Posted by Ivey on July 30th, 2010
“Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” This was a simple phrase that my grandmother would say to me each night before I went to sleep. I always thought of it as a sweet bedtime ritual—certainly not a safety warning! With stores like Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch closing due to bedbug infestastions as well as growing residential bedbug complaints, residents of New York City and other major urban areas might not share this sentiment.
New York City residents are not alone in their bedbug war. At a 2009 bedbug conference, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesperson, Dale Kemery, reported that bedbug infestation had tripled in the United States since 2005.
Posted by Ivey on July 23rd, 2010
Prior to finding my home at Sylvane, I have worked in lots of business environments—from small start-up companies to large corporate offices. While my experiences at these companies vary widely, there was one constant—employees always had different opinions regarding a comfortable office temperature.
People on the cold end of the temperature spectrum can typically keep a sweater at work or use a personal heater to achieve a more comfortable work environment. However, if your work area is too warm, this can be a difficult situation. One of the best remedies for this situation is a personal fan.
Posted by Ivey on July 15th, 2010
When most people think of swamps, a cool, comfortable environment is probably the last image that comes to mind. So, with a name like “swamp cooler“, you are probably a little wary of this appliance’s proposed cooling potential. When used properly, swamp coolers—also known as evaporative air coolers—can lower the air temperature in your home up to 20 degrees. Most effective in dry, arid climates like the Southwestern United States, these cooling appliances are great for keeping your bedroom, den, patio, deck, garage, or even workshop comfortable during the hot summer season.
Swamp coolers are fresh air systems, so unlike traditional air conditioners, they do not use ozone-depleting refrigerants. The technology behind these appliances is actually based on the naturally occurring process of evaporative cooling. The chill that you get after stepping out of the ocean or standing near a waterfall is the result of evaporative cooling. To cool your space more efficiently, swamp coolers use a fan to draw warm, stale into the unit. The air passes over moistened pads, and the cool, rejuvenated air is then distributed throughout your environment. Since swamp coolers work best when a window or door is slightly opened, the ambient temperature in your room can feel four to six degrees cooler than the actual temperature thanks to consistently circulated air. Plus, the simple cooling process—requiring just water and air—makes evaporative cooling exceptionally eco-friendly.
Posted by Ivey on July 9th, 2010
As temperatures across the U.S. continue to skyrocket, staying cool seems to be at the top of everyone’s priority list. If your existing HVAC system needs a little help or if you just need to cool a single room, consider adding a portable air conditioner to your home. These freestanding devices are great choices for anyone living in an apartment or condo with restrictions regarding the installation of window air conditioners, for IT professionals who need to keep a server room cool, or even for those working in warehouses or garages. With the help of a portable AC, you can stay cool and comfortable throughout the blazing hot summer months.
Posted by Ivey on July 2nd, 2010
The Fourth of July is a great occasion to enjoy the company of family and good friends, eat great food, and celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence with visually stunning fireworks displays. While fun to watch, fireworks can be hazardous to the environment around them. The explosions and colorful light displays are often created using various heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds, and other noxious chemicals. For example, Barium is frequently used to create green colors in fireworks and Copper compounds are used to create blue colors—even though these compounds have been linked to cancer. In addition to the potential harmful effects of these chemicals, fireworks can also leave behind hazardous smoke and physical debris.