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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

MinusA2 Wins the Products Award at Design Tokyo 2017

We are happy to announce that our MinusA2 air purifier has won a Products Award at Design Tokyo 2017!

Design Tokyo is the leading trade show in Japan for marketable design products. The most stylish and fashionable products flock to this show to be included in the best of the best of useful items that are also pleasing to the eyes.

The award is given to the most marketable design products. With it's ability to be adapted to any home (from being wall mounted to your choice of front panel design), the MinusA2 stood out from the crowd and impressed the award committee.

If you want to read more about the design show and the awesome products, you can find it here: http://www.designtokyo.jp/en/AWARD/exhibitor/

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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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The Best Indoor Plants for Air Quality

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When it comes to keeping the air in your house fresh, sometimes going all-natural is a helpful option. Here are a few plants that use old-fashioned photosynthesis to keep you breathing clean air every day.

Anyone that’s ever had to step outside for some fresh air can tell you that the air in our buildings and homes aren’t always ideal. Whether it’s because of poor ventilation systems, pets, or even an excess of dirty laundry, it’s easy for these enclosed spaces to get a little stuffy.

Sure, scented candles and air fresheners are quick and easy ways to give your living space the illusion of freshness, but the goal should be truly clean air. Although there are a range of effective air-filtering products, sometimes all-natural solutions are the secret remedies.

The NASA Clean Air Study

Published in 1989, the NASA Clean Air Study was conducted to investigate how various types of plants can remove toxic agents from the air, according to Zone 10. The agents in focus were benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene — junk that can get caught in your house and even make you sick.

The experiments were conducted in a 100-square-foot enclosed area and yielded impressive results — of the 27 plants in the group, all of them were found to have an affect on at least one of the harmful agents.

The Natural Solution

Since the study was published, NASA’s findings have been universally accepted and adopted — plants are proven to improve air quality, not to mention that they’re also affordable, easy to maintain, and serve as a fun hobby to pick up.

Borrowing from NASA’s list and a few others from Rodale's Organic Life, here are a few of the most effective plants to help get you started on your fresh and foliage-friendly indoor setup.

Palm Trees

Not only do palm trees bring a tropical vibe to your home, they also help to eliminate any remnants of formaldehyde that might be floating around. Indoor palms thrive in relatively cool temperatures (about 60-75 degrees), so they should be just fine regardless of where you live. Freshen up your home and keep the spirit of summer alive year-round with this attractive and low-maintenance plant.

Peace Lily

The lovely peace lily has a unique place on our list as one of the only plants that will still bloom bountifully indoors. In addition to fighting benzene and formaldehyde, the lily is particularly effective at removing the harsh chemicals emitted by various cleaning products. As a plant that prefers minimal light — and even humidifies your air — the peace lily is as useful as it is beautiful.

Golden Pothos

While the pothos may not be as effective when it comes to removing toxins, its durability caters to those without a green thumb. If you’re forgetful or simply a bit clueless when it comes to botany, the pothos is the perfect plant for you — it’s resilient, and requires practically no maintenance.

For someone who is curious about having an indoor plant, but is afraid of having dead greenery on their hands, this may be the plant for you.

Keep It Fresh With Rabbit Air

Now that you know some all-natural secrets to keeping your air as fresh as can be, it’s time to find out the methods — or combination thereof — that work for you. Next to the truly natural air-freshening power of plants, Rabbit Air is about as close to nature as you can get while still living with the smog of civilization. For example, Rabbit Air's MinusA2 can be specially configured to filter Volatile Organic Compounds like benzene.

With innovative designs and state-of-the-art products, Rabbit Air purifiers “take pollutants out and leave nothing but clean air in return.” For more information regarding Rabbit Air purifiers, click here to learn more.

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The Health Impact of Pet Dander

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10% of Americans are allergic to the dander brought in by household pets. Dander can have unfortunate effects on a pet owner’s health, but there are a few ways you can minimize its impact.

Pet dander refers to the dead skin that tends to fall from cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded furry or feathery animals. The tiny proteins in dander and saliva are the root cause of pet allergies.

They’re naturally introduced into the air at microscopic levels, where they’re circulated until they’re breathed in — whether an animal is actually in the house or not. 

When your home is dusty or has low-quality air, whatever allergy symptoms you might already experience from being around dogs are sure to get even worse.

Symptoms Associated with Pet Dander

Those with pet allergies are categorized as having either low or high sensitivity. For those with low sensitivity, symptoms may not appear until a few days after coming into contact with the allergen. High sensitivity people, on the other hand, may feel the impact of dander within 15 minutes of contact.

Symptoms of allergies include swelling, itching of the membranes that line the eyes and nose, inflamed eyes, and respiratory problems. Once dander has entered the lungs, antibodies combine with the allergens, causing intense coughing or wheezing. Highly sensitive people may also experience rashes on the face, neck, and upper chest. 

If you’re experiencing all these things at home, the worst symptom of all is being unable to feel comfortable in your own living space.

How to Deal with Pet Dander

The first step for many who suffer from pet allergies is the removal of animals in the house. Different animals can affect people to varying degrees, with twice as many people suffering from allergies to cats rather than dogs, according to Live Science

But it can also be difficult to part ways with your furry, dandery friends. As long as you’re low-sensitivity, there are other methods you can use to limit the impact of pet dander in your day-to-day life:

  • Pet-Free Zones: By keeping pets out, you can reduce the levels of dander in any room of the house. The bedroom might be an especially good place for a zone like this -- nobody wants to wake up with allergy symptoms.
  • Frequent Pet Baths: If you do own a pet and you can’t bear to part ways, a weekly bath can reduce the amount of dander in their fur.
  • Replacing Furnishings: Dander is attracted to fabric, so by replacing carpets with linoleum or cloth drapes with blinds, you can reduce the amount of allergens sticking to the furnishings.
  • HEPA air filters: HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters reduce the amount of dander being circulated through the air and trap allergens at 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns.

Of all these methods, air filters can be the most effective at stopping dander from spreading. By treating the air quality itself, you can greatly reduce dander levels at a consistent rate. Air filters are even more useful for those without pets, as they provide a quick and painless clean-up of the air in any given place.

Rabbit Air purifiers are an environmentally friendly way to eliminate allergens from the air. Pet owners in particular are in luck, as the Rabbit Air MinusA2 can be outfitted with a filter specially designed to trap pet allergens, called the Pet Allergy Customized filter.

And Rabbit Air offers excellent, 24-hour customer service and free shipping throughout most of the U.S., so take a look today and reduce the impact pet dander is having on your health.

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Scare Off Symptoms of Secondhand Smoke

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If your living situation leaves you exposed to secondhand smoke, you need to take action.

Everybody knows a smoker. They’re easy to find  check the outside of any restaurant, bar, or sidewalk in America, and you’re sure to spot at least one. It doesn’t exactly take an archaeologist to chart a smoker’s territory from the strewn collections of discarded cigarette butts littered about the sidewalk. You may even smoke yourself. 

We have nothing against smokers as people — it’s just that their habits are actually destructive to the people around them.

We all know that countless (32, to be exact) Surgeon General reports detail scientifically-verified information on the serious medical issues posed by secondhand smoke (SHS). Still, as long as people remain addicted to tobacco, the problem will persist.

This is because, most of the time, SHS is unavoidable. You can choose to walk away from a smoker, but you can’t always just move out if they live right next to or with you.

Whether you live in an apartment with smokers or they’re your college dorm roommates, you are unwittingly being exposed to secondhand dangers. Here’s why you should care  and what you can do about it.

Scourge by Osmosis

The American Cancer Society paints a particularly bleak portrait of the dangers of SHS. We may as well begin with the grim numbers: of the staggering 20 million Americans who have died as a result of smoke inhalation since 1964, about 12.5%  or 2.5 million  were actually non-smokers.

This number includes the roughly 100,000 babies who perished due to parental smoking. Scary stuff.

Why is secondhand smoke so particularly troublesome? Well, it turns out there are actually two kinds of smoke: mainstream and sidestream. Mainstream smoke is what the smoker exhales after puffing; sidestream is the smoke that drifts from the tip of the lit cigarette into the surrounding air.

The latter is unfiltered, and thus contains more toxins, carcinogens, and smaller particles that more easily make their way into your body  your buddy may be the one smoking, but you’re actually getting the short end of the stick. 

You already know that SHS is carcinogenic and strongly correlates with various cancers especially lung cancer (7,000 SHS deaths per year), but also lymphoma, leukemia, cancers of the brain, throat, bladder, rectum, stomach, etc  but what about other diseases? The raw truth is that, annually, about 42,000 people die of heart disease caused by cigarettes they never smoked. 

There are also strong links between secondhand smoke and the increased risk of severe dementia and depression (especially among pregnant women), as well as hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory infections and asthmatic symptoms attributed to SHS.

Because of secondhand smoke’s pernicious quality, the EPA has determined that there are no safe levels of exposure.

Room To Breathe

You’re not totally out of luck, though. Beyond removing yourself from the smoking area, the best way to reduce the damage caused by SHS is to actually cleanse the air you breathe. According to an article by industry expert Rabbit Air, air purifiers are an effective way to combat both the harmful chemicals and odors released by secondhand smoke.

Air purifiers create healthy, breathable air through the use of a robust HEPA filter, which captures the particulate matter produced by cigarette smoke as it is drawn through the filter’s fibers. This is combined with the use of an activated carbon filter, an extremely porous material, that effectively traps chemicals and odors as they pass.

The Rabbit Air MinusA2 air purifier also has a customized filter option, called the Odor Remover, that was specifically produced to trap smoke particles in your home. It has activated carbon woven into its fibers, increasing the effectiveness, durability, and longevity of the device.

While secondhand smoke remains a serious health threat in our homes and communities, there are practical ways to combat its dangers, allowing you to take a refreshing, deep, and smoke-free sigh of relief.

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Rabbit Air Featured on Tiny House Nation

Tiny House Nation, a new show on the FYI network, is out to prove that bigger isn’t always better.  Hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Griffin, both experts in renovation, present a new family in each episode, some who have already been living the tiny house lifestyle, and others who are just embarking on their own tiny adventures.  The homes are all under 500 square feet in size, but John and Zack believe that with a little creativity and careful planning, these small spaces can become not only livable, but they can allow homeowners to relieve some financial tensions, decrease their reliance on material things, and bring families closer together.

On Wednesday, July 9th, Tiny House Nation introduced John and Chelsea, a couple from Tennessee and parents to an adorable toddler.  Their tiny house move was a real big challenge; they downsized to a home just 173 square feet in size.  Though it might seem like an impossible challenge, the Tiny House Nation team created an incredible home for the family.  What was our favorite part of the finished home?  The Rabbit Air MinusA2 Artists Series air purifier that the team added to the kitchen!  The MinusA2’s thin profile and large coverage area was a perfect fit for this family, and by running the purifier in the kitchen they will keep the small space smelling fresh and clean.

Want to see more?  Check out Tiny House Nation on Wednesdays at 10pm ET

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Getting Started with Meditation

Practiced for thousands of years, meditation has surged in popularity recently for the seemingly endless array of health benefits that it is claimed to provide. Although there are numerous styles of meditation – mindfulness, Zen, guided, and chanting to name a few – they can all be used to feel more at peace, experience less stress, and to improve self-control. With meditation’s rise in popularity there has been a sharp increase in research on how it affects practitioners, with studies showing that the emotional benefits of meditation assist people in all kinds of ways, from helping to manage the stress-related symptoms of illnesses like high blood pressure and anxiety disorders, experiencing more compassion and love for others, boosting creativity, to even reducing perceived levels of pain.

Stick to What is Comfortable for You
There are many different forms of meditation, and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Although different types of mediation can produce different results, the variety that you most enjoy practicing will be the most effective. You may want to try out a few different styles to see what is most comfortable for you, and sticking with what is comfortable is the best way to ensure that you will make it a part of your regular schedule.

Don’t Eat Beforehand
While it may sound pleasant to meditate after a meal, chances are a full stomach will make you too sleepy to make the most of the exercise. A relatively empty stomach allows you to devote your attention to the task at hand, so plan your meditation time accordingly.

Wear a Relaxed Smile
Keeping a positive expression on your face can help you to feel more positive as well. Meditation is more effective when you can stay calm and relaxed throughout – so make sure to practice when you are in a happy state of mind.


Breathe in Peace
Breathing provides a rhythm to your meditation practice, which in turn helps you to focus. To make sure you are breathing as easily as possible meditate in a place with clean, fresh air – such as the beach, a park, or in your own home. Our Ultra Quiet air purifiers make a great meditation companion, as they will not only remove harmful toxins and pollutants from the air, but in their whisper Silent modes you will forget they are even there, allowing you to focus on your breath and your health.

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Tips for Reducing Allergies While Gardening in Fall

Identify the Allergens
Knowing the primary causes for outdoor allergies is an important step in keeping your symptoms down and your spirits up.  With the changing of the seasons, different plants come into bloom, so there are new sources of pollen in the air to make you sniffle and sneeze.  Ragweed is a common allergen in the fall, and it is one of the worst offenders when it comes to making allergies flare up. Learn to identify ragweed and make sure to remove it from your yard on sight.  Other weeds and mold are also lurking around in fall, so removing weeds frequently will not only make your yard look its best, but will help you to breathe better in the long run as well.

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Make a plan before you get to work on your garden to ensure that you are protecting yourself as much as possible from allergies.  Keep track of daily pollen counts to see when they are highest, and make sure you avoid spending time outdoors during those times, even if it means working during odd hours. Wearing the right clothing can help as well to keep allergens off your skin.  Make sure to wear long sleeves and pants, and gloves to prevent as much contact as possible.  If you know your allergies are more severe, consider taking an antihistamine before going outside so that you can help stop symptoms before you start.

Keep it Outside
Once your hard work is done, resist the urge to flop right down on the couch to enjoy a break.  After being in the yard, you’ll be tracking in pollen and mold on your clothing, shoes, and even in your hair, and they will just transfer to any surface you touch.  Instead, relax by taking a warm shower and wash allergens down the drain.  Keep windows closed and sealed to keep pollen and mold from coming in, and run a good HEPA air purifier like our MinusA2 to eliminate any pesky allergens that do make it inside.  With planning and awareness, you can keep your yard looking great and yourself breathing better all throughout the season.

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Short Term Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Can Impair Breathing

Cigarette Although the dangers of long-term exposure to secondhand smoke are well known, a study conducted by the University of Athens and the Hellenic Cancer Society in Greece, and the Harvard School of Public Health found that short term exposure to high concentrations of secondhand smoke, as little as 20 minutes, can cause immediate impairment of airways.  Researchers exposed healthy adults to a concentration of secondhand smoke designed to mimic the levels found in bars or during a car ride with a smoker present.  Although none of the participants in the study reported feeling negative effects, when their breathing was measured it was found that the exposure was in fact “invoking such physiologic changes as increased airway impedance and resistance.”  This new research will help public health workers more thoroughly understand the risks and consequences of secondhand smoke in public places, and will add to the growing body of data about the effects of secondhand smoke.

While the best way to protect oneself from secondhand smoke is to avoid it altogether, for many people, this is not always possible.  Smoke can easily drift into workplaces from the street, or into homes from neighbors nearby.  Secondhand smoke is difficult to deal with, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect yourself if controlling the smoke at the source is not an option.  Stopping the smoke from entering is the first defense, and sealing not only windows and doors, but even electrical outlets can help to block the smoke from coming inside.  Operating an efficient ventilation system can also keep your indoor air clear.  For the smoke that does make it inside, using an air purifier, such as our MinusA2, that combines a true HEPA filter with a charcoal based activated carbon filter can help to filter out the chemicals and odors from secondhand smoke.

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The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation

Charly-MEAC The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation is the only non-profit studio of its kind in the state of Maine, helping to restore not only artwork from museums and public collections, but pieces of artwork privately owned by families and individuals as well.  The project is based in Portland, Maine, where they work out of a small studio.  During the conservation process, their artists are exposed to a number of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from the chemicals used in restoration, including acetone, alcohol, naptha, turpentine, methyl-ethyl-ketone, toluene and xylene.  While these chemicals are vital for the restoration of the artwork, they can be irritating or even dangerous when inhaled in high concentration. For years, the project has been searching for an air purifier that would effectively reduce these VOCs from the air and protect their conservators, who were working to restore artwork in order to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Maine.

Bonnie-MEAC Rabbit Air donated two of our MinusA2 air purifiers to the project, for use in their "in-painting" rooms.  We equipped them with our specialized Toxin Absorber Customized filter, designed to increase the air purifier’s efficiency at removing VOCs from the air.  After running our air purifiers, the project was happy to report that they noticed a significant reduction in VOCs from the air, and they sent along these fantastic pictures of their team and our MinusA2s in action.  We thank the Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation for their great work and we look forward to continuing to provide them with cleaner, more breathable air!

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