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June 2014 Newsletter

Stay Allergy Free on Vacation

Summer is a time for exploration, from adventures in far off cities, to discovering new places to love in your hometown. Traveling, however, can expose us to unexpected allergens, making us risk spending time sneezing, when we should be having fun. Luckily, with a bit of planning, you can keep your vacation sniffle free.

Before your trip, check local pollen forecasts and air quality indexes in case you need to change your outdoor activities for fun diversions indoors. If you are staying in a hotel, see if your hotel can provide you with dust mite proof bedding and an air purifier to help you have a more comfortable stay. If you plan on traveling outside of the country, it may help to learn the names of your medicines, or particularly potent allergens in the local language, especially if you have food allergies. Travel smart this summer and have a fun, relaxing, and allergy free vacation.

High Temperatures Hurt Air Quality

Sunshine is always welcome in the summer, but when warm days give over to heat waves and hot temperatures, we risk more than sunburns when we venture outdoors. When outdoor air is heated, nitrogen oxides react with chemical compounds, such as the fumes from cars and burning fuel, to create thick layers of smog. This effect is more pronounced in densely populated or industrial areas. Increases in smog can cause respiratory irritation and other unpleasant health consequences, so when you see the forecast point toward a heat wave in your area, make sure to limit your outdoor excursions. When at home, keep windows closed and your air purifier turned on to keep indoor pollutant levels low.

 

Meet Rabbit Air at Dwell on Design!

It is one of our favorite times of the year – the annual Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles! Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, the show boasts thousands of products on display showcasing the latest in cutting-edge design, along with speakers, presentations, and home tours. Rabbit Air will be in attendance with our stylish MinusA2 air purifiers, and our Red Dot and Good Design Award winning new BioGS 2.0 air purifier. If you are in the Los Angeles area, swing by and say hello! We’d love to meet you there!

Keep Your Garden Pesticide Free

Rabbit Air bunnies know all about keeping their indoor air clean and chemical free, and this summer we challenge you to keep your outdoor areas chemical free as well. Pesticides may keep your garden looking lovely, but they can be harmful to pets and children, and can damage local wildlife as well.

Getting rid of harsh chemicals from your garden is easier than it sounds; you may already have pesticide substitutes at home right now! Coffee grounds can ward off pests, like slugs, while enriching soil, and strong smelling bar soap can be strategically placed around flower beds to keep nibbling deer at bay. There are lots of resources online with great tips and guides, so get out and start your chemical free garden today!

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March 2014 Newsletter

Spring Clean Your Way to Fewer Sniffles

For many people spring is the worst season of the year for allergies. The abundance of pollens in the air can cause sneezing, wheezing, and other unpleasant allergic reactions. While we can’t stop the plants from blooming, by stepping up cleaning routines at home we can cut down on symptoms and breathe a little easier. Start by going room to room and cleaning as thoroughly as possible, even in hard to reach places that might normally not get a full deep clean.

Once your home is sparkling, you can help to keep it that way by limiting the pollen that makes it inside; changing clothing when you get home, and showering before bed to keep pollens from spreading to linens or upholstery. This is also a perfect time of year to brush up on the maintenance routines on the devices that help keep your home clean. Keeping filters on vacuums, air conditioners, and air purifiers in good working order will help to ensure they are working their best. You can read up on the maintenance of your air purifier at the following links: MinusA2 MaintenanceBioGS MaintenanceBioGS 2.0 Maintenance.

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Over 25 million people in the United States alone suffer from asthma, a lung disorder which causes airways to become inflamed, inducing symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled, and during the month of May organizations like the EPA and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America focus on spreading awareness about asthma, and promoting efforts to increase education and research in this area. If you or someone you love has asthma, this is a great time to learn more about the illness, how to control symptoms, and ways that you can get involved in awareness efforts in your community.

 

To Our Friends in Canada

For our Canadian Customers!We have some exciting news for our friends in the Great White North! Rabbit Air is expanding our shipping services into Canada. This means shorter shipping times on air purifiers, and the end of the dreaded brokerage fee. Filters, Accessories, and Special Edition air purifiers will still be shipping from the USA for now, but we’ve eliminated their brokerage fees too, in our continuing efforts to improve your Rabbit Air shopping experience.

How Pollen Allergies May Predict Food Allergies

The bright, blooming flowers and warming weather of spring is a welcome change from the snowy months of winter but with the changing of the seasons so too begins a new wave of allergens in the air. Ragweed, grass, and tree pollens – some of the most common spring allergens – begin to spread in full force during this time of year and they can cause many to sniffle and sneeze.

Now scientists studying these allergens have found that they are linked to specific food allergies. Ragweed, the most common spring allergen, is linked with allergies to foods such as bananas, cucumber, and zucchini. Those allergic to grass pollens may want to avoid melons, tomatoes, and oranges while tree pollen allergies are linked to carrots, celery, and almonds as well as some fruits like apples and pears. Read more about this new study and how food allergies may be linked with spring allergies.

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January 2014 Newsletter

Love Your Heart

February is American Heart Health Month and whether that means mending a broken one, celebrating a full one, or watching your cholesterol, it’s always good to take a step back and think about that hollow muscular organ that keeps life running through us.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of tips for taking care of your cardiovascular system and preventing what is now the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The suggestions—eating foods low in saturated fat, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, avoiding cigarettes—might seem like old news; we all know that heart attack prevention is not a new topic, but take the time this month to really stop and think about whether or not your heart is at its optimum health.


Beat the Weather

For those caught in the worst of winter at the moment, you’re on our minds! The EPA has a number of helpful suggestions of ways to weather the weather, such as winterizing your vehicle, installing a programmable thermostat, and keeping a stash of rechargeable batteries in case of a power outage.


BioGS 2.0 in Style

Curious about the sleek design of our BioGS 2.0? Check out this video featuring the masterminds behind our newest air purifier.


Our Good Design Award

We have some good news!

Rabbit Air’s BioGS 2.0 has received a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Over 700 new products and graphic designs were selected from more than 38 countries from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. On March 15, The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre will present an exhibition of all award-winning products, including the BioGS 2.0, at the historic GOOD DESIGN show during the 2014 International Housewares Show in Chicago.

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November 2013 Newsletter

Happy holidays from all of us at Rabbit Air! We have been enjoying the clear air in Los Angeles lately and also the embarrassingly warm weather. We hope those of you in wintery climates are staying warm and dry. We’ve had a great year and are looking forward to 2014. May you all have a safe, joyous holiday season. Here are some tips for keeping healthy!

Fireplace

Avoiding the Christmas Sneeze

Believe it or not, that big beautiful Christmas tree in your living room might be the reason you’re sneezing. Connecticut researchers have found that the mold count from a live Christmas tree rose to five times the normal level two weeks after the tree was brought indoors. If you’re super sensitive to mold, you might want to consider keeping that tree on your porch, or at least keeping it indoors for as brief a period as possible!

Pine trees aren’t the only potential allergy triggers during the holidays. Read this article to learn more about ways to protect yourself, or watch this video featuring Dr. Clifford Bassett about ways to combat holiday sniffles.

Think Before you Burn

It’s hard not to gravitate towards a wood-burning stove in winter. The warmth and symbolic coziness of the hearth plays a role in tradition for a reason. Unfortunately, due to its pollutional effects, it’s not the best cold-house solution for everyone. 
Those with lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, angina, COPD, and CHF are often more sensitive to the toxic gases and particles released by such stoves and should avoid contact. 

Here are some suggestions for ways to keep a fire burning in your home all winter long while limiting exposure to wood-burning stove smoke.

  • Ensure that your stove is installed properly and maintained regularly.
  • Keep your flue open to allow plenty of oxygen in while using your stove.
  • Don't burn anything other than clean, dry wood that has been properly seasoned.
  • Avoid burning particle board, treated wood, stained wood, painted or wet wood.
  • Burn hot, bright fires. Avoid fires that smolder.
  • In milder weather, burn smaller fires.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed at all times, unless you are loading it with wood.
  • Remove ashes from your stove on a regular basis.

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September 2013 Newsletter

We hope you’re happily settling into fall. It seems as though it’s just starting to heat up out here in Los Angeles, but we can’t forget that soon, in some parts of the country, leaves will turn red and the air will be cool and crisp. We can dream! Below you’ll find some useful ways to improve the indoor air quality in two of the places you probably spend most of your time: your car and your home or office. 

Dr. Robert W. Eitches


Dr. Robert Eitches is an established allergist in the Los Angeles area with over 30 years of experience as an allergy and immunology specialist. We got a chance to interview Dr. Eitches about air purifiers and their affect on allergies and asthma. To read the complete interview, take a look at it on our website.

“You can’t cure allergies; you have to get them under good control.”

-Dr. Eitches

Bring Your Garden Inside

Unbeknownst to many, our homes and offices can harbor a lot of pollution—building materials release formaldehyde and benzene, furniture, carpeting, and copy machines give off ozone, and off-gassing from furniture, and carpeting will put harmful volatile organic compounds into the air. The answer to cleaner air is a natural solution: plants! That’s right, a bit of greenery will absorb harmful gases and clean the air. A NASA study found that plants, such as Gerbera daisy, Chrysanthemum, Philodendron, Spider plant, and Golden Pothos removed 80% of pollution within a 24-hour period. Get out to your local nursery to find some leafy friends to help battle indoor air pollution.

Valley Fever in the Air

California and Arizona have seen an increasing number of cases of Valley Fever, a disease caused by the inhalation of fungal spores. The spores, lifted from dry dirt by the wind, pass through your nostrils or down your throat, and are so tiny, they don’t even trigger a cough. For most, that’s as far as they go. For the unlucky though, the fungus takes root and starts to feed. The fungus is particularly prevalent along Interstate 5 and can be inhaled in just a single breath. For those who live in particularly dusty areas, or even for those just driving through, it’s important to seal yourself off from the air outside to avoid contact with coccidioidomycosis. When in your car, be sure to push that button that recycles the air, instead of taking it in from outside. It may seem a bit stale, but at least it’s clean!

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July 2013 Newsletter

Whether the Weather

During the dry season, wildfires tend to dominate the news. Whether sparked by human error, electrical causes, or nature itself, the fires can spread far quickly, sometimes burning for as long as weeks. The truth is, since most wildfires are caused by people, it’s up to us to prevent them.

Customer Spotlight

From time to time, Rabbit Air features a customer who has shown extreme loyalty, enthusiasm, and acts as an ambassador of Rabbit Air. This chosen customer is then highlighted in our Customer Spotlight and is able to bask in the glory of appreciation and acknowledgment. For this wonderful spotlight, Rabbit Air has chosen Pamela from Great Neck, NY. Pamela is much appreciated by our Rabbit Air team!

Here are a few ways to avoid setting a fire:

  • Do not leave burning candles, barbecue coals, and fires unattended in your backyard and be sure to fully extinguish them before you go to bed.
  • Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste
  • Do not throw cigarettes, matches, or other burning materials out of moving vehicles or windows
  • When camping, be sure to completely extinguish campfires and store fuel for lamps, stoves, etc., far from the appliances themselves.

Smoke from wildfires is a composition of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can sting your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Coughing, headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, stinging eyes, a runny nose, and irritated sinuses are all signs that fire smoke is affecting you. When air quality is bad, it’s important to stay inside and run your air purifier, to avoid inhaling smoke particles and to protect your eyes.

To find out more about the health threats of wildfire smoke, see the CDC website.

Learn more : Heat waves and their affect on air quality

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May 2013 Newsletter

June Gloom

For a lot of Rabbit Air customers, the transition from spring to summer involves adjusting to a new set of allergy triggers. Perhaps the alder and sycamore trees have stopped releasing their pollen in the air, but the ragweed and sagebrush will soon be in bloom and the allergy symptoms are the same.

Bees, wasps, fire ants, and other insects that tend to come out in the summer can cause allergic reactions in some people and summertime pollution, particularly ozone, can cause additional discomfort. On days when the pollen count is high, or on especially polluted days, stay inside as much as possible to avoid contact with allergens. Dust mites also peak during the summer and tend to thrive in damp environments, so it's important to vacuum carpets, and wash bedding and curtains on a regular basis. Also try to keep the humidity in your house between 30 and 50 percent, to prevent dust mite growth.

Hit the Road but Leave the Allergies Behind

We know that summertime means vacations for many of you. For people who rely on the allergy protection they've constructed in their own homes, travel can sometimes be a source of anxiety. Depending on where you're going, you might encounter new allergy triggers and it's best to be as prepared as possible so that those nasty symptoms don't get in the way of your fun.

For a good online resource, check out WebMD's list of ways to prepare for a healthful vacation. Talking to your doctor, researching your destination's flora and fauna, and booking non-smoking, no-pets-allowed hotel rooms are all simple ways to help keep your allergies at bay and maximize that vacation.

Coming Soon...BioGS 2.0!

Thank you for your continued support of our company and especially your love of our signature product, the BioGS air purifier. As you all know, we have been working on a new model for quite some time. We want to thank you for your patience and cannot wait to show you the standout product we've so thoughtfully developed with your needs in mind. Since 2006, our BioGS air purifiers have improved indoor air quality and provided environmental contaminant relief for thousands of families. After a lot of research and a rigorous hunt for the right designer, we are finally ready to retire the original model and introduce Rabbit Air's next generation, the BioGS 2.0.

When we unveil the new model this summer, it might take you a minute to recognize this descendant of the air purifier you all know and love. You'll notice some beautiful new curves and attractive modern intelligence, and you'll also find the same signature features you've come to expect from Rabbit Air purifiers--efficiency, simplicity, and dependability. We have no doubt that you'll become easily and happily acquainted with its refined features, cutting edge technology, and distinctive design.

Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date information, so if you would like to be informed of the new BioGS 2.0 product updates, please stay tuned for our next newsletter, or follow us on Facebook.

For current BioGS customers, rest assure that we will continue to support replacement filter orders. As always, our goal is to ensure clean air, good health, and happy memories with your loved ones.

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March 2013 Newsletter

Happy March, all of you! We're here to help put some spring in your step.

Meet the Rabbit Air Customer Care Team

Curious about Rabbit Air's home base? See our Pasadena, California, headquarters and a few of the faces of the beloved representatives who make sure that your questions are answered and that your air purifiers are running and clean.
Nice to meet you!

Don't forget that if you ever want to watch some online tutorials about filter upkeep and more, we have a few entertaining videos for you.

 

Asthma tips for kids

We're always looking for new resources for asthma patients and lately we've appreciated an accessible site called Get Smart About Asthma, which has tips for parents of kids struggling with asthma.

Astronauts need clean air, too!

Just in case anyone has ever doubted the significance of air purification, this Los Angeles Times article about The Dragon, a supply ship that recently delivered goods to astronauts at a space station, begs to differ. Among mouse stem cells, food and clothes, spacewalking tools and batteries, the supply ship brought air purifiers to keep those astronauts breathing free!

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January 2013 Newsletter

Do it, Detox

Happy New Year to all of our favorite customers! For some, it might be just about that time when the New Year Resolutions commitments begin to fade, but we hope most of you have found a good rhythm and are maintaining that healthful lifestyle that we all strive for. Here at Rabbit Air, we're constantly committed to keeping your home free of pollutants, but we can't keep you healthy without your help. The new year is a great time to detox the house, as well as your body.

 

  • Be sure to run your Rabbit Air Purifier regularly to reduce the allergens and pollen polluting your indoor environment..
  • Leave a doormat outside your front door and mop the floors frequently to cut down on dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants tracked into your home. And don't forget to wash that mat, too!
  • Reach for fragrance-free products. Plug-in air fresheners, cleaning products, aerosol sprays, and laundry detergents and softeners use synthetic fragrances, which add loads of VOCs to the environment. Use lemon and baking soda to freshen up the kitchen and bathroom and bring plants indoors to clear the air.

A Filter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

While we do all we can to keep the air in our homes clean for our kids, we can't control the place where they spend a majority of their time—school. Green Apple, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, was developed to promote healthful, energy-efficient school environments for children around the country. We think their Healthy Air Checklist is a great resource for parents, teachers, and school administrators interested in improving the indoor air quality of their buildings, and we think you'll like it too. The American Lung Association also has tips on how to assess whether or not a school environment is healthful and how to improve air conditions.

 

Asking About Asthma

While asthma is the most common chronic disorder in children, many people don't know exactly what it is and how its symptoms are triggered. An inflammatory disease of the lung, asthma prevents enough air from passing through the lung tissue, and in turn causes coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and breathing difficulties. It can be triggered by a wide range of allergens, including dust mites, cockroaches, dogs, cats, rodents, molds, and fungi.

A few ways to avoid flares include exercising and eating healthfully and thus maintaining a healthy weight to achieve respiratory health; steering clear of triggers by cleaning your house regularly, using your air conditioner for circulation, dusting, and getting rid of mold; and maintaining optimal humidity through the use of a dehumidifier if you live in a particularly wet climate.

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December 2012 Newsletter

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM RABBIT AIR!

We hope you all have safe, healthful, and happy holidays. We're looking forward to the year to come.

AFTER SANDY: RECLAIM YOUR CLEAN AIR

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has left many people with poor indoor air quality due to stagnant floodwater and resulting mold, germs, and bugs. It's important to clean up the water and dry your house as soon as possible to avoid water damage and health problems caused by mold particles. Here are some helpful tips from the EPA about dealing with domestic water issues after the hurricane.

  • When cleaning, wear an N-95 respirator, which you can find at a hardware store. A handkerchief or dust mask will not protect you from germs and mold.
  • Wear gloves so that you don't touch mold with your bare hands.
  • Throw away anything that was wet with floodwater and cannot be cleaned.
  • Mold particles can trigger allergy, asthma, and breathing problems. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about cleaning up the mold yourself.

For more information, see this online booklet from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/flood/flood_booklet_en.pdf

 

Announcing a Rabbit Air Contest: Give Some Love This Holiday Season!

Do you know of a special person or group that is deserving of some love this Holiday Season? If you do, nominate them to win a Special MinusA2 Peanuts Edition air purifier! Contest Rules can be read on Rabbit Air's Facebook 'Peanuts Contest' tab, but act quickly as this contest ends December 14 at 11:59 pm PST.

With the Holiday Season so often acted upon with selfish reasons, as our good friend Charlie Brown would say, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)

November was COPD Awareness Month. COPD is one of the most common lung diseases. It's a progressive condition that causes breathing difficulty -- copious mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. The leading cause of COPD is cigarette smoking, though long-term exposure to other lung irritants such as air pollution, chemical fumes, and dust can also contribute. While they can't cure COPD, air purifiers can trap pollutants that cause its symptoms. See this useful site for more information about how purifying the air in your home can improve your comfort.

INTRODUCING STARRY NIGHT

We're happy to introduce the latest addition to our Artists Series, Starry Night. Dutch post- impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, yet his The Starry Night is one of the most famous works of art in the world. Thick, swirling brushstrokes give motion to a sky of deep blues, greens, and yellows over a dark church spire and a quiet town. Painted in 1889, the masterpiece evokes Van Gogh's homeland, the Netherlands.

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