A Breath Of Fresh Air: Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

I never knew living with someone who has asthma and allergies would be so worrying or time consuming. I mean, I didn’t know that dust would cause him so much pain and discomfort. It would bring him out in dry, sore rashes and the panic that comes over you when you experience their first asthma attack is terrifying. When I was approached to give an air purifier a try I jumped at the offer, anything that could help minimise flair ups and attacks was welcomed by me. So here is my thoughts on the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier.

Living With Ailments

Luckily for me it is my husband who suffers from this range of ailments and I’m not a parent experiencing this with my child. He knows what to do, can tell me how to help and has taught me how to make his life easier. I still panic when I hear him struggling to breathe and I’m the one madly running around the house at 3am looking for his inhaler but it’s not as bad as the first time I experienced it.

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier

Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier
All ready for unboxing

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier came well packaged and protected, with all the instructions you needed to get started. To be honest, it was really easy to set up and get started. The instructions were clear and it was just a case of unpacking, plugging in and switching on.

It is a lot smaller than I imagined it to be, not sure why but I still expect all this great new technology to be huge rather than small and barely noticeable. Before I set it up I did a little bit of Googling and review reading myself so I knew what to expect once I switched it on.

Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier
Only just comes up passed the plug sockets.

We decided to position the air purifier on our landing after recommendations because of the blue lights on the front (they are rather bright) and because of the fan noise. I worried about the fan noise after reading those reviews because I’m a light sleeper and the cat sneezing wakes me up. I didn’t need to worry at all.

The purifier comes with an auto mode which monitors the air and cleverly ups the fan power based on how polluted the air is. When the fan is on one bar it is as quite as a mouse, you can’t really hear it and I sleep through it easily. When the purifier detects a larger amount of “pollution” it kicks in to turbo mode and boy, you can hear it. Luckily, turbo mode has only kicked in on a morning after we’ve all got up and there is obviously dust floating around.

Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier
The purifier kicking into turbo mode.

If I’m honest, I’ve not personally noticed any difference to the air quality but I’ve only been using it for five days. The husband hasn’t really noticed anything yet either but he hasn’t been suffering so it might be doing it’s thing, I’ll come back and do an update after I’ve been using it for longer.

In Summary

Just to round it all up:

  • Placement: the lights on the screen are pretty bright so you need to make sure it won’t disturb you in the night. It does cover a large area (18m2) which basically covers most of the rooms upstairs for us.
  • The fan: while it is quiet when it’s on one bar, it gets a lot louder at three. Luckily for us it’s on one bar most of the day so we can’t hear it anyway.
  • The setup: it is quick and easy to install, the filters change really easily and according to the instructions the carbon filter is around every three months with the HEPA filter being annually – the purifier does indicate when it needs to be changed.
  • Does it work: I can’t give you a definite answer just yet but I will once I’ve been using it a little longer.

Overall it is a fab little device, you can barely notice it’s there and hopefully it is giving my husband that little bit of relief from his allergies – the summer and pollen will really put it to the test. If you have any questions about the Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifier then please feel free to ask in the comments.

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. [I have received a voucher in return for writing this post].

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