Posted by Diamond on August 12th, 2011
If 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.
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Posted by Cierra on July 15th, 2011
While 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.
Posted by Cierra on July 8th, 2011
Tired 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
Posted by Ashley on July 1st, 2011
If 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.
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Posted by Diamond on June 10th, 2011
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!
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