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Last Updated on January 25, 2018

Check Out These 5 Air Purifiers If You Want Your Home Smelling Fresh

Check Out These 5 Air Purifiers If You Want Your Home Smelling Fresh

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researchers have found that indoor air pollution can be worse than outdoor air pollution in some cases. This is because indoor air doesn’t actually circulate beyond the walls of your home, and this means that particulate and pollutants can build up. In turn, these pollutants can cause a huge variety of health problems.

Air purifiers are so important during sleeping hours, when lung function naturally decreases. This makes airways more susceptible to irritant inflammation.

There are so many brands and types of air purifiers these days, it can be hard to choose which is the best. So Lifehack has curated a list of five air purifiers that we wholeheartedly recommend!

1. The PowerPure AP03 2-in-1 Air Purifier and Humidifier

    The PowerPure AP03 2-in-1 Air Purifier is ideal for someone who wants a HEPA* air purifier for year round air purification but also needs an effective humidifier for the dry months of the year. With a true HEPA filter, this purifier can remove microscopically-small particles in the air, while also boasting a 1.05-gallon water tank to ensure a moist, healthy, and breathable atmosphere. The humidifier is silent, and helps out family members suffering from upper respiratory infection. Heating elements in the home can dry out our home, so the humidifier function can help prevent expensive and time-consuming repairs.

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    Find out more information about the PowerPure, including reports by experts here!

    Get the PowerPure here on Amazon, $349 (comes in different colors!)

    2. The Dyson Air Purifier Heater & Fan

      This Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link has an amazing triple functionality – purifier, heater with thermostat control in winter, and a cooling fan in summer.

      The air purifier removes 99.97% of allergens, using graphite to get rid of potentially harmful gases. And it does this intelligently, by monitoring the air quality. A thermostat control will automatically adjust temperature as well, turning on the heat or the fan as necessary. Best of all, you can link up the Dyson with your Amazon Echo, and just speak your commands from your desk or kitchen without having to press any buttons at all!

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      Get more information and purchase it for $599.99 here.

      3. MUJI Air Purifier

        Given that air quality has deteriorated so much in urban and suburban areas (and indoors in general), MUJI has developed an high-tech air purifier, which makes use of “Dual Counter Fan” and “360° Dust and Odor Filter” to generate abundant air flow and eliminate allergens, pollutants and odor. A smart operation mode detects dust particles and can increase air circulation in Jet Cleaning Mode; you can also manually turn on Jet Cleaning Mode and vacuum at the same time for maximum effectiveness.

        Equip your home and office with the air purifier to create a pleasant and healthier living environment!

        You can buy the MUJI at Amazon here for $690. More information about the product can also be found here on the MUJI website.

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        4. The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier

          This inexpensive and barebones but mighty air purifier is an excellent choice for consumers on a budget. With True HEPA and Eco Mode, this is a true blue Air purifier that only does what it does best. It has received a lot of positive reviews for not only being efficient, but durable and affordable; see, for example, this review on Wirecutter.

          It maintains its performance for years, proving a lasting and wise investment. An air quality indicator will inform you of how your air quality is, and it has earned a 99.97% HEPA efficiency rating.

          Get this air purifier for only $199.00 on Amazon here.

          5. The GermGuardian AC4825

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            Picked as Amazon’s choice for ‘Air Purifiers’, the GermGuardian is another super affordable air purifier at only $89.99. Nonetheless, it captures 99.97% of dust and allergens, comparable to more expensive models. And UV-C light technology kills germs and other contaminants to your air. Try this at home for medium-sized rooms, for best impact.

            Purchase on Amazon here for $85.99. You can get even more information and reviews from the Wirecutter at this link .

            Featured photo credit: Photo by Bryan Minear on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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