The Pros and Cons of Self-Cleaning vs. Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens

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When it comes to being productive in the kitchen, automated appliances can make cooking tasks go more quickly and easily. Such is often the case with self-cleaning ovens. Deciding if a self-cleaning unit is right for you takes considering the following pros and cons.

Advantages of Self-Cleaning Ovens

The benefits of owning a self-cleaning oven are many. Here are just a few reasons why it pays to get a unit that cleans itself.

  • Convenience

No need to toil away scrubbing spilled, baked on casserole out of the bottom of the oven. Simply turn on the self-cleaning feature, and you’ll soon see a sparkly clean oven interior once again.

  • Energy efficient unit

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Basic Disaster Preparedness: Keeping You and Your Family Safe

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Nobody wants to think about the next big storm, flood, or the many emergency situations that could happen, leaving you and your family without power or trapped within your home for a considerable period of time. 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 on prep kits:

Power Outages

One of the most common issues during a bad storms or heat waves is a power outage. Consider investing in a portable generator. Portable generators can power most, if … Read more...

Laptop vs. Tablet – Pros and Cons for Taking Notes

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With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to make a decision about the best way for your kids to take notes once class is back in session. While laptops used to be the first choice, improvements in tablets have made these mini computers another popular option. At P.C. Richard & Son, we’ve put together some pros and cons to help you and your child make the best choice.

Laptop Benefits

There’s a lot to like about laptops, which are constantly getting better and better. Here are some good reasons to buy your returning student a laptop:

Simulates a desktop. Laptops come with full keyboards, trackpads and have the option of a wired or wireless mouse. Their … Read more...

Laptop Buying Guide – Top 10 Features to Look For

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Time to buy a laptop computer? Take a look at the options, and you’re likely to get a little overwhelmed at the many choices. Here at P.C. Richard & Son we make the process of choosing just the right computer as easy as possible. We’ve created this handy buying guide containing the top 10 features to look for in a laptop.

1. Size and weight

Most likely you’ll be transporting your laptop, so its size and weight matter. Heavier laptops weigh around 5 pounds, whereas ultra-light computers come in at around 3 pounds. The diameter of the device is also important, as you want to be able to easily fit it in your briefcase or laptop backpack.

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The Ultimate Back to School Shopping List

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Your kids may not want to face reality, but school will be back in session before long. Now, while supplies are aplenty, is the time to make a back to school shopping list. The following must-have supplies will help guarantee that their school experience is a productive and successful one.

 

Basic Back to School Supplies

No matter the age of your student, there are a few items that should be in everyone’s backpack come the first day of school. You’ll want these items on your list:

  • Glue stick: Things come undone, and glue sticks allow you to adhere them once again.
  • No. 2 pencils: Standardized bubble tests still call for good
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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Portable/In Window Air Conditioner Cool This Summer

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Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.

You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.

1. Provide proper ventilation.

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Back To School – Choosing the Right Laptop

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If you’re heading to college for the first time, the most important thing you will need is a laptop. You’ll use your laptops for more than just class work: for streaming movies, shows or music, staying in touch with friends and family, gaming, storing photos and much more. You’ll want to find one that’s right for you and your needs, as well as last through your college life.

Before you begin your search for the perfect laptop, the first thing you should do is check with your school or major for specific system requirements. Some colleges and universities want their students equipped with a Windows-based laptop to cut down on software incompatibility issues. Others will let you use almost … Read more...

Getting Smart About Keeping Cooling Cost Down: WiFi Thermostats

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When the heat soars, cooling costs also rise. Adjusting a thermostat just 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for 8 hours daily can save as much as 10 percent annually on your energy costs, reports Energy.gov. Programmable Wi-Fi thermostats make adjusting for energy savings easy. A programmable Wi-Fi thermostat allows effortless management of energy consumption by controlling both cooling and heating from your smartphone, computer, or other connected device.

Programmable Thermostat Basics

A basic programmable thermostat eliminates the hassle of having to manually adjust the home’s comfort levels several times daily. You can store multiple temperature settings, repeat daily settings and easily override any program when additional adjustments are needed. With a programmable thermostat, you can have your … Read more...

How to Pick Your Perfect Grill

 

A004_C003_0101GMNothing beats a thick, juicy burger branded with grill lines, except maybe a steak with a perfect sear! The outdoor grill is the centerpiece of the backyard kitchen. BBQ grills offer even novice home cooks a simple way to prepare delicious meals with distinctive flavors while enjoying the outdoors. Eighty percent of all households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, reports the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (H.P.B.A.).

But how do you pick the perfect grill? There are several things to consider, including the grill’s size, features and fuel type. Choosing a new grill by fuel type is most common. Whether you’re a fan of gas grills or die-hard charcoal grillmaster, we’ve got the facts you need and … Read more...

Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Top 5 Things You Need for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

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Think great friends, awesome tunes and a fabulous destination for the ultimate girls’ summer road trip! Don’t let summer pass you by without planning a great weekend getaway with your girlfriends. Leave the guys (and kids) at home and take a couple days to enjoy a carefree weekend filled with laughter and non-stop fun.

We’ve got the five top things needed for the perfect summer road trip with the girls:

1. GPS

Relying on smartphone apps for all navigation needs means trusting you’ll always be driving in an area with cellular coverage. Trust a GPS to get you where you want to go and to help you find interesting places to explore along the way. Look for a unit with … Read more...