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#PurifyYourAir with the Fellowes AeraMax Review & Giveaway (CAN 09/30) - Outside The Box

#PurifyYourAir with the Fellowes AeraMax Review & Giveaway (CAN 09/30)

#PurifyYourAir with the Fellowes AeraMax Review & Giveaway (CAN 09/30)

Have you heard of the September Asthma Peak?  Until recently I had no idea that September saw such a dramatic increase in the number of asthma flare ups in children.  In fact, some studies have shown that prescriptions for asthma medication are twice as high in September than they are in August!  Why the sudden increase?  Well there are a few things that contribute to it.  First, allergies are a big trigger for most kids with asthma and there are certain pollens in the air in September than can cause a flair up.  Another factor is that many people get lax with the preventative asthma medication (steroid inhaler) over the summer. So when you combine that with going back to school and being in a room full of germy kids  – it’s not a great mix.

asthma and kids

Our daughter has asthma, but since she’s not old enough to be in school yet we haven’t had to deal with that back to school virus spreading overload that September brings.  No, our little one is in daycare five days a week all year long so she is constantly exposed to all kinds of wonderful bugs. She’s had some pretty awful flare ups over the years but, luckily, by being diligent with her inhaler and making some smart lifestyle changes we’ve managed to get her asthma under control.  In fact we were recently able to cut her steroid use in half (never change your child’s dosage without consulting with your doctor first).

Something in the Air

I have an entire post about helping parent manage their child’s asthma.  One of the tips I talk about, and it’s one that has made a huge difference for our daughter, is investing in an air purifier. When we think of air pollution we usually think about outdoor air.  And it’s true that outdoor air at time, when it’s full of pollens and smog, can be pretty dangerous for people with asthma.  But when you consider that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors it just makes sense that we also pay attention to indoor air quality as well.  Of course keeping your house as dust and allergen free as you can is important and an air purifier can’t pull the dust mites out of your carpet but it can make a significant difference in the air quality of your home.

Which air purifier is right for you?  Just like most products these days there are a lot of options out there and a lot of products that make some pretty big promises.  It can be difficult to know which one to choose.

AeraMax from Fellowes Canada

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A little about the AeraMax:

The AreaMax line uses a combination of the most effective filtration and cleaning methods as part of a 4-stage filtration process to remove 99.97 per cent of airborne pollutants and particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This level of performance makes it the perfect clean air solution for any space up to 300 square feet.

Cutting-edge technologies provide maximum protection, including:

  • A Four-Stage Purification System, which captures 99.7% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
  • AeraSafe™ Antimicrobial Treatment that offers built-in protection from the growth of odour causing bacteria, mildew and fungi on True HEPA filter
  • An AeraSmart™ Senor that monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified. Blue, amber and red lights indicate the purity of your air
  • Aera+™ Mode, which is designed for peak allergy conditions and increases air flow by up to 50% compared to the lowest speed setting
  • Filter Change Indicators that let you know when it’s time to replace your filters
  • A Carbon Filter that removes odours and captures large airborne particulates
  • A True HEPA Filter that captures the tiniest particles and impurities including: mold spores, pollen, dust mites, most airborne microbes, allergens and cigarette smoke

The AeraMax is not the first air purifier I’ve used.  When we bought our first air purifier the AeraMax didn’t exist.  Instead I had to do a ton of research to find one that we felt would be a good investment.  When it comes to products like this, products that I have to depend on to do what they claim, I’m most likely to go with a brand I already know and trust.  Fellowes is one of  those brands. I’ve been an executive administrator for a lot of years and have seen first hand the quality that comes with Fellowes products. So when I had the opportunity to try out the Fellowes AeraMax I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t let me down.

I was also reassured that the Aeramax is a quality product when I saw the sticker telling me it is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.They don’t hand those out to just anyone.

Let’s talk about style.  I know that probably isn’t, and maybe shouldn’t be, your first consideration when picking an air purifier.  But it just so happens that the AeraMax, when it comes to air purifiers, is pretty stylish. It’s sleek enough to blend into your home without looking like you have an industrial piece of equipment in your room.

The AeraMax is also surprisingly quiet. Most of the time you won’t even hear it at all.  Because of it’s built in sensors the fan runs on low most of the time and only picks up when it senses pollutants in the air that it needs to deal with. And even when the fan is running on a higher speed it’s still very quiet.

Another feature I love about the AeraMax, one that my other purifier doesn’t have, is how easy it is to get to the filters.  In my older machine I have to take the whole unit apart to get to the filters.  With the AeraMax you just slide them out of the side of the machine.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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Let’s talk about controls. Some of the air purifiers you can get either have no options at all or there are so many you feel like you need to pull out the manual every time you need to adjust anything.

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With the AeraMax you can pretty much just plug it in and walk away.  Most of the time you will probably run it in auto mode, because of the built in sensors the AeraMax takes care of everything.  But if you feel that you need more “air purification” at any given time you can do that too.  The Aera+ Mode can be turned on during peak allergy season and will increase the air turnover rate by 50% versus low fan setting. You can also just tap on the fan speed adjustment buttons to increase circulation anytime you wish.  There are indicators for both filters to let you know when it’s time to change them.

I decided that a great way to put the AeraMax to the test was to do some much needed house cleaning the day I received it.  With a four year old, two cats and a carpenter husband, cleaning can stir up a lot of dust (and other things) around here.  It was pretty evident that the sensors were doing their job.  When I was sweeping up dust, cat hair and who knows what else from under the love seat that hadn’t been moved in some time I noticed that the fan picked up to deal with the dust I was creating. I spent most of the afternoon cleaning (and still didn’t finish by the way) while my daughter, with asthma, played closed by. I didn’t hear a single cough (her most predominant asthma symptom) all day.

With the recent addition of two cats in our home, and with cold and flu season on our heels, I’m grateful to have another weapon in our arsenal to help keep our family, and especially our asthmatic daughter, healthy. I actually picked up a very nasty cold at the office last week and, fingers crossed, nobody else at home has caught it from me.

The AeraMax comes in several models to fit every budget and home.  You can find out more about them on the Fellowes Canada website.

I was provided with compensation and/or product to facilitate this review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Win your own AeraMax

I’m thrilled to tell you that Fellowes Canada will be giving one lucky Mommy Outside reader an AeraMax of their own. To enter fill out the Rafflectopter form below.

And for more chances to win be sure to join us for the #PurifyYourAir Twitter party on September 15th.  You can find all the details and RSVP here.

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18+.

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This article has 166 comments

  1. Cleaner air for the whole family would be wonderful. Love that it automatically adjusts to different settings to remove dust.

  2. We sneeze every morning and are a bit stuffed up. I am sure this product would make a difference. Especially when the furnace starts. I find it gets dusty quickly in my home This would help.


  3. This would be great for my home because I have a dog and this would help clean the air.

  4. We live in a residential area that is across the bay from an industrial area. Daily we get the smells and dust of industry as they grind away

  5. I need this for my basement and my bedroom as my partner get allergies pretty badly.

  6. My youngest has allergies and during the winter when we can't open our windows often enough, the dust really irritates him, so I'm hoping the AeraMax air purifier will help him with the allergies.

  7. Hoping that the air purifier would help with my husband waking up with a stuffy head (Vesper)

  8. This would be wonderful for my youngest daughter who is expecting her first baby in the spring.  We all suffer from allergies, so the cleaner the air the better for all of us!


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  9. with allergies in the house, and pets and dust this would be very helpful 

  10. I would like to have this purifier as we have a dog and a cat in our household.  I also have found as I get older I am more sensitive to the dust and allergens around.

  11. We have pets and allergies so this air purifier would likely work wonders for my family.


  12. I have nasal allergies, so I could use one of these!

  13. Hubby suffers with allergies and we have 4 pets so we could definitely use one of these in our house.

  14. Cleaner air would be beneficial even though I don't have any allergies

  15. My son is asthmatic,would be an awesome help!

  16. Both my kids have allergies and asthma. This would DEF be a help here. Thanks!

  17. Living near a steel plant and having a cat who basically runs the house, it would be great to have an air purifier like this.  Great reviews!

  18. This would be nice to own, I have 3 large dogs and a husband that smokes, so something to clean the air would be amazing!!!

  19. My 16 yr ols Stepson has really bad allergies, plus we have a cat and a dog running around!

  20. my grandson has allergies so it would be nice to help them out with this

  21. My oldest son and myself both have asthma and allergies and my other son and daughter have milder allergies but still struggle from time to time, so anything that reduces that is great for us .

  22. I have asthma as well as my little girl

  23. I stuffed up until I couldn't breath during this time of the year.

  24. my niece has allergies so this would be perfect

  25. sensitive airways. thanks

  26. My 4 yr old daughter has so many allergies , we keep a purifier in her room so she is comfy throughout the night  but it would be really nice to have one for the living room where she spends a lot of her time during the day 

  27. My husband has asthmatic episodes, my kids and I sniffle all the time. We have two dogs, a cat and a house full of carpet. Need more reasons? 

    I don't want this, I NEED THIS!

    Besos, Sarah
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  28. This would be great to have in our much-used but stuffy basement – we also have a cat. I'd like to improve the air quality.

  29. Today with the allergens and air tight rooms it's needed for the air quality within but also I mostly want it for my mother as my father is a smoker and the second hand smoke is terrible for her.

  30. I live in an area that has lots of construction going on and a lot of dust comes into my apartment.

  31. I need a AeraMax air purifier because my daughter has asthma. 

  32. Between allergies and a beautiful dog that sheds, cleaner air would be a welcome blessing!

  33. My son always seems to get bronchial infections, this may help him.

  34. I have COPD and lost almost 30% of lung usage

  35. My Family is so stuffed up every morning…the cleaner the air the better we breath… 

  36. My eldest son suffers with asthma (he has been good for the last couple of years) but we all suffer from allergies and this would be perfect!

  37. My youngest son has seasonal allergies, so this would be a big help for him.

  38. Because of allergies and the fact that we have three cats we could really use one.

  39. My daughter has allergies and this would be perfect

  40. I would like to win this because it will help with my families allergies

  41. I need this air purifier as I have a lot of allergies and three dogs along with two cars thrown into the mix.

  42. My son has terrible allergies and almost anything makes him cough, if I can make his air as clean as possible I don't have to rely on medication to keep it under control. 

  43. My family deserves better quality air in our home

  44. So many allergies in our family. This would help so much

  45. Love to breather clean air indoors…

  46. My daughter and I both suffer from allergies and bad respitory colds year round.  This would really help us!

  47. I need one because I have terrible allergies and my husband smokes.

  48. My baby and I have stuffed up noses and we don't have colds. 🙁 With a second little one due thus Christmas, I want to protect my family from dust and indoor allergens. I learned a lot at the twitter party. Thank you for the chance, twitter fan@plumerea

  49. our house is old and dusty

  50. I need one to help me with my allergies, they are horrible in the Spring and Fall

  51. I need one because my kiddo suffers from allergies and we have carpeting!!!

  52. 2 cats, 1 dog , my husband & I will allergies and an asthmatic son!

  53. I need this for my kids so they can breathe cleaner air!

  54. My seasonal allergies are brutal I can't sleep which makes me tired during the day It is a vicious cycle until you are too tired and worn down to fight off any infection. I am lethargic and unproductive when I am like this and allergy season is several months of the year for me.

  55. grandkids both have puffers – don't want them to end up in emerg

  56. We have so many allergies in the house!! Would love this!!

  57. I need one because I dont have one!

  58. Even our cat seems to get allergies in the spring!

  59. I'd like to get a purifier because i think it might help the boyfriend sleep better. He's got some sinus issues and recently went for a surgery (which helped a lot!!), but anything that might make him get a more restful sleep is worth a try! 

    – Amber

  60. Would love to use one to tackle the allergens in the house, allergy season hits hard in this house, its unbearable

  61. My son has environmental allergies and asthma and we end up in emergency way to frequently. I would love to make my son more comfortable with his aliment.

  62. I need this for my asthma & allergies. It would also help because I have shedding cats.

    Stephanie La Plante

  63. I'm stuffed up three quarters of the year and this would be a great help!

  64. I have allergies, and this would allow me to breathe.  Thank You   

  65. 2 cats, 5 sons, lots of allergies 🙂 

  66. We have cats and an older home, think the air could use some purifying !!

  67. I need this because I am a cat sitter and have multiple cats in the house which creates a  ton of allergens!

  68. I have 2 boys and a dog , my house could use this badly ! 😀 

  69. My daughter has allergies and I think I might be starting to get some too.

  70. I sneeze a few times per day and I am so often stuffed up . Plus we have a long haired cat and a long haired dog.

  71. Three cats and a hubby who is prone to colds and ear infections 🙂  Help us Fellowes Canada! 🙂
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  72. I have a boyfriend that suffers from allergies. This would be perfect in our bedroom

  73. I suffer from asthma..and also own many animals – two large hairy dogs, three cats and two chinchillas..sure would love cleaner air!

  74. My son is asthmatic

  75. I actually have a chronic respiratory illness. I have an air purifier downstairs but having one upstairs too would be hugely helpful!

  76. We share the air system with our neighbours and they smoke, so it would be nice to not smell like an ash tray when we don't smoke, ourselves. Sucks!

  77. Love to win this since we're always interested in breathing nicer, cleaner air.

  78. We need an air purifier because we've got a guy with asthma and the neighbours in our semi are such heavy smokers, you can actually see the smoke coming through the walls. Gross!

  79. I have really bad allergies and my sibling has bad asthma, this would help a lot

  80. my room is dusty and can use cleaner air

  81. I have allergies and my little guys has issues with wheezing with colds so we could really use this in our home.

  82. We have parrots – some of us are allergic to dander – parrots have dander – but we'd never part with any member of the family – skin fur or feather!

  83. I suffer from chronic sinusitis and this would be extremely useful.

  84. across the back lane from us is industrial area and we get alot of smells and dust from them

  85. If I won I would give it to my son who has allergies.

  86. my son has year round allergies and would be perfect for our home

  87. I have seasonal allergies and it would be a great help 🙂

  88. I have allergies to cold air, that’s why it will be helpful:)

  89. I attended the Fellowes twitter party, from what I learned there,  I can't think of a reason why I don't need an air purifier! 

  90. I need one because Sophie has recently been having trouble breathing and her specialist recommended we purchase one

  91. I live near a busy highway and the dust and dirt that drifts into my home is crazy!

  92. I'd love to win one for my husband who has seasonal allergies and asthma.

  93. So many allergies here, could use some cleaner air!

  94. I want it to get rid of allergens and pet related smells

  95. I've got a dog and a cat, and the fur in my house is crazy!

  96. I have a dog, two cats, a husband, and two kids. My house can get pretty smelly and dusty.

  97. I have just been diagnosed with asthma after a few lung infections and have a dog so this would be an awesome tool to help me manage my home environment better.

  98. billiondollarprincesss
    Sunday 21 September 2014, 11:14 am

    I live in an apartment so the air doesn't circulate as well in the small space.

  99. The air feels very humid in the house 

  100. I need this to help ease my allergies

  101. My hubby and I both have allergies, and he has asthma.  This would sure come in handy!

  102. I need the AeraMax air purifier for my immune compromised hubby. 

  103. I live in an apt bldg and I wake up a few times throughout the night with a plugged nose and it sucks

  104. I need one because my mom has really bad allergies so I hope this can help her

  105. This would really help with my allergies/stuffy nose and sneezing.

  106. I need clean air I have allergies.

  107. Sounds like a terrific product. My family could def benefit,from purer,air without having to drive up north to get it!

  108. This would help with the dust in our home.

  109. We need AeraMax air purifier because we have kids, pets and this time of the year seasonal allergies.

  110. I'd love to win this for my cousin. 2 of her 3 kids have asthma and both shaw and her 5 year old daughter suffer from allergies year round.

  111. I'd love an aeramax because my allergies are insane this year due to dust, pollen and forest fire smoke. If I could get at least one of the triggers in control my sinuses would be so much happier!!

  112. We have 3 cats and I have allergies, an air purifier in the house would really help.

  113. 2 cats, 2 kids, a helicopter that lands several times a day behind the house blowing all kinds of what not into our air. 

  114. I definitely could use one because me and my other half just got a new apartment and move in 5 days.  The previous tenants were not too house proud.

    Rob Shiels

  115. i would love to have this for my baby. he has allergies and we don't know to what yet, hopefully the air purifier would help some

  116. for my son he has allergies
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  117. My husband has asthma and is allergic to our cats (they were around before he was!) and this would definitely help him out!

  118. My daughter is always plugged up because of her allergies so this would be great. 

  119. I have a cat that sheds like crazy. My boyfriend is allergic to cats and suffers because he loves her too much!

  120. I have asthma and allergies, but so does my son and with my older child in school I really see the effect of the September Epidemic as our Dr calls it. 

  121. Between the cats, the dust, and the asthma, this is not working out well at the moment. 

  122. I have allergies and I'll try anything that helps.

  123. Is 2 stinky little Ferrets answer enough? They are so cute, loveable and squeezeable though. 

  124. I have allergies….and a dog…need I say more?

  125. I have asthma so I'm sure it would help my breathing

  126. I have a furbaby who has allergies, it would be great to help keep the air clean for her.

  127. I would like this to help with my allergies

  128. Oh the list is long…
    First and foremost, a new baby is soon to be welcomed into the family. My mother, myself, my daughter and youngest son all have asthma. We have an old cat (meaning, I am not getting rid of her at this point). 
    I'd love to have a purifier for when the little one, and all others afflicted with asthma, visit. 

  129. We have pets in the house that generate their own odours, on top of the regular cooking, and sometimes smoking inside, issues that arise.
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  130. I have dust allergy. i need to take pill every night before sleep…and my husband have seasonal allergy too, so this will help us 🙁 

  131. my daughter has year round allergies, I'd like for her to have some relief

  132. We have a fairly large dog who loves to shed and lots of carpets so an air purifier would be super helpful!

  133. Ive recently moved into an apartment and the people that live upstairs tend to smoke, and every morning I can smell smoke in my apartment

  134. I have allergies and think having a purifier would help immensely

  135. we have an issue with sneezing.  Hubby will sneeze 5 or 6 times in a row.  I am sure its the dust and pollen, this would surely help

  136. I suffer from allergies and my daughter has asthma so this would really be helpful in our house.

  137. I'd love this for my son's room, he has dust and pollen allergies.

  138. We're having a baby very soon. It would be nice to provide the baby with the best air possible!

  139. My boyfriend has allergies and asthma. Our house is also very old and is always dusty. 

  140. because my son and I have allergies!!

  141. This would be great for us as my husband is asthmatic and we all have allergies so keeping the air pure is important to our family.

  142. I have COPD..I have quit smoking well over 1 1/2 ago but I still have trouble breathing and I need the air to be clean as possible

  143. All 3 of my kids have asthma, seems like there is always at least 1 suffering with it at a time

  144. I need a good air filter so that the hair from my 4 dogs and two cats (all rescues) doesn't clog me up!!

  145. My daughter has puffers that she needs to take every time she gets sick and our neighbors cigarette smoke amongst other kids of smoke, seeps into our house all day and night long. This would really come in handy for us. 

  146. My son has allergies so this would help

  147. We live in a older home, on a acreage. All the dust coming into your home from the road, yuck. Thanks

  148. With allergies, mild asthma and a toddler with eczema, eye could use this air purifier.

  149. We live in a very old house, with a damp basement. I suffer from allergies pretty much year round, so it would be great to have an air purifier to help rid the inside air of all the bad stuff, especially with one small toddler and an infant on the way.

  150. I have 3 cats and am allergic to them

  151. I could use this to help with pet issues

  152. I have asthma and have been having some issues lately. Some nights I have trouble moving because I cannot breath, so this would be prefect and help my life change with cleaner air. Would love to breath better and not deal with the pain while trying to breath. 
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  153. I developed allergies for the first time in my life and I need the air to be as clean as possible! (Suzi)

  154. This is for my mother and she definitely needs one due to her health condition.  She has bad allergies and it should be more than good enough!

  155. My husband and I have allergies; seasonal, dust, pollen, animals, trees, flowers, perfume, etc.  My husband, son, and I all have asthma and take advair and ventolin to control our symptoms.  We live in a rented home with wall to wall old carpets.  Since its a rental, we can't replace the carpets.  We're allergic to the chemicals they use in professional carpet cleaning, so we bought our own and cleaned them ourselves…it doesn't work.  There's too much dust in the carpets and air.  This would be perfect for us.

  156. I live in a basement apartment with a air flow issue…there is none. So the air is always stagnant even with windows open. Having an air cleaner will certainly help with this.

  157. With pets, asthma, and allergies in this household, we could sure use an air purifier to help make everyone a little more comfortable and perhaps a little more healthy.

  158. My son and I both have allergies and unfortunately an Air Purifier is not in the budget. 🙂

  159. if I won, it would put it in my sons' bedroom, so it would help them to breath better. And not feeling congested due to the air quality.

  160. My daughter, some of her children and possibly a great grandchild all are afflicted with asthma & this would be great for them when they visit me

  161. I have allergies to dust mites, cats and pollens of all sorts! With 2 cats and a toddler those things are in my home often! I need help!

  162. I need one because there are too many smells/toxins in the area where I live. Need to clean up the air so I can breathe better. THanks!

  163. People I live with smoke.

  164. We have pets at home and there is always dust

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