Modern appliances offer many outstanding conveniences, such as the ability to have clean clothes whenever you need or an ice-cold drink on a hot summer’s day. As a homeowner, you might take great pride in your appliances, but when they start to reach the end of their lifespan, you may feel hesitant about spending the money to replace them. At EZ Storage® in Pittsburgh, we’ve helped many people find the right self-storage unit for their old appliances, and in this post, we’ll look at why it can be a good idea to move that old refrigerator or washing machine out of the house.
Using Too Much Electricity or Water
Older appliances tend to be less energy efficient, which means they use more electricity to run each day than a newer model would. Depending on how old the appliance is, you could be spending $200 or more each year to run it than you would with an updated model. If you have a fridge in both the kitchen and the garage, for example, that cost is multiplied by two, which can be significant when you look at it year over year. Also, the fridge in the garage tends to be the older appliance that was once in the kitchen, and instead of using it as a place for beer and additional food storage, it might be best to move it into storage or to get rid of it entirely.
As for washers and dryers, older models can use a lot more water and electricity with each cycle. According to ENERGY STAR®, washing machines that are more than 10 years old can be “significantly less efficient than newer models.” If it’s been some time since you updated your laundry room appliances, it can be worth it to do so just to save each month on your water and electric bills.
Taking Up Valuable Space
Appliances also take up a lot of valuable space in a house, and older models tend to be bigger than newer ones. As technology advances, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers become smaller, due to parts and components being more compact and better designed. If you have a large refrigerator in your kitchen that sticks out past the countertop depth, it might be better to replace it with a smaller, sleeker model that uses less electricity and takes up less space. You might have less storage space in the fridge, but it can be worth it to not have a bulky appliance taking up valuable room in your kitchen.
Putting Appliances in Storage
If you have questions about putting appliances into self-storage, our team is always here to help. Should you want to dispose of or recycle your old appliances, you can check with your local municipality on how to do so. There are often services that will come to your home and take your old fridge or washing machine away for free.
As for moving old appliances into storage, we can provide a free* local move-in truck that makes it easy to transport them. We can let you know how appliances should be prepared and stored so that there’s no risk of leaking chemicals or damage once the item is in your storage unit.
Find Self-Storage Today
If you’ve been thinking about moving old appliances out of the house, visit EZ Storage® today. We have three locations in the greater Pittsburgh area, making it easy to find one that’s close to home. You can rent a space for as long as you need, and you can access your storage unit on any day of the year.
We look forward to helping you!
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