Expert advice: Choosing the right home appliances
Know your space, know your budget and know what’s out there.
With so many styles, features and technology options available, selecting the best appliances for your home can be overwhelming. Pete O’Reilly of Apple Appliance Center offers a few tips for making the right choices and extending the life of your current appliances.
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About the size of it
On selecting the perfect appliance: “Measure, measure, measure,” O’Reilly said. “As appliance design evolves, it’s incredibly important for you and the appliance provider to understand the dimensions of the space. Knowing this, you can zero in on the appliance with features that are most important to you. We offer measurement services to ensure your project gets off on the right foot.”
Reach for the stars
On energy-saving appliances: “Who doesn’t want to save a buck?” O’Reilly asked. “When replacing older appliances, always look for the Energy Star logo. Energystar.gov offers numerous resources to find energy-saving appliances and rebates.”
Make it last
On extending the life of appliances: “We all lead hectic lives, but it only takes a few minutes to do simple routine maintenance to extend the life of appliances,” O’Reilly said. “Affresh is great for cleaning dishwashers, washing machines and disposals. Dryer vent cleaning once every six months maintains efficiency and reduces risk of fire. Don’t forget to replace your refrigerator water filter every six months.”
The best part
On replacement parts and repairs: “Authorized appliance dealers and technicians use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts when repairing appliances,” O’Reilly said. “This ensures the parts meet the manufacturer’s specifications, and they come with a one-year warranty. Non-OEM may work but risks a much higher likelihood of failure.”
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