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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!

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!

Sylvane’s Memorial Day 2014 Sale – 10% Off on Dehumidifiers, ACs & More

Posted by Tony on May 23rd, 2014

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Summer has finally arrived, and we’re as excited as anyone here in Atlanta. If you’re prepping your home for the summer heat, take advantage of our site-wide Memorial Day sale! We’re offering 10% off ALL types of air conditioners, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, vacuums, and more (some exclusions apply). Check out some of the products we have on sale this Memorial Day weekend:

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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!

Sylvane’s Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sale Mean Big Savings!

Posted by Tony on November 27th, 2013

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This year’s Black Friday is shaping up to be a wild one: Thanksgiving falls late so there are fewer weeks between now and Christmas, and it’s freezing pretty much everywhere—so expect an extra slice of crazy with your traffic and lines. So what’s your strategy?

Here’s ours: Offer huge deals on our most popular products, like 20% off select space heaters and select humidifiers. We’re also offering 10% off ANY purchase more than $150 (using coupon code THANKS13). The best part? You don’t have to deal with the cold, traffic, or long lines—and we’ll ship your quality products to you for free. Oh, and our Black Friday sale runs through Cyber Monday, so visit Sylvane.com to take advantage of our discounts all weekend (from 11-28-13 to 12-2-13).

For me, that’s enough incentive to buy useful products, but here’s a look at some of our best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: Learn More About our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales!

Memorial Day Sale: Stay Cool and Save 10% Off Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and More!

Posted by Tony on May 24th, 2013

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for SummerYou’re preparing for another hot summer—and so are we! To be sure you’re ready for the summer heat, we’re offering 10% off ALL orders over $150 from May 25-May 27, 2013. This site-wide Memorial Day sale includes all products (except Miele products). Simply use the promo code MEM10.

Whether you’re looking for an air conditioner, dehumidifier, fan, or air purifier—or maybe a few of them—now is the time to buy! Here are a few products on sale this Memorial Day Weekend: Read More About Our Memorial Day Sale!

November Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Tony on December 5th, 2012

Each month we feature Air Quality Evangelists who offer helpful information to people regarding the importance of air quality. These Evangelists make clean air (and a healthy environment) a priority in their lives. We appreciate the information they provide, so let’s hear from November’s winners who discuss everything from allergies to reducing toxins in your home.

Scientific American Blog Network – Observations

If you haven’t heard of the Scientific American, then you’re one of the few. It’s read in print by nearly 4 million people a year and has long been a leading source for science, technology, and policy information.

Last July it launched the Scientific American Blog Network, which has quickly become the go-to hub for various editorial, community, and opinion blogs. Their wide range of topics include Energy & Sustainability, Health, Evolution, and Technology. “Observations” posts feature opinions and analysis from Scientific American editors.

Winning Post

Warmer weather is increasing pollen counts across the country, and this winning “Observations” post analyzes research about climate change and its influence on seasonal allergies. Research suggests allergy issues increase significantly with climate change and will only get worse moving forward. Allergy season will start earlier and affect a larger segment of the population, so review the findings and what they mean for you. Learn More About November's Air Quality Evangelists!

The Best Hotels for Allergy Sufferers

Posted by Tony on November 14th, 2012

Traveling around the holidays is unavoidable for people across the US. Some travelers are lucky (or unlucky?) enough to stay with relatives, but others don’t have that option or prefer to stay in a hotel.

The problem with hotels is that you never know what you’re walking into. Several chains don’t clean their rooms properly let alone have allergen controls in place. This can mean a less than enjoyable experience for people like me who suffer from allergies. So what are our options? Are we doomed to the basement couch this holiday season? Based on our research, the answer is no. See the Top 5 Hotel Chains for Allergy-Sufferers!

Home Allergies: The Halloween Gross-Out Edition

Posted by Jenna on October 31st, 2012

scary home allergiesIn honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled the weirdest, foulest facts about the things in your house that really cause allergies and colds. Before you read this, put away those fun-size Twix bars you’re snacking on. You won’t be hungry anymore.

Dust Mites: The Vampires of the Insect World

You may have heard the commonly thrown-around statistic that dust is 90% dead skin cells. Gross, right? Turns out, the truth is much worse. Dust consists of dead skins cells, sure, but also the creatures that dine on them—dust mites. Specifically, their corpses and poop. Read More About Creepy-Crawly Home Allergens!

Traveling with Allergies: The Secret World of Allergy-Friendly Hotels

Posted by Vivian on August 1st, 2012

Traveling can be fun and relaxing, but if you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, it can also be stressful. Luckily, hotels are increasingly offering “allergy-friendly” room options, and some hotels are entirely allergy-friendly.

According to a 2010 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in fact, 38 percent of hotels offer allergy-friendly rooms.

What do these promises mean, however? Can you count on hotels that claim to be allergy-friendly to really be so?

Allergy-friendly offerings can vary greatly from hotel to hotel, so as a traveler, it’s up to you to find out exactly what a hotel will offer before you book a room and stay there. Doing your research upfront will help save you headaches down the road.

Read on for more tips for finding an allergy-friendly hotel.

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

Target Allergens to Help Your Baby Rest More Comfortably

Posted by Ivey on May 4th, 2011

Baby SleepingRestful sleep is one of the most important elements in your baby’s healthy development. Two simple ways to ensure that your baby gets the best sleep possible are by testing your nursery air for irritants using a test kit from IndoorAirTest and using naturally hypoallergenic Kumi Kookoon nursery bedding.
Find out how these products can help your baby rest better

Enjoy a Luxurious Valentine’s Day with Hypoallergenic Silk Sheets

Posted by Ivey on February 9th, 2011

Valentine's Day Silk SheetsPicture this. It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve thought of everything. Flowers? Got ‘em. Elegant dinner? Devoured. Indulgent dessert? Savored. Now, it’s time for a nightcap. If you’re an allergy-sufferer, consider using Kumi Kookoon bedding—made of high-quality charmeuse silk—to provide a luxurious setting for evening’s end without the threat of allergy-inducing dust mites.

An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from dust mite allergies. These microscopic organisms often take up residence in and around your bed and pillows to be closer to their food source—your dead skin cells! While actual dust mites do not produce allergic reactions in humans, their waste products can make your bed uninviting and restful sleep a distant memory.

Kumi Kookoon Velvet Silk Throw BlanketTo ensure that your special someone is the only one you are getting cozy with at the end of the night, layer your bed in the softest silk sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers from Kumi Kookoon. The line even includes a silk velvet throw blanket perfect for snuggling on the sofa. Made from all-natural fibers, Kumi Kookoon bedding naturally repels dust mites, particles, and moisture. This creates a healthy, dry environment, which is great for allergy-sufferers in general as well as people with asthma, arthritis, and joint pain.

To learn more about the benefits of hypoallergenic bedding and dust mite prevention, check out these two great articles from our Learning Center:

 *UPDATE: We no longer carry the Kumi Kookoon sheets, but consider our Crescent Moon bedding as an allergy-friendly option. Made of 100% organic cotton, Crescent Moon duvets, pillows, and mattress pads protect against dust mites and other allergens.

AllerSoft Bedding Reviews

Posted by John on November 15th, 2008

There’s nothing like climbing onto a bed made with fresh, clean sheets. Ahhh. But don’t get too comfortable yet: unless you have impervious covers on your mattress and pillows, those clean sheets will soon be covered with thousands or even millions of dust mites.

If you have allergies or asthma, you’re probably already familiar with dust mites. For those of you who are not, these microscopic arachnids commonly live within the fibers of beds, furniture, and carpets. Their waste matter is a powerful allergen. Up to 80 percent of allergy sufferers are sensitive to dust mite allergen! Read more about AllerSoft bedding

Toxic Textiles

Posted by John on October 9th, 2008

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Jeanine Burgin’s back started to itch in April. Then came red patches, blisters and a burning sensation.

Skin-care products only seemed to make things worse. She was in and out of hospitals, where doctors tried cortisone and other treatments – all to no avail.

“It was a mystery,” says Burgin, 69, who lives outside Paris.

Turns out the mystery was right inside her house: her new upholstered armchair. Read more about toxic textiles