Posted by Ivey on February 28th, 2011
Last week, I woke up with a stuffy head and puffy eyes. “Surely, pollen season hasn’t already started,” I thought. Wrong. The significant jump in temperature over the last couple of weeks prompted dormant trees to wake up and shake off their pollen, which resulted in a pollen count of 742. According to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article, there were no high pollen days in February 2010 and the highest February pollen count in 2009 was 386. Luckily, I had my trusty air purifier ready to go.
Unfortunately, Atlanta isn’t the only U.S. city facing the early onslaught of pollen. Many towns and cities across the southern and southwestern areas of the U.S. are dealing with medium to high levels of pollen, according to Pollen.com. So what’s going on?
Posted by Ivey on February 22nd, 2011
To relieve respiratory problems, sinus irritation, and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with dry air, humidifiers are often a first line of defense. However, did you know that humidifier water tanks can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria? Furthermore, without proper care, your trusty humidifier can actually damage your air quality by circulating these irritants throughout your environment.
That’s why this week’s featured product is the Pure Guardian H4600 Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier. This innovative humidifier makes it easy to keep your room’s air moisturized and free of harmful mold and bacteria using Silver Clean Technology.
Posted by Ivey on February 15th, 2011
It’s no secret that Sylvane has one of the most comprehensive product catalogs in the industry. That’s why each week I am going to spotlight a different product to help you get better acquainted with our air treatment solutions. What better way to start than with one of our most unique products—the Oskar Humidifier by Stadler Form?
When you think of humidifiers, what comes to mind? Probably a bulky-shaped device filled with water or maybe you are picturing your niece’s humidifier with the frog face. Either way it probably isn’t very chic or something that you would proudly display. The stylish design of the Stadler Form Oskar will definitely change your perception of humidifiers.
Posted by Ivey on February 9th, 2011
Picture this. It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve thought of everything. Flowers? Got ‘em. Elegant dinner? Devoured. Indulgent dessert? Savored. Now, it’s time for a nightcap. If you’re an allergy-sufferer, consider using Kumi Kookoon bedding—made of high-quality charmeuse silk—to provide a luxurious setting for evening’s end without the threat of allergy-inducing dust mites.
An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from dust mite allergies. These microscopic organisms often take up residence in and around your bed and pillows to be closer to their food source—your dead skin cells! While actual dust mites do not produce allergic reactions in humans, their waste products can make your bed uninviting and restful sleep a distant memory.
To ensure that your special someone is the only one you are getting cozy with at the end of the night, layer your bed in the softest silk sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers from Kumi Kookoon. The line even includes a silk velvet throw blanket perfect for snuggling on the sofa. Made from all-natural fibers, Kumi Kookoon bedding naturally repels dust mites, particles, and moisture. This creates a healthy, dry environment, which is great for allergy-sufferers in general as well as people with asthma, arthritis, and joint pain.
To learn more about the benefits of hypoallergenic bedding and dust mite prevention, check out these two great articles from our Learning Center:
*UPDATE: We no longer carry the Kumi Kookoon sheets, but consider our Crescent Moon bedding as an allergy-friendly option. Made of 100% organic cotton, Crescent Moon duvets, pillows, and mattress pads protect against dust mites and other allergens.
Posted by Ivey on February 4th, 2011
As Americans, we understand that outdoor pollutants not only affect the Earth’s well-being but our personal health as well. That’s why each day many of us recycle, use mass transit, drive hybrid vehicles, and take other green measures to protect the environment. However, most of us consider our homes a haven—never realizing that our indoor air could be even more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air can be two to five times (and sometimes 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air! This is further compounded by the fact that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors.
Posted by Ivey on February 1st, 2011
Concern over environmental pollution caused by traditional fireplaces seems to be a hot topic. In fact, widespread discussion over the amount of toxins emitted into both indoor and outdoor environments by fireplaces has prompted many people to limit or stop using their wood-burning fireplace altogether.
Fireplaces have long been coveted by homeowners for the charm that they add to a room, but they’re aquiring a bit of a stigma.
As a health- and eco-conscious citizen, how do you avoid being clumped in with the likes of gas-guzzling SUV drivers, sprawl-loving homeowners, and unapologetic polluters, while holding fast to the beloved crackle of a warm and cozy fire? Luckily, you have a few options. Continue reading