The benefits of keeping a clean home are well-documented, from reduced stress to fewer potentially illness-causing germs and even improved allergy symptoms. Like a lot of household activities, cleaning saw its profile increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey of consumers conducted by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) in 2021 found that the use of … Continue reading "Cleaning Your Appliances, Inside and Out"
Many regions in the U.S., including areas of California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are experiencing severe drought conditions, and residents and officials in those states are looking for ways to save water. Outdoor water use is already being restricted for millions of residents in those areas, and dwindling water levels in … Continue reading "4 Ways to Save Water With Your Appliances"
It’s tough to imagine tackling the various spring cleaning projects around your home without essential cleaning appliances like vacuums, washers and dryers. In fact, some appliances are such a part of the cleaning routine that it’s easy to forget that they need to be cleaned, too. Regular cleaning is also essential to keep your appliances … Continue reading "Your Appliance Spring Cleaning Checklist"
Before we jump into 2018, let’s take a moment to revisit our most-read posts from 2017. We covered a wide range of topics, from chef-approved ways to grill indoors, to keeping your home safe after a hurricane. That variety is evident in our top posts of the year. We are grateful to our readers – … Continue reading "AHAM’s Top 5 Posts of 2017"
More than three decades ago and fresh off retiring from his career teaching electrical engineering, Lee Maxwell and his wife climbed into their new motor home and headed east toward Maine for a vacation. Halfway through Iowa, they decided to stop for lunch and came across a farm auction. An antique washing machine was up … Continue reading "History comes clean: Laundry through the centuries"
Across the country, many people are looking to simplify their lives and lower their housing costs by downsizing their living spaces. Their choice of accommodations ranges from permanent or semi-permanent “tiny houses” or “micro-apartments,” extra-small apartment units in densely populated areas. But downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on the appliance conveniences they’ve grown accustomed … Continue reading "It’s the little things: Small appliances add big convenience to tiny houses"
Laundry rooms are often multipurpose rooms that are used for storage and pet care in addition to washing and drying. But they’re typically designed around appliances, and appliances are what you should consider first during a laundry room design or remodel. “Appliances are always the starting point, whether you’re designing the laundry room, a kitchen … Continue reading "Designing your laundry room? Here’s how to choose your appliances"
Universal design started as a concept aimed primarily at creating accessible, barrier-free homes for people with disabilities. But it has evolved into the concept of creating a comfortable, accessible space for all members of the household, and there are number of reasons why a homeowner may decide to pursue it during a remodel or renovation. … Continue reading "Universal design: How to select appliances"
When used and maintained properly, clothes dryers are extremely safe appliances. But accidents still happen. Between 2010 and 2014, fire departments responded to an average of nearly 16,000 fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. And the NFPA says that failure to clean the clothes … Continue reading "Tips to keep your dryer running safely"
Proper installation and maintenance of clothes dryers are an important part of ensuring that the appliance performs as designed. The dryer venting materials are an important factor in dryer performance and safety. AHAM recommends the use of rigid sheet metal or corrugated semi-rigid sheet metal venting material. Never use coiled-wire foil or plastic venting material. … Continue reading "Keep Your Clothes Dryer Operating Safety and Efficiently with These Tips"