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The Washing Machine Goes ‘Round ‘n ‘Round…

The washing machine used to go ’round ‘n ’round and up and down, but now it does a lot more!  Have you seen one lately?

Here is what washing machines used to look like…  No “specialty cycles” here!

Antique Washing Machines

And here is what a washing machine looks like today at A-1 Appliance..Click here to view:  GE page

Fabric care has changed dramatically!

You want to look your best, right?  Stop by A-1 Appliance and I can help you with that!  My name is Tom Burns, I sell things essential to life as we know it….

Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

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My Washing Machine Stinks!

Washing machine odor is such a common problem, I think lots of people will read this post.  There are probably as many answers as there are owners of front-loading washers!  But  here is a website that I highly recommend for answers to this problem as well as a host of other common household issues….One Good Thing By Jillie!  Here is her suggestion:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-fix-smelly-washing-machine.html

I have been a member of the sales team at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years, so I have talked with a lot of people about washing machines.  I have to say that in spite of many comments about smelly washers, the benefits of a front-loading washer far outweigh any maintenance issues….not the least of which is saving an enormous amount of money on water, energy, and detergent!  (and we have not even factored in the savings from clothes that last longer due to a more gentle wash).

If you are curious about high-efficiency washers, front-loading or top-loading, I hope you will visit A-1 Appliance for answers to your questions.  I guarantee, there is a washing machine that is right for YOU!  Let us help you select the right one!phone1 (1)

Ask for me….I’ll do my best to help you!  My name is Tom Burns, I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Links you might like:

  1. http://www.tide.com/en-US/product/tide-washing-machine-cleaner.jspx
  2. http://www.affresh.com/
  3. http://www.clorox.com/
  4. http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7

 

 

 

Is your laundry “sanitized?”

If you have shopped recently for a new washer/dryer, you may have noticed that many machines are now featuring a “sanitize cycle.”  If you have wondered about the benefits of such a cycle, here is some information from e-how:

“What Is the Sanitize Cycle on My Washing Machine?

By April Sanders, eHow Contributor
  
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Clean doesn’t always mean sanitized.

The sanitize cycle on your washing machine is designed to get rid of, or at least reduce, the amount of microorganisms — such as germs and bacteria — on clothing. This cycle prevents these microorganisms from contaminating subsequent loads of laundry. Although not everyone needs their laundry sanitized, there are some circumstances in which the sanitizing cycle can be very important. Does this Spark an idea?

  1. Why it’s Important

    • That freshly dried load of laundry you just took out of the dryer may not be as clean as you think. Germs and other unpleasant things — such as fecal matter — can linger in washing machines and on clothing even after you do a load of laundry. Although bleach and hot water can both kill organisms such as E. coli and salmonella, not everyone uses bleach when doing laundry, and many people wash all their clothing in cold water rather than wasting money on hot water. In addition, standard dryers don’t usually reach high enough temperatures to effectively kill these microorganisms.

    How it Works

    • Sanitizing washers use steam or water to kill microorganisms that may be on your clothing or linens. During the cycle, steam or water is heated to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to destroy these little pests. Not only does the process kill germs and harmful microorganisms, but it also freshens up the scent of your laundry, because it kills odor-causing bacteria as well.

    NSF Certification

    • NSF International is an independent company that tests consumer products to evaluate their safety and effectiveness for the general public. The company tests washers with a sanitizing cycle to see how effective they are in actually killing the microorganisms. Washers that kill 99.9 percent of the microorganisms are awarded the NSF seal of approval. Whirlpool was the first brand to win this award. If you are shopping for a sanitizing washer, it’s a good idea to look for one with the NSF mark.

    Sanitization Cycle Uses

    • Sanitization of laundry is not of the utmost priority for everyone. It can, however, be very beneficial to people in certain situations. Health care workers, for example, will greatly benefit from being able to sanitize their clothing. Mothers who choose to use washable cloth diapers may also find the cycle useful and time-saving. People who work with animals can use the cycle to reduce odors, and mothers of teenage boys might select that cycle for the same reason when they wash their sons’ socks.”

Read more: What Is the Sanitize Cycle on My Washing Machine? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_10061236_sanitize-cycle-washing-machine.html#ixzz2OUvV5HMW

Stop by the A-1 Appliance showroom to learn more about the benefits now available from great brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Electrolux, Asko, and Bosch.  Find out more at http://www.a1appliance.com or follow our blog at http://www.a1applianceideas.com

Appliance news you can use, by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…. More at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

A Light Bulb Story

Last night I turned a lamp on and the light bulb was burned out!  This morning, I turned on a ceiling light and noticed a burned out bulb.  As I was looking at it, a second bulb went out….ARGH!  I got out my last package of incandescent bulbs, (which by the way I bought because the package said Double Life), and quickly replaced both bulbs….then it was off to the grocery to look for better light bulbs!

There really is a story here…..wait for it…..

So I’m browsing half an aisle filled with every variety and brand of bulb known to man, from $1.99 for a pack of 4 up to $32.00 for a single bulb!  Oh my…. so I start reading labels.  Every package I picked up said “Long Life” or “Lasts up to 7 Years” and every package had a different number for lumens and watts used.  Could it get any more confusing?  I just want my reading lamp to work and my dining room to be lit!  And I get really tired of changing light bulbs so frequently!    As I continued carefully reading labels, one line kept repeating on every package  in relation to how long I could expect the bulb to last….“based on 3 hours of use per day.”   ( Ah, so there’s the kicker!  If you dare to use it longer than 3 hours per day, it won’t last as long as the BOLD PRINT on the package says it will!

“Deceitful Advertising” I shout to myself!  “Can’t anyone invent a decent light bulb” I wonder to myself.  So I walk out of the store without buying any more bulbs right now.  The little voice in my head said, “maybe the bulbs I just replaced will last longer this time…”  sigh!

So here is where I continue the story….I sell appliances.  Every day people just like me walk into the showroom and tell me that they just want to buy something reliable!  We’ll use a washing machine for our example.  Just as I experienced in the grocery store with half an aisle of choices, the entire front section of our showroom is filled with washers….standard top loading, high efficiency top loading, front loading, small…medium….large, from $399 or less to $1299 or more!  Oh my….and so the process repeats.  A few days ago, I had a guest whose first comment was, “I don’t want brand X….I’ve only had mine for 4 years and it’s already broken!”  As we talked, I discovered that she had 4 children and used the machine daily…sometimes  doing 3 loads in a day!  So here is the appliance kicker…..most advertising concerning how much money you can save using this or that washer is based on 7 loads per week.  (she was doing nearly that much every two days!)  Notice, that does not say how long the machine will last….only how much money you can save in water, detergent, and electricity.

So now we get to the expectation versus reality part of this story!  Our expectations are based on rosy memories.  When we were young  and single, we did one load per week (at the laundromat).  Before we had children, we might have done two to three loads per week….wow, those machines from years ago must have been built a lot better than they are today, because they sure lasted a lot longer!!!  (or so it seemed)

But wait….there’s more!  Now, the same type of machine, with just a few “bells and whistles” added, is being used multiple times per day.  Same number of uses, just compressed in a shorter period of time!

Now I’m thinking about my light bulb problem….and calculate how many hours per day I use that dining room light.  Turns out that it’s on about 14 hours per day….significantly longer than the 3 hours per day stated on the packages!

Could this apply to appliances too?  Yes, absolutely!  Any machine, (or light bulb) put under extreme or heavy use will wear out sooner!

So when you tell me you “just want something reliable,” I might ask you about how the machine will be used.  How many in your family?  How often is it used?  I’m not being nosy, I’m just trying to guide you to the best washing machine to meet the needs of your family!

That’s what I do at A-1 Appliance every day.  My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

By the way, stop by our Nashville showroom…we’ve converted a large section to LED lighting….we are saving a lot of money, and it looks really great!

5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

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Earth Day 2012 is coming up April 22, which made me think about getting  new, energy efficient appliances.  Here are some of the reasons I’ve used to convince myself that this is a good idea.

First, most new appliances are Energy Star compliant.  This means that you will save a significant amount of electricity, and in the case of washing machines and dishwashers, a significant amount of water, resulting in lower utility bills.  Here is a link to a very useful site to calculate your energy savings….I think you will be surprised:

http://www.frigidaire.com/energy%20calculator

The second, and similar reason, is increased efficiency.   Saving time, as well as money, is very important to me.  In most families, doing the laundry is not among the favorite chores, yet we all want clean clothes and fresh towels & bedding.  For example, the new Electrolux wave touch washer featuring perfect steam and an enormous 4.42 cu.ft. capacity stainless steel wash tub can save you both time and money.  Add the 8.0 cu.ft. steam dryer and save even more!

Third, adding new appliances will add to the value of your home.  Remodeling the kitchen is at the top of the list when you decide to sell your  home.  Here is a great article on the return on investment you can expect from various projects around the house:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,408045,00.html

Fourth, new appliances can be better for your family.  For example, lack of time can sometimes lead to a “fast food” diet- high in sugar and sodium.  What if you could prepare healthy meals 4 to 8 times faster than cooking in your old oven?  You can with the amazing GE Advantium oven.  By combining the power of convection baking with microwave energy, you will save time and money, while serving your family a healthy meal.  Check out this useful site from General Electric:

http://www.geappliances.com/products/introductions/advantium/

And fifth, don’t forget personal enjoyment of new product features.  If you are like most people, you have not purchased a new appliance in many years.  Take it from me, they have changed a lot!  For example, are you living with a noisy dishwasher?  Many new models are virtually silent!

I hope you will stop by A-1 Appliance and let me show you how you can start saving time and money today!  Our website is  http://www.a1appliance.com/

 

I look forward to meeting you!