Did You Know Indoor Air is 5x More Polluted Than Outside Air?

I had high hopes for my annual Florida vacation. This year I was able to stretch it out almost a whole three weeks and was really looking forward to some lazy days soaking up the sunshine, a welcome respite from this record breaking Michigan winter. I’m not exaggerating even the slightest when I say it was cold. I mean had anyone even heard the term polar vortex before 2014? 

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Oh, we made it to Florida alright. Unfortunately, we packed some nasty germs with us and arrived utterly sick. The combination of an incredibly high pollen count, sever allergies and a cold was too much. I spent the entire time absolutely miserable. 

Pollen Forecast
I could go into the nasty details about what this type of pollen activity does to an allergy suffered but I’ll spare you. Instead I’ll paint this picture. Between the 3 of us we have went through exactly 9 boxes of tissues in 3 weeks.  Upon arriving back home to Michigan my grandmother, daughter and I all took a trip to the doctor. My grandmother has bronchitis and both my daughter and I have sinus infections.  I thought I was coming home to relief from seasonal allergies but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  

Pollen Forecast 1

Experts  are claiming that the weather we had this winter, with all of its record snowfalls are sadly setting ground for increased pollen counts, leading up to to a bad allergy and asthma season this spring. Normally, when the pollen count is this bad we stay inside but I recently learned thats really no solution at all. 

According to AAFA, nearly 40 million Americans have allergies and more than 10 million have allergic asthma. And with Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors where air is up to five more polluted than it is outside, indoor air quality is more important than ever. 

Thankfully, I came home to the Fellowes AeraMax 200 Air Purifier, a total gem. My daughter and I have spent the last three days indoors recovering and I have noticed the huge impact having this HEPA filter has played. 

Fellows Aeramax Purifier
The AeraMax is really both quiet and convenient. I had the option of manually controlling speed or simply turn on the automatic sensor and leaving it. The sensor monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified. When we first turned it on, I wasn’t surprised that it immediately went to high. Slowly clicking down as the air became cleaner. The true HEPA Filter worked constantly to capture 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Fellows Aeramax Purifier 1

In just a few short days we could already see some discoloration in the filter as it cleaned out the pollen and dust that had been hanging around our house. Not only could we see the difference in the filter, we could smell the freshness in the air. In fact, at nights when draining sinuses and a racking cough made sleep difficult I had my daughter sleep right next to the purifier. The combination of fresh air, chest rub and honey helped soothed her back to sleep in no time.  

The Fellows AeraMax Air Purifier easily won our family over, our only regret is that it only covers 200sq feet so we will need another for each bedroom. 

I received the AeraMax 200 for review purposes. All opinions and experiences are my own. 

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Ashley spends her days avoiding run-ons as she turns words from yellow to chartreuse and wearing out the M & N keys writing about Travel, DIY, and Tech. She hopes to inspire the masses to travel and LIVE happily one InstaTweetPin at a time.


  1. April 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    That is a very nice air purifier and I need one like that in my house. We were so sick last winter, the weather was crazy cold and we all got cough and cold. I don’t know if we have allergies but it was just a bad winter for all of us. I like the smell of clean air.

  2. April 27, 2014 at 2:21 am — Reply

    It’s scary home polluted our home air is. We need to get a AeraMax to help us breathe cleaner air. It has so many great functions.

  3. April 27, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    OMG… this is so shocking :o

    Thanks for the informative post

  4. April 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm — Reply

    Oh boy, I bet our air is bad. i’d love to have one of these purifiers!

  5. April 28, 2014 at 7:53 am — Reply

    That is a really nice air purifier. I need to get one for every room in my house because we all have allergies and many of us have asthma

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