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Last week I told you about the 10 ways our family prevents colds and the flu. We’ve been implementing 9 out of 10 of these steps for the past two winters–with MUCH success!
This winter, we also added an air purifier to our routine.
Honestly? I had never really considered using an air purifier before, but now that I know what they do, I really wish we had had one back in 2012 when we all had the horrible, no-good norovirus!
According to “5 Ways to Combat Flu in Your Home,” an air purifier “can remove the smallest microbes in the air, reducing harmful airborne germs that not only include cold and flu viruses but also dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and smoke particles.” (source)
Basically, an air purifier circulates or “cleans” the air that would otherwise remain stagnant and create the perfect breeding ground for germs. Airborne germs and viruses can live longer and spread farther than you might think.
The flu can spread to people up to 6 feet away, even without a sneeze or cough to propel it.
After a cough or a sneeze, some viruses stay suspended in the air for hours before landing on surfaces, where they can live for 24 hours!
This winter, I was given the opportunity to review the new Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 Air Purifier, which features state-of-the-art, ultra-quiet technology that automatically monitors air and adjusts its settings to offer invisible protection against colds and the flu!
Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 is lightweight enough to easily carry from room-to-room, and it is extremely quiet. It is running in the room where I am sitting as a type this, and I cannot even hear it!
In addition, the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 Air Purifier:
- uses true HEPA filters, which safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles, including viruses, germs, dust, mold, pollen, ragweed, pet dander and cigarette smoke.
- has undergone independent certifications–from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB). It has been certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), UL Listed and Energy Star-Certified.
- includes automatic filter change indicators.
- includes an automatic sensor that monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified.
Do air purifiers really work?
To be honest, I really don’t know. I do know that our family has stayed well this winter.
Again, we stick to a pretty strict preventative regimen, but I think the air purifier has only made that protocol better.
You can buy the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 at BestBuy.com for around $189.99.
Do you have an air purifier? Were you aware that air purifiers could help prevent colds and the flu?
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