Years after the Covid-19 pandemic shook the world, and just months after smoke from the Canadian forest fires shrouded many North American cities in a grimy haze over the summer, air purification is on the rise. Machines became a necessity. I’ve been testing some of these devices over the past few years and the latest. Rabbit Air A3 Air Purifier– Might just be my favorite. The company’s long-lasting filter offers six stages of purification, including BioGS HEPA filtration and activated carbon, but the company also offers four different filters to enhance the A3’s performance against specific targets like viruses and pet dander. We also offer customization options. Not only that, it’s stylish (have you ever heard of an air purifier?), you can customize the look with interchangeable artwork panels, it’s easy to mount on the wall, it has an accompanying mobile app, and it’s nearly silent To do. .
The Rabbit Air A3 arrives in smart packaging and is easy to set up. The front panel is attached magnetically and can be easily removed. My review unit was one of the custom Artist Series panels (available for an additional $69.95) that make the A3 look like just another high-tech device.
Once the front panel is removed, the filter fits inside the removable filter case. The top layer is a user-washable pre-filter. Rabbit Air sells 4 types of customization filter pack, each complementing a specific element of air purifier performance (bacterial defense, odor removal, pet allergy, and toxin absorption). Each product is rated for 12 months of 24/7 use.
I have three children in college, one of whom is immunocompromised. Last year, I contracted the coronavirus and became seriously ill, causing an autoimmune attack on my liver that took several months to return to normal. Of course, I chose the Germ Defense filter pack.
Test: Rabbit Air A3 vs. Canadian Wildfire Smoke
This summer was the perfect time to test out the capabilities of this air purifier. I live in southwestern Ontario, and the AQI (air quality index) is well above 100 due to the smoke from the wildfires from the northern part of the province, as well as from Quebec and British Columbia. There were many days when it approached 200.
What does AQI mean? It’s a measurement of air quality based on many pollutants that have negative health effects, such as particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide. An AQI below 31 is considered good, between 50 and 99 is considered poor, and above 100 is considered very poor.by Ontario Ministry of Environmentan AQI measurement of 50 or higher “may have adverse effects on sensitive members of the human or animal population,” while an AQI measurement of greater than 100 “may have adverse effects on a large proportion of the exposed population.” be”.
My review unit, the Rabbit Air A3, arrived after wildfire season was nearly over. However, after being here for a few weeks, there were days when I could smell the smoke. His AQI readings in my city reached his 70s. It’s the perfect time to test. It was fall so the windows were open, but his AQI readings in the house were also in his 70s (I have a portable AQI sensor).
I closed the window and waited for about an hour, but there was no change in the indoor readings. I powered up the Rabbit Air A3 on the main floor of my house and watched the readings on the AQI sensor begin to drop rapidly. Within an hour, his AQI reading outdoors was 68 but dropped to 33 on the main floor of the house. This air purifier has an activated carbon filter that removes VOOCs (volatile organic compounds) as well as odors such as smoke odor. . The Rabbit Air A3 is rated to cover up to 1,072 square feet, so we were able to easily clean that floor in our home.
It’s not worth it that you’re doing a renovation job that involves a lot of sanding when you install new drywall. The contractor sealed the rooms involved with plastic sheeting, but I know from past experience that some dust always gets in. I kept the air purifier running during this project, and over the past two weeks I noticed that there was no drywall dust buildup anywhere on the floor of the house where the air purifier was installed. . The pre-filter is also very effective at trapping pet hair when our 100 pound double coated dog goes through her shedding season…
Does the custom Germ Defense filter pack I ordered actually stop the spread of viruses? Rabbit Air says its Germ Defense filter physically traps particles that carry bacteria, mold, and viruses. The unique BioGS HEPA filtration that is part of every filter is described as:
“Test data shows that our HEPA filters (new or like new) can capture 0.3 micron size particles with 99.97% efficiency, and our air purifiers can remove 99.9% of 0.1 micron size particles from the air. It is shown.”
It performs better than standard HEPA filters and has additional benefits listed in the table below.
As I mentioned earlier, I have three children living at home and attending university, all of whom spend up to two hours a day on public transportation. This fall, both of them fell ill at different times, but so far there has been no major damage to the house. Since I’m not in a lab, I don’t have the ability to empirically test the effectiveness of removing viruses and bacteria, but using the Rabbit Air A3 air purifier and running the Germ Defense filter, I found that it was possible to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. I’m sure it will help prevent this. disease.
Key specifications of Rabbit Air A3:
- 6-stage filtration including BioGS HEPA filter and activated carbon filter
- Covers up to 1070 square feet at 2 air changes per hour (ACPH)
- Filters 8,560 cubic feet of air in 30 minutes
- Automatic control of fan speed with odor and particle sensors
- Brushless motor for durability, low heat generation, and low noise (20 dBA up to 51 dBA)
- Wall-mountable (bracket included)
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
- User-controllable multi-color LED lighting (can be turned off completely)
- 4 customized filter packs available
- Filter can be used 24/7 for 12 months (2 years at 12 hours per day), filter replacement cost is $115.95
- 19.7H x 18.9W x 8.4D inches, weight 20.3 lbs
- Available in black, white, special edition + optional Artist Series front panel
- 2021 reddot innovative product award winners
- Energy Star Certified
- 5 year warranty
Rabbit Air A3 is fully controllable using the built-in touchscreen display. However, you can also connect the air purifier to his Wi-Fi network (or using Bluetooth) and control it wirelessly using the Rabbit Air mobile app.
of Rabbit Air A3 isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s also not the most expensive. In fact, among the air purifiers I’ve tried so far, the Rabbit Air A3 ranks in the middle in terms of initial cost.
Although I can’t test its effectiveness at removing airborne bacteria and viruses, my review unit was very effective at removing air pollution, even though I opted for a customized germ-fighting filter pack. All custom filter packs include BioGS HEPA filtration and activated carbon, so you can expect effective air purification no matter which version you choose. The replacement filter pack costs $115.95 and is expected to last for one year if you use it 24/7, or two years if you use the air purifier 12 hours a day, so it’s actually quite affordable .
Stylish design, easy wall-mounting options, availability of a customized artwork front panel, quiet operation, and mobile app integration make the Rabbit Air A3 an attractive choice for a home air purifier .
Disclosure: Rabbit Air provided the A3 air purifier for evaluation purposes but was not involved in this review.
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