5 Must-Have Small Appliances That Will Make You Love Mornings

Not much of a morning person? Neither are your family members? We totally get it… mornings can be tough, especially if you’re helping the kids get ready for school and you have somewhere to be. But a few tweaks can change the way you and your family feel about the early hours. Stop, take a breath, and enjoy your mornings with the help of these small appliances:  

1.) Waffle Maker  

If you want some family time before the kids head off, a waffle maker will help you make a quick and tasty breakfast. Using a waffle maker will help you create fluffy, Belgium-style waffles that are way better than frozen ones. You can even add some fruit on top … Read more...

Connected in Connecticut: 2012 Altima Gets Audio Upgrade

A customer visited our P.C. Richard & Son North Haven, Connecticut showroom looking to upgrade the stereo in his 2012 Nissan Altima. There was nothing wrong with the factory stereo, but it was lacking the current technology available in most vehicles today. 

The customer was interested in incorporating the convenient features of his smartphone, but he was concerned that the new radio wouldn’t look right in his dash given its unique shape and design.

After speaking with our professional mobile installer, he felt reassured. Our installer explained that he could choose any radio and it would fit and function just as the old radio did. Plus, he could retain the steering wheel controls with an additional module if he wanted.… Read more...

Downsizing Your Home: A How-To Guide

Your children have moved out, leaving behind empty rooms. Or perhaps you simply aren’t using the extra space in your current house. Now is the perfect time to downsize and relocate to a smaller home that better suits your lifestyle. And while downsizing your home has a host of benefits, it also presents unique challenges. Fortunately, these challenges can easily be dealt with using the right tactics. Here, we’ll tell you how to make the transition as easy as possible.

Start With Decluttering

A cluttered home is seldom a comfortable home – but you can fix that with just a bit of work. Kick-start the decluttering process by taking stock of everything that’s taking up space within your home. Make … Read more...

5 Ideas for Creating a Zen Bedroom

The bedroom should be a space that helps promote rest and relaxation. If you’re having trouble sleeping, then you might want to consider giving your bedroom a makeover. One way that you can do this is by introducing a few zen design ideas.

Following are five ideas for creating a zen bedroom:

1. Add natural elements

Adding natural elements, such as plants, to your bedroom is an excellent way to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Plants produce oxygen, which can help to improve your bedroom’s air quality. Additionally, the color green is known to have a relaxing effect.

2. Introduce soft light

The quality of your bedroom’s lighting will have a big impact on your ability to create a … Read more...

Basic Disaster Preparedness: Keeping You & Your Family Safe

No one wants to think about the next big storm, flood, or emergency situation that could leave you and your family without power or trapped within your home. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything and everything– even the zombie apocalypse! Yes, we know the chances of the walking dead happening is pretty much zero, but when it comes to any disaster, it never hurts to be over-prepared.

Here are some tips to get started:

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

One of the most common issues during a bad storm or heat wave is a power outage. Consider investing in a portable generator. Portable generators can power most, if not all, of your home’s power … Read more...

5 Signs That You Need A New Mattress

A mattress that’s in poor shape is going to make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep. Depending on how much your mattress has degraded, sleeping on it could result in back issues and other physical problems. You should replace your old mattress as soon as it shows signs of wear and tear. Here are five signs that it’s time to get a new mattress:

1. You experience soreness in the mornings

If you’re waking up stiff or sore, that’s a bad sign. Your mattress should provide your body with the support it needs to rest comfortably. Stiffness and soreness occur when the mattress begins to lose its compression, thereby causing your mid-section to sag into the … Read more...

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Washing machines are amazing and convenient. Dirty clothes go in, clean clothes come out – it’s like magic! Well, this magic depends on how well you take care of your washing machine. Dirt and crud that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle can end up trapped within the machine, and over time your clothes may not come out as clean and fresh-smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer free of mildew and grime, here are some helpful hints on how to clean a front-loading or top-loading washing machine!

How to Clean a Front-Load Washer

  • If your front-load washer doesn’t have a self-cleaning cycle, you can clean it by turning on a hot
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5 Simple Ways to Get Started with Philips Hue Smart Lighting

Of all the home automation products out there, you may not think smart bulbs would be the most useful or convenient. But think again! Lighting is an essential part of your home, and with Philips Hue smart bulbs, you can do so much with it now more than ever.

The Basics

Before we go any further, let’s do a little Hue 101.

First, there are a variety of Philips Hue bulb shapes and sizes that offer endless possibilities for use around your home. You can connect up to 50 of them to one Bridge, the smart wireless hub that allows your smart device to talk to the lights. Smart devices aren’t limited to your phone or tablet; they can be … Read more...

Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

Have you noticed recently that your dryer is just not drying your clothing as quickly as it used to? It may not mean that you need a new unit; you may need to give your current model a tune-up. You should inspect your dryer once a year to make sure everything is running efficiently! This can save you money over time.

Note: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

Clean the Lint Trap

The lint trap at the front or top of your machine should be cleaned after each use. You should also wash the filter with warm, soapy water every few months.

Check the Vents

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Perks of P.C. Richard & Son: It’s All About Work Well Done

Employee pricing is going on right now. You pay what we pay, not a penny more! It’s a taste of what it’s like to be a team member. But great prices aren’t our only perk… it’s an incredible place to work! Each and every one of our employees play a role in what P.C. Richard & Son is today, a team of over 2,700 dedicated and talented workers. We have 107 years of rich history and five generations of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability to inspire us. The truest reward is the sunshine in our hearts and loving what we do. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest parts of working here:

Our Rich History

We’ve got an incredible history! P.C. Richard & … Read more...