What are the Different Types of Kitchen Ventilation Hoods?

Maybe your kitchen is undergoing a total remodel, or maybe you’ve recently noticed your kitchen is smokier than usual while you’re cooking. Either way, you’ve decided it’s time for a new ventilation system! We’ve got a detailed breakdown of all the different types of range hoods and vents so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home. Read on, and breathe easy!

 

Ducted vs. Recirculating Range Hoods

Before we get into the different styles of hood, let’s explain the two types of ventilation. A ducted ventilation system is one that leads outside, and empties out into the open air in the exterior of the home. If you don’t already have this system in place in your kitchen, … Read more...

Induction vs. Gas vs. Electric Cooktops

It’s time: you’ve decided to upgrade your kitchen’s cooking capabilities in the form of a new cooktop or range! Since the advent of induction cooking has brought a third option to the “Gas or Electric” dilemma, we’ve decided to take a look at the most notable differences between induction and those two classic options. Read on, and get a better idea of the perfect choice for your kitchen!

Induction vs. Gas Range

  • Simply put, many people are loyal to gas cooking because it’s the method most familiar to them. Many chefs prefer to use a cooking method they already know inside and out instead of switching to one they’ve never used before. When pitting induction cooktop vs gas cooktop, gas
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Tips to Make Black Friday Shopping Fun & Simple

Are you ready for the Black Friday craziness? Long lines, door-busters, shopping on Thanksgiving… just kidding!

Your friends at P.C. Richard & Son are here to help keep Black Friday SIMPLE! We’ve got your back with everything from exceptional customer service, installation, and servicing… it’s a VIP experience! We’ve even created some tips to make your shopping experience easy, fun, and enjoyable. With us on your side… you’ll be the ultimate #gifthero this holiday season.

Use Our Store Locator

If you don’t already know where your local P.C. Richard & Son showroom is, you can use our store locator to find the most conveniently located showroom.

Shop with Ideas in Mind

Walk into the store feeling EMPOWERED, because with us … Read more...

How to Fix a Refrigerator

There’s no ideal time for a malfunctioning refrigerator. You open your fully-stocked fridge and realize it’s lukewarm inside, or maybe you notice a puddle of water pooling up on the floor right next to it. Maybe your refrigerator’s water system isn’t working, or the ice dispenser is completely backed up. We know it’s frustrating, but before you call in reinforcements, you should be aware that many refrigerator problems can be easily fixed with either preventative maintenance, or with quick repairs you can do on your own. We’ve got a list of some common refrigerator snags and solutions, including the point where it’s best to call a professional!

Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

It’s exasperating when your refrigerator isn’t able … Read more...

What is Induction Cooking?

If you’ve recently been browsing for a new range or cooktop, you’ve probably seen the word “induction” come up often. You may be curious as to what it means, and how induction cooking works. It may feel risky to venture away from the comfort and predictability of the gas or electric cooktops you’ve known your whole life, but read on and learn more about this amazing cooking method. It’s incredibly efficient, it’s remarkably safe, and it may be the perfect addition to your kitchen!

How Does Induction Cooking Work?

You probably know that friction creates heat, right? Rubbing your hands together makes them warm, and rubbing them together faster makes them even warmer. This is pretty much the idea behind … Read more...

The History of Television, Part 1

Who invented television?

This is one of those questions with no short answer – television’s invention was a protracted process of trial and error that spanned the globe as it spanned years. Over the course of several decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists around the world were making breakthroughs in image transmission, and each contribution became a stepping stone toward the invention that changed the course of human culture forever. Here’s a timeline of television’s early development, including P.C. Richard & Son’s journey in joining the television revolution!

1885

German inventor Paul Gottleib Nipkow patents a mechanical device called the Nipkow disk. It was a flat circle that rapidly spun and scanned images into a receiver through a series of … Read more...

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Common Household Items

It’s called “stainless,” but that doesn’t mean it can’t get dirty. Stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers, cooktops and ranges all see their fair share of grime, food splatter, and fingerprints, and sometimes people are uncertain of the best way to clean stainless steel appliances. We are here to give the inside scoop on some gentle-but-effective stainless steel cleaners that you’ve probably already got in your home. With these five great cleaning options, every inch of your kitchen’s stainless steel will be spotless in no time!

Water and a Cloth

Don’t underestimate good old-fashioned elbow grease. If you’re looking for a convenient, effective, and safe way to clean stainless steel appliances, a damp cloth and your own muscle power is a good … Read more...

Gas vs Electric Dryer: What’s the Difference?

Buying a new appliance like a dryer can be exciting (“So many choices!”), but nerve-racking (“So… many… choices.”). A common dilemma is trying to understand the differences between a gas dryer and an electric dryer. Questions about efficiency, affordability, and maintenance for each are probably at the forefront of your mind. We’re happy to guide you through those concerns to bring you to the perfect dryer choice! By the time you get to the bottom of this page, you’ll have a clear idea of the best type of clothes dryer for your home.

Which Dryer is Easier to Install?

Your best bet for a dryer may depend just as much on practicality as it does personal preference. Is your home … Read more...

5 Mattress Myths Debunked

If you’re getting the right amount of sleep, you can expect to spend a solid third of your life snoozing on a mattress. And although they clearly play an important role in everyday life, there are still a number of common misconceptions about mattresses that might affect your purchase and care decisions. We’ll address five common mattress myths and explain why they’re not as true as you might think.

1. You need to replace your mattress every eight years.

For some mattresses, this might be exactly the case – but the number will inevitably vary based on several factors, including which kind of mattress you own, your body type and how you cared for your mattress over time. Some mattresses … Read more...

Is a Hybrid Mattress Right for You?

As with most essential everyday products, mattresses are available in a wide range of styles to cater to virtually anyone’s needs. One of the more recent developments in the mattress industry is the hybrid mattress. These versatile creations fuse the lush comfort provided by memory foam with the time-tested support delivered by innerspring mattresses. The result? A product that cuts down on its components’ negative aspects while bringing their benefits to the forefront. Keep reading to learn more about hybrid mattresses and to decide whether they’re right for you.

How Do Hybrid Mattresses Work?

Like traditional innerspring mattresses, hybrid mattresses provide resiliency and support via coiled metal springs. But these springs, which are often individually pocketed, tend to be surrounded … Read more...