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Fellowes Brands Wins the Platinum for AeraMax™ Professional AM II Air Purifier


Fellowes Brands won the platinum level ADEX award for the AeraMax™ Professional AM II air purifier. Platinum is the highest level among the ADEX nominations.

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Presented by Design Journal Magazine, the ADEX award represents the best product and project designs of the year based on the evaluation from a panel of industry experts. ADEX judges recognized the AM II for its combination of slim design and functionality. Only 4″ inches deep and with a recessed installation option, the AM II is ideal for purifying air for smaller commercial spaces. The AM II features a hospital-type filtration system including a True HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter to clean air in areas between 150-300 square feet. The patented EnviroSmart technology also detects the air quality in the surrounding environment and automatically adjusts performance.

The AeraMax Professional AM II Air Purifier is part of a broader commercial air purifier product offering from Fellowes Brands, which addresses the important issue of indoor air quality in the workplace.

Learn more about the AeraMax Pro II

How Commercial Air Purifiers Help Facility Managers Prepare for Flu Season

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Managing the flu season in commercial buildings requires a combination of technology like commercial grade air purifiers, proper communication to occupants of the facility and increased sanitation efforts. Cases of the flu peak between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans catch the flu each year, with more than 200,000 people on average ending up hospitalized for flu-related conditions.

The workplace can be a breeding ground for germs as sick workers show up at the office, touch surfaces, sneeze in elevators and inevitably shake hands with others. Here are a few tips facility managers can use for minimize flu season impact.

Install commercial air purifier technology to reduce airborne germs
Installing commercial HEPA air purifiers in high traffic areas or closed spaces where meetings are held and where workers congregate can help reduce the spread of airborne flu germs. The Center for Disease Control indicates that bacteria and viruses can travel through the air. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. And as sneezing and coughing occur in the peak flu season, droplet nuclei (small infectious droplets produced when sneeze or cough) may remain suspended in the air for long periods of time and may be blown over great distances.

Also schedule ventilation system checks before flu season is in full swing. Check HVAC systems and bathroom ventilation systems as well to ensure they are free of debris and properly cleaned.

Communicate flu season basics to building occupants
A workplace PR campaign reminds occupants about the spread of flu germs and how to prevent them with simple measures. Post signs in restrooms and breakrooms outlining the CDC-recommended hand-washing procedure. Supplement high traffic entrances with antibacterial dispensers and post signage encouraging their use during flu season. Also, distribute facility-wide emails reminding workers to wipe down their phones and desks and other personal items to prevent the spread of germs.

Enhanced Sanitation
The CDC reminds building managers and staff that all cleaners are not the same. Some products remove germs but don’t necessarily kill germs. Also some disinfectants kill top-layer germs, but don’t necessarily clean the area. A combination of both – clean first then disinfect – is the best method for reducing the risk of the infection spreading. The CDC recommends chlorine bleach, quaternary ammonium-based cleaners and hydrogen peroxide as flu deterrents. After all, the flu virus can live and remain infectious on surfaces for 2 to 8 hours.

Commercial Air Purifier Case Studies: How Businesses Are Improving Indoor Environments

Commercial air purifiers fit the needs of many companies, from retail to restaurants to healthcare offices seeking to enhance the quality of the indoor air of their business. Often commercial grade air cleaners are implemented to solve customer complaints or to simply maintain the overall air purity, for a higher standard of customer experience.

LegoLand Uses commercial air purifiers to create a better guest experience at their retail location.


Animal Care Clinic minimizes airborne pollutants due to heavy traffic with commercial  air purification.


Evergreen Health Services addresses odor issues with commercial air purifiers.



Find out which commercial air purifier is right for your workspace.

Asthma Rates in Children Rise. School Facility Managers Seek Solution


Asthma rates in children under the age of 5 have increased 160% over a 14-year period.


Asthma is the most common illness in childhood and the leading cause of absenteeism among school-aged children. It is often triggered by common airborne contaminants including dust, mold, allergens and viral respiratory infections, such as the flu. Unfortunately, people with asthma are more likely to suffer severe complications from influenza, which frequently spreads through the air in common areas such as classrooms, restrooms and locker rooms.

Asthma and allergies can also be triggered by poor building conditions, hazardous building materials or even cleaning supplies. Half the schools in the U.S. have IAQ complaints stemming from these factors. Workplaces often have similar problems, especially in restrooms, conference rooms and break rooms that regularly experience high traffic. In these areas, HVAC adjustments often can’t adequately address the problem.

Approximately 1 in 4 buildings, including schools and offices, suffer from sick building syndrome (SBS) because of poor indoor air quality.

Buildings with SBS often cause immediate symptoms such as dizziness, focusing difficulties and nausea for many occupants. They also create unsafe environments for those with allergies and asthma.

Optimizing Schools with Air Purification 

To minimize asthma reactions at school, many educational facility managers are turning  to new indoor air purification systems like AeraMax for protecting indoor environments during the school season. These commercial air cleaners purify the air in common areas such as schools, offices, waiting rooms, restrooms, and other areas of high concentrations of contaminants. The True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne contaminants including viruses and allergens and the activated carbon filter reduces odors and VOCs. AeraMax commercial air purifier product line also features patented EnviroSmart technology that detects the environment and automatically adjusts performance.

Schools Step Up