Read below for the answer to frequently asked questions – or, for a more personalized approach to your unique needs, contact one of our product experts for a one-on-one consultation.

A: Many manufacturers make ranges that have a gas top and either a gas oven or electric oven. The electric oven offers precise and even heat throughout the oven. This is great for multi-rack baking or cooking and requires less movement or adjusting of pans during the cooking process. Alternatively, gas ovens are great for roasting meats because they give off humidity in the combustion process, which helps retain moisture in meats. Many gas ovens have an optional convection fan that ensures even heat. Gas ovens also come with features such as self-clean, electronic timers and temperature probes. Having an appliance professional properly qualify your needs ensures you have the best cooking experience suited to your lifestyle.

A: This category is often overlooked but can be a wonderful statement piece to complement a well thought out kitchen plan. Hood fans come in varying sizes and styles including: integrated power packs, chimney style, under cabinet, pro-style and down drafting units. A consultant will help you ensure considerations are made for local codes, manufacturer recommendations and fuel types so your kitchen is functional as well as beautiful.

A: Freestanding refrigerators are finished on the sides and can be placed anywhere you have the space. These units can be purchased in different finishes and a wide variety of features and space saving interior solutions. Built-in refrigerators are custom-fit to cabinets and are not finished on the sides. They are counter or cabinet depth to ensure either a proud mount or flush mount look. These units traditionally boast larger more technologically advanced compressors, advanced humidity and cooling systems and the option to custom fit.

A: It’s about finding the best solution for your kitchen layout. Freestanding ranges come in sizes 24”-60” wide and give you numerous cooktop configurations and fuel types all in one efficient unit. Wall-mounted ovens and cooktops give you the flexibility to mount your oven at a level or in a place best suited for your kitchen layout. We advise you to consult one of our appliance professionals to qualify your needs and make recommendations.

A: Induction cooking uses electromagnetic energy to create heat, instead of thermal heat from an element. The induction element creates a heat that is very efficient, easy to control and is a much safer alternative to gas or traditional electric stoves or cooktops. Induction cooking surfaces require a cooking vessel that contains ferromagnetic metal to create the connection. Most new pots and pans will have an “induction ready” logo on the box if they are compatible.

A: Most pullout kitchen faucets have a vacuum breaker. Therefore, once you turn the faucet off it will drip for a few seconds to let any residual water out of the hose. This ensures a continuously clean faucet spout extending the life of your faucet.

A: Both valves will protect you from a drastic temperature change should someone flush a toilet or turn on water while you are in the shower. Pressure balance valves will balance the hot and cold based on pressure. Thermostatic valves sense the temperature shift and balance the hot and cold water accordingly.

A: There are a number of choices beyond the traditional chrome finish. These include brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, even vibrant colors mixed with chrome.

A: Our manufacturers do NOT recommend using these in your toilet tank because it may deteriorate the components in the tank.

A: The ADA or comfort height toilets are an average of 1” to 2” higher from the finished floor to the top of the bowl. Depending on the manufacturer this exact measurement may vary.

A: HET (high efficiency toilet) is a term that describes a toilet that flushes 20% less than the US maximum of 1.6 GPF (gallons per flush). This equates to an average of 1.28 GPF and savings on your utility bill while you help conserve our clean water resources.

A: While every space requires an expert’s insight and willingness to work with you – generally speaking we recommend a layered strategy that mixes complementary, task, ambient, accent and decorative options.

A: We find the best fit to be LED strip lights that feature low heat, easy to install format, low profile and a lengthy lifespan.

A: Dimming will increase the life of your incandescent or halogen bulbs, reduce energy consumption and can create mood or task lighting. NOTE: All LED’s have special dimming needs.

A: We recommend LED wall sconces on either side of the bathroom mirror featuring casting even, shadowless light with little to no heat or glare.

A: There are quite a few advantages that come with LED lighting including no heat, a solid material and both money and energy consumption savings. Furthermore, LED provides increased functionality such as colour, size and directional options.

Resources

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