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How To Clean Your Bissell Bagless Vacuum

Posted by Ashley on March 27th, 2014

The other day I was vacuuming my daughter’s room when I noticed that my trusty Bissell Lift-Off Pet Vacuum was no longer suctioning up her dropped Cheerios. It was actually flinging them across the room with every sweep. It dawned on me then that it has been some time (a few years, in fact!) that I’ve actually performed any other recommended maintenance on my vacuum besides emptying the dust bin regularly. Clearly, it was time to show a little TLC to the big dusty thing.

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My dusty yet trusty Bissell Lift-Off Multi-Cyclonic Pet Vacuum

And so for me, spring cleaning 2014 began with cleaning and servicing my number one cleaning tool. Here’s how I did it.

Read on for step-by-step instructions for cleaning your Bissell upright bagless vacuum

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!

Allergic to the Cold?

Posted by Ivey on February 20th, 2014

Ice CubesAs a native southerner, I often say I’m allergic to the cold. Until recently, I had no idea this was not only an actual condition, but one with life-threatening consequences. After learning about Cara Yacino’s journey to a cold urticaria diagnosis and the precautions she takes to control her risk of an allergic reaction, I’ll think twice before carelessly claiming a cold allergy.

According to the Weather Channel’s video that chronicles her allergy (below), Yacino began experiencing hives that she originally thought were due to a food allergy. The initial outbreak occurred while she was drinking a cold coffee drink. However, the hives manifested once more when Yacino put her hand in a cold shark and ray petting tank. Watch the video and learn more about cold urticaria

Sylvane President’s Day Sale: Save 10% Sitewide On Orders Over $150

Posted by Ashley on February 14th, 2014

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Here in Atlanta, we are “digging out” as they say after another record-breaking winter storm dumped a few inches of snow on our city and other parts of the Southeast. Fortunately, this time we were ready. (Remember, last time was only 2 weeks ago.) Many of us at Sylvane are working remotely while the roads thaw out. So we’ve cozied up to our computers, there’s a hot cup of coffee within arm’s reach, our phones are on standby, and a toasty blanket is keeping our toes warm. That’s the way to work, right? And wouldn’t you know it…it’s also a great way to shop.

If you’re looking to snag a good deal or two this weekend, you’re in luck! We’re kicking off Sylvane’s annual President’s Day sale and ushering in a week-long opportunity to save big on your Sylvane purchase. Starting tomorrow, you’ll save 10% on orders of $150 or more when you use the coupon code PRES10 during checkout!* Go ahead and shop hundreds of our bestselling products and find the right home comfort appliance for your needs.

Read more about Sylvane's President's Day Sale 2014

Mini But Mighty: Compact Personal Humidifiers are a Winter Travel Must

Posted by Ivey on February 7th, 2014

Portable Humidifier on TableI love spending time at my father-in-law’s mountain cabin, especially during the winter. Spectacular views, family card games, and a cozy roaring fire have made many incredible memories. That being said, there is one major drawback to the mountain getaway—dry indoor air. The uncomfortable air is especially apparent in the cabin bedrooms, resulting in some sleepless nights compliments of itchy skin, chapped lips, and asthma flare-ups. And unfortunately, humidifiers (an easy fix for dry cabin air) are hard to find in the mountains.

For years, I regularly packed a full-size humidifier when we would visit. However, when traveling with luggage and dogs, a clunky humidifier wasn’t necessarily the most convenient addition to our load. Plus, we really only needed something that would maintain comfortable humidity levels in the bedroom. Personal humidifiers to the rescue!

Read more about personal humidifiers

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!

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

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