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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.
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Save Big on Popular Space Heaters

Posted by Diamond on October 21st, 2011

Sylvane Heater SaleWe’re only one month into the beautiful Fall season and half of the U.S. is already seeing chilly, windy weather that feels more like winter. Yesterday, with the low here in the mid-30s, I had to pull out my old faithful space heater for the first time since January and boy was it a lifesaver! Portable heaters are great for days when it’s not cold enough to run your central heating unit. They also serve as an efficient source of supplemental heat to your central system, leading to significant savings on rising energy costs.

There are so many benefits of using a personal space heater; I could go on and on. So if you don’t already have one, there’s no time like the present. Just in time for cool Fall nights, our most popular space heaters from top brands are on sale for up to 25% off the original price now through October 31st.
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Pure Guardian Humidifiers Add Moisture, Not Mold, to Your Room

Posted by Ivey on February 22nd, 2011

To relieve respiratory problems, sinus irritation, and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with dry air, humidifiers are often a first line of defense. However, did you know that humidifier water tanks can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria? Furthermore, without proper care, your trusty humidifier can actually damage your air quality by circulating these irritants throughout your environment.

That’s why this week’s featured product is the Pure Guardian H4600 Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier. This innovative humidifier makes it easy to keep your room’s air moisturized and free of harmful mold and bacteria using Silver Clean Technology.
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Say Hello to Oskar the Humidifier and Goodbye to Stale, Dry Air

Posted by Ivey on February 15th, 2011

Stadler Form Oskar Humidifier by Swizz StyleIt’s no secret that Sylvane has one of the most comprehensive product catalogs in the industry. That’s why each week I am going to spotlight a different product to help you get better acquainted with our air treatment solutions. What better way to start than with one of our most unique products—the Oskar Humidifier by Stadler Form?

When you think of humidifiers, what comes to mind? Probably a bulky-shaped device filled with water or maybe you are picturing your niece’s humidifier with the frog face. Either way it probably isn’t very chic or something that you would proudly display. The stylish design of the Stadler Form Oskar will definitely change your perception of humidifiers.
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Tackle Dry Winter Air with These Top-Rated Sylvane Humidifiers

Posted by Ivey on January 20th, 2011

Sunpentown SU-4010 Ultrasonic Dual Mist HumidifierWhether it comes from a roaring, rustic fire or your dependable central heating system, nothing is quite as comforting during the chilly winter months as walking into your home and being enveloped in warmth. For all of the comfort that a warm home provides, it removes a crucial element of your healthy indoor environment—moisture. Adding a humidifier to your area can restore proper moisture levels to your home as well as re-ignite your comfort.

Along with creating a generally uncomfortable environment, parched indoor air can lead to chapped lips, dry and itchy skin, irritated sinuses, upper respiratory problems, and more. It can also cause structural damage to your home and furnishings by causing wood to crack. To protect yourself and your home, take advantage of one of these top-rated Sylvane humidifiers, recently recognized by a leading consumer reporting agency. Continue reading

Sylvane Now Offering Air-O-Swiss Humidifiers

Posted by Ivey on November 19th, 2010

Air-O-Swiss 7145 Cool Mist Ultrasonic HumidifierHumidifiers are a great way to restore moisture to uncomfortably dry, cold indoor environments. However, not all humidifiers are created alike. In fact, a dirty humidifier can add more to your home than just moisture—like mold spores, bacteria, and other airborne irritants. These unwelcome additions to your air can cause an onslaught of allergy symptoms, asthma flare-ups, respiratory problems, and more.

To help you keep your air perfectly moisturized and healthy, we have added the top-rated Air-O-Swiss humidifier line to our extensive online catalog of air treatment products. Known for their quiet operation, reliability, ease of use, bacteria-free design measures, and of course their effective performance, Air-O-Swiss humidifiers are truly exceptional products.
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Sylvane Humidifiers Can Help You Save on Winter Energy Costs

Posted by Ivey on October 15th, 2010

Bemis/Essick Air 821-000 Spacesaver Style Multi-Room HumidifierWith the threat of a colder than normal winter looming over the Northwest due to La Niña and increasing crude oil prices impacting people using oil to heat their homes, many Americans are searching for ways stay warm this winter without breaking the bank. One solution that often goes overlooked is the addition of a humidifier.

Most people think of a humidifier as simply a way to treat uncomfortable conditions caused by dry air, such as nosebleeds, dry and scratchy throats, allergy symptoms, itchy skin, and respiratory issues. However, these versatile appliances can also be used to help your home feel warmer at a lower temperature.
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Maintain Your Humidifier, Maintain Your Health

Posted by Ashley on January 30th, 2009

Using a humidifier in the wintertime can be a great fix for the health, comfort, and interior problems caused by dry air. By dispersing an invisible mist of moisture throughout a space, these appliances help relieve dry and itchy skin, moisturize parched respiratory passages, and reduce the amount of static electricity in your indoor environment. However, when not properly cared for and maintained, a humidifier can quickly become a health hazard. Here’s how.

All humidifiers, regardless of their type, carry a risk of bacteria and mold growth. This may be the result of two things: (a.) Failing to clean the humidifier’s components and change the water regularly; and (b.) Filling the humidifier with mineral-rich tap water. When bacteria and mold grow and multiply inside a humidifier, traces of them can be released into the air you breathe. Continue reading

It’s Flu Season – Do You Know Where the Flu is?

Posted by Ashley on November 25th, 2008

If you’re anything like me, you hate flu season. You loathe those times – mostly between November and March – when you can just feel the influenza coming on. During these times, everything you do is performed in a fatigued slow motion. You start popping a daily vitamin C, a powdery-tasting Zicam tablet, and maybe one of those ugly green Echinacea capsules just to be safe. You wash your hands twice as much as you usually do (and for me, that’s a lot!). You get plenty of rest (out like a light at 10!) and hope that this run-down feeling passes. To put it plainly, if you’re anything like me, you’ll do everything short of declaring yourself under quarantine during flu season to prevent catching the flu.
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How Humidifiers Treat Cold Symptoms

Posted by John on October 30th, 2008

On ABC News, Dr. Melissa McNeil recently explained how humidifiers can help treat cold symptoms in children.

humidifiersA viewer asked, “Many parents use humidifiers in their young children’s rooms when they have a cold. Do they really do any good?” Continue reading

Vornado Humidifier Reviews

Posted by John on October 26th, 2008

vornado humidifierVornado humidifiers not only make your environment healthier and more comfortable, but they also help to lower your heating bill (moreso than other humidifiers).

If you’ve used a Vornado fan or heater, then you’re familiar with the vornado fan technology; that’s the secret behind the efficiency of these humidifiers. Vornado humidifiers even out a room’s temperature by recovering and re-circulating lost heat from the ceiling. Once moisture is added to the dry, winter air, the air feels warmer and holds onto heat better. Continue reading

What is Relative Humidity?

Posted by John on September 27th, 2008

Keep your indoor relative humidity below 50 percent to avoid growth of mold and dust mites. That’s standard advice for allergy sufferers. But what exactly is relative humidity?

Relative humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air expressed as a percentage of how much water vapor the air could hold. If relative humidity is 100 percent, for example, then it’s raining. Most people are comfortable with an indoor relative humidity of 45 to 50 percent. When relative humidity goes above 50 percent, the excess moisture in the air makes it easier for mold and dust mites to spread. Continue reading

Essick Air Humidifiers Review

Posted by John on September 21st, 2008

The weather is just beginning to get cooler, and big box stores are already lining their shelves with humidifiers. These machines not only soothe dry skin and dry sinuses, but they also make winter air feel warmer and more comfortable (which saves money on heating bills). The problem with many of the inexpensive humidifiers in big box stores is that they emit “white dust” into the air; this dust comes from minerals in the water. Essick Air humidifiers, on the other hand, do not produce white dust because of their patented evaporative technology.

Essick Air humidifiers (formerly known as Bemis humidifiers) contain a wick that allows the water to naturally evaporate into the air. A wick filter retains any minerals in the water so that only pure water vapor goes into your air. Continue reading

How to Clean Humidifiers

Posted by John on September 8th, 2008

home humidifiersHumidifiers offer many health benefits, especially during the winter. They restore moisture to the air and thus restore moisture to your skin, lips, throat, and nose. Those who suffer from sinusitis know that dry air can be irritating and painful when it hits the nasal mucosa. Humidifiers also make the indoor environment more comfortable – humid air feels warmer than dry air – and humidifiers can help you save money on heating bills.

However, humidifiers must be cared for and cleaned properly, or else you might experience some unwanted side effects. Continue reading