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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.

Happy Birthday Sylvane!

Posted by Diamond on November 1st, 2011

Sylvane 11th Anniversary SaleThe Sylvane break room has been decorated and decked out. Balloons and streamers are set to go up and a colossal sheet cake has been ordered. So what’s the big occasion you ask?

It’s our birthday! Next Friday, known around Sylvane office as 11-11-11, marks our eleventh anniversary celebration and you’re all invited. We’ve been in business for eleven years and would like to thank you with an anniversary sale that’s for the books: 11 Days of Deals starting today and extending until Nov. 11th.
Read more about the Sylvane story and get details on our big anniversary sale

Shop Sylvane’s Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Posted by Ashley on September 2nd, 2011

Sylvane Labor Day Weekend SaleFor many Americans, Labor Day isn’t just a time to reflect on our achievements as a dedicated workforce and celebrate the end of summer with one last blowout barbecue. Labor Day is also your first chance flex those savvy deal-grabbing skills and find the biggest and best sales to kick off your fall/winter shopping season right. Sylvane is certainly no exception to this tradition.

Starting today September 2nd and continuing through Labor Day, Monday September 5th, shop our amazing Labor Day Weekend Sale and save big on many of our most popular air treatment products! Our selection of deals and offers spans many product categories, including our bestselling air purifiers and replacement filters, air conditioners, fans, dehumidifiers, electric fireplaces, and vacuums.

Get all the details about Sylvane's Labor Day Weekend Sale

Shop Our End-of-Season Air Conditioner Sale for Cool (and Economical) Relief!

Posted by Ashley on August 19th, 2011

Friedrich YS12M33 12,100-BTU Window Air Conditioner - BeigeWith just a little more than a month left of summer, lots of us are still scrambling for relief from near-100 degree days, which have become all too common in many parts of the U.S. In fact, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, July 2011 was the seventh warmest month on record worldwide. If temperatures hold steady, we can likely expect sweltering conditions to continue through early fall.

So what better time than now to shop Sylvane’s end-of-season air conditioner sale?

Going on now, you can save 20% on select bestselling portable air conditioners, window air conditioners, and through-the-wall air conditioners at Sylvane.com.
Read more about Sylvane's end-of-season air conditioner sale

American Comfort Portable ACs Now Feature Auto-Drain Technology

Posted by Diamond on August 12th, 2011

American Comfort portable air conditionersIf you have particularly hot areas of your home that require a supplemental cooling source or if you’ve been looking for ways to lower your cooling costs without sacrificing comfort, you’ve probably considered purchasing a portable air conditioner. But I’m sure you’re not interested in a run-of-the-mill portable AC.

No, you want a portable air conditioner that is affordable and effective with user-friendly features and low maintenance to boot, right? Well, let me introduce you to the American Comfort portable air conditioner line.

Read more about American Comfort portable air conditioners

Protect Yourself from Formaldehyde Exposure with Air Treatment

Posted by Cierra on July 15th, 2011

Flowers with Poison Flask in MiddleWhile long known to be a harmful substance, formaldehyde was officially declared by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) to be a known carcinogen on June 10th, 2011. Included in the 12th edition of the Report on Carcinogens, formaldehyde was noted to cause otherwise rare nasal, sinus, and throat cancers as well as myeloid leukemia. Formaldehyde had already been listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in prior editions of the report since the 1980s; its updated status to “known carcinogen” was prompted by recent examinations of occupational and animal studies on the effects of prolonged exposure to the gas.

Formaldehyde, a colorless gas with many industrial applications, can be found in furniture glues, car exhaust, plywood and particle wood, building materials, cleaning products, cosmetic chemicals, and biological preservatives, among other places. It is also released during combustion and is therefore generally present in fireplaces, stoves and ovens, smog, and tobacco smoke. Traces of the chemical have been measured in food and drinking water, and our bodies naturally produce formaldehyde in small quantities.

Find out how formaldehyde can affect your overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

Friedrich Window ACs Garner High Ratings for Performance, Efficiency

Posted by Cierra on July 8th, 2011

Friedrich window air conditionerTired of having to reset the downstairs thermostat every time you want to change the temperature upstairs? (I know I am.) Well, two Friedrich air conditioners have recently been ranked by a reputable consumer agency as the best you can buy—literally. The Friedrich SS08M10 is part of Friedrich’s elite Kühl series of window air conditioners and was rated highly in temperature and noise control, user-friendliness, and brownout resistance. The Friedrich CP06F10 is a compact residential window AC designed to get the job done without sacrificing convenience; it received high marks in quiet performance, efficiency, and brownout resistance.

From the get-go, I have to say the Friedrich SS08M10 is a beautiful product—so much so that it won a Dealer Design Award last year. If you hate that off-white but not-quite-gray tone nearly standard for window ACs, the Kühl series comes in seven different colors with a sleek profile to spice up a room as well as cool it. The LCD display, noted for its ease of use in the ratings, not only dims when the AC is off but can be optimized to show various temperatures, the time, and even function in “nightlight” mode for those of us who never really got over being alone in the dark. The included remote has matching LCD controls, and an optional thermostat can be wired to the AC if you want to change the temperature from afar, cooling down a room before even setting foot in it.
Learn more about Friedrich's award-winning window ACs

Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and R-410A Refrigerant

Posted by Ashley on July 1st, 2011

eco-friendly symbolIf you’ve purchased an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or other appliance with a refrigeration system recently, you’ve probably noticed a change in the type of refrigerant being used. More specifically, you may have noticed the words “eco-friendly” or “non-ozone-depleting” popping up on product packaging or in sales literature when refrigerant is discussed.

First, let me assure you—these new claims aren’t just lofty selling points made by manufacturers in order to try to secure a sale. There is truth in these statements. However, as an informed consumer, it helps to understand this new change and what it means for you when you purchase an appliance equipped with “environmentally friendly refrigerant.” Here is the lowdown.

Read more about appliances and R-410A refrigerant

Escape the Heat with a Through-the-Wall Air Conditioner

Posted by Diamond on June 10th, 2011

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It’s not even officially summer yet and cities across America are already experiencing highs in the mid-90s. With such warm temperatures outside, we are left with no choice but to put our ACs into overdrive to keep comfortable inside. But what about those of us who don’t have a central AC or people who live in small studio apartments with too little window space for a window air conditioner?

Don’t worry. Sylvane has you covered. Here to the rescue is our new collection of through-the-wall air conditioners. These ACs will keep your space comfortably cool, while saving you plenty of window space to enjoy the bright, sunny views of the season!

Read more about through-the-wall air conditioners