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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

The Rabbit Air Story: Ann Hochstetler

Rabbit Air customers Ann Hochstetler and her husband, Thad, live in Indiana with their four adopted children, ranging in ages four to fifteen years old. The couple decided when they got married that they would adopt a family and they would “never do it any differently,” Ann says.



One child is from Indiana, two are from Kazakhstan, and one is from China, and the family enjoys celebrating Kazakh’s spring holiday and Chinese New Year and learning and teaching the family about their cultures. Together, the six of them spend time outdoors when the weather permits, riding bikes and swimming. When the winter drives them indoors, the kids pass the time playing board games, building with Legos, tending to their pet guinea pigs, and practicing tae kwon do. Three of the children have special needs, including autism, microcephaly, and cerebral palsy, so a lot of the family’s time is focused on health. One of their kids, Karson, has suffered from a number of respiratory issues, including asthma, and two of the other children suffer from allergies as well. Karson’s breathing difficulties had landed him in the ER and required him to take five to seven pills a day to improve his quality of life. To help alleviate the family’s discomfort, their pulmonologist recommended trying Rabbit Air purifiers. After adding the filtration systems to their home, Ann says, Karson’s breathing improved and he was able to stop taking medication for his respiratory health. “It’s incredible,” she says, noting that the family’s comfort indoors has greatly improved thanks to Rabbit Air’s filtration. Even in a seemingly clean and smoke-free home—the family uses only non-toxic cleaners and avoids fragrances to spare their middle son the nosebleeds he gets from them—Rabbit Air purifiers can help by targeting allergens and contaminants, as well as dust and other irritants that are particularly harmful to those with sensitive and compromised immune systems.


Ann and Thad’s family, though faced with many challenges, is perhaps even stronger because of them. Being an advocate for her kids is “part of my identity,” Ann says, reflecting on her life as a parent. “I didn’t ever believe I’d had the strength for this, but because they needed us and they needed us to be strong...we were able to do that.” Special needs parenting, and a marriage, takes a lot of commitment, Ann admits, but what matters is that “we love each other, in spite of it being really difficult sometimes.”

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Your Great Escape For The Summer

Our customers have enjoyed the adorable character of Snoopy on their MinusA2 front panels. Now, there is another Snoopy to choose from.

With our newest edition, The Great Escape, watch as Snoopy's friend Woodstock get blown away by a gust of fresh air in his hot air balloon. It's a perfect match for any kid's room or fan of the Peanuts crew.

We hope you will find yourself also blown away by the pure air of your Rabbit Air.

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Thank You Dwell!

We had so much fun at Dwell on Design!

Get a look at our booth, where we are showing the standing and wall-mounted versions of the MinusA2.

This year at Dwell included smart houses, 3D printed jewelry, and tiny homes.

Thanks to Dwell Magazine for hosting and to all the design enthusiasts that stopped by our booth. 

If you missed Dwell, you can still check out all their interior and exterior essentials by picking up a copy or visiting their website here.

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Rabbit Air at Dwell on Design

Looking for a new upgrade to your furniture? Just bought a home and in need of inspiration? If you are in the Los Angeles area, come visit Rabbit Air as we present at the Dwell on Design Trade Show June 23-25. 

Dwell Magazine is a publication dedicated to modern design. Inside, you can find the hottest trends in architecture and interior decoration. At the design show, you can explore anything from tiny homes to the latest in outdoor living as well as hear speakers talk about design essentials.

Rabbit Air will be there showing our air purifiers. We recognize for a home to feel completely relaxing, it must also be pleasing to the eye. This is why we put so much thought into the style of our products as well as their functionality. Our BioGS 2.0, modeled after the natural flow of air, has won design awards such as the Red Dot Award, and we are thrilled to be included alongside some of the latest and hippest home products on the market.

If you are in the area, we would love for you to come and say hello! That's why we will also be giving out free 1-day guest passes to our customers. To receive your free 1-Day pass to Dwell on Design, please contact us by email: customerservice@rabbitair.com or call our toll free number: 888.866.8862. Then, make sure to introduce yourself to us at the show. We'd love to talk to you about your experience with our air purifiers!

If you'd like to check out the show and who will be there, visit their website at http://www.dwellondesign.com/.

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New Aromatherapy Diffuser is Now Available!

Now you can enjoy a refreshing scent in addition to your clean air. Rabbit Air has just launched Essence, our new aromatherapy diffuser, as an add on to your air purifier in order to enhance our customers’ air even more!

 

Aromatherapy has been known to have mood-boosting qualities from helping to wind down after a long day or spark creativity with the activation of the senses. Whether you are looking to relax or energize, you can use any scent you like for a pleasant experience while getting all the same air filtration benefits you already enjoy.

The aromatherapy diffuser is available on our website and includes an indulgent complimentary sample from Florihana, a French essential oil distillery that uses 100 percent pure, natural ingredients. Make your home complete by getting one today!

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Rabbit Air Wins "Best Air Purifier" in New York Magazine

New York magazine recently went on a quest for clean air in their article “The Best Air Purifier for Allergy Season, According to Allergists” in their May 1st issue. After consulting with allergists, they named the winner: Rabbit Air’s very own BioGS 2.0!

The allergists the editors reached out to recommended HEPA filtration over ionizers to remove even the smallest of allergens. HEPA filtration is used in all of Rabbit Air’s air purifiers and traps particles at 0.3 microns at a 99.97% efficiency.

The article dubs the BioGS 2.0 the “Mercedes of air purifiers.” We at Rabbit Air are thrilled to be compared to the top tier of quality and design. The editors go on to note how quiet and efficient it is as the air purifier seamlessly changes fan speeds when detecting particles in the air. 

Thank you New York magazine for sharing Rabbit Air with your readers! Grab yourself a copy (or read it here), cozy into your reading corner, and let New York magazine and Rabbit Air help you relax and breathe easily.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Spring is in the air, but that means so is plant pollen. For many, spring indicates the start of something fresh and new, but for allergy sufferers, it is the start of wheezing, coughing, and other dreaded symptoms. However, with some simple spring cleaning, you can banish many allergens lurking in your home and pave the way for a happier and healthier season.

One great way to spruce up your home is by decorating with plants. Before you go running for the tissues, consider buying some air-purifying plants that are a great way to refresh the room, while adding a spring-like touch. According to a recent article in DNAinfo, aloe and spider plants are the way to go to bring a bit of relief so that you can enjoy the warmer weather.

While you are redecorating, throw away that old shower curtain! If you are using a vinyl shower curtain, it is easy for soap scum to build up on it. Try switching to nylon, organic cotton, or polyester that can be easily washed.

If you are allergic to mold, the fridge can be a hidden enemy. Make sure there are no hidden leaks, which can lead to mold build up, and that old food is disposed of, making room for all the delicious in season fruits and vegetables. 

With just a few simple tips, you can alleviate your allergy symptoms and make your household a place of calm and comfort.

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Latest MinusA2 Special Edition for Japan!

Some of our favorite characters will be waving to our customers in Japan this month with the introduction of our new MinusA2 Special Editions.

We are proud to announce that Rabbit Air will be the first air purifier company in Japan to partner with Disney, Star Wars, and Sanrio! Take a look at these new exclusive designs for our Japan website.

 

MinusA2 Hello Kitty Special Edition

Sanrio's Hello Kitty front panel outlines a whimsical playscape, fitting perfectly into any child's room decor.

 

MinusA2 Disney Special Edition

Disney characters featured on these front panels will include Elsa, Snow White, and Mickey Mouse. It may not be winter anymore, but we still love the Frozen front panel!

 

MinusA2 Star Wars Special Edition

We don’t have to use the force for our air purifiers to clean the air, but Star Wars front panels that show characters such as RJD2 and Darth Vader just might.

 

Rabbit Air is always updating our products to meet the needs of our customers. We hope these will continue to enhance not only the air quality but also the visual aesthetic of our customers' home.

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How Do Air Purifiers Help With Asthma?
Asthma, a chronic disease that affects 26 million Americans, is an inflammation to the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. Causing nearly 2 million emergency room visits ever year, asthma sufferers should take caution as there are many factors and triggers in your home that can cause an asthma attack.

 

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Stop, Drop and Prevention

While there are medications for asthma, the first line of defense should be identifying possible asthma triggers as prevention and environmental control can minimize asthma symptoms from the beginning. Some asthma triggers and ways to manage them are:

  • Smoke: Inhaling smoke from cigarettes and cigars can cause an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. This produces an excess of mucus production, which in turn leads to cough and phlegm. Prolonged smoking can also create an irreversible narrowing of the bronchial tubes from inflammation and scarring that can cause permanent breathing problems. Smoke from wood burning and fires also contain harmful gases and small particles, so areas that are affected by fire should be avoided to prevent particles from being inhaled.
Although staying far away from a smoker is highly recommended, if someone insists on smoking indoors, have a well ventilated    room or use an air purifier with an effective Charcoal Based Activated Carbon filter to help trap harmful chemicals and toxins that can get dispersed from smoke. For those who want an extra layer of filtration against odors, the MinusA2 from Rabbit Air gives you the option of choosing an Odor Remover Customized filter option that increases the efficiency of trapping odors to 91%.
  • Dust Mites: Dust mites are tiny bugs that feed off your dead skin and can be found in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding. They thrive in moist and humid environments and peak around July and August due to the weather. If you have asthma, dust mites can trigger an asthma attack, so prevention is important to keep dust mites at bay. Put airtight plastic dust-mite covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs and wash all bedding in very hot water (over 130 degrees Fahrenheit) and dry in a hot dryer. It’s also recommended to vacuum your home with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to trap the microscopic dust mites.
  • Pets: Pet allergies are very common, and for the 15 to 30 percent of Americans who suffer from them, relief can be hard to obtain. Pet dander, which are dead skin cells from animals, fur, saliva, and even urine, are allergens that can be transported via clothing and other surfaces, so even if a home has never had an animal inhabitant, the allergens can still become settled into a home. Washing your hands after petting an animal, and using a HEPA vacuum cleaner or air purifier, can be beneficial in helping trap the allergens. Since pet dander can also stick to your walls, wiping down surfaces is also a good step.
  • Mold: Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors, and while everyone breathes in airborne mold spores, in some, this can trigger asthmatic symptoms. If you find that you have mold, it will have to be removed from the source, and in some cases, professionally. But once the mold has been removed, it is recommended that an air purifier or whole house air system that uses a HEPA filter be used to trap any airborne mold spores from regrouping and taking over your home again.

Technologies

While air purifiers can be an asthma sufferer’s best friend, we should not assume that they are all the same.

  • HEPA filters (high-efficiency particulate air) were developed during World War II to prevent the spread of radioactive particles and are the most effective ways to trap airborne particles, such as bacteria, viruses, smoke and pollen. To qualify as a true HEPA filter, the air filter must be able to capture airborne allergens and contaminants down to 0.3 microns in size, 99.97% of the time.
  • Stay away from air purifiers that create ozone, a known respiratory irritant, such as Electrostatic Precipitators and ozone generators.
  • A whole-house air cleaner may be used if your home is heated or air-conditioned through ducts. HVAC systems include replacement filters that range from less than a dollar to about $20 and are designed to reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt in the ducts and coils of the system. Simple filters, while inexpensive, need to be replaced every month or two, and only remove large particles, not the small particles in the house that are inhaled into the lungs while the more efficient replacement filters (usually for 6 to 20 dollars each) will remove many smaller particles and are often pleated or coated with an electrostatic charge. 

Know your environment before purchasing replacement filters as some can become clogged quickly in dusty environments, reducing airflow through the system and causing a reduction in the heating or cooling efficiency.

  • Another option for your home is a permanent whole-house air cleaner, which can be added to an HVAC system, but the cost is several hundred to a few thousand dollars for the unit and the installation. Other disadvantages include frequent maintenance of the plates, the need to keep the fan running continuously (24/7) to clean the air, and the electricity cost and noise associated with the large blower fan running continuously. 

Although an air purifier can trap particles, such as dust, pollen and chemicals, it can only trap them in the general area of the air purifier and the room that they are placed in. It cannot trap particles that have already settled onto objects, such as furniture, beds, carpets, and if the source of the allergens is a pet, as animals release dander and fur continually. Depending on the air purifier and the size of your room, most room cleaners take 15-30 minutes to remove particulates in the air, and for the most effective use, it is recommended to have the air purifier operating in your room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

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Apartment Therapy Names Rabbit Air Top Air Purifier

Our ears are burning! Maxwell Ryan, founder of popular home improvement blog Apartment Therapy, has announced that Rabbit Air's MinusA2 and BioGS 2.0 are his air purifiers of choice! It's no surprise that our air purifiers attract everyone from allergists to style mavens. We're very proud to have been selected as a favorite by such an influential blog. Check out the article and let us know if you agree!

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