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Space Heater Safety Tips

Posted by Tony on January 26th, 2015

Picture1A new wave of winter weather is hitting us again, particularly in the Northeast. The freezing temperatures and snow have people hunkering down at home. If you’re worried about staying warm, remember that space heaters are inexpensive, easy ways to add warmth to rooms. Before buying the first one you see online, there are a few space heater safety tips to keep in mind.

Shopping for Safe Space Heaters

Space heater safety begins by choosing the right type of heater for your application. Electric heaters are the only heaters considered safe for use inside non-vented rooms. Fortunately, a wide array of safe space heaters fall within this general category, from convection heaters that circulate warmth around a room to radiant heaters that direct warmth right at you. Check out all the different types of space heater technology here.

Safety Features to Consider

Many space heaters come with an auto shut-off feature that switches the heater off immediately in the unlikely event that it overheats. To avoid fire hazards, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends purchasing a space heater with a tip-over safety switch too. The agency also advises consumers to make sure that the heater has been evaluated by a third-party organization like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Another consideration, particularly if you have kids or pets, is cool-touch housing. You won’t have to worry about wandering fingers or your dog getting burned when brushing up against it. Continue reading

Sylvane Adds Haverhill Heaters and Air Purifiers to Product Line-Up

Posted by Tony on January 20th, 2015

We aim to offer the newest and best products for improving indoor air quality, and 2015 is off to a great start! We recently added Haverhill’s micathermic space heater and HEPA air purifier to our product listing. Known for their reliable yet affordable products, Haverhill is an ideal match for Sylvane.

We already carry PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers, which have become customer favorites, but more on that later. First, let’s introduce you to the Haverhill brand:

General Haverhill Product Benefits

  • Efficient

    Micathermic heaters are known for being efficient (they don’t use a fan, their flat panel retains heat), and all of Haverhill’s other Energy Star sealproducts are Energy Star-rated for low-energy operation. Energy Star models save customers money by using 15% less energy than comparable models with similar operation.

  • Low Noise Level

    Haverhill products, particularly the micathermic space heater and air purifier, are known for their quiet operation–making them great choices for bedrooms and work spaces.

  • Easy-to-Use

    All of the Haverhill products we carry come with digital controls and user-friendly features. Thermostats, programmable timers, multiple modes, and notification lights all add up to hassle-free use.

  • Customer Favorites

    Our Haverhill products have earned some of best reviews on our site. While their heater and air purifier were just recently added, they’re both off to a great start with 4.5 out of 5 ratings. The PrimeAire by Haverhill dehumidifiers are even more impressive: The 50-pint model has a 4.5/5 rating from 23 reviews, while the 70-pint dehumidifier has a 4/5 rating from 54 reviews (at the time of writing this). Clearly Sylvane customers love these products!

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Prepare Your Home for Polar Vortex & Winter Cold

Posted by Tony on November 11th, 2014

thermostatIt 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

Tailgating Essentials for this Fall and Winter

Posted by Tony on October 21st, 2014

football fans-2Cold 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

A Look Back at the Storm that Shut Down Atlanta

Posted by Tony on January 31st, 2014

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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! On Tuesday all hell broke loose and the term “Snowpocolypse” was unavoidable. After a few inches of ice caused 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 Mayor Kasim Reed and the various news outlets asking the tough questions. But as some people are just getting home after 48+ hours away from their families, let’s take a look back at the craziness: Continue reading

Tips to Stay Warm, Despite Record-Setting Winter Lows

Posted by Ivey on January 17th, 2014

iceWhen 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.

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Sylvane’s 20% Off Space Heater Sale – Prepare for Winter Weather Now!

Posted by Tony on October 22nd, 2012

Sylvane Space Heater Sale

The leaves just started changing, but cooler weather is on its way—and in some places, it’s already here. High electricity costs and expensive, outdated heating systems can waste a lot of money this winter. Combine that with consumers’ desire to only heat specific rooms (the ones they actually use!), and it’s pretty clear why space heaters have become so popular across the country.

A space heater can save you money, energy, and provide spot heating to any area of your home. With a wide-range of heater types, capacities, and safety features, finding the right space heater is easier than you may think.

It’s a great time to buy one too, because many of our most popular models are 20% off during Sylvane’s Space Heater Sale going on now. Continue reading

Tips for Saving Money with a Space Heater

Posted by Ashley on January 27th, 2012

Vornado TVH500 Vortex HeaterCan a space heater really help you save money on your winter heating costs? This is one of those seemingly age-old questions that never seem to get a straight response. In short, the answer is yes—but you should follow a few important guidelines in order to get the most savings. Otherwise, you could actually end up increasing your heating costs, and nobody wants that! With winter in full swing and many Americans shivering in their socks looking for more frugal ways to stay warm, here are a few tips to help you save on heating costs with a portable space heater.

Turn Down the Thermostat

One of the main advantages of using a space heater, other than boosting your coziness and warmth, is that it helps offset the costly operation of your central heating system. That is, as long as you remember to turn down your thermostat. Typically, for each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save 3% on your heating costs. Researchers at the Good Housekeeping Institute recently put this strategy to the test and found that you can save as much as $200 if you lower your thermostat to 62 degrees F and supplement your room with a space heater.

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