“Clearing the Air” with Your Roommates

August 29, 2018

For many of us, September is moving season. Whether it’s beginning a new lease at the start of the month or helping kids relocate to college, this month is a popular one for settling into new spaces and sometimes with new roommates. While roommates can provide great company for binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows or splitting dinner while you share updates on your day, they can also present challenges as you adjust to one another’s living habits.

Although learning to live comfortably with roommates takes time and compromise, there’s one thing that can be sure to help clear the air between you and your roommates: getting a room air cleaner. Here are three of the top reasons that the Sponsors of Mass Save® – Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil – recommend you add a room air cleaner to your living space.

Improve Cleanliness

Common spaces can be tricky to keep clean and sometimes roommates’ standards of cleanliness can vary. If you’re moving into a new space, you’ll want to show it off to your friends and family, but before you do you’ll want to make sure it looks tidy and smells clean.  A room air cleaner can trap unwanted odors and can help prevent, and eliminate, the build-up of dirty air particles, giving you cleaner air, which leads to a cleaner floor and less dust. Whether it’s smelly gym clothes, dirt and hair from a pet, or unwanted odors in the kitchen, a room air cleaner can help with all of these issues!

Improve Comfort

A room air cleaner will help improve the overall comfort of your new home, especially if you suffer from allergies. They help alleviate allergens, such as pet dander and dust, or seasonal allergies from trees and flowers, enabling you to breathe a little easier. Room air cleaners can also help rid your new place of any musty smells, such as those from mold or mildew.

Save Energy and Money

When looking for the best unit for your home, look for an ENERGY STAR® certified model. The ENERGY STAR specification for room air cleaners measures its energy efficiency by using a Clean Air Delivery Rate-to-Watt ratio that measures the amount of containment-free air delivered by the unit. The higher the ratio, the more efficient the unit is and the harder it will work for you by cleaning and purifying your home. Plus, when you purchase a certified unit, you’re eligible for a $40 rebate from Mass Save. Certified models are 40 percent more efficient than non-certified models, and can save you up to $250 in electricity costs over their lifetime.


When it comes to comfort and cleanliness room air cleaners can really help improve your life at home (and potentially relationships with your roommates). Be sure to look for the blue ENERGY STAR label when you’re shopping for your new room air cleaner, and apply for a rebate through Mass Save to get $40 back!

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