At Sylvane, we always stress the importance of indoor air quality and how it affects our health. After all, we spend most of our time indoors. Read more about IQAir's New Edition Air Purifiers.
My mother, a long-time smoker, loves every product on the market that makes her house smell “clean” and “fresh”. As for me, I’m not so sure. The intellectual part of my brain eschews this whole concept of corporate fragrance, but those smells from a bottle do fill my heart.
“What’s the harm?” My emotional brain pleads with the intellectual brain.
For the longest time, Intellectual Brain could only argue that those fragrances were so strong and artificial, there simply had to be something wrong with them. Science will figure it out someday.
Well folks, that day is here. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has linked dichlorobenzene, one of the chemical common to air fresheners, to early puberty in girls.
In the past 100 years, the age of a girl’s first menstrual cycle has decreased about 4 years, with the average onset now around 12 to 13 years. In the 1990s, nearly every American tested was positive for the presence of dichlorobenzene in their urine.
Dogs are beloved members of many families. They offer unconditional love, reduce stress levels, encourage exercise, and even lower blood pressure. And now, research has shown they might also reduce cases of childhood asthma.
According to research presented at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, children who live in homes with dogs may be less likely to develop asthma. In the study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco fed house dust from homes with dogs to mice. Compared to a control group, the mice exposed to this dust had increased immunity to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is associated with childhood asthma.
While still in its early stages, the research suggests that children who spend time around dogs might have a similar immunity to this virus. This is exciting news for dog-lovers, especially since a study last year proved there’s no such thing as hypoallergenic dogs.
Just in time to help you manage your symptoms through a pretty trying pollen season, a leading consumer reporting magazine has released its 2012 list of top consumer-rated air purifiers. Four of Sylvane’s bestselling models round out the top 5, with impressive ratings in allergen removal and noise level. If you’re in the market for a room air purifier, be sure to check out these picks as you shop.
Best Buy – Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier
Receiving the highest ratings out of 33 tested air purifiers, the Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier continues its streak as a Best Buy and best bang for your buck. Equipped with a true HEPA filter and a light carbon filter, the Whirlpool 510 received Excellent and Very Good ratings for allergen, pollen, and smoke removal on its highest and lowest speeds, respectively.
As noise level goes, at 40 decibels on its lowest speed, the 510 is just about as quiet as gentle falling rain—great for the overnight hours when you need a soothing sound to lull you to sleep. The Whirlpool Whispure 510 is designed to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from rooms up to 500 square feet.
The 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.
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.
With 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
Consistently 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.
Doctors think so too. For the past month, allergists across the country have been treating a new wave of patients suffering from spring allergy symptoms early, more than a month before the season typically begins. The reason, reports a recent WebMD article, is an uncharacteristically mild winter in many cities in the U.S.
Experts say that warmer-than-average winter temperatures around the country have triggered early tree pollination and led to higher pollen counts than normal for this time of year. As a result, we’re experiencing an early start to allergy season. And if you suffer from tree pollen allergies, you’re likely among the first to feel the effects.
Scientists have a hunch that an early allergy season could mean we’re in for a longer-than-average season. But because rainfall amounts have a bearing on how long trees and flowers pollinate; it’s too early to predict for sure. Whatever the outcome, if you are prone to seasonal allergies, now is a great time to get prepared.
One of the best and easiest things you can do for your air quality is invest in an air purifier. Once you start shopping around, however, the choices can seem endless and overwhelming.
The holidays are here! It’s the season for rockin’ holiday parties, savory meals, decadent sweets, finding (or receiving!) that perfect gift, and most importantly, cherishing the time we spend with family and friends. While many of us look forward to the holidays with sparks in our eyes, others—namely the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies—aren’t always so keen.
Too often, the family Christmas tree, a beacon of holiday light and memories, quickly becomes your sneeze-inducing enemy. Your Aunt’s traditional walnut-sprinkled fruitcake has you racing in the other direction. And while all those scented candles add a wonderful fireside ambiance to any space, for you, they’re a stifling headache and a case of the sniffles waiting to happen.
With so many potential allergy triggers stacking up around you, it can be tough to share in the excitement of the season. To help you avoid the wrath of this season’s allergy traps, start with these helpful tips:
You’ll see air purifiers designed to relieve allergies and asthma, combat odors, reduce chemical sensitivities, filter out smoke, fight pet dander, kill germs, and even help restore your air quality after a flood. In most cases, each type of air purifier features varying attributes and differing levels of filtration that make them effective in solving a specific problem. It’s not often you find an air cleaner that can address a wide range of indoor air quality issues sufficiently. Add to that a user-friendly but feature-rich control panel as well as the product’s ability to provide a great lifetime value—and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
With that, let me introduce (or re-introduce) you to the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, our newly chosen Sylvane Air Purifier Category Winner.
Are you still in Black Friday shopping mode? Maybe you couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for or the deals you did find just didn’t scream “Great Value!” If you’re in the market for an air treatment product such as an allergy-relieving air purifier or a comfort-boosting space heater (and more), the Sylvane Cyber Monday 2011 Sale is just what you need to get your shopping karma back on track.
Create your own sale when you save 10% site-wide on all orders over $150.* Choose from hundreds of products all designed to help you create healthier indoor air—and a healthier home—at an affordable price. We’ve also extended all of our sought-after Black Friday 2011 Deals to give you one final chance to save BIG and kickoff the holiday shopping season right.
Be sure to visit the Sylvane Cyber Monday 2011 Deals page for all the sale details. Hurry, this sale ends at midnight!
*10% off site-wide discount excludes Miele and Dyson vacuums. Only valid on orders over $150.
Black Friday 2011 is here! Today is the day savvy shoppers wait for all year long; the “Superbowl of Shopping” as it’s been called. It’s a day of eye-popping deals and a day that marks the official kickoff to the 2011 holiday shopping season. And yet, Black Friday is also notorious for its heavy traffic backups and congestion. When you couple that with weaving through crowds of eager shoppers—sometimes a little too-eager— it can quickly turn into a day of frustration.
This year, save yourself from the potential stress of a typical Black Friday and spend your day shopping from the comfort of your own home. Shop the Sylvane.com Black Friday 72-Hour Sale and save BIG on our bestselling products!
I know many of you (like me) will spend the bulk of today and part of tomorrow hard at work peeling, stuffing, roasting, slicing, dicing, baking, and otherwise prepping the ingredients of the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You probably haven’t even started thinking about your Black Friday plans. And let’s face it, after all that cooking and hectic planning, do you really want to venture out into the tiresome crowds of eager shoppers vying for the best deals?
If that doesn’t sound like an enjoyable way to spend your Friday, we’ve got a secret shopping tip that will give you the best of both worlds. All you have to do is wake up, get your coffee and maybe a slice of that yummy leftover pie, and head to Sylvane.com. Starting Friday, November 25th, shop the Sylvane Black Friday 72-Hour Sale and get great deals on many of our bestselling products from the comfort of your own home—yep, even in your pajamas.
It’s been a week of celebration and reflection in the halls of Sylvane as we commemorate 11 great years of being your trusted resource for air treatment solutions and education about indoor air quality issues. Over the past 10 days, we have offered you—our loyal customers—10 amazing deals on many of our most popular and bestselling products. Today, on our 11th birthday, we’re bringing back those deals for one final birthday blow-out sale!
Now through midnight, be sure to take advantage of these great offers:
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