Posts Tagged ‘Sub-Zero Carbon Stainless’

Why 300 CFM, Energy Star audit and the upcoming appliance stimulus

October 23, 2009

Faber Rangehoods: Kitchen Ventilation 101, CFM – what is it?

Behold the Faber Inca Smart. A 28" 250 CFM Hood Liner (#630006288)

Behold the Faber Inca Smart. A 28" 250 CFM Hood Liner (#630006288)

Another of the most frequently asked questions in our stores is “What is the maximum CFM I can have on my hood/over-the-range (OTR) microwave before I have to look into a make-up air system?”

The answer is 300 CFM, but why (other than it’s Minnesota code)?

Faber Rangehood‘s blog answered that question, plus offered a good explanation of the misunderstood CFM.

Also, a situation of negative pressure could also occur when too much air is pulled out of the home and it is not replaced by air from the outside. In today’s construction the homes are becoming more and more air tight and when too much air is pulled out of a home, you need to sometimes “make up” for that lost air by pumping outside air into the home. In colder climates this is a huge issue, in most parts of Canada there are laws in place about maximum cfm’s before a make up air system has to be installed (typically 300 cfm is the threshold).

Faberhoods.blogspot.com

Faberhoods.blogspot.com

Sub-Zero / Wolf Drastically Cuts Carbon Output

Rumor mill blog Appliance Advisor reported that Sub-Zero and Wolf ditched their carbon- and platinum-finish lines, along with several handle options. I previously blogged about the distinctive look of carbon.

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of Sub-Zero's carbon stainless steel finish! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it compromise.

I still can't get over how happy this family is about its carbon Sub-Zero appliances.

Guess it’s not for everyone.

Energy Star Appliances May Not All Be Efficient, Audit Finds

energystarThe New York Times reported an internal audit conducted by the Deparment of Energy concluded the Energy Star program needed tighter tracking of appliance manufacturers using the energy-efficient label.

Some believe this wakeup call will lead to tighter standards and perhaps will supply the push needed to create a “super star” program IDing the top 5% of energy-efficient appliances.

Warners’ Stellian, in cooperation with Minnesota Greenstar, already promotes distinction of appliance energy use by tiers.

Declutter and Purge Your Kitchen to the Necessities, the Checklist

Do you really need two garlic presses? If you think you do, you need some serious help. I found just that help on Hello Kitchen (via Lifehacker). Print out the cute and practical kitchen checklist to separate necessity from redundancy. Pull each item to a quilt spread near your kitchen, and donate what remains.

hellokitchen.com

hellokitchen.com

Minnesota to get $5 million for rebates on appliances

Details are still being hashed out by the Minnesota DOE on the $5 million “dollars for diswashers” Energy Star-rated appliance rebate program, funded by federal stimulus program.

Our own operations director/co-owner Robert Warner helped advise the team responsible for state’s plans for the money (which appliances if replaced would make the biggest energy dent, etc.)

The program, which is expected to begin in March, has yet to receive approval, but it probably look something like this:

  • $200 for refrigerators/washers
  • $150 for dishwashers
  • $100 for freezers

The program limits one appliance rebate per household, meaning about 25,000 households will get a rebate.

Some say the months-away start will delay appliance purchase, but with the energy savings lost in waiting several months to purchase (see Energy Star’s savings calculator) and the current low prices characteristic of this season, buying now could be an even better deal — with less-crowded showrooms :)

If you’re contemplating a purchase and you don’t know what to think or if you just want to know more about the program,  please call me at our corporate office (Google it) or contact me at jawarner (at) warnersstellian (dot) com (sorry, don’t want any spammers!) with any questions about the forthcoming program. I’ll e-mail/call you with more details as they’re finalized.

Appliances in living color

October 2, 2009

For years now, appliances have been forced into hiding. Shoved under paneling, disguised as cabinets (see below) — some kitchen designs successfully manage to deny the existence of most appliances.

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

And those who do allow their appliances exposure, generally do so through the sterility of stainless steel.

But what about people who want appliances liberated from the everyday wood or stainless appearance, like our Twitter follower @MikePreble? Mike says bold colors such as blue and red are just more “him” — and we totally appreciate that. Bright colors on the walls can make a kitchen sizzle. Bright colors on your appliances, though, are totally unexpected.

Color options abound in the kitchen — and now laundry room — and the palette will only expand from here. Some options might seem completely impractical, but isn’t that the point sometimes?

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue.

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue. You could get a blue fridge, range, range top, vent hood, oven, microwave, dishwasher, warming drawer...

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in a Golden Mist, however, is not.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in Golden Mist, however, is not.

Dacor Preference's floating glass panels come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Dacor Preference's floating glass paneled-appliances come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Bertazzoni triple coats its appliances in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

Do you have a Ferrari in your kitchen? Bertazzoni does. It triple coats ranges in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

The The Italian range company has eight finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

The Italian range company has seven other finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

Laundry pairs come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity in blue, GE in silver-metallic, GE high-efficiency top-loader in champagne and Electrolux in teal.

Washers and dryers come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity front-load washer in blue, GE high-efficiency top-load washer in champagne, Electrolux washer in teal and LG washer in red.

frigaffinitybluegechampagne electroluxteallgred

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of Sub-Zero's carbon stainless steel finish! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it compromise.

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of their Sub-Zero carbon stainless steel fridge! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it a compromise, I guess.


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