2012 Appliance Trends

When it comes to Home Design or Home Remodeling in Dallas contractors find there are a lot of reasons people purchase appliances – whether it is to update the look, get more efficient products or to replace a product that doesn’t work anymore. Overall, we are a society of convenience and when doing a custom home remodel project we want something that not only looks good but serves a purpose. In the Home Improvement arena in Dallas, here are a few appliances that are currently being selected more frequently.Steam OvensBuilt-in steam ovens and steam oven ranges…these appliances have been added to several manufacturer line-ups this year. Cholesterol, diabetes and weight control are big issues, and prevention is the best way to combat these illnesses. Steam cooking technology preserves the nutrients and quality of the food while reducing the need for added oils and fats. Steam cooking is the healthy way to cook and is a big trend in the appliance industry.Induction CooktopsThese cooktops can bring a large pot of tap water to a rolling boil in the blink of an eye! Induction technology reduces the length of cooking time, therefore, less energy is used. According to GE Appliances, induction cooktops work by using an electromagnetic file to heat the cookware. The cooking vessel must have iron content, or be magnetic, to allow the transfer of energy. Induction cooking only heats the area that comes into contact with cookware. The induction cooktop surface not covered by cookware remains cool to the touch. Another advantage of induction cooking is that it allows for very fast, even heating with precise control at all temperature ranges.Speed OvensGiving the standard microwave a run for its money, the speed oven combines a microwave and conventional oven, using a combination of microwave and convection cooking to reduce cooking time.Concealed Ice and Water DispenserThis nifty new refrigerator feature is located inside the refrigerator department and not through the freezer door. The benefit of this unit is no more messy drips running down the front of either your wood-paneled or stainless steel refrigerator. As a design element, designers and architects can create something extremely interesting such as making the unit look completely concealed like an antique hutch, without compromising the client’s luxury feature in the appliance.Smart AppliancesChalk this one up under the “it can do what?” category. These appliances communicate potential issues with a technical service department. This technology helps connect the appliance to a service provider before the homeowner knows there is an issue. This reduces frustration, time to repair, and ensures a small issue doesn’t create a larger problem within the appliance. Also, what about appliances that know when to operate at off-peak times? LG is implementing a software system that will let homeowners control and manage refrigerators, washing machines, ovens and robotic vacuum cleaners via a smart network. For example, LG is introducing Smart Grid programs that will program washing machines to do the washing at the most cost effective times. The oven also taps in the smart grid to offer cost options that take into account the duration and electrical cost of the cooking. The refrigerators can also adjust their temperatures to take advantage of decreased energy rates.VentilationOften forgotten, several range hood manufactures have come out with new, sleek designs that either capture attention or remain hidden behind cabinetry, stone or other canopy materials. Custom hoods made specifically to match a home décor are trending up.About Us: The Viking Craftsman Inc, award-winning contractor, combines true craftsmanship with personalized service. Specialties include additions, kitchens, bathrooms, home theaters, and outdoor living spaces in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen and Dallas, Texas.