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Gift Ideas for Healthy Homes from Sylvane!

Posted by Tony on December 18th, 2012

Still doing last-minute Christmas shopping? Home products are often overlooked as gifts but can make great ideas for friends and family members. From space heaters to humidifiers, customers have written us about various products they’ve given or received as gifts. These products are useful and make life easier at home. Let’s look at what customers have to say about Sylvane products they’ve received as gifts:

Crane Adorable Humidifiers: In addition to their cute animal designs, these humidifiers also provide cold mist to dry air and can help soothe stuffy noses, itchy throats, and other cold symptoms. These features make them popular in children’s rooms. Designs include a pig, tiger, cow, frog, and more!

  • As a Gift: “We received Penelope the Pig as a baby gift. We use it to help my daughter breathe easier at night now that temperatures are dropping. It’s really easy to use and a breeze to keep clean. Looks super cute in her nursery too!” -Ashley, Sylvane team member See what other Sylvane customers say about their product gifts!

Is Your Furnace Polluting Your Indoor Air?

Posted by Kylie on December 12th, 2012

Eco-friendly heating options.Although it took a while to feel like winter in many parts of the country, there’s no doubt that cold weather has arrived. As we start turning on our furnaces and space heaters, there are a few things to keep in mind. An overload of dust can be dispersed by running your furnace, especially for the first time. Help keep your air clean and fresh (and lower your risk of feeling bad around the holidays) by completing a few small tasks around your house.

When you turn on your furnace for the first time each year, you might notice a “burnt dust” smell in the air—I know I did! During warmer months, your heating ducts accumulate a lot of dust and other allergens. When it’s time to turn it back on, your home is flooded with all that has accumulated over the last year, which can lead to allergies and other respiratory issues.

It may not seem like a huge deal, but the dust and other particles floating around can also compromise your immune system. If your body is busy fighting off the impurities in your air, you’re more vulnerable to other infections like the common cold or flu.

Fortunately there are a couple of ways you can diminish this problem:

  • Use air filters to catch the dust and debris. Clean permanent filters and use HEPA filters to catch as many unwanted allergens as possible.
  • Install eco friendly heaters that don’t spread as much dust and allergens into the air.
  • Have your heating ducts cleaned regularly, especially just before you fire them up for the year.
  • Use a humidifier if your air is dry. Dry air can irritate your sinuses and cause sore throats, so make sure your humidity is between 35% and 50%.

The best way to improve your indoor air while running your furnace or heater is to use all of these strategies. The bottom line is that it’s not the air that’s bad for you; it’s the dust and allergens that accumulate when your heater’s not in use. Be sure to have adequate filtration and cleaning processes, so you can enjoy a warm home without some of these nasty side effects.

I’ve been running my heat for more than two months now (I live in North Dakota)! When did you decide it was time to kick on the furnace?

Photo Credit: Fireplace by Travis Wiens on Flickr.

Top 5 Space Heaters in 2012

Posted by Tony on December 7th, 2012

Space heaters provide quick and efficient heat to rooms, making them a great way to stay warm this winter without sky-high electric bills. But it can be tough to know which heater is best for you. Instead of wading through your countless options, here are our Top 5 Heaters for 2012:

Vornado TVH600 Touchstone Vortex Heater

The Vornado Touchstone TVH600 is one of the most advanced room heaters around. This lightweight, compact heater uses tornado-like Vortex technology to circulate warm air throughout entire rooms. Its thermostatic remote control accurately reads your room temperature while multiple modes and safety features show off its versatility. A digital touchscreen, programmable timer, and automatic temperature control make it an easy choice for customers looking to heat entire rooms.
View all of our Vornado Room Heaters!

Honeywell HZ-817 2 in 1 Whole Room Baseboard Heater

Recently rated a “Best Buy” by a leading consumer reporting magazine, this Honeywell baseboard heater features easy-to-use manual controls, an auto shutoff timer, and an Energy Smart mode. It’s considered 2 heaters in 1 since it offers a Heat Blast option for quick, directed heat and also a Convection mode that evenly disperses warm air across your entire room. It’s perfect for bedrooms and other quiet areas because it makes almost no noise while operating and takes up little floor space. See The Rest of Our Top 5 Space Heaters!

Sylvane’s 2012 Cyber Monday Deals: Save on Heaters, Air Purifiers, and More!

Posted by Tony on November 22nd, 2012

There’s nothing like shopping for your favorite products online—that is, unless they’re also on sale! After the madness that is Black Friday, enjoy our Cyber Monday 2012 sale from the comfort of your own home. Our extensive deals include 10% off all orders of $150 or more* and other great discounts on heaters, humidifiers, air purifiers, and more!

You’ll find big discounts on 3 products that are useful around the holidays: 2 of my favorite Vornado heaters and our popular Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier.

Both heaters are compact, lightweight, and can sit anywhere in your home. All Vornado heaters have patented Vortex technology that uses a strong motor and fan to generate tornado-like airflow that circulates warmth throughout your entire room. Most portable heaters only heat the areas in front of them, so this feature separates Vornado from other brands in the market. Read more about these great products below!

Sylvane’s 20% Off Space Heater Sale – Prepare for Winter Weather Now!

Posted by Tony on October 22nd, 2012

Sylvane Space Heater Sale

The leaves just started changing, but cooler weather is on its way—and in some places, it’s already here. High electricity costs and expensive, outdated heating systems can waste a lot of money this winter. Combine that with consumers’ desire to only heat specific rooms (the ones they actually use!), and it’s pretty clear why space heaters have become so popular across the country.

A space heater can save you money, energy, and provide spot heating to any area of your home. With a wide-range of heater types, capacities, and safety features, finding the right space heater is easier than you may think.

It’s a great time to buy one too, because many of our most popular models are 20% off during Sylvane’s Space Heater Sale going on now. Read More About Sylvane's Space Heater Sale!

Tailgating Heaters & Tips to Stay Warm

Posted by Ryan on October 8th, 2012

TailgatingFootball season is a great time of year. In many parts of the country, people say it’s their favorite time of the year. Football season means friends, family, nostalgia, and of course tailgating.

After hosting and attending at least a hundred tailgates in my life, I’ve seen it all. Sports fanatics all around the country debate and argue that their way of tailgating is the best. But there’s one thing that all tailgaters can agree on: It gets cold in the winter! Especially when you spend hours at a time outside before and after the big game. Read some tips for staying warm at your next tailgate, without sacrificing your health.

Dyson Vacuums, Fans, and Heaters on Sale This Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Tony on August 31st, 2012

Historically, Labor Day celebrates American workers, but we’re switching it up here at Sylvane by giving our customers great deals! Along with your day off on Monday, enjoy discounts on some of our most popular brands and products—including Dyson’s top-of-the-line products that are always consumer favorites.

Find out more about our Labor Day Sale!

Tips for Saving Money with a Space Heater

Posted by Ashley on January 27th, 2012

Vornado TVH500 Vortex HeaterCan a space heater really help you save money on your winter heating costs? This is one of those seemingly age-old questions that never seem to get a straight response. In short, the answer is yes—but you should follow a few important guidelines in order to get the most savings. Otherwise, you could actually end up increasing your heating costs, and nobody wants that! With winter in full swing and many Americans shivering in their socks looking for more frugal ways to stay warm, here are a few tips to help you save on heating costs with a portable space heater.

    1. Turn Down the Thermostat

    One of the main advantages of using a space heater, other than boosting your coziness and warmth, is that it helps offset the costly operation of your central heating system. That is, as long as you remember to turn down your thermostat. Typically, for each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save 3% on your heating costs. Researchers at the Good Housekeeping Institute recently put this strategy to the test and found that you can save as much as $200 if you lower your thermostat to 62 degrees F and supplement your room with a space heater.

    Get more tips for saving on heating costs with a space heater

    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

    How to Choose a Space Heater

    Posted by Diamond on December 2nd, 2011

    Vornado TVH600Are you searching for the perfect space heater but feel a little lost in the superabundance of styles, sizes, and heating technologies? We get it. Shopping’s no fun when you can’t find what you’re looking for.

    That’s why I’ve compiled a short list of helpful tips on choosing a portable heater. Take a minute to check out the basic things you should consider when looking for the best space heater for your needs.

    Learn more about choosing the best heater for your space

    Save 10% Site-Wide During the Sylvane Cyber Monday Sale!

    Posted by Ashley on November 28th, 2011

    Sylvane Cyber Monday 2011 SaleAre you still in Black Friday shopping mode? Maybe you couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for or the deals you did find just didn’t scream “Great Value!” If you’re in the market for an air treatment product such as an allergy-relieving air purifier or a comfort-boosting space heater (and more), the Sylvane Cyber Monday 2011 Sale is just what you need to get your shopping karma back on track.

    Create your own sale when you save 10% site-wide on all orders over $150.* Choose from hundreds of products all designed to help you create healthier indoor air—and a healthier home—at an affordable price. We’ve also extended all of our sought-after Black Friday 2011 Deals to give you one final chance to save BIG and kickoff the holiday shopping season right.

    Be sure to visit the Sylvane Cyber Monday 2011 Deals page for all the sale details. Hurry, this sale ends at midnight!

    *10% off site-wide discount excludes Miele and Dyson vacuums. Only valid on orders over $150.

    Shop the Sylvane Black Friday 72-Hour Sale!

    Posted by Ashley on November 25th, 2011

    Sylvane Black Friday 2011 SaleBlack Friday 2011 is here! Today is the day savvy shoppers wait for all year long; the “Superbowl of Shopping” as it’s been called. It’s a day of eye-popping deals and a day that marks the official kickoff to the 2011 holiday shopping season. And yet, Black Friday is also notorious for its heavy traffic backups and congestion. When you couple that with weaving through crowds of eager shoppers—sometimes a little too-eager— it can quickly turn into a day of frustration.

    This year, save yourself from the potential stress of a typical Black Friday and spend your day shopping from the comfort of your own home. Shop the Sylvane.com Black Friday 72-Hour Sale and save BIG on our bestselling products!

    Read more about the Sylvane 2011 Black Friday Sale

    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.

    Read more about Sylvane's Black Friday 2011 Sale

    5 Reasons to Choose a DeLonghi Heater

    Posted by Diamond on November 18th, 2011

    DeLonghi HMP1500Whether it’s making your favorite spot in the living room feel cozy and comfortable, keeping your bedroom warm throughout the night, or heating up your super chilly office cubicle, a personal space heater is always a helpful and welcomed friend on a cold day. Using a portable heater to heat your space or supplement your central heating system is a savvy way to conserve energy and save on electric bills. The first step, however, is choosing the best space heater for your needs.

    Allow me to nudge you in the right direction. If you’re looking for a quality heater that’s easy to use, compact, safe, and loaded with convenience features, look no further than our impressive line of DeLonghi heaters.

    Find out more about DeLonghi heaters