Home Improvement Appliance and Electronics Arcives 2018-05-09T19:44:33+00:00

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Electrical Contractors Connect Homeowners With Home Automation

With new apps on the latest tablets and smartphones making it easier to manage their homes remotely, homeowners looking for greater comfort, safety and convenience can tap into their electrical contractors

ESA Encourages Homeowners To Stay Connected For The Holidays With SECURE+ Technology

“As friends and family gather for the holidays, many Americans are traveling to spend precious time with the ones they love. During these special celebrations, it’s important to keep security at the forefront.

Deck The Halls With Safety This Holiday Season

To make sure everyone stays safe and sound, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) recommends some basic home safety tips.

Security Top Of Mind For Consumers Interested In Home Automation, New CEA Study Finds

More than 62 percent of online consumers interested in learning more about home automation cited security as their primary purchase motivation, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Get Ready For The Holiday Season!

Here are a few great ideas to help you prepare for the most wonderful time of the year.

Use Technology To Take Control Of Your Home

Alarm System, smart home, electronic life safety, security industry, Electronic Security Association, Home automation, home automation system

Lennox Introduces icomfort Wi-Fi™ Touchscreen Thermostat. New thermostat Offers Comfort Control Any Time, From Anywhere

Lennox Industries has launched the icomfort Wi-Fi™ touchscreen thermostat, the newest comfort control product for the home.

RepairClinic.com® Shares 10 Easy Appliance & Lawn Mower Care Tips & Fixes To Sweeten Mother’s Day

RepairClinic.com®, the trusted online store with replacement parts for major household appliances and outdoor power equipment, today shared a list of easy, money-saving care and repair tips for home appliances

Electrical Contractors Boost Comfort And Savings With Latest Technology

Homeowners looking to add the latest technology for greater comfort, enjoyment and safety while lowering their energy costs can tap into their local electrical contractors.”

Amba Towel Warmers Put And End To Damp, Moldy Towels

Amba Products presents a solution to the unpleasant reality of American bathrooms: damp, moldy towels.

Fire Safety CO2 Hazard Top List

As the cold weather keeps more people indoors, the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents rises.

Electrical Contractors Help Seniors Age In Place for Greater Comfort

As more seniors 65 and older choose to age in place, electrical contractors can help these “younger old adults” remain in their homes with greater safety and comfort.

Electrical Contractors Help Offer Greater Comfort, Convenience With Home Automation Systems

Today’s home automation systems offer practical, cost-effective solutions for convenience, security, safety, energy savings and entertainment.

From Man Cave To Kid Cave: Get The Most Out Of Your Home Theater

The American Lighting Association offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

Keep Your Cool While Saving Money And Energy

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy.

Budget-Friendly Tips To Brighten Your Kitchen And Save Energy

Rising gas and food prices may have put a damper on your plans to remodel this year, but there are some economical ways to update your kitchen.

Lighting Can Be Your Eyes’ Best Friend As You Age

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), changing the lighting in your surroundings can go a long way to enhance reading ability and increase comfort.

Three Ways To Cut Your Energy Bill

The American Lighting Association offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

SmartPhone Device Makes A Big Hit With Busy Home Based Entrepreneurs

Applied to the back of the phone or the phone case, the wEasel cell phone device sets the phone in either vertical or horizontal position, on a flat surface.

Breakthrough Cordless Chainsaw Power?Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

Keep Your Cool While Saving Money and Energy

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy.

Outdoor Lighting: Create An Outdoor Resort In Your Back Yard

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

With Trane’s ComfortLink II Thermostat, Saving Energy and Lowering Bills Has Never Been So Easy!

Trane offers a full suite of reliable, innovate thermostats that provide safety, comfort and efficiency options.

Electrical Contractors Help Lower Home Utility Bills Through Energy Audits

Electrical contractors are increasingly partnering to help homeowners improve their homes’ energy efficiency and lower their utility bills through comprehensive energy audits.

Discover The Hidden World Of Backyard Birds

Audubon BirdCam takes high-resolution 5-megapixel digital photos that capture candid moments of the birds that visit your backyard in stunning, full-color detail.

Safe At Home

Latest advances in home security give parents an edge when kids are alone.

How To Protect Your Home While On Vacation

There are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars.

New Touch-Free Kitchen Appliance Combines Design & Functionality

Clean Cut Int’l recently debuted the CLEANCut® Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser.

Easy-to-use Timelapse PlantCam

Anyone interested in creating time-lapse video will love the easy-to-use Timelapse PlantCam.

Holiday Lighting Goes Solar

Holiday Solar Light Strands use ultra-efficient LED lights to save energy.

A Recipe for Great Kitchen Lighting

According to the ALA, this multi-tasking room not only serves as the family’s central gathering spot, but it also performs as a dining area, homework station and casual entertaining space.

Setting the Scene: Put Your Outdoor Living Space in the Best Light

Curb appeal is essential, whether you are selling or buying a home, or giving a warm welcome to friends and family.

Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!

Smoke alarms save lives, and can cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. However, smoke alarms must be installed, maintained and working properly to do so.

10 Tips On How To Select An Electronic Security Company

Electronic security systems give homeowners peace of mind and act as a primary deterrent against criminal activity.

Electrical Contractors Help Homeowners Add Ready-Made Green Power

Homeowners looking for immediate ways to add green power can now turn to electrical contractors to install ready-made devices in as little as one day.

Families Need To Protect Homes From Fire And Carbon Monoxide Danger During Winter Months …

As the cold weather keeps more people indoors, the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents rises.

Counterfeits Can Kill

Tough economic times may send consumers scouring for inexpensive goods, but consumers may unknowingly be buying counterfeit products.


Wood Floors Over Radiant Heat Source Reduce Carbon Footprint

Radiant heat is one of the latest green building trends that has gained popularity with eco-conscious consumers.


Ceiling Fans Transition To Outdoor Use

Modern technology has allowed ceiling fans to transition for use outdoors.


Control Indoor Water And Mold Damage With An Easy-To-Use Solenoid Shut-Down Device

Installed to sense the presence of water and immediately transmit a wireless signal that SHUTS OFF the main water supply.


Natural Trends In Home Lighting—Accent And Design Focus On Bringing The Outside In

Designer Deanna Wish has captured the essence of nature in a series of popular lines of nontraditional Chandeliers and Brancheliers.


Lighting Makes a Splash in the Bath

The finishing touch to a redecorated bathroom is complementary lighting that is highly functional and attractive.


Electrical Contractors And Green Home Builders Partner For Greater Value

Electrical contractors are now collaborating with builders early in the process—to maximize energy efficiency and offer homeowners greater value.


Timelapse PlantCam And Audubon BirdCam

Timelapse PlantCam And Audubon BirdCam Offer Exciting New Ways to Enjoy Backyard Nature.


Protect Your Home From Water And Mold Damage

FLO n STOP™ Wireless Transmitter at the entry door—provide homeowners with a complete water security system whether at home or away.


Chemical And Water fire suppressant system

FirstControl™—a new combination chemical and water fire suppressant delivery system.


New Home Automation Offers Greater Comfort—And Lowers Energy Costs

Electrical contractors around the country are increasingly specifying, designing and installing home automation technologies and systems that can help lower energy costs


The Ultimate 2 in 1 Laundry Solution In One Compact Unit!

Two appliances in one, space-saving machines


Safe Steps For High-Up Home Maintenance

Ladders in the 21st century come in a variety of sizes and shapes. By definition they are structures made of wood, metal, fiberglass, or even rope, for climbing up and down.


Winterizing Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes

During this time of year, ice and snowstorms can cause power outages that result in more than just spoiled food and a cold house …


Tips To Help Reduce Heating Bills And Increase Comfort

While caulking cracks around windows and using compact fluorescent light bulbs and ENERGY STAR® appliances are smart steps toward conservation …


FLO n STOP™—Keeps Homes Free From Sudden Water Damage

A popular new device featured at the 2008 Home Show provides homeowners a new level of safety and peace of mind&—when leaving on vacation—or just an afternoon shopping trip …


First Line Of Defense For Household Fires

First Control™—a new chemical and water fire suppressant delivery system developed and distributed by the Millennium International Development Corporation—provides ready help with small fires …


Planning Your Homes Lighting: Inside & Out

The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 will find homeowners choosing among the latest energy-efficient residential lighting …


Plug Into Power Company for Energy Savings

The energy needed to power, light, heat, and cool the typical home grows bigger each year. Larger houses with more electric appliances are the reasons why.


Cook Up Some Energy Savings

Your kitchen can be a great place to cook up some energy savings! Today’s electric ovens offer many new features that reduce cooking time, according to the Edison Electric Institute.


Home Electronics Use Growing

Could you live without your computer? What about a cell phone? Or microwave? Or television and DVD player? If your home is like most, it has an ever-growing number of appliances …


Selecting The Right Standby Generator

If you are considering a backup generator purchase, there are important sizing and code requirements that you need to know to insure a safe and adequate standby generator installation.


Protect Your Home From Water Damage And Mold

A new Wireless Remote Controlled Water System developed by Millennium International Development Corporation can prevent damage to property, and can save homeowners water and money.


First Line Of Defense For Small Household Fires

First Control™—a new chemical and water fire suppressant delivery system …


American Energy Systems Inc. Leads The World In Renewable Energy Heating Appliances

Over 34 years ago American Energy Systems Inc.; the manufacture of MagnuM corn, wood pellet, biomass, agri-fuel burning heating appliances, made a commitment to producing only biomass …


Don’t Undersize Circuits Or Extension Cords

Knowing how to select the wire size needed for circuits and extension cords can save you money, and improve your family’s safety. If an extension cord is undersized, it creates a drop in voltage from one end to the wire to another.


Indoor Air Quality: Challenges And Design Tips For Healthy, Comfortable Home Ownership

No matter if you are a new home owner or if your home is years old, indoor air quality can effect your health, comfort, belongings and energy savings. The following is a list of indoor air quality challenges homeowners can face and the most comprehensive, effective whole-home solutions.


“It’s Not The Heat … It’s The Humidity!”

It is that time of year again, where the temperature and humidity start rising outside and the thermostat gets lowered inside. It is also the time of year when you hear people say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” and most likely they are right.


Installing New Appliances

Whether they’re in a new or remodeled kitchen, it’s a good idea to put new home appliances through their paces as soon as possible after installing them. That way, you can identify problems and have them corrected while the products are still in warranty—at the manufacturer’s expense, not yours.


Radiant Heat Stoves And Ovens

While grandma was surely a gifted cook, she couldn’t have created those marvelous meals without radiant heat. That was the cooking method of those old fashioned stoves, and radiant heat a cooking method that produces consistently delicious and nutritious meals.


Laundry Tips: Baby Clothes Create Challenges

When baby makes three, life on the home front sees many changes, not the least of which is a whole new set of laundry needs. Not only is there a massive increase in the amount of dirty laundry when an infant joins a household, say Whirlpool Corporation’s home economists, but there are also challenging new soils and stains to be handled.


Consumer Electronics And The Environment

Innovative consumer electronics products have had a tremendous impact on almost every aspect of our lives. But, there’s one place where electronics products should have no impact—our environment.


Your Home’s Secret Energy Users

Electronics equipment and appliances in your home—from TVs, video game consoles, cable boxes, DVDs and VCRs to computers, printers and battery chargers—may account for as much as 5 percent of your total monthly household electric bill. This article provides ideas to help you reduce the impact on energy expenses.


Cook Up Some Energy Savings

Some kitchen appliances are big energy users, particularly ovens. But modern electric ovens offer many new features that can help reduce cooking times and lower home energy costs, according to the Edison Electric Institute.


Installing Towel Warmers

Towel warmers are becoming increasingly popular. Whether contemporary or traditional in décor, you can now find a towel warmer design and finish to compliment your bathroom, indoor spa or home excersize room.


Choosing A Vacuum Cleaner: A Trendy New Way To Buy

Vacuum cleaner selection used to come down to a simple comparison of specifications and features listed on vacuum product cartons. But now, an innovator in the vacuum cleaner industry has set out to change the way consumers choose vacuum cleaners by letting them take a “test” drive before they buy.


Choosing A New Cooktop Or Range

Cooking needs change over time, reflecting the changing dynamics of family makeup and lifestyle choices we make. The next time a kitchen appliance bites the dust, take some time to consider how your cooking needs have changed and how your choice of kitchen appliances might need to change as well.


Choosing A Microwave Oven

Microwaves are now among the most popular appliances in the kitchen. With a growing variety of styles and features available, careful consideration of your family’s needs before choosing a new microwave is important.


Moving Major Home Appliances Takes Special Care

Moving major home appliances is never a simple task, but a successful move is more likely if you check each appliance manufacturer’s use and care guide for special moving instructions and precautions.


Tips For Installing Home Appliances

More and more homeowners are choosing to install their own appliances. Yet even when you contract for appliance installation, you’re likely responsible for ensuring that appropriate electrical service and access are available. These tips from Whirlpool can help make your next appliance installation go smoothly.


Black And White Kitchens: Designing A Kitchen With impact

Black and white kitchen designs never seem to go out of style, making black and white decorating schemes well worth your consideration. These tips from major kitchen appliance manufacturers can help you tap the beauty and functionality of this timeless trend.


Carbon Monoxide Detector Standards Tightened

Plagued by false alarms from carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home? An increasing number of false alarms triggered by household carbon monoxide detectors have imposed significant burdens on emergency response personnel in recent years. Here’s what’s being done to correct the problem.


Indoor/Outdoor Grills Offer Safety and Convenience

Portable indoor electric grills have gained enormous popularity in recent years. Now the new, All Seasons Electric Grills from Kenyon bring the advantages of indoor and outdoor electric grilling to kitchens, decks and patios everywhere. Portable and built-in models are available.


‘Tis The Season For … Grilling?

Everyone seems to love grilling. But, until recently, grilling activities were mostly reserved for summertime. Learn how today’s new grilling appliances, including innovative indoor/outdoor electric grills, are changing grilling habits forever.


Woodstove Safety Tips

Many homeowners are taking advantage of the added comfort and energy savings made possible by modern woodstoves and wood burning appliances. Yet few have the technical “know-how” to install a woodstove, fireplace insert or other wood burning appliance properly, and fewer still understand all of the pertinent building code requirements in their community.


GE Receives 2006 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award

Energy Star Sustained Excellence Awards are granted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to manufacturers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to energy efficiency. In 2006, GE Consumer & Industrial’s appliance and lighting divisions were recognized for their efforts.


Using Air Conditioners To Control Humidity–Inefficient And Ineffective

Most of us recognize that high humidity levels can make it seem warmer than it actually is. Many also believe that air conditioners are an effective tool for lowering indoor humidity. But air conditioners are, in fact, less effective and efficient than whole home dehumidifiers at reducing indoor humidity levels.


Energy Fun Facts

Quick tips and information from the Edison Electric Institute can help you learn more about how your home uses energy and what you can do to minimize the impact on your wallet.


Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

Recent changes in U.S. tax law provide tax credits to homeowners for installation of energy-saving home improvement products. Here’s how you can put the tax credits to work in your home.


Tips To Head Off High Seasonal Cooling Bills

Tips from the CertainTeed Home Institute explain in simple terms how homeowners can dampen the impact of increasing energy costs in their homes.


Saving Energy With Fans

Even if you have air conditioning appliances installed in your home, fans offer the potential to improve indoor comfort and may help significantly lower your home’s energy use.


High Tech Thermostats: New Thermostats Meet Homeowner And Environmental Needs

Appliance manufacturers are using advanced technologies to enhance common home control systems with “smart” features and environmetally friendly design. One major heating and cooling equipment manufacturer has applied those principles to provide a high tech, user-friendly thermostat.


Energy Efficient Water Heaters

Water heaters have long been among the most energy-hungry appliances in a home. This system applies a little American ingenuity to help make a difference.