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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by J.Hamburg

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What Size Air Purifier Do I Need For My Pets?

An air purifier is a good addition to any home for many reasons. They can help with health, allergies, and sleep quality to name but a few things. They can be particularly useful when you have pets, both for you and for them. There are many different types of air purifier for different settings and different sized rooms, the Dehumidifier Critic explains the differences well.

What is an air purifier?

An air purifier is a device that removes pollutants from the air inside your home – and purifies the air. A good air purifier will remove dust, pollen, hair, mould spores, and odours amongst other things.

Air purifiers use a fan to draw in the air in a room, and the air then goes through several filters enclosed inside the machine. The filters clean the air of the dust, pollen, odours and other things that you would rather not be breathing in, and then the air is pumped back into your room. In this way, the air purifier keeps particles that could cause irritation or annoyance out of the air within your living space, and it can also remove unsavoury smells like tobacco smoke, cooking smells and animal odours.

How do air purifiers help with pets?

Whilst we love our pets very much, and sharing our living space with them is a joy, it does also come with its downsides.

Most pets shed a lot of fur, and this can cause people with allergies or asthma to have flare ups. A good air purifier will help to keep the air clean and allow you to share your space with a pet without having to compromise your health.

Some pets can also cause odours in the house, dogs that run outside to roll in something less than hygienic, or having a cat litter trays indoors are just some of the things that can cause smells that you would rather not have in your home, again the right air purifier will aid you in keep a fresh smelling living space.

Sometimes, our companion animals themselves have allergies or asthma, and an air purifier may also help to remove any particles that cause them to be uncomfortable.

What types of air purifier are there?

There are several different types of air purifier available, and we’ll go through a few of them now.

There are purifiers with different types of filters. The two main types are carbon filters which are best at removing smells from your living space. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are very good at removing allergens from the air, these are small particles like pollen or dust, and so a HEPA filter will be a good aid if you suffer from allergies.

There are also the ionic air purifiers, this type sends out ions into the air which act like microscopic magnets attaching to the pollutants in the air and removing them.

Air purifiers are also available that contain an ultraviolet light, and can kill bacteria and viruses in the air.

Where can an air purifier be used?

An air purifier can be used anywhere inside your house. Air purifiers are not suitable for outdoor use, there is too much air outside so it would not make any difference to the air quality.

Air purifiers are often used in bedrooms, this is the room in the house where most time is spent, and having a restful sleep not disturbed by coughing and sneezing is important, but an air purifier can be put anywhere, if your pet spends a lot of time in a certain room, the air purifier may be best placed there to remove as many allergens as possible.

Air purifiers should be placed slightly away from other furniture in a room, and not close to a wall, otherwise this could hinder the air being cleaned properly.

Does size matter?

When choosing an air purifier for your home, size does matter. It is unwise to try and save money by buying the smallest size because it is the cheapest, this will turn out to be a false economy.

If the air purifier you choose is too small for the size of the room you are placing it in, it will not be able to properly clean the air, meaning you will have wasted money, and will have to replace it with a larger model for it to be able to the job you want it to do.

Always measure the room size before purchasing, and the air purifier description will tell you the capacity it is capable of. It is normally that the larger the room the larger the air purifier required.

If you need an air purifier for a room that has a particularly large volume of allergens, for example the room that your pet spends most of its time in, you may need an air purifier that has a higher air change rate, that is, the quicker it cleans.

Cleaning your air purifier

Ensuring your air purifier has clean filters is very important, otherwise it won’t be able to do its job as it should. This may involve changing or cleaning filters depending on the type of unit. Individual air purifiers differ in how they need to be maintained, but ensure you have a good system in place to ensure it keeps working at full capacity.

Pets are often a huge part of our lives, and with small adjustments like air purifiers, we can make our lives with them even more pleasant. Air purifiers can help stop you getting a blocked nose from all the pet fluff that they leave for you, and you won’t have to worry about any pet smells in your home when you have visitors.

As you can see, there are many different options of air purifiers on the market, so it is important to do your research and find the best match for you and your lifestyle. Always make sure you read the instructions carefully, and ensure you get the right sized unit for your home.