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Spring Cleaning Deals Include Free Miele Bags & More!

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

2 Free FilterBags with Purchase of Miele Vacuum!

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!

Do I Really Need to Buy New Air Purifier Filters?

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!

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!

Indoor Air Quality Featured on the TODAY Show!

Posted by Tony on November 29th, 2012

Since Americans across the country are spending most of their time indoors this winter, healthy indoor air is more important than ever. This morning the TODAY show mentioned 7 easy tips to improve the air quality in your home.

There are several easy, inexpensive ways to improve your indoor air quality—it can be anything from adding more fresh air to using air purifiers for multiple chemicals or large room humidifiers. Check out the video to hear their tips, and click the links below to see a few of our product offerings that may assist you this winter.

As they mention in the video, adding an air purifier with HEPA filtration is one of the easiest ways to remove unwanted particles and allergens from your home. We offer a number of HEPA air purifiers, so see if one is right for you. Get More Tips!

Top Consumer-Rated Air Purifiers for 2012

Posted by Ashley on April 2nd, 2012

Blueair 650E Air PurifierJust in time to help you manage your symptoms through a pretty trying pollen season, a leading consumer reporting magazine has released its 2012 list of top consumer-rated air purifiers. Four of Sylvane’s bestselling models round out the top 5, with impressive ratings in allergen removal and noise level.  If you’re in the market for a room air purifier, be sure to check out these picks as you shop.

Best Buy – Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier

Whirlpool 510 Air PurifierReceiving the highest ratings out of 33 tested air purifiers, the Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier continues its streak as a Best Buy and best bang for your buck. Equipped with a true HEPA filter and a light carbon filter, the Whirlpool 510 received Excellent and Very Good ratings for allergen, pollen, and smoke removal on its highest and lowest speeds, respectively.

As noise level goes, at 40 decibels on its lowest speed, the 510 is just about as quiet as gentle falling rain—great for the overnight hours when you need a soothing sound to lull you to sleep. The Whirlpool Whispure 510 is designed to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from rooms up to 500 square feet.

Find out which other air purifiers made the list of top-rated models for 2012

Battle Early Spring Allergies

Posted by Ashley on February 24th, 2012

Are you battling a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a seemingly endless bout of sneezing? Don’t be so sure it’s just a cold. It could be spring allergies—in February. Strange, right?

Doctors think so too. For the past month, allergists across the country have been treating a new wave of patients suffering from spring allergy symptoms early, more than a month before the season typically begins. The reason, reports a recent WebMD article, is an uncharacteristically mild winter in many cities in the U.S.

Experts say that warmer-than-average winter temperatures around the country have triggered early tree pollination and led to higher pollen counts than normal for this time of year. As a result, we’re experiencing an early start to allergy season. And if you suffer from tree pollen allergies, you’re likely among the first to feel the effects.

Scientists have a hunch that an early allergy season could mean we’re in for a longer-than-average season. But because rainfall amounts have a bearing on how long trees and flowers pollinate; it’s too early to predict for sure. Whatever the outcome, if you are prone to seasonal allergies, now is a great time to get prepared.

Read on to learn simple tips to fight early spring allergies

How Ionizers Keep Your Home Fresh

Posted by Cierra on July 29th, 2011

Waterfalls are good sources of negative ions.If you’ve been looking for an air purifier lately, you may have noticed several that include ionizers. Though they’re beginning to appear practically everywhere, ionizers are common features found in air purifiers, fans and air circulators, heaters, and swamp coolers. But what, exactly, is an ionizer—and why should you invest in a product with one?

In short, ionizers emit ions—charged particles—to help an air purifier’s filters trap contaminants in your indoor environment. Many of our air purifiers, such as the Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower air purifier, now feature ionizers to capture particles that otherwise would be too small to filter out. This is extremely helpful if you have allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities, as ionic air purifiers more effectively remove pollutants ranging from pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander to viruses, smoke, odors, and chemical toxins.

But in addition to boosting air quality, ionic air purifiers also reduce static electricity, improve your mood, and help ward off fatigue. So how can such a simple mechanism have so many positive effects?

Read more about how ionizers can keep your home fresh

Save Up to $200 on Blueair Air Purifiers

Posted by Cierra on July 22nd, 2011

Blueair air purifiers For those of you in the market for a new air purifier, have I got great news! We have unveiled a month-long sale on Blueair air purifiers, renowned for their effectiveness, eco-friendliness, and attractive designs. Through August 15th, every Blueair air purifier we offer now ranges from $50 to $200 off the original price.

One of the first qualities you’ll notice about Blueair purifiers is their sturdy, modern designs. That sleek appearance is the result of an award-winning Swedish aesthetic and resilient steel housing that is both environmentally-safe and smooth to the touch.  Plus, every Blueair air purifier is 100% recyclable and never releases ozone or off-gasses harmful chemicals. (That means you can breathe easier knowing that these air cleaners won’t be sitting in a landfill for the next 1,000 years refusing to decompose.) This is definitely not a product I’d be ashamed to have sitting right in my living room for everyone to see.

Read more about the mid-summer Blueair Sale

Protect Yourself from Formaldehyde Exposure with Air Treatment

Posted by Cierra on July 15th, 2011

Flowers with Poison Flask in MiddleWhile long known to be a harmful substance, formaldehyde was officially declared by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) to be a known carcinogen on June 10th, 2011. Included in the 12th edition of the Report on Carcinogens, formaldehyde was noted to cause otherwise rare nasal, sinus, and throat cancers as well as myeloid leukemia. Formaldehyde had already been listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in prior editions of the report since the 1980s; its updated status to “known carcinogen” was prompted by recent examinations of occupational and animal studies on the effects of prolonged exposure to the gas.

Formaldehyde, a colorless gas with many industrial applications, can be found in furniture glues, car exhaust, plywood and particle wood, building materials, cleaning products, cosmetic chemicals, and biological preservatives, among other places. It is also released during combustion and is therefore generally present in fireplaces, stoves and ovens, smog, and tobacco smoke. Traces of the chemical have been measured in food and drinking water, and our bodies naturally produce formaldehyde in small quantities.

Find out how formaldehyde can affect your overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality, Part 3

Posted by Ivey on April 5th, 2011

Danby DDR7009REE DehumidifierWith the launch of our Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes last week, things have been a little hectic around the Sylvane office. However, now that things seem to be a little calmer, let’s move on to the third installment of our 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality blog series.

  1. Leave shoes at the door to keep pesticides, dirt, and other germs out of your home. Occasionally, the quick brushing that you give your shoes on the doormat is not effective at keeping harmful irritants out of your home. If possible, leave shoes on shoe racks or or other shelves located in a garage or other area close to your door.
  2. Choose a green paint to reduce exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Just because the noxious odors from your latest painting project are gone doesn’t mean that your indoor air is safe. Some paints can release harmful levels of VOCs into your environment causing headaches, dizziness, respiratory ailments, and other issues. Look for paints labeled “zero VOC” and “no VOC”.
  3. Use a carbon monoxide detector to protect your home. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, so the best way to keep your family safe from this “silent killer” is to use a carbon monoxide detector like the Safety Siren Pro Series Combination Gas Detector. This gas detector samples your home’s air every 2.5 minutes for carbon monoxide. If this gas—methane and propane—is detected, visual and audible alarms will be activated.
  4. Read more indoor air quality tips

A Brief History of HEPA Filters and Radioactive Fallout

Posted by Ivey on March 22nd, 2011

IQAir HealthPro PlusAs a result of the devastating events in Japan, we have received several phone calls from customers concerned about radiation exposure and looking for ways to diminish this risk.

First, it’s important to note that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports no expectation for harmful levels of radiation to reach the U.S. Plus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using the existing nationwide radiation monitoring system, RadNet, to continuously monitor the nation’s air, drinking water, milk, and precipitation for environmental radiation and additional monitors have been deployed to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The EPA is also making daily data on radiation monitoring efforts readily available online.

That being said, many U.S. citizens are still interested in the relationship between air filtration and radiation exposure. These two things actually have a long history. In fact, High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which are some of the most effective and popular air filters on the market today, were actually developed out of the need for effective filtration of radioactive particulates.

During World War II, scientists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom were commissioned to work on the Manhattan Project, which would ultimately lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. While this work work was taking place, the need to protect scientists from exposure to radioactive fallout became apparent. Since radioactive fallout is particulate in nature, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recognized that it could be filtered using mechanical filtration and developed HEPA filtration to protect scientists from exposure to radioactive particles.

IQAir Replacement HEPA Filter for HealthPro LineFollowing World War II, HEPA filter technology was declassified and began being used in commercial and residential products. HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97% to 99.99% of airborne particles that measure 0.3 microns and larger, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold spores. Today, these filters are commonly found in high-performance air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

The HealthPro Plus is a top-of-the-line air purifier that is consistently ranked a best buy among industry insiders. Perfect for homes of allergy- and asthma-sufferers, the IQAir HealthPro Plus features true HEPA filtration and a two-stage gas filter to remove more polluting particulates—including ultra-fine particles—from the air than conventional air purifiers. In addition to excellent filtration, this IQAir purifier also features a convenient filter life monitor, six fan speed settings, a soft-touch control panel, remote control operation, and triple-seal filter design.

For more information on air purifiers, read our Frequently Asked Questions About Air Purifiers article in the Sylvane Learning Center.

Air Purifiers Help Allergy-Sufferers Cope with Longer Pollen Seasons

Posted by Ivey on February 28th, 2011


IQAir Healthpro Plus
Last week, I woke up with a stuffy head and puffy eyes. “Surely, pollen season hasn’t already started,” I thought. Wrong. The significant jump in temperature over the last couple of weeks prompted dormant trees to wake up and shake off their pollen, which resulted in a pollen count of 742. According to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article, there were no high pollen days in February 2010 and the highest February pollen count in 2009 was 386. Luckily, I had my trusty air purifier ready to go.

Unfortunately, Atlanta isn’t the only U.S. city facing the early onslaught of pollen. Many towns and cities across the southern and southwestern areas of the U.S. are dealing with medium to high levels of pollen, according to Pollen.com. So what’s going on?
Find out more about controlling pollen with air purifiers

Resolve to Breathe Better Air This Year

Posted by Ivey on December 29th, 2010

New Year's Celebration and a ClockAs the year draws close, most of us are reflecting on the past year and assessing what we would like to change or improve in the upcoming year. Most of the time, these changes focus on ways to be healthier and improve your quality of life, like losing weight, quitting smoking, or going to the gym more often. Instead of making the same resolutions year after year, try something new for 2011—improving the quality of your indoor air!

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be two to five times higher than pollution levels outdoors. This increase in indoor pollution levels is even more shocking when you consider that Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time doors. The good thing about indoor air quality is that it is absolutely within your ability to dramatically improve it. Find out how you can improve your home's indoor air quality

Have a Happy Sneeze-Free, Allergy-Free Holiday

Posted by Ivey on December 22nd, 2010

Santa Claus Holding a PipeLike many of you, I am dashing about trying to finish last-minute holiday shopping and preparing for holiday travel. A large part of this preparation focuses on making sure that my allergies stay under control while I visit with family. You see, this visit isn’t just full of holiday cheer, it also comes with holiday perfume, holiday dust, and holiday cigarette smoke (indoors no less).

Germ Guardian Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer (GG1000B)To ensure that my allergies and I have a pleasant stay, the first two items in my suitcase are my handy Germ Guardian Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and my Air-O-Swiss Portable Travel Humidifier. The Germ Guardian portable air sanitizer plugs right into any standard wall outlet and removes a variety of airborne irritants, such as mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander, as well as odors from smoke, mildew, and foods. It even helps eliminate viruses that can cause influenza-A, staph, pneumonia, and bronchitis, which is super helpful during large family gatherings. The Air-O-Swiss travel humidifier requires just a standard water bottle to keep the air perfectly moisturized and my sinuses intact. Find out more ways to combat allergies while traveling

Sylvane Products Help Breast Cancer Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention

Posted by Ivey on October 21st, 2010

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober marks the 25th celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a time when countless organizations, companies, and individuals come together to donate time, products, and funding to help promote breast cancer awareness.

Austin Air Baby's Breath Pink Air PurifierTwo Sylvane manufacturers—Austin Air and Rabbit Air—are making it easy for you to show your support for loved ones currently battling breast cancer and breast cancer survivors, as well as to honor the lives of those whose struggle has ended. During October, Austin Air is donating $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every pink Austin Air Baby’s Breath Air Purifier that is sold. These Austin Air purifiers were designed specifically for nurseries, ensuring the highest level of protection from airborne contaminants and harmful allergens for your baby. Additionally, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath creates a gentle hush that resembles the familiar sound that soothed and calmed your baby in the womb. The result is a more sound sleep and the freshest air for your little bundle of joy.

Rabbit Air BCRF Special Edition BioGS Air PurifierWhen you purchase a Rabbit Air BCRF Special Edition air purifier, Rabbit Air will donate 12% of the sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which funds clinical and genetic research worldwide. This offer isn’t just good in October, though, it’s good year-round. A special pink ribbon edition of the popular Rabbit Air BioGS SPA-421A, this air purifier includes three effective stages of filtration to remove irritating allergens, toxic gases, and volatile organic compounds from your environment.

With these two great offers, now is a great time to add a little pink to your air!