Each year when I go to pick out a Christmas tree, I have a little tradition. I like to play the “Theme from Rocky” song. Not because I am determined to leave with the perfect Christmas tree (although I am a little obsessive about finding just the right one), but because I know that once that tree enters my home it is going to be a battle until the bitter end of the holiday season thanks to my allergies.
I’m sure many of you are thinking, “Why would she buy a live Christmas tree if she has allergy concerns?” One of the most common misconceptions about Christmas trees and allergies is that they are caused by the actual tree. However, since most Christmas trees do not produce pollen during the winter, the more likely culprits behind your Christmas tree allergies are mold, dust, or other allergens that have accumulated on the tree while it was in the field. In fact, some of the same allergens can collect on Christmas tree ornaments, home decorations, and even artificial trees while they are in storage. Find out tips for controlling your allergies this holiday season
October marks the 25th celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a time when countless organizations, companies, and individuals come together to donate time, products, and funding to help promote breast cancer awareness.
Two Sylvane manufacturers—Austin Air and Rabbit Air—are making it easy for you to show your support for loved ones currently battling breast cancer and breast cancer survivors, as well as to honor the lives of those whose struggle has ended. During October, Austin Air is donating $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every pink Austin Air Baby’s Breath Air Purifier that is sold. These Austin Air purifiers were designed specifically for nurseries, ensuring the highest level of protection from airborne contaminants and harmful allergens for your baby. Additionally, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath creates a gentle hush that resembles the familiar sound that soothed and calmed your baby in the womb. The result is a more sound sleep and the freshest air for your little bundle of joy.
Recently, my trusty Whirlpool Whispure 510 wasn’t circulating air very well and my bedroom felt stuffy. I quickly discovered the root of the problem when I removed the front cover and was greeted by two of the dirtiest filters I have ever seen. How could I have forgotten one of the simplest air purifier maintenance routines—checking and changing your air filters?
Did you know that part of the Sylvane story began with our company president’s severe tree pollen allergy? Steven Hong was searching for allergy treatment options to combine with immunotherapy and medications when he began researching the benefits of air purifiers. After purchasing his first air purifier, an Austin Air Healthmate, Hong was overwhelmed with the positive results he experienced using it. He immediately began researching other high-quality air purifiers, talking to vendors, developing a Web site, and—voila! In 2000, Sylvane.com was born.
Following the April 20th BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there has been growing concern over the health risks posed to cleanup workers, as well as the potential long-term effects to Gulf Coast residents and marine life. As of June 24th, 425 oil exposure calls have been placed to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. These calls are characterized by someone being exposed to oil, dispersant, food contamination, or any other associated toxins. A Fox News report states that of the 100+ oil-spill illnesses reported in Louisiana, 74 of them concerned clean-up workers hired by BP.
To support relief efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is collecting samples and monitoring air, water, and beach conditions to determine potential health risks to the public and the environment. Currently, air quality levels for ozone and particulates are normal for the summer months in the Gulf. However, the EPA has observed some odor-causing pollutants associated with oil at low levels in the Gulf Coast region. These toxins can cause short-term effects such as headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation, or even nausea. As oil and toxic fumes from burning oil make their way toward the shore, experts are unsure of the potential damage that may ensue for residents and cleanup workers. Read more to find out how air purifiers can remove oil fumes from your environment
Today marks the 40th annual Earth Day celebration. Started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day is still bringing awareness to pressing environmental issues around the globe and helping people discover new ways to lead environmentally friendly lives. This Earth Day, consider greening your cleaning routine to improve your indoor air quality, boost your family’s health, and protect the Earth. Read more about starting a green cleaning routine
Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the air is filled with pollen — lots of pollen. For allergy-sufferers across the country, especially in the southern and northeastern United States, the 2010 pollen season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent history. Last week, The Weather Channel reported pollen counts as high as 5,733 in Atlanta. A typical high pollen count is around 120.
Experts attribute this onslaught of pollen to an unusually cold winter followed by the late of arrival of spring, and higher than average spring temperatures. As a result, trees, flowers, and other plants are all blooming at once, leaving a thick yellow coat in their wake and causing millions to sneeze, cough, itch, and experience other unpleasant allergy symptoms. With grass and weed allergies right around the corner, will allergy-sufferers get to enjoy any of this beautiful spring and summer weather? Read more to find out how allergy-sufferers can enjoy this spring and summer
Recently, I was asked to test drive two new air purifiers from Oransi — the Oransi V-HEPA Air Purifier and the Oransi V-HEPA Pro UV Air Purifier. Before giving you my verdict, let me provide a little background about the environment that these Oransi products were tasked with treating. I live in a medium-sized one bedroom apartment with two dogs that shed, plus I have asthma and various allergies. Read my review of these Oransi air purifiers
Once used primarily as sources of light, candles are a staple in most of today’s homes. They can be used to create ambiance in a room, to add fragrance, and to add soft lighting to a space. However, did you know that these symbols of serenity could actually be damaging your indoor air?
The National Candle Association reports that U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually. With candle sales and usage growing, it’s no wonder that consumers and indoor air quality experts have started studying the effects of burning candles. Read more about the impact of candle-burning
Do you want to learn more about IQAir’s number-one-selling air purifier for allergy and asthma relief? Great! We’re happy to teach you. Now, you can get an up-close tour of the IQAir HealthPro Plus by watching our new HealthPro Plus video.
This first installment marks our jump into the world of online video. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing you lots more videos about some of our bestselling indoor air quality products. Be sure to visit the Sylvane YouTube Channel regularly to catch our new additions and to learn more about crafting a healthier indoor environment.
Swedish manufacturer Blueair certainly has you covered, now that it has added five new manual models—spanning a range of room sizes—to its brood of allergen-zapping and smoke-stopping air cleaners. The newest Blueair air purifiers are the 203, 303, 403, 503, and 603 models. The smallest unit, the Blueair 203, covers a space of about 175 sq. ft., and the largest, the Blueair 603, cleans an area of 640 sq. ft.
Each new air purifier is equipped with Blueair’s patented HEPASilent Technology, which performs both mechanical and electrostatic filtration to achieve an extremely high efficiency of 99.97% of particles sized down to 0.1 microns. That’s actually better filtration performance than True HEPA units, which remove the same percentage of particles down to 0.3 microns. Moreover, each unit received exceptionally high CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) scores for tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust. Read more about Blueair's new air purifier models
Spring pollen is back – and it’s in full force. As reported by CNN, ABC News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – and quite possibly, that thick layer of yellow powder on your car – this year’s spring pollen is apparently going to be worse than ever. (Let’s all let out a collective groan.) According to countless reports, we can expect higher than normal pollen counts in many parts of the country.
For instance, if you live in the Northeast, you can expect heavier pollen levels as a result of the area’s high population as well as the large number of pollen-producing plants in the region. The Midwest will also likely see a more severe allergy season, stemming from the late winter flooding and snowstorms, which have made the ground ripe for tree and grass growth. In the Southeast, there are conflicting predictions. While some numbers predict a less severe allergy season, allergists at the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, say residents in the region should hunker down for a particularly tough season, based on recent pollen trends and weather patterns. Read more about the spring pollen forecast
Cleaner, pollutant-free air adds almost 5 months to our lives. So say the results of an interesting study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study, headed by an epidemiologist at Brigham Young University (BYU), tracked the correlation between particulate pollution levels and life expectancy over 2 decades in 51 U.S. cities. Researchers say it’s the first to illustrate that reducing air pollution can translate into a longer lifespan. How’s that for a reason to make an air purifier a permanent part of your environment? Read more about how cleaner air can help you live longer
There’s just something about an air purifier and home décor that often doesn’t mix.
My mom, an avid decorator, has been navigating this issue for years now, ever since my dad began using an air cleaner in their bedroom to help control his asthma symptoms at night. On my visits home, I’d notice that the air purifier was never in plain sight in their traditionally decorated bedroom. Sometimes it was covered with a pretty piece of linen and made into a makeshift table until it needed to be turned on. Other times, it was conveniently stored behind an armoire or put back in the box and pushed into the closet by day. Anything to get that ugly piece of machinery out of sight!
What’s my point? No matter what your decorating style is, a big bulky air purifier in a less-than-desirable hue can quickly put a damper on any room’s décor.
Taking note of this problem, the folks at Blueair offer a nice switch for those of you who, like my mom, want to maintain your beautiful room décor while reaping the health benefits of a powerful air purifier. Aside from delivering effective allergen and particle filtration, models in the award-winning Blueair air purifier series feature streamlined designs that are meant to blend in with almost any décor and cut down on those “Gosh, that thing is ugly!” reactions. Read more about Blueair air purifiers
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