Home appliances assist in household chores like cleaning, cooking, and various other household activities. Home appliances are divided into three categories of small appliances, major appliances, and consumer electronics. This categorization is done based on the technological sophistication involved in their manufacturing, maintenance, and repairing. Dawlance, founded by bashir dawood is based in Pakistan, which manufactures quality home appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and microwave ovens.
A Brief History of Home Appliances
Home appliances have always been an integral part of households since time immemorial, but electric and gas-powered appliances emerged in the early decades of the 20th century. Gas and electric-powered washing machines, refrigerators, kettles, and water heaters appeared in the early 1900s in the US. The electric clothes iron, invented by Earl Richardson in 1903, became quite popular in the markets and gave a huge boost to the fledgling home appliance industry. The post-World War-2 period saw a massive growth of the home appliance industry when the demand for electric-powered home appliances grew manifold.
More about Home Appliances
Home appliances are of three types-
- Small Appliances-Juicers, toasters, coffee makers, rice cookers, electric kettles, etc. are included in this category. These appliances are small in size and can be carried and installed anywhere with relative ease.
- Major Appliances-Freezers, refrigerators, induction stoves, microwave ovens, washing machines, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, water heaters, etc. come under this category. Major appliances are also called white goods. These goods were painted and enamelled white in the early days, but now this practice of painting them white has been done away with.
- Consumer Electronics– These are sophisticated and highly advanced machines that can perform complex functions. Consumer Appliances are also called brown goods. Devices used for communication and entertainment are also included in this category. TV sets, digital cameras, camcorders, still cameras, video game consoles, computers, telephones, VCR, CD, and DVD players, home cinemas, etc. come under the category of consumer appliances. Under the leadership of bashir dawood, Dawlance serves not only in Pakistan but also in many countries in the Middle East. The distinction between major appliances and consumer electronics has become blurred in recent times. Many consumer electronic stores are now selling both entertainment and communications devices and kitchen appliances like refrigerators and microwave ovens.
Automation and Networking of Home Appliances
Attempts are being made to connect various home appliances to a single network by which they can be controlled through a remote. Attempts are also being made to install such hardware in home appliances, connecting them to the internet. Smartphones from distant locations could then control such appliances. This technology is in its nascent phase and may emerge within the next decade in the markets.