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Miele claims Futura Diamond dishwasher reigns quietest

BY HBSDealer Staff

Miele has commissioned a study to back up its claim of having America’s quietest dishwasher.

Owens Corning Acoustics Research Center conducted comparative research testing for clean and soiled loads. According to Miele, the results show that its dishwashers maintained their decibel settings throughout washing cycles of all intensities. Also, the tests found that a leading manufacturer touting quiet performance registered a decibel increase of as much as 6 levels for a soiled load, compared to advertised levels.

Of all the Miele models, the company stated that its Futura Diamond dishwasher registered the lowest decibel of 37 dBA on its Extra Quiet Program setting. 

"The combination of an advanced insulation system, turbidity sensors and a powerful pump ensures Miele consistently and effcently manages sound, without sacrificing performance," said Dirk Sappok, Miele’s product development group manager.

Those interested can view the test results here.

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$3 million in solar rebates still available this year in Pennsylvania

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett joined the Department of Environmental Protection in reminding residents to take advantage of the nearly $3 million remaining in solar rebates for the year.

Under the agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, homeowners and small business owners are eligible for rebates of up to $7,500 and $52,500 for solar electric projects, respectively, until the program ends on Dec. 31 or when funds run out. Solar hot water projects can be reimbursed for up to $5,000 and $50,000, respectively.

According to DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abuzzo, the program has led to an approximately $4.5 million reinvestment in the local economy.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information can be found on the DEP’s Sunshine Solar home page.

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Bel Air Lighting recalls chandeliers

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Bel Air Lighting, of Valencia, Calif., has issued a recall of its Portfolio and Transglobe nine-light chandeliers due to several reports of falling fixtures.

The mounting loop that secures the chandelier to the ceiling is prone to breakage and poses a personal injury risk. 

The chandeliers were sold at Lowe’s under the Portfolio brand (item No. 256047) and as Transglobe at lighting stores across the nation (Transglobe item No. 2579 EBG). The recall affects approximately 20,500 units sold.

Consumers are advised to avoid standing directly under the chandeliers and to contact Bel Air for a free replacement mounting ring, as well as instructions on how to secure reimbursement for the cost of the installation.

Bel Air has received 18 reports of fallen chandeliers, with some reports of property damage. No injuries have been reported.

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