your sink, you should keep dishes, glasses, and dining utensils.
    • Range storage options. Finally, a great space for additional storage is near the range. Placing anything that is directly involved with the cooking process near the range is key towards an efficient workspace. Keep hot plates, potholders, oven mitts, and tools essential for dealing with hot items near the range. In addition, you will most likely be transferring cooked food to storage containers and serving dishes by the range, so keep those items nearby.

    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. Kitchen Organization Tips

    Kitchen Organization Tips

    Have you noticed your kitchen getting a bit messier than you would like it to be? Keeping your kitchen organized is key to removing clutter. Here are some organization tips to help you:

    • Remove everything from kitchen surfaces. The first step towards organizing your kitchen is removing everything from surfaces. Clean the countertops and before placing the items back, ask yourself if this is something you want to be displaying. If not, find another place for the item.
    • Hang a rack for mail. Commonly, the first place mail will hit is any open counter space. To get rid of that clutter, hang a rack for mail, magazines, and newspapers. Plan a date where you will sort through it, remove, and respond wherever necessary.
    • Clean out your fridge. When was the last time you looked through your fridge? Remove products that have expired and figure out a way to use the remaining food.
    • Keep the dishes clean. Get in the habit of cleaning the dishes every day. Keeping dishes clean and out of sight will make a huge difference in the look of your kitchen. Planning to have some cabinet space near the sink and dishwasher will make it easy to unload and keep the space clean.
    • Consider using glass doors. Swapping out your cabinet doors for glass will help provide motivation to keep them organized and clean.
    • Get rid of unused items. If you haven’t used something in your kitchen for a long time, donate it. It’ll help you get rid of clutter.

    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. Kitchen Workflow Concepts

    Kitchen Workflow Concepts

    Before placing and installing your kitchen appliances, keep the four concepts addressed below in mind - you may choose to move your initial placement ideas, in lieu of a more effective and useful configuration

    The Kitchen Triangle

    When you think about things you do in your kitchen, and which appliances are most critical to your life, you think about your sink, stove, and refrigerator. But for some homeowners, the list will include dishwashers, wall ovens, or microwaves. Plan to keep these three elements within close proximity to one another, preventing any obstacles in-between these fixtures that might hinder or disrupt the tasks that you perform in this space.

    Position of the Sink

    Most of the time spent in the kitchen is at the sink, washing dishes and prepping food. For this reason, it’s a good idea to position the sink in the spot with the best view and most convenience to the rest of the space. Sinks and counters work well near windows, which will provide the most pleasant view for visual intrigue.

    Keeping a Clear Path

    Even in the smallest kitchen spaces, there needs to be a clear path to guide traffic through the space. This not only keeps the cooking area out of the path and safe when people are present, it can also give the kitchen a more cohesive, slightly larger feeling.

    Consider Air Circulation

    Kitchen can easily become stuffy, humid places, and it is integral to think about how you will be ventilating the space. Range hoods provide an excellent way to quickly rid the room of foul smells, particularly if the room is devoid of natural air flow from windows. Be sure to consider the position of your range when planning to install a hood, as it may be necessary to install these on out-facing walls for venting purposes.

    Where you place your appliances in your kitchen is extremely important, and it may end up dictating the rest of the design configuration of the entire room. Keep your personal priorities in mind when creating a path through the space, and position your major appliances thoughtfully. This will help to best develop the most efficient and functional space possible.

    To learn more about the different kitchen appliances that Reno’s Appliance offers, visit our showroom today at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson.

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  4. Compact Kitchen Tips

    Compact Kitchen Tips

    Living in a small apartment or house requires you to be unique and creative when designing your space. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tips for making a compact kitchen work.

    • Change cabinetry. Instead of using doors, swap your cabinets for drawers. This will provide maximum usability for your space. As an added bonus, drawers make it easier to find things.
    • Incorporate a breakfast bar. If your kitchen is too tiny for a table, consider adding a breakfast bar. It’s a great space to eat and doesn’t take up too much space.
    • Creatively place appliances and drawers. Compact kitchens might have a unique layout. In this case, you should creatively place appliances and drawers to take the most advantage of your space.
    • Install shelving for more storage. Play around with different storage options to find the best unit for your needs. If your space is small, consider using shelving that is open and lets light pass through.
    • Don’t use any hardware. Not using hardware doesn’t really save any extra space, however, it allows the overall look and aesthetic of your space to be visually appealing.
    • Select smaller appliances. Choosing smaller appliances will make the most of your space. There are many appliances that are designed for smaller spaces and they are still practical and useful.
    • Stretch your cabinets to the wall. Another great storage alternative for small kitchens is to incorporate cabinets that touch the ceiling. This will utilize all of the available space.

    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. 2017 Kitchen Trends

    2017 Kitchen Trends

    Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Before picking out appliances and finishes, you might want to take a look at what the kitchen trends are for 2017.

    More color. Although white kitchens have not decreased in popularity, a new trend for 2017 is colorful cabinetry. People will start incorporating navy, black, cream, and gray in their cabinets. This will provide a contrast between cabinets and islands that is very visually appealing.
    Expressing individual style. 2017 will also be a year where people take steps towards expressing their own style in their kitchens. Instead of following similar color patterns, people will personalize their space through their favorite colors and décor.
    Chic color pallet. In addition to adding more color in cabinetry, a chic color pallet will be applied to accessories, hardware, and backsplashes. People will be using deep, rich jewel tones to make their space pop.
    Updated cabinet design. While shaker style is still the most popular cabinet style, flat-panel designs are predicted to rise in popularity. Cabinets will become very modern with clean lines. The cabinet doors will be textured to provide detail.
    Color pops. Kitchens in 2017 will see color pops on small appliances. Dusty pink is popping up in appliances and will be on dish towels and kitchen curtains.
    Smart appliances. We are continuing to move towards a tech-driven world. Appliances are now able to be controlled via a smartphone while you are still at the office.
    Low-maintenance. When people are in the kitchen, they want the clean-up to be easy and quick. This will be evident in design choices for surfaces and floors.

    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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  6. 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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  7. Five Considerations When Choosing a Refrigerator

    Five Considerations When Choosing a Refrigerator

    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.
    • 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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