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Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

After a strenuous winter, it’s already time to think about the hot summer months ahead. Forecasters say it’s going to be a scorcher, and the last thing you want to deal with is a hot house all summer. Consider the following tips to keep your family comfortable and safe this summer—they’ll help keep your energy costs down too!

Schedule a Professional AC Tune-Up

Central ACs account for most of the electricity used during summer months, and just like your car needs regular tune-ups–so does your air conditioner. Simple maintenance will keep it running at its best and prolong its life.

A professional air conditioning tune-up will include safety inspections to make sure your system is safe and meets the cooling needs of your home.

Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

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  • Change your air conditioner’s filter monthly as needed.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and program it to run only when people are at home.
  • Keep leaves and debris away from your air conditioner’s outside cabinet

Other Easy Tips for Staying Cool

  • Ensure Proper Attic Insulationlaying insulation
    If you’re attic isn’t properly insulated, it can reach scary-high temperatures (140 degrees F), and this heat will build up, seep into your home, and make your AC work harder.
  • Install Ceiling Fans
    Help your AC out by letting fans circulate cool air around your space. On cooler nights, these may help avoid using your central AC.
  • Unplug Unused Electronics
    Reduce energy and heat output in your house by unplugging appliances and electronics you’re not using.
  • Cover Windows
    You can help reduce the heat in your home by keeping your windows closed and covered by blinds or drapes to block out the sun during the day.honeywell-mm-ac-lg
  • Add Supplemental Cooling
    If one of your rooms gets overly warm or you only need to cool certain rooms you’re in a lot, consider installing a portable air conditioner or even a window AC. For energy-smart models, look for ACs with the Energy Star seal—earned by models proven to save you money on energy/operating costs.

By taking some time now, you can make your home more comfortable and safer for your family this summer. Then, you can relax and enjoy the summer weather to come! Have additional tips? Tell us below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sylvane’s Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sale Mean Big Savings!

This year’s Black Friday is shaping up to be a wild one: Thanksgiving falls late so there are fewer weeks between now and Christmas, and it’s freezing pretty much everywhere—so expect an extra slice of crazy with your traffic and lines. So what’s your strategy?

Here’s ours: Offer huge deals on our most popular products, like 20% off select space heaters and select humidifiers. We’re also offering 10% off ANY purchase more than $150 (using coupon code THANKS13). The best part? You don’t have to deal with the cold, traffic, or long lines—and we’ll ship your quality products to you for free. Oh, and our Black Friday sale runs through Cyber Monday, so visit Sylvane.com to take advantage of our discounts all weekend (from 11-28-13 to 12-2-13).

For me, that’s enough incentive to buy useful products, but here’s a look at some of our best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: Continue reading…

Sylvane’s Labor Day Sale: 20% Off Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, and More!

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Labor Day is an interesting time of year—in some areas it still feels like summer, while in others fall and even winter is clearly on the horizon. At Sylvane, we’re here to make sure your indoor air feels fresh regardless of the weather in your area.

To celebrate Labor Day and the end of our rainy summer here at Sylvane HQ, we’re having a huge Labor Day sale from August 27-Sepemteber 2. The sale offers 20% off select brands of dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and swamp coolers, and also features deals on some of our most popular products like Alen air purifiers and Dyson fans and vacuums.

With deals on so many top products and brands, now may be the best time to buy. Keep reading to see some of our featured products:  Continue reading…

Keep Your Cool and Finish Summer Projects with a Portable A/C in Your Garage

Garage WorkspaceFor many families, the garage becomes a multi-use facility. Whether you use it as a work station, place to restore your dream car, or it’s the practice space for your  band, summer brings one common problem: soaring temperatures. Unfortunately, this heat can transform  your crucial band practice into what seems like heat survival practice—and in some areas of the country, it’s going to be hot for a while longer. Not to mention the toll that keeping an attached garage cool can take on your electricity bill. Despite the heat, there’s no reason to list your car for sale or break up the band; instead, try out a garage portable air conditioner.

Portable air conditioners let you keep your attached or unattached garage cool within a budget. Even better, they take up very little room and are easy to wheel into place, so you’ll have room open for your tools, storage items, and more. A compact portable AC you can easily move in and out of your space is a common feature to consider.

Since garages don’t have good insulation and can get super-hot, it’s important to get a portable AC that’s powerful and rugged. If your garage has a window, venting a portable AC is simple using its window kit; if not, you’ll have to vent through a wall or out the main garage door—but either way, all portable ACs need to be vented.

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Friedrich Breeze Mini Split Air Conditioners Are Easy to Install and Operate

friedrich-breeze-ls-lgMini-split air conditioners have become a common way to cool homes, offices, and basements. Their efficient zone cooling and ductless design, along with quiet operation, make them a great choice for many people. One thing holding some people back from jumping on the bandwagon is installing these units—professional installation is required for most models. But that’s changing thanks to Friedrich’s revolutionary, “do-it-yourself” Breeze mini-split models.

Being able to install a Breeze mini-split system through a window is one of its biggest advantages. This non-permanent installation is easy and changing the game when it comes to who uses mini-splits. Another bonus: installing it through a window won’t block your view like a window AC, since the indoor unit hangs on your wall and the refrigerant lines connect through a small window kit. Continue reading…