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Air Quality Issues Impacting the World Cup

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.USA-Soccer-blog

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.Air plane/Air quality

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

Posted by Tony on May 23rd, 2014

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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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Simple Ways to Get Involved with Air Quality Awareness Week

Posted by Tony on April 29th, 2014

trafficNo 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!

Spring Cleaning Deals Include Free Miele Bags & More!

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

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Spring has finally arrived! After a tough winter, we’re excited to welcome the new season and get through one last hurdle: spring cleaning. It can be pretty painless if you do it right and we’re here to help!

For a limited time receive 10% off select vacuums, steam cleaners, air purifiers and 15% off all allergy bedding.

Also going on now: Get 2 free boxes of vacuum bags with the purchase of any Miele vacuum! Learn more about these great offers!

Internal Burn-outs Cause Recall on Dyson AM04 and AM05 Heater Fans

Posted by Tony on March 20th, 2014

Dyson LogoDyson recently announced a voluntary recall on their popular AM04 and AM05 heater fans. The recall announcement came after 4 products created “contained” fires, reportedly started by internal burn-outs in the heating element.

For more information or to register your Dyson AM04 or AM05 for the recall, visit the Dyson Recall Site.

An innovator in home appliances, Dyson first introduced their fans in 2009 and released the heater version in 2011. These unique fans and heater fans use air multiplier technology instead of traditional fan blades. Dyson’s standard fans (without heat) aren’t affected by the recall since they don’t include the heating element.

Dyson suggests all owners of AM04 and AM05 models visit their recall site to get the ball rolling and receive directions on how to proceed. They’re releasing new information soon, so check back here or visit their recall site for more information. You can also contact Dyson’s helpline at 1-866-297-5303.

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!

Dyson Vacuum Sale: 20% off Dyson’s New DC65 Line

Posted by Tony on March 17th, 2014

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What’s on the inside matters most–that’s what I’ve always heard. Not that you would know it by looking at Dyson vacuums, which look more like gadgets than vacuum cleaners.

ball technologyBut when it came to creating the DC65 vacuums, an update to their popular DC41 line, Dyson focused on what’s inside their vacuums. So even though they look like past models, they’re even better than ever. Want more good news? We’re offering 20% off all Dyson models during our vacuum sale (using discount code DYSON20)—including the new DC65 models.

Let’s compare their 3 new models and check out what improvements have been made. More information on our vacuum sale can also be found below, which includes 10% off various other vacuum cleaner brands.

Learn More About our Vacuum Sale and the New Dyson DC65 Series!

A Look Back at the Storm that Shut Down Atlanta

Posted by Tony on January 31st, 2014

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We’ve been saying it for a while now: This has been a crazy winter. Little did we know just how crazy it would get here in Atlanta until midday Tuesday. That’s when all hell, and the latest “Snowpocolypse,” broke out. After a few inches of snow and ice, thousands of car accidents, and a full-blown city shutdown, the dust (or ice?) has finally settled.

The political and economic consequences are still the talk-of-the-town, but this storm proved one thing: With Mother Nature, you really just never know. I’ll leave the political conversation to Al Roker, Kasim Reed, and the various news outlets asking the tough questions. As some people are just getting home after 48+ hours away from their families, let’s take a look back at the craziness: See photos from an ice-filled Atlanta!

Tips to Stay Warm, Despite Record-Setting Winter Lows

Posted by Ivey on January 17th, 2014

iceWhen the frigid weather, compliments of a polar vortex, rolled in, I was in a mountain cabin and terrified. That’s right, terrified. This Southern girl wanted to get away from the cold, wind, and snowfall as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, when I arrived home to my beloved bungalow, I had more winter weather worries. While my home has endless amounts of character and charm, it can often be short on warmth during the winter.

Check out 5 Tips For Staying Warm This Winter!

How Space Heaters Helped Us Get Through Freezing Temps

Posted by Tony on January 8th, 2014

thermostatRegardless of where you are in the country, you’re probably pretty cold at this point. Very few of us here in Atlanta were prepared for the 6 degree temperature we woke up to earlier this week. On top of that, the central heat in our office is having major issues, leaving us less than toasty at our desks. Luckily, we have a warehouse full of heaters onsite.

We scattered a few space heaters around the coldest parts of the office, and good news: They really helped! Check out how we used different heaters and my suggestions based on our experience. You may want to consider getting one—as we learned, you never know when a crazy cold front (or the Polar Vortex) will wreak havoc on your day.

For Offices or Small Conference Rooms

Our offices and conference rooms got the coldest—being cut off from the rest of the office space and full of windows, they were pretty frigid. We used the Vornado TVH600Vornado Touchstone Vortex Heater in a small conference room and a few offices. This one impressed me a lot because its fan really pushed warm air around the space. Capable of heating rooms up to 16 X 16 feet, it also comes with tons of cool features. A thermostatic remote control actually senses the temperature around it to ensure an even room temperature is maintained. You can also set your exact room temperature with this one (while a lot of space heaters only let you pick a low or high heat setting). The Vortex TVH-600 also has a programmable timer, an LCD screen, and various safety features.

Find Out More About Which Space Heaters Worked For Us!

Happy Holidays From Our Fireplace to Yours!

Posted by Tony on December 23rd, 2013


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Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy this time in a safe, healthy indoor environment. As we turn the page on 2013, we want to thank you for visiting Indoor Health Matters for all your indoor air quality news. Be sure to check out Sylvane.com for any air treatment products, particularly heaters as we navigate through this cold winter season.

Our electric fireplaces add to holiday ambiance (and heat!) to any room. In fact, we’re using the Dimplex Winston Electric Fireplace in our office. Check out our photo above and feel free to share yours with us on our Facebook page. See you in 2014!

Tips for Keeping Your Home Warm During an Extreme Cold Front

Posted by Tony on December 6th, 2013

Winter doesn’t officially start for another 5 weeks, but freezing weather came earlier than expected thanks to an arctic blast that hit the south and northeast over the last few days. People from Florida to DC and even Texas saw temperatures drop from fair to freezing in a matter of hours. As discussed on the various news channels (including CBS) this week, experts say this may be the start of a very long winter. These unusually cold temperatures are affecting millions of people across the country and have many worried about what lies ahead.

The current blast is producing record-breaking lows and freezing weather that residents haven’t seen (or prepared for) in quite some time. Considering these unpredictablespace-heaters-add-warmth weather patterns, it may be time to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Central heating systems are great, but when temperatures drop drastically with no warning, it’s a good idea to have a space heater available for quick, directed heat in specific rooms. Most of these inexpensive heaters are about as efficient as you can get–and can help save you money by keeping your thermostat at a lower temperature. 

Whether you’re looking for a compact heater to place on your floor, a tabletop heater, or a heater that hangs from your wall, we have a variety of options for any room in your home. Here are a few good heater options depending on your needs: 

  • Convection Heaters: Looking to warm an entire room? Then a convection heater is definitely one to check out. Generally honeywell-convection-heateraided by fans, these heaters spread warmth across your room and are generally compact enough to move from room to room. So you can keep it in your bedroom when you sleep and then move it to your living room while you’re watching TV.
  • Infrared Heaters: Consider an infrared heater if you need direct heat to objects in your space. They’re common for people looking to heat themselves and other direct objects–not necessarily an entire room. Just target yours right where you need it, and enjoy the warmth instantly.
  • Garage Heaters: Working in garages when it’s frigidly cold outside sounds like a ton of fun, right? Probably not. Glance over our selection of garage and workshop heaters to see if any of them can help you out this winter. With rugged exteriors and powerful heating capabilities, they can withstand the tough conditions in your garage–and you will too!

Regardless of how you do it, do your best to get through the crazy weather patterns hitting the United States. Have you noticed any surprisingly low temperatures in your areas? Have any suggestions to deal with it? Let us know in the comments below!

Sylvane’s Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Sale Mean Big Savings!

Posted by Tony on November 27th, 2013

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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!

How Smoke Bans Improved Air Quality in New York and Atlanta

Posted by Ivey on October 18th, 2013

Smoking Prohibited SignNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was proud to announce that the city’s air quality recently reached its highest level in nearly half a century. In addition to the dramatic impact of smoking bans, public health officials credit buildings using lower-pollution heating oils or opting for cleaner-burning natural gas with the annual prevention of 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

If a city with approximately 8 million diverse residents known for their headstrong personalities can make this change, I began to wonder what, if any, changes were taking place in other cities. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that in Atlanta (where I live) many programs and policies—most of which I have been taking for granted—are in place to improve our city’s air quality.

One of best-known programs is the Clean Air Campaign. With some of the infamous traffic in the nation, the Clean Air Campaign’s mission is to improve air quality by focusing primarily on reducing traffic congestion, which is a vital part of Atlanta’s journey towards healthier air.  Clean Air Campaign promotes telecommuting, ride-sharing, public transportation, and has even partnered with schools to find unique ways to improve air quality so that students can enjoy the air on their campuses.

Read more about air quality improvement steps

Fall Allergies: The Other Autumn Garden Pest

Posted by Ivey on October 11th, 2013

Fall Gardening WorkingCool, pleasant autumn weather prompted my husband to suggest we get our yard and garden ready for fall. Later on, he complained of itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. “It feels like my allergies are acting up,” he said. “Do fall allergies exist?”

The short answer: Absolutely. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, of the people allergic to pollen-producing plants, about 75% have sensitivity to ragweed—one of the primary fall allergy culprits. In fact, the AAFA estimates that 10-20% of Americans suffer from itchy eyes, irritated skin, runny noses, and even interrupted sleep as result of ragweed pollen.air-quality-plants

In addition to wind-borne pollen, mold also presents a significant source of aggravation for fall allergy-sufferers. The combination of rain and fallen leaves creates a breeding ground for mold.

Despite these seemingly grim odds, it’s still possible to enjoy fall weather in your garden! Check out these tips.

  1. Consult your allergist. From the first itch or sneeze, talk to your doctor and devise a plan for keeping your fall allergies under control. If this fall marks your Woman Tending to Gardenfirst experience with pollen and mold irritations, a visit with the allergist is essential for finding your allergy triggers.
  2. Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves and pants to keep pollen and mold spores away from your skin. Gardening gloves not only help you avoid unsightly cuts and blisters but offer a great line of defense against allergens. Sunglasses and a hat are also ideal for keeping airborne irritants away from eyes and hair, respectively. Read more fall gardening tips