Day 160 in Beijing: Smart Air Filters.

R2D2 is here to clean up the Beijing pollution problem!

R2D2 is here to clean up the Beijing pollution problem!

As most of you have heard, the air quality in China, and Beijing, specifically, leaves something to be desired.

There are days that are amazing and wonderful.  And then we realize that these are still below the average days anywhere else we’ve been and the bad days are horrific.

There is a reason people wear masks here and it isn’t just when they have a cold.

Therefore, air filters are essential.

Many companies have them built into their heating and ventilation systems so one does not have to worry about them.

However, since we don’t have central heating or cooling in our apartment, we decided to invest in one.

Sadly, they cost upwards of 300-500 USD for one that will cover about 500 square feet.  That means we’d need two and that is out of our price range.

The side view.  Only about 6 inches deep and 12 inches tall.

The side view. Only about 6 inches deep and 12 inches tall.

Luckily, our buddy Shagi, knows of a company, right here in Beijing, started by some ingenious ex-pats, that makes them for about 50 bucks and will send them to you free of charge.  They also have seminars so you can make your own but we couldn’t fit them into our schedule so we decided to buy one on-line.  We’ve been emailing back and forth with Gus Tate, one of the owners, who is also a juggler and seems like a fun guy.  Interestingly enough, he put me in contact with Natooke, how I wrote about in this previous blog post.

Rear view.  This is the droid we've been looking for!

Rear view. This is the droid we’ve been looking for!

We just received ours and we love it already.

We are calling it R2D2 because it is tiny, funny looking, and the cutest thing ever.

It works great, the air feels cleaner and we can’t wait to fall asleep with it and see what kind of results we get as we are often congested and feel quite tired after a night’s sleep because of the air.  It will be a very welcome change.

I already highly recommend people in China to buy these air filters and let anyone else you know about them as they work great and are so inexpensive.

Make sure to click on this link and tell them Aram sent you over:  Smart Air Filters.

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