Introducing Whirlpool’s Most Efficient Dryer

Whirlpool USA

The new Whirlpool HybridCare™ clothes dryer with Hybrid Heat Pump technology offers customers the opportunity to take sustainability and energy efficiency to a whole new level.  This new technology is designed to regenerate energy during the drying cycle to reduce energy consumption. Most notablty, thanks to the ventless design, it can be placed anywhere within the home and is perfect for apartments!

How HybridCare™ technology works

This true ventless heat pump design uses a refrigeration system to dry and recycle air before returning it to the drum. A traditional dryer will discharge air that’s full of moisture through an output air vent placed in a wall, but the refrigeration system in the HybridCaredryer dries and recycles the hot, moist air produced, instead of wasting energy by having to vent the air out of the home.

The ventless design requires an additional lint filter to remove extra-fine lint particles. This filter is easy to clean and access from the exterior of the dryer. An indicator on the console lets you know when it’s time to clean this filter for optimal airflow.

HybridCare™ technology uses advanced sensors tuned to manage energy consumption and temperature to deliver drying performance and energy savings.

  • Speed mode – used when you need your clothes dried faster
  • Eco mode – used when you want to conserve the most energy
  • Balanced mode – blends the performance of a quicker dry while maintaining high energy efficiency

Benefits of HybridCare Technology

Maximum Efficiency

HybridCare true ventless technology greatly reduces overall energy consumption compared to a traditional vented dryer. This ventless Duet® dryer uses up to 73% less energy than other Whirlpool top load and front load dryers due to its ability to recycle the same air instead of constantly venting hot air outside.

Gentle Care

Low drying temperatures and high air volume provide a gentle drying environment. HybridCare™ true ventless technology offers the capacity to use significantly less heat than a traditional Duet® vented air dryer.

Flexible Installation

The ventless design opens up additional installation possibilities throughout the home. It also makes it ideal for installation in condos or apartment buildings where venting is difficult.

Stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Superstores today and one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales counselors will help answer any questions you may have about the Whirlpool HybridCare™ clothes dryer!


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5 Things You Need to Know About Air Conditioners

When the temperatures rise an increase in air conditioner use is the result, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners.

1. Change the filter often during the cooling season

While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier as it prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once a month in the summer to keep your A/C running like new.

2. Leaks can affect the performance of your air conditioner

Window A/C units are always difficult to seal correctly. To see if you have a leak around your windows, light a stick of incense and hold it where the unit and window frame meet. If the smoke blows around, there’s a leakage. Nothing a little foam, tape or weather seals can’t fix!

3. You can increase efficiency by placing the unit on the north or east side of your house

The sun, the reason why we need air conditioners in the first place, can really affect the output of your units. Try to shield them from the sun as much as possible, as putting them in direct sunlight reduces their efficiency by up to 10%.

4. Shield the unit inside, too

Increase the life of your unit by closing blinds and shades around the unit when you are not in the room. You should also consider running floor or ceiling fans (that are turning counter-clockwise) as well to aid in cooling. The air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard and will therefore last longer. Plus, fans will move the dry air your air conditioner dehumidifies around.

5. Air conditioners have changed considerably from 10 years ago

Cooling technology and federal laws for efficiency have come a long way since the last time you may have purchased a window unit; the investment you make now could very well pay for itself over time. When purchasing a new unit, check the energy efficiency ratio, or EER. Devices with higher numbers will cost less to operate.

Ask your P.C. Richard & Son sales associate or click our live chat help on any product page on our website for information on how to keep cool this season. You can also check out our Learning Center for informational videos on air conditioners.


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Save Trees and Get Your Read On with a Sony Reader

More and more people are starting to adopt downloading digital books for a greener and more portable reading experience. Sony Readers are one of the leading electronics for reading digital books, periodicals and documents. They use E-Ink screen technology for a paper-like display that’s viewable in direct sunlight, which makes them great for vacations. They require no power to maintain a static image, so you can read the same page for hours without sucking any battery life. They’re convenient with Sony’s iTunes-like Sony Connect e-store, and can display PDFs, ePubs, personal documents, and more. Hundreds of thousands of free public domain books are available from Google Books, and libraries are also beginning to carry digital copies of books.

Sounds great, right? Why carry a heavy book around when you can slip a Sony Reader with 300 books right in your pocket? But with three different types available from P.C. Richard & Son, which one is the best for you? We’re breaking down each version for you so you know exactly which one will suit your needs.

PRS300 Pocket Reader Edition

This model is the ultimate in portability. With its 5 inch screen and slim 7 ounce weight, it fits into any pocket, bag, or jacket. It holds approximately 350 e-books on its 512MB internal memory, so it should take you a while to read through all of your downloads. Its battery life long outlasts an iPod or iPhone; you can enjoy up to two straight weeks of reading (or 7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge. How many of those 350 books can you read in that time?

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

PRS600 Touch Edition

The Touch Edition of the Sony Reader has a 6 inch touch screen and adds functionality not found on the ultra-portable Pocket Edition. The touch screen allows for highlighting, page zooming, and note taking both freehand with the stylus or using the touchscreen keyboard. There is also a built-in dictionary to help you through those tougher words (like sycophant). There are great similarities to the Pocket Edition as well, however: the battery life and internal memory are the same and still give you the same enjoyable 2-week reading experience on a single charge.

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Touch Edition.

PRS900 Daily Reader Edition

The convenience of this model is what really makes the Daily Reader stand out. It’s called “Daily Reader” for a reason; its free wireless 3G access allows you to browse, purchase or download any book, periodical, document, blog, or RSS feed anywhere, anytime. No need to connect with your computer to manage your books! Plus, it just about triples the storage capacity of the Pocket or Touch editions with 1.6GB of memory. It has the same advanced features of the Touch edition, including a built-in dictionary, bookmarking, highlighting, touch screen keyboard or freehand note taking with the stylus, and page zoom. Two new advanced feature of this model are the 2-page layout view and periodical navigation functions. The Daily Edition is the premier digital reader for The Wall Street Journal, allowing the added freedom of subscribing to exclusive content and daily updates.

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Daily Reader Edition.

Which Sony Reader will you be getting? Do you already have one? Let us know how you like it in the comments!


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Happy Earth Day! P.C. Richard & Son Green Initiatives and How You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and inspires awareness to our planet’s health every April 22. Did you know that P.C. Richard & Son promotes recycling, energy-saving appliances and green initiatives all year round? Here are a few ways we help protect the environment and some suggestions on great green products for your home.

What We Do
We here at P.C. Richard & Son deal with a lot of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam with product packaging. We break down all cardboard boxes that hold all orders we receive and separate it from any plastic and Styrofoam that is also included in the packaging. The plastic and Styrofoam is collected and cardboard grouped into bails to be sent to a recycling plant where it is reused and repurposed. Our Deer Park Clearance Center alone sees four to five hundred boxes ever week and a half or so, so that’s tens of thousands of pounds of cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam recycled every year from our 65 locations.

In addition to hauling away all of our packaging material to recycling plants, we often offer free haul aways of your old appliances when you purchase new ones. Haul-awayed appliances are always recycled and are never brought to a landfill. Freon and other harmful substances are disposed of in OSHCA-complaint ways.

We recycle on a much smaller scale, too. Our break rooms have recycling receptacles that are clearly marked for things like aluminum cans and plastic bottles. We also have recycling bins for white paper in our corporate office headquarters.

How You Can Help
Energy Star products are a cost-effective and convenient way to reduce energy use and promote environmental protection. Energy Star is a government-backed program and has also been adopted in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union. We carry many Energy Star-approved appliances and electronics that are worth looking into for your own green initiatives. We offer:

  • Energy Star Refrigerators: Energy Star-qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy s models manufactured before 1993.
  • Energy Star Washers and Dryers: Energy Star washers can save you $550 in operating costs over a regular clothes washer. Less energy and water use means less air pollution from power plants and less water going to waste.
  • Energy Star Air Conditioners: If every room AC sold in the US were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent emissions of 115,000 cars.
  • Energy Star Dishwashers: Energy Star-qualified dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption and can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
  • Energy Star HDTVs: There are 275 million TVs currently in use in the US, consuming over 50 billion kilowatts of energy each year, That’s 4% of all household’s electricity use! This is enough electricity to power all the homes in New York State for an entire year. Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • And more! Check out our Energy Star Products page.

These products will pay for themselves over time with the minimal energy they use, and Mother Nature will be protected! This Earth Day, please look into planet-protecting green initiatives and consider Energy Star products. For more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website.

Do you have good Earth Day tips? Let us know in the comments!


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