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Prepare for Allergy Season Now

Posted by Tony on March 31st, 2015

hello-spring

Spring, and the sunny weather that comes along with it, has definitely arrived here in Atlanta. And while winter weather is still on its way out in some areas, spring is on the horizon. That also means allergy season is close to rearing its ugly head.

It can be difficult to get outside and enjoy the sunshine when you have to deal with constant sneezing, congestion,  skin irritation, and headaches.

Luckily, here are 6 simple solutions that can help you prepare for spring allergies.

Clean Your Entire Home

Spring cleaning is a good idea for a variety of reasons, but one of them is to help reduce your allergy symptoms. Dust can easily accumulate throughout your home during winter when your house is closed off from the cold. This dust may have gone unnoticed during winter, but it will only make your spring allergies worse. Check out our spring cleaning suggestions and checklist for 2015. Continue reading

How to Get Involved with Earth Hour 2015

Posted by Tony on March 27th, 2015

earth-hour-imageEarth Hour 2015 is almost here!

Join the movement, celebrated across the world, and show your dedication to the environment by turning off your non-essential lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time on March 28.

What is Earth Hour?

The World Wide Fund for Nature, or WWF, began Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. It incorporated 2.2 million businesses and homes, all of which turned off their lights for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Earth Hour has grown to an amazing event with participation in more than 7,000 cities and towns in over 160 countries and territories all over the world. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist

Posted by Tony on March 20th, 2015

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Today is officially the first day of spring! Winter weather is (finally) on its way out, and we’re making our spring cleaning checklists.

While you’re preparing your home and closet for warmer weather, be sure to consider these 10 spring cleaning tips:

Clean Based on Your Time Constraints

If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s best to complete one task at a time rather than trying to work on several things at once.Mattress_tool_feature

Handle smaller tasks like dusting when you can, and then tackle your closet when you have a little more time to do laundry, pack up your winter clothes, and pull out your shorts. Continue reading

Save Some Green in Our Clearance Center this St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by Tony on March 17th, 2015

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Sylvane! We’re rocking our green gear today and hope you are too!

Besides celebrating with green beer and finding your lucky 4-leaf clover, you can also save a little “green” in our Clearance Center today. The Clearance Center is one area of our site that often goes unnoticed, but it’s a great place to find high-quality products at discount prices. Continue reading

Formaldehyde Concerns: Testing, Options & Solutions

Posted by Tony on March 13th, 2015

60 Minutes recently ran a segment on the health risks associated with laminate floors with high levels of formaldehyde. The report opened people’s eyes to what we’ve known for a long time–formaldehyde is a dangerous gas with potentially serious health risks. It turns out hundreds of thousands of Americans may be impacted, and news outlets have run with the story ever since. Read the entire 60 Minutes report on formaldehyde here.

For a summary of the findings and what’s happening now, check out the video below. And keep reading to learn more about formaldehyde, formaldehyde testing, how to get rid of it. Continue reading

New Product Spotlight: Mulberry West Allergy Bedding

Posted by Ashley on March 3rd, 2015

Mulberry West Silk-Filled Comforter

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