You’ve finally collected your keys for your new BTO home! Congratulations! Before you delve into making your list of what to buy and filling it with your pick of furniture and decor, we think this list is sure to give you the right kickstart in the right direction.
It’s crucial to choose appliances for your Build-To-Order apartment that fit your lifestyle, tastes, and spending limit. What is essential to certain people may not be important to you, and vice versa. To determine whether an appliance will be useful to you or merely another posh display in your apartment, it is vital to consider your lifestyle. While numerous appliances might improve your quality of life, a handful are absolutely necessary in every home! We’ll talk about six key appliances in this article that every BTO homeowner should think about getting.
- Air Conditioner
Air conditioning is essential for many homes in Singapore due to the country’s hot and humid tropical climate. Air conditioners not only cool the air but also help control humidity. High humidity levels can lead to discomfort, mold growth, and damage to furniture and belongings. Air conditioners dehumidify the air, making indoor spaces more pleasant and protecting your possessions.
Sleeping in a cool and comfortable environment is conducive to quality sleep. Air conditioning ensures a conducive sleeping environment by maintaining a cooler temperature and reducing humidity levels. It’s also great as a way to improve your indoor air quality. Air conditioners often come with filters that trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles which makes it an essential appliance you need living in the very humid country that is Singapore.
Consider using energy-efficient models, setting the temperature at a comfortable yet not overly cool level, and using fans to complement the cooling effects of the air conditioner.
2. Air Fryer
Maybe you’re not the best at cooking or you’re just lazy (we’re guilty), an air fryer will be your next best friend. It’s not anything new in this day and age, but it is a definite necessity in every home. These are some advantages that might appeal to “lazy” people or those looking for easy cooking solutions.
Air fryers are known for their simplicity. Just place the food in the basket, set the temperature and time, and let the air fryer do the cooking. There’s no need to constantly monitor or flip the food, making it a hassle-free option.
They require significantly less oil than traditional frying methods. Lazy individuals can appreciate the fact that they don’t need to deal with large amounts of hot oil or the messy cleanup that comes with it. This means less cleanup after cooking, which is especially appealing to those who want to minimise kitchen chores.
3. Air Purifier
Air purifiers effectively remove airborne pollutants such as dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens. This leads to better indoor air quality, especially in areas where outdoor pollution can infiltrate the living space.
For individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma, air purifiers can reduce the presence of triggers that worsen symptoms, providing relief and a more comfortable living environment. BTO apartments might experience off-gassing from new construction materials or renovations. An air purifier with VOC-filtering capabilities can help reduce the impact of these emissions. There’s a ton of benefits for air purifiers that we couldn’t possibly cover it all in this article, but take our word for it and make the investment. You won’t regret it.
4. Water Filter
On the same wavelength, you should definitely also opt for a water filter for your new BTO home. Singapore places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. Using a water filter helps reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bottles, aligning with eco-friendly practices.
With concerns about waterborne diseases and pollutants, a water filter provides an extra layer of protection for you and your family, ensuring that the water you consume is safe and free from harmful contaminants.
Purified water can also enhance the taste of your cooking and beverages, as it doesn’t carry the off-flavours that tap water might have due to impurities. Water filters often come with different filter options to target specific contaminants. You can choose a system that best addresses the water quality concerns in your area. Over time, investing in a water filter can be more cost-effective than regularly purchasing bottled water. It’s a one-time investment that pays off in the long run.
Your refrigerator stores the bulk of your food, and with all that hard work cleaning and moving, you’re going to want to stock up on your energy with food. Finding a reliable one is essential. Try to avoid purchasing a new refrigerator for your house that is made of cheaper components.
It’s crucial to be aware of how much kitchen space you have before you start. Given how expensive they are, refrigerators should function well and last a long time. You should leave an additional gap of about 50 MM between the wall and your fridge to allow for optimum ventilation.
In order to facilitate seamless entry and exit to your kitchen, ensure that the refrigerator doors have sufficient swing area for the refrigerator door without obstructing entrances or access points.
6. Suction Hood and Induction Hob
A suction hood effectively captures and removes cooking odours, smoke, and grease particles generated during cooking. This keeps your kitchen smelling fresh and prevents the spread of odors throughout your home. Cooking can release airborne particles and contaminants that affect indoor air quality. A range hood helps remove these pollutants, creating a healthier living environment. Modern range hoods come in a variety of designs and finishes, allowing you to choose one that complements your kitchen’s style and decor.
Before making a purchase, ensure that the range hood’s suction capacity matches your kitchen size, and verify that your current cookware is compatible with induction cooking.