If so, it might be more than just the winter cold. A spike in respiratory-related emergency room visits around Christmas caused experts to take a closer look at possible related causes. They discovered that cold, flu, and asthma-type symptoms during the holiday season may have their root cause in Christmas trees. But it’s generally not the tree itself that causes these “real Christmas tree allergies.”
The arrival of winter offers relief for many allergy sufferers, but setting up for the holidays can cause a host of issues for people with asthma and allergies. If the thought of Christmas brings images of festive trees and plants along with memories of sneezing and sniffling through the holidays, a few simple changes can make your holiday more enjoyable.
Here are some common triggers and how to avoid them this holiday season:
Don’t forget the decorations you love so much, the ones that give your home the holiday feel, they’ve been stored away for 11 or so months. And they’re generally kept in attics, basements, garages or other places that are known for harboring dust and mold. Wipe down seasonal ornaments and decorations with a damp cloth when you first dig them out. If you purchase live decorations or plants (more on trees below!), then be sure to toss them as soon as they start to dry out. Continue reading
Cyber Monday truly is a great day to shop: No crowds or driving around to different stores, hoping they have what you need. Our Cyber Monday sale offers big discounts for some must-have winter products like heaters, humidifiers, and more.
We’re offering 10% off sitewide for purchases over $150 (exclusions apply) and up to $150 off select Dyson heaters and vacuum cleaners. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll see on sale this Cyber Monday:
10% Off Sitewide
Use the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout and get 10% off any purchase over $150. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor heater for your patio, a humidifier for your baby’s nursery, or a steam cleaner for chemical-free sanitizing—you’ll save a nice chunk of change by purchasing it Cyber Monday. All of these items are useful items for people on your holiday list, so take advantage by entering the coupon code THANKS14 at checkout.
20% Off Space Heaters
Space Heaters can be a life saver this time of year. Who doesn’t have a room that just won’t warm up? Adding a space heater can offer instant relief to those spaces. Some people also add one to the rooms they use most often and turn their thermostat down a few degrees–which can help save energy.
Regardless of why you may need one, we’ve got 20% off all space heaters by DeLonghi, Honeywell, Soleus, and Sunpentown. Many of the models we have on sale were recently named as top picks by a top consumer reporting agency.
DeLonghi space heaters are known for offering quiet, direct heat. Their lightweight panel heater radiates heat directly in front of it and can be hung on a wall to save floor space. Consider an oil-filled radiator model for consistent, quiet heat across an entire room. Most models can be wheeled into place, feature digital controls, multiple heat settings, and various other top features.
The Delonghi TRN0812T was recently recognized by a top consumer reporting agency for its quiet and effective operation. This simple-to-use model has a GFCI plug to reduce shock, which makes it common for bathrooms and other hazardous areas, and also includes a timer for programming operation. All DeLonghi models are priced at 20% off, so now is a great time to scoop one up.
Honeywell space heaters are known for their energy-saving features and efficient heat. The Honeywell HZ-980 was just named a “Best Buy” by a top consumer reporting agency. This powerful infrared heater blends in just about anywhere and can be personalized to match your comfort needs. Its adjustable design makes it good for heating small rooms or adding supplemental heat to spaces up to 1,000 square feet.
Check out all of Honeywell’s compact room heaters; they’re customer favorites and proven to work well on chilly winter nights.
$150 Off Select Dyson Heaters and Vacuums
Dyson is known worldwide for manufacturing top-quality products with advanced technology. They have a broad range of vacuum options, from handheld models to powerful bagless uprights. For example, Dyson stick vacuums are ideal for moms who need to quickly clean up around kitchens and living rooms.
Lastly, Dyson’s heater fan is truly one-of-a-kind. It has 10 speeds, bladeless technology, and offers projected long term heat. Also recommended by a top consumer reporting agency, the Dyson AM05 can also be used as a fan during summer months.
Other Cyber Monday deals include 20% off select humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and allergy bedding. Be sure to check out our deals page to see a full list of our Cyber Monday deals. It’s the best time to prepare for the cold holiday season ahead and get a useful product for your home at a discounted price.
When I think of Black Friday, I think of long lines and crazy videos of people fighting—generally over a $10 toy most kids don’t really need. Save yourself some stress and buy something your family really needs by taking advantage of our Black Friday sale, which lasts all weekend!
We’re offering 20% off various household products that will keep you healthy and comfortable all winter. Even better, you’ll also receive 10% off on sitewide purchases over $150 (promo code THANKS14, exclusions apply).
Check out more on the deals below: Continue reading
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:
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: Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading
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
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. Continue reading