Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Kira0
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.