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Popular Terms Defined for New Appliances
Purchasing all new appliances for your household or office can become a heavy investment. Although having working machinery is well worth the costs, you want to purchase top of the line, energy efficient products. As you begin to research different manufacturers, use the terms below to help you gain a better understanding of this industry.
Whiteware - This term can also appear as "white goods." It is a term that can be used interchangeably to apply to appliances like electric stoves, washers, refrigerators, and other kitchen or household machinery.
Major appliance - This phrase refers to all large appliances that appear in a commercial, industrial or residential place. It is usually applied to domestic machines that are to large to move, such as refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and more. Appliances that are considered smaller, and thus portable, include coffee makers, toasters, vacuums, and other goods.
E-waste - Also known as electronic waste. This phrase is applied to obsolete or broken electric products. Some of the concerns for e-waste include the disposal of these goods without causing pollution or harm to the environments. With new developments in computers, kitchen appliances, and other products, this is a term that is used with increasing frequency and concern.
Domestic Technology - This term is an umbrella term, covering two main branches of technology used in the domestic environment. On the one hand, it applies to appliances and machinery, like a stove or dishwasher. As a more advanced science, it is used to refer to the development of self-sufficient homes.
Home Automation - This applies specifically to any automation of the residential life. This ranges from lighting controls, to new appliances, to improvements in HVAC systems.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers is a trade organization that represents members of the home appliance industry. AHAM members include manufacturers of home appliances, as well as the companies who supply and service.
Thanks to modern technology, chores around the home have become easier than ever. The processes of doing laundry, cooking, and washing the dishes, are now performed with ease now that major appliances have taken over much of the work of the domestic goddess. The kitchen is the most popular room for these modern conveniences. A refrigerator, freezer, oven, and stove are all part of a normal kitchen layout. In recent years, microwaves and dishwashers have been added to the most wanted list.
Appliances come in two main categories: electric and gas. While some houses have both utilities, many people look for all electric homes because they are usually more affordable on a monthly basis. Since manufacturers continue to innovate, new energy efficient machines have begun to appear on the market. These are designed to use less power and are therefore cheaper to run. There are also different sizes available, from small refrigerators for studio apartments to jumbo commercial freezer. Compact fridges are popular for college dorm rooms, but most families need more space. You can also choose from various styles- in-counter stove tops, smooth surface ranges, and even double ovens.
When shopping for new appliances, there are many different finish options. Stainless steel is probably the most popular choice because it looks clean and modern. There are also white, black, and wood-toned machines, as well as ones designed to blend seamlessly into your cabinetry. Most home improvement stores offer a large selection of styles and options to choose from. Whether you are a master of canned soup or souffles, there are sure to be appliances available that suit your needs.