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Groundhog Day Confirms Winter Is Here to Stay

Posted by Tony on February 2nd, 2015

groundhog-dayWe’ve moved on from the dancing sharks (who stole the Super Bowl halftime show) and focused our attention on another animal friend: Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog.

Each year on February 2nd, people show up bright and early to learn if Phil sees his shadow. If he does, then prepare for 6 more weeks of winter. If not, spring is around the corner.

Not surprisingly, our favorite groundhog did see his shadow. So it looks like we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. But let’s be honest, is anyone surprised? Phil could have saved himself some time and just watched the Weather Channel.

Winter storm LinusWinter Storm Linus is crushing Chicago just days after Boston survived one of the biggest snowstorm’s in its long history.

And even though Groundhog Day is a cheeky holiday, I think it’s a safe bet this time. Stay safe if you’re traveling, and do your best to keep warm at home. Continue reading

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.

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28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality, Part 2

Posted by Ivey on March 14th, 2011

Ladybug Tekno 2350 Vapor Steam CleanerLast week, I posted the first seven tips from my four-part blog series, “28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air”. These indoor air improvement suggestions were initially posted on Twitter and Facebook. Created in observance of National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, these suggestions can help you not only rejuvenate your indoor air but create a healthier overall environment in your home. The second set of tips is listed below. Be sure to check back for the last two installments!
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Electric Fireplaces Provide Warmth and Ambiance

Posted by Ivey on November 13th, 2009

Southern Enterprises Marquis Electric FireplaceFor many of us, the chill of winter makes us long for the snap, crackle, and pop of a cozy fire. However, installing a fireplace in our homes isn’t always an option due to financial reasons or property constraints (i.e., condos and apartments). Luckily, Sylvane has the next best thing (which, in some cases, may be even better). This week, we added a group of stylish and economical electric fireplaces to our extensive collection of portable heaters.

Electric fireplaces, like those manufactured by Southern Enterprises, are quickly becoming safer, low-hassle alternatives to built-in fireplaces. With traditional fireplaces, you have to consider what type of fireplace and features you want, where it will fit in your home, who will install it (Will you install it yourself or hire contractors?)—plus, you may need a building permit, which could take weeks to get!
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