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How to Clean Your Grill

May 22nd, 2015

Tips from the pros for cleaning a grill and getting ready for summer grilling season.

While many die-hard BBQ fanatics (and those who live in more comfortable climates) have been grilling through the winter, the Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of grilling season for most of us. If your grill has been sitting under its cover all winter—or even worse, no cover at all—then there’s a few things to keep in mind before firing it up for the first time. Besides ensuring you’ve got ample charcoal or LP to cook for all of your guests, it’s a good idea to give your grill a nice cleaning. Especially if you didn’t thoroughly clean it at the end of last season.

We collected a few videos from the grill experts at Weber Grill that will help you easily and effectively clean both a gas and charcoal grill, in preparation for a summer full of trouble-free backyard cooking. A clean grill not only works better, it will keep your food tasting better and it will give you many years of service. Check out the videos below:

Cleaning a Charcoal Grill:

Cleaning a Gas Grill:

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Abt Memorial Day Sale Now Underway!

May 19th, 2015

The unofficial opening to summer is less than a week away, and we’re getting in on the fun with the start of our annual Memorial Day Sale. You’ll find savings throughout the site, on everything from kitchen appliances to coffee makers. Is there a new window air conditioner on your summer shopping list? Click through the banner below for a promo code that will save you $50 on purchases of $499 or more. The sale ends May 25th, so act fast!

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Sony Demo Day at Abt

May 15th, 2015

In the market for a new TV? Stop by Abt this Sunday, May 17th, from 11am-3pm to check out Sony’s new lineup of 4K Ultra HDTVs. Sony experts will be on hand to answer questions and give an in-depth look at the features of these new 4K TVs, like the all-new Android TV integration. Just like the OS in your smartphone, the Android system in these new Sony TVs lets you stream media from apps like Netflix or Crackle, share photos and videos from your cloud account, and even play Android games right on your TV—no additional console needed. Coupled with features like the X-Reality™ PRO Picture Engine and TRILUMINOS display technology, which bring out detail and color like never before, these new Sony TVs are the perfect foundation for your home entertainment setup. If you can’t make it into the store this weekend, you can still check out our entire selection of Sony TVs online.

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Things to Know Before Buying an Air Conditioning Unit

May 13th, 2015

Prepping for the summer by shopping for a new window or wall air conditioning unit? Before you start, there are a few things to consider that will make your shopping experience easier. We put together this quick video that illustrates what to look out for to ensure you get the best unit for your room, and to prevent any problems with fit, electrical compatibility or cooling performance. The answers to these questions will help guide our sales specialists in picking out the best air conditioner for your needs.

Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 5th, 2015

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re still stuck without the perfect gift for your Mom, Abt’s here to save the day. We have gathered some of our favorite items and put together a list with great Gifts for Mom we are sure will make her smile from ear to ear. Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions:

 

Keurig Platinum 2.0 Brewing System

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The Keurig is not your typical coffee maker, thus it has reinvented making coffee in this day and age. It gives a modern touch to any kitchen and your mom the ease of brewing her favorite coffee, in just a few short minutes! With over 250 varieties of coffee, tea, and specialty beverages – including iced beverages – she can make cups or pots of coffee with the simple press of a button. Make life even easier with the added strength control setting that lets you choose how light or dark your coffee is brewed. Browse Abt’s selection of Keurig Brewing Systems for great deals!

 

Maui Jim Baby Beach Gold Women’s Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are a classic gift for Mother’s Day; spoil your mom this year with a pair of Maui Jim shades. These gold frame designed glasses are perfect for casual day to day wear or formal events, while offering 100 % UV protection from the sun’s dangerous rays. Browse through Abt’s wide variety of sunglasses from other top quality brands like Ray-Ban, Burberry, Gucci and more, to choose the perfect style for that special lady in your life.

 

Fitbit Flex Pink

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The Fitbit Flex is the perfect way for your mom to be able to track her health on a daily basis. With this activity tracker she can keep up with her exercise, food, weight and even sleep! The Fitbit tracks steps taken, calories burned, hours slept, quality of sleep and much more. Whether you go for a run or simply run errands, become more health conscious with every step. Help your Mother discover the fitness guru inside of her and create a healthy lifestyle, or continue one. Browse through the different styles and colors of Fitbit that we carry at Abt for the perfect present this Mother’s Day, which we’re sure she’ll love.

 

Tumi Voyageur Black Floral Q-Tote

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We all know how much women love purses, so this Mother’s Day surprise your mom with this ideal Tumi Black Floral Tote. Perfect for the upcoming holiday and spring weather slowly approaching. This style is elegant with leather trim handles and great detailing. It also has the right amount of interior organization, for the endless checklist of items that seem to be forever growing with any mom. The lightweight nylon design is great for less extra weight, while running around doing a million different errands! Shop more Tumi Bags at Abt.com.

 

Check out the rest of our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas at Abt.com for a variety of gift suggestions for all types Moms!

Is That Paint Peeling on the Inside of Your Grill?

April 29th, 2015

It’s around this time of year when we begin receiving numerous calls from customers concerned about what appears to be paint peeling on the inside of their grill. While this is a common concern, the problem is almost never as bad as it looks. That “paint” is actually a layer of grease and smoke buildup that has been accumulating since the first time you seared a steak. And while not as harmful to you as chips of paint, these char flakes won’t add much appeal to your BBQ. Thankfully, ten minutes with a good grill brush and some degreaser should clean your grill up just fine.

Check out the video by grill-repair.com below to see what your grill might look like and some tips on how to clean it properly.

Portable TVs: Still a Great Gadget for the Die-Hard Sports Fan.

April 24th, 2015

Today, it seems like almost every device in our lives is connected to the internet. Our phones, TVs, watches, and even many kitchen appliances are part of the “Internet of Things.” In this highly-connected world, streaming and on-demand media are the preferred method of receiving our entertainment. So something as simple as a portable television that receives a broadcast signal seems a bit old-fashioned, if not completely obsolete. But there’s one group of people out there who know the value of a simple portable TV: true sports fans.

From the back pew of church during a sister-in-law’s wedding to the parking lot outside the big game, a simple TV is often the only way to catch your team’s must-see games, since most professional sporting events are not streamed online. A portable TV is an affordable, simple solution to getting the game on the go. No monthly fees, no data caps, no worrying about crowded networks in a sea of thousands of other fans.

For the average price of a single month’s phone bill, you can get an RCA Portable TV receiver that goes anywhere you do, and is powered by standard AA batteries:

If you absolutely must be connected, move up to the 7″ tablet with built-in TV tuner for the best of both worlds. The tuner pulls in broadcast stations, while the A9 dual-core processor and Android OS give you the typical online experience.

 

Right now is one of the greatest times of the year to be a sports fan. Major League Baseball is in full swing, the NBA and NHL playoffs are raising pulses across the country, and the start of the NFL preseason is just around the corner. And it’s finally warming up outside. A portable TV lets you enjoy the game from a barbecue, the beach or beyond. Get yours today!

Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive

April 21st, 2015

Have some old electronics taking up space, but haven’t been sure how to dispose of them? Tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to do some spring cleaning! In honor of Earth Day, we will be hosting our annual E-Waste Reycling Drive. Simply bring your old devices over and we’ll make sure they’re properly recycled. You get rid of your unwanted, obsolete junk and get the peace of mind knowing they won’t end up in a landfill, contaminating soil and groundwater. We’ll have two collection points:

  • Agassiz Elementary School, 2851 N Seminary Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m
  • Abt Electronics Recycling Center, 1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL 60025 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hope to see you there!

Earth Day Celebration at Abt.

April 20th, 2015

Being green is a year-round commitment at Abt. From our on-site recycling center to energy-efficient technology throughout the store, we take pride in doing our part to keep the planet a little cleaner. So, Earth Week is an extra special celebration for us, and we kicked it off on Sunday with a day of fun and educational activities with the help of some friends. All week long we’ll be exploring ways that we can all minimize our environmental impact , but for now here’s a quick look at the weekend’s fun.

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The Yellow Tractor Project showed how a simple garden can provide you with healthy, inexpensive foods.

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Our neighbors at The Grove National Historic Landmark brought over some animal friends, including this rat snake.

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The Glenview Natural Resources Commission educated customers on the wealth of natural resources in Glenview, and how to take care of them.

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Earth Day-themed reading materials were available courtesy of the Glenview Public Library.

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Kids had the opportunity to decorate their own environmentally-friendly tote bags.

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The Recycling Center was opened for tours and some of our alternative-fueled trucks were on display.

 

Join Abt and Control4 for The Smarter Living Experience Live Stream!

April 15th, 2015

Control4 is one of the leading names in the home automation industry, producing solutions to automate just about every function in your house. Their combination of proprietary software and  hardware offers conveniences of every level, from letting you control all of your home theater components with one remote, to providing access to your home’s security, climate and lighting systems from anywhere in the house.

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As the 2014 Control4 Dealer of the year, Abt has had the opportunity to integrate Control4 products into some truly unique home designs.  We’re pleased to partner with Control4 for an exclusive Live Stream event next week, which will explore many of the possibilities available with home automation. If you’ve ever been curious about adding smart systems to your home, be sure to register for the broadcast! Just enter your name and email address below and remember to tune in on April 22nd.