Best Air Purifier for Unwanted Pet Odor, Hair and Dander
Sharing your home with your furry family members – cats, dogs and other furry animals – doesn’t mean that you’ve to endure their unpleasant odor, hair and dander.
An air purifier will help filter out pet odor, hair and dander, giving you and your family – including your furry family members – clean and fresh air.
Consider the following facts:
According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), approximately 41% of Canadian households have at least one dog, while 37% have at least one cat.
“Over the last ten years cat and dog has increased by about 10%,” said Colleen McElwain, CAHI Programs Director. “Overall approximately 41% of Canadian households include at least one dog, and similarly around 37% include at least one cat.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), owning a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, feelings of loneliness. They can also increase your opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and opportunities for socialization.
The 2016 survey of pet owners conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) showed:
- 74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership
- 75% of pet owners reported a friend’s or family member’s mental health has improved from pet ownership
- 54% of pet owners reported physical health improvements from pet ownership
- 55% of pet owners reported a friend’s or family member’s physical health has improved from pet ownership
- 83% of baby boomers and 82% of greatest/silent generations reported more personal experience with mental health improvements from pets than millennials (62%) and generation X (72%)
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PDF), in 2009-10, more than 2.4 million or 8.4% Canadians aged 12 years and over were living with asthma – a chronic condition characterized by shortness of breath, cough, wheezing and chest tightness.
Furry or feathered pets – cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters – as a group was named by the Public Health Agency of Canada as the number 9 common trigger of asthma symptoms in Canada.
Furred or feathered animals on their own don’t trigger asthma. What, in fact, trigger asthma are the dead skin cells, also known as dander, that are being shed off by our furred or feathered family members. All furred and feathered animals shed off dander.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), millions of pet owners have an allergy (allergic rhinitis) to their pets.
The proteins found in pet’s dander, AAAAI said, can cause allergic reaction. The organization said that pet hair or fur can collect pollen, mold spores and other outdoor allergens.
“Contrary to popular opinion, there are no truly ‘hypoallergenic breeds’ of dogs or cats. Allergic dander in cats and dogs is not affected by length of hair or fur, nor by the amount of shedding,” AAAAI said.
Pet allergy symptoms include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion.
Asthma and allergy many now sound confusing. Rightly so, because these two are very much related. Asthma and allergy have different symptoms and severity. The two, however, are often triggered by the same things like pet dander.
Pet odor isn’t just unpleasant, it’s also potentially dangerous. Pet waste releases ammonia into the air. According to CDC, low levels of ammonia may harm some people with asthma and other sensitive individuals.
How to Eliminate Pet Odor, Pet Hair and Pet Dander
Our pets play a vital role in our lives. They make us laugh; they make us cry. Indoor pet odor, hair and dander would have been a non-issue if we decide to prevent our pet to enter indoor. But we can’t live with that.
“Giving up a pet in order to prevent allergy symptoms isn’t always necessary,” AAAAI said.
Here are some ways to eliminate pet odor, pet hair and pet dander indoor:
- Clean the house with a vacuum cleaner to reduce hair, dander and other allergens
- Bath your pet at least once a week
- Let someone groom your pet outdoors to reduce the amount of pet dander indoor
- Keep your pet out of your bedroom since you spend about 8 hours every day in this room
- Wash your pet’s bedding regularly
- Remove carpet or upholstered furniture where allergens can accumulate or if this can’t be done, train your pet to keep off these areas
Air Filter System
The use of air filter system like the Lennox HEPA air filtration system is a big help in removing unwanted pet odor, pet hair and pet dander.
The Lennox HEPA air filtration system has 3-stage filtration process. Each filter is independent of each other and can be changed individually.
Stage 1: Pre-Filter
During the pre-filter stage, particulates – tiny pieces of liquids or solids that are in the air – are filtered. At this stage, the hairs of your pet that are released into the air are filtered. Filtration of larger particulates also prolongs the second filter called HEPA filter.
Stage 2: HEPA Filter
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. As a filtration method, the HEPA filter removes 99.97% of air pollution that trigger allergic reactions or asthma.
HEPA filter effectively removes close to 100% of air pollutants as it’s capable of removing particles as small as 0.3 microns or larger. To visualize 0.3 microns, think of a human hair. An average human hair is about 75 microns.
At this stage, pieces of dander are filtered. Nearly 75% of pet dander particles are 5 to 10 microns, while 25% are 2.5 microns or smaller.
After removing the tiniest air pollutants, the air inside the Lennox HEPA air filtration system then goes to the third filtration stage.
Stage 3: Carbon Filter
The Lennox HEPA air filtration system has a ½-inch thick carbon filter for removing harmful chemicals and odors from the air. Lennox also has an optional heavy duty granular carbon canister available for maximum removal of chemicals and odors.
At this stage, the unpleasant odor of your pet is removed. The clean air is then released from the air filtration, giving you and your family members, including your furry family members, clean and fresh air.