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Tips for Enjoying Your Patio This Fall and Winter

Don’t let the end of summer mean the end of enjoying your outdoor space! For some reason once fall arrives, people pack it in for winter.

Personally, I’m not ready to kick my patio to the curb. Consider these tips so you can enjoy your patio or deck even as cooler temperatures roll in.

Add A Heat Source

One of the easiest ways to enjoy your deck or backyard long after summer is to add a patio heater. Available in attractive tabletop or full-size designs, these heaters add quiet warmth and ambiance to any space. They also have various finish options, so it’s easy to find one that matches your porch decor. Lava Heat offers commercial-grade patio heaters for large spaces, while brands like Southern Enterprises use gel fuel to provide heat to smaller spaces.

Other people prefer a centralized heat source that guests and family members can gather around, like a fireplace or fire pit. While these require more maintenance and upkeep, they provide a centralized gathering place to help keep you warm. Whether you go with a standard heater or fire pit, adding a heat source will do wonders to your space–not just by adding heat, but by creating a relaxing patio getaway right outside your back door. Continue reading…

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Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

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…

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

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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Internal Burn-outs Cause Recall on Dyson AM04 and AM05 Heater Fans

Dyson LogoDyson recently announced a voluntary recall on their popular AM04 and AM05 heater fans. The recall announcement came after 4 products created “contained” fires, reportedly started by internal burn-outs in the heating element.

For more information or to register your Dyson AM04 or AM05 for the recall, visit the Dyson Recall Site.

An innovator in home appliances, Dyson first introduced their fans in 2009 and released the heater version in 2011. These unique fans and heater fans use air multiplier technology instead of traditional fan blades. Dyson’s standard fans (without heat) aren’t affected by the recall since they don’t include the heating element.

Dyson suggests all owners of AM04 and AM05 models visit their recall site to get the ball rolling and receive directions on how to proceed. They’re releasing new information soon, so check back here or visit their recall site for more information. You can also contact Dyson’s helpline at 1-866-297-5303.

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A Look Back at the Storm that Shut Down Atlanta

We’ve been saying it for a while now: This has been a crazy winter. Little did we know just how crazy it would get here in Atlanta! On Tuesday all hell broke loose and the term “Snowpocolypse” was unavoidable. After a few inches of ice caused a full-blown city shutdown, the dust (or ice?) has finally settled.

The political and economic consequences are still the talk-of-the-town, but this storm proved one thing: With Mother Nature, you really just never know. I’ll leave the political conversation to Mayor Kasim Reed and the various news outlets asking the tough questions. But as some people are just getting home after 48+ hours away from their families, let’s take a look back at the craziness: Continue reading…