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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Casas Bonitas
New Home Construction
Article: Charlotte Tallman
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Size is a big deal when selecting kitchen appliances. Not only should you make sure you have adequate space for the appliances you want, but also the size of the appliances need to be a comfortable size for you to use. Selecting an appliance that is too big or too small can be frustrating, and returning a range because the door hits the cabinetry wrong can be downright discouraging.

    "In recommending
appliances for our homes,
we attempt to balance cost,
performance and warranty

Danny Andrus,
Trinity Homes

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Goff’s Appliance & TV

Mebel Rust / Miele

Morrison Supply
When planning to build, it is important to decide whether you are going to design the kitchen around the appliances or the other way around, but regardless of which comes first, you need to know if you will have appropriate space, ventilation, power and water to support your selections.

If your heart’s desire is to have a center island with an additional sink, make sure there is a coordinating drain. If you know you want a refrigerator large enough for your family, make sure you select one with the kind of doors you prefer – remember there are refrigerators with freezers on top, on the side and on the bottom.

Ventilation is very important in kitchens because it is needed to eliminate smoke and humidity caused from cooking. Kitchen ventilation hoods generally can be broken down into two types – a vented hood that pushes the air outside (usually located on an exterior wall) or a ventless hood that filters the air and then returns it to the kitchen (located against an interior wall, featuring a filter that can either be cleaned or thrown away when dirty). A range hood is a fan that is placed above the stovetop. When turned on, the ventilation fan within the hood forces air outside the house.

When selecting your kitchen and laundry room appliances, keep in mind there are two costs. The first is the purchase price and the second is the cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime. Energy Star qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies and use ten to fifty percent less energy than standard appliances.

A key decision, in addition to purchasing Energy Star qualified appliances, is the choice between appliances that operate on electricity and natural gas. In this region natural gas is a much lower costing energy source and should be the selected source of energy, particularly for kitchen appliances. The exception would be if you have a photovoltaic system and are generating sufficient energy through your solar system to offset all of your electrical energy usage.

By example, Energy Star refrigerators and freezers use up to forty percent less energy than those built in 2001, but they are still the largest consumer of energy in the kitchen. Energy Star appliances use less energy by featuring high-efficiency compressors, improved insulation, and more precise temperature and defrost mechanisms.

Some additional tips for refrigerator and freezer efficiency are size and select appliances that suit your needs and family lifestyle. If they are larger than you require, the empty space must still be cooled and it is actually more costly to maintain the temperature in an empty space than a full space. Make sure your unit has good air circulation around the exterior and is kept away from the cooking area when you design the kitchen layout.

Energy Star qualified dishwashers use smart features such as effective washing actions, energy-efficient motors, censors to control the cycle length and water temperatures based on the load. Your dishwasher is an appliance that requires hot water direct to the unit, which in turn, requires energy to heat that hot water. Making sure you have full loads reduces the frequency of running your appliance and saves you a lot of money over the course of a year.

Energy qualified clothes washers save both significant energy and water over conventional clothes washers. One benefit is they do a better job of extracting water during the spin cycle, which in turn shortens the time in the dryer.

The new Miele-Nespresso machine elegantly marries advanced design and high technology, integrating it perfectly into its surroundings. Equipped with a high-performance system, it always guarantees an incomparable espresso or lungo, served at the ideal temperature. The simplicity of its practical features is unrivalled: automatic capsule selection with options to program the machine according to the tastes and preferences of several users and a digital control panel with two separate circuits, allowing you to simultaneously prepare frothed milk and espresso to make an exceptional cappuccino.

The Whirlpool Vantage™ offers sleek lines for use in compact spaces, eco-sensors, LCD screens and USB ports. The Vantage™ top-load washer and dryer offer high-tech features such as a LCD touch screen interface and a USB port, which will give consumers access to future upgrades and evolved laundry cycles. The Vantage laundry pair boasts advances courtesy of electronic and automotive technologies as well as new innovations to monitor and optimize resource efficiency, resulting in superior fabric care.

With an intuitive LCD touch screen and built-in Cycle-Logic™ intelligence, users can not only select cycles, but also can create their own – from mom’s laundry cycle to Joey’s school uniform cycle, and everything in between. The Vantage™ pair also comes with 33 special cycles of its own including athletic wear, baby items, stuffed animals, jeans, bath mats, shower curtains, shoes and swimwear. The washer features a new Stain Assist laundry feature based on Whirlpool’s Institute of Fabric Science experts’ extensive fabric care knowledge to tackle tough laundry soils. (

The Vantage™ washer uses an impeller with a low water wash system to save water and energy. Whirlpool states the washer uses seventy-six percent less water and seventy-five percent less energy, and can save more than $1,300 on utility bills over its lifetime. Additionally, the Vantage dryer features an eco setting, which reduces energy consumption through efficient heat management. The EcoMonitor feature in the washer and dryer not only measures the amount of savings per load, it also monitors the savings history, so consumers will be able to track their savings over time. ///
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