Posted by Tony on February 24th, 2015
Nobody wants to worry about bad air quality in their home. Indoor air, particularly in cold winters like this year, can really take a hit since our homes are sealed shut during this time. Even worse, you don’t want your indoor air quality to suffer while you’re spending so much time indoors.
This bitterly cold winter seems to be on its last leg (we hope), but here are 5 ways to improve your air quality and stay healthy even during winter months. While there are a lot of effective methods for improving it, these are the 5 easiest and most effective options. Continue reading
Posted by Ashley on February 13th, 2015
Valentine’s Day can be a hit or miss holiday if you are one of the 50 million people in America who suffers from nasal allergies. Too often, pretty flower bouquets become sneeze triggers. That expensive perfume you were gifted prompts never-ending sniffles. And those flickering candles do more to fill your room with smoke allergens than a romantic essence.
With these and similar concerns, how is an allergy-sufferer supposed to have a proper Valentine’s Day? Scrapping your plans and treating it like just any other day doesn’t have to be the answer. I recommend a different approach with just a few easy tweaks (Hint: Invest in hypoallergenic bedding!). This Valentine’s Day, follow these 4 tips to have an allergy-free (and much more enjoyable!) day.
- Curl Up with Hypoallergenic Silk Bedding – All romance may be lost when you realize you may be sharing your bed with 10,000 dust mites.That’s the estimated population in the average bed, according to AllergyUK.org. Conventional anti-allergy bedding can often be hot, loud, and generally uncomfortable. Hypoallergenic silk bedding, however, repels dust mites and other bedroom allergens while remaining breathable, moisture-wicking, and more luxurious to boot. Our newest brand, Mulberry West, offers cozy silk-filled comforters and silk-filled blankets that keep mood-busting allergens out of your bed.
Posted by Tony on January 20th, 2015
We aim to offer the newest and best products for improving indoor air quality, and 2015 is off to a great start! We recently added Haverhill’s micathermic space heater and HEPA air purifier to our product listing. Known for their reliable yet affordable products, Haverhill is an ideal match for Sylvane.
We already carry PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers, which have become customer favorites, but more on that later. First, let’s introduce you to the Haverhill brand:
General Haverhill Product Benefits
Micathermic heaters are known for being efficient (they don’t use a fan, their flat panel retains heat), and all of Haverhill’s other products are Energy Star-rated for low-energy operation. Energy Star models save customers money by using 15% less energy than comparable models with similar operation.
Low Noise Level
Haverhill products, particularly the micathermic space heater and air purifier, are known for their quiet operation–making them great choices for bedrooms and work spaces.
All of the Haverhill products we carry come with digital controls and user-friendly features. Thermostats, programmable timers, multiple modes, and notification lights all add up to hassle-free use.
Our Haverhill products have earned some of best reviews on our site. While their heater and air purifier were just recently added, they’re both off to a great start with 4.5 out of 5 ratings. The PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers are even more impressive: The 50-pint model has a 4.5/5 rating from 23 reviews, while the 70-pint dehumidifier has a 4/5 rating from 54 reviews (at the time of writing this). Clearly Sylvane customers love these products!
Posted by Tony on January 12th, 2015
Frigid winter weather has definitely arrived. An extra boost of warm air can make a huge difference in these conditions—and that’s exactly where space heaters come in.
To help you sift through your options and figure out which one is right for you, we picked our top 5 space heater recommendations for 2015. Read on to learn more and pick one for your home or office.
1. Honeywell HZ-980 EnergySmart Infrared Heater
Quiet, gently warms whole rooms, and currently on sale!
Bedrooms, living rooms, and basements
The Honeywell HZ-980 is a customer favorite. Recently named a “Best Buy” from a top consumer reporting agency, this model is simple to use, will fit in with just about any room, and gently spreads heat around your space.
- Efficient: Automatically regulates power consumption; Energy Usage Indicator displays amount of energy used
- Technology: Infrared heating technology with a fan to distribute warm air around rooms up to 1,000 square feet
- Thermostat: Set your ideal room temperature and heat level (low to high)
- Save Your Settings: Program 2 settings as favorites, programs to turn off up to 8 hours in advance.
Posted by Tony on January 6th, 2015
Happy New Year! We officially rang in the new year (hopefully with style) and are excited for a fresh, healthy start to 2015. A few of us in the office discussed our new year’s resolutions to get ideas and hold each other accountable. Check out our resolutions below and see what we hope to change this year! Want to be held accountable, too? Share your resolutions with us in the comments below. And check back in to report how you’re doing!
Be More Organized at Home
This one kind of surprised me, because Meg is one of most organized people in the office. But I guess it makes sense: She’s a working mom of 3 who runs our Merchandising department and her home. Between laundry, school supplies, sports equipment, and band stuff…there’s a lot to keep straight at home. She’s hoping keeping everything organized at home will save her time and keep her sane while juggling everything in her life.
Posted by Tony on December 22nd, 2014
Happy Holidays! It has been a great 2014, and we’re looking forward to an even better 2015. All of us at Sylvane would like to wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and a great New Year’s Eve!
It’s exciting to look back and see how much has changed for us this year. We added 4 new product categories and expanded others to continue offering the best indoor air quality products available. Keep reading to see what we added this year, and check back next year to see what new items we have for 2015! Continue reading
Posted by Tony on December 17th, 2014
You’ve probably already put up your Christmas tree and may find yourself suffering from a runny nose, sinus headaches or general feeling of fatigue.
If so, it might be more than just the winter cold. A spike in respiratory-related emergency room visits around Christmas caused experts to take a closer look at possible related causes. They discovered that cold, flu, and asthma-type symptoms during the holiday season may have their root cause in Christmas trees. But it’s generally not the tree itself that causes these “real Christmas tree allergies.”
Posted by Tony on October 15th, 2014
While 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.
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:
-Rain gutter debris
Posted by Ashley on October 9th, 2014
The 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.
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.
Posted by Tony on September 11th, 2014
Asthma 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. Continue reading
Posted by Tony on August 29th, 2014
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!
Posted by Tony on August 5th, 2014
Is 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.
The 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! Continue reading
Posted by Tia on July 28th, 2014
Cell 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!
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. Continue reading
Posted by Tony on July 21st, 2014
Since 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:
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.
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.
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!
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