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Picking the Perfect TV Wall Mount

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Picking up a new TV for the Big Game? One of the major considerations you’ll have to make after buying a new flat panel TV is whether you want to place it on a TV stand or hang it on your wall. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so there’s never one right answer. If you choose to wall mount, you’ll have one more decision to make: what type of wall mount to use. There are a few different types, so we’re here to help you decide what TV mount is the best for your needs.

The three main types of TV mount are: fixed, tilting, and fully-articulated.

A fixed TV mount keeps your TV snug against the wall and does not allow any fine position adjustment.

A fixed TV mount is the simplest type of TV mount, which makes it the most inexpensive. This type of mount holds your TV flush to the wall, and offers no adjustment. Fixed mounts are a fine choice if you’re able to hang your TV at eye level, know the audience will always be sitting in the same spot, and if you have total control over lighting in the room so you can avoid glares.  (more…)

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Dishwasher Tips for Your Holiday Meal Cleanup

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

For many of us, the Holiday season is a mixed bag of fun and stress. There’s the joyous celebrations with friends and family, the sights and sounds of the decorations, and all of the food. But then there’s also the stress of planning parties, the feeling of having one too many pieces of pie, and, finally, the dreaded cleanup. A party for a dozen or so people can create a mess that feels like it needs an army to clean. It’s important to clean smarter, not harder, so before you start loading up the dishwasher, read through these tips to ensure your dishes come out their cleanest with minimal work on your part.

1.) Do NOT pre-clean dishes before loading them.

It may seem like a good idea to clean dishes off before loading them, so the machine has less work to do, but that will actually make the dishes less likely to get cleaned. Dishwasher soap is specially formulated to attach to and attack foods left on your dishes. When you wash off all of that debris, the soap has nothing to attach to and simply gets rinsed off, so it doesn’t fully do its job. The best tactic is to remove only the large bits of food, and leave the sauces, grease, and other residue on the dish.

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Taking the time to properly load your dishwasher will increase the likelihood that every dish gets thoroughly cleaned.

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Even Cooking with Panasonic’s Inverter Technology

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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Microwaves are convenient to have in your home, offering a quicker and easier way of preparing your food without taking up a lot of space or hurting your wallet. They make it easier to defrost frozen foods, reheat last night’s left overs, and even cook an entire meal. As the technology of microwaves continues to evolve, innovators are finding ways to ensure more consistent results and solve uneven cooking. The experts at Panasonic have come up with the intuitive design of Inverter Technology, which should eliminate the struggles of uneven cooking. Unlike most microwaves that depend on “pulse on, pulse off” cooking at low temperatures, the patented Inverter Technology creates a constant flow of power at all temperature settings, ensuring evenly cooked food at all times.

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Building Your Dream Backyard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Now that the weather is getting better, there’s no doubt that we are spending more time outside. So where is the best place to entertain your guest this summer? That place is your backyard! Whether you have a big or small yard space, the ideas are endless for building the ultimate backyard. Here at Abt, we have the essentials you need for creating or upgrading your backyard patio.
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4 Things You Should Do Before You Start Grilling!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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The season of being outdoors with great company and great food is just around the corner, yes we’re talking about grilling season. Since the warm weather is on its way very soon, it’s time to break out the grill and start grilling some delicious foods. But before you start showing off your grilling skills, there are a couple steps you should go through to make sure your grill is in great condition.

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Nest And Alexa Team Up to Make Your Home Comfortable

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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The Nest Learning Thermostat makes conserving energy easy and keeps costs low. This thermostat has the capability to learn what temperature you prefer and can also shut off when you are away. In independent studies, Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means it can pay for itself in under two years. The device is easy to use, it has Wi-Fi, so you can adjust the temperature to your liking by simply using your smartphone, tablet, or your Mac.

Now, adjusting the temperature in your home is easier by using your own voice, thanks to Nest and Amazon Alexa. Alexa is a cloud-based service that you can speak to through your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Fire TV.  You can change the temperature on your Nest by stating a voice command such as “Alexa, set my living room thermostat to 68 degrees.” With this voice command feature, you can adjust the room temperature without having to lay a finger on your thermostat.

 

 

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Organizing Your Garage With Gladiator GarageWorks

Monday, March 7th, 2016
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It’s that time of year to clean and get organized. Thanks to Gladiator GarageWorks by Whirlpool Corporation, organizing your garage—and keeping it organized—can be a simple task! Gladiator GarageWorks products will help you organize and utilize the space in your garage with durable, modular shelving for the walls and floors, and standalone storage pieces  like rolling tool cabinets and sturdy work benches. Gladiator GarageWorks has a huge selection to choose from, giving the option to select individual pieces or full garage organization systems. The line consists of interchangeable products that can be arranged and rearranged into nearly endless layouts.

The Gladiator GarageWorks line includes:

Each product from the line is made with heavy-duty material and goes through precise quality testing. All pieces are also UL listed for quality, safety, and durability,  making Gladiator GarageWorks a dependable brand. The Gladiator GarageWorks provides you customization, so you can choose from numerous products to design an organized garage that best fits your lifestyle.

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Find The Right Vacuum For Spring Cleaning

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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The sun is out, the snow is melting, looks like spring is on its way! That means it’s time to refresh your floors with an annual spring cleaning. After the long, cold months of winter, dirt, dust, and stains have accumulated your floor, it’s time to eliminate them. Here at Abt, we have a variety of vacuums that you can choose from. For the perfect clean and satisfying results, its important to know what type of vacuum you are shopping for. Finding the right vacuum to use for your spring cleaning will assure you a cleaner home. We provided the different types of vacuums we carry and how each one works, see what type of vacuum would be best for your household!

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Clearing the Air: Reasons to Buy An Air Purifier

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

 

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Spring is right around the corner. This means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and spring break for the kids. Unfortunately, it can also mean allergies for many people.

But Abt and ComEd can help this allergy season. ComEd customers can receive a $50 rebate on an ENERGY STAR® certified air purifier from the ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program PLUS these other valuable benefits:

1. Eliminate allergy triggers

Air purifiers remove contaminants in the air, including the ones that cause allergies like pollen, dust, and pet odors.

Ward off those pesky allergy symptoms with cleaner air in your home.

2. Improve air quality

An air purifier removes more than just allergy culprits. It can also reduce smoke particles and mold spores, which pose health risks. Some air purifiers even kill pathogens, bacteria and viruses.

It’s time to breathe better air. Your lungs deserve it.

3. Save money and energy

ENERGY STAR certified air purifiers are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard air purifiers, saving you about 225 kWh per year and $25 annually on utility bills.

Buy an ENERGY STAR certified air purifier from Abt today and enjoy cleaner air this spring. Abt has made the rebate process especially easy for ComEd customers with automatic application submission when you make you purchase.

In addition to air purifier rebates, ComEd also offers rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified appliances including fridge, freezers, clothes washers and more. Now through April 30th, ComEd Customers making eligible purchases from Abt will be automatically entered in the ComEd Rebate Rush Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Visa® Gift Card. Check out ComEd.com/Rebates for more details.

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Helpful Tips To Keep Your Home Warm

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The cold of winter has fully arrived and naturally, the easiest thing for many homeowners to do is turn up their central heating. But more heat = higher monthly bills. So instead of cranking that thermostat up, try implementing some of the useful tips we’ve shared below to keep your house warm and save a few bucks along the way.

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Utilize Space Heaters. Space Heaters are a great tool to keep individual rooms warm, instead of heating an entire house. First, you want to make sure that your heater is on an even and stable surface in whichever room you will be producing the extra heat. Second, it’s a good idea to keep any flammable material at least three feet away from the space heater itself. Lastly, ensure that you remember to shut it off whenever you leave your home. We recommend heaters that shut off automatically if tipped over, because it’s better to be safe instead of sorry, trust us.

Move furniture away from vents and radiators. This may sound like a typical solution when winter comes around, but many times a couch, chair, or bed moved during the summer stays there in the winter, blocking the flow of heat into the room. This in turn wastes money and leaves us with cold rooms. Plus, when you have a forced-air system, blocking vents can cause a house-wide pressure imbalance that disrupts the heat flow in the whole system. So get up and move some furniture around!

Change the rotation of your ceiling fans. Set your fans to rotate clockwise in the winter and make sure to keep them turning at a lower speed. This drives warm air trapped at the ceiling back down towards the floor. Some ceiling fans may even have a “winter” setting you can activate with the simple switch of a button, so check your fans for this feature as it makes rotating a whole lot easier.

Install a smart thermostat. This is a great way to keep your bill low, and efficiency high. It’s convenient and eliminates the need to manually fiddle with your thermostat every time you leave the house. You’re able to program it with specific temperatures that change according to what you want, when at home or out. Keeping temps higher in the morning is best and once you’ve left you can program them to drop. Then, simply have the thermostat switch back to a comfortable temperature when you’re ready to come home. This is a great way to ensure your heating does not turn on without you being there. The Nest is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market. It offers many useful features and syncs with your smartphone, giving you the control to change temperature from pretty much anywhere you may be.

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A smart thermostat eliminates the need to constantly make manual adjustments to your home’s heating system.

Add layers to your floor. This one’s not as obvious. If your wood floors are not insulated, it can result in your home losing about 10% of its heat. Carpets and rugs were created to make rooms warmer, and are able to trap in heat much better than wooden floors. We highly recommend to add a rug or carpet this winter to keep that heat indoors!

Close off unused rooms. Keeping doors closed to rooms you are not utilizing helps contain heat in ones that you do. Also, make sure to close vents in unused rooms to ensure heat gets directed to the areas you frequent most. This method helps prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house. If you want to keep one room extra toasty, close the door and run a small space heater!

Keep your curtains closed at night. Another great way to keep heat from escaping through your windows when nighttime rolls around is closing the drapes. If you do not have drapes on your windows, a smart move would be to invest in some as they are capable of sealing in more heat.

But, let sunlight in during the day. At night you want to keep those drapes closed, but during the day you want to make sure to utilize all of that free heat radiating from the sun! Leave your drapes open in rooms where sunlight usually streams through and enjoy instant warmth!

Limit your shower usage. Showers are a great way to keep us warm when we’re feeling chilly at home. However, you don’t want your heating bill to go down just to have your water bill shoot up. This is the moment to time yourself when taking showers or invest in a low flow shower head.

Sometimes, the best option is simply keeping the person warm vs. the house. Layer up with sweatpants and a sweatshirt, pull out some blankets, sip on hot tea or lounge in your robe. The extra layers keep you warm and in turn let you lower your temperature. Don’t get too carried away now, we don’t want anyone resorting to wearing a jacket at home. So, keep those lowered temps comfortable!

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