PART 5 – SELECTING APPLIANCES
When selecting appliances, choose items that are ‘A’ rated for maximum energy efficiency and lower energy bills, and select the most reliable brands you can afford so that you minimise costs associated with repairs (the cost of parts and labour can often outweigh replacement costs) and to get the best life expectancy from the appliance. Your home should work for you rather than in reverse, so it is better to buy appliances that are self-cleaning or self-defrosting, freeing up quality time for you to spend with your family.
When choosing dishwashers and extractor hoods, select appliances with the lowest decibels, i.e. 48DB is approximate conversation level so anything at this operating level or lower will allow you to chat with people without having to talk loudly over the noise of the appliance. The same applies to washing machines and tumble driers located in kitchens. Choose a larger fridge that will meet both the family’s needs as well as extra cold storage for when entertaining guests. Many brands now offer anti-bacterial protection and controlled humidity which keeps the food fresher for longer, again saving you time and inconvenience.
If you want to achieve a sleek look in your new kitchen, then select appliances that are integrated (concealed behind a door that matches the rest of the kitchen cabinet doors). Although the life expectancy of these appliances could be reduced unless the housing is adequately vented, it will help to contribute to a simpler look and give the optical illusion of a bigger kitchen (due to more cabinet doors). Always read all the literature supplied with appliances to ensure you get the most from the features incorporated, tips and recipes, and adhere to the safe practices and instructions provided.
Next week, read Part 6 – Work Surfaces & Work Space in my 7 part blog on Using Feng Shui to Design the Ideal Kitchen & Create Perfect Harmony.