Appliances for heating, cooling and more
Home appliances allow us to control many aspects of the home with ease, such as cooking, cleaning, preserving food or adjusting the temperature. Most of these appliances are come already packaged in many new homes, or they are added as an aftermarket expense for older homes. In any case, they are essential to making your home more comfortable and convenient.
Heating and Cooling
The term "HVAC" (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) applies to any of the major appliances that control the overall heating and cooling of the home. These appliances include furnaces and any central or portable air conditioners. The quality of the insulation in your home will have a big impact on how well your home retains heat in the winter and stays cool in the summer. With poor insulation, both hot and cold air can escape through the walls, windows and doors. This also makes your furnace or air conditioner to have to work much harder and burn more electricity in the process – increasing your energy costs dramatically.
Major Home Appliances
Beyond heating and cooling the air in your home, we also need heat and cold to cook our food and preserve it, respectively. Luckily we have appliances to handle these needs in the home, including:
- Refrigerators. It's hard to imagine ever getting by without the good old ice box. Without a refrigerator, we couldn't enjoy nicely chilled and refreshing beverages and we'd also have no convenient means to keep perishable food fresh for extended periods of time. Built-in freezers also allow us to make ice and extend the freshness of foods even longer – as long as weeks or months instead of days.
- Stoves. The stove helped to take cooking out of the dark ages – no longer do we have to deal with smoke inhalation and long wait times to cook food over a fire. Stoves are used to boil water on the burner and to bake or broil food inside the oven, creating an amazing variety of different dishes. Since electric stoves were introduced, kitchens have become safer and food is prepared faster.
- Washing machines. Who wants to wash clothes by hand? It's a time-consuming and arduous task, but one that is no longer necessary thanks to washing machines. Now we can clean clothes thoroughly at a much greater speed. There are plenty of models available today that include front-loading and top-loading styles.
These home appliances are no longer considered luxuries, and they allow us to speed up a many of our daily and weekly chores as well as maintain comfortable living conditions year round.