Sylvane.com » Indoor Health Matters


How to Prevent Fall Allergies

Posted by Tony on October 15th, 2014

rakeWhile most people think of spring when discussing seasonal allergies, fall allergies can cause just as many problems. Allergies run rampant throughout this season, and when fall allergy symptoms are left untreated they can exacerbate a variety of other health issues. For those who are wondering how to avoid allergies this autumn, itchy eyes, runny noses, and headaches, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Outdoor Allergens

planting

When I think about fall allergies, the first thing that comes to mind are the weeds that creep up on my property. Even those with a well-maintained lawn or attractive garden may not realize just how many unwanted plants and other types of organic material will wreak havoc on their family’s allergies. When the seasons begin to change, it’s time to take a fresh look at preventative steps.

This includes cleansing your yard of outdoor allergens such as:

-Ragweed
-Dead leaves
-Rain gutter debris
-Pet waste

Read more tips for preventing fall allergy flare-ups!

#BetheEnd of Breast Cancer with the Rabbit Air

Posted by Ashley on October 9th, 2014

Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air PurifierThe month of October brings with it many beloved things. You’ll see changing leaves, bask in cooler temperatures, get revved up for your favorite football team, and (if you’re like me) enjoy a good Halloween candy binge. You’ll also see pink, lots and lots of pink, helping to raise awareness and research funding as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You’ll even see pink at Sylvane.com thanks to Rabbit Air and the new Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air Purifier.

Since 2007, Rabbit Air has been a proud partner of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The company has raised more than $85,000 for the organization and helped spread knowledge and awareness through its stylish BCRF edition air purifiers. This year, Rabbit Air has given the pink treatment to its newest model, the BioGS 2.0 HEPA Air Purifier.

This award-winning air purifier is a smart ultra-quiet air cleaner that features:

  • a robust 4-stage HEPA filtration system with 5 speeds,
  • an intelligent air quality monitor,
  • a user-friendly digital interface,
  • an eco-friendly design, and
  • a super-efficient motor that keeps operating costs low.
Rabbit Air BCRF Air Purifier

The super sleek Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Air Purifier

Best for treating large rooms up to 625 square feet, the BioGS 2.0 filters out many of the common airborne allergens that aggravate your symptoms the most like pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, smoke particles, and irritating odors. Its onboard air quality monitor brings “set it and forget it” convenience to your life by monitoring the level of pollutants in your air and adjusting the purification speed automatically. Plus, its cutting-edge Brushless Direct Current Motor and 5 smooth fan speeds keeps the operating noise level low. In fact, it’s nearly silent on the lowest speed, making it a great tool for clean air while you sleep.

Read more about BCRF and the BioGS 2.0 Air Purifier

Sylvane’s Labor Day Sale 2014: 10% Off Site Wide & More

Posted by Tony on August 29th, 2014

labor day sale 2014

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!

Learn all the great deals we're offering for Labor Day weekend!

How to Make Quick Work of a Flooded Warehouse

Posted by Tony on August 12th, 2014

new-429-large_size_image-dri-eaz-sahara-pro-daisy-chainThe Atlanta area has literally been flooded with rain recently. Typically our summers look a lot like Florida: Scorching hot during the day with a few pop up showers in the afternoon. Lately it has been more like “take cover because a long, torrential downpour is on the way.”

All the rain this past weekend left one furniture store with quite a mess! Their basement, which serves as warehouse space with lots of valuable pieces, was completely flooded when rain leaked into their basement. By the time the skies cleared nearly a foot of standing water was present in some areas.

Luckily, a few sturdy Sylvane products came to the rescue. In fact, the water damage was taken care of by the end of the weekend, so it didn’t influence business come Monday morning. One of our popular shop vacs removed a large amount of the water and debris, before a few industrial fans removed excess moisture in the floors, wood, and boxes.

If you’re ever in the same predicament, these products could save you a lot of hassle and money. Let’s take a look at what happened:

flooded-basement

Learn how this company handled a basement flood!

Four Apps to Help You Go Green

Posted by Tia on July 28th, 2014

green energyCell phones have become a crucial part in our everyday life. From keeping us connected to giving us directions to the nearest Starbucks, most Americans couldn’t make it through the day without their handheld best friend.

For almost any problem you encounter, people say “Hey, there’s an App for that!” A few Apps take it to the next level–not only answering questions but helping the environment as well. I love these easy-to-use apps because they help everyday people make a difference in air quality! Here are a few eco-friendly apps worth checking out!

Green Genie

Screenshot of the projects!

This app was rated as the “#1 Green App” by TechCrunch and aims to reduce the carbon footprint of consumers. It provides an assortment of green resources and projects that can easily be implemented by anyone. You can also find good info on green products and companies, the best green sites and even a carbon footprint calculator to measure your success. Users can also submit their ideas and projects as well! So check out this interactive app to see find easy ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Check out the other Green Apps here!

Sylvane Introduces Bathroom Fans to Product Line Up

Posted by Ashley on June 17th, 2014

Hot off the presses! We’ve added a new family of products to our ever-expanding catalog of indoor air quality solutions. Say hello to bathroom fans!

Did you know that all those steamy showers and bubble baths you take could be damaging your home’s infrastructure? That’s right. Prolonged humidity in your bathroom can trigger mold and mildew growth, cause paint and wallpaper to peel, and in more severe cases, even lead to wood rot inside your walls. If you find that your bathroom feels muggy after a shower and there’s condensation building up on your mirrors and windows, you might benefit from adding a bathroom fan.

Find out more about our new bathroom fans

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

Posted by Tony on May 23rd, 2014

memorial day sale 2014

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:

Continue reading

Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

Posted by Tony on May 14th, 2014

sun

After a strenuous winter, it’s already time to think about the hot summer months ahead. Forecasters say it’s going to be a scorcher, and the last thing you want to deal with is a hot house all summer. Consider the following tips to keep your family comfortable and safe this summer—they’ll help keep your energy costs down too!

Schedule a Professional AC Tune-Up

Central ACs account for most of the electricity used during summer months, and just like your car needs regular tune-ups–so does your air conditioner. Simple maintenance will keep it running at its best and prolong its life.

A professional air conditioning tune-up will include safety inspections to make sure your system is safe and meets the cooling needs of your home.

Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

thermostat

  • Change your air conditioner’s filter monthly as needed.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and program it to run only when people are at home.
  • Keep leaves and debris away from your air conditioner’s outside cabinet

Other Easy Tips for Staying Cool

  • Ensure Proper Attic Insulationlaying insulation
    If you’re attic isn’t properly insulated, it can reach scary-high temperatures (140 degrees F), and this heat will build up, seep into your home, and make your AC work harder.
  • Install Ceiling Fans
    Help your AC out by letting fans circulate cool air around your space. On cooler nights, these may help avoid using your central AC.
  • Unplug Unused Electronics
    Reduce energy and heat output in your house by unplugging appliances and electronics you’re not using.
  • Cover Windows
    You can help reduce the heat in your home by keeping your windows closed and covered by blinds or drapes to block out the sun during the day.honeywell-mm-ac-lg
  • Add Supplemental Cooling
    If one of your rooms gets overly warm or you only need to cool certain rooms you’re in a lot, consider installing a portable air conditioner or even a window AC. For energy-smart models, look for ACs with the Energy Star seal—earned by models proven to save you money on energy/operating costs.

By taking some time now, you can make your home more comfortable and safer for your family this summer. Then, you can relax and enjoy the summer weather to come! Have additional tips? Tell us below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Chemical Air Freshening: Pleasant Smells, Harmful Side Effects

Posted by Ivey on March 19th, 2014

96513194Two of my favorite things in life are cooking and spending time with my pets. Unfortunately (and despite my best efforts), they both can cause pretty pungent odors in my home. For years, plug-in and aerosol air fresheners were my go-to solution. But after a while I noticed these “fresh smells” often coincided with headaches and allergy flare-ups. I dug a little deeper and didn’t like what I read—luckily I found better ways to keep my home healthy and odor-free.

Read more about great alternatives to air fresheners!

Electric Fireplaces: All of the Charm, None of the Hassle

Posted by Ivey on December 12th, 2013

Dimplex Featherstone Electric Fireplace in living room Baby, it’s cold outside! Coast to coast in the U.S., the last month of 2013 has brought with it snow, ice, and record lows. Needless to say, most of us are searching for ways to stay warm and comfortable despite the frigid temperatures. While we often turn to traditional space heaters for our supplemental heating needs, many people (myself included!) are looking for a heater that doesn’t just warm the room, but looks good doing it. Enter electric fireplaces. These attractive heaters quickly become a focal point in foyers, offices, bedrooms, and living rooms alike.

And let’s face it, nothing defines cozy winter nights like the iconic look of a fireplace and warm fire. Of course, fewer home additions can be more Dimplex Redway Electric Fireplaceaggravating than a traditional fireplace. Between purchasing (or chopping) wood, cleaning/maintenance, and carbon monoxide emissions, there’s a lot of hassle for a little ambiance. That’s why electric fireplaces are such a hit! They blend the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a space heater with the charm of a traditional fireplace—without the hassle. Typically requiring just a standard outlet, these fireplaces can be plugged in just about anywhere. Thanks to improved technology, they offer extremely realistic flames, simple operation, and tons of safety features.

Read more about the benefits of an electric fireplace

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: Learn More About our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales!

Sunglasses: The Ultimate Allergen Fighter?

Posted by Tony on October 3rd, 2013

sunglasses fight allergiesIn school, I was the only kid who dreaded having class outside on a nice day. I don’t hate nature, but this usually meant sitting in the grass for at least an hour…and unfortunately, I’m allergic to both pollen and grass. It isn’t that I can’t go in my yard (although it’s a good excuse to get out of yardwork), but if I sit in the grass for long periods of time my eyes itch, get red, and have even swollen shut. It’s very glamorous.

Who knew reading Men’s Health magazine could have potentially saved me a lot of trouble? They recently published an article offering one of the coolest ways to fight allergy symptoms: wearing sunglasses. That’s right, rocking sunglasses (the larger the better!) can help ward off allergy symptoms.enjoying the sunlight

As strange as it may sound, wearing shades physically blocks out pollen, UV rays (which can stimulate symptoms), and other allergens. And it turns out this is pretty well known.

Participants in the study mentioned in Men’s Health wore large, wrap-around sunglasses, but doctors and other experts seem to agree that any type of sunglasses may help—if only slightly.

Sunglasses help by decreasing the amount of air that circulates over your eyes—which helps keep allergens from directly touching them. Since light exposure can increase allergy symptoms in your eyes, standard UV-blocking shades may even help control symptoms. Your eyes and nose are directly connected, so blocking your eyes will help keep your nose clear as well.

sunglasses help fight allergiesIt makes sense if you think about it: The less allergens that touch your eyes, the better. So wear those big aviators all the time—they’re more than just a fashion statement. And if you’re an allergy-sufferer like me, you’ll take any bit of help you can get.

Have you noticed sunglasses providing any other useful purpose? Know another strange way to help fight off allergy symptoms? Tell us in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children, Friendships…and Allergies?

Posted by Ivey on September 24th, 2013

children-readingWhile a lot of attention is given to solutions and proactive steps for dealing with allergies, asthma, and other problems related to environmental issues, we often neglect the social aspects of living with these health issues. For children with allergies, asthma, or similar symptoms, these daily struggles can be even more frustrating. On top of avoiding environmental triggers and keeping an epi pen or inhaler handy, many young allergy- and asthma-sufferers are also tasked with explaining these flare-ups to friends, teachers, and even other parents.

Luckily, there are resources to help you talk to your children about allergies and asthma in fun, creative ways, as well as how to be considerate of taking-asthma-to-schoolthose dealing with these issues. For example, Taking Asthma to School by Kim Gosselin is actually written for children without asthma to help them understand asthmatic students and what happens when they get occasional shortness of breath. This illustrated book also contains “Ten Tips for Teachers” and a fun quiz.

Find more resources

Dehumidifier Recall 2013: List of Affected Brands and Products

Posted by Tony on September 13th, 2013

It’s been a rough week for Gree Electric Appliances—more than 2 million of their dehumidifiers have been recalled for overheating and catching fire. This massive dehumidifier recall has people scrambling for information and replacement dehumidifiers.

If you need information about the recall or want a full dehumidifier recall list, check out the recall information and products included in it.

If you’re looking for a dehumidifier that HASN’T been recalled, you’ve come to the right place. Sylvane offers plenty of dehumidifier lifestylereplacement dehumidifiers that can be sent to you in no time—so don’t let the recall get you down…and don’t let your indoor air suffer because of it.

NONE of the dehumidifiers currently being sold on our website have been recalled. Remember, only certain models from specific manufacturers were affected. All affected models have been permanently removed from the marketplace.

Learn More About Non-Recalled Dehumidifiers

Sylvane’s Labor Day Sale: 20% Off Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, and More!

Posted by Tony on August 26th, 2013

email-Labor-Day-2013

Labor Day is an interesting time of year—in some areas it still feels like summer, while in others fall and even winter is clearly on the horizon. At Sylvane, we’re here to make sure your indoor air feels fresh regardless of the weather in your area.

To celebrate Labor Day and the end of our rainy summer here at Sylvane HQ, we’re having a huge Labor Day sale from August 27-Sepemteber 2. The sale offers 20% off select brands of dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and swamp coolers, and also features deals on some of our most popular products like Alen air purifiers and Dyson fans and vacuums.

With deals on so many top products and brands, now may be the best time to buy. Keep reading to see some of our featured products:  Continue reading