Making Your Home a Smart Home: Adding a Wi-Fi Thermostat

A great addition to any home automation system is a Wi-Fi Thermostat, especially during the chilly winter months! The Nest Thermostat offers precise comfort control, it’s intuitive to your preferences, and it will help you save money on heating and cooling costs.

What Can the Nest Thermostat Do?

The Nest Thermostat is simple to install and even easier to use. Once the Nest is installed, connect to Wi-Fi, download the free-to-use Nest App, make a few temperature adjustments and that’s it. The Nest will learn your routines and adjust by itself accordingly.

When the Nest recognizes you’re close by, it lights up and displays the time and temperature. It also knows when you leave and can automatically switch to a … Read more...

How to Keep Your Devices Safe in the Cold

Stepping out into the bitter cold doesn’t only affect you, but the blast of arctic temperatures could put your electronics on thin ice! Smartphones, notebooks, tablets, and laptops can all lose functionality as the temperature drops. Here are some problems that may occur during these chilly days:

Battery Drain: This is the most common and most immediate effect of cold weather. Your device may spontaneously power off with a dead battery in extreme cold. If your smartphone is exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period, you risk killing the battery altogether.

Screen Issues: LCD displays on smartphones, Apple iPads or Android tablets are sensitive to the cold. Users may experience delayed touch screen reactions as well as smudging or … Read more...

5 Home Gym Technologies to Keep You Motivated

The best workout routine is one you stay committed to. Sometimes motivation is low– perhaps you worked late, or the weather is bad, so you skip going to the gym despite your best intentions.

An easy solution is working out at home. If you have reservations that you’re not getting the same quality training or that your equipment will become another clothes rack, don’t worry. These 5 home gym technology advancements will deliver incredible workouts and keep you motivated to reach fitness goals from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Built-In Workout Apps

This is not new technology, but it’s gotten better over time. The multitude of different routines built into treadmills and elliptical machines from companies such … Read more...

LG OLED TVs – There’s Nothing Else Like It

TV picture quality has improved dramatically over the last few years. Long gone are the days of grainy images; an emergence of high definition broadcasting and video streaming has become the norm. And yet, when it seemed like there was little room left for improvement, LG OLED 4K TVs impressed us all.

What is OLED?

OLED is exclusive to the LG brand. It’s a technology that uses LEDs as pixels like conventional LCD TVs, but instead of back lighting the TV panel to turn the pixels on and off, OLED organic LEDs are self-illuminating. Currently, other TVs split the panel up and isolate areas into small grids called Local Dimming. As the pixels are needed, the TV’s back light or … Read more...

UHD Premium – the New Standard in Visual Entertainment

A few years ago, video streaming services and TV broadcasters upgraded to High Definition (HD). The HD broadcast was an incredible improvement to standard definition (SD), and it changed the way we watch and film media. Entertainment and electronic manufacturers saw the impact of the improvement, and want to go beyond HD by adopting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) as the new standard.

Now, over 40 of the biggest entertainment companies have come together to form a new coalition that would promote broad industry adoption of audio/video entertainment to UHD standards. This is great news for consumers who are in the market for a 4K TV, because it guarantees improvements in picture quality and future-proofs for product compatibility when the … Read more...

Gift Ideas for Foodies

We all have that one person in the family that loves to cook. The one that supplies half the food at the holiday party and always has a fun, new dish that “you just have to try!” For that special food lover, we have some great gift ideas that will not disappoint:

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

A must-have for anyone that loves to bake is the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer. It comes in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offers much more versatility than basic hand mixers. It has the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet it’s simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to … Read more...

4 Ways to Keep Up Your Resolution for a Healthier You

With every new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start. You make your list of resolutions and imagine the new you, but did you imagine the steps and work you’ll need to put in to achieve your goals? Many people don’t, and if you don’t go in with a plan, you’re less likely to succeed.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get fit. If living a healthier lifestyle is on your list, we’re here to help you reach your goal. Aside from getting a gym membership, other tools that can help you achieve a healthier version of you this year:

Eat Healthy

Let’s start in the kitchen. One of the biggest excuses … Read more...

We Service What We Sell: a Value from the Very Beginning

P.C. Richard & Son has built a reputation of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability since 1909–and this is why it’s so important to us to service what we sell. Our founder, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.), made it his mission to build a reputation for service and reliability throughout the years. He was always extremely passionate about providing quick and reliable assistance to his customers. After all, he was only a child when he began to develop his love for customer service! “By the time I was seven, I was waiting on customers after school, becoming an all-round hardware clerk,” he once said.

A.J. developed the basis of “We Service What We Sell” during the Golden Age of Radio. In 1929, A.J. Read more...

Exploring the Benefits of Curved TVs

Curved TVs are becoming more prevalent in today’s television market. Sure, they look great in design and picture quality, but how else do they differ from their flat screen counterparts? Let’s take a look at some ways curved panels can enrich your entire viewing experience.

Aesthetics

Let’s face it, curved TVs stand out with their stunningly sleek and modernized appearance. Many people are enticed by the stylized aesthetics of curved panels when choosing a TV. You can’t go wrong with putting a curved TV in the heart of your living room… there’s no doubt it’ll be the center of attention!

 Immersive Viewing Experience

Get into the “sweet spot” of a large curved TV monitor and allow it to enter your … Read more...