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Start Your Black Friday Shopping At Sylvane!

Posted by Ashley on November 23rd, 2011

Sylvane Black Friday 2011 DealsI know many of you (like me) will spend the bulk of today and part of tomorrow hard at work peeling, stuffing, roasting, slicing, dicing, baking, and otherwise prepping the ingredients of the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You probably haven’t even started thinking about your Black Friday plans. And let’s face it, after all that cooking and hectic planning, do you really want to venture out into the tiresome crowds of eager shoppers vying for the best deals?

If that doesn’t sound like an enjoyable way to spend your Friday, we’ve got a secret shopping tip that will give you the best of both worlds. All you have to do is wake up, get your coffee and maybe a slice of that yummy leftover pie, and head to Sylvane.com.  Starting Friday, November 25th, shop the Sylvane Black Friday 72-Hour Sale and get great deals on many of our bestselling products from the comfort of your own home—yep, even in your pajamas.

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Shop Sylvane’s 11th Anniversary Blow-Out Sale!

Posted by Ashley on November 11th, 2011

Sylvane 11th Anniversary SaleIt’s been a week of celebration and reflection in the halls of Sylvane as we commemorate 11 great years of being your trusted resource for air treatment solutions and education about indoor air quality issues. Over the past 10 days, we have offered you—our loyal customers—10 amazing deals on many of our most popular and bestselling products. Today, on our 11th birthday, we’re bringing back those deals for one final birthday blow-out sale!

Now through midnight, be sure to take advantage of these great offers:

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

Danby DDR5009REE Dehumidifier Review

Posted by Jorge on October 28th, 2011

Danby DDR5009REE DehumidifierWorking in accounting here at Sylvane, I don’t always have the opportunity to get a closer look at our products and get a feel for how they work in real-life situations. But this is exactly what happened when I needed a dehumidifier to help clean-up after a recent indoor flood on my rental property. On the recommendation of our sales manager, I decided to purchase a Danby dehumidifier.

I own a 1,150-square-foot house that is rented out. My tenant had only been in the house for a week when I received a call that the water pipe connected to the master bathroom toilet had been leaking for hours—perhaps even days. As a result, all three bedrooms in the house were flooded.  It’s a ranch-style house on concrete slab, so the water had nowhere to go but deep into my carpets. I needed a solution that would dry the area fast and restore the house back to good condition for my tenant.

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Shop Sylvane’s Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Posted by Ashley on September 2nd, 2011

Sylvane Labor Day Weekend SaleFor many Americans, Labor Day isn’t just a time to reflect on our achievements as a dedicated workforce and celebrate the end of summer with one last blowout barbecue. Labor Day is also your first chance flex those savvy deal-grabbing skills and find the biggest and best sales to kick off your fall/winter shopping season right. Sylvane is certainly no exception to this tradition.

Starting today September 2nd and continuing through Labor Day, Monday September 5th, shop our amazing Labor Day Weekend Sale and save big on many of our most popular air treatment products! Our selection of deals and offers spans many product categories, including our bestselling air purifiers and replacement filters, air conditioners, fans, dehumidifiers, electric fireplaces, and vacuums.

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Protect Yourself from Formaldehyde Exposure with Air Treatment

Posted by Cierra on July 15th, 2011

Flowers with Poison Flask in MiddleWhile long known to be a harmful substance, formaldehyde was officially declared by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) to be a known carcinogen on June 10th, 2011. Included in the 12th edition of the Report on Carcinogens, formaldehyde was noted to cause otherwise rare nasal, sinus, and throat cancers as well as myeloid leukemia. Formaldehyde had already been listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in prior editions of the report since the 1980s; its updated status to “known carcinogen” was prompted by recent examinations of occupational and animal studies on the effects of prolonged exposure to the gas.

Formaldehyde, a colorless gas with many industrial applications, can be found in furniture glues, car exhaust, plywood and particle wood, building materials, cleaning products, cosmetic chemicals, and biological preservatives, among other places. It is also released during combustion and is therefore generally present in fireplaces, stoves and ovens, smog, and tobacco smoke. Traces of the chemical have been measured in food and drinking water, and our bodies naturally produce formaldehyde in small quantities.

Find out how formaldehyde can affect your overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and R-410A Refrigerant

Posted by Ashley on July 1st, 2011

eco-friendly symbolIf you’ve purchased an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or other appliance with a refrigeration system recently, you’ve probably noticed a change in the type of refrigerant being used. More specifically, you may have noticed the words “eco-friendly” or “non-ozone-depleting” popping up on product packaging or in sales literature when refrigerant is discussed.

First, let me assure you—these new claims aren’t just lofty selling points made by manufacturers in order to try to secure a sale. There is truth in these statements. However, as an informed consumer, it helps to understand this new change and what it means for you when you purchase an appliance equipped with “environmentally friendly refrigerant.” Here is the lowdown.

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Dehumidifiers Help Balance Your Home’s Humidity for Mold Allergy Relief

Posted by Ivey on April 27th, 2011


Winix WDH851 50 Pint Dehumdifier with Built-In Pump
When dealing with allergies, it can often seem like the symptoms come out of nowhere and the causes are even more difficult to pinpoint. If you have been diligent about keeping surfaces free of dust and debris, washing your hands frequently, removing your shoes before entering your home, and washing your hair daily, along with taking other precautions to reduce pollen particles in your indoor environment, yet your allergy symptoms still persist, you could be targeting the wrong allergy.

According to WebMD, you could be among the 5% of Americans who suffer from mold allergies. Mold allergies trigger many of the same reactions as pollen and dust allergies, such as itchy eyes, irritated skin, nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, and even asthma attacks. People often experience allergy symptoms in their home due to the presence of mold, which often results from excess humidity. Dehumidifiers offer an effective, simple solution for controlling excess moisture—and mold.
Find out more about dehumidifiers and mold allergies

28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality, Part 3

Posted by Ivey on April 5th, 2011

Danby DDR7009REE DehumidifierWith the launch of our Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes last week, things have been a little hectic around the Sylvane office. However, now that things seem to be a little calmer, let’s move on to the third installment of our 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality blog series.

  1. Leave shoes at the door to keep pesticides, dirt, and other germs out of your home. Occasionally, the quick brushing that you give your shoes on the doormat is not effective at keeping harmful irritants out of your home. If possible, leave shoes on shoe racks or or other shelves located in a garage or other area close to your door.
  2. Choose a green paint to reduce exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Just because the noxious odors from your latest painting project are gone doesn’t mean that your indoor air is safe. Some paints can release harmful levels of VOCs into your environment causing headaches, dizziness, respiratory ailments, and other issues. Look for paints labeled “zero VOC” and “no VOC”.
  3. Use a carbon monoxide detector to protect your home. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, so the best way to keep your family safe from this “silent killer” is to use a carbon monoxide detector like the Safety Siren Pro Series Combination Gas Detector. This gas detector samples your home’s air every 2.5 minutes for carbon monoxide. If this gas—methane and propane—is detected, visual and audible alarms will be activated.
  4. Read more indoor air quality tips

Stop Fall Mold with DeLonghi Dehumidifiers – On Sale Now

Posted by Ivey on September 10th, 2010

DeLonghi LogoAlthough leaves changing color and falling to the ground are one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles, this decaying of plant debris can promote allergy-causing mold growth. Oftentimes, this mold finds its way into your home thanks to autumn winds or warm early fall temperatures that lead to damp homes, especially basements and bathrooms. Mold and damp environments can trigger a variety of allergic symptoms including itchy eyes, noses, and throats, headaches, sinusitis, sneezing, and more. To keep your home dry and mold-free, we are offering 20% off on any DeLonghi dehumidifier that we carry for a limited time only.
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Children’s Nasal Allergies Linked to Damp Houses

Posted by Ivey on August 26th, 2010

Child with Running NoseIs your home making your child sick? A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that dampness and mold problems in homes may increase children’s risk of allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, sometimes referred to as hay fever, include congestion, sneezing, and of course, runny noses.

The study followed 1,900 Finnish children for a period of six years. Researchers found that 16 percent of children whose parents reported that damp conditions or mold were present in the home were eventually diagnosed with allergic rhinitis. Of the children whose parents reported no moisture problems in the home, slightly less than 12 percent were diagnosed with nasal allergies.
Find out how to make your home healthier for your entire family

Do-It-Yourself Mold Removal

Posted by Ivey on August 12th, 2010

Removing Bathroom MoldOn August 2, NBC’s Today Show aired a great segment on finding and removing mold from your home with advice from the DIY Network’s John DeSilvia. In the segment, DeSilvia points out that summer time is peak season for mold growth, which can cause a variety of health issues including respiratory problems and allergy flare-ups.

Mold Test KitDeSilvia suggests looking for leaky pipes, condensation, and other wet or humid areas inside your home to determine if there is a mold problem. If you don’t see any potentially damp areas or actual mold but still think you may have a problem, consider purchasing a Mold Test Kit or a Toxic Mold Test Kit. Both of these do-it-yourself test kits will provide a comprehensive analysis of mold in your home. Plus, all the materials you will need and the lab fees are included in the cost of the kit.
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Sylvane Dehumidifiers Named Top Picks by Leading Consumer Reporting Agency

Posted by Ivey on June 4th, 2010

Flooding Water DamageAs a lifelong resident of the Southeastern United States, I am all too familiar with the delicate balance of humidity and coolness necessary to stay comfortable during steamy summer months. To achieve this harmony, many people look for air treatment solutions such as dehumidifiers to remove uncomfortable and potentially harmful excess moisture from their homes. With so many of these appliances on the market, how do you know which one is the best value?

A leading consumer reporting agency recently ranked two Danby dehumidifiers offered by Sylvane among their top picks for efficient, cost-effective moisture removal options. The Danby DDR6009REE ranked among the top five for large-capacity dehumidifiers, and the Danby DDR5009REE ranked among the top five as well for medium-capacity dehumidifiers.
Find out more about these top-ranked Danby dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers Help Museums Preserve Collections

Posted by Ivey on January 29th, 2010

Interior of the Louvre MuseumMaintaining an optimal climate in museum collections can be extremely tricky. Everything from the general climate of the region to types of items in the collection to the comfort of museum visitors and employees must be taken into account. Relative humidity is one key consideration.

According to an article by the Northern States Conservation Center that addresses temperature and relative humidity levels for museum objects, “there is no single relative humidity range that is ideal for all museum objects.” However, NSCC does recommend maintaining a non-fluctuating relative humidity (RH) above 25% and below 65% for mixed collections — noting that many museums maintain an RH of 45%.

Keeping a consistent relative humidity is crucial, as an RH below 25% “can cause embrittlement of hygroscopic materials such as leather and paper,” and an RH above 25% can lead to mold growth and metal corrosion.
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Mold Dangers in Mobile Homes

Posted by John on October 30th, 2008

Mold can invade any home, but mobile homes are at increased risk of mold problems.

Tom Riley discovered this after his family moved into a mobile home in Mississippi. Within six months of moving in, his family experienced respiratory problems, coughing, and laryngitis. At one point, his seven-year-old son collapsed in the hallway.

Riley then found mold dots sprinkled throughout the mobile home in the top of closets, according to the Clarion Ledger.

“With the mobile home industry, structure and installation is a problem. Builders are in a hurry; things get in a hurry. Who wants to step up to the plate and fix this? It will be expensive to fix. Medical issues are expensive. Environmental cleanup is expensive,” Riley said. Read more about mold in mobile homes