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Why new appliances matter/Biggest energy culprits in any home

November 14th, 2014 • ProductsNo Comments »

The simple answer is improved technology, but keep it in prospective when considering appliance energy tips. Replacing a three year old dishwasher won’t have a huge impact – putting a 12 year old refrigerator out to pasture will, though. Any major appliance that is over a decade old is due for retirement. Just changing out these older units for ENERGY STAR models has the potential to cut electricity use by half.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the one appliance that uses by far the most energy after heating and cooling equipment is the hot water heater. This means the appliances that rely on hot water, such as the dishwasher, are costing you even more. The best move you can make when upgrading your water heater is to switch to an energy efficient or tankless model. From there, the next major appliance putting a dent in the electricity is the clothes dryer with the refrigerator coming in at a close second.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this is how the numbers break down for the average home. These figures assume your home has newer appliances, however. The numbers would shift dramatically if the refrigerator or freestanding freezer were 15 years old, for example.
• Water heater – 2400 kWh for a family of two
• Clothes dryer – 1000 kWh
• Refrigerator – 600 kWh
• Dishwasher – 300 kWh
• Clothes washer – 200 kWh

Visit our website often to keep up to date on appliance energy tips.

Electrolux AB agrees to buy GE

November 2nd, 2014 • ProductsNo Comments »

electrolux-logo-1024x136ge-logo-retroThis purchase is the Stockholm based company’s biggest yet! This deal makes Electrolux a major player in synergies.  Bringing together top brands such as Hotpoint, Frigidaire and Zanussi.  It is estimated that the Companies annual revenue is expected to exceed 22.5 billion. The Swedish company’s chief executive, Keith McLoughlin, said in an interview that a chief attraction of the deal is GE’s top position selling to home builders in the U.S. Electrolux has only a small share of that market and has been trying to expand it.  Electrolux will retain the GE brand, positioning it as a midrange brand between the mass-market Frigidaire and high-end Electrolux models.  Dominating the North American market for appliances;  Electrolux will be going “head to head” with Whirlpool, making it so that each controls around 40% of the “white goods” industry in that region. It is reported that GE wants to focus on the very profitable industrial areas of aviation and gas moving ahead, and this sale helps promote that long held ambition of the company. On a side note, Whirlpool agreed to pay more than $1 billion this summer to acquire a majority stake in the Italian company Indesit. The purchase would roughly double Whirlpool’s business in Europe.  Electrolux will be a more vigorous competitor. The transaction is expected to close next year. Electrolux expects to extract $300 million in annual cost savings from combining the businesses. All in all, the immense complexity of the appliance world has now changed.

Arctic King MWK-15 ENERGY STAR Certified Room Air Conditioners

September 26th, 2014 • 5.600 SF - 1,000 SF (16,000 BTU - 32,000 BTU), Air Conditioners, Window & Wall Air ConditionersNo Comments »

GREAT LOW PRICE, MANY AVAILABLE NOW!!! Here in Southern California we all definitely know one thing one thing; continuous warm weather and it has been hot hot hot with no end in sight so far!

Many people buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will provide better cooling. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective – and WASTES ENERGY!. Save energy and fight climate change with ENERGY STAR qualified products like the MWK-15. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. Remember that bigger is not always better! In addition the MWK-15 is the largest 110 V model available (with 15 amp plug).

Arctic King MWK-15

Arctic King MWK-15

DETAILS:
- 15,000 BTU
-Digital control panel with remote control
-With slide-out chassis and wall sleeve
-For double-hung (up/down) window or install in wall
-Dimensions (W” x H” x D”) 23 5/8″ x 17 3/16″ x 25½”

Helpful Chart to determine your BTU needs:

Area To Be Cooled (square feet) Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150 5,000
150 up to 250 6,000
250 up to 300 7,000
300 up to 350 8,000
350 up to 400 9,000
400 up to 450 10,000
450 up to 550 12,000
550 up to 700 14,000
700 up to 1,000 18,000
1,000 up to 1,200 21,000
1,200 up to 1,400 23,000
1,400 up to 1,500 24,000
1,500 up to 2,000 30,000
2,000 up to 2,500 34,000

So come to one of our locations as soon as you can to take a look! And beat this heat.

Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER
North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300

Top Tips for Choosing an Air Conditioner

September 23rd, 2014 • Air Conditioners, Products, UncategorizedNo Comments »

Types of Air Conditioners:
1. Portable units
2. Through-the-wall units
3. Window units
4. Ductless Mini-Splits
5. Central or whole-home units

Window units are the most popular air conditioners. They are the easiest to install and remove. This type of A/C fits in a window opening and vents to the outside.

Through-the-wall units are heavier and larger than window units. A through-the-wall unit rests within an air conditioner sleeve that is set into an exterior wall. Circuitry must be analyzed because these units often require greater amperage and voltage.

Portable air conditioners are ideal for smaller spaces and they exhaust through temporary ducting and can be moved from room to room.

Ductless Mini-split units work like a central system, but they’re made to cool/heat one room. The compressor sits outside on a pad on the ground, on the side of a building, or on the roof, while the fan sits on a bracket at the top of the interior wall.

Central or whole-home units cool the entire house. Frequently combined with heating (HVAC system) they are the most expensive option and require expert installation.

Room size is perhaps the most important factor in determining the size of air conditioner you need, but consider also:

1. The number of windows in the room
2. The room’s exposure
3. The quality of room insulation
4. Other appliances that may be in use
5. The number of people in the room

Air conditioners, especially older units, are among the most expensive appliances to run. Choosing an appropriately sized unit is critical, because a unit that is too small will not meet your cooling demands, and one that is too large will cost more to run and will not properly control humidity.

Feder’s offers a wide vairiety of the finest air conditioners, so please call or stop by and speak with our knowledgeable staff to pick the right fit for you!
Remember we have added a new showroom/warehouse in Santa Monica so you can order from either there or our North Hollywood locations.
North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300
Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

Keep Cool and Warm Together!

August 18th, 2014 • 5.600 SF - 1,000 SF (16,000 BTU - 32,000 BTU), Air Conditioners, Window & Wall Air Conditioners w/ HeatNo Comments »

If you need a large air conditioner to help you get through the rest of the summer, with heating options that can help you endure a cold winter, than look no further than the Black and Decker  18,000 BTU with the model  number of BWH18A. The air conditioner includes 3 fan speeds in order to meets your needs. The unit offers both cooling and heating flexibilities too. This includes a programmable 24 hour timer to help meet your needs regardless of what temperature you need.

Black & Decker 18,000 BTU Heat Strip

The unit also offers an energy saver mode that shuts the compressor off when the desired temperature is met, limiting excess runtime and reducing energy costs effectively. The Black and Decker 18,000 BTU includes a digital time/temperature display that is easy to read. It is located the front of the unit, so you can read the display and use the remote control to make adjustments from the other side of the room.

This unit can cover a big room or area and is easy to install. Contact us for more information about the BWH18A. While the heat is still intense, it is a great time to buy an air conditioner and this is just one of our many units offered at great prices.

Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER                                                                                                                                                       North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300