Pets love to explore every nook and corner of your house. If your little companion is a cat it can reach almost anywhere and will be hiding in some of the most unimaginable places. While these companions are your inseparable pals they can shed a lot of fur and also release microscopic flecks of skin while they scratch. While their fur doesn’t do much damage, the latter can be allergic to people who are sensitive to pets. Since it is not an option to live without pets (as most of you love them), an air purifier is the best bet to resolve pet allergies. But, do air purifiers work for pet allergies?
The short answer is yes, air purifiers do work for pet allergies. But, you have to be careful while selecting the air purifier as all purifiers cannot remove pet dander from the air. The most effective air purifiers to fight off pet dander are the ones with HEPA filters.
HEPA stands for High-efficiency Particulate Air and these filters are the gold standard in the industry. HEPA filtration technology can remove 99.97% of particles that are 0.03 microns in diameter.
This means that these filters can remove most of the minute particles floating around in the air. Air purifiers fitted with these filters are becoming common around most houses because of their effective filtration. When there are pets around always go for a purifier that has HEPA filtration technology such as the Acekool HEPA air purifier D02. This smart mode purifier sports a HEPA filter coupled with a pre-filter and carbon filter to obtain maximum purification of particles even as small as 0.3 microns of pollen, smoke, odors, and mold.
A HEPA filter is adept at handling both large and small particles in the air. It can help capture strands of pet fur or skin flakes from the air and blow out fresh air. However, some of these flakes can break up further into tinier molecules which have chances of escaping the HEPA filter. In case you come in contact with these particles it can trigger an allergic reaction.
Things to Consider Before Buying Air Purifiers
Even though you might opt for a purifier with a HEPA filter you need to give a careful look at other factors that you have to consider while investing in a purifier. Each air purifier has a maximum space that it can reach. You will want to make sure you match the size of your room to the right device. If you are fitting a unit to freshen the air of a large living room, you will have to buy a larger purifier with a wider reach. While a smaller unit will eventually filter out the particles in a larger space, it will take much longer and it won’t be as effective.
Pet owners always should opt for air purifiers with replaceable air filters. These can be easily replaced with a fresh filter to return the unit to its full potential. There are also air purifiers with washable filters. These air purifiers are cost-effective as you don’t have to keep replacing your air filters as it gets dirty. You can simply wash it and put it back. Make sure to do regular checks on your filter and replace your filter frequently. As the filter gets dirty, it is easier for finer particles like pet dander to escape the filter.
Other Helpful Ways to Reduce Pet Dander
Pet dander is released from your pets frequently. When they are active or getting some attention from you, they are releasing fresh dander out of happiness! Therefore, regularly bath your pets. Wash your pets at least once a week if you have an allergic person staying at home. There are special shampoos intended to reduce dander, make sure you use them. Keeping your pet healthy is another important factor. Feeding your companion a veterinarian-recommended diet and providing plenty of water can help, as this contributes to healthy skin and fur which reduces the flaky skin and in turn dander.
Brushing your companions is another way to tackle pet dander. Grooming them regularly can help remove a lot of dander. But make sure you do it outside as brushing can bring out a lot of dander and it will be floating in the air of your room causing allergic reactions. Also, don’t forget to clean your house regularly. Vacuum your carpets and rugs to get rid of pet dander sticking to your floor and furniture. Keep in mind that carpets trap more dander than the bare floor. You can choose to put down rugs that can be washed later to remove the dander.
Even though air purifiers are not 100% effective in removing dander, a regime of cleaning your house, your pets and allowing an air purifier to clean the air in your house can be an effective solution for your pet allergy problems. Air Purifiers like the Acekool HEPA Air Purifier D01 fitted with a pre-filter, true HEPA filter and a carbon filter can eliminate 99.97% of PM2.5, formaldehyde, bacteria, pollen, smoke, mold spores, dust, odors, and pet dander. This unit is the best for those looking for a smaller unit that is cost-effective.