Hot, Sleepless Nights

Colorado summers are sunny, but they get hot! Trying to sleep in a hot room can be tough. According to research from the National Sleep Foundation, it takes longer to fall asleep and stay asleep in hot temperatures. Some of us choose not to use air conditioning due to cost or environmental concerns. Here are some tips on how to cool off your room without A/C:

  • Heat rises, so try changing locations if you typically sleep in the top floor of a multiple-story home.
  • Be MacGuyver: Freeze a milk jug of water and sit it in front of a regular fan. A pan of ice cubes works too.
  • Take a cool shower before heading to bed. A hot shower may increase the humidity in your space, which could make the temperature feel hotter.
  • Drink lots of fluids during the day. Staying hydrated, especially in dry Colorado weather, keeps your body cooler while sleeping.
  • Sleep outside. If it’s safe and there aren’t too many bugs flying around, sleeping outside feels like camping, only with easier access to a bathroom.
  • Rethink your bedding. Yeah, it’s the more expensive route but changing your sheets to lighter fabrics like cotton or linen allows your skin to breathe more in the face of a heatwave. Also, some mattresses like Serta’s iComfort and Perfect Sleeper models, are built to keep the body cooler. Stop in and test one out at any of our 12 locations.

 

Counting Calories? This Maytag Refrigerator Can Help

The Maytag MFX2571XEM features a color touch LED screen that helps you count calories.

The refrigerator isn’t always your biggest ally when it comes to your diet. But premium features on the new Maytag MFX2571XEM can help you to stay fit and eat fresher foods.

The new Maytag MFX2571XEM is the latest in Maytag’s “Ice2O” series. It’s a classy French door refrigerator with beautiful shelving and drawer space—the refrigerator has a glass floor, so you can check your produce inventory in the extra bottom drawer while grabbing a glass of no-sugar-added apple juice. That extra drawer adds a ton of space—up to five grocery bag-fulls of your favorite produce or deli meat.

The bottom freezer drawer is even larger—since it sits on the bottom, mini chest freezer, as you can fit large amounts of food without having to “stack it” like in top-mount freezers. It also features two rolling drawers to put every day food items in, such as TV dinners or those delicious pot pies made by Marie Callendar.

But on your healthy diet, you’ll be staying away from those premade frozen meals, right? However, if you’re the only one in the house dieting, it just goes to show that this refrigerator is adaptable to any family environment—whether your focus is on protecting that fresh produce or having quick, convenient access to premade meals (because sometimes we all get a little busy).

The coolest part, of course, is the calorie counting. It doesn’t actually count your calories for you (you still have to hold some of the responsibility for your diet, geez!), but there is a handy nutritional database of common food items right in the LCD touch screen of the water dispenser. I checked it out myself (see pictures) and looked up the nutritional value of my favorite food—avocadoes! Delicious. The database’s food groups include dairy, fruits, meat, and of course, that mysterious “other” food group. It’s really fantastic—say you want that midnight snack but you’re not sure what to eat? Within a few seconds you can find out just how many calories are in that handful of almonds versus a small apple.. and voila, smart and healthy snacking.. even when it’s a midnight snack.

It also has handy food storage tips in order to maximize the life of your fresh produce and meats, so you can eat fresher, longer.

Overall? This fridge is perfect for the sophisticated consumer who’s looking for a refrigerator that fits neatly into your lifestyle, whether you are a busy mom or health food nut. The calorie-counting guide is perfect for those in need of a little helpful reminder everytime they go to the fridge, and it’s available at Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses—where we find you the best appliances to fit not just your lifestyle but your budget, too.

Are you as environmentally friendly as you could be?

Let me guess. You’re the environmentally friendly type. You re-use your plastic baggies, recycle everything right down to your junk mail, and maybe you even compost your food. You bike to work at least once a week. Am I right? 

You’ve tried everything to reduce your carbon footprint by conserving energy and thinking more consciously about the planet. You might even drive a Prius… but do you sleep planet friendly, too? 

HGTV Green Home Collection Plush Mattress by Serta.

Mattresses are among the largest products made for consumers, along with appliances like refrigerators and clothes washers. Like all consumer products, they may travel far before getting to its final destination in your home. On top of that, the materials in the mattress such as steel inner coilsprings, wood boxsprings, memory foams and even the mattress covers can take a LOT of harmful processes to complete. 

Serta Mattresses partnered with HGTV in order to find a solution to this problem. The HGTV Green Home Mattress Collection by Serta features mattresses that are made with 95% recycled steel inner coil springs, and their memory foam options are made with soy in a process that greatly reduces carbon output. The mattress covers are made with 100% Organic cotton and linen so there are no harmful carcinogens or toxins on the mattress, and the boxspring itself is even made with sustainable lumber

The best part is that Serta makes these mattresses right here in Denver, so the mattress won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get to your home when you’re in need of replacing your mattress. The HGTV Green Home Collection strives to be sustainable to ensure that consumers who are concerned with the fate of the planet can reduce their carbon footprint in every way possible—including while they sleep. How big is your carbon footprint? Calculate it here, and let us know :)

Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Welcome to part two in our Spring Cleaning for Appliances series. This week we’ll be showering our spring cleaning love on refrigerators.

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That fridge better be clean.

Chances are you clean the inside of your refrigerator every once in a while, but have you ever cleaned the condenser coils? If not, chances are they are so dirty that your refrigerator might not be cooling properly. Dust, pet hair and other gross things can get caught in the compressor fan and cause your refrigerator to get too hot. The coils will either be on the front or behind the fridge, covered by a vent plate. You can clean it with a special condenser-coil brush (found at hardware stores) or a vacuum hose. Unplug it or cut the circuit breaker first.

The door gasket can be wiped down with a mixture of hot water and detergent, as well. For the insides, use a wet sponge to pick up any food residue first. You can use white vinegar to wipe down all the dirty old food spills and then use a dry towel to make it squeaky clean.

If you’ve got a Side by Side fridge with an icemaker/water dispenser, wipe down and clean any residue off the dispenser itself to remove any lime residue. You can also use approved ice-maker cleaner to clean out hard water deposits inside the machine. This will be a good time replace your water filter, too (here’s a video on how).

Next it’s time to defrost the freezer. Again, make sure the power is off. Frost isn’t always bad, but sometimes it can actually make the freezer too cold and cause freezer burn. Empty the freezer’s contents and then wipe down the interior with a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Wipe it down with a dry towel and don’t forget to put all the food back in the freezer.

The refrigerator is fairly easy compared to the dishwasher, huh? There are less moving parts. Do you have any refrigerator cleaning tips that I missed?

Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning your Dishwasher

 This is the first article in a series that we’ll be doing to celebrate the coming of Spring: Spring Cleaning for your Appliances!

Appliances need spring cleaning love, too, and cleaning an appliance thoroughly can extend its lifetime significantly.  Spending a small amount of time cleaning the gunk and goo out of your appliance could save you massive amounts of cash in the long run.

Aggh! My arms are too short!

 This week’s article is about cleaning out your dishwasher. Since most people don’t properly rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, this appliance can get clogged by food. You’ve seen when old dishwashers don’t clean properly: bits of food stuck to the underside of your dishes and inside your glasses even after the wash cycle is over. It might be that all you have to do is clean it.

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Kitchen Vent Hoods: A forgotten kitchen necessity

People often forget this necessary kitchen appliance when shopping for new kitchen packages, but it’s possibly the most important in the kitchen. Vent hoods allow for air in the kitchen to circulate, and keep that fire alarm from going off when you burn the grilled cheese for the 4th time in a row.

Kitchen Vent hoods can also keep your kitchen looking nice– soot from the stove can be channeled up into the vent to keep it from settling on the walls and ceiling.

Appliance Factory Outlet offers affordable and good-looking vent hoods from various vendors such as Bosch, Monogram, and more.

Denver Water Rebates are Being Reduced March 16, 2011

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Save Water, Save Cashola.

Did you make a commitment to become more energy efficient for the New Year? It’s almost the end of February now, so hopefully you’re still going strong on those resolutions. If you haven’t done anything yet to save more energy, you may want to start now before it’s too late.  

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How to Care For Your Mattress

Did you know Appliance Factory Outlet also sells mattresses? Even Jake Jabs can't beat our price.

How long should a mattress last?

  1. Many factors play into this, such as how often a mattress is used (guest bed, or every night?) and the size and weight of the people sleeping on them. On average, a regular mattress will last 5 to 7 years, and a premium mattress will last up to 10 years.
  2. Inner coilspring mattresses last about 5-7 years
  3. Memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 or longer.

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5 Easy Tips for Front-Load Laundry Care and Maintenance

Keep that door ajar! Image from fresh-wave.com

 

Front-loading laundry is notorious for a trademark musty smell that comes from inside the machine. The issue actually comes from the design of the machine, water can get stuck inside of the door gasket and other parts of the machine and mildew builds up.  In 2005, there was actually a lawsuit against Maytag because the issue got so bad customers were complaining of mold actually being ON their clothes. 

Fortunately, advancements have been made in front-load technology since then but appliance manufacturers now suggest certain tips to ensure that mold and mildew don’t build up anymore, including leaving the door ajar. Electrolux has even innovated a special door clip that leaves the door ajar without leaving it wide open, to prevent Continue reading

The Potato

Enjoy these interesting facts about potatoes as you try some different ways of cooking your potato this holiday season.

  • A potato is about 80% water and 20% solid
  • Potatoes are grown in all 50 states and in 125 countries
  • An 8 oz. baked potato has 110 calories
  • The average American eats 124 pounds of potatoes per year — Germans eat more than 200 pounds per year
  • The Irish Potato Famine was caused by a fungus that destroyed the country’s ENTIRE potato crop
  • The largest potato grown was 18 pounds and 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records — and was grown in England in 1795
  • Potatoes are more nutritious when eaten with the skin on
  • Potatoes were the first vegetable grown in space in 1995
  • Potatoes are second only to milk products as the most consumed food in America
  • You can treat facial blemishes by washing your face daily with cool potato juice
  • You can treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato to the affected area
  • Reduce aches and pains by rubbing boiled potato water (cooled) to the affected area

Brought to you by the U.S. Potato Board

Stuffing vs Dressing

It’s the season for turkey. I love holiday turkey and stuffing. . . or is it dressing?
 
I thought the name was because of where you put the breading- in or on the bird. Inside the turkey would be stuffing and around the turkey would be dressing, but did you know that what you call the breading is determined by where you live?
 
Thanksgiving cookbook author Rick Rodgers says that in the South and in some parts of the Mid-West it’s called dressing, and in the North it’s called stuffing. Why you ask. Eve Felder, associate dean at the Culinary Institute of America has a theory on that. She says that southerners call it dressing because the word sounds gentler than stuffing. Just like calling grits hominy.
 
Regardless of what you call it. The turkey wouldn’t be the same without it.
 
This holiday season consider making a stuffing/dressing that originated where you live (click to enlarge):

Happy Holidays!

Cooking the Perfect Turkey

I think it’s hilarious that I’m writing you wonderful folks recipe cards for “the perfect turkey” when I’ve been eating meat for like.. less than a year. Yeah, I was a vegetarian (and a strict one) for quite a while.

 But, I do have excellent research skills, and with some Google-fu I have conjured up a great Turkey recipe for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

 I know that I will be up at 5am that day helping my mother, or at least, supervising while she yells at me to get out of the way of her Thanksgiving cooking routine. With a little luck, my recipe card here will give my mom some relief that the perfect turkey is easy to attain—and maybe it’ll help you, too! Enjoy!

Click to enlarge and print out to save in your recipe card box!

Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Working Well

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It’s never pleasant to sit at a table by the kitchen sink that has a broken garbage disposal. When garbage disposals don’t work you’re faced with not being able to use your sink and living with the easily recognizable odor of rotting food.

Garbage disposals provide convenience to our already hectic lives. They grind up foods we dump down our sink drains, as well as grind up foods spit up into the drain by the dishwasher. When your disposal breaks or clogs its hard to remember how to live with out it, not to mention the stench that comes with a broken disposal. The good news is that with a few simple tips you can keep your garbage disposal in good working condition, and never have to remember how to live without it again.

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