Relieve Spring Allergies with HEPA Air Filtration

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Spring is in the air… and so is the POLLEN. While some are running into the great outdoors, others are running to the pharmacy for some allergy relief! And it’s not just pollen; there are other air pollutants in our home that can trigger allergy symptoms. The itchy eyes, runny nose and fatigue that come with allergies can be brutal. The use of HEPA filters can help relieve your home of these allergens and thereby reduce your allergy attacks.


HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters work by trapping those pollutants that trigger allergies. It’s a type of mechanical air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke that non-HEPA filters can’t catch.

Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter can help you breathe easier. A HEPA air purifier (also known as an air cleaner) reduces the concentration of airborne contaminants and is an essential component to maintaining an allergen-free home. They guarantee that they will trap 99.97% of particles larger than .3 microns (enough to help relieve your symptoms). They’re also beneficial to those with asthma and other respiratory-related issues.


A HEPA air purifier can remove most airborne particles, but the particles suspended in air are not the only ones in your home. There are far more particles in your rug, on your floor, mattresses, or upholstered furniture. A vacuum with HEPA air filtration works best to remove these particles and they throw less dirt and fewer microscopic dust mites back into the room as you vacuum.


Whether you are in the market for allergy relief or simply looking for a cleaner home or office, an air purifier or vacuum with HEPA air filtration from P.C. Richard & Son can help. Get yours today!


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Wine Cooler Buying Guide


Do you love wine? If the answer is yes, you may have thought about purchasing a wine cooler before. Whether your hobby is to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you.  Wine is a beverage that, when not maintained properly, can turn into vinegar.  If you are serious about the quality of your wine, a wine cooler will help support its preservation.

Here are some quick tips to help you decide which wine cooler is best for you!

Bottle Capacity

This should be the first thing you consider. Are you a big-time wine collector or are you just a casual wine lover? Wine coolers come in various capacities. The depth of your collection ultimately determines what cooler you should be looking at.  Small coolers can store as low as 6 bottles, while larger models can accommodate around 100 to 200 bottles. Generally, it is a good idea to buy a wine cooler that can hold at least double the number of wine bottles you currently have.  Once you purchase a wine cooler you will find yourself purchasing wine more often.

You also need to consider the space you have in your home. Think about where you are planning on keeping your wine cooler and be sure the one you would like to purchase will fit in that space.

Single vs. Dual Zone Wine Coolers

Are you looking to exclusively store away wines of one color? If yes, the single zone cooler is what you’re looking for. Single zone wine coolers have one cooling temperature and a storage space that’s undivided. This kind of cooler is ideal for storing either red or white wine, but not both. White wine is stored at a temperature ranging 46-56 degrees F, while  red needs to be stored at temperature between 58-68 degrees F.

If your collection is made up of a mixture of red and white wines then a dual zone wine cooler is a better choice for you.  Dual zone wine coolers feature two separate compartments; therefore, you can maintain two distinct and separate temperature zones inside the cooler.

Built-in vs. Free Standing Wine Coolers

If you are looking for a chiller that will fit perfectly under your kitchen cabinet with no ventilation issues, a built-in wine cooler is what you want. If you are looking to show off your wine collection in the dining area, the free-standing wine cooler is the right choice for you.


Most wine coolers are standalone units that can be built-in later on. Larger wine fridges have front-exhaust capabilities, but those that do not have a compressor need to have airflow around the unit so as to operate efficiently and not overheat (at least 3” all around).

Exterior Construction

Stainless steel products complement most kitchen appliances even if they are black or white. Most wine cooler doors are comprised of UV-filtered double-paned glass. The UV filter prevents wine from seeing direct sunlight and altering the biology of the wine by heat exposure. Double-paned glass helps keep the internal temperature at a desired output. Despite internal cooling mechanisms, the unit should not be stored in direct sunlight or in temperatures exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit, as this will cause the motor on the wine cooler to work harder and more often.

Interior Construction

Wine coolers have various types of shelving. Basic fridges tend to have fixed chrome-wire shelves, while higher-end ones use sturdier wood racks or wood-framed wire grids. Some shelves even roll out to make it easier to read labels and remove bottles.

Most wine coolers have an interior light just like a refrigerator would have. Having an interior light is beneficial when trying to read wine labels. Some coolers even light up when the door is closed, allowing your collection to be displayed.

Thermoelectric vs. Compressor

Thermoelectric coolers are vibration free, which results in less instability among the sediments within the wine bottles you’re storing. Thermoelectric wine coolers are not completely silent as internal fans are needed to distribute the cold air within the cooler. These fans produce some noise, but they are substantially quieter than compressor units.

Thermoelectric wine coolers are more energy efficient as well. Since there are less moving parts, there is less energy drawn. However, this cooling system does have its limitations: they can only cool the wine about 20 degrees less than the room temperature where the unit will be kept, and their compressor coolers are not restricted by temperature surrounding the unit.

The type you choose should depend on how you plan to use it. If you are going to purchase a free standing cooler, that holds two cases or less, and plan on keeping it in a room that doesn’t get too warm, then thermoelectric cooling is a good choice for you. If the room you’re using is warmer and you want a larger collection, you should use a compressor cooler. Most built-in models are compressor cooled.

Security Locks

Several higher-end models offer locking capabilities on wine coolers. Whether it’s with a keypad or a physical key, wine is secured inside a fridge and cannot be tampered with. Private collections, reserves, and rare vintages are best kept under lock and key so they are never confused with common table wines or everyday varieties.


Buying a wine cooler can be exciting. Whether it’s being able to finally display your wine safely, or simply having a practical unit to store your bottles, there are dozens of factors to consider and models to compare.  At P.C. Richard and Son we have a great selection of quality wine coolers ranging from 12  to 160 bottle capacity. Just stop into anyone of our P.C. Richard and Son Superstores and one of our expert sales representatives can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


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Top 10 Stocking Stuffers Under $50


Have you been looking for some gift ideas to stuff those stockings with? Well, not only do we have great ideas, but we have great prices to match them! We’ve listed our top 10 favorite stocking stuffers that cost under $50… check them out below:

  1. Skull Candy Ink’d 2 Earbud Headphones: Loud, comfortable, affordable, the ability to block surrounding noise, and comes in various colors! What have you got to lose? It makes a great little stocking stuffer. Everybody can use another set of earbuds, even if they already have a pair.
  2. HYPE Mini Capsule Bluetooth Speaker: Small, lightweight, and crystal-clear sound… not only is this Bluetooth speaker the perfect travel accessory, but it fits into a stocking perfectly!
  3. Video Games: Do you have a gamer in the family? We have a huge selection of video games that are under $50, and some are as low as $14.99. You can even get 3 games for $30 if you shop our clearance sale!
  4. Video Game Accessories: Add a little something extra to go along with that video game. There are a bunch of fun game accessories, from game controllers to headsets, that will make the perfect gift for those stockings.
  5. Vivitar Point & Shoot Digital Camera: Let your loved one capture those memories with this perfect little camera at a fabulous price.
  6. Computer Accessories: In this digital age, anybody will appreciate a little something extra to go along with their computer or tablet. From tablet cases to computer speakers, we have a large selection of accessories under $50.
  7. Coffee Pods: You can have a lot of fun choosing from all various flavors of Keurig-K Cups we carry for the coffee lover on your gift list! Rest assured, this stocking stuffer will be much appreciated and keep them warm all winter!
  8. Electric Shavers: Every man appreciates a good shave, and men are always so difficult to shop for… why not upgrade his shave with a new electric shaver and some accessories?
  9. Karaoke CDs: Know somebody who loves karaoke and even has their own machine? Why not help them grow their music collection?
  10. Smart Phone Cases: Everyone can use protection for their phone, and with so many colors and styles to choose from, this gift makes a fun stocking stuffer.

Looking for more ideas? Click here to browse all of our stocking stuffers or check out our “Holiday Gift Ideas” on Pinterest. Happy Shopping!




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Sony Event This Week at P.C. Richard and Son


It’s the perfect week to start your holiday shopping with the Sony event going on now at P.C. Richard and Son! We’re celebrating all that Sony has to offer this week with amazing deals on Sony TVs, laptops, cameras, speakers, and much more.  Work, play, or create – Sony offers an array of products that are great for the office, home, or hobby. 

This week, save up to $1500 on select Sony 4K Ultra HDTVs and experience a picture as real as life itself! Plus, purchase any 55”/65” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV and save $200 on a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player, which allows you to watch select movies in 4K.  Don’t forget to also check out their first curved LED TV that features a similar curve to that of a movie theater screen, allowing you to experience home theater like never before.

 Also during this week-long event save on 3D Ready LED HDTVs, and instantly save $300 on a Sony 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar  when purchased with any Sony TV 55” or larger.

Not looking for a TV right now? Be sure to check out their state-of-the-art cameras, tablets, and computers; many of which feature Sony PlayMemories… a whole new way of having fun with photos and videos. The PlayMemories series lets you easily organize your photos and videos and instantly share them anywhere on all your favorite digital devices. See your local P.C. Richard & Son sales associate for details! Hurry in and save big on select Sony notebooks, tablets, home audio, cameras and more! For more details check out our weekly circular or stop into one of your local P.C. Richard and Son stores to see all the savings on Sony products. See you there!


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Toshiba Cloud TV


Cloud TV takes smart TV to a whole new level. Get easy access to a menu of new services with a Multi-Page Cloud TV Portal. Stream movies and news, access your music and photos, or find something new with the MediaGuide. Socialize with family and friends with Skype, Facebook or Twitter. Share photos, leave a message or post to the calendar from your mobile devices using the companion app.

As if Smart TV wasn’t smart enough, check out these new features:    

  • Content Discovery. Cloud TV puts you closer than ever to the things you love – Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, along with video on demand, broadcast programming, the web, even music, photos and videos on your home network.
  • Wireless Display makes it possible to display small screen content, from your PC or other mobile device, on your bigscreen TV wirelessly.
  • MediaGuide is an Ideal TV programming guide with advanced search. Find great viewing-even from your tablet.
  • Kontrol TV Gamming allows you and your family or friends to play TV games with multiple players at once using your tablet or smart phone as a controller.
  • New Home Screen allows different user profiles. This makes it easy for the user to sync up with their own personalized Cloud data stream with the TV, which can then store a schedule of upcoming events input either through the TV, Cloud TV app, iPad or other mobile device. Also with the personal profile system the TV will track your own viewing habits and make viewing recommendations accordingly.

The beauty of these TVs is that they let you connect with your Cloud TV – your calendar, photo albums, personal messaging and much more-using your mobile device or computer to extend the experience at home and away. Click here to learn more about Toshiba Cloud TV.



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Introducing the New Bose® SoundTouch™ Wi-Fi® Music System

AsPhotographers |  We Are The Rhoads | Chris & Sarah Rhoads   Client: Bose your world of music keeps growing, the all-new Bose SoundTouch products let you enjoy it all at the touch of a button! If you have an existing home Wi-Fi network, you’re ready to enjoy Bose sound in any room you want; no extra equipment necessary. Bose SoundTouch devices can access music stored on a Mac or Windows computer, as well as Internet and Pandora radio stations, making listening to music easier than ever.

Besides music streaming, SoundTouch devices can be controlled by the Bose SoundTouch app for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, and Windows. With this app, you can browse for music; set up to six presets for one-touch access to a specific playlist, internet radio station, and more. If you have multiple SoundTouch devices the app will allow you to control volume and music selection on each separately, or set all devices to play simultaneously as a multi-room system.  Bose has also added Apple’s AirPlay so that you can play music wirelessly from an Apple device.

The only thing you need to decide is which system is right for you: the battery-powered portable system that can be easily moved from room to room (Bose SoundTouch Portable), the compact, easy-to-place system that delivers room-filling sound (Bose SoundTouch 20), or the best-performing one-piece Wi-Fi system, which produces powerful sound that can fill your largest room (Bose SoundTouch 30)? Whichever one you choose, Bose sound is just one touch away. Are you ready to enjoy rich, room-filling sound in any room you want?


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition



The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will go on sale in the U.S. October 10, 2013, but you can pre-order yours today. With improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display, and improved multi-tasking features packaged in a sleek polished design, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition delivers a brilliant tablet experience.  Continue reading to see why this tablet is worth the price.

 Worthy Features :

Super Clear LCD

The display offers brighter colors and more lifelike graphics. The 2,560 X 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels, offering users a dynamic viewing experience.

My Magazine

Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine. My Magazine allows users to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use personalized dashboard.

Powered by Exynos

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM for faster web browsing and multitasking with rich HD graphics for the best gaming experience. Enhanced multitasking allows users to seamlessly use two different applications side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. What’s more, certain apps such as YouTube and Internet can now be activated simultaneously in both windows.


What’s new with the S Pen?

The updated S Pen provides a more responsive, productive and overall efficient tablet experience. The enhanced S Pen also introduces several shortcuts and productivity tools at the user’s fingertips.

·         Air Command

 Provides instant access to S Pen features which include;  Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window all in a convenient hover and click of the button on the S Pen from any point on the screen.

·         Action Memo

Gives users the ability to take a note and link it to a direct action and instantly perform a task, such as searching the internet or emailing a friend.

·         Scrapbooker

 Allows users to organize interesting content with the S Pen and place it into individualized scrapbooks.  The S Pen makes it easy for users to grab and store videos, photos and clips from web pages. Users have the ability to keep boards private or share content as they choose.

·         Screen Write

Enables the user to easily take a screen capture and edit the shot.

·         S Finder

Users will be able to search the entire device including handwritten notes and settings, connected accounts and the web with the S finder using key words or handwritten symbols.

·         Pen Window

This feature lets users draw a window on screen using the S Pen, and doing this will open a selection of applications.  The user can then minimize it to hover on any screen as the user interface is navigated. This is perfect for opening a calculator on top of a spreadsheet or quickly setting an alarm.

·         Easy Chart

With “S Note”, users still have the ability to use the S Pen to take handwritten notes or use handwriting-to-text with access to both note files and notepads. With Easy Chart, hand-drawn data can be instantly transformed into more formal charts and graphs.

Other Cool Stuff

·         A redesigned Twitter application with limited exclusivity to the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, features S Pen integration and Multi-Window capabilities for a unique Twitter tablet experience.

·         Plenty of perks! Samsung is offering over $600 in perks after you buy and register your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition at You get a $50 credit for Samsung Hub and a $25 credit for Google Play™. New Hulu Plus users get a 3-month membership, and new Boingo users get mobile Wi-Fi access for 12 months. Also, new SiriusXM and Audible users get a 3-month membership, and new Zinio members get a 2-month subscription to 3 digital magazines. All that—plus up to 50GB of Dropbox™ storage—yours for 2 years from the time you set up the app. 

·         A Samsung Apps widget offers users additional content optimized for the new 10.1-inch tablet and other Samsung devices. The new tablet is also equipped with Samsung’s innovative IR remote capability and WatchON, which is a search and recommendation service which makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster, easier and more personalized.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition 16GB and 32GB versions are available for pre-order now at P.C. Richard & Son, will you be ordering one? Let us know what you think about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition in the comments below.



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What You Need To Know About 4K Ultra HD


Just when you figured out the differences between LCD, LED, plasma, and 3D, here comes something new to learn, 4K Ultra HD. This new technology is the talk of the town right now and for good reason. If you have been a little curious about all the hype surrounding 4K read on and let us know what you think about 4K Ultra HD.

What exactly is 4K?

4K Ultra HD, 4K’s official consumer label, refers to horizontal resolution instead of vertical, which are all on the order of 4,000 pixels. 4K screens deliver an 8 mega pixel image from Hi-res cameras. Full HDTVs offer an image around 2 megapixels.  Having so many pixels of detail, 4096 x 2160 Pixels, will increase the draw distance in 4K display giving it more depth than 2K.

A little history . . .

4K resolution started in Hollywood. In March 2002 the big film studios got together to form the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) to establish a standard architecture for digital cinema systems.

Part of DCI’s work was to establish standards that cinemas should meet in converting to digital. Within these standards was the stipulation that the projectors installed must deliver a 2K or 4K resolution.

Sony, the only member of the DCI with experience in hardware and filmmaking, focused their energy on producing 4K projectors, with the first 4K projector being installed in a cinema in 2006. 

The DCI initiative has been very effective, there are more than 20,000 4K projectors globally, with 40% of all US commercial screens now using 4K digital projectors. This growth rate is only increasing and 4K is here to stay in the cinema world.

Why should you consider a 4K Ultra HD TV for yourself?

  • With an already high number, and growing quickly, of 4K-capable cinemas more and more films are being converted into 4K digital masters. It’s not just films that are being converted, more and more television shows are being shot in 4k as well.
  • 4K is much closer to at home cinema feel than 2k. It is the only way you can see almost exactly what the people who created the film wanted you to see, which makes it irresistible to serious film fans.
  • Detail. 4K delivers detail that 2k and Full HD can’t touch. 4K resolution is in a completely different league to 1080p (Full HD) or 2k, having 4096 x 2160 pixels to work with lets displays reproduce subtle details and even texture. So many pixels of detail increases the draw distance of pictures and the images appear 3D to the viewer when they are not.
  • 4K TVs include a format called xvYcc, which allows them to show a wider range of colors than current TVs.
  • Fantastic for sporting events. 4K Ultra HD allows you to zoom in much closer to the action, without losing so much clarity. Great for the viewer at home and for the referees making key calls during game time.
  • Not as expensive as you think Sony’s 55” and 65” Class 4k Ultra HD 3D Ready LED TV’s are mainstreamed sized screens at modest prices.


Bottom line is this technology will make you smile simply because it is so impressive. The picture is beyond fantastic compared to anything we have now. The colors will amaze you and you will see detail and texture on images that you have never seen before. 4K Ultra HD is awesome. If you don’t believe so just stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son superstores and view it with your own eyes; you may want to bring some popcorn.



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Samsung Galaxy Tab® 3 Hits July 7th… Pre-Order Yours at P.C. Richard & Son Today!

The 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets deliver improved ways of viewing content in highly portable formats. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is packed with features designed to help you relax, keep you entertained, and connect and engage with friends and family, while offering new conveniences in everyday life. Enjoy your favorite apps and activities, search, explore, and buy online with fast web browsing. With Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, it’s fun and easy!

The tablet works a lot like the Galaxy Smartphone, so if you already own a Galaxy Smartphone, you are already a Tab 3 expert. You can comfortably switch back and forth from your Galaxy phone to your Galaxy Tab whenever; all of your content is automatically synced wirelessly.

Make the most of your real estate with the Multi Window feature that enables you to use two applications side-by-side. Do two things at once – look up a restaurant’s menu while you schedule dinner reservations, or watch a YouTube video while you chat with friends on Facebook.

Samsung  Galaxy Tab 3 can be held in one hand and is an optimal device for viewing videos, playing enhanced games, reading e-Books, and can also act as a universal remote for your TV. With a broad collection of video, music and photo software, coupled with the clarity of its display, the Galaxy Tab 3  takes center stage for portable home entertainment.

P.C. Richard & Son is one of the few retailers now accepting pre-orders for this next generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab, and prices start at just $199.97. Pre-order yours today!


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Keurig Iced Teas: Perfect for Warm Weather!

Did you know that making iced teas and coffees with your Keurig machine is just as easy as making hot drinks? Now that it’s finally getting warmer outside, it’s nice to relax with an ice-cold sweet tea with lemon or French vanilla coffee.

Brewing these delicious drinks is easy: Fill your cup (avoid using glass) to the very top with ice. Then, pop your favorite K-cup into the machine and set it to brew either 6 or 8 ounces. This will give you a potent shot of flavor that will melt some of the ice and give you the perfect flavor-to-liquid ratio. Stir it up and you’re all set to climb into the hammock and enjoy a nice sunny day.

We have several K-cups perfect for icing, including sweet lemon iced tea, sweet raspberry iced tea, and half and half iced tea and lemonade. If you don’t already have a Keurig, what are you waiting for? We have these popular single-serve coffee brewers right here.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a warm day? Share it with us in the comments!


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