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Well, it's officially here an in full swing...the dreaded cold and flu season! I know that we all wash our hands and cover our mouths when we sneeze, but sometimes that just isn't enough to ward off those pesky cold and flu germs! Did you know that the air inside our homes is five times more polluted than the air outside? That's five times the germs and viruses (which are the leading causes of colds and flu) than we face outside, and as a work at home mom, I breathe it all day long! I was sent a Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier to try out in our home this cold and flu season so that we can try to keep the colds and flu away.
Not-So-Fun Facts about Colds and Flu
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 up to 24 hours.
Pretty gross, right? Using an air purifier can help clean the air in your home, which can be really helpful in keeping germs and viruses at bay during cold and flu season. The new Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier employs state-of-the-art, ultra-quiet technology that automatically monitors the air in the room and adjusts its settings to offer invisible protection for the air you breathe during cold and flu season.
According to the Fellowes® 2014 Cold and Flu Report, half (46%) of Americans are somewhat or very concerned about getting sick during cold and season. And while 60 percent of survey respondents encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water and nearly half (40%) frequently clean surfaces in the home using a disinfectant, a 4-step process is truly necessary to reducing cold and flu season risk in the home.
The 4 Step Process is quite simple, and you might already be doing some of the steps!
Step 1: Ask about the flu shot at your local pharmacy or doctor's office. You can often find a very reasonably priced flu shot available at your local Walgreens or CVS/Pharmacy; my local pharmacies offer the flu shot even if they do not have a full clinic in the store.
Step 2: Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Not just after going to the bathroom, but throughout the day when you touch public doors, handle a shopping cart, etc. Keep your hands clean!
Step 3: Wipe down the surfaces in your home with powerful disinfectants. The best way to kill germs on the surfaces throughout your home is by doing just that: killing them with
Step 4: Purify the air indoors.
While we have personally made the decision to forgo the flu shot this year, we are embracing the other points in the 4 step process. You should have seen me going crazy with the cleaners last month after Angeline recovered from being sick - we are taking NO chances of letting those nasty germs stick around the house!
My personal tip for when you think you might be getting sick is to load up on Vitamin C, whether it be in a supplement form or lots and lots of orange juice! I've also started buying Elderberry syrup to help boost our immune systems when we start feeling that icky, I'm-about-to-get-sick feeling!
We just received the Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier and I am pretty excited about bringing this extra step into our home. The Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier technology is pretty cool!
Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier
Fellowes® AeraMax™ Air Purifiers are effective at removing influenza and cold viruses from indoor air and offer the following features:
- Only a True HEPA filter – like the one found inside the Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier – safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles, including viruses, germs, dust, mold, pollen, ragweed, pet dander and cigarette smoke.
- The new Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier comes with certifications from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB), Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), UL Listed and Energy Star-Certified.
- The Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier offers total innovation and convenience with: Ultra Quiet operation, Automatic filter change indicators, Automatic sensor that monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified, User-friendly touch screen technology with back-lit performance LEDs.
As a pet owner, I am really excited that on top of helping to get rid of viruses and germs, the Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier helps get rid of pet dander too! With three cats and three dogs in the house, we always have pet dander, no matter how much I vacuum or dust the house. I am really excited about having an extra helper in this aspect, because even though no one in our house is actually allergic, the dander does bother us when it piles up.
We have it set to turn on automatically, so it does all of the work for us - we never have to worry about knowing when it needs to turn on. Pretty awesome, right?
I will be checking back with you guys in a while, after we have been using the Fellowes® AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier for a while to let you know how it is working for us! Be sure to stay tuned for my update!
The Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 Air Purifier starts at $189.99, and you can purchase it at BestBuy.com!