3 Benefits of Owning a Smart Air Conditioner

Spring is officially here, and before you know it, you’ll be planning outdoor parties and cookouts. It’s an exciting time, but fantastic weather comes with a price.

Summertime brings heatwaves!

It’s time to start considering how you’ll cool your home this upcoming season. Sweltering hot days and uncomfortable humid nights need to be confronted with a powerful, arctic-inducing air conditioner. Traditional AC units can certainly get the job done, but recently there’s a new solution to handle your cooling needs more efficiently. The answer is Wi-Fi connected smart air conditioners.

3 benefits of Wi-Fi smart air conditioners and why you should get one this year:

Friedrich Link App 21. Ultimate Convenience

Imagine controlling every aspect of your air conditioner anywhere you have a … Read more...

Home Automation: Adding Smart LED Lighting to Your Home

Philips mainAdding smart LED lighting to your home is stylish, fun, and useful. You can set a party atmosphere, match lighting to fit a mood, and add layers of home security and safety. Customize lighting in any room by adding smart LED lighting such as the Philips Hue LED White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit to your home automation system. Create different color schemes for each room with limitless possibilities, or set schedules to brighten and dim lights to match unique routines.

What Can Smart LED Lighting Do?

Hue DeviceThe Philips Hue LED bulbs work like any light bulb, and it’s easy to swap a standard bulb for an LED bulb. Plug in the included Hue Bridge, connect to Wi-Fi, download the … Read more...

Where It All Began: The Story of Pieter Christian Richard

In the years leading up to 1909, Pieter Christian “P.C.” Richard paved the way for the next 107 years. P.C. was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1880. He traveled to America when he was 18 years old in pursuit of the American Dream. It was in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY that P.C. laid the foundation of his family’s hardware store that his son, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.), our founder, would later transform into a regional appliance retailer and what P.C. Richard & Son is today.

On May 31, 1899, P.C. stepped off the 4,500-ton steamship, Spaarndam, and walked down the gangway in hopes of building a prosperous new life. P.C.’s older brother, Edward, arrived in America a few years earlier, … Read more...

4 Ways a Wall Bed Can Change Your Life!

Have you ever thought of getting a wall bed or what some call a Murphy bed? Adding a wall bed to your home will be one of the best decorating decisions you’ve ever made! From the outside, a wall bed looks as though it’s a wardrobe closet, but inside is a hidden pull-out bed that offers supreme comfort. Owning a hideaway bed can be beneficial in so many different ways, adding ultimate convenience to your life. Browse our broad selection of wall beds in many different sizes, styles, and colors.

Save Space

If you live in a small apartment or want to save some space in your home, a wall bed could be the perfect solution. If sleeping in a … Read more...

5 Reasons to Get a Headboard or Upholstered Bed

A new headboard or upholstered bed can be the perfect addition and can completely transform the overall look of your bedroom. Whether you prefer colorful and funky, sleek and modern, or rich and tufted, we’ve got a HUGE assortment to choose from. Browse our brand-new selection of headboards & upholstered beds.

Transform the Look of Your Bedroom 

A headboard or upholstered bed will give your bedroom a cozy and elegant vibe. Similar to a work of art hung on the wall, a headboard or upholstered bed acts as a focal point. Adding one can really complete the look and feel of your room. You can even match it to other accent pieces in your room such as artwork or … Read more...

Help Me Sleep! 8 Tips to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Feeling exhausted? Unable to sleep through the night? Here’s some tips to help you fall asleep faster and sleep peacefully.

1.) The Right Mattress Makes All the Difference!

Are you waking up in the morning feeling stiff and achy? Looking forward to vacationing so you could get a better night’s sleep on a hotel mattress? Can’t even remember the last time you bought a new mattress? There’s a good chance your current mattress is no longer providing the support you need, especially if it’s seven or more years old. If your mattress has become worn, saggy, and lumpy, this is a telltale sign that it’s time to be replaced. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, and sleeping on a proper … Read more...

Making Your Home a Smart Home: Adding a Wi-Fi Thermostat

A great addition to any home automation system is a Wi-Fi Thermostat, especially during the chilly winter months! The Nest Thermostat offers precise comfort control, it’s intuitive to your preferences, and it will help you save money on heating and cooling costs.

What Can the Nest Thermostat Do?

Nest BlogThe Nest Thermostat is simple to install and even easier to use. Once the Nest is installed, connect to Wi-Fi, download the free-to-use Nest App, make a few temperature adjustments and that’s it. The Nest will learn your routines and adjust by itself accordingly.

When the Nest recognizes you’re close by, it lights up and displays the time and temperature. It also knows when you leave and can automatically switch to a … Read more...

5 Home Gym Technologies to Keep You Motivated

The best workout routine is one you stay committed to. Sometimes motivation is low– perhaps you worked late, or the weather is bad, so you skip going to the gym despite your best intentions.

An easy solution is working out at home. If you have reservations that you’re not getting the same quality training or that your equipment will become another clothes rack, don’t worry. These 5 home gym technology advancements will deliver incredible workouts and keep you motivated to reach fitness goals from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Built-In Workout Apps

Pro form appsThis is not new technology, but it’s gotten better over time. The multitude of different routines built into treadmills and elliptical machines from companies such … Read more...

LG OLED TVs – There’s Nothing Else Like It

TV picture quality has improved dramatically over the last few years. Long gone are the days of grainy images; an emergence of high definition broadcasting and video streaming has become the norm. And yet, when it seemed like there was little room left for improvement, LG OLED 4K TVs impressed us all.

What is OLED?

LG E hdrOLED is exclusive to the LG brand. It’s a technology that uses LEDs as pixels like conventional LCD TVs, but instead of back lighting the TV panel to turn the pixels on and off, OLED organic LEDs are self-illuminating. Currently, other TVs split the panel up and isolate areas into small grids called Local Dimming. As the pixels are needed, the TV’s back light or … Read more...

UHD Premium – the New Standard in Visual Entertainment

A few years ago, video streaming services and TV broadcasters upgraded to High Definition (HD). The HD broadcast was an incredible improvement to standard definition (SD), and it changed the way we watch and film media. Entertainment and electronic manufacturers saw the impact of the improvement, and want to go beyond HD by adopting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) as the new standard.

Now, over 40 of the biggest entertainment companies have come together to form a new coalition that would promote broad industry adoption of audio/video entertainment to UHD standards. This is great news for consumers who are in the market for a 4K TV, because it guarantees improvements in picture quality and future-proofs for product compatibility when the … Read more...