If your cat is letting you live in the house with it, you're dealing with more than a big personality. There's hair, dander, and possibly urine odor. Using an air purifier to keep these pollutants in check is an effective solution. Here are the 3 best features you can have in a cleaner for your pet.
Carbon Based Filter For Odors—Cat odor from the litter box and/or inappropriate elimination can cause your home to have an eye-watering stench. You shouldn't have to put up with that just because you love a cat that occasionally makes mistakes.
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Carbon filters are well known for their effectiveness at removing gaseous pollutants like odors. But the ammonia in urine is incredibly potent and even carbon needs a boost to enhance its ammonia-eliminating abilities.
Ammonasorb has proven to do just what its name implies—help the carbon absorb the ammonia fumes that can become so overwhelming.
Multiple Filters For Particles—All warm-blooded animals shed dander. It is similar to human dandruff. Older animals tend to shed more than younger ones.
But this process is a natural part of growth and development and is the body's way of replacing older skin with new skin that is more able to protect the body from disease and infection. So dander will be a part of life as long as you have your cat.
It is the protein in these dead flakes of skin that can trigger flare ups for those who suffer with allergies and asthma. These microscopic particles can and do remain airborne for hours, which means they remain available to be inhaled and cause symptoms that can range from aggravating to debilitating and even life threatening.
So it is important to have a high efficiency particles arresting (HEPA) filter that can trap these allergens. By definition a this type of filter must be able to eliminate 99,997 out of every 10,000 particles that are .3 microns or larger. And even as small as dander is it is easily trapped by this type of filtration.
The other particles should be able to trap larger particulates so that the finer filter is saved for those that measure in microns. These cheaper filters should be the first line of defense for big particles that can be seen such as hair and fur and even other more normal indoor particulates. These filters are called pre-filters and are worth their weight in gold.
They can be replaced easily and inexpensively and will add years to the life of the more expensive HEPA. Look for them in the technical specifications of the owner's manual. If they're there, you've got a winner.
Split Capacitor Motor—You might be asking yourself, who cares about the kind of motor a unit has. This is one of the most pivotal features a purifier can have.
Clean air depends on being able to keep air quality high consistently without interruption. A split capacitor motor is designed for continuous high revolutions per minute, and can operate safely and efficiently 24 hours a day.
Compare this to a unit that does not have this kind of motor, and you will need to cut it on and off for certain periods to allow the motor to rest. Each time you stop filtration, pollutant levels rise, and even after you start filtration again, the unit is playing catch up.
Eliminating particles and odors 24 hours a day is the secret to having a home that smells fresh and clean even though you have a cat. By choosing a purifier with these features, your guests won't know you have a cat until they see it.