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WiFi Enabled Appliances

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"Alexa, pre-heat the oven to three-fifty. Alexa, set freezer temperature to -3 degrees." The future is upon us. Products such as Amazon's Echo allow homeowners to interact with an ever-increasing amount of WiFi enabled devices through voice-activated commands. Echo is a smart speaker that responds to the name Alexa. Play music, create to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, provide weather, traffic and other real time information are just some of the things Echo can do. It can also control smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. Appliance manufacturer's such as GE Appliance, Electrolux, Samsung and LG are incorporating WiFi into their appliances to leverage this new technology. GE has created an entire WiFi enabled line of appliances that will respond to dozens of voice-activated commands.

Why speak to your stove when you can just push a button? Simple is not a word that comes to mind when describing some of today's large appliance control panels. Appliances configured to respond to an array of voice-activated commands hold the promise of a user-friendly home environment. Physical control panels may become nothing more than backup to voice activation. Voice activation will also allow those with physical challenges to expand their reach of comfort and control with in the home.  

One thing is certain. Wireless innovation will continue to creep into more of our daily lives. Much of it will have no practical purpose. WiFi enabled appliances we can control with simple voice commands may be one area where practicality and technology team up to improve our standard of living.

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Garage Refrigerators

Check your Owner's Manual to find out if your refrigerator is designed to work properly inside your garage. Refrigerators are designed to operate best between ambient temperatures of 67 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Within this ambient temperature range your refrigerator should keep your freezer between -4 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit and your fresh food compartment between 34 to 38 degrees.  As the [...]

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Your Next Dryer: Gas or Electric?

If you're thinking about purchasing a dryer you might want to give some extra thought as to whether you should choose gas or electricity as your fuel source. Typically, gas dryers will cost between $50 to $150 more upon initial purchase plus if your laundry area is not set up for gas running a new gas line will cost additional [...]

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Sizing Up Your Laundry Set

You know its time. Your washer sounds like it belongs in a jungle not your laundry room. It's been good to you for so long you can't bare the thought of parting with it but you know you must. Your dryer is also getting up there in age but seems to be humming along just fine. No need to replace [...]

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Refrigerator Hygiene 101

Do you sniff, morph into Sherlock Holmes and start looking for clues each time you open your refrigerator door? Maybe it's time to take ownership of your fridge. Here are some questions to ask yourself. Is your fridge keeping the correct temperatures? An inexpensive freestanding appliance thermometer is an excellent tool that will help you get to know your fridge. Place it in several spots [...]

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Life Expectancy of Kitchen Appliances

The good "ole" days are gone. At least when it comes to the life expectancy of major household kitchen appliances. Gone are the days when a refrigerator lasted 30 to 40  years. It is a good idea to be aware of this when shopping for new appliances. So what is causing the decrease in life expectancy? Increases in technology, decreases in [...]

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Read Your Owner's Manual

You did your due diligence shopping for your new major appliance comparing and contrasting several manufacturers and models to find the appliance that perfectly suites your needs and desires. You read the online reviews, asked the Sales Associate all the questions you could think of to make an informed decision and parted ways with hundreds, if not thousands of hard earned [...]

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Surge Protection - Not Just for Computers!

How Surge Protectors Work Like water, electricity flows from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. The electrical difference in this pressure running through a wire is measured in voltage. When voltage increases above the norm for at least three nanoseconds, it is called a surge. If the surge is too great, it can burn wire rendering it useless. A [...]

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Using Liquid Propane Gas to Power Appliances

Depending on where you live you may need to consider using liquid propane gas to power your appliances. Today appliances that propane gas can power include; refrigerators, freezers, ranges, cook-tops, outdoor grills, room heaters, central heating, water heaters, generators, clothes dryers, and more. What is propane gas? Unlike natural gas, propane gas is a by-product of two other processes, natural gas processing and [...]

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Should I buy a Convection Oven?

Conventional ovens cook food by surrounding it with hot air, convection ovens circulate air. Convection ovens have a fan built into the back wall of the oven. When this fan is turned on the fan blows hot air throughout the inside of the oven cavity increasing cooking speed and promoting even heating. Convection ovens have increased in popularity over the course of [...]

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