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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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5 Reasons Why Buying an Air Purifier is Worth Your Investment

Chances are you have heard at least one person you know who has talked about, or recommended, using an air purifier. Because they are becoming more and more popular, it may be tempting to wonder if they are simply a fad that will eventually disappear. In reality, these carefully designed filters have been created to greatly improve air quality by effectively eliminating the most harmful and bothersome particles. These pollutants include dust, pet dander, smoke, allergens, and environmental pollution that always seem to find a way into your home or office. As you consider whether or not purchasing an air purifier is worth your investment you may wish to consider some of the most compelling reasons why this product is well worth every penny you will spend.

 

 You Are an Animal Lover with Allergies

Many people who adore animals and live with pets experience allergies related directly to the pet dander, hair, and fur that are a consequence of living with these lovable creatures. An air purifier works effectively to filter this dander from your air to leave the environment cleaner and healthier. In some cases, small children are more sensitive to pet dander than adults, so for families with both small children and pets, an air purifier is an excellent investment.


 Your House Smells Dirty

Sensitivity to smells is something a lot of people find bothersome and at times sickening. If your home seems to absorb odors from sports playing teenagers, a smoking roommate, dirty diapers, or your furry friends, an air purifier could be just what you need to eliminate unwanted smells and leave the air fresh and enjoyable to breathe.

 

Residents of apartments or employees in an office building, may also experience drafts coming from another part of the building that carry odors with them. Oftentimes, unpleasant smells may waft through into your work or living space. Positioning an air purifier at the entrance of these odors can help to eliminate them before you ever smell them.

 

 You Have Loved Ones With Respiratory Problems

Respiratory diseases such as asthma are unpredictable in the sense that certain allergens can immediately set off an attack that can reduce lung function and in severe cases, result in an inability to breathe. For families with children or parents with such diseases, doctors often recommend keeping air quality as high as possible to allow easy breathing and to eliminate the possibility of health problems from occurring.

 

Air purifiers are designed to filter air of harmful allergens that often trigger these attacks. Whether smoke, dander, or dust seem to make breathing harder for suffering family members, the right air purifier can increase air quality and provide everyone with peace of mind.

 

 You Live With or Near a Smoker

Studies have shown that secondhand smoke is incredibly harmful to the human body and can have serious side effects. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are specifically designed to eliminate smoke and tobacco pollutants and odors. If you live with or near a smoker, your decision to invest in a purifier could make a significant difference in the way you feel.

 

 You Have a Brand New Home

Moving into a brand new home can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. However that “new house” smell can be filled with pollutants such as formaldehyde which is a dangerous toxin that has been shown to cause health problems. An air purifier can help filter this toxic air and give everyone in the home a bit more confidence that they are breathing healthier air. This is an especially smart decision if you have small children or babies.

 

With these compelling reasons why investing in an air purifier is beneficial and rewarding, it isn’t any surprise that many people are making the decision to purchase one today. Increase the quality of the air in your home or office with this revolutionary product.

 

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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The 8 Best Ways to Use Air Purifiers

Using an air purifier can do much more than just improve your indoor air quality; it can also improve the quality of your life. There are many reasons that people find themselves searching for a quality air purifying product, ranging from allergies to eliminating food odors. Here are seven ways you can put an air purifier to good use.

  1. Help Your Health

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, your indoor air quality has a direct impact on your health. The agency lists the following as common side effects of exposure to pollutants:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Eye, nose and throat irritability
  • Headaches

The EPA notes that these issues can show up immediately or even within years of exposure.

An air purifier works to do just that: purify the air you breathe. Millions of particles can float throughout your home or business' air, such as mold spores and dust mites, causing the problems that the EPA outlines. The right kind of purifier will filter out these contaminants and eradicate them from your indoor air.

  1. Battle Your Allergies

If you are someone who regularly suffers from seasonal allergies, air purifiers can greatly help reduce your symptoms. While a purifier may not be able to prevent pollen or mold counts from jumping outside, it can keep the condition indoors much more pleasant. These products fight the airborne allergens that are typical in spring and fall.

  1. Cut Down on Dusting

There are likely few people who actually enjoy dusting their homes. Good news for the rest of the population: air purifiers can capture airborne dust particles, preventing them from settling on your television, bookshelves and tables. This will greatly reduce the amount of dust that collects, meaning that you have even less cleaning to do.

  1. Make Your Home Fido-Friendly

You love your pet, but you may not love some of the issues that having a pet can cause. For example, every time your dog wags his tail, he is probably spreading dander, which can trigger allergies and even lead to breathing problems. Additionally, pets can cause unwelcome odors in your home. You can use an air purifier in rooms where your pet spends the most time especially where he or she sleeps. This can help to reduce the amount of hair, dander and odors that circulate throughout your house.

  1. Get Rid of Odors

Cooking fish is a healthy alternative to some of your favorite foods, but it can leave an unpleasant odor hanging around your kitchen or dining room. Aside from cooking, there may be guests, pets, or even your own children who create smells that you wish you could remove with just the wave of a magic wand. Scented candles may work well temporarily, but you are essentially just covering up one smell with another.

Fortunately, an air purifier is up to the challenge. You can combat cooking odors, diaper pail smells and more with just the push of a button. A purifier will actually eliminate the particles in the air that are causing the odor, rather than just covering up the problem.

  1. Fight Germs in the Office

Most people have found themselves in this situation before: You go into work one morning to find that a co-worker is sick but refuses to go home. This means that those germs are circulating through the office and resting on door handles and shared equipment. Check with your supervisor to see if you could add an air purifier to your workspace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that having a proper filtration system plays a key role in protecting not only office buildings themselves, but also the people inside. In addition to having clean HVAC systems, it is important to have purifiers to eliminate airborne germs.

  1. Clean the Classroom

Children have a way of bringing home every germ known to man. When they are in school, kids are exposed to a variety of illnesses because they interact so closely with each other. A purifier cannot prevent your child from ever getting sick, but it can greatly reduce the number of airborne particles in the classroom. You can check with the school or the teacher to see if you could donate a purifier to be used in your child’s room.  Air purifiers are also beneficial in the classroom for students that suffer from asthma and allergies. When kids come in from outdoor play, they bring allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust along with them on their clothes and the soles of their shoes.  Using an air purifier in the classroom can help remove these allergens from the air, helping to reduce allergic triggers and allowing kids to focus more on their schoolwork.

  1. Reduce the Effects of Natural Disasters

A flood or a wildfire can cause major damage and destruction. Even when the situation appears isolated, there are byproducts that stem from these events, including toxins that are released into the air. Flooding can often result in dangerous mold growth, and wildfires emit a host of smoky substances that can make it hard for residents nearby to breathe easy. An air purifier will help to combat the potentially harmful mold spores or smoke particles that could be in your house.

If you are not sure which type of purifier to get, it is best to consult with a professional. He or she can help you to understand which product has the features you need.

Sources:

Environmental Protection Agency, “Indoor Air Pollution and Health,” 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Indoor Environmental Quality,” 2014

Let us help you pick the precise air purifier that fits your lifestyle. 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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5 Types of Smells You Can Get Rid of With an Air Purifier

Scented candles, heated oils, and other scented products are becoming increasingly popular as busy homeowners try desperately to cover up the smell of last night’s salmon dinner or get rid of pet odors before the in-laws come over. A home that smells bad is generally considered to be unclean and dirty, even if that is not really the case. While air fresheners and scented candles can quickly cover up undesirable smells, they cannot fix the root cause of the bad smell, nor can they make the air cleaner and safer to breathe.

If you want to simultaneously clean and freshen the air from bad odors, you should invest in a quality air purifier. Although an air purifier is more expensive up-front than candles or scented oils, it can be used for a much longer period of time, and it can actually clean the air instead of just covering up bad odors. These benefits alone make an air purifier well worth the initial investment. Here are five types of smells you can get rid of with an air purifier:

  1. Smoke

No one likes the smell of smoke in their home, whether it comes from cigarettes or a weekend camp-out. Unlike some other scents, the smell of smoke can be incredibly difficult to get rid of, especially if it has a chance to permeate your furniture, drapes, and carpet. If you want to drastically reduce or even eliminate the smoke scent in your home once and for all, adding an air purifier to your room is a fantastic first step.

There are a few different types of purifiers you can choose from, including:

  • Electronic air purifiers
  • Ionizers
  • Mechanical high efficiency particulate air filters

They all work in different ways, but their intended purpose is the same: to remove pollutants and odors from the air by trapping them in some sort of filter, or by forcing them to the ground so that they can be removed with a vacuum.

  1. Pet Odor

No matter how often you give your pet a bath, pets inevitably stink. By nature, cats, dogs, and all of our other furry friends are smelly creatures that constantly shed and fill the home with pet dander and unpleasant odors. Not only can pet dander be a nightmare for those with allergies, but pet odor throughout a home can be very embarrassing.

If you want to have neighbors, friends, and family members over without feeling ashamed of the way your house smells, or if you want to stop sneezing constantly due to an allergic reaction to pet dander, then an air purifier could be just what you need. The most efficient air purifiers will have filters that can remove not only the dander and hair that your pet sheds, but it will be able to absorb odors from pet beds and litter-boxes. Not only will your home smell cleaner after you place an air purifier in each main room, but you will also rid the air of many air-born pollutants that can make life miserable for those who have allergies or asthma.

  1. Food Smells

Health professionals advise that you eat at least one serving of fish a week, but cooking fish can make your home unbearably stinky for days afterward. If you avoid cooking healthy meals full of omega-3 fatty acids because you cannot stand the thought of dealing with post-dinner fish scent, then an air purifier can definitely help.

An air purifier will not only help to reduce or eliminate the scent from your leftover fish dinner, but it will also help reduce other food odors in your kitchen as well, including the strong scent that lingers after cooking with delicious but strong smelling spices like curry, or the smell of the occasionally-burned chicken breast. If you come home after a long day at work and you notice that your house has “bad breath”, get out your trusty air purifier and run it on a high speed to quickly freshen up the air.

  1. Garbage

Have you ever forgotten to take the garbage out after dumping raw chicken fat or old vegetables into your garbage bag? If you have ever been unfortunate enough to experience the smell of a day-old garbage can full of rotten meat or old vegetables, then you know how challenging it can be to rid your house of the smell, even after you have removed the garbage bag and washed out the trash can.

Rather than trying to mask the smell with an air freshening spray, use an air filter to trap the lingering, smelly particles that have escaped into the air from your garbage can. As the particles become trapped in the air filter, the smell of your home will improve drastically.

  1. Dirty Diapers

Whether you own some type of special diaper disposer or you throw dirty diapers away the old-fashioned way, there is nothing that can make your home smell like an outhouse quicker than a day-old used diaper. If you invest in a quality air purifier, you will be surprised how much the smell in your baby’s room and your home improves.

No matter what type of unpleasant smell you currently have in your home, a good air purifier will not only help to reduce or eliminate it, but will make the air you breathe healthier and fresher as well.

We can help you choose the correct air purifier for your home or office. Our friendly, knowledgeable, 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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What Can an Air Purifier Filter?

Many people may be familiar with how air cleaning devices work on a surface level. For example, users likely know that they breathe easier when their purifier is turned on, or that the smell of last night’s dinner has gone away. Digging a little deeper, you may be surprised at just how thoroughly an air purifier works, filtering out a large number of particles that could be floating around your home or business.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American is indoors nearly 90 percent of the time. What’s more, the agency reports that indoor air quality can be as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Ready to breathe easier? Check out the different contaminants an air purifier can remove.

Allergens
One of the most common reasons people purchase air filtration systems is because they work so well during peak allergy seasons: spring and fall. During these times, allergens such as mold or pollen run rampant in the air, leading to itchy eyes, a stuffy nose and headaches. Air purifiers work to filter these particles out of the air you breathe in your home. Your indoor air quality can greatly improve by putting a purifier in the rooms you frequent the most.

Harmful Toxins
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of ways that harmful toxins can enter your home and impact your indoor air quality. For example, the following can emit dangerous contaminants into your home:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Mold
  • Household cleaners
  • So-called air fresheners

If you live in a particularly humid climate or your home is poorly ventilated, the effects of these particles can be drastically worse. An air purifier works to eliminate your home of these substances. It will effectively trap chemicals, volatile organic compounds and other particles, greatly reducing the amount of them that are present in the air you breathe.

Odors
Homes have a way of getting smelly from time to time. It could be that you have children or a pet that create unpleasant odors, such as diapers or wet fur. It could be a gym bag that has clothes that should have been washed last week. Even cooking dinner can lead to smells that linger much too long.

An air purifier can remove those odors from the air. Depending on your needs, you may want to position one in the kitchen or one in the room where the pet sleeps. Having that filter turned on will be a welcome change for your home.

Germs
It can be incredibly frustrating to have a family member who is sick. On top of feeling bad for the person, you may also be worried that you will catch whatever the illness is. The same goes for the workplace: A co-worker who shows up sick is often a source of worry for everyone else in the office.

Air purifiers work to trap and reduce the particles that go airborne and spread disease. These include bacteria and other items that carry viruses. Consider putting one in your home to help protect your health. You may even want to check with your supervisor to see if having a purifier in the office is allowed, as it would likely be welcome from co-workers who want to remain healthy.

When you are shopping for an air purifier, it is a good idea to look for one that specifically targets the pollutants you want eliminated. If you are not sure which one to get, contact a sales representative who can help walk you through the process. Having the right product can help you breathe a little easier and stay a little healthier.

Let us help you choose the right 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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Tame Pet Hair and Pet Dander with Your Air Purifier

Most people love their pets and consider them to be part of their family.  However, pet hair and pet dander can often be quite troublesome, especially if a family member or friend has pet allergies. Suddenly Fido or Fluffy has become more of a challenge than a beloved pet as you’re constantly trying to remove pet hair, and trying to keep your pet away from anyone who is allergic.

Pet Allergy A helpful solution can be to add an air purifier for pet dander and pet hair. An air purifier can help to remove pet hair and pet dander from the air. Depending on the severity of the person’s allergies, an air purifier can sometimes be enough to let them be in the same room with the family pet. It may even be enough for them to be able to stay in the house for a weekend. While there are other things you can do to help someone with pet allergies, adding an air purifier is a great place to start and can definitely help to improve the situation.

Not every air purifier will remove pet dander and pet hair, so you’ll want to double check to make sure that your air purifier can do the job. If the air purifier does remove pet dander and pet hair, like our MinusA2 with the Pet Allergy Customized filter, the best solution is to put the air purifier in the room where the person with allergies will be spending the most time. This could be the guest bedroom, the family room or another room that you choose. Because the MinusA2 is portable, you can move it around as the person’s needs change during the day and evening; such as putting the air purifier in the guest bedroom at night and the family room during the day. Remember that air purifiers clean the air in a room several times an hour, so if you move the air purifier into the guest bedroom half an hour before they retire for bed, it will have cleaned the air a few times so that they can get a good night’s rest.

There are additional things you can do to help the person with pet hair and pet dander allergies, while also helping your air purifier. One of the best things you can do for pet allergies is to be an enthusiastic vacuumer. Thoroughly vacuum your home, even the cushions of the couch. Try to remember to vacuum areas that Fido or Fluffy has been in with extra care, as these will have more pet hair and pet dander. Vacuum once or twice a week for best results if you find that pet hair and pet dander bother someone you know.



Another helpful thing you can do for pet hair and pet dander is to stay on top of pet grooming. Your dog should be groomed regularly, which includes getting a bath. Simply bathing your dog will help to remove allergens. Please do NOT bathe your cat…you’ll probably regret it as much as the cat will! But if you have a long haired cat you can help remove pet dander while enjoying some quality snuggle time by brushing it regularly and gently. The cat will enjoy it, and you will breathe easier!

If your pets go outside, they may also bring allergens into the home. They may come in with wet fur from the rain, or with leaves and grass in their fur, all of which have the potential to aggravate someone with allergies. As your pet comes in take a moment to run a paper towel along their back. Remove anything that comes off – leaves, grass, etc – and toss it into the wastebasket. This will also help to keep allergens at bay and your friends and family breathing better.

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