How Air Purifiers can help with pet allergies

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How Air Purifiers can help with pet allergies

Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, an itchy throat, and just overall misery – these are common signs of allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you know that these symptoms will go aways once the seasons change. However, if you suffer from pet allergies, relief is something you need all year long. In general, people who have pet allergies are bothered not by the pet’s hair but by their dander. Dander is basically just the dead skin that comes off the animal and floats around with dust and other small particles. Taking allergy medication, bathing your pet, and cleaning a lot can combat the issue. However, these things can take a lot of your time, and still might not give you relief. So what do you do? You wouldn’t even think of getting rid of your furbaby! One indoor air quality solution might be to invest in home air purifiers.

How do these home air purifiers work?

They suck in the air in your home, push it through a filter, and then push the air back out into circulation. It’s sort of like a vacuum. But instead of vacuuming and removing dirt and dust from the floor, it removes particles from the air. It may come to you as a surprise, but generally indoor air has more pollutants in it than outdoor air. This is because the air outside is circulated by the wind and filtered by rain and clouds. There is more space for the air to move around in, so pollutants become more diluted. Indoor air is generally trapped inside and whatever pollutes your indoor air is in the same space.

Who should get a home air purifier?

Home air purifiers are great for any home – whether you have pets or not. They definitely improve the quality of your indoor air. Imagine all the things that are floating through the air in your home right now – dust, bacteria, mold spores, pollen from outside, and pet dander. Cleaning the air is not something people think about, but it should be! Some dirt on the floor is nowhere near as gross as what you could be breathing in. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

How do I choose an air purifier?

Square Footage

Home air purifiers are designed to work for a maximum square footage. It’s important to think about the square footage of the space you want because if you buy an air purifier that is rated for a small space, and you are using it in a big space, you won’t be breathing clean air. Determine the square footage of the space you will be purifying (rooms that are connected) and the air purifier description should tell you the maximum square footage it is rated for. If it is just for one room, then any size will do. You could buy more than one purifier and set them up in different areas. Another option would be to purchase one that is large enough for your entire home. If you have a pet that is only allowed in certain areas, then you only really need a home air purifier that is big enough for that space.

HEPA Filter

Aside from looking for the correct size, you also want to make sure that the home air purifier you choose has a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are specifically designed to remove as many particles from the air as possible – 99.97% in fact! So having that type of filter is definitely something you want to look for. That will remove almost all of the pet dander floating around your home, along with whatever other nasty airborne particles might be there.

Choosing between the love of a furbaby and being comfortable in your own home is really difficult. However, if you take steps to reduce the amount of irritants in your home, you can have both. Home air purifiers, along with regular vacuuming, can significantly reduce the amount of pet dander in the air, which means pet allergy sufferers can breathe easier. Give Weather Crafters a call today, and we can help determine which type of home air purifier would be best for your indoor air quality!

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