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March Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on March 26th, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistsLast month, we announced the launch of our new Air Quality Evangelist program. The goal of this project is to celebrate other blogs and websites that appreciate good air quality and provide insight on how you can improve yours.

Now it’s time to announce this month’s Air Quality Evangelists!

SafeMama SafeMama

Kathy Scoleri is a web designer, author, and mother of two boys. When she was expecting her first child in 2007 – and spending hours researching Bisphenol-A, hormone mimicking chemicals, and toy recalls – she knew she couldn’t be the only parent scouring the web for this information. So she created SafeMama to keep it all in one place.

Winning Post: There are many choices you can make to Keep Toxic Chemicals Out Of Your Home. In this article, SafeMama hits some major points – from losing the shoes while inside to using HEPA-filtered vacuums.

See March's Air Quality Evangelists!

Pollen Contest: Show Your Yellow, Win Some Green!

Posted by Allison on March 23rd, 2012

It’s springtime, and you know what that means: yellow-covered everything. Especially here in Atlanta, where pollen counts are breaking records and a sick yellow tinge coats the city streets. For allergy-sufferers, this is devastating. So we wanted to give you something to smile about.

Send us a picture of your pollen-covered car, and you’ll be entered to win a free $50 Visa gift card!

Car Covered in PollenThat should cover a few good car washes to rinse away that nasty pollen.

Post your photo on our Facebook page, tweet us a link, or email it to us at contest@sylvane.com. On April 6th, the most pollen-soaked car will win a $50 Visa gift card!

Show us how desperately your car needs a good cleaning. Send us your photo today!

And remember to keep those windows rolled up and wash your clothes when you get inside. That pollen settles quickly on our cars, but there are steps you can take to keep it out of your home.

Good luck!

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Air Quality

Posted by Allison on March 19th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Cleaning SuppliesThe beginning of spring is the one time of year that I get super jazzed about cleaning, so I always make sure to take it seriously. I leave no blind un-dusted and no pillow cover un-washed. Dust, dirt and allergens don’t stand a chance in my home.

This spring, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. I’m talking allergen-deep. Dust mite-deep. Get down to the nitty gritty and really tackle what’s lurking in your home’s air. With the help of these 10 spring cleaning tips, you can do it without making yourself crazy.

1. Make a schedule. If you have a basement, start there – this room usually has the worst air quality. The next day, tackle germs and bacteria in the bathroom. Move onto the living room on day three, and so on. Even if you live in a 600 square foot apartment like mine, this method helps you stay focused on the task at hand and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead of you.

bissell steam mop 2. Ditch the store-bought cleaners for a vapor steam cleaner. Typical household cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals that can aggravate allergies and ultimately cause health complications. Steam cleaners use pure vapor steam to naturally disinfect and deodorize counter tops, windows, appliances, and upholstery.

Keep reading for more spring cleaning tips.

Sylvane’s Top Allergy Air Purifiers

Posted by Ashley on March 14th, 2012

Alen A375UV Multi-Gas Air PurifierWith spring just a week away, many of us are already suffering through the usual line-up of aggravating allergy symptoms. An allergy air purifier may be the answer you need to finally be able to enjoy the season again. But if you’ve done any amount of research on air purifiers designed for allergies, you know that your options are endless. It’s often difficult to sift through your choices and figure out which model will be the best for your needs.

We want to help you with your choice. That’s why we’ve created a cheat sheet of sorts to help you easily identify our tried and true models, those that are a hit with customers and industry insiders alike. Read on for a peek at our top allergy air purifiers for the season.

Best Overall Allergy Air Purifier

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air PurifierConsistently ranked a best buy and Sylvane’s Air Purifier Category Winner, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a workhorse machine designed to remove 99% of all allergen particles from your indoor air. Using HyperHEPA filtration, the HealthPro Plus removes even more irritating particles than standard HEPA filters while a 5-pound gas and odor filter absorbs odors and chemical fumes that may aggravate asthma and chemical sensitivities. Upgraded control features, a large coverage area, and a mobile design round it out as our pick for best overall.

Read on for more top allergy air purifier picks

Wine Cellar Temperature and Humidity Control

Posted by Allison on March 5th, 2012

wine-cellarI’m a huge fan of wine. Up until I started dating a certified wine specialist, I pretty much solely enjoyed the drinking process. However, after two years of swirling and sipping, undertones and tannins – I have an entirely new appreciation for the art of wine-making.

Have you ever bought a really nice bottle of wine, brought it home and saved it for a special occasion – only to find yourself greeted by a disappointing bitter taste when you popped the cork? It’s an all-too-familiar story for many wine lovers. Sometimes, the culprit is a faulty cork. More often, however, it’s the air conditions.

wine-bottlesMost homes maintain a temperature of about 70° F, with humidity levels around 20-30%. The proper conditions for storing wine are very different, however – and not exactly ideal for daily living. That’s why many wine enthusiasts store their wine in a cellar that is separate from their homes.

Keep reading about ideal air conditions in wine cellars.