Seltzer vs. SodaStream and Why I Switched

Searching for healthy drink alternatives to soda and juices can be challenging. Luckily, my family and I drink a lot of flavored seltzer— not only is it refreshing, but it’s caffeine and sugar free. I’m pleased this is our drink of choice, but while dropping empty cans into the recycling bin one day, I began to think about my impact on the environment and the amount of money I spend a month on cases of seltzer.

Looking at those empty cans, I thought of all that recycling waste and couldn’t believe a small family produced so much. Then, I thought about how many times I found half-empty cans lying around or in the refrigerator. No one drank them, they went … Read more...

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Wireless Router?

If you’re like me, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your wireless router. Once it’s set up, you forget about it… until problems arise, that is. If your internet is spotty, there’s lag while gaming, or it takes forever to download files, then your router suddenly becomes very important.

What Does a Wireless Router Do?

The speed of your Wi-Fi is based on a few factors:

  • Internet speed from your provider
  • Amount & type of usage received
  • Distance from the router

Declining Performance

Like most people, I signed up with an internet provider and they conveniently supplied all the necessary equipment, including a router, and set up the TV and the internet. They even connected my laptop … Read more...

What You Need to Know When Buying a Remote Car Starter

You’re looking for a remote car starter system for the convenience, but maybe you’re not sure which one would be right for you and your vehicle. Purchasing a remote start can be a bit confusing, but we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at the different types of remote car starters, the benefits of each, and how to make them compatible with your car.

To simplify the multitude of systems and options, remote starters can be broken down into three categories: Basic Remote Starters, Alarm/Remote Start Combination, and Digital Remote Starters with SmartStart.

Will it work with my car?

The most important accessory is the Bypass/Interface Module. Modern vehicles come equipped with transponder keys to help deter theft, and this … 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...

Surge Protectors: A Necessary Accessory

Power surges and spikes occur more often than you’d think. A common misconception is that they only happen during lightning storms. That’s true, but surges can also be caused by electrical grid problems or a downed tree that hits a power line.

Power spikes are more common in homes. Similar to a surge but shorter, they occur from appliances that demand a lot of power. Spikes are as dangerous as surges because they’re loaded with thousands of volts.

Everyone owns appliances that can cause a spike at any moment. Depending on your home’s wiring, the occurrence can be frequent. Computers, TVs, and washing machines are all sensitive to voltage changes and can be damaged easily. They need to be protected, … Read more...

Adding a Smart Home Hub: Amazon Echo

Adding a smart home hub such as the Amazon Echo to your place is great way to connect and expand the capabilities of home automation devices. Seamless control from a central hub adds convenience and maximizes the features for each device you own.  

The Amazon Echo is controlled through voice commands and can perform tasks on its own right out the box, without additional costs. It works off an Amazon cloud-based system called “Alexa,” and to use it, simply speak the activation word “Alexa” followed by a command or question.

The Echo has seven built-in noise cancelling microphones to pick up commands in loud surroundings or when music is playing.

What does Echo do?

Amazon Echo can play your favorite playlists … Read more...

Modern Sound for a Classic Car

Spring is in the air, and lots of people are starting to take out their classic cars for some time in the spotlight! One of our customers recently restored his 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo into immaculate condition. The only thing missing was a modernized car stereo, so he came to P.C. Richard & Son. He went to our Lawrenceville Installation Center and spoke with Ernie, our mobile installer, to see what upgrades could be done.

An inspection of the vehicle revealed the car only had a cassette player, and the speakers were crackling and sounded muffled. The customer wanted modern features and satellite radio capabilities without any modifications to the dashboard, which would devalue the classic vehicle.

Ernie suggested the Alpine … Read more...

Stock Audio System Gets Custom-Tailored Upgrades for Less

A customer stopped into the P.C. Richard & Son NE Philly Mobile Installation Center in hopes of improving the audio system in his brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado. The vehicle only came equipped with an AM/FM radio with Bluetooth compatibility, and the ability to further upgrade was limited and quite expensive.

He was interested in enhancing three major elements: sound, safety, and security. The initial price quote from the dealership concerned him, so he turned to our mobile installer, Josh, to find out what his options were at P.C. Richard & Son and what the bottom line would be.

Josh assessed the vehicle and delivered some great news: he could choose any equipment he wanted, with the features he liked, … Read more...

Sun Joe: a Complete Landscaping Solution

Taking care of a yard can be a difficult task. The equipment needed is expensive and requires a lot of maintenance. Lugging around heavy equipment, inhaling exhaust fumes, and buying and storing gas and oil can make you dread tackling outdoor projects.

We all want a beautiful yard and simple ways to maintain it. Sun Joe offers a complete landscaping solution that’s economical, lightweight, and virtually maintenance free!

Start the season off right with the easy-to-use Sun Joe Tiller Joe Max. Prepare soil for a plant bed or remove dirt and roots to plant a new lawn. There are no gas fumes or complicated oil mixtures. Just plug-in, press the start button, and turn soil to create a nutrient-rich … Read more...

Why Should You Add a Ring Video Doorbell to Your Home?

Adding the Ring Video Doorbell to your home will deliver unsurpassed convenience and security. These doorbells are smart Wi-Fi connected devices that secure your home while you’re away and eliminate the hassle of waiting for parcel deliveries or dealing with unwanted solicitors showing up unexpectedly.

What Can the Ring Video Doorbell Do?

The Ring Video Doorbell connects to the existing wiring in a standard doorbell, or you can use the built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to a year. It easily installs, and once it’s connected to Wi-Fi and the Ring app, you’re ready to experience the benefits.

The Ring works like a regular doorbell. Once the front button is pressed, HD quality video recording and two-way communication begins. … Read more...