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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Purify Your Air

Everyone I know wants to breathe clean air. It's important for us to keep the air in our homes not only smelling clean but free from airborne particulates and pollutants. I have mentioned many times that I am asthmatic. I use steroids to keep my asthma under control. For the most part my asthma is usually under control. I do have a sensitivity to dust, mold, heavy scented perfumes and cigarette smoke. Any time I am exposed to any one of the above I will have problem breathing. We have been using an ionizing air purifier in our home for a few years now. This has proven to help keep the dust to a very minimum. This in turn helps keep my asthma under control.

When I heard that I was going to be reviewing a Fellowes Air Purifier Pooh Bear and I sat at the curb waiting for the UPS to deliver our package. I will have to save that story for another time. I know you are thinking I already had a purifier, why would I be that excited to try another one? I have learned that not all purification systems are the same. Most clean small particulates, and dust from the air, while a few air cleaners do much more.  

Let me tell you a little about my old purifier. This purifier has a reusable filter. I like that it does not cost to replace the filter. I just sweep the dust away and rinse with water. Replacing the filter is simple to do. The fan has three speeds and the ionizer can be turned on or off with the touch of a button.  What I do not like is the purifier does not remove cigarette smoke smells from the air. It does not have a charcoal filter so it is limited to removing particulates from the air.
Now, let us compair the new purifier.
The purifier has a four stage purification system. It uses a true HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particles and impurities as small as 0.3 microns.
It also has a carbon filter that removes odors and captures large airborne particulates. The carbon filter is sanitized which reduces the development of bacteria, fungi and dust mites.
Finally with PlasmaTrue technology the final stage removes airborne pollutants at the molecular level, neutralizing viruses and bacteria in the air.  What I found most fascinating that it has an air purity sensor that monitors and adjusts speeds according to particles and pollutants in the air. How cool is that?
I started running the machine right out of the box. I was amazed how quiet it runs. When I turned the power button on I saw the lights blinking and did not hear it running. I had to wave my hand over the air outlet to confirm that it was running. My old machine actually can be heard from across the entire house. The filters are easy to maintain. There are separate replace filter indicator lights for the HEPA filter and the charcoal filter. The settings allow four speeds, low, medium, high and turbo. The light on the left indicates air quality.
Red indicates a high level of pollutants in the air. Yellow indicates the air quality is poor. Finally green indicates the air is clean. If the setting is on auto the speed will change per the air quality needs. I checked  the lights many times the first few hours it ran and I generally saw the air quality light green. There was one time I saw the light change to yellow and then red.
I was certain I knew the reason. I had placed the machine beside the back patio door. The air drifting in from the patio door is usually  fresh but when a neighbor lights up a cigarette the smoke drifts over and can be smelled faintly near the patio door.  When the light turned red I check out side just to be certain of my theory. I was correct my daughter’s neighbor was sitting outside smoking. I am so excited to see that this product actually works as it claims.  
I have been running the air purifier non-stop since it came in mail and I am satisfied with it. I plan to take this purifier with me when I travel to visit my grandchildren. I guess you can say I won't leave home with out it.
You can find this awesome product at my favorite office supply store.  

I received the above mentioned products to review from Shoplet.com in exchange for an honest opinion


  1. Oh wow I so need one of these. My allergies are bad this time of the year! Awesome review and I know you love this!

  2. That's great! It sounds like an awesome product. One of my 2 year old twins has asthma. He's really been struggling this week, as it's been so hot without having power. On Tuesday he was so bad I had to take him to a shelter for the day so he could stay cool.

  3. I will look into this. I have been meaning to replace our old purifier and this looks like it fits the bill.

  4. This would be great in my bedroom. I bet my air might be in the red... Hmmmmm going to have to check this out.

  5. That sounds like a good deal! Glad it worked well for you.

  6. We have a little air purifier out in the area where Hubs works. Our four big dogs also share his workspace so it gets pretty dusty out there. That little air purifier has really helped out though! They are such neat little inventions.

  7. Sounds like a great system. Hope your asthma stays under control. I'm looking forward to reading about you and Pooh Bears curb sitting adventure!

  8. These are so handy to have, aren't they? Great review.