• How Refrigeration Technology Has Evolved Through History

    Refrigerator interior

    One quality that defines humanity is the constant drive to make life easier. Since food is essential for survival, it’s not surprising that humans have long sought effective ways to store food. Today, refrigerators and freezers can keep food fresh for weeks or even months. Keep reading to better understand how far refrigeration has come: 

    Primitive Refrigeration

    Before people could harness the power of artificial refrigeration, they had to rely on the refrigeration provided by Mother Nature. In colder climates, ice and snow were the main means of refrigeration, while people in warmer climates had to dig deep cellars to achieve cool temperatures. 

    Artificial Refrigeration

    Ice, snow, and cellars provided all refrigeration for the bulk of human history. The concept of artificial refrigeration was first developed in Scotland in 1748, but wasn’t put into practical use until 1834. In 1876, a German engineer named Carl von Linden discovered the process of liquefying gas, the basic concept of which is used in today’s refrigerators. 

    Freon Development

    The first gases used in artificial refrigeration were methyl chloride, ammonia, and sulfur dioxide—all of which are toxic. Gas leaks eventually led to tragic accidents, and refrigeration companies came together to discover a safer alternative. They eventually came up with Freon, which is noncorrosive, nonflammable, odorless, and colorless. Freon turned out to be very effective, and helped bring artificial refrigeration into more homes. 

    Modern Features 

    Refrigeration innovation didn’t stop with the advent of Freon—today, you can find sophisticated refrigerators will all kinds of features. For example, some models come with a crisper drawer that keeps food cool and moist. Other models have drawers or sections that can be cooled to different temperatures.

    AUTCOhome Appliances has plenty of sophisticated refrigerators from some of the top brands in the industry. We also have of other luxury appliances for St. Louis-area homes, including dishwashers and washing machines. You can call us at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038.

  • See the Incredible Delicacy of Miele Washing Machines

    While most washing machines can wash your sweatpants, t-shirts, and everyday clothes, some subpar machines may damage your special garments. For silk and other delicate materials, you need a Miele washing machine.

    In this video, fashion designer Jasper Garvida discusses how he uses a Miele washing machine for all his clothing—including the pieces shown at London Fashion Week. Miele washing machines are known for their wide range of laundry programs, which make these machines ideal for washing virtually any fabric. Though your clothes may go out of style, they will never fade if you own a Miele washing machine.

    To learn more about Miele washing machines, call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038. We’re proud to provide homeowners throughout the St. Louis area with high-end kitchen appliances .

  • Exploring the Luxury and Superior Functionality of Miele Dishwashers

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    In a modern kitchen, a reliable dishwasher is a must-have appliance. A dishwasher that leaves behind a soapy residue or doesn’t clean your dishes all the way is hardly any better than no dishwasher at all. For a dishwasher that will leave your dishes spotless every time, trust Miele. Here’s an overview of what you can expert from a luxury Miele dishwasher :

    Impressive Durability

    A dishwasher is perhaps the most complicated appliance in the kitchen. It needs to be gentle enough to clean wine glasses, yet tough enough to handle stubborn food scraps. After the cleaning cycle, a dishwasher must then dry the dishes before they can be put away. Miele dishwashers have what it takes to perform to your standards. These appliances are all rigorously tested, and can last for at least 20 years.

    Outstanding Efficiency

    These days, it’s not enough to have high-performance appliances—they have to be energy efficient, too. That’s why Miele has crafted their dishwashers to use as little water and energy as possible. Many of Miele’s dishwashers are so well engineered that they qualify for the Energy Star Program, which means they exceed the EPA’s energy use standards by more than 25%. Miele dishwashers are also extremely quiet, allowing you and your family to enjoy a little peace and quiet in the kitchen. 

    Unparalleled Cleanliness

    Of course, a dishwasher’s main purpose is to wash your dishes, and you can rest assured that Miele has not lost sight of this goal. Miele dishwashers come with a wide range of basket configurations, allowing you clean virtually all dishes, pans, and utensils. Also, the innovative AutoSensor feature can automatically adjust intensity and duration to provide the best clean possible.

    Don’t settle for a subpar dishwasher that will break down in a couple years—choose a durable, efficient, and effective Miele appliance from AUTCOhome Appliances . If you have any questions, you can call our St. Louis-area location at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636)224-4038.

  • What Happens When Wine Is Not Stored Properly?

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    If you consider yourself to be something of a wine connoisseur, you likely have many bottles of wine lying around. To make sure you can enjoy your collection for months or years to come, you need to find the right storage solution. If your home doesn’t have a quaint wine cellar, a wine storage unit can be a big help.

    Experts say that fine wine should be kept between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your wine in your refrigerator may cause your cork to dry out, allowing oxygen to infiltrate the bottle and ruin the wine. Allowing your wine’s storage area to exceed 70 degrees can cause the wine to age a lot faster, and may flatten the taste. Prolonged exposure to light and low humidity can also compromise wine’s taste. 

    Miele sells an excellent wine storage unit that can keep up to 102 bottles at the perfect temperature and humidity. To learn more , call AUTCOhome Appliances of St. Louis at (314) 373-2000. You can also reach Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636)224-4038.

  • Why Should You Consider Remodeling Your Kitchen?

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    There comes a point in every homeowner’s life when he needs a change of environment . Instead of moving, many homeowners choose renovation. Of all the rooms in the average home, the kitchen is one of the most frequently remodeled. Here are a few reasons why you might consider redoing your kitchen:

    Increase Capabilities

    If you’ve been honing your cooking skills for the past few years, you’ll need a kitchen that can keep up. You may find that you need more counter space, more room for storage, or a more efficient layout. Remodeling your kitchen is also a great excuse to update your appliances; for instance, you might consider a steam oven or a new dishwasher.

    Improve Efficiency

    Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t just allow you to streamline your meal preparation—it can also help you save on water and energy consumption. You might take the opportunity to invest in a low-flow sink or low-emissivity windows. Trading your old appliances for luxury, Energy Star appliances can further reduce your utility bills.

    Boost Home Value

    Though a kitchen remodel may seem like an expensive project, it can significantly boost a home’s value. In fact, the average kitchen remodel yields a 66% return on investment. Also, an elegantly remodeled kitchen with new luxury appliances is bound to catch the eyes of prospective buyers.

    Update Your Style

    Like clothes, kitchens can fall out of style over time. If you’re ashamed of how outdated your kitchen looks, change it. Replacing damaged flooring is also important for your safety. With the help of a skilled decorator, you can design a kitchen that you’re proud of, complete with new appliances that will last for decades. 

    Call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038 for more information about home appliances. AUTCOhome Appliances can help you fill your new kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, and whatever other luxury appliances you need. Visit our website to learn more about how we can make your St. Louis home more comfortable.

  • Brand Spotlight: Miele


    Most modern homeowners rely on a fleet of appliances for cooking, cleaning, and storing their food. However, not all brands offer the same performance. If you’re looking for top-of-line appliances, Miele is one name you should be familiar with.

    Miele was founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkmann. This luxury appliance manufacturer made stellar appliances in Germany for years before extending its reach around the globe. Through the years, Miele has dedicated itself to continuous innovation. Miele’s dedication is evident by its sophisticated refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, vacuums, dishwashers, and other appliances. Do you think of yourself as a cook? Consider one of Miele’s ovens, warming drawers, ventilation hoods, or cooktops. It’s also worth mentioning that Miele has developed energy-efficient means of infrastructure, production, and transportation. The appliances themselves are also very efficient, helping customers save money on their energy bills.

    Miele is without a doubt one of the top-name brands in the luxury appliance industry. If you have any questions about Miele appliances, call AUTCOhome Appliances of St. Louis at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038. You can also browse our inventory on our website. 

  • How Wolf Ranges Can Inspire Your Inner Chef

    Are you looking for a trusty range that will help you create delicious and interesting meals? Wolf ranges help budding chefs from all over the world achieve their full potential and explore wonderful new dishes. 

    This video offers a glimpse at how Wolf Ranges has inspired a chef named Riccardo de Pra to create a show called “Kitchen Trip.” In the show, Riccardo tours around Italy looking for unique ingredients with which to create delicious dishes. How does he cook these dishes? In a Wolf dual fuel range that he keeps in his caravan.

    AUTCOhome is proud to offer Wolf ranges and many other luxury appliances to St. Louis-area residents. For more information about our upcoming events, call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636)224-4038.

  • Is a Steam Oven the Right Addition to Your Kitchen?

    Viking Steam Oven

    Experimental cooks are always looking for new and interesting appliances to help them prepare food. Even if you have a repertoire of dozens of delicious meals, you may get bored after a while. If you have enough room in your kitchen, and if you enjoy steamed dishes, you should consider a steam oven. Here’s a brief look at steam ovens and their benefits.  

    Steam Oven Basics

    From the outside, a steam oven looks quite a bit like a small version of a conventional oven. Unlike conventional ovens, steam ovens are installed near chest level more often than not. Steam ovens come with a reservoir of water that the cook fills when necessary. The oven then heats the water and the steam cooks the food inside. A steam oven does not need to hooked up to a water source.

    Benefits of Steaming

    Cooks like steam ovens because they tend to cook much faster than dry ovens; what takes over an hour to cook in a conventional oven may only take a few minutes to cook in a steam oven. Also, foods cooked in dry ovens rely on fat to stay moist, which makes dishes slightly unhealthier. Since steam ovens use water for moisture, dishes cooked in steam ovens tend to be leaner and healthier.   

    Steam Ovens from Viking

    Viking has proudly embraced the steam oven trend. You can choose a steam oven with a classic Clean Touch Steel finish, one with black glass, or one with a brilliant white finish. A steam oven from VIking boasts a food-driven menu system, multi-lingual LCD display, an easy-to-clean stainless steel interior, and many other features. A VIking steam oven is a sleek addition to any kitchen.

    AUTCOhome Appliances of St. Louis now carries all sorts of Viking appliances, including their amazing steam ovens. Call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000 or visit our website to learn more. Also, Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome can be reached at (636)224-4038.  

  • Reasons to Choose Stainless Steel Appliances for Your Home

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    When shopping for new kitchen appliances, there are a lot of options when it comes to the finish. Stainless steel appliances have been a popular choice for decades, especially for homeowners who are looking for appliances that are easy to clean. In fact, stainless steel resists smudges, fingerprints, and scuff marks relatively easy. Stainless steel is also rust-proof and stain-resistant, which means it will maintain its shine and luster for several years to come.

    From refrigerators to vent hoods and everything in between, AUTCOhome & Construction Appliance carries high-end kitchen appliances in a variety of finishes, including stainless steel. Browse our complete selection of kitchen appliances online, or call us at (314) 373-2000 to learn more about our locations and the brands we carry . If you are in need of commercial appliances, call Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038.

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