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Prepare for Allergy Season Now

Posted by Tony on March 31st, 2015

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Spring, and the sunny weather that comes along with it, has definitely arrived here in Atlanta. And while winter weather is still on its way out in some areas, spring is on the horizon. That also means allergy season is close to rearing its ugly head.

It can be difficult to get outside and enjoy the sunshine when you have to deal with constant sneezing, congestion,  skin irritation, and headaches.

Luckily, here are 6 simple solutions that can help you prepare for spring allergies.

Clean Your Entire Home

Spring cleaning is a good idea for a variety of reasons, but one of them is to help reduce your allergy symptoms. Dust can easily accumulate throughout your home during winter when your house is closed off from the cold. This dust may have gone unnoticed during winter, but it will only make your spring allergies worse. Check out our spring cleaning suggestions and checklist for 2015. Continue reading

Formaldehyde Concerns: Testing, Options & Solutions

Posted by Tony on March 13th, 2015

60 Minutes recently ran a segment on the health risks associated with laminate floors with high levels of formaldehyde. The report opened people’s eyes to what we’ve known for a long time–formaldehyde is a dangerous gas with potentially serious health risks. It turns out hundreds of thousands of Americans may be impacted, and news outlets have run with the story ever since. Read the entire 60 Minutes report on formaldehyde here.

For a summary of the findings and what’s happening now, check out the video below. And keep reading to learn more about formaldehyde, formaldehyde testing, how to get rid of it. Continue reading

4 Tips for an Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day

Posted by Ashley on February 13th, 2015

Allergy-Free Valentine's DayValentine’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.

  1. 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.Mulberry West Silk-Filled BlanketThat’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.

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Sylvane Adds Haverhill Heaters and Air Purifiers to Product Line-Up

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

  • Efficient

    Micathermic heaters are known for being efficient (they don’t use a fan, their flat panel retains heat), and all of Haverhill’s other Energy Star sealproducts 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.

  • Easy-to-Use

    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.

  • Customer Favorites

    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!

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Christmas Tree Allergy Symptoms & Remedies

Posted by Tony on December 17th, 2014

xmas-treeYou’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.”

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How to Beat Holiday Allergy Triggers

Posted by Tony on December 10th, 2014

holiday-1The arrival of winter offers relief for many allergy sufferers, but setting up for the holidays can cause a host of issues for people with asthma and allergies. If the thought of Christmas brings images of festive trees and plants along with memories of sneezing and sniffling through the holidays, a few simple changes can make your holiday more enjoyable.

Here are some common triggers and how to avoid them this holiday season:

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Don’t forget the decorations you love so much, the ones that give your home the holiday feel, they’ve been stored away for 11 or so months. And they’re generally kept in attics, basements, garages or other places that are known for harboring dust and mold. Wipe down seasonal ornaments and decorations with a damp cloth when you first dig them out. If you purchase live decorations or plants (more on trees below!), then be sure to toss them as soon as they start to dry out. Continue reading

Cyber Monday Sale! Includes Dyson, 20% Off Heaters & Sitewide Deals

Posted by Tony on November 29th, 2014

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Cyber Monday truly is a great day to shop: No crowds or driving around to different stores, hoping they have what you need. Our Cyber Monday sale offers big discounts for some must-have winter products like heaters, humidifiers, and more.

We’re offering 10% off sitewide for purchases over $150 (exclusions apply) and up to $150 off select Dyson heaters and vacuum cleaners. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll see on sale this Cyber Monday:

10% Off Sitewide

Use the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout and get 10% off any purchase over $150. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor heater for your patio, a humidifier for your baby’s nursery, or a steam cleaner for chemical-free sanitizing—you’ll save a nice chunk of change by purchasing it Cyber Monday. All of these items are useful items for people on your holiday list, so take advantage by entering the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout.

20% Off Space Heaters

Space Heaters can be a life saver this time of year. Who doesn’t have a room that just won’t warm up?  Adding a space heater can offer instant relief to those spaces. Some people also add one to the rooms they use most often and turn their thermostat down a few degrees–which can help save energy.

Regardless of why you may need one, we’ve got 20% off all space heaters by DeLonghi, Honeywell, Soleus, and Sunpentown. Many of the models we have on sale were recently named as top picks by a top consumer reporting agency.

DeLonghi space heaters are known for offering quiet, direct heat. Their lightweight panel heater radiates heat directly in front of it and can be hung on a wall to save floor space. Consider an oil-filled radiator model for consistent, quiet heat across an entire room. Most models can be wheeled into place, feature digital controls, multiple heat settings, and various other top features.

The Delonghi TRN0812T was recently recognized by a top consumer reporting agency for its quiet and effective operation. This simple-to-use model has a GFCI plug to reduce shock, which makes it common for bathrooms and other hazardous areas, and also includes a timer for programming operation. All DeLonghi models are priced at 20% off, so now is a great time to scoop one up.

Honeywell space heaters are known for their energy-saving features and efficient heat. The Honeywell HZ-980 was just named a “Best Buy” by a top consumer reporting agency. This powerful infrared heater blends in just about anywhere and can be personalized to match your comfort needs. Its adjustable design makes it good for heating small rooms or adding supplemental heat to spaces up to 1,000 square feet.

Check out all of Honeywell’s compact room heaters; they’re customer favorites and proven to work well on chilly winter nights.

$150 Off Select Dyson Heaters and Vacuums

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Dyson is known worldwide for manufacturing top-quality products with advanced technology. They have a broad range of vacuum options, from handheld models to powerful bagless uprights. For example, Dyson stick vacuums are ideal for moms who need to quickly clean up around kitchens and living rooms.

Consider a Dyson upright for some of the strongest suction on the market and simple bagless bin-emptying. They dig into any type of carpet and come with tools to clean even the tightest space.

Lastly, Dyson’s heater fan is truly one-of-a-kind. It has 10 speeds, bladeless technology, and offers projected long term heat. Also recommended by a top consumer reporting agency, the Dyson AM05 can also be used as a fan during summer months.

Other Cyber Monday deals include 20% off select humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and allergy bedding. Be sure to check out our deals page to see a full list of our Cyber Monday deals. It’s the best time to prepare for the cold holiday season ahead and get a useful product for your home at a discounted price.

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. Continue reading

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!

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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! Continue reading

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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Miele Scout RX1 Robotic Vacuum Review

Posted by Tony on June 23rd, 2014

Miele has officially joined the robotic vacuum game! They released the Scout RX1 today, and we’ve got everything you need to know about it.

Not only does it automatically clean your floor, but it’s packed with features and adjusts to clean both hard floors and low-pile carpet.

Let’s take a look at what this new Miele Scout RX1 has to offer:

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It’s trusted Miele design is backed with a 2-year warranty–significantly longer than other robotic vacuums.

The green outlines show an intelligent navigation system that uses a camera and 7 sensors to clean your entire floor without missing a spot or bumping into furniture or walls. Continue reading

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!

Simple Ways to Get Involved with Air Quality Awareness Week

Posted by Tony on April 29th, 2014

trafficNo matter how hard we try, we all contribute to air pollution. Air Quality Awareness Week highlights a few ways we can all help make our air cleaner–and recognize how air quality affects our overall health.

The EPA offers a few simple ways to get involved, and most involve reducing smog—one of the main ways we contribute to air pollution.

Give one or two of their suggestions a try–you may even start doing them regularly. Continue reading

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

Posted by Tony on November 27th, 2013

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: Continue reading