Pet Dander and the Air in Your Home

Pet lovers adore their furry friends, but often could do without all the fur they shed all over the house. If your concern is that your pet’s fur is making your or your families allergies worse, the real concern isn’t the fur at all. Fur is actually not an allergen, but pet dander, saliva and urine are the real culprits. The reality is that often these allergens tag along with the fur, so if you want a home that is allergen free you have to get rid of the fur too.

One of the best ways to get rid of the fur as well as pet dander and all of the other allergens making a home out of your home is to use an air purifier. When looking at air purifiers you need a unit with a true HEPA filter which will remove 99.97 of particulates 3 microns or larger. You will also find you get extra benefits with activated charcoal filters which will also eliminate all those pet odors from wet dog, to cat litter and more. With a quality air purifier even people with animal allergies and sensitive noses will have a hard time realizing you share your home with some four legged friends.

There is a wide range of air purifiers on the market priced to fit any budget and to take care of any sized room. Some purifiers are designed specifically for pet homes. When looking for the best pet air purifiers for your home, family and pets we recommend properly researching all of the different technologies and products available, including a few that are designed specifically with pets in mind. If you have pets, you might want to consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter. In addition to getting rid of allergens and smells some units will even reduce airborne bacteria, mold and viruses, making you home healthier for everyone.  One more thing to mention; sometimes our furry friends also have allergies, so purifying the air might not only help the people in the home, but also your pets.

There are some filters for use with central home heating and air conditioning systems that claim to help with allergies and pet fur, but these are usually only partially effective. Though you always want to use and regularly change your filter on your home heating and cooling system you can impact your systems efficiency by using filters that claim to filter out more or have a high MERV rating. The MERV rating or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value gets higher the finer the filtration. Unfortunately when you use a high MERV filter you make your system work harder, which can cause it to freeze up and cost more to run. Over the long run you will not only have cleaner air with an air purifier, but you will have greater efficiency and lower costs.

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