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Pollen Contest: Show Your Yellow, Win Some Green!

Posted by Allison on March 23rd, 2012

It’s springtime, and you know what that means: yellow-covered everything. Especially here in Atlanta, where pollen counts are breaking records and a sick yellow tinge coats the city streets. For allergy-sufferers, this is devastating. So we wanted to give you something to smile about.

Send us a picture of your pollen-covered car, and you’ll be entered to win a free $50 Visa gift card!

Car Covered in PollenThat should cover a few good car washes to rinse away that nasty pollen.

Post your photo on our Facebook page, tweet us a link, or email it to us at contest@sylvane.com. On April 6th, the most pollen-soaked car will win a $50 Visa gift card!

Show us how desperately your car needs a good cleaning. Send us your photo today!

And remember to keep those windows rolled up and wash your clothes when you get inside. That pollen settles quickly on our cars, but there are steps you can take to keep it out of your home.

Good luck!

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Air Quality

Posted by Allison on March 19th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Cleaning SuppliesThe 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.

bissell steam mop 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.

Keep reading for more spring cleaning tips.

Sylvane’s Top Allergy Air Purifiers

Posted by Ashley on March 14th, 2012

Alen A375UV Multi-Gas Air PurifierWith 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

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air PurifierConsistently 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.

Read on for more top allergy air purifier picks

Battle Early Spring Allergies

Posted by Ashley on February 24th, 2012

Are you battling a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a seemingly endless bout of sneezing? Don’t be so sure it’s just a cold. It could be spring allergies—in February. Strange, right?

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.

Read on to learn simple tips to fight early spring allergies

How Humidifiers Can Help You Rest Up Before the Big Game

Posted by Allison on February 3rd, 2012

Let’s face it – no matter which team you’re cheering for, we’re all interested in one thing this Sunday: commercials!

Vicks is an official sponsor of the NFL. Their NyQuil/DayQuil ads depicting professional football coaches, players, and fans make an obvious statement about the power of their medication to put even the most restless people to sleep in an instant.

We all know how important it is to get proper amounts of rest. But with changes in the weather and post-holiday stress, it can be hard to get enough sleep this time of year. Our sinuses can have a hard time keeping up, and taking medication every night can be exhausting.

Did you know that Vicks makes another product that can help you sleep better?

Keep reading about this commercial.

Heat up the Winter with a Dyson Hot Fan

Posted by Diamond on December 29th, 2011

Dyson AM04For many, the winter season means delicious baked goods, holiday time with family, and perfect weather for a cup of apple cider or a bowl of chili. For others it means months of unpleasant frosty weather, the constant hassle of layers and layers of clothes, and an ever-increasing electric bill.

Although there isn’t much we can do about the weather outside, we can keep warm inside while saving on heating costs with the new Dyson heater. The Dyson Hot is an innovative tower heater designed to quickly heat your space without distributing unhealthy allergens.

Read more about the bladeless Dyson Hot personal heater

Beat Holiday Allergy Triggers

Posted by Ashley on December 21st, 2011

Christmas cactusThe 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:

Read on to learn tips for coping with holiday allergies

Introducing Sylvane’s Air Purifier Category Winner

Posted by Ashley on December 9th, 2011

IQ Air Healthpro Plus Air PurifierDo any amount of air purifier shopping these days and you’ll quickly learn it’s no secret that not all air purifiers are created equal.

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.

Read more about our Air Purifier Category Winner

Happy Birthday Sylvane!

Posted by Diamond on November 1st, 2011

Sylvane 11th Anniversary SaleThe Sylvane break room has been decorated and decked out. Balloons and streamers are set to go up and a colossal sheet cake has been ordered. So what’s the big occasion you ask?

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

Go Pink With Rabbit Air Purifiers!

Posted by Ashley on October 14th, 2011

rabbit air biogs special edition model 421aTake one look around your favorite store this month and you’ll be dazzled by scores of pretty pink products that incorporate the iconic pink ribbon symbol. That’s because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a time when individuals and organizations come together to promote awareness and education about the disease and raise funds for research, prevention, and finding a cure. This month, while you’re perusing these products and raising awareness in other ways, remember you can also shop pink and show your support with Rabbit air purifiers.

California-based Rabbit Air will donate 5% of each sale of the Rabbit Air BioGS Special Edition Air Purifier to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The money raised will go toward funding genetic and clinical research at medical centers worldwide as well as to increasing public awareness and educating individuals about prevention and early detection. To date, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $330 million for breast cancer research, awareness, and the search for a cure, with more than 90 cents of every dollar donated going directly to awareness programs and research grants.

Read more about the Rabbit Air Special Edition BCRF Air Purifier

Nilfisk: The Best Vacuum You’ve Never Had

Posted by Diamond on September 23rd, 2011

Nilfisk HEPA VacuumSome people prefer primp and pretty household appliances and are more concerned with style than function. Then there are the folks who can appreciate an attractive design but are more focused on the bottom line: does this product really work?

When you want a vacuum that excels in deep cleaning and filtration without all the exterior bells and whistles, Nilfisk vacuum cleaners provide industrial strength and are a quietly kept solution for residential environments. Translation: they may not have the frilly finishing of a traditional household vacuum, but they really, really do work.

Find out more about Nilfisk vacuums

Meet the New Oransi v-hepa Finn Air Purifier

Posted by Ashley on September 16th, 2011

Oransi v-hepa Finn Air PurifierNow that the dreaded fall allergy season is upon us and you’ve likely heard the not-so-good news that allergy experts are predicting one of the worst allergy seasons yet, there’s a new air purifier on the block.

Meet the new Oransi v-hepa Finn Air Purifier.

On first glance, you’ll see the Oransi Finn as a sleek tower air cleaner with a remarkable ability to blend in with any almost any décor. With a modern design and neutral colors, you can immediately picture it anywhere in your home – next to your favorite reading chair, for instance. Yet, like most things, there is definitely more to it than meets the eye.

Read more about the Oransi Finn Air Purifier

Steam Cleaners: The Healthy Way to Clean

Posted by Diamond on September 9th, 2011

Steam CleanerThe only thing more disgusting than walking on a grimy floor is “cleaning” it with the same old dirty mop and filthy pail of water. Sure the bucket of water starts out smelling fresh and looking soapy, but by the time you reach the middle of the floor, what was once a bucket of fresh suds has become a cold, gray bacteria fest. And to think we actually dip a spongy mop into that “water” and smear it all over our tile or hardwood floors. Yuck!

It’s ok, we’re all guilty. But there is a better way. A chemical-free, eco-conscious, allergy- and asthma-friendly way. More hygienic than a traditional floor mop and more cost-effective and durable than disposable Swiffer sweepers, a steam cleaner is a healthy way to truly clean your floors of dirt and grime without releasing pollutants from chemical detergents into your indoor environment.

Learn more about cleaning your home with a steam cleaner

Behold the Electrolux Nimble Vacuum

Posted by Diamond on August 26th, 2011

Electrolux Nimble EL8602AImagine a bagless vacuum that is as big on function as it is on style. Picture a vacuum cleaner that is lightweight and appealing to the eye but also durable and tough on dirt. Now meet the Electrolux Nimble.

The name says it all: nimble. Meaning swift, quick, light, agile – all of the things any modern upright vacuum cleaner should be.

Standing nearly 4 feet tall, the Nimble excels in dirt pickup while offering extreme maneuverability. Loaded with convenience features such as fingertip suction control and a 3-in-1 combination tool, the Electrolux Nimble Vacuum Cleaner offers five-star quality at a budget-friendly price.

Find out more about the Electrolux EL8602A Nimble Upright Vacuum

Dyson DC25 Vacuums Offer Perfect Balance of Power and Ease

Posted by Cierra on August 5th, 2011

Dyson Vacuum CleanersWhile the world is currently in awe over the revolutionary design of the Dyson bladeless fan, the company’s signature product has always been the Dyson ball vacuum. Known for exceptional design and innovative technology, Dyson’s DC25 Vacuum Series is no exception. The Dyson DC25 Series includes the DC25 All Floors Vacuum Cleaner and the DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner, both of which are sleek, lightweight vacuums featuring HEPA filtration and bagless dirt collection for your convenience.

I had the privilege of testing out the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner and I must say it is quite an engineering feat. Designed to clean homes with pets, the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum comes with a mini-turbine tool to remove pet hair from furniture, fabrics, and tight spaces. The vacuum also includes two onboard accessories—a debris nozzle and a stair tool—that can be attached to the vacuum hose or the extension wand for greater functionality.

After quickly assembling the main components, I was ready to plug the pet vacuum in and go for a test drive.

Read more about how Dyson vacuums differ from traditional vacuum cleaners