Posted by Ivey on March 30th, 2011
Recently, we launched our Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes, which is designed to help parents, parents-to-be, and caregivers create a healthier indoor environment for their little one. To get you better acquainted with the awesome prizes up for grabs, this week’s product spotlight is on the Oransi v-hepa Plus Air Purifier, one of the great items offered by our contest’s presenting sponsor, Oransi.
The Oransi v-hepa Plus Air Purifier features three effective fan speeds and true HEPA filtration to remove up to 99.97% of particulates 0.3 microns and larger from areas sized up to 400 square feet, like a nursery or your bedroom. To ensure that your baby can rest easily, the v-hepa Plus boasts whisper-quiet operation that is four times quieter than comparable units. Plus, its neutral color palette allows it blend seamlessly with any room décor.
Posted by Ivey on March 24th, 2011
Is your living room or bedroom in desperate need of a facelift, but you don’t have the time or resources to invest in a total renovation? Adding an electric fireplace to your room is a quick and easy way to spice up any décor. To spark your creativity, this week’s product spotlight is on three Southern Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) electric fireplaces.
SEI electric fireplaces are available in a wide variety of designs, sizes, finishes, and price points. Plus, many of this manufacturer’s fireplaces come with optional heat settings that allow you to enjoy the ambiance of realistic flickering flames year-round—with or without heat! Rest assured, when the heater function is turned on your SEI electric fireplace is completely safe because no combustion is required to create heat and the glass enclosure of the firebox remains cool to the touch. Since no emissions or pollutants are produced, these heaters are eco-friendly and energy efficient.
Posted by Ivey on March 22nd, 2011
As a result of the devastating events in Japan, we have received several phone calls from customers concerned about radiation exposure and looking for ways to diminish this risk.
First, it’s important to note that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports no expectation for harmful levels of radiation to reach the U.S. Plus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using the existing nationwide radiation monitoring system, RadNet, to continuously monitor the nation’s air, drinking water, milk, and precipitation for environmental radiation and additional monitors have been deployed to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The EPA is also making daily data on radiation monitoring efforts readily available online.
That being said, many U.S. citizens are still interested in the relationship between air filtration and radiation exposure. These two things actually have a long history. In fact, High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which are some of the most effective and popular air filters on the market today, were actually developed out of the need for effective filtration of radioactive particulates.
During World War II, scientists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom were commissioned to work on the Manhattan Project, which would ultimately lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. While this work work was taking place, the need to protect scientists from exposure to radioactive fallout became apparent. Since radioactive fallout is particulate in nature, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recognized that it could be filtered using mechanical filtration and developed HEPA filtration to protect scientists from exposure to radioactive particles.
Following World War II, HEPA filter technology was declassified and began being used in commercial and residential products. HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97% to 99.99% of airborne particles that measure 0.3 microns and larger, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold spores. Today, these filters are commonly found in high-performance air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus.
The HealthPro Plus is a top-of-the-line air purifier that is consistently ranked a best buy among industry insiders. Perfect for homes of allergy- and asthma-sufferers, the IQAir HealthPro Plus features true HEPA filtration and a two-stage gas filter to remove more polluting particulates—including ultra-fine particles—from the air than conventional air purifiers. In addition to excellent filtration, this IQAir purifier also features a convenient filter life monitor, six fan speed settings, a soft-touch control panel, remote control operation, and triple-seal filter design.
For more information on air purifiers, read our Frequently Asked Questions About Air Purifiers article in the Sylvane Learning Center.
Posted by Diamond on March 17th, 2011
Regardless of where you live, you could be affected by flooding at any time. In an effort to raise awareness of the hazards associated with floods, March 14-18 has been designated Flood Safety Awareness Week.
According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, flooding causes more damage than any other severe weather-related event, averaging $5 billion each year. If you find yourself dealing with the after-effects of flood, follow these steps to start the flood recovery process:
- Contact Your Insurance Company. Your insurance can help guide you through the process of filing a claim, documenting the damage, and starting the cleanup process.
- Enter with Caution. Following a flood, your home and property could be hazardous to enter. Survey the area for cracks in the foundation, gas leaks, broken power lines, leaking chemicals, and other issues before going into your home.
- Remove Wet Contents Immediately. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold can begin growing on furniture, bedding, and other upholstered items. These items should be removed from the wet environment as soon as possible, cleaned, and dried thoroughly to prevent serious mold issues from developing.
Posted by Ivey on March 14th, 2011
Last week, I posted the first seven tips from my four-part blog series, “28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air”. These indoor air improvement suggestions were initially posted on Twitter and Facebook. Created in observance of National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, these suggestions can help you not only rejuvenate your indoor air but create a healthier overall environment in your home. The second set of tips is listed below. Be sure to check back for the last two installments!
Posted by Ivey on March 9th, 2011
March 7-13 is National Sleep Awareness Week. Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this annual event was created to bring attention to the importance of a good night’s sleep in maintaining a healthy body and mind. One of the primary ingredients for a restful sleep, according the National Sleep Foundation’s Bedroom Poll, is a comfortable and clean bedroom.
If you find yourself tossing and turning or waking up with stuffy sinuses and itchy eyes and skin, an air purifier might be just the thing you need to achieve the invigorating 7-9 hours of restful sleep that experts agree most adults need. For this week’s product spotlight, let’s take a look at the Austin Air Bedroom Machine and the many ways that it can improve your sleep and your health.
Posted by Ivey on March 7th, 2011
In observance of National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, I posted a new indoor air quality tip each day during the month of February on Twitter and Facebook. The first 7 are listed below—just in case you missed one. Stay tuned for the next three installments to read all of our better air tips!
- Change or clean your air filters regularly. One of the keys to keeping your indoor air quality clean and healthy is to change the air filters in your air purifier, window or portable air conditioner, central air system, and other filter-containing devices according to manufacturer guidelines. This will also protect the life of the appliance. Join our Better Air Program to receive free convenient reminders when it is time to replace your air purifier filters.
- Use “green” cleaning solutions like steam cleaners. Steam cleaners and similar products are great for removing unwanted dirt, debris, bacteria, and viruses from your indoor environment without the use of harsh chemicals. Since steam cleaners just use ordinary water as the cleaning agent, no chemical residues or noxious odors are left behind.
- Line dry clothes outside or use a safe dryer setting. Some clothes can’t be safely dried in a clothes dryer, so many people opt to hang them in the bathroom. Hanging clothes in the bathroom can actually foster unhealthy humidity levels and encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Line drying clothes outside or using the dryer when possible will help you maintain healthy air quality in your bathroom and throughout your entire home.