Busting myths when it comes to appliances

5:35 PM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Are you aware of "Appliance Myths?" Angela Warner from Warners Stellian joined KARE 11 News @ 4 with some appliance facts:

1. Cold water won't properly wash your clothes.

FACT: Modern washers are designed to clean in cold water and 90% of a washer's energy goes toward the water heating so you're pouring money down the drain.

2. You must rinse your dishes before they run in the dishwasher.

FACT: Dishwashers and detergent clean best when starting with dirty dishes. The detergent needs food to activate and many dishwashers use sensors to determine the "turbidity" level of the water so if the dishwasher thinks the dishes are already clean, it will run shorter and colder. Today's Energy Star dishwashers use only 4 gallons of water or less and some estimates say you'll use 20 gallons of water from your faucet pre-rinsing dishes. So it's better to run the dishes through 4 times than to put them in rinsed.

3. More soap = more clean.

FACT: Just because dishwashers and washers now require less water to clean properly doesn't mean that everyone has gotten the message to reduce our detergent use in conjunction. Too much dishwasher detergent can leave a white film on dishes and too much laundry detergent can cause "oversudsing" in the washer, reducing the performance and lifespan of a washer not too mention leaving soap residue on your clothes that didn't properly rinse out.

4. Using an old refrigerator as a second beverage refrigerator is a money-saving idea.

FACT: The electricity to power an old refrigerator over several years will cost more than an energy efficient replacement...and then some! Energy Star's website cleverly offers a Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator.

Angela plugged in what she considered were some common figures and found that the cost to a homeowner of a 20 year old top-freezer fridge (probably 18 cu ft) would be $620 over 5 years. A new Energy Star model costs about $40/year to run versus $125/year. Plus many local utilities will actually pay you $35 or more to let them come haul away your second refrigerator.

5. Buying a more powerful A/C will cool down your space faster.

FACT: The A/C will just cycle off more frequently when it reaches the temperature in the room, reducing efficiency, lifespan and causing uncomfortable temperature fluctuations.

6. When the oven's preheating chime sounds, it's fully reached temperature.

FACT: Some preheat chime's are on a timer so it shouldn't be trusted for finicky bakers, who should test the temperature with a thermometer. For your everyday pizzas and casseroles, you'd be fine however.

7. You don't need to turn on your ventilation until there's smoke.

FACT: You should start running your ventilation 10 minutes before you start cooking to create an airflow and leave it running 5 minutes after you're done for best results.

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