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New Product Spotlight: Mulberry West Allergy Bedding

Posted by Ashley on March 3rd, 2015

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If you’re a longtime user of hypoallergenic bedding, you may have “been around the block” a time or two when it comes to evaluating and test-driving your options. Years ago, allergy bedding choices were sparse. Just a few brands had products on the market, primarily mattress covers and pillow cases. After trying out these few products, you might have learned very quickly that enjoying allergy-free sleep often meant putting up with loud, scratchy sheets and sweating your way to the morning alarm.

Fortunately, allergy bedding has come a long way in many areas — how it’s made, your fabric choices, its breathability, and the types of bedding available, to name a few. Our newest allergy bedding brand, Mulberry West, proves just how much the industry has evolved.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Any Weather

Posted by Tony on February 24th, 2015

healthy-family-relaxing-in-living-roomNobody wants to worry about bad air quality in their home. Indoor air, particularly in cold winters like this year, can really take a hit since our homes are sealed shut during this time. Even worse, you don’t want your indoor air quality to suffer while you’re spending so much time indoors.

This bitterly cold winter seems to be on its last leg (we hope), but here are 5 ways to improve your air quality and stay healthy even during winter months. While there are a lot of effective methods for improving it, these are the 5 easiest and most effective options. Continue reading

EPA Announces New Wood Burning Standards

Posted by Tony on February 19th, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its standards limiting the amount of pollution that wood-burning stoves will be allowed to produce. These new regulations won’t influence existing wood stoves, but they will be phased in over the next five years, giving manufacturers ample time to make improvements to the wood burning stoves they sell.

The last time the EPA made changes to regulations limiting emissions from wood heaters was back in 1988. Since then, there have been vast improvements in the technology that have made the models available today more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

If you already have a wood burning stove in your home, you will not be required to replace it to meet the new standards. It’s predicted the new EPA standards will lower smoke by two-thirds compared to the levels set by 1988. It’s a big improvement, and while some people think more could have been done, it’s a big (and needed) step in the right direction. Continue reading

4 Tips for an Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day

Posted by Ashley on February 13th, 2015

Allergy-Free Valentine's DayValentine’s Day can be a hit or miss holiday if you are one of the 50 million people in America who suffers from nasal allergies. Too often, pretty flower bouquets become sneeze triggers. That expensive perfume you were gifted prompts never-ending sniffles. And those flickering candles do more to fill your room with smoke allergens than a romantic essence.

With these and similar concerns, how is an allergy-sufferer supposed to have a proper Valentine’s Day? Scrapping your plans and treating it like just any other day doesn’t have to be the answer. I recommend a different approach with just a few easy tweaks (Hint: Invest in hypoallergenic bedding!). This Valentine’s Day, follow these 4 tips to have an allergy-free (and much more enjoyable!) day.

  1. Curl Up with Hypoallergenic Silk Bedding – All romance may be lost when you realize you may be sharing your bed with 10,000 dust mites.Mulberry West Silk-Filled BlanketThat’s the estimated population in the average bed, according to AllergyUK.org. Conventional anti-allergy bedding can often be hot, loud, and generally uncomfortable. Hypoallergenic silk bedding, however, repels dust mites and other bedroom allergens while remaining breathable, moisture-wicking, and more luxurious to boot. Our newest brand, Mulberry West, offers cozy silk-filled comforters and silk-filled blankets that keep mood-busting allergens out of your bed.

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Groundhog Day Confirms Winter Is Here to Stay

Posted by Tony on February 2nd, 2015

groundhog-dayWe’ve moved on from the dancing sharks (who stole the Super Bowl halftime show) and focused our attention on another animal friend: Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog.

Each year on February 2nd, people show up bright and early to learn if Phil sees his shadow. If he does, then prepare for 6 more weeks of winter. If not, spring is around the corner.

Not surprisingly, our favorite groundhog did see his shadow. So it looks like we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. But let’s be honest, is anyone surprised? Phil could have saved himself some time and just watched the Weather Channel.

Winter storm LinusWinter Storm Linus is crushing Chicago just days after Boston survived one of the biggest snowstorm’s in its long history.

And even though Groundhog Day is a cheeky holiday, I think it’s a safe bet this time. Stay safe if you’re traveling, and do your best to keep warm at home. Continue reading

Space Heater Safety Tips

Posted by Tony on January 26th, 2015

Picture1A new wave of winter weather is hitting us again, particularly in the Northeast. The freezing temperatures and snow have people hunkering down at home. If you’re worried about staying warm, remember that space heaters are inexpensive, easy ways to add warmth to rooms. Before buying the first one you see online, there are a few space heater safety tips to keep in mind.

Shopping for Safe Space Heaters

Space heater safety begins by choosing the right type of heater for your application. Electric heaters are the only heaters considered safe for use inside non-vented rooms. Fortunately, a wide array of safe space heaters fall within this general category, from convection heaters that circulate warmth around a room to radiant heaters that direct warmth right at you. Check out all the different types of space heater technology here.

Safety Features to Consider

Many space heaters come with an auto shut-off feature that switches the heater off immediately in the unlikely event that it overheats. To avoid fire hazards, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends purchasing a space heater with a tip-over safety switch too. The agency also advises consumers to make sure that the heater has been evaluated by a third-party organization like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Another consideration, particularly if you have kids or pets, is cool-touch housing. You won’t have to worry about wandering fingers or your dog getting burned when brushing up against it. Continue reading

Sylvane Adds Haverhill Heaters and Air Purifiers to Product Line-Up

Posted by Tony on January 20th, 2015

We aim to offer the newest and best products for improving indoor air quality, and 2015 is off to a great start! We recently added Haverhill’s micathermic space heater and HEPA air purifier to our product listing. Known for their reliable yet affordable products, Haverhill is an ideal match for Sylvane.

We already carry PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers, which have become customer favorites, but more on that later. First, let’s introduce you to the Haverhill brand:

General Haverhill Product Benefits

  • Efficient

    Micathermic heaters are known for being efficient (they don’t use a fan, their flat panel retains heat), and all of Haverhill’s other Energy Star sealproducts are Energy Star-rated for low-energy operation. Energy Star models save customers money by using 15% less energy than comparable models with similar operation.

  • Low Noise Level

    Haverhill products, particularly the micathermic space heater and air purifier, are known for their quiet operation–making them great choices for bedrooms and work spaces.

  • Easy-to-Use

    All of the Haverhill products we carry come with digital controls and user-friendly features. Thermostats, programmable timers, multiple modes, and notification lights all add up to hassle-free use.

  • Customer Favorites

    Our Haverhill products have earned some of best reviews on our site. While their heater and air purifier were just recently added, they’re both off to a great start with 4.5 out of 5 ratings. The PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers are even more impressive: The 50-pint model has a 4.5/5 rating from 23 reviews, while the 70-pint dehumidifier has a 4/5 rating from 54 reviews (at the time of writing this). Clearly Sylvane customers love these products!

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Top 5 Space Heaters for 2015

Posted by Tony on January 12th, 2015

Frigid winter weather has definitely arrived. An extra boost of warm air can make a huge difference in these conditions—and that’s exactly where space heaters come in.

To help you sift through your options and figure out which one is right for you, we picked our top 5 space heater recommendations for 2015. Read on to learn more and pick one for your home or office. 

1. Honeywell HZ-980 EnergySmart Infrared Heater

Benefits
Quiet, gently warms whole rooms, and currently on sale!
Ideal Uses
Bedrooms, living rooms, and basements

The Honeywell HZ-980 is a customer favorite. Recently named a “Best Buy” from a top consumer reporting agency, this model is simple to use, will fit in with just about any room, and gently spreads heat around your space.

  • Efficient: Automatically regulates power consumption; Energy Usage Indicator displays amount of energy used
  • Technology: Infrared heating technology with a fan to distribute warm air around rooms up to 1,000 square feet
  • Thermostat: Set your ideal room temperature and heat level (low to high)
  • Save Your Settings: Program 2 settings as favorites, programs to turn off up to 8 hours in advance.

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Sylvane Employees Share Our New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Tony on January 6th, 2015

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Happy New Year! We officially rang in the new year (hopefully with style) and are excited for a fresh, healthy start to 2015. A few of us in the office discussed our new year’s resolutions to get ideas and hold each other accountable. Check out our resolutions below and see what we hope to change this year! Want to be held accountable, too? Share your resolutions with us in the comments below. And check back in to report how you’re doing!

Meg’s Resolution
Be More Organized at Home

This one kind of surprised me, because Meg is one of most organized people in the office. But I guess it makes sense: She’s a working mom of 3 who runs our Merchandising department and her home. Between laundry, school supplies, sports equipment, and band stuff…there’s a lot to keep straight at home. She’s hoping keeping everything organized at home will save her time and keep her sane while juggling everything in her life.

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Happy Holidays From Sylvane!

Posted by Tony on December 22nd, 2014

Happy Holidays! It has been a great 2014, and we’re looking forward to an even better 2015. All of us at Sylvane would like to wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and a great New Year’s Eve!

It’s exciting to look back and see how much has changed for us this year. We added 4 new product categories and expanded others to continue offering the best indoor air quality products available. Keep reading to see what we added this year, and check back next year to see what new items we have for 2015! Continue reading

Christmas Tree Allergy Symptoms & Remedies

Posted by Tony on December 17th, 2014

xmas-treeYou’ve probably already put up your Christmas tree and may find yourself suffering from a runny nose, sinus headaches or general feeling of fatigue.

If so, it might be more than just the winter cold. A spike in respiratory-related emergency room visits around Christmas caused experts to take a closer look at possible related causes. They discovered that cold, flu, and asthma-type symptoms during the holiday season may have their root cause in Christmas trees. But it’s generally not the tree itself that causes these “real Christmas tree allergies.”

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How to Beat Holiday Allergy Triggers

Posted by Tony on December 10th, 2014

holiday-1The arrival of winter offers relief for many allergy sufferers, but setting up for the holidays can cause a host of issues for people with asthma and allergies. If the thought of Christmas brings images of festive trees and plants along with memories of sneezing and sniffling through the holidays, a few simple changes can make your holiday more enjoyable.

Here are some common triggers and how to avoid them this holiday season:

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Don’t forget the decorations you love so much, the ones that give your home the holiday feel, they’ve been stored away for 11 or so months. And they’re generally kept in attics, basements, garages or other places that are known for harboring dust and mold. Wipe down seasonal ornaments and decorations with a damp cloth when you first dig them out. If you purchase live decorations or plants (more on trees below!), then be sure to toss them as soon as they start to dry out. Continue reading

Cyber Monday Sale! Includes Dyson, 20% Off Heaters & Sitewide Deals

Posted by Tony on November 29th, 2014

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Cyber Monday truly is a great day to shop: No crowds or driving around to different stores, hoping they have what you need. Our Cyber Monday sale offers big discounts for some must-have winter products like heaters, humidifiers, and more.

We’re offering 10% off sitewide for purchases over $150 (exclusions apply) and up to $150 off select Dyson heaters and vacuum cleaners. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll see on sale this Cyber Monday:

10% Off Sitewide

Use the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout and get 10% off any purchase over $150. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor heater for your patio, a humidifier for your baby’s nursery, or a steam cleaner for chemical-free sanitizing—you’ll save a nice chunk of change by purchasing it Cyber Monday. All of these items are useful items for people on your holiday list, so take advantage by entering the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout.

20% Off Space Heaters

Space Heaters can be a life saver this time of year. Who doesn’t have a room that just won’t warm up?  Adding a space heater can offer instant relief to those spaces. Some people also add one to the rooms they use most often and turn their thermostat down a few degrees–which can help save energy.

Regardless of why you may need one, we’ve got 20% off all space heaters by DeLonghi, Honeywell, Soleus, and Sunpentown. Many of the models we have on sale were recently named as top picks by a top consumer reporting agency.

DeLonghi space heaters are known for offering quiet, direct heat. Their lightweight panel heater radiates heat directly in front of it and can be hung on a wall to save floor space. Consider an oil-filled radiator model for consistent, quiet heat across an entire room. Most models can be wheeled into place, feature digital controls, multiple heat settings, and various other top features.

The Delonghi TRN0812T was recently recognized by a top consumer reporting agency for its quiet and effective operation. This simple-to-use model has a GFCI plug to reduce shock, which makes it common for bathrooms and other hazardous areas, and also includes a timer for programming operation. All DeLonghi models are priced at 20% off, so now is a great time to scoop one up.

Honeywell space heaters are known for their energy-saving features and efficient heat. The Honeywell HZ-980 was just named a “Best Buy” by a top consumer reporting agency. This powerful infrared heater blends in just about anywhere and can be personalized to match your comfort needs. Its adjustable design makes it good for heating small rooms or adding supplemental heat to spaces up to 1,000 square feet.

Check out all of Honeywell’s compact room heaters; they’re customer favorites and proven to work well on chilly winter nights.

$150 Off Select Dyson Heaters and Vacuums

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Dyson is known worldwide for manufacturing top-quality products with advanced technology. They have a broad range of vacuum options, from handheld models to powerful bagless uprights. For example, Dyson stick vacuums are ideal for moms who need to quickly clean up around kitchens and living rooms.

Consider a Dyson upright for some of the strongest suction on the market and simple bagless bin-emptying. They dig into any type of carpet and come with tools to clean even the tightest space.

Lastly, Dyson’s heater fan is truly one-of-a-kind. It has 10 speeds, bladeless technology, and offers projected long term heat. Also recommended by a top consumer reporting agency, the Dyson AM05 can also be used as a fan during summer months.

Other Cyber Monday deals include 20% off select humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and allergy bedding. Be sure to check out our deals page to see a full list of our Cyber Monday deals. It’s the best time to prepare for the cold holiday season ahead and get a useful product for your home at a discounted price.

Black Friday Deals: 20% off Humidifiers, Air Purifiers & More!

Posted by Tony on November 26th, 2014

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When I think of Black Friday, I think of long lines and crazy videos of people fighting—generally over a $10 toy most kids don’t really need. Save yourself some stress and buy something your family really needs by taking advantage of our Black Friday sale, which lasts all weekend!

We’re offering 20% off various household products that will keep you healthy and comfortable all winter. Even better, you’ll also receive 10% off on sitewide purchases over $150 (promo code THANKS14, exclusions apply).

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Sylvane Heaters Earn “Best Buy” Nods by Consumer Reporting Agency

Posted by Tony on November 19th, 2014

Winter is admittedly not my favorite time of year: While I love cuddling up on the couch on a cold night, I don’t love the spike in energy bills I see when I run my central heater.

I’ve become a huge fan of space heaters since I joined Sylvane. They’re inexpensive, easy-to-move, and give off targeted warmth where you really need it. I tend to turn my thermostat down and use a good space heater in my living room (and then my bedroom at night). This plan actually keeps me warmer and saves me some money too.

A top consumer reporting agency just released its top picks for single-room heaters. Lets take a look at why these models ranked so highly and who should consider adding one to their home:

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