Best Holmes Air Purifier Review

Holmes has been making air purifiers since 1982. 

Similar to the Brookstone and Therapure air purifiers, they are often found in big box shops like Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and Costco. 

The general reputation around Holmes air purifiers is that they are decent they are still a budget purifier so they are unlikely to work well in large homes or those with specific medical needs like asthma.

If you are just looking for an air purifier for a small room then a machine from Holmes could be a good option.

One of the big benefits with going with a well-known brand is that they produce their filters are easily available and the Holmes AER1 system allows you to use 5 different filters for your specific needs:

  1. Odor Eliminator – this uses baking soda, carbon, and zeolite to remove particles that cause bad smells in your home.
  2. Total air – this is a HEPA type so great for large particles like dust but not as good as true HEPA than can pick up smaller particles of .3 microns like Pollen.
  3. Allergen Remove – This is their version of true HEPA and would be your choice to use if you had allergies wanted the purifier to clean the air in your bedroom. 
  4. Performance Plus – this is another true HEPA that also includes odor removing elements.
  5. Smoke Grabber – this is a purifier specifically used to remove cigarette smoke from the air. 

This ability to pick the filter for your specific needs is a great way to allow for different use cases for one air purifier model. 

There are a number of Holmes Air Purifiers on the market so we have done a deep dive to look at which are the models that we would recommend. 

As always, we look at customer reviews from around the web and also use analysis to avoid “review manipulation” that is becoming all too common in the modern online shopping world. 

1. Holmes medium or large room purifier [Best for most users]

Holmes Large Room 4-Speed True HEPA Air Purifier with Quiet Operation, Black

This air purifier comes in two different sizes with the medium room (299 sqft) and large room (349 Sq-ft) and the price is usually not  a massive difference  so we would always recommend going for the large room version (as it clean’s a bigger space.)

The unit uses 3 allergen filters and 3 carbon filters that will need replacing every 6-12 months depending on usage. 

The unit on full power is very loud so be aware but they do include a number of different settings (although the amount of air cleaned per hour will be reduced.)

Many customers found that the carbon filter did a great job of removing animal smells.

The only challenge with this purifier is that the filters do start to add up at around $10 for just one allergen remover filter. 

But in reality, you will always need to replace filters for a HEPA based purifier and the price for Holmes are not outrageous when compared to the competition.

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Holmes Large Room 4-Speed True HEPA Air Purifier with Quiet Operation, Black
  • TRUE HEPA FILTRATION: Filter helps remove up to 99.97% of dust, smoke, pollen, odors, mold spores, and pet dander, filtering particles as small as 2 microns to help provide cleaner air for your home or office; use Holmes replacement filters HAPF600D-U2 and HAPF60-U3; three filters included
  • CONVENIENT FEATURES: Choose from 4 cleaning speeds to keep air fresh and pure; the low motor setting, advanced blade, and specially designed Ture HEPA filter allow continuous quiet operation without interruption; plus, a new LED filter monitor indicates when it's time to change your filter, allowing for easy maintenance
  • SLIM DESIGN: This space-saving air purifier has a slim design that's perfect for bedrooms, family rooms, or any living space; recommended for rooms up to 349 square feet
  • 5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: This product comes with a 5-year limited warranty from Holmes

5. Holmes Small Room Purifier [Budget Option]

Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier with Optional Ionizer, White

Small room air purifier Holmes model HAP242-UC is a HEPA-type filter removes 99% airborne particles and allergens. This particular unit has a carbon filtration which reduces household odors. Has dual-position, slim space-saving design, filter exchange indicator with a 3-speed setting. It is a quiet unit even on the highest setting but the con is that the filters are expensive to replace, which is about every three to four months.

At less than $50 this is not a bad option if your budget is tight but be aware if you are using it in a room bigger than 109 sqft you will save money in the long term with the large or medium room version. 

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Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier with Optional Ionizer, White
  • HEPA-TYPE FILTRATION: Filter helps remove up to 99% of dust, smoke, pollen, odors, mold spores, and pet dander, filtering particles as small as 2 microns to help provide cleaner air for your home or office; includes one Aer1 filter and uses any Holmes Aer1 Series Filter including Total Air, Allergen Remover, Odor Eliminator, and Smoke Grabber
  • CONVENIENT FEATURES: Choose from 3 cleaning speeds to keep air fresh and pure: Select a lower speed while you're home for continued purification with less ambient noise and a higher speed for powerful air purification while you're out
  • DUAL POSITIONING AND COMPACT DESIGN: This compact air purifier can be placed vertically or horizontally anywhere, including a table or desktop; it's recommended for rooms up to 109 square feet or 10' x 11'
  • OPTIONAL IONIZER: The optional ionizer naturally improves the performance of the air purifier while freshening the air. Watts: 49.5
  • 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: This product comes with a 3-year limited warranty from Holmes

Discontinued Models:

2. HAP1200-U Life Long Tower

Holmes HAP1200-U

The HAP1200-U Life-Long Tower from Holmes doesn’t require filter replacement for it has a built-in washable permanent filter. This HEPA-type filtration system removes 99% of airborne particles, 3 speeds, comes with optional ionizer setting for air freshening and can cover medium size rooms up to 170 square feet. Cons are that the fan tends to rattle on any setting other than the lowest setting. Also, the bright blue light on the fan also makes it difficult to sleep.

3. HAP424- Model

HAP424-U Model air purifier

HAP424-U Model is a HEPA-type air purifier that removes up to 99% of airborne particles including dust, pollen, mold spores and eliminates most household and pet odors with a built-in enhanced filter for baking soda. The slim tower design allows you to place it anywhere in the house, filter change alert system and comes with a 3-speed setting. This medium size unit covers rooms up to 180 square feet. Cons are that while the lowest setting is quiet the other settings are loud as a regular wind fan.

4. Holmes HAP706-U mini tower

Holmes HAP706-U mini tower

Holmes HAP706-U mini-tower removes 99.97% airborne particles and is a true HEPA filter. Slim space-saving tower, three cleaning levels, washable pre-filter that captures larger particles with an optional ionizer to naturally freshen the air. Designed for a small room covers up to 80 square feet. It does put a “new smell” into a room but the con is that it sounds like a regular wind fan on higher speed settings.

So should you get a Holmes Air Purifier?

Back in 2010, Holmes had a large range of different air purifiers that included ionizers and HEPA based systems.

The reality was that is was super confusing with HPA 123 or 654 which didn’t really mean much to average consumer.

Since then, they have moved a far simpler system of small, medium, and large combined with multiple options when it comes to filters.

I personally think this is a good move for Holmes as it allows customers to pick and choose what they need and it does help to keep costs low.

The challenge is that once you start running one of these purifiers for a large amount of time, the costs of filters will add up.

So if you have a fairly low usage need then, by all means, grab one of the recommended Holmes purifiers on this list but if you do have a large need and want to avoid costly filter replacements then I would recommend increasing your budget for something like the Austin Air Purifier that needs filter replacements far less and can deal with much bigger spaces.

3 Best Honeywell Air Purifiers [2020 Edition]

Honeywell has been in business for over 100 years and has been in the air purifier business since 1987 when it acquired Enviracare air cleaners.

They are well known for creating high-quality purifiers that don’t cost the earth and were one of the first manufacturers to use True HEPA filters.

They are regularly recommended by Doctors for allergy sufferers or at least that is what they have us believe if you read their marketing material!

The problem is that there are so many different models, from the HFD-120 to the latest AirGenius 4 and HPA300.

It can be super hard to narrow down the list and pick a purifier that will do the job of removing allergens like mold, pollen, pet dander, and VOC’s so you can breathe more easily in your home.

But don’t worry, the team here has gone and done the research to pull together the ultimate list of the best Honeywell air purifiers that are available in 2020.

As with any of our recommendations, your specific use case will define the particular model that is right for you but we have tried to highlight specific models for allergies or those who are looking to remove tobacco smoke.

So let’s not waste anymore time and jump in the full review:

1.Best Overall – Honeywell HPA300

Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Air Purifier, Extra-Large Room, Black

The HPA300 isn’t the cheapest Honeywell purifier but it does tick nearly all the boxes. It has a True HEPA filter (so is perfect for those with allergies and pets.)

As with any HEPA based system, you will need to replace the filters (every 12 months for HEPA and 3 months for the pre-filter) but you can regularly find a 3 pack of generic filters for $50 or less so it’s not a massive extra expense. But do be aware that if have a significant dirty or particular smokey room, then you may have to change them more regularly.

The maximum room size is 465ft so perfect for one room but I wouldn’t recommend trying to use it as a whole house purifier.

If you have the budget for the HPA300 and you know you want a Honeywell purifier then this is the model I recommend.

If you have a smaller room, then you might be able to get away with the HPA200 or even the HPA100.

But I would recommend spending the extra for the 300 if you have a large room as otherwise you will end up replacing your filter more often and the running costs will end up far bigger than initial cost savings.

Many customers who have medical issues like Asthma have found the HPA300 really helped to reduce their symptoms and many were shocked at how dirty the filters ended up.

One of the big benefits of this purifier is that it can run in the “Germ” mode which allows it to clean air at near silence (which would be perfect for say during a film if you used this air purifier in the living room.)

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Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Air Purifier, Extra-Large Room, Black
  • EXTRA LARGE ROOM AIR PURIFIER: Recommended for extra large rooms (465 square feet) this True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier helps capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns.
  • TURBO CLEAN: With 3 air cleaning levels plus a Turbo Clean setting, this air purifier helps remove particles like pet dander, pollen, dust, mold & smoke. It also helps capture certain germs & reduce odors.
  • HONEYWELL AIR PURIFIERS: Our air purifiers help remove allergens, dust & odors. If you have allergies, pets or stale indoor air, air purifiers help remove airborne particles & help improve air quality.Control panel adjustable lighting (bright/dim/off)
  • FILTER & CIRCULATE: Honeywell Air Purifiers filter & circulate air in the stated room size up to 5 times an hour. Breathe easy knowing the air in your home is fresher & cleaner with fewer allergens.
  • HONEYWELL QUALITY: Improve your air quality & neutralize odors for a clean & healthy breathing experience year round with Honeywell replacement filters for air cleaners & purifiers.

2. Best on a Budget and Smokers – HFD-120-Q

Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Oscillating Air Purifier with Permanent Washable Filters

True HEPA technology is awesome but it does add a fair amount to running costs especially in a home with a lot of allergens.

The Honeywell quiet clean HFD 120 uses permanent filters that are washable similar to what we see in a range of Dyson vacuum cleaners. The good news is no extra running costs like you would with a HEPA purifier with new filters every 12 months.

This does come with some downsides and I wouldn’t recommend this particular model for those with allergies as HEPA units are just great for removing pollen. HEPA have far smaller holes so can pick up fairly large particles like Pollen with ease. The filters on this purifier will not stop as smaller particles so there is some potential for smaller pollen particles to pass through and irritate your lungs.

The other benefit of washable filters is that it’s great for allergens like Smoke as they really burn through filters which can add up.

This air purifier is the Honeywell machine I would reccomend for smokers. As you will be able to remove a lot of smoke allergens with the filters but just bear in mind that you will need to regular clean the washable filters more often than in a non-smoking household.

Many customers found this unit perfect for dealing with second-hand smoke and were amazed at the amount of smoke that the washable filters removed from the air.

I would recommend this air purifier for those wanting to deal with odors or second-hand tobacco smoke but would still favor the HPA300 for those with allergies or asthma.

Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Oscillating Air Purifier with Permanent Washable Filters
  • OSCILLATING AIR PURIFIER: This air purifier circulates air & helps capture up to 99% of airborne particles as small as 2 microns such as smoke, dust, pollen, and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter.
  • PERMANENT FILTERS: This tower air purifier features 3 cleaning levels, on/off oscillation control & washable permanent pre-filter & Clean filter. It's Energy Star-certified for energy efficiency.
  • HONEYWELL QUALITY REPLACEMENT FILTERS: The included filter helps reduce odors and VOCs. Each air purifier's performance is tested as a system with the filters for best efficiency.
  • FILTER & CIRCULATE: Honeywell Air Purifiers filter & circulate air in the stated room size up to 5 times an hour. Breathe easy knowing the air in your home is fresher & cleaner with fewer allergens.
  • HONEYWELL QUALITY: Improve your air quality & neutralize odors for a clean & healthy breathing experience year round with Honeywell replacement filters for air cleaners & purifiers.

3. Super Budget Option – Honeywell DH-HPA060

Honeywell DH-HPA060, HPA060, Black

I totally get that many people will see $200 as way too much for an air purifier.

I will keep saying that if you want to deal with a health condition like asthma caused by a dust or pet allergy then there is no point in not spending at least $200. This can also make sense from a medical point of view as you will end up saving money on medication/trips to the doctor if you can make your home allergen-free.

But I totally get that some people just want an air purifier to deal with minor issues like smoke from the next-door neighbor or general house odors that just won’t go away.

The HPA060 is for very small rooms – 75sqft so if you do use it in a larger room you can expect it to take a lot longer to filter and circulate the air. In the recommended 75sqft it is expected to circulate air 5 times in an hour.

Looking at the price history, this purifier can range from $44.99 up to $100 so be sure to keep checking to get a good price.

But at $70 or less this purifier does pack a decent punch with a certified HEPA filter and pre-filter.

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Honeywell DH-HPA060, HPA060, Black
  • HEPA AIR PURIFIER: Recommended for small rooms (75 sq. ft.), this air purifier helps capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 micron, like pet dander, pollen, dust, mold & smoke. Also reduces certain germs & common household odors.
  • REDUCE ALLERGENS: Do you or your kids have allergies? Do you have pets, or live with a smoker? Using an air purifier that helps remove allergens from the air may help you breathe easier, so you can enjoy sleeping & relaxing more comfortably in your home.
  • FILTER AND CIRCULATE AIR 5 TIMES AN HOUR: Honeywell Air Purifiers filter and circulate air in the stated room size up to 5 times an hour, so you can relax and breathe easy, knowing the air in your home is fresher, cleaner, and contains fewer allergens.
  • HONEYWELL AIR PURIFIERS: Use Certified HEPA filters in air purifier to remove allergens, dust & other particles from your air. If you have allergies or pets, air purifiers do more than freshen air, helping remove airborne particles & improve air quality.
  • HONEYWELL QUALITY: Improve your air quality with Honeywell air cleaners, odor reducers, and air purifiers.

So should you buy a Honeywell Air Purifier?

Honeywell is well known for creating a variety of home products but are they the best at air purifiers on the market?

I think at the $200 budget the HPA300 is truly capable of a machine for the money. Just be aware that the price on Amazon.com does change with current demand and supply but anytime it’s under $200 it’s a great historical price.

Now at the lower budgets such as the HFD-120 and the HPA60 – it’s really hard to say that these are must buy air purifiers. To get all the technology such as the filters and fans in such a small size and budget – you just end up with a machine that isn’t very capable.

It’s not to say that these products won’t be a good fit for every type of consumer out here but the vast majority will be better of spending more money on an air purifier that has multiple filters and pre-filters that can clean a large amount of air every hour. This just isn’t possible with a unit that is $100 or less.

3 Best Air Purifiers for Smoke Under $100 [2020 Edition]

Getting a decent air purifier for cheap is always tricky and let’s be honest, less than $100 is super cheap in the world of air purifiers which can be up to 1000 dollars for medical units.

One of the most challenging smells and a big issue for any air purifier system is smoke, this could be cigarette smoke, cigars, or second-hand smoke from neighbors.

When we are looking at air purifiers for cigarette smoke we are looking for a large charcoal filter which are generally expensive. The reason is that carbon filters work by capturing tobacco smoke and work best when they have a large surface area – the more carbon the more $$.

Odor causing particles are really tiny and studies have even shown that the smallest particles have the strongest smell [Full study.]

This issue of tiny particles means that we can’t rely on technology like True HEPA as odor-causing particles will just pass right through them but they are amazing for relatively larger particles like pet dander and pollen.

Sadly the reality is that most “cheap air purifiers” and specifically those for less than $100 just don’t contain enough Carbon to do a decent job of removing cigarette smoke from a home of a regular smoker of tobacco.

I would recommend that you spend a little more budget and go for something like the InvisiClean Claro for double the money.

But I understand that $100 might just be the most you can spend so I have looked at putting together a list of the best air purifiers for less than $100 that are available to buy today in 2020.

Just be aware that the odor-reducing effects will only really work in a very small room and not for a very heavy smokers – you have been warned!

Top 3 Air Purifiers Under $100 [Review]

1.LEVOIT Air Purifier H13 

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Air Purifiers Filter, 24db Quiet Air Cleaner, Remove 99.97% Smoke Dust Mold Pollen for Large Room, Core 300, White

Any long term readers will think I have a love affair with this air purifier but the reality is that when this model was released it was a major jump forward for the category as a whole.

Pre LEVOIT H13, most decent cheap air purifiers were just ionizers that had to be regularly cleaned and some people even had issues with the small amounts of ozone created.

Somehow the team at LEVOIT has managed to stuff a true HEPA filter in with a decent-sized activated carbon filter. The activated carbon is what will be used to remove cigarette smoke and whilst it’s not the largest size, the fact you can get these air purifiers regularly for less than $100 is amazing.

As this is still a fairly small purifier, it would be best suited for dealing with second-hand smoke rather than in a room with someone who smokes daily.

Filters can be found for less than $25 for one and generally should only need replacing every 12 months so this is something to consider when comparing with other models. A heavy smoker may need to replace these filters more regularly so I would generally recommend going for a higher budget purifier that needs replacing less often.

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Air Purifiers Filter, 24db Quiet Air Cleaner, Remove 99.97% Smoke Dust Mold Pollen for Large Room, Core 300, White
  • Genuine Replacement Filters: Search for core300-rf or core 300 replacement filter for Replacement Filters. Use genuine Levoit replacement filters to maintain the best performance and to ensure what you're buying is worthy of your investment
  • Higher Purify Performance: Use the Core 300 to fill your environment with crisp, clean air. Its Vortexair Technology creates a stronger air flow, CADR number is 230+m3/h, allowing it to cover up to 219 sq. ft. AC 120V/60HZ for USA and Canada
  • Improved Filtration: With larger expansion area and longer length than others, the H13 Ture HEPA filter works with ultra-fine Pre-filter and activated carbon filter, trapping 99. 97% of fine particles and allergens as small as 0. 3 microns and large pollutants such as dust, pet dander, smoke, mold, pollen
  • Most Silent Air Cleaner: The noise level is nearly voiceless at sleep mode with only 24db, its QuietKEAP Technology reduces noise so you can sleep in a restful and soothing indoor environment
  • Ultra-long Service Life: Industry leader provider's bearing makes this levoit core300 hepa air purifier durable and reliable. The AC capacitor motor uses durable high-precision bearing, and excellent internal structure increases abrasion resist, which obviously extends the life of machine

2. Vremi Air Purifier

Vremi Large Room Home Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter - Automatically Senses and Removes up to 99.97% of Pollen, Pet Dander, Smoke Odors, Dust and Other Particles

The Vremi is another fairly small purifier that combines a true HEPA, Carbon filter and an ultrafine pre-filter (that removes things like hair.)

It has multiple fan speeds but we would recommend if this air purifier is used for smoke then you will likely be always using it on full-power.

The addition of an air quality indicator is a nice addition and not normally seen as this price bracket but a lot of customers reported that it wasn’t super accurate.

One issue that did crop up is that it was unclear that you had to remove the plastic from the filter before using it for the first time. Some unlucky customers then had the smell of plastic to deal with!

There is also a current lack of filters available, which is why we ranked the LEVOIT higher as it had plenty of filters to buy as of April 2020.

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Vremi Large Room Home Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter - Automatically Senses and Removes up to 99.97% of Pollen, Pet Dander, Smoke Odors, Dust and Other Particles
  • TRUE HEPA AIR PURIFIER - Traps 99.97% of pollen, dust, pet dander, and other airborne irritants. This air purifier traps particles as small as 0.3 microns and larger, helping to fill your environment with crisp, clean air. With a CADR rate of 129 CFM (220 m³/h), it purifies the air in spaces up to 300 sq.ft (27 m²)
  • POWERFUL 3-STAGE FILTRATION - Includes ultra-fine pre-filter, True HEPA filter and activated carbon filter for odor reduction. Air filter run time is approximately 4320 hours (~180 days). IMPORTANT: The included filter (located INSIDE the air purifier) ships with a protective plastic sleeve. Please REMOVE PLASTIC SLEEVE from filter BEFORE use
  • SMART AIR QUALITY MONITOR - Features a built-in air quality sensor that measures and displays air quality level (blue, green, orange or red) and adjusts the fan speed (low, medium or high) in real-time. The unit comes with a reset filter indicator that flashes when it’s time to replace the filter
  • COMPACTLY ENGINEERED - Our portable home air cleaner machine in premium quality ABS housing measures 15.5 inches in height and 8.7 inches in diameter with 360-degree aerodynamic air intake, and modern design suitable for living room, bathroom, bedroom, and office. A thoughtful gift for parents, colleagues, and friends
  • QUIET WITH GENTLE NIGHT LAMP - Operates more quietly than other air purifiers (less than 52 dB). Includes warm night light with multiple brightness levels, plus a built-in 2, 4 and 8-hour timer for added convenience. Free 1-year warranty and hassle-free returns

3. Hamilton Beach TrueAir

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier for Home or Office with Permanent HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets, Odor Eliminator, Ultra Quiet, 3 Filtration Stages, White (04384)

An air purifier capable of dealing with tobacco smoke for less than $50 – get out of here!

The Hamilton beach seems to do the impossible with a True HEPA filter combined with activated Carbon Zeolite filters.

It’s really not made for massive spaces – 140sqft max but there is likely those with very small rooms who looking to get something that will make life a little easier without breaking the bank.

The actual unit is fairly small and can be used both horizontal or vertical.

You can even vacuum the HEPA filter, although you will likely need replacing at some point but the price is very fair.

There are currently two versions available on Amazon.com at the moment so make sure to go for the version with odor eliminator and this will contain the activated carbon which is what you are looking for when trying to deal with cigarette odors and smoke.

Two HEPA filters can be bought for less than $20 and the carbon filters are between $10-$20 for a three-pack.

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier for Home or Office with Permanent HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets, Odor Eliminator, Ultra Quiet, 3 Filtration Stages, White (04384)
  • 3 Filtration Stages: Permanent true HEPA filter captures dander & airborne particles plus 2 replaceable carbon zeolite filters to target pet odors plus a pre filter for pet hair and larger particles
  • High Performance True Hepa Grade Filter: Captures 99.97 Percent of Pet Dander, Dust, Dust Mites, Pollen, and Mold/Mildew Spores as Small as 3 Microns From the Air
  • Reduces Odors: 2 Activated Carbon Zeolite Filters Help Reduce Unwanted Household Odors From Pets, Smoke, and More
  • Quiet and Powerful: Use Whisper Clean for Extra Quiet Operation at Night, the Medium Setting or the Quick Clean Setting for More Powerful Air Cleaning
  • Easy to Clean: Permanent Hepa Filter Can Be Vacuumed Clean; No Replacement Filters to Buy

Should you buy an air purifier for less than $100?

The market is flooded with cheap air purifiers and it can seem to the untrained eye that there is a lot of choice in the market.

The reality is that at this end of the market is full of poorly built products that are unlikely to do anything for cigarette smoke.

Even the brands that we love some products like Levoit have some stinkers – We love the H13 at $99 but the slightly cheaper LV-H132 is an absolute stinker that should be avoided.

So it really is a minefield to choose a purifier that will actually help.

Most of these cheap air purifiers are generally very small so they can be used in spaces that more expensive units couldn’t such as a shed or in trendy speak, the “man cave.”

If your budget is stuck at the $100 then I hope my list of 3 air purifiers under $100 is useful and as always let me know if you have any other recommendations or if you have had any issues with the air purifiers mentioned.

15 Most Awesome Bonsai Trees On Earth

Bonsai Originated from ancient Japan and now miniature tree growing has become a worldwide hobby that provides genuine aesthetic contemplation to the viewers.

Bonsai literally means “plant in a tray” in Japanese and it seams that the tree and the pot form an unique harmonious unit where the shape, texture and colour of one, compliments the other. To obtain a harmonious bonsai can take dozens of years of pruning, wiring, leaf trimming, clamping and grafting. Some of the specimens featured here are faithful to the Japanese aesthetics and philosophy, while some growers made a real effort to get out of the box…arr, tray.

Check out the following list of the 15 most awesome Bonsai trees on Earth!

1. World’s Smallest Bonsai Tree

worlds smallest bonsaiWhat’s smaller than a miniature tree? A miniature miniature tree. This masterpiece measures 22mm and it was obtained from a Malaysian local species called “water jasmine” – the only species that can apparently be made so small. Creator Kuah Tee Teong claims that it may be the world’s smallest bonsai, since the standard measure of a miniature bonsai is 10cm.  Kuah doesn’t strive for popularity and didn’t register his creation in the Worlds Book of records, neither is he planning to sell his tiny trees. His philosophy: ‘’If I sell, then I’ll have nothing to show.” He also prunes animal shaped trees that look like dogs, snails or octopuses.

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2. Music from a Bonsai

bonsai music

Diego Stocco is not a bonsai grower, hasn’t won any bonsai competition award, but he is, in his own unique way, a bonsai lover and tamer. He bought a bonsai tree and made it sing, proving that you actually can teach an old bonsai new tricks. Using a Røde NT6 microphone, some tiny transducers and a customized stethoscope, Stocco recorded an experimental piece played exclusively by the bonsai’s small leaves and branches. He also used a piano hammer, a paint brush and different bows to obtain different sounds from the tree. Don’t be scandalised if it seams from this video that he is somehow torturing the poor little tree. No bonsai was damaged during the experiment and, as you know, art demands sacrifices.

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3. Rare Ganoderma Bonsai

ganoderma bonsai

This is an extremely rare ganoderma lucidum cultivated bonsai, with an impressive diameter of 90cm. The successive layers and crown shaped cap make it unique in the world.
Known as “”fairy herb”, Gandorema lucidum has been used for medicinal purposes in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years. It is one of the oldest mushrooms to have been used in disease treatments and , due to it’s presumed health benefits and apparent absence of side effects, it is known as one of the most powerful herbal substance in East Asia. In Chinese culture, it is also considered a good luck, beauty and longevity charm. The plants health benefits and spectacular shapes and colours saved it an important place on the bonsai market as well.

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4. Awarded Penjing Landscape

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“Penjing” is the Chinese extension of bonsai art and it can be literally translated “landscape in a pot”’. The chines art focuses more on creating a convincing miniature landscape than shaping the perfect miniature tree as Japanese bonsai growers strive to obtain. Nonetheless, the value of an awarded penjing is given by the way it looks with naked branches, when not attired in fabled leaves and flowers. The assembly in the image is called 大風驚濤, which literally means “harsh wind severe waves” and it was awarded at the Guangzhou Penjing Exhibition in China, the biggest lingnan (southern style) penjing exhibition since the founding of the country.

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5. The Oldest Bonsai Trees

oldest bonsai tree

The oldest known bonsai trees still living can be found in a private restaurant garden in Tokyo, Japan. The 400 to 800 years old trees in Happo-en Garden ar an attraction for any bonsai lover visiting Tokyo. Every tree is grown in era-specific pots that are often as valuable as the trees themselves.

The practice of potted trees gose way back to the Egyptian Era, 4000 B.C. Inhareted images depict miniature trees cultivated in rock containers. Pharaoh Ramesses III is known to have donated several olive trees and other miniature plants to various temples. In the Indian Pre-Common Era several plant species were grown in a “”bonsai manner” for medicine and nutrition purposes.

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6. World’s Biggest Bonsai Tree

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This 600 year old Japanese bonsai is presumably the biggest bonsai tree in the world, according to the staff of Akao Herb & Rose Garden in Atami, Japan.  Sure, the title is somehow paradoxical since the main quality of bonsai trees is being small. But, after all, if bonsai means “tree in a pot” it doesn’t metter how big the pot is, especially if it contains an impressing 5 meter tall and 10 meter wide ancient red pine bonsai like this one.

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7. Walter Pall’s Rocky Mountain Juniper

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Walter Pall is a kind of bonsai rock-star among the culture’s enthusiasts. He has received several dozens national and international awards for his beautiful, dramatic bonsai. He has won the most prestigious Crespi Cup Award of Italy for his well known Rocky Mountain Juniper, and has come in among the top six, every time he has entered. He has also won second and third and other places places in the Gingko Cup Awards of the Belgium bonsai competition held every two years. The most controversial information about Walter pall is that, although world renown, he considers himself an amateur working professionally. That’s because he styles trees for his own amusement and not for commercial purposes.  In time he managed to put together one of the most comprehensive bonsai collections around.

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8. Walter Pall’s Acer Platanus

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Another famous piece from Walter pall’s collection is this Sycamore Maple  that won the Bonsai Today / Art of Bonsai Photo Contest. Pall was one of the first Europeans to work with indigenous species, which he collects in his beloved Alpine mountain.s He now owns a collection of about 1000 quality trees in varying stages of development and keeps a store reserve of about 1000 handmade pots to compliment the bonsai. Besides his famous conifers he is also well known for his beautiful deciduous trees. Walter’s bonsai usually are strong, powerful trees which he frequently forms in natural shapes. The longer he has been involved with tree development, the more he has moved away from traditional bonsai styling to his own concepts of design.

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9. Walter Pall’s Crab Apple Tree

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This is my personal favourite from Pall’s collection:  an incredibly sweet 65 cm high apple tree. I have no idea how anyone that sees it live could resist not to taste those tiny apples, but I guess Mr. Pall keeps it in a safe place, away from leering guests. Fruit trees training is an ascending trend among bonsai growers. The fascinating part about it is that the fruits are indeed edible, especially those belonging to the citrus category. Common fruits that can be obtained in small size include: cherries, apples, lime, lemons, tangerine and figs. The bonsai fruit tree success strongly depends on meteorological and topographical factors, like humidity, temperature and soil.

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10. Awarded Chinese Juniper “Itoi-gawa”

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The Chines Juniper is a very loved and popular tree among bonsai professionals and amateurs alike. Due to the woods malleability, it can be stylised into beautiful and interesting shapes. Like this one belonging to Enrico Savini from Italy, that has won several awards, including Ben Oki International Design Award in 2003 and Bonsai Clubs International People’s Choise Award 2008. Savini says he fell in love with bonsai art at age ten and his first tree, a Prunus mume that only survived a few months, was a gift from his grandma. “ I couldn’t forgive myself for that failure, so I took it as a personal challenge, my entire career has been a continuous personal challenge.”

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11. Dan Robinson, The Picasso of Bonsai

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This perfect Mountain hemlock expresses Dan Robinson’s virtuosity as a bonsai artist and his respect for the nature’s own ways. Known as a pioneer in bonsai art, or as the Picasso of bonsai, he practices an preaches techniques inspired by the ancient Japanese ways.  This is one of the many amazing captures pictured in the book Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees: The Life and Works of Dan Robinson – Bonsai Pioneer made ]n collaboration with photographer Will Hiltz.

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12. Awarded Junipero San Jose

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This work of art belongs to Nacho Marin, a Venezuelan Fine Arts graduate who is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of taming and manipulating trees. In his quest to recreate a natural environment, he also takes great care so that the shape and mood of the final product reflects his artistic vision. No wonder that his Junipero San Jose won the flattering title of   ”Most artistically innovative entry of all entries from all categories”  at The Art of Bonsai Contest 2008.

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13. Adenium Flower Bonsai

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Not as popular as junipers, but unanimously loved for their delicacy and frailness, flower bonsais can come up in extraordinary forms.  Mr. Jai Krishna Agarwal from india has about 100 specimens in his collections and he especially loves adenium flowers. Why? Because their trunks often remind the shapes of the human body . The effect is surrealistic to say the least, this beautiful example shown here brings to mind some elaborate fauvist sculpture.

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14. Semi-cascade Juniper Bonsai

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A Juniper bonsai collected, designed and developed by Harry Hirao and displayed at the National Bonsai and Penjing Mueseum at The United States National Arboretum. This very old, semi-cascade style bonsai was probably collected in the White Mountains of California. The shari (deadwood on the trunk) is very prominent on this bonsai, leaving only one stripe where the tree is connected between its leaves and the roots.

The esthetics  behind this type of contorted and twisted trunk is called literati and it was influenced by the political and academic conditions in the Tang Dynasty period, when penjing was once widely practiced by the elites. Literati is a contemplative, lyrical style displaying tension (in the trunk) and release (in the cascading branches) like the universal law of Yin and Yang.

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15. Beautiful Azalea Tree

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An old Azalea, probably a Satsuki type, from the Collection of the National Bonsai and Penjing Mueseum at The United States National Arboretum. Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. In Chinese culture, the azalea is known as “thinking of home bush” (xiangsi shu) and is immortalized in old poetry and contemporary stories.

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Air Purifier Technologies: Activated Carbon Air Filter

If you are not an owner of water purification system or an aquarium, you might be surprised how come an activated carbon is used as an air purifier filter. The use of carbon filters for water purification is considered as the oldest method of water purification.

Activated Carbon

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It is used by people for centuries to filter impurities from drinking water. In the industry of aquarium, activated carbon is currently one of the most effective adsorbents used and the largest selling maintenance product. It is used to remove dissolved organic molecules, chloramines, chlorine, and some heavy metals. It is also used to remove residual dyes medications like dyes and antibiotics.

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What is an Activated Carbon?

Activated carbon, also known as activated coal or activated charcoal is derived usually from charcoal. It is a form of carbon which has a small charge of electro-positive added to it. The added charge makes it more attractive to impurities and chemicals that are negatively charged. Charcoals used in making activated carbon are made by burning coconut husks, nutshells, hardwood, and other materials that are carbon-based.

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To make it available for chemical reactions and adsorption, carbon is also processed to have an extremely large surface area and make it very porous. Through the help of nitrogen gas adsorption, it is determined that with only 1 gram of activated carbon usually has a surface area of 500 square meters or 1/10 the area of a football field and 1 pound of activated carbon has 200 miles of fissures and pores with an area of 4 million square feet.

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Activated carbon, especially the granulated one combined with packed tower aeration method is recognized by EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) to remove carbon tetrachloride from drinking water to below 0.005 milligram per liter or 5 ppb. source

Activated Carbon Filter Used in Air Purifiers

Activated carbon is frequently joined with other minerals like zeolite when used in air purifiers. Zeolite can act as a chemical sieve and a filer for absorbing molecules and ions.

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In several units of air purifier, the carbon is impregnated with potassium iodide and mixed with impregnated active alumina in order for the absorbent qualities to increase. People with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) will benefit from these air purifiers because they can absorb formaldehyde found in furniture upholstery, wood paneling, and carpet. These air purifiers can also remove perfumes and household cleaning chemicals, making your house more fresher and breathable for elderly, children, babies, asthma sufferers, and people in general.

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Type of Air Contaminants Activated Carbon Air Filters Can Remove

Most fumes from household cleaners, cooking, and organic odors can be removed or reduced by activated carbon filters. It can also remove VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals), solvents, radon, THM (trihalomethane), benzene, chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, and other manmade chemicals.

Below is a chart which rates the activated carbon filter’s performance on its ability to remove the following contaminants:

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Choosing the Right Activated Carbon Air Purifier

When buying an activated carbon air purifier, you should choose a filter with a big amount of activated carbon. A lot of low quality air purifiers sold in the market contains only a very tiny amount of activated carbon. These air purifiers will perform poorly compared to those with bigger volumes of activated carbon.

Another point to consider is whether the activated carbon media can be replaced without changing the whole containing cartridge. Complete cartridge unit is much expensive compared to bulk media.

What is The Best Air Purifier for the Bedroom?

Bedroom is a place where people spend one third of their life. It is where we sleep and breathe for approximately 8 hours a day. So the air inside our bedroom is very important.

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According to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the bedroom must be cleaned regularly for it contains animal dander, pollens, dust mites, and other agents that cause allergy. EPA prefers the use of vacuum cleaner that has a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to vacuum the carpet and furniture covered with fabric to lessen the buildup of dust. source

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The bedroom can also contain molds, spores, hair, dust, odors, gases, and chemicals. The standard mattress can release gases from chemicals used in the process of manufacturing the product. Air fresheners can also contribute to the bedroom pollution instead of reducing it.

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The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll and found that Americans love their bedrooms. Americans where asked, what bedroom elements help you sleep? Below is the poll result that shows the percentage of Americans who claim that these bedroom elements are significant to having a good sleep at night.

  • A comfortable mattress (92%)
  • Comfortable pillows (91%)
  • Comfortable feel of sheets and bedding (85%)
  • Cool room temperature (79%)
  • Fresh air, free of allergens (75%)
  • Dark room (73%)
  • Quiet room (72%)

 

The result of the poll above greatly shows that 75% percent of Americans claim that to have a good night sleep, the bedroom air must be fresh and free of allergens.

After the survey, the National Sleep Foundation gave a tip that people should make their bedrooms a sleeping sanctuary. The basic building blocks in making the best environment for sleeping are cool temperature, quietness, fresh air and comfort.

Since the bedroom air is one of the factors that contribute to having a good night sleep and health, the National Sleep Foundation is happy to introduce the first product for bedroom to carry the name of National Sleep Foundation.

The product is an air purifier called The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine. It is designed and developed by Austin Air Systems. This air purifier was chosen for use in a new study of Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health on bedroom air quality and asthma. It is also used by the University of Buffalo in a number of studies on asthma and environment. source

The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machines

The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine is equipped with the most advanced filtering system that Austin Air Systems has ever designed. The filtering system of this air purifier is built and designed to meet the Johns Hopkins University Medical School’s requirements to capture submicron particles and gasses.

It combines filter technologies that are proven to provide effective and safe answer to improved sleep. The air passes through 15 lb of activated carbon at a rate of 250 cubic feet per minute. The air also passes through the High Efficiency Gas Adsorber (HEGA) Carbon Cloth and True Medical Grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter at a rate of 60 square feet per minute.

The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine can remove a wide range of pollutants like chemicals, noxious gases and sub-micron particles. One of the great features of this machine is its ability to draw air into all sides called the 360 degrees progressive filtering system, and passes it through its 5-stage filter.

5 Filter Stages:

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The 5-stages filter can remove the following:

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The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine is definitely the BEST air purifier for the bedroom, because it is the only air purifier for bedroom endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation.

13 Beds so Awesome even Insomniacs will Love Bedtime

Take a look at this list of 13 awesome beds that might just find their way into your room sometime soon.

We use beds everyday so there’s nothing much about them that’s exciting anymore. Lucky for us there are some people who actually take the time to create new and exciting slumber pads that both the young and old will enjoy. Some are eccentric, others are impractical, most are expensive and still others are just mind blowing.

1. Monolith Bed 2001 – Floating

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The Monolith Bed gives us a glimpse of the future. Believe it or not, Janjaap Ruikssenaars actually spent 6 years in creating a bed that floats. The concept is so new that even imagining how you’d sleep in one is difficult. The bed can carry a weight of up to 900 kilos and it uses magnets to maintain floating stability.

This bed will probably turn new owners into insomniacs because it’ll be difficult to settle down on something so awesome. Of course like all potentially game changing technology the Monolith Bed has exclusive stamped all over it because it has a 1, 200, 000 euro price tag. Right now this still isn’t something you can just save for but in the not so distant future, who knows.

2. Roller Coaster Bed

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Here’s an idea, if you can’t sleep why not tire yourself out first. The roller coaster bed will give you the space and the humps to exhaust you enough that you’ll love the bed even if you are an insomniac. Exercise before bed, might work right? Well if you’ve tried everything else then give it a go. You’ll have trouble finding a bed sheet for this one though.

3. Surround Sound Bed

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Audiophiles will love this surround sound bed. It’s got enough power to rival or even trump any home theater set up so you’ll be in audio bliss the moment you hit the switch. Don’t be fooled by the box or even coffin like appearance of the bed because the design is perfect for brining you to sound heaven. If you’re the type that enjoys playing music while you sleep then this bed will bring that experience to the next level.

4. Jurassic Bed

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Here’s one for the kids. If you want them to stop being scared of monsters coming to eat them while they sleep, then break them in hard Spartan style by making them sleep in a monsters mouth. Seriously though your kid will love the bed and will most likely find it cool. There are very few who can claim that they slept inside the mouth of a T-Rex and lived to tell about it.

4. Safe Room Bed

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For the people who are afraid of the things that can harm them at night, whether they’re irrational or not, the safe room bed has everything covered… “literally.” It seals itself while you sleep so you’re protected from almost anything that can happen from natural disasters to kidnappers and burglars. It’s even bullet proof so if you have this Bed you won’t even need to construct a safe room in your house, this is all you need.

5. Star Wars Walker Bed

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For the Star Wars fans, what could be better than sleeping under an AT-AT Walker. This one even has a loft in it where the kid can hide out when the enemies attack. It can become a perfect setting to play around in with your kid and it’s easy enough to make with materials that aren’t too hard to find.

6. Wrestling Bed

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MMA and WWF fans love the ring and this design takes advantage of that. Although I’m unsure as to whether or not these should be given to kids, I’m fairly certain that they’ll love it and love you for it. If you make one a little bigger they can do all their wrestling games on the bed and feel like they’re actually in a ring. Of course just make sure that everything’s cushioned properly because kids, especially boys tend to be overly enthusiastic when it comes to physically demanding games.

7. Piano Bed

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The piano bed was designed for bedridden piano players so it’s still a great bed for players who can’t get up and walk to the home piano. That being said, the bed is also something that lazy piano players can look into buying. If you love to play the piano but like the rest of us you just can’t get yourself out of bed as early as you want, this could be the bed that you need to get. It’ll definitely save you travel time and lazy pianists won’t have any reason not to practice anymore.

8. Ying Yang Bed

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Cool design, great concept but this Yin-Yang themed bunk bed will probably only be good for kids since they’re not tall enough yet to feel the discomfort from the curves. It’s a nice bed to get your picture taken in though and even if you don’t use the bed it’s still a really nice piece (aesthetically) to have around the house.

9. LED Bed

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LEDs have always added coolness to most gadgets, that’s why they’re so often used on toys. But who’d have guessed that someone would actually make a LED bed. It costs $ 7,500 so be warned but if you’re looking for a bed that moonlights as a nightlight then this is it. Of course it’s difficult to imagine being able to actually sleep properly with all the lights on this one so owners of this LED bed probably have other nightly activities in mind.

10. Vertical Bed

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Can’t get enough sleep with all the travel you do to and from work? Try the vertical bed and you’ll not only look dorky and very paraplegic-like (no offense intended), you’ll also be able to snooze while standing up. The idea is that you can get some much needed sleep while you’re on the sidewalks or in the train if you carry this one with you. Well we’re always sleeping when we’re on the train anyway so this will give the people who can’t get a seat a chance to snooze just like everyone else. You better have your valuables chained on to you though because sleeping during commutes has never been the safest of activities.

11. BedBunker

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If you feel like you need to keep your gun under your pillow otherwise you can’t sleep, then why not take it to the next level and keep your entire arsenal under your bed. The BedBunker will keep your arsenal safely tucked away underneath your bed literally inside a bunker.  They’ll be ready for you to pullout when the need arises (if it ever does) and you can even arm everyone in your home with how much you can fit under the bed.

12. Indoor Tree House Bed

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Kids love treehouses but you can’t just leave them alone outside at night so their tree escapades end at lights out. But what if you could bring the tree house into their rooms so that their fun and adventure will continue on into their dreams as they slumber. Well that’s exactly what this indoor tree house bed does. You’ve got to admit the idea isn’t exactly revolutionary, I’m sure someone’s thought of this already before but to actually create one isn’t an easy task and neither is it cheap. You’ll have to bust the bank if you want to revamp your kid’s room to adopt the tree house theme.

13. Powder Blue Tracksuit – Mobile Bed

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Powder Blue tracksuits never go out of style but this new design takes it to the next, impractical, level. This mobile tracksuit has space on it to fit cushions so that you’ll always be able to find a comfortable sitting or lying position. Not a bad idea right? Now if only you could run properly with all those cushions on then this would be perfect.

Types of Air Purifier Technology That is Best for Allergies

Some people blame the air outside for their allergies and so they end up spending 90 percent of their time inside the house. Most of us think that the air inside our house is cleaner. Well, all of them are wrong. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the pollutants are 25 to 100 times higher in the air inside compared to the air outside.

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Allergies are the body’s specific immune system reaction to a typically harmless substance such as medicines, pollens, or certain foods. source

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For better understanding of what allergy is, below is an animation video from emedtv.com:

Some common allergies include:

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Air purifiers are not a solution for food allergens that causes food allergies, since air purifiers can only filter and clean the air. There are many types of air purifier technologies available according to allergyescape.com. These are HEPA filter air purifiers, Ozone air purifiers, Carbon air purifiers, Ionic air purifiers, Ultraviolet light air purifiers, and Purifying hydroxyl radicals air purifiers.

Below is a comparison chart of air purifier technology that can help us determine the best for removing airborne allergens.

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Based on the comparison chart, HEPA and Ionizer air purifiers can remove allergens like dust, pollen, and mold spores. While the Ultraviolet lamp and Carbon air purifier, can only remove some of the allergens. Some air purifier brands combine two or more of the air purifier technologies.

We will now concentrate on the two air purifier technologies below, that can remove airborne allergens that cause allergies.

1. HEPA filter air purifier

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HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters are originally designed to prevent radiation from coming out of the laboratories during World War II. HEPA filters use a cloth like filter that can trap 99.7 percent of airborne particles 0.3 microns or bigger in size. HEPA filters can be very efficient in removing practically any unsafe airborne particles in the indoor air. HEPA filters from air purifiers are replaceable. The service life of the HEPA filter will depend on how dirty is the air inside. Due to its high air resistant filter, this type of air purifier needs a powerful fan for the air to pass through. Because of that, some people complain of having a noisy machine.

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Advantages: Once the airborne allergens are trapped, they could not return to the air.

Disadvantages: Can’t remove odors, cigarette smoke, gases, or chemical fumes.

2. Ionic Air Purifier

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Unlike the HEPA air purifier, the Ionic air purifier doesn’t have a cloth like filter. The ionic air purifier works by ionizing the air. After the ionization, the airborne particulates will gain negative and positive charge.

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There are two reasons why airborne particulates are ionized. First, ionic air purifiers have charged collection plates that will attract the oppositely charged airborne particles. These kind of ionic air purifiers are called “capture” ionic air purifiers. Second, the negative and positive charged particles will attract each other. Due to this attraction, the particles will increase in weight and will fall into the ground. These ionic air purifiers don’t have a charged plate, they simply release ions through the air. Other people prefer ionic air purifiers over HEPA air purifiers because they are very quiet.

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Advantages: Even if the very fine airborne particles are several feet away, they can be removed anywhere in the room.

Disadvantages: They can’t remove odors and can’t kill germs. However, they remove the germs from the air.

8 Ways To Get Rid Of Cooking Odor

Many people love to cook at home but hate the smell that cooking leaves in your kitchen and even all over the house. Cooking spicy food, exotic recipes and roasting can leave the lingering smell all over your home especially if your home is fully air conditioned.

But that should not prevent you from enjoying the luxury of staying with your family at home and enjoy the fun of cooking. There are ways to eliminate the unwanted odor.

1. Air Fresheners

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Air fresheners are commercial or consumer products used in homes and restrooms to make the air fresh.

How air fresheners work? According to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) America, air freshener works in combination or one of the following:

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But despite the air freshener’s positive name, MCS America said that air fresheners do nothing or little to make the air fresh.

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MCS America is not alone for having negative feedback in using air fresheners. ScienceDaily.com also posted that many cleaners and air fresheners may pose health risks when used indoors.

To avoid the health risks from using chemical air fresheners, use homemade air fresheners instead.

2. Proper ventilation

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Ventilation is the process of providing fresh air to an enclosed room and taking away contaminated air outside. Kitchen is one of the busiest places in your house. You you use it 3 times or more to cook food every day. Because of that, proper ventilation is recommended to reduce and eliminate cooking odors. For proper ventilation, here is a document in portable document format: “Ventilation – The Secret to a clean, odor free kitchen” courtesy of ARAcontent.

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3. Simmer Potpourri

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Potpourri is a kind of air freshener made from cones, seeds, leaves, and dried flowers. source

Since it is a kind of air freshener, it only masks the odor using its scent. If you want to make an easy homemade simmering potpourri, below is an instructional video:

4. Vinegar

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Vinegar is a multipurpose liquid as a result of ethanol fermentation. Acetic acid is the main ingredient of vinegar that gives it an acidic taste. It is also famous in household cleaning applications. source

Because of the vinegar’s popularity as a multipurpose liquid, Richard Sweeney, an eHOw contributor posted instructions on how to eliminate odors with vinegar.

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5. Make some coffee

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Coffee lovers will love this idea. Coffee is a brewed drink coming from roasted coffee beans.

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The idea here is to mask the cooking odor with the aroma of coffee. It will not only mask the odor, according to ScientificAmerican.com, just smelling coffee helps head.

6. Baking Soda

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Some people think that baking soda and baking powder are the same. But actually, they are not. So, what is the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, while baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, acidifying agent and drying agent.

Baking soda is a chemical salt with various practical uses. Baking soda is commonly used in baking as leavening agent.

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So, How to remove odors from home using baking soda? Well, just sprinkle the baking soda into the rugs and carpets and leave it there overnight. Then vacuum it all up in the morning when you wake up. Put a tablespoon of baking soda combined with vinegar into your sink drain to freshen it.

7. Scrubbing

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Some cooking odors came from the sticking grease from cupboards, ceilings, walls, cookware and stoves. If you clean those areas, make sure that you include those tricky areas.

An eHow contributor, Deborah Waltenburg will also help you on how to clean cooking grease.

8. Air Purifiers

Air Purifiers are made to clean the air pollutants inside your house. Actually, the level of pollutants in the air inside is 25 to 100 times HIGHER than outside according to the United States Environmental Agency.

Not all air purifiers can remove odor. Only those air purifiers with carbon filter and ozone generator can remove odor, like the odor from cooking. source

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Carbon air purifier – this kind of air purifier uses activated carbon filters, a highly effective filter that captures odor, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, and gases.

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Ozone generator air purifier – this kind of air purifier uses ozone, an oxidant that is highly reactive in destroying chemicals and bacteria.

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Zen Living Professional Air Purifier

The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier is a UVC Germicidal digital air purifier with HEPA filter that is best for regulating allergies. For odor eliminating features, it is recommended to use the Carbon Filter Zen Living Model.

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When you first turn the unit on, the air purifying function will automatically work. To reduce the number of dust particles, this air purifier will create negative ions that attract particles of dust round the clock. It has a separate control for the activated oxygen. In occupied spaces, the activated oxygen is usually retained at modest levels. To ensure the removal of odors, the air purifier may be set to a high level for a certain time period. If you are away, you can automatically set the timer to deodorize your office or home completely. Ozone that is unused returns back to regular O2 around 1 hour.

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This product removes pet dander, tobacco, odors and smoke. The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier features an air sanitizer that significantly reduces bacteria, mildew and mold that cause illness from workplace or home. As the germs flow through the unit, the UV-C germicidal light will exterminate them.

The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier is designed to have a larger airflow. There are four steps process when the air is purified. The first step is the pre-filter that traps big particles like hair and then the air goes to the second stage which contains a washable HEPA filter that traps airborne pollutants, pollen, and dust that cause symptoms of allergy. The third stage is the stage that eradicates all types of microorganisms by using the UVC Germicidal light. The fourth and the final stage create negative ions that attract and attach to the bacteria, germs, and dust. When those harmful particles collected will be heavy enough, they will fall into the ground and can easily be vacuumed by vacuum cleaners. In that way, it will no longer be a threat for irritating respiratory tract. The unit comes with activated oxygen for removing odors but it is suggested not to use this feature for allergy fighting, because it may have a negative effect to people suffering from respiratory problems like severe allergies.

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The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier weighs 17 pounds and generates 11,300,000,000,000 ions per second or 11.3 Trillion ions per second! What generate the ions is the 12-15 Kilovolts power supply. This unit also operates silently with its 12 volts DC 400 CFM five speed fan.