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Styles of Electric Cooktops

Styles of Electric Cooktops

electric topWhen buying your next range, stove, oven, cooktop, whichever cooking device you need, you will need to know before your purchase, just which power source you have available to you and also which one you will need and want for your kitchen also.  “The heat output from electric cooktops is measured in watts. Output varies from stove to stove and burner to burner, but the output generally falls somewhere between 1,200 watts for low heat on a small burner and 3,800 BTUs for high heat on a large burner, though we’ve seen outliers on both ends of the spectrum. There are different types of electric cooktops from which you can select.”  Assuming you will go with an electric version of these appliances, we set out to talk about the different choices within, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling and Oven Sales near Chesterfield MO.

“Smoothtop (glass-ceramic cooktop): These cooktops are made of smooth glass-ceramic with heating units under the surface. A built-in sensor lets you know when a burner is still hot. This is important with smooth electric cooking surfaces because the burner doesn’t always turn red if the heat is low.”  These styles can be easily scratched and it is not always a great idea to use some cookware on top, especially super heavy things like cast iron just because of the ease with which you can crack your top.

Electric coil: These burners convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. These cooktops contain thermostat sensors that notify y ou when a burner is on, but not necessarily whether it is still hot. Electric coil stoves are notorious for uneven cooking because of uneven distribution of the coil. In short, it is hard to keep the coil perfectly level, which can make all of the food in the pan slide to one side. In addition, electric coil stoves are slow to heat and slow to cool. The advantage, according to your St Louis Cooling service near Chesterfield, however, is definitely the lower price associated with these particular models.

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

Price Range Differences in Commercial Appliances

commercial kitchenFiguring out which type of commercial appliance your kitchen needs, whether in the oven and stove top/range category, or any other area of product, can first be decided upon what your kitchen will accommodate, according to our recent research done on behalf of your Heating Sales in Earth City near Bridgeton.  “What type of appliance does your kitchen accommodate? Do you have a built-in wall oven and separate cooktop, or do you only have space for a range? Stick with a product that will fit into your current setup, unless you’re ready for a big renovation to accompany your new appliance purchase.”

According to our Heating Installation in Earth City, another series of questions involve power source and location.  “What type of power hookup do you have? Check to see if you have a gas line or just an electric outlet.”  If you have electric, it is 110 or 220?  How much money will you spend?  Some ranges can be a ton of money and although they are really neat appliances to have, they can definitely be an overkill for some when it comes to capabilities and also breaking the bank too.

One writer said the following, “With that said, set a budget so that shiny stainless steel finishes and touchpad controls don’t blind you to the reality of what you can afford. Fortunately, our testing has shown us that you can find a good appliances at any price point.”  If you find yourself in the 500-1000 dollar price range, then you will be looking at the more basic ranges in the commercial realm especially, according to your St Louis Heating and Range Service near Bridgeton MO.  You will get the basic cooking functions without doubt.  Your options for finish are black, white and bisque, though you can find a few stainless-steel-covered models in this price range and most all are self cleaning ovens as a standard with any of them.  You may get manual controls for the oven as opposed to digital, but that isn’t always a bad thing.  Read our next post for more info on the upper price ranges.

Commercial Kitchen Range Prices and Differences

Commercial Kitchen Range Prices and Differences

commercial kitchenKnowing that a basic range for a home or commercial kitchen can be obtained for under 1000 dollars, we set out to figure the differences in the higher dollar models on behalf of your Commercial Cooling Service in Earth City near Ladue.  It turns out that when you bump up to the $1,000- $3,000 price range you gain options in the form of cooking modes, more styles from which to choose and stainless is definitely obtainable in this price range.  Anyone looking for a slide in or drop in model which is more of a built in look, will likely be in this price range as a minimum as well.

From our recent research done on behalf of your Cooling install in Earth City near Ladue, we found the next step up in price to be the $3,000-$6,000 range.  This is steep for most home ranges, though some will foot the bill.  “Here is where you can start to get fancy with options like dual-fuel power, slide-in design and convection fans.”  Also, when looking at gas, say for instance, in the Viking Ranges, you will be offered higher and lower btu burners in order to provide more powerful and delicate heat settings.

“$6,000-$10,000: Products in this price range emulate professional-grade appliances you’d see in commercial kitchens. For ranges, you’ll see all-stainless steel construction (not just a finish on doors and control panels), models that are wider than the standard 30 inches to accommodate six or more burners, along with special options such as modular tops that allow for change ups between burners, woks, griddles, grills and other options for some.  Over ten grand is sort of crazy land for most people and you get a customized piece entirely.  Check them out by visiting your Earth City Cooling sales near Ladue MO today.

Buying a Commercial Oven

Buying a Commercial Oven

stoveIf you read our reviews and informational pieces on behalf of your St Louis Heating and Appliance installation, you already know that we cover a wide range of products and details therein.  Today, we have decided to focus on the commercial range purchase that many people will face either at their home (assuming they want something heavy duty), or in their commercial kitchen.  On behalf of your St Louis Heating Service near Jefferson County, we want to pass along some of the details we uncovered about today’s ovens and cooktops, combines to make ranges

We will use this post to cover the verbiage important to have in order to understand the details of our Heating and Cooling company’s post regarding this particular commercial appliance purchase.  “Oven — the appliance in which you bake or roast; this can be part of a range or separate and placed in a wall or counter; typical capacity is between 4 and 6 cubic feet.  Stovetop/cooktop — the burners on which you cook; can also be part of a range or separate and built into a counter instead. Range/stove — an appliance that has both a stovetop and an oven; standard width is 30 inches wide, unless it is a 36” which is another rather common size width when you have additional burners on top.

To determine which one of the above configuration and or products is best for you, the first question involves how much do you cook?  Also what type of home cook are you? “Do you take your cues from Top Chef challenges, or are you a frozen pizza type of cook? Do you love baking pastries, or do you stick with the stovetop? Be realistic about the features you need and will use in an oven or range to keep yourself from wasting money on upgrades you’ll never use.”

Different Refrigeration Configurations

Different Refrigeration Configurations

refrigeration stylesWe spoke here previously regarding the styles of refrigeration available for sale and how to know which ones are the better ones to consider.  The first thing to do is decide upon a style, as the St Louis Refrigeration sales and ratings will vary based on this fact alone.  We talked about bottom freezers including the French door variety and that the Samsung and Kenmore’s tend to rate best here.  Bearing in mind that Kenmore is typically made by someone else, so finding out who manufactured the Kenmore is a wise thing to do.  Side by sides have gradually become the least reliable of all refrigeration styles as of late, but some are better than others.

Our St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near Kirkwood, moved onto the next style for discussion, the top-freezer designed refrigeration and found that for starters, you can get the most refrigeration for your money out of a top freezer.  “This bargain category has models costing as little as $500. But if the refrigerator can’t keep its cool, or it’s continuously conking out, you won’t be saving in the long run.” Haier and LG are said to offer solid performance and reliability for St Louis Refrigeration sales options.  Haier has several highly acclaimed refrigeration winners, including a $600 CR Best Buy. Frigidaire and Kenmore are relatively safe bets as well, according to our online research done on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales near.

Just remember that is isn’t as easy as point and click.  You really ought to do your homework and research the different configuration and their pluses and minuses for you and your family’s refrigeration needs.  The same thing goes for St Louis Commercial Refrigeration Sales near Kirkwood. You will want to research the options online before you buy.

Grilling Will Help You Keep Cool

Grilling Will Help You Keep Cool

grillingIt is true that we have all become accustomed to having AC and all of the benefits that a great HVAC system can and does provide, but did you know that in some parts of the country, HVAC is beyond their ability to afford and even in the United States, some families are struggling to keep up with the cost of effectively heating or cooling their home or commercial environment?  I grew up without an AC in our house and we dealt with it in some unique ways.  I will share those things with you, along with other ideas we found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near South County.

Did you know that in attempting to keep your body temperature cool during the heat of summer, you can actually do things that will heat-proof your bed?  “Go straight to the source, and put a cool-inducing Chillow under your head while you sleep. For feet, fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer before placing at the foot of your bed. And it sounds strange, but slightly dampening your sheets before bedtime will majorly help you chill out.”  Also, don’t forget that the night air is typically somewhat cooler than the still of the heated daytime air.  Make sure, according to your St Louis HVAC sales and service near South County, that you are allowing this air to circulate your home at night.  “You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze. Just be sure to close the windows (and the blinds) before things get too hot in the morning.”

Get rid of your incandescent lights.  “If you ever needed motivation to make the switch to CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, this is it. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, so tossing them to the curb will make a small difference in cooling your home while lowering your electric bill.”  Also, when attempting to maintain a cooling environment, stop cooking indoors and start doing more with your grill.

Researching For Restaurant Equipment

Researching For Restaurant Equipment

sales guideIn talking, previously, about where to start in your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service near Collinsville IL, we recognized that when you set out to shop for your commercial kitchen supplies and restaurant equipment, you may be overwhelmed with no idea where to start.  “Start with researching the over-arching-category first. You likely know what you’re in the market for, i.e. searching for a new ‘fryer’ will yield better results than searching for ‘restaurant equipment.’ Search the web for key phrases that may help you find the information you need.”  That is pretty sound advice we found on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment Installation near Collinsville IL.

The previous suggestions, as well as those that follow, will hopefully guide you in your St Louis Restaurant Equipment search near Collinsville, not only to narrow your options, but to help you hone in on the products that would be best for you to buy.  “This will help you find the questions you should be asking when searching for a new piece of equipment and will help you narrow down your choice to the type of sub-category and/or products you should be further researching.”

You may, next, wish to start researching specific equipment models.  Similar to when you are buying residential equipment, using the research you’ve already done, get specific brand name and model numbers of equipment you may be interested in and see if there are reviews written in various places across the web. If you want to see video reviews, be sure to switch the Google options to video selection.  There may be product videos and reviews on specific makes and models of restaurant equipment in St Louis near Collinsville IL.  These will typically include comments below the videos that could also help with your research as well.

Heatwaves Around the World

Heatwaves Around the World

Though climate change and global warming have much in the way of political controversy surrounding them, it is true that changed to our climate and atmosphere are taking place.  Whether or not it is the dangerous phenomena that some would have you believe, is questionable at best, however, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Installation near Wentzville, we bring you the latest on a related subject.  “Dangerous heatwaves are far more common than anyone realized, killing people in more than 60 different parts of the world every year. Notable deadly heatwaves include the 2010 Moscow event that killed at least 10,000 people and the 1995 Chicago heatwave, where 700 people died of heat-related causes.”

Keeping yourself and the bodies’ of others cooling regularly in the summer months is the most important thing to do in order to avoid illness from overheating during the hottest parts of the year, says your St Louis Heating and Cooling service near Wentzville MO.

In our research on behalf of your St Louis Heating Sales near Wentzville, we found the following to be true:  “Mora and an international group of researchers and students examined more than 30,000 relevant publications to find data on 1,949 case studies of cities or regions where human deaths were associated with high temperatures. Lethal heatwaves have been documented in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, London, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, and São Paulo.”  This can be combated by programs funded by churches, governments and private organizations to keep people cool in some of these major metropolitan areas.  We have to learn to get better at checking in on the elderly as well.  Though global warming and climate change may be a reality, we have ways to combat the illness that goes along with a heatstroke if we prepare properly.

Heat Waves and Cooling Importance

Heat Waves and Cooling Importance

heat waveWe decided to take a surprising and perhaps sort of an odd approach to today’s posts.  Writing on behalf of your Heating and Cooling Sales and Service in St Louis near Ladue, rather than discuss an industry topic of interest, we decided to talk about heat in light of global warming and some of the ways in which climate change is already and may eventually affect our world in the future.

“A new study has found that 30 percent of the world’s population is currently exposed to potentially deadly heat for 20 days per year or more—and like a growing forest fire, climate change is spreading this extreme heat.”  If you live in St Louis or somewhere in the Midwestern United States, this really doesn’t include you, although it is hot enough for us to worry about elderly people and very little ones without proper heating and cooling during the extreme temperature months.  Your St Louis Heating and Cooling Sales near Ladue recently read some information online that was worth passing your way.

“Without major reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2, up to three in four people will face the threat of dying from heat by 2100. However, even with reductions, one in two people at the end of the century will likely face at least 20 days when extreme heat can kill, according to the analysis, published on Monday in Nature Climate Change.”  Perhaps routine cautions will do the trick, so media has no business using scare tactics to earn our attention, but the change in our environment is noteworthy nonetheless.  “Lethal heatwaves are very common. I don’t know why we as a society are not more concerned about the dangers,” says Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the study’s lead author. “The 2003 European heatwave killed approximately 70,000 people—that’s more than 20 times the number of people who died in the September 11 attacks.”  When it is put that way, it becomes hard to believe that more people don’t take cooling precautions.

Refrigeration Reviews

Refrigeration Reviews

refrigerator iconsWriting on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales and service, we come upon the idea to pick a brand of refrigeration and review all there is to know about it, then pass along the details to you, our refrigeration consumers.  Though Consumer Reports can be helpful, we decided to consult several sources to gain even more perspective on St Louis Refrigeration sales near Creve Coeur.  “Consumer Reports’ refrigerator Ratings can help lead you to the model that’s best suited to your space and styling needs, with precise temperature controls, ample storage, and the right mix of features. Yet even at 275 models (and counting), our Ratings may not include every refrigerator at your local home center or appliance dealer.”

The ratings for St Louis refrigeration will most definitely vary, first of all, based on the style of refrigerator you are looking for in the commercial or home application.  We can begin by looking at bottom-freezers. “This category includes popular French-door and four-door refrigerators, as well as conventional bottom-freezers. Kenmore and Samsung have several models on our recommended list, including the top-scoring four-door model, the Samsung T9000. Both brands also have solid performance and reliability. Other safe bets among bottom-freezers are Amana, Electrolux, Frigidaire, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool.”

Side-by-sides are the next most popular style of refrigerator at home.  Commercial models are also popular, but are typically of the built in variety, changing the recommendations for brands and models or St Louis Refrigeration near Creve Coeur.   “If you have a galley-style kitchen, or you want accessible freezer space, you might be considering a side-by-side, with its narrow door swing and fully vertical freezer compartment. But take note: this category has been the most temperamental, with no brands making our “Safe Bets” list. Relatively safe bets include Frigidaire, Hotpoint, and Maytag.”