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!
Posted by Tony on March 17th, 2014
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.
But 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!
Posted by Ivey on February 20th, 2014
As 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
Posted by Ashley on February 14th, 2014
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
Posted by Ivey on February 7th, 2014
I 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
Posted by Tony on January 31st, 2014
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!
Posted by Ivey on January 17th, 2014
When 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!
Posted by Tony on January 8th, 2014
Regardless 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 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!
Posted by Tony on December 23rd, 2013
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!