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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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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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How Air Pollution Affects Your Skin

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The quality of the air around you has a surprising, potentially catastrophic effect on your complexion. Read on if you want to save your skin.

Though we often don’t think of it as such, the largest organ in the human body is the skin. Unlike interior organs, skin is constantly exposed to air, meaning it can be badly damaged by it.

Air Pollution and Your Skin

While the atmospheric conditions around us may not usually have an effect on our skin that we can actually feel, our outer layer is in fact deeply affected by air quality. According to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, exposure to chloroform on your skin is as toxic as inhaling it and the toxins on your dermis are much more harmful than we tend to assume.

Air Pollution Symptoms


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Air pollution speeds up the body’s aging process by increasing the levels of free radicals in the skin. This generates wrinkles and a dulling of the skin’s natural glow. While everyone’s face wrinkles over time, air pollution can seriously intensify the speed of that process.

Smog and dirt are known to cause skin problems, but the air inside your home may be just as detrimental as the air outside—if not more. If you or your family are suffering from chronic acne, dry skin, rashes, or wrinkles, keep an eye out for the following culprits.

Dust

According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, studies suggest that exposure to dust may have a causal relationship with skin allergies. This common adversary of house-cleaners everywhere can be composed of many things, ranging from dead skin cells to fungal spores. In order to keep your skin healthy, make sure to wipe down dusty spots with a damp cloth.

Cleaning Products

While antibacterial cleansers may seem like a great way to keep your household germ-free, they might be doing more harm than good. Not only can they irritate your skin, but some leave behind a layer of triclosan—a skin-absorbable chemical that can cause liver damage. Look for “green” cleaners in your local grocery store as an alternative.

Air Fresheners

They may make the air in your home smell clean, but they’re actually doing more harm than good. Most air fresheners contain a slew of chemicals such as Paradichlorobenzene—a leading cause of skin lesions. Ditch these potentially toxic products to improve the quality of your skin.

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Staying inside doesn’t automatically mean you’re safe from damaging sunrays. One study suggests that energy-efficient light bulbs may lead to overexposure to UV discharges. Instead, invite natural light into your room by opening the blinds.

Save Your Skin

There’s only one sure-fire way keep your home pollutant-free—buying yourself a good air purifier.

There are two types of air purifiers on the market: HEPA (High Efficient Particulate Air) purifiers and Ionic purifiers. HEPA purifiers trap 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns, and unlike Ionic purifiers, they have no ozone emissions, which can cause serious lung problems.

If you’re looking for an efficient and reliable HEPA air purifier, head over to Rabbit Air. Not only are their air purifiers reasonably-priced, but the brand has received stellar reviews from publications that range from GQ to the Wall Street Journal.

Retain that youthful glow for as long as you can—check out Rabbit Air to protect your skin from air pollution.

Josh Couvares is a writer living in New York City interested in helping people everywhere live as pollutant-free as possible.

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Are Air Purifiers Safe for Pets?

Are Air Purifiers Safe for Pets?

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Air purifiers seem like a great solution to the odors and dander produced by your pets. However, some purifiers can be potentially hazardous to your pet’s well-being.

Having pets are awesome. They entertain you, they provide companionship, and some of them even protect you. If they’re allowed inside, they also make for great cuddle buddies. But with all that cuteness, there’s the occasional price to pay. One of these downsides is smell. You know -- that musty cat-litter smell? That’s the last thing you want to encounter when you come home from a long day of work.

The other, of course, is allergies. Even if you’re not actually allergic to pet hair or feathers, they can still aggravate your sinuses. When birds rub their feathers together, a fine dust is emitted that can give you a serious allergic reaction.

Luckily there’s a solution for your cuddly, but stinky problem – an air purifier.

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Before you storm out and buy the first air purifier you see, you need to know about a few things that should influence your decision. One big no-no is purchasing a purifier that emits ozone. This can be deadly to your pet parakeet, parrot, or flying squirrel (we don’t judge what kind of pet you have).

An ozonator (also called an ionizer) is a type of air purifier that oxidizes and destroys bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses and mildew, and leaves pure oxygen in their place. Too much of this oxygen can be harmful to your bird, and according to BirdChannel.com, the FDA has set a limit of 50 parts per billion of ozone from electronic air cleaners.

So if you have a feathery friend, it’s probably best to steer clear of anything with “ozone” or “ionize” in its name, or at least to consult your veterinarian before you fork over your hard-earned cash.

Pet hair can also lead to a sneeze or two, but it’s not the hair itself that’s giving you trouble. Just like humans, animals shed dead skin cells, and these little buggers are what really wreak havoc on your sinuses.

That’s where a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter can help you out. According to WebMD, a HEPA filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.

Aromatherapy

While avoiding the accidental death of your pets with an ionizer is an admirable step in the right direction, that’s only half the problem solved. Improving the air quality might address the allergy problem to an extent, but that odor is still lingering around the house, right?

A carbon-based filter in your air purifier can absorb odors effectively, but if you have a severe urine-odor problem that could use a little more oomph, opting for an air purifier that has an additional carbon filter is the way to go. One air purifier that has just that is the Rabbit Air MinusA2, which can be fitted with an extra Customized filter made specifically to deal with pet odors and allergens.

Also, make sure that your air filter has the capacity to run 24 hours a day -- otherwise, you won’t be able to fully reap the filter’s benefits.

Verdict

So are air purifiers safe for pets? Definitely. By doing your research, checking specifications thoroughly, and maybe having a chat with your vet, you can find the ideal air purifier to improve the air quality that you and your furry, feathery friends breathe in.

Maggie Marx is a writer from South Africa with a penchant for Labradors and hedgehogs.

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Sick of That Nasal Spray? Try These Natural Allergy Cures!
With record amounts of Americans suffering from allergies, more people will be competing for that last bottle of nasal spray on the shelves of your local pharmacy. What happens if they run out? Worse yet, what if you're like me and can't stand nasal sprays in the first place -- who really likes that burning sensation associated with an older sibling dunking your head in the swimming pool?

There are a few natural remedies that can complement -- or in some cases stand in for -- better-known allergy treatments like antihistamines and nasal sprays. And with increased levels of pollen production caused by global warming, you're going to need these extra defenses against hay fever.


Neti Pot

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A neti pot resembles a small teapot and is used to rinse pollen and other irritants out of the sinuses. A bit milder than a forceful nasal spray, this device can take some getting used to. It sounds like it might be just as uncomfortable as a spray, you’ll quickly get used to it and love how it soothes your irritated nose.


To use a neti pot, fill it with warm (read: not hot) water and mix in some table salt, no more than half a teaspoon per cup of water. Leaning over a sink, tilt your head to elevate the side of your nose that you're going to put the neti pot to. Next, bring the pot up to your nostril and tilt it, allowing the solution to flow into the sinus cavity. Don't try to hold it in — allow it to flow out the other nostril, and remember to lean forward to keep the fluid from going down your throat. Pour about half of the solution before stopping and repeating on the other side.


And that's it! Oh, and wash the pot very thoroughly when you’re done, of course.

Quercetin

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Okay, so you've probably heard of neti pot before, even if you've never used one. But I doubt you've heard of quercetin. It's a naturally occurring compound that works by preventing the release of histamine, the neurotransmitter involved in the body's inflammatory response to germs. For the best results, take a 1,000 mg tablet every day, starting about two months before allergy season sets in. Quercetin is unsafe for those with liver problems, so it's best to ask your doctor before taking any.

Stinging Nettle


Here's another one you might not have heard about. Taking a 300 mg tablet of stinging nettle every day will provide temporary relief of your allergy symptoms. It seems counter-intuitive, given that stinging nettle is notoriously irritating to the touch (hence the name). However, it’s actually a natural antihistamine, keeping the body from producing it rather than preventing its release, as in the case of quercetin.

Butterbur

Another unlikely supplement, butterbur, is a type of weed that works as well as Zyrtec when ingested. There are a couple of catches, though. You have to take a tedious four doses of eight milligrams a day for the best results. And, more importantly, there's a chance that taking it will actually make your symptoms worse. Try it out, but some of the other options might work better for you.

Diet

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Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and flax, to reduce the severity of allergies. Also, steer clear of anything you might be even slightly allergic to. The proteins that cause you to react to those foods are similar to the ones responsible for your seasonal allergies, meaning that any reaction you normally get from those foods will be exacerbated.

Hopefully these ideas are helpful in your search for allergy relief. Try out several of them and keep note of what works! Sadly, the tale told to us by our parents that eating local honey will help fight off allergy symptoms is a myth. Feel free to eat honey when you have allergies, but only for the sake of deliciousness.

It's an unpleasant time to be outdoors if you suffer from severe allergies. Pay attention to pollen count forecasts and stay inside when you're able to. Keep the windows shut, try not to use window fans, and purify the air inside with Rabbit Air purifiers. You need a pollen-free sanctuary if you want to get your allergies under control, and Rabbit Air is unmatched in both quality and design.

Dan Powell is a student at Columbia University who comes from a long line of allergy-shot recipients. He somehow won the hereditary lottery and escaped the miserable sniffles of the allergy-afflicted.

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Thanks to Forest Fires, Vancouver Air Quality Is Close to Beijing’s

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If you live in Vancouver, you’re facing a serious danger that you might not be able to see: toxic air that’s floating from nearby forest fires.

While many were celebrating the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, others were too distracted by the city’s horrendous air quality to pay much attention. When Vancouver held the Winter Olympics two years later, however, it faced no such scrutiny. After all, who could believe that a place so full of lush forest life and pristine mountain air could be facing poor air quality? Ironically, it’s exactly that forest life that’s bringing these two very different cities to equally deadly levels of pollution.

What’s Choking Vancouver?

According to the Ministry of British Columbia, there were 82 active forest fires in British Columbia as of July 21, 2015. And while it’s easy to think of fire damage as a process that only affects the ground, fires release huge quantities of toxic smoke. Where forest fires are rampant, smoke is easily blown into surrounding areas, and the quality of breathable air can be drastically diminished.

Fires release small particles that, though miniscule, are dangerous in high quantities. These particles can get into your eyes and lungs, which according to the EPA, can lead to “burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses, such as bronchitis.” That’s just for the average person – if you have some kind of heart or lung disease, the situation is much worse. For people with conditions like these, forest fires have actually been connected to early death.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Pregnant women, children, and the elderly, as well as those with diabetes, heart conditions, or lung disease, need to be especially careful during this time. According to CBC News, the current air quality in parts of Vancouver is comparable to that of its heavily-polluted Chinese counterpart.

As such, air quality warnings have been sent out throughout British Columbia – and it’s important to pay attention. When the air is dangerous, there are key steps to take in order to stay safe.

The American Lung Association’s main suggestion is to limit your exposure to the outdoors: keep the windows up when driving, stay outside no longer than necessary, and avoid outdoor exercising. And if you’re inside, it’s still important to take precautions. During times of poor air quality, don’t use your fireplace – it’s counterproductive to burn things inside your house, whether it’s wood, gas from a stove, or a candle.

Don’t Wait to Breathe Freely


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Poor air quality is something most people would never associate with a country like Canada. When the news continually rolls in from places like Beijing, it’s hard to believe that this situation could happen so close to home.

And that’s the first thing you should protect – your home. It’s where you and your loved ones spend the most time, and the air quality inside of it counts. Preventative measures, including dust masks, can only achieve so much. For keeping the indoors truly free of dangerous particles, Rabbit Air can offer a real solution.

Since 2004, Rabbit Air has provided customers with clean and healthy living environments through their line of advanced air purifiers. For your home or office, their products keep your air clean and healthy, not just during forest fires, but year round. Ensure your house is the safe haven that it should be – not a cesspool for poor respiration.

Odeya Pinkus is a rising Junior at Binghamton University and an editor at Binghamton’s biweekly newspaper, Pipe Dream.

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Still Got Hay Fever in the Dog Days of Summer? It Could Be the Air Quality

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Feeling dazed by your allergies in the summer haze? Stop blaming the pollen count – it could be the air you’re breathing.

Summertime is just the time to have some sun-loving fun. But playing outside poses one never-ending annoyance – allergies. More than just irritating, allergens have turned many a pleasant afternoons into one unbearably long, bleary-eyed fits of sneezing.

Many assume that their itchy eyes and scratchy throats stem from a particular vulnerability to allergens, but it turns out that they’re only half-right -- our susceptibility to allergens and the degree of our discomfort has a lot to do with the quality of our air.

Case of the Vapors

According to MedicineNet, allergies are greatly exacerbated (and even created) by our modern living environments. They cite the example of Japan, where hay fever was relatively rare until the industrialization of cities and roadways, suggesting the modern city’s role in our sneezy suffering. To this day, Japanese residents who live in cities or near busy byways are disproportionately affected.

Perhaps the most significant contributor to this problem is, as always, tobacco smoke. As detailed by MedicineNet, tobacco has a long and storied relationship with allergies and respiratory diseases, like asthma (not to mention lung cancer). Part of the cause is that exposure to tobacco smoke actually increases the body’s production of Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an allergy antibody that, in effect, causes allergic symptoms. When IgE attaches itself to allergens, like dust mites or pollen, you get that crummy feeling so many of us know so well.

Because secondhand smoke compromises your body’s respiratory system – especially among children with parental smokers – the effects of allergies are magnified. If you’ve ever been to a city and seen its smokers, you’ve probably seen this phenomenon for yourself.

Exhausted

Another significant contributor to allergies is, unsurprisingly, diesel exhaust. Like tobacco smoke, diesel exhaust increases the body’s output of IgE. And while diesel exhaust is not a specific irritant in the way tobacco smoke is, it increases the body’s susceptibility to allergens.

Granted, exhaust is a likely, but as of yet unconfirmed source of allergies, still, the trove of research indicating its truth has steadily and convincingly increased throughout past years.

If you’re looking for something else to blame, the weather is a good place to start. The more that fresh air is able to circulate through an area, the less respiratory problems a populace will have. As this report from WIAT (a local news source) states, Alabama residents in Jefferson County have suffered increased allergies due to stagnant air. A high-pressure weather system has kept air hovering in a “bowl” over the area, dirtying the atmosphere and forbidding fresh air to take its place.

The longer this occurs, the longer the dirty air is allowed to remain and compound on itself. Eventually, this can lead to a situation like that of famously polluted and mountain-encircled Mexico City, according to Canada’s IRDC. Another, more local example of this kind of geography is Los Angeles, which is known for its smog.

Easy Relief

Many people have allergies, and unfortunately, there’s really no getting around that – however, the increased suffering incurred by poor air quality is needless. Looking to a company like Rabbit Air for a professional-quality air purifier is an effective way to solve this problem. You may not be able to control the weather, but you can ensure that the air quality in your home or office is pristine. As a bonus, air purifiers have the ability to filter out those pesky allergens.

That way, if you’re out and about and feel the itch approaching, you can take a needed moment of respite in your clean, allergy-free environment.

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