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.
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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 Ashley on June 17th, 2014
Hot off the presses! We’ve added a new family of products to our ever-expanding catalog of indoor air quality solutions. Say hello to bathroom fans!
Did you know that all those steamy showers and bubble baths you take could be damaging your home’s infrastructure? That’s right. Prolonged humidity in your bathroom can trigger mold and mildew growth, cause paint and wallpaper to peel, and in more severe cases, even lead to wood rot inside your walls. If you find that your bathroom feels muggy after a shower and there’s condensation building up on your mirrors and windows, you might benefit from adding a bathroom fan.
Find out more about our new bathroom fans
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!
Ever been to Brazil? Shed some light on what the players and fans are in for by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page!
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 May 14th, 2014
After a strenuous winter, it’s already time to think about the hot summer months ahead. Forecasters say it’s going to be a scorcher, and the last thing you want to deal with is a hot house all summer. Consider the following tips to keep your family comfortable and safe this summer—they’ll help keep your energy costs down too!
Schedule a Professional AC Tune-Up
Central ACs account for most of the electricity used during summer months, and just like your car needs regular tune-ups–so does your air conditioner. Simple maintenance will keep it running at its best and prolong its life.
A professional air conditioning tune-up will include safety inspections to make sure your system is safe and meets the cooling needs of your home.
Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency
- Change your air conditioner’s filter monthly as needed.
- Use a programmable thermostat and program it to run only when people are at home.
- Keep leaves and debris away from your air conditioner’s outside cabinet
Other Easy Tips for Staying Cool
- Ensure Proper Attic Insulation
If you’re attic isn’t properly insulated, it can reach scary-high temperatures (140 degrees F), and this heat will build up, seep into your home, and make your AC work harder.
- Install Ceiling Fans
Help your AC out by letting fans circulate cool air around your space. On cooler nights, these may help avoid using your central AC.
- Unplug Unused Electronics
Reduce energy and heat output in your house by unplugging appliances and electronics you’re not using.
- Cover Windows
You can help reduce the heat in your home by keeping your windows closed and covered by blinds or drapes to block out the sun during the day.
- Add Supplemental Cooling
If one of your rooms gets overly warm or you only need to cool certain rooms you’re in a lot, consider installing a portable air conditioner or even a window AC. For energy-smart models, look for ACs with the Energy Star seal—earned by models proven to save you money on energy/operating costs.
By taking some time now, you can make your home more comfortable and safer for your family this summer. Then, you can relax and enjoy the summer weather to come! Have additional tips? Tell us below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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!
Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014
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!
Posted by Allison on April 7th, 2014
If you have an air purifier, clean air is important to you. But maybe not so important that you feel compelled to buy new filters every 6 months, or whatever the manufacturer recommends. No big deal, right? It still cleans the air, doesn’t it? Watch this video to find out!
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.
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
Posted by Tony on March 20th, 2014
Dyson 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.
Posted by Ivey on March 19th, 2014
Two 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!