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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

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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Customer Spotlight - Elaine

Congratulations to our April Customer Spotlight Winner - Elaine from New York!

An avid flower lover and gardener, Elaine has worked as a freelance garden writer. She loves to research and write about vintage and antiques as well.

Elaine went on a search for the best air purifier when in 2013 she had much of the flooring in her house replaced. The sheet vinyl that was used created such an odor that she had headaches and sinus problems. Elaine scoured the internet for the best and most cost efficient air purifier she could find. After reading the “stellar” Amazon reviews for Rabbit Air products, she finally purchased four MinusA2 air purifiers for her home.  

Elaine says that what attracted her to Rabbit Air, besides the best price for the quality, is the choice of filters you can get with the MinusA2. She couldn’t decide if odor or toxins were the cause behind her problem, and she knew that if the Odor Remover Customized Filter didn’t handle it, the Toxin Absorber Customized Filter would. Quietness, ease of upkeep, and low energy costs also tops her list of pluses for this model.

Now, Elaine’s home is odor free, and she still uses two of the MinusA2s she originally purchased. She expressed to us her love of the different settings for sensitivity, pollen, speed, etc and how super quiet it is. “When my son first saw the unit he asked me ‘why don't you turn it on?’ to which I replied ‘It IS on!’” One thing Elaine wishes from Rabbit Air is to see more of us. “I think you should advertise more!” she suggested, specifically for the baby market, adding how a MinusA2 would be perfect for a nursery. We agree, especially with the astute observation that “The option to wall-mount the unit is perfect because it could be placed out of reach of a curious crawling toddler, LOL.”

Thank you Elaine for being such a loyal and positive customer! We appreciate your kind feedback and ideas!
Reducing Allergens for National Allergy and Awareness Month

Is your home sometimes more foe than friend? Do you have trouble sleeping because you can’t breathe? Poor indoor air quality could be to blame, and unfortunately, opening your windows could sweep in allergens from outdoors. So, the question is, what can you do? About 25.9 million Americans suffer from asthma and more than 50 million from allergies. During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, research and inform loved ones about how you can raise awareness to help and support those suffering from these diseases.  

One way to find relief this allergy season is with a Rabbit Air purifier. The special edition MinusA2 Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ air purifier has been scientifically proven to reduce allergens in a defined space as a result of actual removal. Featuring a true HEPA filter that traps allergen and particles at 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns, free your senses and take back your home.

To learn more about Rabbit Air and their award winning air purifiers, please go to: www.rabbitair.com. Educate, advocate, and bring attention this May.
Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest MinusA2 Special Edition for Japan!

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

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

 

MinusA2 Hello Kitty Special Edition

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

 

MinusA2 Disney Special Edition

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

 

MinusA2 Star Wars Special Edition

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

 

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

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

 

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Stop, Drop and Prevention

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

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

Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is the Air in Our Homes Any Better Than it Is Outside?

Learn more about how indoor air pollution plagues your home and what you can do to get rid of it.

Home is where the heart is, but sadly, it’s also a hub for toxins. In fact, air pollution can be just as bad -- or ten times worse -- inside your home than it is outside of it.

How is this possible? After all, you spray air fresheners, light candles, and disinfect surfaces regularly. But it turns out that deceptively enough, those products and practices contribute to poor indoor air quality.

What’s Making You Sneeze?

Indoor air pollution comes from a wide range of offenders. The EPA names an expansive list of causes, including cleaning products and air fresheners, as well as combustion sources like oil, space heaters, and wood furnishing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to even more sources, such as “bacteria, mold, viruses, animal dander, cat saliva, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen.” That’s a pretty sizable list of pollutants.

The Frightening Effects

How dangerous are these toxins? For the most part, they’re simply a source of discomfort, causing you to sneeze here and there or suffer from itchy eyes.

But in some cases, depending on the level of toxicity, it can be much worse. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), “Some pollutants can cause diseases that show up much later, such as respiratory diseases or cancer.” Other potential long-term consequences are lung infections and asthma.

There’s Hope!

While it may require more than a weekly dusting, there are ways to greatly improve the air quality in your home. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

  1. Make your home a no-smoking zone

If you smoke inside, the smell is the least of your worries. The American Lung Association states that secondhand smoke “causes an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths and up to 50,000 heart disease deaths.” And for children, secondhand smoke can lead to problems, like asthma and pneumonia. So for the sake of you and your loved ones, don’t smoke indoors.

  1. Buy fragrance-free cleaners

Your nose might love that clean linen scent of air fresheners, but the rest of your body doesn’t. According to WebMD, “synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air.” To rid yourself of these pollutants, transition to natural fresheners. Buy a box of baking soda, sprinkle some lavender essential oil, or crack open a window.

  1. Invest in a great air filter

What about all the other pollutants? Fight them off with an air purifier, especially one with a HEPA filter. WebMD states that HEPA filters can reduce levels of lead and other toxins in your home, plus a whole bunch of allergens like pollen and pet dander. One of the best products on the market is the BioGS 2.0 Air Purifier by Rabbit Air. The HEPA filter can trap 99.97% of allergens and pollutants in your home as small as .3 microns, which means you can stop panicking and start getting back to that much-deserved relaxation you enjoy in your home.

Sallie Koenig is a writer and actress living in Rochester, NY. She’s a wellness enthusiast, cat lover, and all around health nut.

What Is Radon?

Pollutants are everywhere these days -- even in our homes. Take measures to protect yourself and your living space.

When was the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke alarm? Do you own a carbon monoxide detector? Have you checked your home for radon?

Okay, don’t panic. Yes, it’s easy to push away the idea of danger in the home, our place of refuge from the outside world. But too often, we’re unprepared for situations that endanger us the most. The radioactive gas, radon, is among those hazards we should be monitoring -- according to the American Lung Association, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, causing roughly 14,000 deaths per year.

The Culprit

Radon is produced when uranium, a naturally occurring element in rock and soil, decays. Outdoors, the atmosphere dilutes the gas, ensuring it poses no health risk, but the problems occur, when radon builds up in closed spaces -- the gas seeps into the home through openings in the foundation or building materials when pressure inside is lower than the soil outside. Radon can slip through even the tiniest cracks, and like carbon monoxide, its odorless, invisible, and tasteless composition makes it indiscernible to the human senses.

According to an indoor air pollution safety guide created by the EPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, wells less than 150 feet deep can also become contaminated by radon emissions from surrounding rocks. However, radon in the air is the most pressing danger, so any kind of home is susceptible to it. The EPA also recommends that all rooms under the third floor be tested.

Fend it Off: Simple Prevention and Detection


While difficult to completely prevent from entering the home, you can make it harder for radon to infiltrate by sealing openings in the basement with caulk and securing sump pump lids airtight. Make sure your home has ample airflow by opening windows and installing fans. Signs of  deficient ventilation include moisture condensation, stuffy air, dirty central heating/cooling systems, or mold around the house.

Fortunately, radon can easily be detected with low-cost, do-it yourself test kits, available online and in hardware stores. Look for test kits that pass EPA requirements, which should be advertised on the packaging, or alternatively, you can arrange a home visit from a qualified radon contractor by calling your state radon office. Further precautions should be taken if you are a smoker and discover that your home has high radon levels, as your chance of developing lung cancer increases dramatically.

Breathing Easy

If you’re still concerned about indoor air quality after radon-proofing your home (and you should be -- the EPA has determined that the air inside your home may be ten times more polluted than the air outside), an air purifier will bring relief to the situation as houses usually have more than one kind of pollutant.

Luckily, air purifiers from Rabbit Air trap airborne allergens, like dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander. They also trap odors and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), gases that are emitted by commonly used household items, like air fresheners. That’s right -- even our sweetest-smelling tools have dirty secrets.

So keep vigilant and check up on that list of household safeguards. The reward will be a breath of fresh air. 

Hattie McLean is a writer, student, and health fanatic living in Brooklyn

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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.

Bless you!


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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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