By Andrew Nagy
As the days shorten and the temperature drops, cigar smokers in cold climates will reluctantly begin their annual migration from the wide-open air into the stuffy confines of the home.
And while a smoke-filled room may conjure for some aficionados alluring images of scheming cabals and conspirators, most (and their significant others) will agree: Too much smoke is never good.
So what is one to do when the weather outside is too frightful to crack a window, but the atmosphere inside demands a cigar? The MinusA2 Air Purifier from Rabbit Air offers a solution.
The energy-efficient Brushless Direct Current Motor (BLDC) sucks smoky air into the machine where it goes through a six-stage purification process. This means the smoke will travel through up to five filters before being shot out the end in the form of negative ions, which are odorless, tasteless molecules. The company claims the machine does not emit ozone.
Rabbit Air claims the MinusA2 unit can purify up to 780 square feet of space. While this covers my cozy Brooklyn apartment, most will find it powerful enough to convert one room, such as a den or study, into a winter smoking lounge. The machine is Energy Star Certified, something my landlord, no doubt, would appreciate.
The machine comes with a remote, but I found the system's Auto Mode worked so well I didn't bother with manual tinkering. The purifier has a light sensor that detects when it is dark and will then switch the BLDC to Silent, or Sleep, mode.
A Mood Light on the side of the machine fluctuates rhythmically between sea blue and pink, helping set a calm, soothing ambience.
In addition, an optional kit allows you to mount the machine onto a wall. The full effect of the Mood Light is best seen when the unit is hung, as if it were a work of art.
The Rabbit Air MinusA2 Air Purifier comes in both black and white. The machine's filters need replacing every one to two years, depending on usage. It can be purchased at rabbitair.com for $550.