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Four Apps to Help You Go Green

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

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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.  Continue reading…

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Sylvane Introduces Bathroom Fans to Product Line Up

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.

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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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Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

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

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  • 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

Two 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.

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