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Breathe Smarter: Start-Up Creating Wearable Air Quality Sensor

Posted by Tony on September 11th, 2014

chip2Asthma sufferers and people with respiratory illnesses know the importance of the air quality around them. While air quality maps and expensive technology give general air quality information, there’s not yet an inexpensive way to track air quality around you in real time.

But that may be about to change: A start-up company called ChemiSense is developing a wearable air quality sensor to track your immediate air quality in real time.

The air quality sensor can be worn around your wrist and connect to your smart phone through an app. Its air quality sensors will send information to the user’s smart phone, which will alert them about the quality of the air around them. This information could help people with respiratory conditions avoid issues, reduce asthma flare-ups, and keep tabs on exposure in highly-polluted areas. Learn More About This Helpful New Sensor!

College Football Stadiums Add Cooling Stations for Fans

Posted by Tony on September 4th, 2014

misting fanAfter a relatively mild summer, various parts of the country have been hit with some pretty steamy weather lately. In fact, New York’s hottest day of the year was just a few days ago. These high temperatures arrived right when many sports, most notably college football, kicked off their fall season. The surprisingly hot weather has caused several stadiums to add cooling stations and misting fans to their grounds.

For many people, college football means tailgating all day, walking around college campuses, and drinking alcohol. As temperatures rise into the 80s and higher, it’s important for fans to stay cool. Learn what college stadiums are doing to keep fans cool!

Sylvane’s Labor Day Sale 2014: 10% Off Site Wide & More

Posted by Tony on August 29th, 2014

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Our Labor Day sale is bigger than ever: We’re offering 20% off select dehumidifiers and ACs, major Dyson discounts, and 10% off site wide (some exclusions apply). So whether you need a new dehumidifier or space heater—or you’re simply stocking up on replacement filters or parts—now is a great time to click around our site.

These discounts are available all Labor Day weekend, from 8/29/14 to 9/1/14. Read on for more details on how you can save this weekend!

Learn all the great deals we're offering for Labor Day weekend!

How to Make Quick Work of a Flooded Warehouse

Posted by Tony on August 12th, 2014

new-429-large_size_image-dri-eaz-sahara-pro-daisy-chainThe Atlanta area has literally been flooded with rain recently. Typically our summers look a lot like Florida: Scorching hot during the day with a few pop up showers in the afternoon. Lately it has been more like “take cover because a long, torrential downpour is on the way.”

All the rain this past weekend left one furniture store with quite a mess! Their basement, which serves as warehouse space with lots of valuable pieces, was completely flooded when rain leaked into their basement. By the time the skies cleared nearly a foot of standing water was present in some areas.

Luckily, a few sturdy Sylvane products came to the rescue. In fact, the water damage was taken care of by the end of the weekend, so it didn’t influence business come Monday morning. One of our popular shop vacs removed a large amount of the water and debris, before a few industrial fans removed excess moisture in the floors, wood, and boxes.

If you’re ever in the same predicament, these products could save you a lot of hassle and money. Let’s take a look at what happened:

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Learn how this company handled a basement flood!

Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

Posted by Tony on August 5th, 2014

collegeIs summer really almost over? If my morning commute was any indication, the answer is definitely yes. While the end of summer really only affects my commute and time spent at the pool, there are parents across the country sending kids off to college for the first time.

Described as “the best 4 years of your life,” college living situations (particularly old, dirty dorms) are generally less than ideal. I was in for quite a shock when I first walked into my dorm room–it was dusty, hot, and a far cry from the house I grew up in…and for better or worse, my college apartments never got much better.

So whether your child is off to college for the first time or heading back after summer, they’re probably entering a less-than-desirable living situation. Here are some must-have products to improve their air quality and keep them comfortable for the school year ahead.

Eva-Dry E-100 Eliminator Buckets

eva-dry-e-100-eliminator-bucketsThe Eva-Dry E-100 is a unique disposable product that removes moisture and odors for up to 60 days. Its carbon and micro-absorbing crystals absorb moisture, musty odors, and allergens from closets, storage bins, and other small areas. They’re ideal for college students who don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and are living in small dorm rooms with poor air quality.

Even better, they fit into any college student’s budget since they cost around $20. In fact, the Eliminator buckets are on sale right now! See more dorm room must-haves!

Four Apps to Help You Go Green

Posted by Tia on July 28th, 2014

green energyCell phones have become a crucial part in our everyday life. From keeping us connected to giving us directions to the nearest Starbucks, most Americans couldn’t make it through the day without their handheld best friend.

For almost any problem you encounter, people say “Hey, there’s an App for that!” A few Apps take it to the next level–not only answering questions but helping the environment as well. I love these easy-to-use apps because they help everyday people make a difference in air quality! Here are a few eco-friendly apps worth checking out!

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This app was rated as the “#1 Green App” by TechCrunch and aims to reduce the carbon footprint of consumers. It provides an assortment of green resources and projects that can easily be implemented by anyone. You can also find good info on green products and companies, the best green sites and even a carbon footprint calculator to measure your success. Users can also submit their ideas and projects as well! So check out this interactive app to see find easy ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Check out the other Green Apps here!

Miele Marin Product Review: A New Way to Vacuum

Posted by Tony on July 21st, 2014

marin-review-imageSince I started at Sylvane, I’ve been touting the Miele Marin as one of my favorite vacuums. It’s super easy to move around and you can choose between 3 carpet tools–depending on your home’s floors. When one of my co-workers, Kari, bought a new house that needed a little extra cleaning, I suggested she try the Marin. She was nice enough to take some photos and report back on her experience with this S8 canister vacuum. Check out her pictures and thoughts below:

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Read Kari's Review!

Sylvane’s Fourth of July Sale

Posted by Tia on July 1st, 2014

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Starting TODAY, discounts on portable AC’s, dehumidifiers and more! The Fourth of July is a great time to come together with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate this wonderful country of ours! Celebrations of the fourth traditionally include fireworks, sparklers and hot dogs. We are adding to these traditions by celebrating America with a Sale!

20% off Portable ACs

Some rooms require a little extra help when it comes to cooling off. Portable Air Conditioners are the perfect solution for adding a little chill to a room! Portable AC’s are easily mobile and energy efficient, making it the perfect addition to your home! See more deals here!

Five spots for Fresh Air in Big Cities!

Posted by Tia on June 26th, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer afternoon is to go to the park. There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face as you hang out in nature and recharge your batteries after a particularly taxing week. Not only are these spots relaxing, the fresh air will be a nice change from poor air quality that normally plague’s big cities. For moms with kids out of school for the summer, going to the park can be the very thing that saves our sanity! Some of America’s big cities have created the most enchanting and creative outdoor public spaces you can imagine. If you are in the vicinity, check out these great American parks:

The High Line in New York City – The High line is an abandoned rail line that was transformed into a public space! The Park runs around Manhattan’s West side and is open to the public from 7 AM to 11 PM. Not only is this a great free space to relax after a hard day at the office, you can’t beat the sweet treats that are offered up and down the rail line by street venders.

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Miele Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum Review

Posted by Tony on June 23rd, 2014

Miele has officially joined the robotic vacuum game! They released the Scout RX1 today, and we’ve got everything you need to know about it.

Not only does it automatically clean your floor, but it’s packed with features and adjusts to clean both hard floors and low-pile carpet.

Let’s take a look at what this new Miele Scout RX1 has to offer:

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It’s trusted Miele design is backed with a 2-year warranty–significantly longer than other robotic vacuums.

The green outlines show an intelligent navigation system that uses a camera and 7 sensors to clean your entire floor without missing a spot or bumping into furniture or walls. Learn more about the Miele Scout RX1!

Sylvane Introduces Bathroom Fans to Product Line Up

Posted by Ashley on June 17th, 2014

Hot off the presses! We’ve added a new family of products to our ever-expanding catalog of indoor air quality solutions. Say hello to bathroom fans!

Did you know that all those steamy showers and bubble baths you take could be damaging your home’s infrastructure? That’s right. Prolonged humidity in your bathroom can trigger mold and mildew growth, cause paint and wallpaper to peel, and in more severe cases, even lead to wood rot inside your walls. If you find that your bathroom feels muggy after a shower and there’s condensation building up on your mirrors and windows, you might benefit from adding a bathroom fan.

Find out more about our new bathroom fans

Air Quality Issues Impacting the World Cup

Posted by Tia on June 11th, 2014

World Cup excitement continues to grow as the time grows closer and closer to the first game kickoff. I have been preparing my best “GOALLLLL!!!!!!” yell and have hung up my lucky jersey to root on team USA in one of my favorite events this summer.USA-Soccer-blog

Hosted in Brazil, this year’s World Cup is bound to be full of surprises. Hosting the World Cup comes with a price though; arguably one of the biggest price tags is not monetary but health related.

Poor air quality claims more lives in Sao Paulo Brazil than traffic fatalities, breast cancer and AIDS combined according to the a study conducted by the Institute of Health and Sustainability.

A study of the pollutants in Sao Paulo’s air determined that it has more than twice the amount of pollutants than is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. With such horrible air quality already plaguing Brazil, some people are asking how it will affect the big event—for fans and players

Here are some additional things to consider: 

  • With all of the international fans flocking the Brazil to cheer on their team, international flying will be at an all time high for Sao Paulo.
  • Travel between different stadiums during the event could double the carbon emissions of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
  • Not only will this increase the risk for Brazilian citizens to die from emission related illnesses, travelers and players exposed are at greater risk for heart disease.

To keep the smog from being a downer, FIFA and The Local Organizing Committee are trying to offset the carbon footprint visitors will create by implementing a series of low carbon development projects.Air plane/Air quality

FIFA hopes to maximize the fans’ enjoyment AND safety during the World Cup. FIFA is also encouraging travelers to offset their own carbon footprint as they enjoy the games.

  • If you have tickets to the World Cup, register your tickets on FIFA’s website and they’ll neutralize your carbon footprint for FREE! And by doing this you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to the championship game. It doesn’t get any better than that!
  • Plane emissions are the biggest contribution to the carbon footprint! If you have to fly it is best to fly direct. Airplanes use large amounts of fuel taking-off and landing.
  • If you’re driving during the games, consider walking or biking instead. Also, use car air conditioning sparingly as it increases fuel consumption.

However World Cup organizers and fans choose to help keep air quality within safe levels, you can bet the level of noise in the air from the screaming fans will be tough to control! Go Team USA!

Ever been to Brazil? Shed some light on what the players and fans are in for by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page!

Sylvane’s Memorial Day 2014 Sale – 10% Off on Dehumidifiers, ACs & More

Posted by Tony on May 23rd, 2014

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Summer has finally arrived, and we’re as excited as anyone here in Atlanta. If you’re prepping your home for the summer heat, take advantage of our site-wide Memorial Day sale! We’re offering 10% off ALL types of air conditioners, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, vacuums, and more (some exclusions apply). Check out some of the products we have on sale this Memorial Day weekend:

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Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

Posted by Tony on May 14th, 2014

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After a strenuous winter, it’s already time to think about the hot summer months ahead. Forecasters say it’s going to be a scorcher, and the last thing you want to deal with is a hot house all summer. Consider the following tips to keep your family comfortable and safe this summer—they’ll help keep your energy costs down too!

Schedule a Professional AC Tune-Up

Central ACs account for most of the electricity used during summer months, and just like your car needs regular tune-ups–so does your air conditioner. Simple maintenance will keep it running at its best and prolong its life.

A professional air conditioning tune-up will include safety inspections to make sure your system is safe and meets the cooling needs of your home.

Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

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  • Change your air conditioner’s filter monthly as needed.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and program it to run only when people are at home.
  • Keep leaves and debris away from your air conditioner’s outside cabinet

Other Easy Tips for Staying Cool

  • Ensure Proper Attic Insulationlaying insulation
    If you’re attic isn’t properly insulated, it can reach scary-high temperatures (140 degrees F), and this heat will build up, seep into your home, and make your AC work harder.
  • Install Ceiling Fans
    Help your AC out by letting fans circulate cool air around your space. On cooler nights, these may help avoid using your central AC.
  • Unplug Unused Electronics
    Reduce energy and heat output in your house by unplugging appliances and electronics you’re not using.
  • Cover Windows
    You can help reduce the heat in your home by keeping your windows closed and covered by blinds or drapes to block out the sun during the day.honeywell-mm-ac-lg
  • Add Supplemental Cooling
    If one of your rooms gets overly warm or you only need to cool certain rooms you’re in a lot, consider installing a portable air conditioner or even a window AC. For energy-smart models, look for ACs with the Energy Star seal—earned by models proven to save you money on energy/operating costs.

By taking some time now, you can make your home more comfortable and safer for your family this summer. Then, you can relax and enjoy the summer weather to come! Have additional tips? Tell us below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Simple Ways to Get Involved with Air Quality Awareness Week

Posted by Tony on April 29th, 2014

trafficNo matter how hard we try, we all contribute to air pollution. Air Quality Awareness Week highlights a few ways we can all help make our air cleaner–and recognize how air quality affects our overall health.

The EPA offers a few simple ways to get involved, and most involve reducing smog—one of the main ways we contribute to air pollution.

Give one or two of their suggestions a try–you may even start doing them regularly. View some easy and fun activities you can do to improve air quality!