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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

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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Breathe Easy: How to Measure Your Home's Air Quality

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We may breathe it everyday, but people rarely pause to consider how important the quality of our air really is. 

Each day, local governments across the country evaluate the atmospheric purity in their jurisdictions using the Air Quality Index. True to its name, the AQI assigns any area a number that places it somewhere on a spectrum between polluted and clean.

That number tells us about any health risks connected to an area’s given air quality, aiming in particular, to enlighten people about potential health risks after hours or days of exposure to polluted air. 

But how many people regularly check the AQI? Despite the potentially harmful air that surrounds us, we breathe on obliviously, exerting ourselves or spending long days outdoors without truly knowing the dangers that face us. Knowledge is power, so make the effort to learn what lurks in the air around you and how to protect yourself from contamination. 

AQI IQ

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The Clean Air Act requires that the EPA measure five major air pollutants: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, ground-level ozone, and particle pollution (or particulate matter). In North America, airborne particles and ground-level ozone are the greatest threats to human health.

The EPA had to create a standardized national air quality criteria for the offending pollutants in order to guard public health. As a result, the AQI was born. 

The exact measures of the AQI range from zero to 500, zero being crystal clear air fit for a newborn’s lungs. As the AQI number rises, air pollution and health risks do as well.

The EPA has established an AQI level of 100 as the national definition of a “polluted” atmosphere, and if a reading goes above that number, the air can be harmful to sensitive immune systems. When the number reaches 200, cities are obligated to issue warnings to inhabitants. 

Inside Job

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Now that we know a little more about air quality at large, let’s take a look at the situation in the house. Indoor air quality is multidetermined, and it's important to keep tabs on it to avoid harmful repercussions, according to How Stuff Works.

Although the calculations that go into an AQI can be complicated, its meaning is simple: the higher the pollution, the more dangerous your air is.

So what could be the cause of your home’s dirty air? Anything from pet dander to tobacco smoke, as Colorado State University reports. If you feel significantly fresher outside, it’s probably time to scour the house for the three worst enemies of air quality. 

Mold and mildew tend to happen out of sight and out of mind, growing on building material, furniture, heating and cooling systems, and wet carpets, to name just a few suspicious spots. Although innocuous in name, these spores are not to be trusted. 

A colorless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide is a silent killer. When incomplete combustion occurs in household items like stoves, furnaces, water heaters, and fireplaces, the dangerous fume takes flight, entering your lungs and impeding the flow of oxygen into your body.

Extended exposure has lethal consequences, and only a carbon monoxide detector can alert you when the gas rises to risky levels. 

Similarly, the gas radon exists without color or odor and enters unnoticed. The gas naturally lifts from soil and penetrates the home via the drainage system, cracks in the walls, and the floors of the basement, as well as through dirt floors. The invisible gas is a major perpetrator of lung cancer. 

Catch your Breath

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Are you holding your breath yet? Even though there’s no way of knowing the exact level of pollutants in your home environment, there are ways to keep it breezy. Mold and mildew can be cleaned, and detectors can protect us from carbon monoxide and radon. 

For everything else, Rabbit Air is here to help you catch your breath amid the air quality stresses. Their air purifiers quietly remove 99.97% of allergens and pollutants without further fallout. So breathe a sigh of relief: your home and office just got a little less toxic. 

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What Asbestos Looks Like

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All homeowners fear asbestos might be lurking in their home. While only an expert can identify and remove asbestos, you can still boost air quality in your home with a purifier.

Doing Asbestos We Can

Asbestos is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. Once a common material used in construction, the discovery of severe negative health impacts led to the banning of asbestos in all new buildings. However, many structures built before the ban still contain asbestos. It’s important that homeowners know how to identify the hazardous substance, and how best to get rid of it.

Why Was Asbestos Used?

Asbestos, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a mineral fiber that occurs naturally in the earth. Its long, crystalline shape makes it flexible, allowing it to stretch without breaking. This, along with the fact that it is an extremely effective flame retardant, is what made asbestos a popular construction material.

Asbestos can be found in old building materials, like roofing shingles, wall insulation, vinyl floor tiles, wrapped around pipes as insulation, or in heat-resistant fabrics. According to Asbestos Watch, the substance is “usually entrained in some kind of substrate material, masking their normal appearance.”

Understanding the Risks

By the late 1970s, people began to realize that their favorite building material might be extremely dangerous, even deadly. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer all identified asbestos as a carcinogen, which can cause cancer in anyone exposed to it.

According to the National Cancer Institute, contact with asbestos can increase your risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma, “a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.”

The EPA banned all new uses for asbestos in the late 1980s, but applications developed before that regulation are still permitted. All schools, however, are required to test for and remove asbestos from their buildings.

What Does Asbestos Look like?

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The tricky thing about identifying asbestos is that you can’t always tell what it is by looking at it. Before it’s used in building materials, asbestos is often described as looking like “animal fur” or fuzz because of its long fibers. While commonly thought to be white, it can also be found in shades of brown or blue.

When used in construction, asbestos is typically mixed in with other materials like cement, making it harder to identify. It’s indistinguishable from fiberglass insulation, which is not dangerous to human health.

And where does one even start to look? Asbestos can be hiding anywhere -- the only way to know for sure if your home is polluted is to get it tested and, if necessary, have the asbestos removed by professionals.

What Should You Do?

Asbestos isn’t the only dangerous substance that might be lurking in your living space, and while asbestos can only be identified and removed by a professional, there are other ways to decontaminate your air and protect your home. Installing a quality air purifier will ensure your family has clean, toxin-free air to breathe.

Rabbit Air air purifiers will improve your quality of life by improving your air. With their sleek and modern design, you won’t have to worry about your purifier being an eyesore in your home. Plus, Rabbit Air’s 24/7 support line provides comprehensive assistance at all times. Don’t leave your family’s health to chance.

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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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How Icky is the Air on Our Airplanes?

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We all know about the sticky, dry air we’re forced to breathe when we fly — some people even claim it makes them sick. But exactly how bad is the air on our airplanes?

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ve probably wondered about the quality of the air blowing through the cabin. The big question mark around the subject has left some concerned for their health and in search of more information.

Many passengers take vitamin supplements before boarding to give their immune system a boost, and surgical masks are becoming an increasingly common sight on flights. Some flyers have even resorted to hiding under a blanket or a sweater in the hopes that this might somehow filter what they believe is contaminated air.

But how bad is cabin atmosphere, really?Dr. Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona at Tucson, told NBC that “Airplane air isn’t as bad as most people envision.”

In fact, your biggest concern should be that coughing, sniffling seatmate, or the airplane bathroom. “It’s more likely that the food you eat and the things you touch will make you sick.”

Breathe a Little Easier

So what’s really going on with the air up there? The truth is that commercial jets fly at an altitude that doesn’t allow humans to breath without some form of artificial assistance.

A common misconception is that passengers are breathing the same air when they land that was with them when they took off. But according to travel health expert Mark Gendreau, this simply isn’t true.

“Airplanes take about 50% of the air collected in the outtake valves of the passenger compartment and mix it with fresh air from outside that gets heated by the engines,” Gendreau explains. “That air is then passed through HEPA filters that sterilizes it before it’s reintroduced into the passenger cabin.”

Airlines actually take precautions to ensure that airflow between cabin seat rows is kept to a minimum. Surprisingly, airplane air is refreshed and recirculated more frequently than the air in most office buildings.

Boeing spokesperson Bret Jenson blames low humidity for the grogginess and discomfort that some passengers feel upon landing. “The overall relative humidity aboard an aluminum airplane is low — around 6% — and people become dehydrated on long flights if they don't drink water regularly. This can make people feel different than when they boarded the airplane.”

Other Risks

While cabin air quality may not be as bad as we believe, there are other atmospheric problems that can potentially arise during air travel. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reports that they’ve received more than 1,300 reports of smoke or fumes inside passenger aircrafts since 2010.

This occurs when the air drawn in through the engines that refresh the circulated air comes into contact with substances like engine oil, hydraulic fluids, and harmful chemical lubricants called organophosphates.

According to the BBC, a number of former and current cabin crewmembers are pursuing legal action against British Airlines for health issues they claim stem from contaminated cabin air.

But experts remain skeptical about how serious this problem may actually be. Prof Alan Boobis, the director of Public Health England’s Toxicology Unit, estimates that fume leakage of this sort occurs in less than one out of every 2,000 flights.

He goes on to note that even in the unlikely event that leakage occurs, the levels of contamination would likely be too low to significantly affect humans.

Most airlines are concerned enough about passenger health that the air filtration systems are checked regularly and thoroughly, and the risk of air quality issues arising is relatively low. So the next time you travel by plane, you should probably be more concerned about washing your hands than covering your mouth.

Want a purifier that’s strong enough to clean the air that’s circulating through a jet plane? HEPA filters are also used in the top commercially-available air purifiers, and the best of those products are sold by Rabbit Air. If air quality is something that concerns you, a Rabbit Air purifier is an investment that will be more than worth your investment.

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Why Oregon Has the Worst Allergies in the Country

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The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the nation's most beautiful landscapes  as well as its worst pollen count. We explain what greenery is to blame and what you can do to breathe more easily.

For those with allergies, early summer is always a difficult period. But if you're in the Pacific Northwest — particularly in Oregon — you might have earned the right to complain a bit more than the rest of us. 

Popular website, Pollen.com, tracks cities around the country and ranks the presence of airborne pollen on a 0-12 point scale. Out of the 28 Oregonian cities ranked, six were tied for the worst possible ranking, each receiving a 10.8 out of 12, according to KPTV. While not among the six, Portland received a still alarming 9.1.

Take a look at this Pollen.com map forecasting national allergy information and you'll see the state is engulfed in a yellow blob, indicating the region’s exceedingly high rates of pollen.

Grass and Trees and Weeds, Oh My!

If you're reading this in Oregon, you're probably all too aware of this situation. But what is it about the Northwest that makes summertime so uncomfortable for the 10-30% of the population suffering with watery eyes and running noses?

If you're seeking a culprit, look no further than the seemingly innocuous trees and grass life around you. Birch and alder, trees native to Oregon, are particularly guilty, according to WebMD. Pine trees, which can coat surfaces (say, car windshields) in a layer of pollen, are actually not the worst offenders. The heavier grains of pine pollen mean less air-time and more trips to the car wash. 

Grasses reach peak pollination in May and June, with Bermuda, orchard, wheat, and fescue grasses the main perpetrators. Summer is also weed season, with plantain weed causing the most trouble for the allergy-afflicted.

The Fresh Air Cure

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In light of this, what is an Oregonner to do (or a Husker, Hoosier, or Buckeye, for that matter)? We've collected the most tried-and-true cures for summertime ear, nose, and throat irritation for you right here:

  • Restrict outings to mornings and evenings, as allergies are at their worst in the middle of the day.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed.
  • Wear a dust mask when mowing, or avoid freshly mown lawns altogether.
  • When it comes to allergies, cleanliness is next to godliness. Vacuum carpets and wash your bedsheets regularly during pollen season.
  • Brace for outdoor adventures with an antihistamine.
  • For the cleanest indoor air, enlist the aid of an air purifier, such as a Rabbit Air, to trap and reduce airborne allergens, providing much-needed relief. 

Allergies definitely put a damper on the summer festivities, but RabbitAir purifiers will have you feeling less miserable and enjoying the sun in no time! With filters that can be specialized to deal with pollen, dander, or odor from secondhand smoke, the only thing between you and a sniffle-free summer is a call to Rabbit Air.

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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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Brace Yourself For the Worst Allergy Season In Years

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Apparently, a record-setting winter wasn’t enough — we have an equally disastrous allergy season on our hands. Here’s what you can do about it.

May, or National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, has come to a close, and allergy sufferers everywhere are glad to move on towards the summer. But in spite of everyone’s relief at winter finally being over, this spring was reported as one of the worst allergy seasons in years.

As usual, the biggest problem was pollen that come from blossoming trees, and general allergies caused by grass.

Both of these trends occur on a yearly basis, but Dr. Tao Zheng at the Yale School of Medicine, predicted that “This allergy season may be the worst in years.” In the Northeast especially, many types of trees, including birch, oak and pine, produced more pollen than usual, rendering his prediction correct.

Why Are Things Worse?

Even though one might think that a longer, snowier winter might temper down spring allergies, the opposite is actually true. As Zheng noted, the residual wetness of melting snow causes plants to develop even more pollen than usual.

Climate change is an additional factor, as increasingly warm summers also contribute to a lengthened, more relentless allergy season that has started earlier and earlier each year.

Mike Tringale, Senior VP of the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America, recently noted that “Older Americans will remember that peak tree-pollen season used to be late April every year, but now high pollen counts nationwide are being recorded in many places as early as the first week of March, thanks to global climate change.”

With an estimated 45 million Americans suffering from allergy-related symptoms each spring, this is an issue with widespread ramifications. Most of those afflicted have turned to antihistamines and nasal corticosteroid medications, which offer only temporary help.

Possible Responses

For those in serious need of relief, allergy shots can successfully treat symptoms. While the results of these injections are overwhelmingly positive, they need to be repeated on a regular basis at a clinician’s office, often over the period of three to five years.

There are also newly developed allergy tablets that can be taken at home on a daily basis after the first visit to the prescribing doctor.

Like the periodic injections, these tablets help sufferers build a tolerance to a range of allergies, even only a few weeks after treatment has started. Unfortunately, this line of strategy works best if begun well before allergy season begins.

Now that we are nearing the end of spring, more basic measures can be taken to dampen the effects of allergens. Keeping your windows closed will prevent pollen from entering your house.

Wearing a mask when outside can often be beneficial, as can refraining from outdoor activity during peak pollen hours, (morning to midday). Finally, showering after time spent outdoors will help remove any allergens that have collected on your clothes and hair.

Even when you take all of these measures and more, sometimes allergies find a way to follow you home. The air purifiers from Rabbit Air will trap airborne pollen and allergens to help keep the interior of your home clear and breathable, giving you an escape from all the itching and sneezing.

Each purifier model is sleek, functional, and easy to use. In addition, they can fully clean a room twice every hour! If you’re looking for an easy way to supplement your allergy-free lifestyle, look no further than RabbitAir.

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Mold Allergy Symptoms Explained

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Due to some sneaky symptoms, many people may be suffering from mold allergies without even realizing it. Let’s take a closer look at this affliction and what can be done to alleviate it.

Dealing with mold can be difficult for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s a more widespread problem than most people would expect — spores thrive in homes with common issues, like leaky roofs, faulty plumbing, and cracked foundations.

Not only is mold relatively widespread, but it’s also an extremely pervasive substance — the outside air is also full of spores that can easily make their way indoors through an open window, doorway, or faulty ventilation system.

Another thing about mold that makes it especially tricky is that it affects different people in a wide variety of ways — symptoms specific to one person’s allergy can be completely different from those of the next.

These symptoms are also often somewhat generic in nature, which makes tracing an allergic reaction back to mold more difficult — they can easily be confused with seasonal allergies, sinus infections, or even just a common cold.

According to Mayo Clinic, Common symptoms of mold allergies include sneezing, headaches, runny nose, as well as itchy eyes, skin, and throat. People who suffer from asthma may also experience shortness of breath and wheezing. More severe cases can even cause memory problems, joint pain, and mood swings, including feelings of anger, anxiety, and aggression, as Mercola reports.

How to Tell When Mold Is the Problem

Tracing an allergic reaction back to mold often requires a bit of detective work. Pay attention to your symptoms — do they dissipate when you leave the house? Do you only feel them in one particular space or building?

Stay on the lookout for environmental factors that will put you at increased risk of mold exposure. Indoor humidity levels above 60% are ideal for mold, and will likely lead to infestation and proliferation.

Leaky pipes, water seepage and condensation, and poor ventilation are also issues that should be addressed immediately — basements, bathrooms, and kitchens are the spaces in homes that are usually most at risk.

How Does Mold Cause Allergic Reactions?

Achoo Allergy describes how there are a number of common molds that make up the usual suspects when it comes to allergies — Alternaria, Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys are just a few of the strains that thrive in warm, dark, damp household environments.

What many people don’t realize is that it’s not the mold itself triggering the reaction — it’s actually the microscopic, airborne spores that come into contact with our skin and respiratory systems that are ultimately causing the problems.

Gear Up and Fight Back

The good news is that there are actually a number of ways to combat mold infestations in your home — most experts agree that a high-quality air purifier should do the trick when it comes to most strains of household mold.

Before you invest in a filter, you’ll want to make sure the filter in your purifier is HEPA certified — HEPA filters are required by the U.S. government to be capable of removing 99.97% of particles up to 0.3 microns in diameter.

Considering that most airborne spores range between one and five microns across, a certified HEPA filter should have no problem removing mold-based allergens from your home.

It’s important to keep in mind, though, that when it comes to air filters, not all machines are created equal. The BiosGS2.0 from Rabbit Air employs a four-stage filtration system that doesn’t just tackle mold — it removes a variety of other irritants like pollen, dust mites, dander, and unwanted odors with ease.

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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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