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It happens every year, like clockwork.
On a morning – just like this morning – I will wake up, rub the sleep from my eyes, and swallow. And I will have a tickle at the back of my throat. Later that day, my nose will twitch; my eyes will water. I will understand that the misery of seasonal allergies is upon me, and I will resign myself to weeks (maybe months) of discontent.
It’s a September thing.
Canadians invest $9.1 billion annually in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – all of which address an issue that does not kill the key contributor to illness from air transmission. And even with all these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital in September. Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September.
Why? It’s simple – and complicated. With the new school year, so comes some of the most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months increasing vulnerability, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust, mould spores and more.
Although I thought allergies were my biggest concern, I’m actually writing this post on the heels of a very disturbing phone call I received from Reid’s school, just this afternoon.
“Mrs. Almeida, we’re concerned Reid has been coughing a lot today, bordering on wheezing.”
“Oh!” I replied. “Well, he was sick recently…”
“Is he asthmatic?” she asked.
“Noooo….” I answered.
And now, of course, I’m wondering if he is. It’s Reid’s first time in a group environment, so naturally he is exposed to germs, allergens and a whole grab bag of potential triggers that I simply did not have to worry about before. I know that most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe, and the dirty truth is that inside air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors.
A few weeks ago, I hosted the #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party with Fellowes Canada. And the funny thing is, while I enjoyed the benefits of having an air purifier in my home, I wasn’t dependent on it like I am now. At the time, clean, sanitized air was a nice to have. Now it’s a need to have.
The new AeraMax air purifiers are the only such devices in Canada which have been scientifically tested and proven to be Asthma & Allergy Friendly, as certified by the Asthma Society of Canada. At home, we depend on the AeraMax 300 Air Purifier.
The AeraMax 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 articles 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.
In addition to a sleek, modern design, 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 Sensor 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: mold spores, pollen, dust mites, most airborne microbes, allergens and cigarette smoke
When we first set up the AeraMax 300, it literally ran on high for about a day – characterized by the angry red circle beaming from the unit. (Thankfully, even at its highest setting, it was still relatively quiet.) Then, happily parked in Automatic mode, the unit continued to purify the air in our family room – our most trafficked area – without any intervention from us. Hence, the AeraMax Air Purifier is an authentic “set and forget” kind of thing.
Except I won’t forget it. I won’t forget that the AeraMax is making my air cleaner and safer. It’s helping to relieve asthma and allergy symptoms, removing germs and viruses from the air, and neutralizing odour causing bacteria and mildew. It’s keeping us healthy.
I want you to experience the difference of Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers. One lucky reader will win an AeraMax 300, valued at $349.99. To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck everybody!