My 11 year old is at the age now where his bedroom is his sanctuary.
He reads, does his homework, plays on his iPad, Facetimes his friends – all from the comfort of the room we redecorated to make it the perfect pad for a pre-teen.
However, during the summer months his sanctuary becomes a place he hates to hang out.
Hayfever. Ah yes, that dreaded word. Bizarrely when he’s outside he doesn’t feel that bad, but when he’s in the confines of his room he suffers terribly.
Which seems at odds to me; surely he would be better inside where the pollen can’t reach him? And so I hermetically seal his room (metaphorically speaking!) and keep the outside from getting in.
Yet, YET, he still suffers.
Then back in May, a company contacted me and asked if we’d like to try out one of their new Fellowes air purifiers.
We could set it up in Dan’s room and see what a difference it would make. They told me indoor air can have 5 times as many pollutants as outdoor air as they float around for hours. Which I guess makes sense.
And so we took delivery of an AeraMax DX5 Air Purifier which promised to monitor the air quality and automatically adjust the fan speed to keep the air in his room purified.
The bumph tells me that the filters remove pollen, viruses, germs, dust mites, smoke and pet ‘dander’ from the air. And it’s certified asthma and alley friendly.
It’s all sounding great.
It’s a lot bigger than I thought (as you can see from the cricket bat next to it!) however it’s quite a stylish bit of kit so it doesn’t sit like a great ugly lump in a corner of his room.
The company claims it has ‘ultra quiet operation’ which it absolutely doesn’t. When the fan kicks in it’s quite loud – however over time Dan’s just got used to it so it really doesn’t bother him at all any more.
So what did we think of it?
Dan has had it on continually for the four months we received it.
The digital display on the front is super easy to use and the circle at the top switches between blue, amber and red to show how much pollutant is in the air.
And being an 11 year old and a boy, Dan had to test it out by farting right in front of it to see if it would take those pollutants out of the air. And yes indeed, it turned red and went into overdrive!
Downsides? Well there is the noise if you need quiet, but the other thing is going to be the ongoing costs.
The unit itself costs £99 or thereabouts, the filters (there are two different sorts – carbon and Hepa) cost around £16 for a pack of four carbon which need to be replaced every three months (ours lasted four) and £18 for the Hepa filter which needs to be changed every 6 months.
But I have to say I’ve been very impressed. It has really helped him get to sleep at night instead of being the snuffly mess he can be over the summer months.
It’s also helped with the whole pre-teenage smelly boy thing as the filters remove odours too!
But the best thing of all is that it’s turned his bedroom back into the sanctuary he loves so much.