Saving Water and Energy with Home Appliances [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re like most people, you have probably considered ways to make your home more energy efficient. Energy-efficient home appliances are a smart choice for the environment as well as your wallet. After all, the less energy you use, the lower your utility bills will be! You may think that your refrigerator, laundry machine, and dishwasher are just fine, but if they are older models, they could be costing you valuable dollars every month. If every washing machine in the U.S. were replaced with an Energy Star-labeled model, it would save us $250 million per year! Take a look at this infographic from a Pleasant Hill appliance store to see how new home appliances can benefit you and the environment. Please share with your friends and family to keep the Bay Area green!

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How to Design a Professional-Quality Kitchen with Viking Ranges and Refrigeration

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Established in 1983, Viking strives to provide professional, commercial-type ranges and kitchen appliances to meet all of your in-home needs. Viking ranges were not only the first ranges to be submitted to the American Gas Association for certification, but also aided in the creation of several testing procedures. This article will take a closer look at the Viking ranges and refrigeration appliances that can help you create a professional-quality kitchen in your home.

Gas Ranges
Viking offers a number of gas ranges, including the 48-inch custom sealed burner self-cleaning range. This popular appliance uses natural gas and the SureSpark Ignition System for reliable and consistent ignition every time. Complete with the Pro Sealed burner System, automated re-ignition, and six functions, this Viking gas range is a must-have for your professional kitchen.

Electric Ranges
Despite being well-known for natural gas and propane ranges, Viking also offers several electric ranges, including the highly-popular 30-inch electric range. Available in 24 colors, this electric range uses QuickCook™ surface elements with various wattages and ribbon technology to provide full power to each burner in just three seconds.

Freestanding Refrigerators
No kitchen is complete without a professional-quality refrigerator. Viking carries the 36-inch French door bottom-freezer refrigerator, featuring 16.3 cubic feet of refrigerator storage capacity, and 5.5 cubic feet of freezer storage. This appliance is Energy Star qualified, features a door alarm when the door has been ajar for more than five minutes, and electronic controls featuring digital temperature readouts.

Built-In Refrigerators
In addition to French door and side-by-side refrigerators, Viking offers built-in refrigerators such as the 36-inch Quiet Cool™ Side-By-Side refrigerator, featuring a variable speed DC overdrive compressor and Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier. This purifier eliminates airborne bacteria, mold spores, enhances food preservation, and even removes odors.

Friedmans Appliance in Concord is proud to offer a wide range of Viking appliances. Give us a call at (925) 265-8402 for more information on our home appliances, including refrigeration, cooking, laundry, and dishwashers. 


Consumer Reports Tips for Buying a Dishwasher

A dishwasher is one of the most valuable appliances in your home, which means you’ll want to do a fair amount of research before making a purchase. In this video, Consumer Reports takes a closer look at how different types of dishwashers held up against a mixture of dried-on cornflakes, bread crumbs, spaghetti, and spinach.

After loading the same number of items into each dishwasher, researches allowed the dishes to sit for hours as they would in your own home before washing them and assessing the results. Watch the full clip to learn what you should be looking for in a dishwasher. 

Friedmans Appliances carries a number of dishwashers, including those by GE, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Frigidaire. You can contact our Concord home appliance store today through our website or by calling (925) 265-8402. 

 


How to Load Your New Dishwasher

Loading your dishwasher may seem like a simple enough task, but there are some general guidelines you will want to follow in order to get the most out of your new appliance. Start by placing your pots, plates, and heavy-duty items on the lower rack, as the heat and water pressure is stronger at this level. When stacking your plates, consider staggering small plates in between large ones, as this will keep them from falling over during the cycle. The top rack should be reserved for glasses, mugs, and bowls, leaving some space along the sides of the top rack for pots, pans, and large cookware items.

As a good rule of thumb, you will want to make sure that none of your dishes are directly touching one another, as this may cause them to chip. You will also want to make sure that any silver or stainless steel cookware items are separated, because the metals can be damaged due to chemical reactions of the silver.

 

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For more information on using your new dishwasher, contact Friedmans Appliance today at (925) 265-8402. You can also visit us online to find out more about our Concord appliances and services. 

 


Beyond Kitchen Accessories: What KitchenAid Appliances Have to Offer to Your Kitchen

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When most people think of KitchenAid appliances, their first thought is likely to be of ice makers, blenders, and stand-mixers. However, KitchenAid has a lot more to offer than just countertop accessories. Continue reading to learn more about the major KitchenAid appliances offered by your Concord home appliance store.

Freestanding Gas Ranges
Measuring at 5.6 cubic feet, the KitchenAid True Convection Oven Five Sealed Burners Architect® Series II features a 16K BTU professional burner, giving you the ability to cook multiple dishes at the same time using high-temperature cooking methods, such as stir-frying, wok cooking, and searing. This freestanding gas range is also popular due to its Rapid Preheat function, which decreases the amount of time needed to preheat your oven.

Gas Cooktops
Cooktops are a great way to turn kitchen islands and peninsulas into usable cooking surfaces. The 30-inch Width Gas 4 Burners Downdraft Ventilation System Architect® Series II has a built-in downdraft vent to capture steam, smoke, and cooking odors. This four-burner unit also features a range of high-to-low heat outputs so that you can choose to simmer or stir-fry.

Wall-Mount Hoods
You have found the perfect range for your kitchen; now you just need a wall-mounted hood to go with it. The KitchenAid 36-inch CFM Pro Motor 4-Speed Electronic Control wall-mount hood features a Pro Motor, dual light setting, seamless canopy with beveled edges, and a Power Boost function for increased versatility. 

Refrigerators
No matter what type of refrigerator you are looking for, chances are that KitchenAid can satisfy your need. KitchenAid offers several different types of refrigeration units, such as freestanding, built-in, compact, and specialty refrigerators to fit beneath your countertop.

When you are looking for a home appliance store that provides the best value and excellent customer service, look no further than Friedmans Appliance in Concord. Call us today at (925) 265-8402 with your questions, or visit us on the Web to learn more about our appliances. 


Looking for a New Refrigerator? Consider These Popular Features

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For many people, the most important home appliance available today is the refrigerator. Refrigerators allow us to preserve food for longer and conveniently provide us with chilled food and beverages.

However, with so many brands, designs, and models on the market, choosing the right refrigerator for your home can be overwhelming. Consider these features first to make your next refrigerator purchase a smooth, stress-free event:

Configuration
Refrigerators come in several configurations, including side-by-side, top-freezer, bottom-freezer, and specialty-sized. Some features are not available in all configurations due to the design of the appliance, so it is important to carefully consider each configuration and the features that it offers.

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Is a Stand-Alone Freezer Right For You?

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Are your home appliances serving you in the best way possible? Are they energy efficient? Are they convenient and affordable to use? The next time you’re in a home appliance store, take a serious look at the stand-alone freezers. Installing one in your home could be an excellent investment.

  • A freezer can help you save money: People often reduce their grocery bills by storing large amounts of food they’ve purchased on sale or in bulk. Some shop at warehouse stores, while others take advantage of store sales and coupons. Those who live near farmers’ markets often buy large amounts of fresh produce and freeze it for later use. People with gardens will do the same with their home-grown vegetables. Still others will buy large amounts of meat from their local butchers and stock their freezers with it.
    Stand-alone freezers are designed to maintain temperatures that are much lower than the freezer compartments in refrigerators. Because of this, nearly any type of food can be frozen and stored for months at a time. The U. S. Department of Agriculture has helpful guidelines for freezing foods safely and effectively.
  • A freezer saves you time: Many people like to prepare large dishes, like casseroles, and freeze them to use later when they have less time to cook. Others will prepare whole meals and store individual servings that can be reheated. Consider that having large amounts of food on hand also means fewer trips to the market.
  • New models are energy efficient: Look for the Energy Star rating or similar information when you’re at your neighborhood home appliance store in Concord. Many models include estimates of how much they will cost to operate over the course of a year. Over time, your savings on food will likely exceed the cost of the freezer, making it an excellent investment.

When you’re shopping for appliances in Concord, the expert staff at Friedmans Appliance can answer your questions about freezers and a wide range of other home appliances. Call us at (925) 265-8402 to discuss which appliances will be the best fit for your home.


Visit These Sites To Learn More About The Best Brands And Appliance Technologies in Today's Kitchens

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Today’s homeowner has a far greater selection of kitchen appliances to choose from than ever before. For information on technologies that have popularized new kitchen appliances and advice on selecting and maintaining these appliances, peruse the following resources. 

To speak with a supplier of high-quality kitchen appliances in Concord and San Francisco, California, call Friedmans Appliance at (925) 265-8402!


Choosing the Right Heating Technology for Your Range or Cooktop

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To many homeowners of the Bay Area, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. The kitchen is where meals are prepared, meals that nourish the body and are happily shared with family members and friends. Since most meals require baking, boiling, frying, or reheating, cooking appliances are arguably the most important components of a kitchen. For tips on choosing a range or cooktop that will prove ideal for your kitchen, read on!

Electric
Available in several different configurations, electric cooktops are great from a design perspective because they can be matched to just about any theme or color scheme found in a kitchen. They have the advantage of not requiring a gas line, which can be expensive for homes that are not already equipped with one. Electric ranges are often known for their even distribution of heat, a quality valued by many cooks.

Gas
Some cooks enjoy the ability to see the size of the flame they are cooking with, as they can visually gauge when to turn up or turn down the gas. Of course, with an exposed flame, extra caution and care need to be taken when cooking on a gas range. Gas cooktops heat up very quickly, which is invaluable when a meal needs to be prepared quickly. As with all gas appliances, it is important for the supply line to be checked regularly for potential leaks.

Induction
Induction is a recently developed technology that utilizes electromagnetic fields, making induction cooktops and ranges the safest and most energy efficient. They offer a wide range of temperature controls and distribute heat evenly throughout cookware as long as it is flat-bottomed. Because induction cooktops remain cool to the touch and do not heat the surrounding air, they are incredibly safe and comfortable to cook with.

Regardless of the type of heating technology you choose for your kitchen, Friedmans Appliance in Concord has many high-quality options for you to choose from. To speak with a knowledgeable sales representative about our induction, gas, and electric range ovens and cooktops, call (925) 265-8402!

 


Why Viking Is the King of Professional-Grade Kitchen Appliances

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Although it was founded just 26 years ago, Viking Range Corporation is a true pioneer in the field of kitchen appliances. Its founder and CEO, Fred Carl, Jr., was motivated to establish the company after discovering how ill-suited most commercial kitchen appliances were for residential kitchens. Today, the company is an industry leader, and Viking is the first name that comes to mind when passionate cooks think of commercial appliances for the home kitchen.

Quality
When the Viking Range Corporation first came into existence, homeowners did not have many other options if they wanted quality commercial-grade appliances that would prove compatible with their kitchens. Since this time, the company has never compromised on the high quality for which it is known. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology with user-friendly controls, all parts used in Viking’s appliances are of the highest caliber.

Versatility
Viking is known for offering ovens, cooktops, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances in an array of sizes and materials to meet the culinary needs and preferences of a wide range of homeowners.

Durability
Viking Range Corporation’s appliances are built to last, and many of its products come with an unbeatable three-year warranty. Viking appliances are made to be used, so you can cook and clean with them, day in and day out, without having to worry about reduced effectiveness.

Ease of Maintenance
Like all appliances, Viking’s products require after-use cleaning and periodic maintenance. They are, however, designed so that they can be effectively cleaned in a quick and easy manner.

Aesthetic Appeal
Since the functionality of kitchen appliances is far more important to most cooks than their exterior beauty, the high aesthetic appeal for which Viking Range Corporation is known is an added bonus. With Viking, you won’t have to compromise appearance for performance.

At Friedmans Appliance in Concord, California, we believe that Viking has established the reputation it has for a reason. This is why we offer Viking Range Corporation ranges, cooktops, hoods, warming drawers, microwaves, refrigerators, and wine coolers. To explore the line of appliances we carry by Viking and other high-quality kitchen appliance manufacturers, visit our Pleasant Hill showroom or call (925) 265-8402!

 


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