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October 2014 Newsletter

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October is breast cancer awareness month, when people all over the world come together to raise awareness and fund new research for the detection and treatment of this disease. There are many ways to participate if you want to help spread awareness, from participating in one of many charity walks to simply wearing the pink ribbon to show your support.We at Rabbit Air are participating once again by offering our BCRF Special Edition air purifiers, in partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Fund. We will be donating 5% of the sales from every BCRF Special Edition purifier sold to fund cancer research. For more ways to get involved, check out the Breast Cancer Research Fund’s website for information about events and other ways that you can help.

Research Roundup

Allergies and asthma affect millions of Americans every year, and that number is only growing. Luckily, new advances are made every day by researchers looking to reduce symptoms or even to prevent these illnesses from developing. Here are some of the latest studies that we are most excited about:

  • Sleeping on animal fur in the first three months of life might reduce the risk of asthma in later childhood a new study has found.
  • An association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products has beendiscovered by researchers.
  • A vaccine for dust-mite allergies has beencreated! Though it is not yet ready for use in humans, researchers are optimistic that it will eventually be an effective treatment.
  • Whether or not an individual will have food allergies has a genetic component, but scientists have found that environmental factors also play a much larger role than previous imagined.

    Autumn Leaves Hide Secret Mold

    Watching the leaves change color is one of autumn’s greatest pleasures. As the world gets colder, lush greens give way to earthy reds, bright oranges, and delicate yellows that cover trees and blanket the ground as the leaves fall. While this makes for a very pretty picture, these fallen leaves are a favorite hiding place for mold. Mold thrives in damp environments, and leaf piles have the perfect amount of moisture while the leaves themselves serve as a scrumptious food source for the mold spores to grow.

    To keep spores from overwhelming you, make sure to be proactive about keeping your lawn clear and make sure you wear protective clothing when you are working in your yard. Keep mold spores from following you inside after an outside stroll by showering after yard-work or outdoor activity, and making sure the filters in your air purifier are clean and well maintained.

    Healthy Halloween!

    Ghouls, ghosts, and gremlins – oh my! Halloween is one of our favorite times of year, full of spooky stories and creative costumes, not to mention all of the delicious treats. For kids with allergies and asthma, however, Halloween can be a source of unpleasant food and environmental triggers.

    Luckily, there are many resources out there for parents who want to keep the Halloween sprit while keeping their kids healthy. Many blogs now offer low-allergen treats you can make at home, that are just as tasty asstore-bought goodies, if not more so! If you plan on going door-to-door, make sure to check your local pollen forecast so that you can find out the best time of night to be outdoors. We hope you all have a happy and healthy Halloween!

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August 2014 Newsletter

Goodbye Summer, Hello Hay Fever!

Summer is drawing to an end and many of us are trying to soak up every bit of sun that we can before the cold autumn winds begin to blow. Unfortunately, mid-August marks the beginning of one of the most miserable allergy seasons of the year, making outdoor activities fraught with sniffles and sneezes.

Ragweed pollen is one of the most notorious allergens and a common cause of hay fever. Some 10-20% of Americans are allergic to this pollen, and with climate change affecting weather nationwide,studies have shown that ragweed season is lasting longer than ever. Though ragweed tends to grow most densely in rural areas, even those in the city can be affected, as this potent pollen can travel hundreds of miles in the wind. Keep yourself breathing well through hay fever season by cranking up your air purifier, closing your windows, and keeping an eye on your local pollen forecast when you want to plan a trip outdoors.

Back to School Blues

Mothers and fathers, rejoice! Summer is winding to a close, and soon, it will be time for students all over the country to head back into the classroom for another year of reading, writing, and arithmetic. For kids with allergies and asthma, going back to school also means being exposed to a different set of allergens than they might find at home. While many classrooms have switched to whiteboards, chalk dust is still a common allergen that affects many children during lessons. Younger students will also be exposed to art supplies that may create powder residue or chemical fumes.

Even recess, the most beloved part of the school day, can be an allergen free-for-all with students coming into contact with pollen and grasses during playtime. Help your child take control of their symptoms bycreating a classroom management plan, so that they, and their teachers, know how to identify environmental triggers and the best way to respond to them.

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Announcing our new Rabbit Air website that makes searching for an air purifier, fun. Loaded with new information and now easier to navigate, take it out for a test spin!

National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month, and a perfect opportunity to think about a resource that is often taken for granted. According to the EPA, Americans drink over a billion glasses of water every single day – not to mention the water used for cooking, cleaning, and to water our lawns. If we want to ensure that we have clean drinking water for years to come, we must all work together to reduce pollution and to keep our watersheds clean. You can help in a number of ways, from recycling motor oil, to switching out harsh chemical pesticides on your lawn for more eco-friendly options. Learn more about what you can do to preserve our nation’s water supply by visiting the EPA online.

Fall Allergy Guide

For those of you who are more visually inclined, Rabbit Air presents our newest seasonal info-graphic all about the upcoming fall allergy season: click here! Here we show some of the most common allergens found at this time of year, as well as tips on how to keep your symptoms down and your spirits up during the windy, rainy autumn months. If more in-depth info is what you require, check out our learning center for articles not only about allergy season, but for many of the most common air quality issues at home. You can also follow us on our social media channels or swing by our blog for news, updates, and information.

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October 2015 Newsletter

Teal Pumpkin Project

As you make your rounds this Halloween, be on the lookout for homes with a teal pumpkin. Launched last year by Food Allergy Research & Education, the Teal Pumpkin Project was created to raise awareness and inclusion for children with food allergies by providing non-food goodies, like stickers, pencils and spider rings.

If you haven't already done so, it's not too late to participate, so join the project today!


How Air Purifiers Help Asthma Sufferers

Do you know someone who seems to have their rescue inhaler always within arm’s reach? Maybe it’s you? While these handheld devices are certainly lifesavers, controlling your environment with an air purifier can help to minimize the particles that could be triggering your asthma symptoms in the first place.

For more information that may help you use your inhaler less frequently, we recommend reading this blog entry from our very own Rabbit Air Blog.


Peanuts Movie

The long awaited Peanuts movie is finally hitting theaters November 6, 2015. Join Snoopy, his side-kick Woodstock, Charlie Brown and the gang in 3-D as they make their big screen debut and try to conquer everything from the Red Baron to the Little Red Haired Girl's heart.

But the fun doesn't have to stop there! Choose between our exclusive MinusA2 Special Edition Peanuts VIP (Very Important Puppy) or Hug air purifier and bring Snoopy home.

June 2014 Newsletter

Stay Allergy Free on Vacation

Summer is a time for exploration, from adventures in far off cities, to discovering new places to love in your hometown. Traveling, however, can expose us to unexpected allergens, making us risk spending time sneezing, when we should be having fun. Luckily, with a bit of planning, you can keep your vacation sniffle free.

Before your trip, check local pollen forecasts and air quality indexes in case you need to change your outdoor activities for fun diversions indoors. If you are staying in a hotel, see if your hotel can provide you with dust mite proof bedding and an air purifier to help you have a more comfortable stay. If you plan on traveling outside of the country, it may help to learn the names of your medicines, or particularly potent allergens in the local language, especially if you have food allergies. Travel smart this summer and have a fun, relaxing, and allergy free vacation.

High Temperatures Hurt Air Quality

Sunshine is always welcome in the summer, but when warm days give over to heat waves and hot temperatures, we risk more than sunburns when we venture outdoors. When outdoor air is heated, nitrogen oxides react with chemical compounds, such as the fumes from cars and burning fuel, to create thick layers of smog. This effect is more pronounced in densely populated or industrial areas. Increases in smog can cause respiratory irritation and other unpleasant health consequences, so when you see the forecast point toward a heat wave in your area, make sure to limit your outdoor excursions. When at home, keep windows closed and your air purifier turned on to keep indoor pollutant levels low.

 

Meet Rabbit Air at Dwell on Design!

It is one of our favorite times of the year – the annual Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles! Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, the show boasts thousands of products on display showcasing the latest in cutting-edge design, along with speakers, presentations, and home tours. Rabbit Air will be in attendance with our stylish MinusA2 air purifiers, and our Red Dot and Good Design Award winning new BioGS 2.0 air purifier. If you are in the Los Angeles area, swing by and say hello! We’d love to meet you there!

Keep Your Garden Pesticide Free

Rabbit Air bunnies know all about keeping their indoor air clean and chemical free, and this summer we challenge you to keep your outdoor areas chemical free as well. Pesticides may keep your garden looking lovely, but they can be harmful to pets and children, and can damage local wildlife as well.

Getting rid of harsh chemicals from your garden is easier than it sounds; you may already have pesticide substitutes at home right now! Coffee grounds can ward off pests, like slugs, while enriching soil, and strong smelling bar soap can be strategically placed around flower beds to keep nibbling deer at bay. There are lots of resources online with great tips and guides, so get out and start your chemical free garden today!

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March 2014 Newsletter

Spring Clean Your Way to Fewer Sniffles

For many people spring is the worst season of the year for allergies. The abundance of pollens in the air can cause sneezing, wheezing, and other unpleasant allergic reactions. While we can’t stop the plants from blooming, by stepping up cleaning routines at home we can cut down on symptoms and breathe a little easier. Start by going room to room and cleaning as thoroughly as possible, even in hard to reach places that might normally not get a full deep clean.

Once your home is sparkling, you can help to keep it that way by limiting the pollen that makes it inside; changing clothing when you get home, and showering before bed to keep pollens from spreading to linens or upholstery. This is also a perfect time of year to brush up on the maintenance routines on the devices that help keep your home clean. Keeping filters on vacuums, air conditioners, and air purifiers in good working order will help to ensure they are working their best. You can read up on the maintenance of your air purifier at the following links: MinusA2 MaintenanceBioGS MaintenanceBioGS 2.0 Maintenance.

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Over 25 million people in the United States alone suffer from asthma, a lung disorder which causes airways to become inflamed, inducing symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled, and during the month of May organizations like the EPA and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America focus on spreading awareness about asthma, and promoting efforts to increase education and research in this area. If you or someone you love has asthma, this is a great time to learn more about the illness, how to control symptoms, and ways that you can get involved in awareness efforts in your community.

 

To Our Friends in Canada

For our Canadian Customers!We have some exciting news for our friends in the Great White North! Rabbit Air is expanding our shipping services into Canada. This means shorter shipping times on air purifiers, and the end of the dreaded brokerage fee. Filters, Accessories, and Special Edition air purifiers will still be shipping from the USA for now, but we’ve eliminated their brokerage fees too, in our continuing efforts to improve your Rabbit Air shopping experience.

How Pollen Allergies May Predict Food Allergies

The bright, blooming flowers and warming weather of spring is a welcome change from the snowy months of winter but with the changing of the seasons so too begins a new wave of allergens in the air. Ragweed, grass, and tree pollens – some of the most common spring allergens – begin to spread in full force during this time of year and they can cause many to sniffle and sneeze.

Now scientists studying these allergens have found that they are linked to specific food allergies. Ragweed, the most common spring allergen, is linked with allergies to foods such as bananas, cucumber, and zucchini. Those allergic to grass pollens may want to avoid melons, tomatoes, and oranges while tree pollen allergies are linked to carrots, celery, and almonds as well as some fruits like apples and pears. Read more about this new study and how food allergies may be linked with spring allergies.

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January 2014 Newsletter

Love Your Heart

February is American Heart Health Month and whether that means mending a broken one, celebrating a full one, or watching your cholesterol, it’s always good to take a step back and think about that hollow muscular organ that keeps life running through us.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of tips for taking care of your cardiovascular system and preventing what is now the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The suggestions—eating foods low in saturated fat, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, avoiding cigarettes—might seem like old news; we all know that heart attack prevention is not a new topic, but take the time this month to really stop and think about whether or not your heart is at its optimum health.


Beat the Weather

For those caught in the worst of winter at the moment, you’re on our minds! The EPA has a number of helpful suggestions of ways to weather the weather, such as winterizing your vehicle, installing a programmable thermostat, and keeping a stash of rechargeable batteries in case of a power outage.


BioGS 2.0 in Style

Curious about the sleek design of our BioGS 2.0? Check out this video featuring the masterminds behind our newest air purifier.


Our Good Design Award

We have some good news!

Rabbit Air’s BioGS 2.0 has received a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Over 700 new products and graphic designs were selected from more than 38 countries from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. On March 15, The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre will present an exhibition of all award-winning products, including the BioGS 2.0, at the historic GOOD DESIGN show during the 2014 International Housewares Show in Chicago.

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November 2013 Newsletter

Happy holidays from all of us at Rabbit Air! We have been enjoying the clear air in Los Angeles lately and also the embarrassingly warm weather. We hope those of you in wintery climates are staying warm and dry. We’ve had a great year and are looking forward to 2014. May you all have a safe, joyous holiday season. Here are some tips for keeping healthy!

Fireplace

Avoiding the Christmas Sneeze

Believe it or not, that big beautiful Christmas tree in your living room might be the reason you’re sneezing. Connecticut researchers have found that the mold count from a live Christmas tree rose to five times the normal level two weeks after the tree was brought indoors. If you’re super sensitive to mold, you might want to consider keeping that tree on your porch, or at least keeping it indoors for as brief a period as possible!

Pine trees aren’t the only potential allergy triggers during the holidays. Read this article to learn more about ways to protect yourself, or watch this video featuring Dr. Clifford Bassett about ways to combat holiday sniffles.

Think Before you Burn

It’s hard not to gravitate towards a wood-burning stove in winter. The warmth and symbolic coziness of the hearth plays a role in tradition for a reason. Unfortunately, due to its pollutional effects, it’s not the best cold-house solution for everyone. 
Those with lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, angina, COPD, and CHF are often more sensitive to the toxic gases and particles released by such stoves and should avoid contact. 

Here are some suggestions for ways to keep a fire burning in your home all winter long while limiting exposure to wood-burning stove smoke.

  • Ensure that your stove is installed properly and maintained regularly.
  • Keep your flue open to allow plenty of oxygen in while using your stove.
  • Don't burn anything other than clean, dry wood that has been properly seasoned.
  • Avoid burning particle board, treated wood, stained wood, painted or wet wood.
  • Burn hot, bright fires. Avoid fires that smolder.
  • In milder weather, burn smaller fires.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed at all times, unless you are loading it with wood.
  • Remove ashes from your stove on a regular basis.

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September 2013 Newsletter

We hope you’re happily settling into fall. It seems as though it’s just starting to heat up out here in Los Angeles, but we can’t forget that soon, in some parts of the country, leaves will turn red and the air will be cool and crisp. We can dream! Below you’ll find some useful ways to improve the indoor air quality in two of the places you probably spend most of your time: your car and your home or office. 

Dr. Robert W. Eitches


Dr. Robert Eitches is an established allergist in the Los Angeles area with over 30 years of experience as an allergy and immunology specialist. We got a chance to interview Dr. Eitches about air purifiers and their affect on allergies and asthma. To read the complete interview, take a look at it on our website.

“You can’t cure allergies; you have to get them under good control.”

-Dr. Eitches

Bring Your Garden Inside

Unbeknownst to many, our homes and offices can harbor a lot of pollution—building materials release formaldehyde and benzene, furniture, carpeting, and copy machines give off ozone, and off-gassing from furniture, and carpeting will put harmful volatile organic compounds into the air. The answer to cleaner air is a natural solution: plants! That’s right, a bit of greenery will absorb harmful gases and clean the air. A NASA study found that plants, such as Gerbera daisy, Chrysanthemum, Philodendron, Spider plant, and Golden Pothos removed 80% of pollution within a 24-hour period. Get out to your local nursery to find some leafy friends to help battle indoor air pollution.

Valley Fever in the Air

California and Arizona have seen an increasing number of cases of Valley Fever, a disease caused by the inhalation of fungal spores. The spores, lifted from dry dirt by the wind, pass through your nostrils or down your throat, and are so tiny, they don’t even trigger a cough. For most, that’s as far as they go. For the unlucky though, the fungus takes root and starts to feed. The fungus is particularly prevalent along Interstate 5 and can be inhaled in just a single breath. For those who live in particularly dusty areas, or even for those just driving through, it’s important to seal yourself off from the air outside to avoid contact with coccidioidomycosis. When in your car, be sure to push that button that recycles the air, instead of taking it in from outside. It may seem a bit stale, but at least it’s clean!

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July 2013 Newsletter

Whether the Weather

During the dry season, wildfires tend to dominate the news. Whether sparked by human error, electrical causes, or nature itself, the fires can spread far quickly, sometimes burning for as long as weeks. The truth is, since most wildfires are caused by people, it’s up to us to prevent them.

Customer Spotlight

From time to time, Rabbit Air features a customer who has shown extreme loyalty, enthusiasm, and acts as an ambassador of Rabbit Air. This chosen customer is then highlighted in our Customer Spotlight and is able to bask in the glory of appreciation and acknowledgment. For this wonderful spotlight, Rabbit Air has chosen Pamela from Great Neck, NY. Pamela is much appreciated by our Rabbit Air team!

Here are a few ways to avoid setting a fire:

  • Do not leave burning candles, barbecue coals, and fires unattended in your backyard and be sure to fully extinguish them before you go to bed.
  • Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste
  • Do not throw cigarettes, matches, or other burning materials out of moving vehicles or windows
  • When camping, be sure to completely extinguish campfires and store fuel for lamps, stoves, etc., far from the appliances themselves.

Smoke from wildfires is a composition of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can sting your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Coughing, headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, stinging eyes, a runny nose, and irritated sinuses are all signs that fire smoke is affecting you. When air quality is bad, it’s important to stay inside and run your air purifier, to avoid inhaling smoke particles and to protect your eyes.

To find out more about the health threats of wildfire smoke, see the CDC website.

Learn more : Heat waves and their affect on air quality

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May 2013 Newsletter

June Gloom

For a lot of Rabbit Air customers, the transition from spring to summer involves adjusting to a new set of allergy triggers. Perhaps the alder and sycamore trees have stopped releasing their pollen in the air, but the ragweed and sagebrush will soon be in bloom and the allergy symptoms are the same.

Bees, wasps, fire ants, and other insects that tend to come out in the summer can cause allergic reactions in some people and summertime pollution, particularly ozone, can cause additional discomfort. On days when the pollen count is high, or on especially polluted days, stay inside as much as possible to avoid contact with allergens. Dust mites also peak during the summer and tend to thrive in damp environments, so it's important to vacuum carpets, and wash bedding and curtains on a regular basis. Also try to keep the humidity in your house between 30 and 50 percent, to prevent dust mite growth.

Hit the Road but Leave the Allergies Behind

We know that summertime means vacations for many of you. For people who rely on the allergy protection they've constructed in their own homes, travel can sometimes be a source of anxiety. Depending on where you're going, you might encounter new allergy triggers and it's best to be as prepared as possible so that those nasty symptoms don't get in the way of your fun.

For a good online resource, check out WebMD's list of ways to prepare for a healthful vacation. Talking to your doctor, researching your destination's flora and fauna, and booking non-smoking, no-pets-allowed hotel rooms are all simple ways to help keep your allergies at bay and maximize that vacation.

Coming Soon...BioGS 2.0!

Thank you for your continued support of our company and especially your love of our signature product, the BioGS air purifier. As you all know, we have been working on a new model for quite some time. We want to thank you for your patience and cannot wait to show you the standout product we've so thoughtfully developed with your needs in mind. Since 2006, our BioGS air purifiers have improved indoor air quality and provided environmental contaminant relief for thousands of families. After a lot of research and a rigorous hunt for the right designer, we are finally ready to retire the original model and introduce Rabbit Air's next generation, the BioGS 2.0.

When we unveil the new model this summer, it might take you a minute to recognize this descendant of the air purifier you all know and love. You'll notice some beautiful new curves and attractive modern intelligence, and you'll also find the same signature features you've come to expect from Rabbit Air purifiers--efficiency, simplicity, and dependability. We have no doubt that you'll become easily and happily acquainted with its refined features, cutting edge technology, and distinctive design.

Our goal is to provide you with up-to-date information, so if you would like to be informed of the new BioGS 2.0 product updates, please stay tuned for our next newsletter, or follow us on Facebook.

For current BioGS customers, rest assure that we will continue to support replacement filter orders. As always, our goal is to ensure clean air, good health, and happy memories with your loved ones.

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