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How to Prevent Fall Allergies

Posted by Tony on October 15th, 2014

rakeWhile most people think of spring when discussing seasonal allergies, fall allergies can cause just as many problems. Allergies run rampant throughout this season, and when fall allergy symptoms are left untreated they can exacerbate a variety of other health issues. For those who are wondering how to avoid allergies this autumn, itchy eyes, runny noses, and headaches, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Outdoor Allergens

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When I think about fall allergies, the first thing that comes to mind are the weeds that creep up on my property. Even those with a well-maintained lawn or attractive garden may not realize just how many unwanted plants and other types of organic material will wreak havoc on their family’s allergies. When the seasons begin to change, it’s time to take a fresh look at preventative steps.

This includes cleansing your yard of outdoor allergens such as:

-Ragweed
-Dead leaves
-Rain gutter debris
-Pet waste

Read more tips for preventing fall allergy flare-ups!

#BetheEnd of Breast Cancer with the Rabbit Air

Posted by Ashley on October 9th, 2014

Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air PurifierThe month of October brings with it many beloved things. You’ll see changing leaves, bask in cooler temperatures, get revved up for your favorite football team, and (if you’re like me) enjoy a good Halloween candy binge. You’ll also see pink, lots and lots of pink, helping to raise awareness and research funding as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You’ll even see pink at Sylvane.com thanks to Rabbit Air and the new Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air Purifier.

Since 2007, Rabbit Air has been a proud partner of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The company has raised more than $85,000 for the organization and helped spread knowledge and awareness through its stylish BCRF edition air purifiers. This year, Rabbit Air has given the pink treatment to its newest model, the BioGS 2.0 HEPA Air Purifier.

This award-winning air purifier is a smart ultra-quiet air cleaner that features:

  • a robust 4-stage HEPA filtration system with 5 speeds,
  • an intelligent air quality monitor,
  • a user-friendly digital interface,
  • an eco-friendly design, and
  • a super-efficient motor that keeps operating costs low.
Rabbit Air BCRF Air Purifier

The super sleek Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Air Purifier

Best for treating large rooms up to 625 square feet, the BioGS 2.0 filters out many of the common airborne allergens that aggravate your symptoms the most like pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, smoke particles, and irritating odors. Its onboard air quality monitor brings “set it and forget it” convenience to your life by monitoring the level of pollutants in your air and adjusting the purification speed automatically. Plus, its cutting-edge Brushless Direct Current Motor and 5 smooth fan speeds keeps the operating noise level low. In fact, it’s nearly silent on the lowest speed, making it a great tool for clean air while you sleep.

Read more about BCRF and the BioGS 2.0 Air Purifier

Breathe Smarter: Start-Up Creating Wearable Air Quality Sensor

Posted by Tony on September 11th, 2014

chip2Asthma sufferers and people with respiratory illnesses know the importance of the air quality around them. While air quality maps and expensive technology give general air quality information, there’s not yet an inexpensive way to track air quality around you in real time.

But that may be about to change: A start-up company called ChemiSense is developing a wearable air quality sensor to track your immediate air quality in real time.

The air quality sensor can be worn around your wrist and connect to your smart phone through an app. Its air quality sensors will send information to the user’s smart phone, which will alert them about the quality of the air around them. This information could help people with respiratory conditions avoid issues, reduce asthma flare-ups, and keep tabs on exposure in highly-polluted areas. Learn More About This Helpful New Sensor!

Sylvane’s Labor Day Sale 2014: 10% Off Site Wide & More

Posted by Tony on August 29th, 2014

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Our Labor Day sale is bigger than ever: We’re offering 20% off select dehumidifiers and ACs, major Dyson discounts, and 10% off site wide (some exclusions apply). So whether you need a new dehumidifier or space heater—or you’re simply stocking up on replacement filters or parts—now is a great time to click around our site.

These discounts are available all Labor Day weekend, from 8/29/14 to 9/1/14. Read on for more details on how you can save this weekend!

Learn all the great deals we're offering for Labor Day weekend!

Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

Posted by Tony on August 5th, 2014

collegeIs summer really almost over? If my morning commute was any indication, the answer is definitely yes. While the end of summer really only affects my commute and time spent at the pool, there are parents across the country sending kids off to college for the first time.

Described as “the best 4 years of your life,” college living situations (particularly old, dirty dorms) are generally less than ideal. I was in for quite a shock when I first walked into my dorm room–it was dusty, hot, and a far cry from the house I grew up in…and for better or worse, my college apartments never got much better.

So whether your child is off to college for the first time or heading back after summer, they’re probably entering a less-than-desirable living situation. Here are some must-have products to improve their air quality and keep them comfortable for the school year ahead.

Eva-Dry E-100 Eliminator Buckets

eva-dry-e-100-eliminator-bucketsThe Eva-Dry E-100 is a unique disposable product that removes moisture and odors for up to 60 days. Its carbon and micro-absorbing crystals absorb moisture, musty odors, and allergens from closets, storage bins, and other small areas. They’re ideal for college students who don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and are living in small dorm rooms with poor air quality.

Even better, they fit into any college student’s budget since they cost around $20. In fact, the Eliminator buckets are on sale right now! See more dorm room must-haves!

Four Apps to Help You Go Green

Posted by Tia on July 28th, 2014

green energyCell phones have become a crucial part in our everyday life. From keeping us connected to giving us directions to the nearest Starbucks, most Americans couldn’t make it through the day without their handheld best friend.

For almost any problem you encounter, people say “Hey, there’s an App for that!” A few Apps take it to the next level–not only answering questions but helping the environment as well. I love these easy-to-use apps because they help everyday people make a difference in air quality! Here are a few eco-friendly apps worth checking out!

Green Genie

Screenshot of the projects!

This app was rated as the “#1 Green App” by TechCrunch and aims to reduce the carbon footprint of consumers. It provides an assortment of green resources and projects that can easily be implemented by anyone. You can also find good info on green products and companies, the best green sites and even a carbon footprint calculator to measure your success. Users can also submit their ideas and projects as well! So check out this interactive app to see find easy ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Check out the other Green Apps here!

Miele Marin Product Review: A New Way to Vacuum

Posted by Tony on July 21st, 2014

marin-review-imageSince I started at Sylvane, I’ve been touting the Miele Marin as one of my favorite vacuums. It’s super easy to move around and you can choose between 3 carpet tools–depending on your home’s floors. When one of my co-workers, Kari, bought a new house that needed a little extra cleaning, I suggested she try the Marin. She was nice enough to take some photos and report back on her experience with this S8 canister vacuum. Check out her pictures and thoughts below:

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Read Kari's Review!

Air Quality Issues Impacting the World Cup

Posted by Tia on June 11th, 2014

World Cup excitement continues to grow as the time grows closer and closer to the first game kickoff. I have been preparing my best “GOALLLLL!!!!!!” yell and have hung up my lucky jersey to root on team USA in one of my favorite events this summer.USA-Soccer-blog

Hosted in Brazil, this year’s World Cup is bound to be full of surprises. Hosting the World Cup comes with a price though; arguably one of the biggest price tags is not monetary but health related.

Poor air quality claims more lives in Sao Paulo Brazil than traffic fatalities, breast cancer and AIDS combined according to the a study conducted by the Institute of Health and Sustainability.

A study of the pollutants in Sao Paulo’s air determined that it has more than twice the amount of pollutants than is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. With such horrible air quality already plaguing Brazil, some people are asking how it will affect the big event—for fans and players

Here are some additional things to consider: 

  • With all of the international fans flocking the Brazil to cheer on their team, international flying will be at an all time high for Sao Paulo.
  • Travel between different stadiums during the event could double the carbon emissions of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
  • Not only will this increase the risk for Brazilian citizens to die from emission related illnesses, travelers and players exposed are at greater risk for heart disease.

To keep the smog from being a downer, FIFA and The Local Organizing Committee are trying to offset the carbon footprint visitors will create by implementing a series of low carbon development projects.Air plane/Air quality

FIFA hopes to maximize the fans’ enjoyment AND safety during the World Cup. FIFA is also encouraging travelers to offset their own carbon footprint as they enjoy the games.

  • If you have tickets to the World Cup, register your tickets on FIFA’s website and they’ll neutralize your carbon footprint for FREE! And by doing this you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to the championship game. It doesn’t get any better than that!
  • Plane emissions are the biggest contribution to the carbon footprint! If you have to fly it is best to fly direct. Airplanes use large amounts of fuel taking-off and landing.
  • If you’re driving during the games, consider walking or biking instead. Also, use car air conditioning sparingly as it increases fuel consumption.

However World Cup organizers and fans choose to help keep air quality within safe levels, you can bet the level of noise in the air from the screaming fans will be tough to control! Go Team USA!

Ever been to Brazil? Shed some light on what the players and fans are in for by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page!

Spring Cleaning Deals Include Free Miele Bags & More!

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

2 Free FilterBags with Purchase of Miele Vacuum!

Spring has finally arrived! After a tough winter, we’re excited to welcome the new season and get through one last hurdle: spring cleaning. It can be pretty painless if you do it right and we’re here to help!

For a limited time receive 10% off select vacuums, steam cleaners, air purifiers and 15% off all allergy bedding.

Also going on now: Get 2 free boxes of vacuum bags with the purchase of any Miele vacuum! Learn more about these great offers!

Do I Really Need to Buy New Air Purifier Filters?

Posted by Allison on April 7th, 2014


If you have an air purifier, clean air is important to you. But maybe not so important that you feel compelled to buy new filters every 6 months, or whatever the manufacturer recommends. No big deal, right? It still cleans the air, doesn’t it? Watch this video to find out!

Chemical Air Freshening: Pleasant Smells, Harmful Side Effects

Posted by Ivey on March 19th, 2014

96513194Two of my favorite things in life are cooking and spending time with my pets. Unfortunately (and despite my best efforts), they both can cause pretty pungent odors in my home. For years, plug-in and aerosol air fresheners were my go-to solution. But after a while I noticed these “fresh smells” often coincided with headaches and allergy flare-ups. I dug a little deeper and didn’t like what I read—luckily I found better ways to keep my home healthy and odor-free.

Read more about great alternatives to air fresheners!

Allergic to the Cold?

Posted by Ivey on February 20th, 2014

Ice CubesAs a native southerner, I often say I’m allergic to the cold. Until recently, I had no idea this was not only an actual condition, but one with life-threatening consequences. After learning about Cara Yacino’s journey to a cold urticaria diagnosis and the precautions she takes to control her risk of an allergic reaction, I’ll think twice before carelessly claiming a cold allergy.

According to the Weather Channel’s video that chronicles her allergy (below), Yacino began experiencing hives that she originally thought were due to a food allergy. The initial outbreak occurred while she was drinking a cold coffee drink. However, the hives manifested once more when Yacino put her hand in a cold shark and ray petting tank. Watch the video and learn more about cold urticaria

Fall Allergies: The Other Autumn Garden Pest

Posted by Ivey on October 11th, 2013

Fall Gardening WorkingCool, pleasant autumn weather prompted my husband to suggest we get our yard and garden ready for fall. Later on, he complained of itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. “It feels like my allergies are acting up,” he said. “Do fall allergies exist?”

The short answer: Absolutely. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, of the people allergic to pollen-producing plants, about 75% have sensitivity to ragweed—one of the primary fall allergy culprits. In fact, the AAFA estimates that 10-20% of Americans suffer from itchy eyes, irritated skin, runny noses, and even interrupted sleep as result of ragweed pollen.air-quality-plants

In addition to wind-borne pollen, mold also presents a significant source of aggravation for fall allergy-sufferers. The combination of rain and fallen leaves creates a breeding ground for mold.

Despite these seemingly grim odds, it’s still possible to enjoy fall weather in your garden! Check out these tips.

  1. Consult your allergist. From the first itch or sneeze, talk to your doctor and devise a plan for keeping your fall allergies under control. If this fall marks your Woman Tending to Gardenfirst experience with pollen and mold irritations, a visit with the allergist is essential for finding your allergy triggers.
  2. Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves and pants to keep pollen and mold spores away from your skin. Gardening gloves not only help you avoid unsightly cuts and blisters but offer a great line of defense against allergens. Sunglasses and a hat are also ideal for keeping airborne irritants away from eyes and hair, respectively. Read more fall gardening tips

Sunglasses: The Ultimate Allergen Fighter?

Posted by Tony on October 3rd, 2013

sunglasses fight allergiesIn school, I was the only kid who dreaded having class outside on a nice day. I don’t hate nature, but this usually meant sitting in the grass for at least an hour…and unfortunately, I’m allergic to both pollen and grass. It isn’t that I can’t go in my yard (although it’s a good excuse to get out of yardwork), but if I sit in the grass for long periods of time my eyes itch, get red, and have even swollen shut. It’s very glamorous.

Who knew reading Men’s Health magazine could have potentially saved me a lot of trouble? They recently published an article offering one of the coolest ways to fight allergy symptoms: wearing sunglasses. That’s right, rocking sunglasses (the larger the better!) can help ward off allergy symptoms.enjoying the sunlight

As strange as it may sound, wearing shades physically blocks out pollen, UV rays (which can stimulate symptoms), and other allergens. And it turns out this is pretty well known.

Participants in the study mentioned in Men’s Health wore large, wrap-around sunglasses, but doctors and other experts seem to agree that any type of sunglasses may help—if only slightly.

Sunglasses help by decreasing the amount of air that circulates over your eyes—which helps keep allergens from directly touching them. Since light exposure can increase allergy symptoms in your eyes, standard UV-blocking shades may even help control symptoms. Your eyes and nose are directly connected, so blocking your eyes will help keep your nose clear as well.

sunglasses help fight allergiesIt makes sense if you think about it: The less allergens that touch your eyes, the better. So wear those big aviators all the time—they’re more than just a fashion statement. And if you’re an allergy-sufferer like me, you’ll take any bit of help you can get.

Have you noticed sunglasses providing any other useful purpose? Know another strange way to help fight off allergy symptoms? Tell us in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children, Friendships…and Allergies?

Posted by Ivey on September 24th, 2013

children-readingWhile a lot of attention is given to solutions and proactive steps for dealing with allergies, asthma, and other problems related to environmental issues, we often neglect the social aspects of living with these health issues. For children with allergies, asthma, or similar symptoms, these daily struggles can be even more frustrating. On top of avoiding environmental triggers and keeping an epi pen or inhaler handy, many young allergy- and asthma-sufferers are also tasked with explaining these flare-ups to friends, teachers, and even other parents.

Luckily, there are resources to help you talk to your children about allergies and asthma in fun, creative ways, as well as how to be considerate of taking-asthma-to-schoolthose dealing with these issues. For example, Taking Asthma to School by Kim Gosselin is actually written for children without asthma to help them understand asthmatic students and what happens when they get occasional shortness of breath. This illustrated book also contains “Ten Tips for Teachers” and a fun quiz.

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