Living with a cat is a lot of fun. What is not fun is the cat hair, dander, and odor. An air cleaner can help minimize all of these, but only if it has the following 5 features.
Filter for Dander—These dead skin cells (known as dander are microscopic in size and cannot be seen without magnification. If you family, or friends are allergic, their bodies will react in about 60 seconds flat..
HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters are the best at removing particles like these. By definition this type of filter has to be able to remove particles that are .3 microns or larger in size.
The good thing about this technology is that it will remove any particle of this size whether it is cat-related or just a normal household particle. Some typical particles that it will remove include dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, bacteria and viruses that often attach to the bigger particles
Carbon Filtration—-Any cleaner that is to be effective at eliminating odors must be carbon-based. This type of filter is the industry leader when it comes to removing gaseous pollutants. A substantial amount (about 15 pounds) is necessary to insure a long filter life and to remove both cat-related as well as normal types of gases and odors that result from daily living.
Additive for Urine—Accidents happen, and when they do it's nice to have a purifier that has your back. Urine odor can be incredibly tough to get rid of, particularly if it's difficult or impossible to get to the scene of the crime.
Since ammonia is the part of it that is the most offensive, it only makes sense that the additive should be able to facilitate the carbon's ability to get it out of the air. Even though you may not be having problems now, it's a good idea to have this feature as an ace up your sleeve.
24 Hour Operation—Your feline friend produces dander and sheds some hair 24 hours a day. In order to limit the amount that goes into your air, you need your cleaner to remove these pollutants as fast as they go into the air. This continual removal will keep the air from becoming thick with particles and possibly causing heath problems, for your family, friends, and you.
Low Maintenance—Cats can be demanding, and they won't be pleased if you spend all your time managing the purifier.. A low maintenance filter will meet with your cat's approval and yours too..
Avoid those units that require frequent filter changes (every 3 to 6 months), washing, spraying, or charging the filter. Every time you perform maintenance is time that the air is not being cleaned. Buying replacement filters will increase your cost to operate the cleaner..
Instead choose a unit that has a filter that can last for years (3 to 5), and carries a warranty if it does not last for that amount of time.
A cleaner with this 5 features is sure to be effective, and make for a purr-fect cleaner for you, your family, and your cat.