3 Benefits of Owning a Smart Air Conditioner

Spring is officially here, and before you know it, you’ll be planning outdoor parties and cookouts. It’s an exciting time, but fantastic weather comes with a price.

Summertime brings heatwaves!

It’s time to start considering how you’ll cool your home this upcoming season. Sweltering hot days and uncomfortable humid nights need to be confronted with a powerful, arctic-inducing air conditioner. Traditional AC units can certainly get the job done, but recently there’s a new solution to handle your cooling needs more efficiently. The answer is Wi-Fi connected smart air conditioners.

3 benefits of Wi-Fi smart air conditioners and why you should get one this year:

1. Ultimate Convenience

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Where It All Began: The Story of Pieter Christian Richard

In the years leading up to 1909, Pieter Christian “P.C.” Richard paved the way for the next 107 years. P.C. was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1880. He traveled to America when he was 18 years old in pursuit of the American Dream. It was in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY that P.C. laid the foundation of his family’s hardware store that his son, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.), our founder, would later transform into a regional appliance retailer and what P.C. Richard & Son is today.

On May 31, 1899, P.C. stepped off the 4,500-ton steamship, Spaarndam, and walked down the gangway in hopes of building a prosperous new life. P.C.’s older brother, Edward, arrived in America a few years earlier, … 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...

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...

Easy Appliance Cleaning!

While you’re cleaning everything this holiday season, don’t neglect your appliances! It’s sometimes easy to forget these things need to be cleaned periodically in order to continue to function optimally and keep the air in your home fresh. While this is important, not everyone has time to deep clean every item in their house. So here are some quick, easy ways to get your appliances sparkling without losing the whole day.

Dishwasher

Wipe down the sides with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. Then remove the bottom rack, and pour a cup of vinegar on the bottom of the machine. If you’re feeling frisky, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of baking soda on there.

Oven

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Relax, Refresh, & Recharge: 35 Ways to De-Stress

Finding yourself feeling stressed at just the thought of upcoming holiday prep? With everything from food shopping and cooking to braving crowded stores to find the perfect gifts, some “me time” is a must! (These relaxation tips might even spark some great gift ideas… it’s never too soon to get a head start on the family’s holiday wish list!)

Ideas for Ultimate Relaxation on Your Recliner

  • Get cozy (wrap yourself up in a blanket)
  • Sip from a warm mug of tea
  • Make some coffee with a coffee maker (add flavored creamer)
  • Crochet a pair of comfy socks or a scarf
  • Cook up something delicious in a Crock-Pot slow cooker (it’ll cook while you relax!)
  • Eat mac and cheese (the
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Appliance Halloween Costumes

If you or your children are still struggling to figure out what you want to be for Halloween this year, what about being a refrigerator, oven, or other home appliance? They’re inexpensive to make and most of the materials can already be found around your home. Here are some great appliance costumes we found on the web:

Washing Machine

Couples idea: If you and your significant other are going to a Halloween party, why not dress up as a laundry pair? Washers and dryers come in a variety of colors and styles and you even can go as a designer pair. Or, if you want to be both yourself, what about going as a washer/dryer combo?

Ovens

“Running” Refrigerator

Vacuums

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Fun & Funky Pumpkin Decorating Ideas & Activities

Vibrant paint, decorative ribbons, metallic markers… the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating pumpkins! Use your creativity and make a silly face (or a spooky one)!

Ideas to DAZZLE up your pumpkin  

  • Gather up some ribbons (Halloween-themed, funky patterns, bright colors)
  • Use neon paints (orange, yellow, green)
  • Add some metallic paint
  • Collect a bunch of bows and glue them on!
  • Use glitter glue
  • Add in some glitter (orange, purple, white)
  • Draw a design with glue, and pour glitter on top
  • Gather some fabrics (Halloween prints, autumn prints, polka dot)
  • Glue on colorful, funky beads
  • Glue on some sparkly gems
  • Use colorful markers
  • Write your name
  • Write a friend’s name and make it a gift
  • Draw a design (bat,
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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers are valuable appliances because there’s so much you can do with them, and they’re so easy to use! To give you an idea of their diversity, here are three different recipes you can make that require very little work.

Spaghetti Squash

By andreakrieger on allrecipes.com

Ingredients

1 whole spaghetti squash, washed

1 1/2 cups water

Directions

Prick the outside of the squash 10 to 15 times. Place in a slow cooker crock, and pour in water. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Remove squash and leave to cool for 15 to 30 minutes. Halve it lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds and discard them. Shred the flesh from the skin with a fork to make strands.… Read more...

Fun and Gorgeous Ways to Personalize Your KitchenAid Mixer

KitchenAid mixers are pretty attractive already. They come in a variety of colors, and they look great on a counter. But KitchenAid fans have discovered ways to make them even more fun, and we want to share with you some of the creative ways people are transforming their mixers. Decals alone go a long way!

These keep it cute and classy.

By iinky on Etsy

Love a bit of Disney in the kitchen.

By GulfCoastVinyls on Etsy

How cute are these pig decals?

By InGoodCompanyLtd on Etsy

Love it when our appliances represent our fandoms.

VickiesVinyl on Etsy

This is my personal favorite:

By RoarkiesGifts on Etsy

Some decals are chic and beautiful.

By MKBMplayground on Etsy

You can also … Read more...