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Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Kira


Honeywell, Febreze Bring Us Fresher Air

Al­ler­gy sea­son may be near­ly over, but there is no rea­son to not have an apart­ment that smells fresh and of­fers pu­ri­fied air. While I love New York City, this place is def­i­nite­ly a bit pol­lut­ed, no mat­ter the time of year. Many Amer­i­cans pre­fer pu­ri­fied wa­ter with at-home so­lu­tions, but many apart­ments do not yet make much ef­fort at clean­ing the air. Plus, it doesn’t on­ly help your lungs, but al­so your skin.

One great way to go about this is to in­vest in the Hon­ey­well HEP­A­Clean Tow­er Air Pu­ri­fi­er (HPA-150) and/or theHon­ey­well HY-204 Febreze Fresh­ness Cool & Re­fresh Fan. The Hon­ey­well HEP­A­Clean Tow­er Air Pu­ri­fi­er is a per­fect size to be a cor­ner unit in a medi­um-sized room. Its HEPA fil­ter is said to cap­ture up to 99.97% of 0.3 mi­crons or larg­er mi­cro­scop­ic al­ler­gens. The pu­ri­fi­er has three clean­ing lev­els and an elec­tron­ic fil­ter mon­i­tor to help you find the right bal­ance for your home. The high­er the clean­ing lev­el, the loud­er the ma­chine, which can ac­tu­al­ly be a ben­e­fit if you like to sleep with some white noise, like I do. It cir­cu­lates the rooms air up to five times an hour and the car­bon pre-fil­ter helps re­duce odors. I found hav­ing this in my apart­ment helped re­duce my cat dan­der mak­ing my apart­ment more pleas­ant for the many peo­ple in my life who suf­fer from slight al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to my cat.

In ad­di­tion to hav­ing the pu­ri­fi­er, you can get the Hon­ey­well and Febreze Fresh­ness Cool & Re­fresh Fan.  It’s a much small­er unit, and aimed more at of­fer­ing a nice way to fresh­en up a space. This two speed qui­et os­cil­lat­ing fan does a nice job of cool­ing small­er rooms (like kitchens, bath­rooms, and bed­rooms) and has the added neat fea­ture of an ad­justable odor con­trol that fits any Febreze re­fill car­tridge (lasts up to 30 days, re­fills avail­able wide­ly in sev­er­al scents but do add up over time). The odor is pret­ty mild, es­pe­cial­ly when you have it set on a low­er set­ting.

Be­tween these two prod­ucts, I am more in­ter­est­ed in ac­tu­al­ly pu­ri­fy­ing my air than just mov­ing it around and hid­ing any neg­a­tive odor with an air fresh­en­er, but with high­er ex­pec­ta­tions comes high­er prices. You can find theHon­ey­well HEP­A­Clean Tow­er Air Pu­ri­fi­er for $135, while the Febreze Fresh­ness Cool & Re­fresh Fan is on­ly $30. Since I have a stu­dio apart­ment, I like the idea of putting the pu­ri­fi­er in my bed­room/main room, and the fan in the bath­room or the kitchen.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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