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!
Posted by Tia on July 28th, 2014
Cell 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!
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!
Posted by Tony on July 21st, 2014
Since I started at Sylvane, I’ve been touting the Miele Marin as one of my favorite vacuums. It’s super easy to move around and you can choose between 3 carpet tools–depending on your home’s floors. When one of my co-workers, Kari, bought a new house that needed a little extra cleaning, I suggested she try the Marin. She was nice enough to take some photos and report back on her experience with this S8 canister vacuum. Check out her pictures and thoughts below:
Read Kari's Review!
Posted by Tia on July 1st, 2014
Starting TODAY, discounts on portable AC’s, dehumidifiers and more! The Fourth of July is a great time to come together with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate this wonderful country of ours! Celebrations of the fourth traditionally include fireworks, sparklers and hot dogs. We are adding to these traditions by celebrating America with a Sale!
20% off Portable ACs
Some rooms require a little extra help when it comes to cooling off. Portable Air Conditioners are the perfect solution for adding a little chill to a room! Portable AC’s are easily mobile and energy efficient, making it the perfect addition to your home! See more deals here!
Posted by Tia on June 26th, 2014
One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer afternoon is to go to the park. There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face as you hang out in nature and recharge your batteries after a particularly taxing week. Not only are these spots relaxing, the fresh air will be a nice change from poor air quality that normally plague’s big cities. For moms with kids out of school for the summer, going to the park can be the very thing that saves our sanity! Some of America’s big cities have created the most enchanting and creative outdoor public spaces you can imagine. If you are in the vicinity, check out these great American parks:
The High Line in New York City – The High line is an abandoned rail line that was transformed into a public space! The Park runs around Manhattan’s West side and is open to the public from 7 AM to 11 PM. Not only is this a great free space to relax after a hard day at the office, you can’t beat the sweet treats that are offered up and down the rail line by street venders.
Check out the rest of the blog post here!
Posted by Tony on June 23rd, 2014
Miele has officially joined the robotic vacuum game! They released the Scout RX1 today, and we’ve got everything you need to know about it.
Not only does it automatically clean your floor, but it’s packed with features and adjusts to clean both hard floors and low-pile carpet.
Let’s take a look at what this new Miele Scout RX1 has to offer:
It’s trusted Miele design is backed with a 2-year warranty–significantly longer than other robotic vacuums.
The green outlines show an intelligent navigation system that uses a camera and 7 sensors to clean your entire floor without missing a spot or bumping into furniture or walls. Learn more about the Miele Scout RX1!
Posted by Tia on June 11th, 2014
World Cup excitement continues to grow as the time grows closer and closer to the first game kickoff. I have been preparing my best “GOALLLLL!!!!!!” yell and have hung up my lucky jersey to root on team USA in one of my favorite events this summer.
Hosted in Brazil, this year’s World Cup is bound to be full of surprises. Hosting the World Cup comes with a price though; arguably one of the biggest price tags is not monetary but health related.
Poor air quality claims more lives in Sao Paulo Brazil than traffic fatalities, breast cancer and AIDS combined according to the a study conducted by the Institute of Health and Sustainability.
A study of the pollutants in Sao Paulo’s air determined that it has more than twice the amount of pollutants than is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. With such horrible air quality already plaguing Brazil, some people are asking how it will affect the big event—for fans and players
Here are some additional things to consider:
- With all of the international fans flocking the Brazil to cheer on their team, international flying will be at an all time high for Sao Paulo.
- Travel between different stadiums during the event could double the carbon emissions of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
- Not only will this increase the risk for Brazilian citizens to die from emission related illnesses, travelers and players exposed are at greater risk for heart disease.
To keep the smog from being a downer, FIFA and The Local Organizing Committee are trying to offset the carbon footprint visitors will create by implementing a series of low carbon development projects.
FIFA hopes to maximize the fans’ enjoyment AND safety during the World Cup. FIFA is also encouraging travelers to offset their own carbon footprint as they enjoy the games.
- If you have tickets to the World Cup, register your tickets on FIFA’s website and they’ll neutralize your carbon footprint for FREE! And by doing this you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to the championship game. It doesn’t get any better than that!
- Plane emissions are the biggest contribution to the carbon footprint! If you have to fly it is best to fly direct. Airplanes use large amounts of fuel taking-off and landing.
- If you’re driving during the games, consider walking or biking instead. Also, use car air conditioning sparingly as it increases fuel consumption.
However World Cup organizers and fans choose to help keep air quality within safe levels, you can bet the level of noise in the air from the screaming fans will be tough to control! Go Team USA!
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Posted by Tony on May 23rd, 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:
Posted by Tony on April 29th, 2014
No matter how hard we try, we all contribute to air pollution. Air Quality Awareness Week highlights a few ways we can all help make our air cleaner–and recognize how air quality affects our overall health.
The EPA offers a few simple ways to get involved, and most involve reducing smog—one of the main ways we contribute to air pollution.
Give one or two of their suggestions a try–you may even start doing them regularly. View some easy and fun activities you can do to improve air quality!