Posted by Tony on November 19th, 2014
Winter is admittedly not my favorite time of year: While I love cuddling up on the couch on a cold night, I don’t love the spike in energy bills I see when I run my central heater.
I’ve become a huge fan of space heaters since I joined Sylvane. They’re inexpensive, easy-to-move, and give off targeted warmth where you really need it. I tend to turn my thermostat down and use a good space heater in my living room (and then my bedroom at night). This plan actually keeps me warmer and saves me some money too.
A top consumer reporting agency just released its top picks for single-room heaters. Lets take a look at why these models ranked so highly and who should consider adding one to their home:
See what heaters made the list!
Posted by Tony on November 11th, 2014
It looks like more than 200 million people will get a very cold welcome to winter in the coming days, as the Polar Vortex slams into most of the United States. This pocket of very cold, windy air has people scrambling to prepare their homes for another cold winter. Winterizing your home is perhaps more important now than ever—whether or not the cold Polar Vortex hits your home state.
Preparing your home for winter takes a bit of effort, but it pays off and can save you money on heating costs. Winter is an ideal time to reconnect with friends and family, so don’t let unexpected Polar Vortex or frigid weather get in your way. Follow these 6 easy steps on how to winterize a house: See our 6 suggestions for winterizing your home
Posted by Tony on November 5th, 2014
Camping is a great weekend getaway during fall and even winter months, as hiking and the seeing the leaves change is perfect this time of year. You have to be prepared though: A shift in weather, particularly with unpredictable winter weather, can make for an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous time.
Still, winter weather doesn’t have to mean the end of camping. Here are some simple camping tips and tricks that are sure to keep outdoor enthusiasts comfortable even in the coldest temperatures. See how to stay warm during winter camping!
Posted by Zach Hodges on October 30th, 2014
As the weather gets colder, the air we breathe gets drier and we will be forced to hole up in indoors to stay warm. That air can get stale, so while you humidify to defeat that dry frosty air, why not make it smell better, too?
With the new Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser, you’ll be able to do just that! When we added this new product to our website, I wanted it right away. Luckily, I got the opportunity to get one to try out. Read all about it in my product test drive. Read more about the Stadler Form Jasmine
Posted by Tony on October 21st, 2014
Cold weather has definitely arrived, but don’t tell football fans. Chances are they won’t care anyways. Die-hard fans are preparing for the second (and most important) half of football season, and being ready for long, cold days of tailgating is a must. The goal is to stay warm without compromising the fun. If you follow these 5 tailgating tips, you’ll stay healthy and comfortable even in the coldest football weather. See our 5 tips for having the perfect winter football tailgate!
Posted by Tony on October 15th, 2014
While 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.
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:
-Rain gutter debris
Read more tips for preventing fall allergy flare-ups!
Posted by Ashley on October 9th, 2014
The 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.
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
Posted by Tony on October 7th, 2014
I was lucky enough to experience “Dyson at the Fox”, the company’s most interactive training yet. A few of us from Sylvane had the privilege to test drive several of their new and existing products. I learned a lot of cool stuff and found my new favorite product! Check out my photos from the training and see which products I was most impressed with below.
Read about my Dyson experience!
Posted by Tony on September 24th, 2014
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. See more helpful tips below!
Posted by Tony on September 22nd, 2014
LIMITED TIME ONLY: FREE HEPA FILTER WITH PURCHASE THROUGH 9-30-2014!
Miele vacuums are generally regarded as a top choice for truly clean air and floors. Just read my co-worker Kari’s Miele Marin review to see why she loved hers.
Their heavy-duty HEPA filters and sealed bag systems remove just about every particle in your air—making them ideal for allergy-sufferers. Designed for years of use, they come with long warranties, useful accessories, and can clean both hard floors and carpets.
Need more incentive to buy one? Well, for a limited time, you’ll get a FREE HEPA filter with your purchase. That’s a nearly $50 value! But don’t waste much more time, because the free HEPA filter promotion only lasts until September 30, 2014.
These HEPA filters play a big part in cleaning your home. Miele HEPA filters conform to the stringent European standard for filtration (EN 1822), so they’re proven to trap 99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 microns. Pet dander, dust, and most household allergens don’t stand a chance. Their impressive HEPA filters last about a year, so having an extra one means you won’t have to worry about replacements for a while. You’ll also save $50 by purchasing now.
Not sure what Miele is best for you? Check out more information on these top-of-the-line upright and canister vacuums below. Continue reading
Posted by Tony on September 11th, 2014
Asthma sufferers and people with respiratory illnesses know the importance of the air quality around them. While air quality maps and expensive technology give general air quality information, there’s not yet an inexpensive way to track air quality around you in real time.
But that may be about to change: A start-up company called ChemiSense is developing a wearable air quality sensor to track your immediate air quality in real time.
The air quality sensor can be worn around your wrist and connect to your smart phone through an app. Its air quality sensors will send information to the user’s smart phone, which will alert them about the quality of the air around them. This information could help people with respiratory conditions avoid issues, reduce asthma flare-ups, and keep tabs on exposure in highly-polluted areas. Learn More About This Helpful New Sensor!
Posted by Tony on September 4th, 2014
After a relatively mild summer, various parts of the country have been hit with some pretty steamy weather lately. In fact, New York’s hottest day of the year was just a few days ago. These high temperatures arrived right when many sports, most notably college football, kicked off their fall season. The surprisingly hot weather has caused several stadiums to add cooling stations and misting fans to their grounds.
For many people, college football means tailgating all day, walking around college campuses, and drinking alcohol. As temperatures rise into the 80s and higher, it’s important for fans to stay cool. Learn what college stadiums are doing to keep fans cool!
Posted by Tony on August 29th, 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!
Posted by Tony on August 12th, 2014
The 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:
Learn how this company handled a basement flood!
Posted by Tony on August 5th, 2014
Is 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.
The 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! See more dorm room must-haves!