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Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

Spring Maintenance Tips – Refreshing Your Range Hood

mar. 1

Happy Spring!

Yay, springtime! Sure, I know it’s only March the first, spring won’t actually arrive until March 20th. Still, I like to think of March as the month of spring.

So, let’s take today and the next couple of weeks to jump into the spirit of spring. Let’s do that by looking at the ways we can refresh the kitchen. You can go with a full-on kitchen renovation. Or, if your budget isn’t quite that expansive, you can focus on giving your kitchen a true top to bottom spring cleaning.

Once all the grease and grime is gone, you’ll feel fresher and happier. So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make sure your range hood stays looking and functioning its best for many decades to come.

  • Wash the filter. Whether your range hood is equipped with a baffle filter, a charcoal filter, or a mesh filter, keeping the filter clean is very easy. Most filters – except charcoal filters – are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters should be replaced once per year.
  • Clean the range hood cover with a gentle, natural cleaner. Standard glass cleaners are very effective. The key is to make sure that you don’t use an abrasive or harsh cleaner.
  • Many range hoods allow you to unhook the fan and lift it out of the housing. Once it’s out, you can either run it through a regular cycle in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with dish soap and water.

Some range hoods come equipped with a cleaning reminder. If your range hood doesn’t, don’t despair. Mark your calendar. Spot clean your range hood daily and weekly. Once per month, give the rest of it a good wash. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your range hood looking and working its best.

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount Range Hood

dec. 11

Deciding which range hood to buy can be an exercise in confusion. There are so many to choose from! So, we thought we’d feature one of our favorites. The Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2 Wall Mount range hood is sleek, simple, and gorgeous. It’s also on sale! It comes with a chimney, so you don’t have to install cupboards above the range hood if you don’t want to. The edges are “folded” stainless steel. So, they make the range hood look both modern and traditional. In other words, it will look great no matter what your kitchen decor and style happens to be.

Check out the features:

  • 900 CFM centrifugal blower. Perfect amount of power for a gas range or for the avid cook.
  • Programmable power auto shut off. This little feature saves you from having to always remember to turn the fan on and off.
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder. By far, this is our favorite feature. Otherwise, months would go by before we remembered to wash the filter.
  • Dimmable halogen lights. For those times when you just want a little, ambient lighting.
  • Dishwasher-friendly filters. Dishwasher-friendly!

Check it out here. Contact us for more information.

How To Clean A Range Hood Properly

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Does the thought of cleaning the range hood make you break out in a cold sweat? All that grease that’s accumulated on the filter, and all the dust that’s stuck to the surface of the hood … just the thought of scrubbing it away might make you turn and run in the other direction!

It really doesn’t have to be that scary. Let’s take it one part at a time.

The top of the range hood attracts dust, splatter, and all manner of grime because of the heat that the stove produces. In other words, if all that gunk is going to stick to anything, it will stick to the range hood. We’ve already listed some products we like, and some tips on how to take your hood from grimy to sparkling.

Here’s the advice that Range Hoods Inc gives:

Stainless steel range hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and a mild soap or dish detergent. Clean in the direction of the polish lines. Rinse well with clear water, and wipe dry immediately. You may wish to apply light oil used for furniture polishing to emphasize the range hood’s bright finish.

But, what about that sticky, greasy filter? Some filters can be washed in the dishwasher. So, that it makes easy, right? Run the filter through a cycle about once per month depending on how often you cook. If you own a dishwasher with a particularly powerful spray, you shouldn’t place a mesh filter through a cycle. The jet spray could damage the filter. If that describes your situation, you’ll need to handwash the filter.

 

Tips On Preparing Your Home For A Vacation Away

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If you’re like me, you’re so excited about going on vacation that you can forget about the fact that no one will be home while you’re away. I’m usually so preoccupied with making sure that I have enough clothes for my trip and the right sized luggage, that I forget that the mail and newspaper will still be delivered, the grass will go and life around my home will continue as usual while I’m gone.

But, if you don’t see to those daily or weekly routines, your house will look unlived-in. That’s just the look that burglars are looking for. So, I’ve compiled a few tips to help you keep your home safe while you’re away. The best part? Taking care of these items won’t take much time at all, so you can continue to daydream about your vacation!

  1. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and your newspaper. If you don’t have a neighbor close enough to you, contact the post office and the newspaper’s circulation department to halt delivery for the time that you’re away.
  2. Ask a neighbor to park his or her car in your driveway. If that’s not possible, ask your neighbor to park your car in different places in your driveway every day or two. To someone outside your neighborhood, the fact that the car moves around will convince them that someone’s home.
  3. Make sure that the lights in at least one room in your house is set to a timer.

Those are all necessary tips to keeping your home safe. But there’s more that needs to be done inside, too. The kitchen is typically the most dangerous room in the home because that’s where we cook with electricity or gas, where most of our appliances live, and where much of the water use happens. So, although these next few tips don’t just apply to the kitchen, it’s certainly the one room that you will have to prepare before leaving for vacation.

  1. Keep your property looking cared for. Ask a neighbor to water your plants and cut your grass.
  2. Unplug all your appliances and electronic devices.
  3. Turn off all the water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and sinks.
  4. Leave your contact information with a neighbor.

There, now you’re all ready to pack your bags and dream about that fabulous vacation you’ve been waiting for!

How to Choose the Right Dishwasher

When the dishwasher breaks down, it’s never fun.  Is there a kitchen appliance that’s more inconvenient to replace? Maybe it breaks one day out of the blue and it’s completely unexpected; or maybe it’s been hanging on by a thread for the past few months and you’ve been hoping it holds out just a bit longer, dragging your feet when it comes to buying a new one. If you’re like most contemporary families, the dishwasher is one of the kitchen’s must-haves. Yet, it can also be costly and time consuming to replace. Not only is there the price of a new dishwasher, but unless you’re an expert, you’ll probably need to find someone to install and set it up for you, not to mention finding an eco-friendly way of disposing of the old dishwasher. Simply put, while a better dishwasher might be more convenient, no one ever wants to go to the trouble of finding a new one or lay down the cash for it. Check out the tips below to make the process as easy and painless as possible.

Size
The first, and possibly most important thing to consider when buying a new dishwasher are    the size constraints that your kitchen holds. Unless you’re doing an entire kitchen remodel, chances are that you don’t want to have to reconstruct your whole kitchen just to fit in a new dishwasher. Many people assume that all dishwashers come in the same standard size, but this is actually incorrect. The average dishwasher is meant to fit in a space that is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 34 inches high, but this doesn’t mean that all dishwashers fit into these dimensions. Some dishwashers are built to fit into petite spaces, and others are larger than normal to accommodate bulk loads and unwieldy dishware. Before you start looking for a new dishwasher, make sure you know the measurements of your opening and choose accordingly.

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Price
Another important factor for your decision is the cost of the new dishwasher. There are some very nice, very luxurious dishwashers on the market, but it doesn’t necessarily make them the best fit for your budget or your dishwashing needs. Rather than choosing a style first, consider your budget. Know your ideal price, and keep that in mind so that you don’t waste time looking at something that is over your budget.

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Cleaning Requirements
A great way to narrow down the many choices available is to decide what cleaning features are going to be key for your new dishwasher. Do you like to rinse your dishes before loading them? Then it’s probably a good idea to skip the high-cost models with scrubbing and power washing features. Maybe you like to load the dirty dishes right to the dishwasher and let the washer do the work for you. If so, you probably need to invest in a model with a built-in hard food grinder. For those who aren’t sure about their specific needs, there are dishwashers with settings that vary. Are your loads small or large? The interior dimensions of the washer can be compacted or enlarged to accommodate your load size without change the outer dimensions.

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Style
Finally, here comes the fun part – choosing your style. If you haven’t purchased a new dishwasher in the last 10-15 years, you may be surprised to find just how diversely the styles can vary. While the more common styles come with a traditional stainless steel design that differ in the placing of the control panels, other dishwashers can be custom-made to blend in with your kitchen’s cabinetry so that when the dishwasher is closed it is not even visible. Other styles come as double roll-out drawers that operate individually for flexible washing and additional storage room. There are many different styles and designs, and it’s up to you to find the one that is most suitable to your needs.

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These are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind when choosing a new dishwasher for your kitchen. While having to replace your dishwasher might never be considered “fun,” it doesn’t have to be so painful as you might think. Try to get excited about the new possibilities that will come with the new machine, and find the one that’s right for you.