Best Air Purifier for Pets: Eliminate Pet Dander, Odor & Hair

20 October 2018Home Cleaning

A Buyer’s Guide & Reviews Of The Best Air Purifiers For Pets To Keep A Pet Allergy, Odor & Hair Fee Home

 

Table of Contents

 
Please note: Information and technical specifications used for our reviews in this guide was obtained from the publications below on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Indoor Environments Division’s website.

  1. Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home
  2. Residential Air Cleaners: A Technical Summary

 
We all love our fur babies.

To many of us, our pets are family. Few things are as heart-warming as your dog or cat greeting you each day when you come home from work.

But despite their ability to make our hearts melt, keeping pets in your home comes with a number of challenges, especially for those that might be sensitive or allergic to pet dander.

One of the simplest, and yet highly effective ways to combat pet odor and dander is with an air purifier. But not all purifiers are up to the task.

Read on to learn about our top air purifiers for pets, or skip to our buying guide farther down for even more help on finding the perfect fit for your home.

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Reviews Of The Best Pet Air Purifiers

 

We’ll get started with actionable reviews of nine of the best air purifiers on the market split across three categories.

Pro Tip: Keep in mind, these are the top 3, the “best of the best” and the difference between #1 and #3 is minimal. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks, just decide which one has the features & funtionality that you are looking for in your home!

Select what is the appropriate size room you are looking to run the air purifier in below to go to our 3 picks.

With each of these units, we’ll start by presenting the basic stats so you can determine type, square footage, and CADR rating at a glance.

Best Options for Large Room and Open Floor Plans

 

Best OptionsDescription
picture of Alen BreatheSmart for Pet Dander and OdorAlen BreatheSmart for Pet Dander and Odor - This is a high-end unit that is backed by the Alen Corp Forever Guarantee, the BreatheSmart air purifier combines a proprietary HEPA OdorCell Filter with HEPA style filtration. Read More

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picture of Rabbit Air MinusA2 pet allergy air purifierRabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier (Pet Allergy) w/ WIFI - This is another high-end air purifier with filters specifically designed for pet odor and pet dander removal. What sets this unit apart from other units is the slim design that allows... Read More

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picture of air mega 400sAirMega 400S a Smarter Alexa Compatible Air Purifier - The AirMega 400s comes is a very capable air purifier that will rid a large room (up-to 1560 square feet) of any pet dander or smells. What sets this air purifier apart is some of the smart home technology it has available to control the unit.... Read More

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#1 Recommendation: Alen BreatheSmart for Pet Dander and Odor


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Why We Recommend

This is a high-end unit that is backed by the Alen Corp Forever Guarantee, the BreatheSmart air purifier combines a proprietary HEPA OdorCell Filter with HEPA style filtration. Designed to not only capture pet allergens and particles but also to destroy tough pet odors at a molecular level. If you need a powerful unit that can clear the air a large space, this will more than get the job done.

When you order, there are 16 front panel color options for you to choose from to match the style of your home. While this air purifier does not come equipped with Wifi and an app to control remotely, the machinery and engineering to effectively and efficiently remove pet dander and odors is what you are paying for.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Proprietary Filter1100 square feet300

 

 

Features
  • Includes Alen’s unique HEPA-OdorCell Filter to reduce allergens and pet odors.
  • Designed specifically for large rooms up to 1,100 square feet.
  • Effectively purifies the air in a room in under 2 hours.
  • Customizable designer panel colors that make it easy to personalize and complement any decor or style.
  • Intelligent sensors automatically adjust to the environment it is in.
  • Auto Mode adjusts its cleaning power to achieve the best air quality while maximizing filter life while saving energy and money.
  • Whisper-quiet and lights-off mode make this model a good option for large bedrooms and dormitory-style living quarters.
  • Child-friendly features include a locking control panel and child-safe vent guard.

 

Pros
  • Interchangeable HEPA filters – tailor-made air purification for your specific needs
  • Interchangeable colored panels making it easy to personalize and complement any décor or style
  • Backed by a Lifetime Warranty called Forever Guarantee
Cons
  • No remote control, manual fan speed adjustment
  • No castors making it difficult to move to different rooms because it must be carried
  • No WiFi or App Option

 

 

 

#2 Recommendation: Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier (Pet Allergy) w/ WIFI


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Why We Recommend

This is another high-end air purifier with filters specifically designed for pet odor and pet dander removal. What sets this unit apart from other units is the slim design that allows for placement both mounted on a wall or the more traditional standing on the floor. This is a tech enabled product with an iOS app you can download that allows for easy remote management though built in Wifi connectivity.

In terms of performance, this unit is a very capable machine. It runs very quietly and efficiently. It’s annual cost to run is very low, which makes up for the high initial purchase cost of a air purifier of this quality. The filters will last up to two years with 12 hour daily operation, and the motor is Energy Star rated.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon Filter815 square feet171

 

 

Features
  • Advanced BioGS HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization
  • Pet Allergy Custom Filter traps pet dander pet allergens & pet odors
  • Other filters include, a washable permanent pre-filter, a medium filter, true HEPA filter, carbon filter and negative ion generator
  • Effectively traps and reduces airborne bacteria, mold spores and particles that carry viruses
  • Traps and reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals
  • The MinusA2 is designed to either stand alone or to be mounted on the wall
  • Room coverage up to 815 sq. ft.
  • 5 Year Warranty with Free Shipping and 24/7 Customer Support
  • WiFi Connectivity & Rabbit Air App for Apple iOS devices allows for remote management

 

Pros
  • 5 different filters for enhanced air purification and odor removal
  • ‘Whisper-Quiet’ technology that is very quiet on lower settings, making it a great product for the bedroom
  • Filter life of up to 2 years which is much longer than most filters for this type of purifier
  • Certified ‘Asthma and Allergy Friendly’ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Remote management with Rabbit Air App for Apple iOS devices
Cons
  • Room coverage reduced if used specifically for asthma and allergy control
  • No castors so it requires that you lift it to move it to different rooms
  • No app for Android devices

 

 

 

#3 Recommendation: AirMega 400S a Smarter Alexa Compatible Air Purifier


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Why We Recommend

The AirMega 400s comes is a very capable air purifier that will rid a large room (up-to 1560 square feet) of any pet dander or smells. What sets this air purifier apart is some of the smart home technology it has available to control the unit. It includes WiFi connectivity with an intuitive iOS and Android app that renders your smart phone into a remote control. It is also Alexa enabled to allow you to control the air purifier with your voice. If you’re looking for an pet air purifier for a house that has been taken over with your pets and comes with some really cool technology, this quiet and efficient AirMega is a stand-out recommendation.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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True HEPA + Carbon Filter1560 square feet350

 

 

Features
  • Covers up to 1,560 square feet
  • MAX2 Filter Set: Green True HEPA (removes up to 99.97% of allergen, molds, and fine dust) + Activated Carbon (removes up to 99% of VOCs and odor)
  • The filter lifespan indicator will tell you when it’s time to change the Max2 Filter.
  • Mobile App: The Airmega mobile app, available for the 400S and gives you the ability to monitor the air quality inside your home, see the status of the filters, schedule the timer, and even receive real-time outdoor air quality updates. (Wi-Fi router frequency band 2.4GHz required).
  • Integrates your Amazon Alexa products, so you can control your HEPA air purifier with your voice.

 

Pros
  • HEPA filter technology for maximum particle removal
  • Carbon filter removes 99% of harmful VOCs from the indoor air
  • Most advanced smart home capabilities in its class
  • Real-Time Pollution Sensor – LED colored ring makes it very easy to identify air quality offenders at a quick glance
Cons
  • No castors, so there may be mobility issues for some people
  • Limited choice of colors and no customization options

 

 

 

Best Options for Medium Sized Rooms

 

Best OptionsDescription
picture of alen t500Alen T500 Tower Air Purifier with HEPA Pure Filter - A compact air purifier that is suitable for medium-sized spaces. This pet air purifier is capable of capturing a wide variety of airborne contaminants to ensure that your space has clean, fresh air. It’s also easy to move from one position to another... Read More

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picture of Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - This Rabbit Air purifier addresses wellness and environmental impact. The BioGS 2.0 takes a holistic approach to air purification by reducing light pollution through a discreet display, and reduces noise through a back-end air outlet. Backed by a 5 year warranty and 24/7 lifetime technical support... Read More

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picture of Aprilaire Allergy + Pet True HEPA Air PurifierAprilaire Allergy + Pet True HEPA Air Purifier - This air purifier features a Pre-filter and a special Fine Pet Hair and Dander Trap to help reduce the airborne particulates typically shed by pets. It’s an excellent size for rooms up to 495 sq ft but a.... Read More

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#1 Recommendation: Alen T500 Tower Air Purifier with HEPA Pure Filter


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Why We Recommend

The Alen T500 is a compact air purifier that is suitable for medium-sized spaces. This pet air purifier is capable of capturing a wide variety of airborne contaminants to ensure that your space has clean, fresh air. It’s also easy to move from one position to another, if portability is important to you.

One feature that is hard to beat is that Alen offers the industry’s first and only Lifetime Warranty. If customizing the look of the unit to match your homes decor, this unit has 12 designer panel options which means it will look great in your home, no matter your style.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Proprietary Filter500 square feetUnknown

 

 

Features
  • For large bedrooms and offices up to 500 square feet
  • Built for portability, easy to move from room to room or to take on the road
  • Customizable, offering four different filter types
  • Maintain a peaceful home environment with whisper-quiet performance
  • Energy Star Certified (53 watts on highest speed), 120V power supply

 

Pros
  • The small and lightweight build of this model makes this unit easy to move from one part of a room to another.
  • Compact and tall rather than wide, making it a suitable choice for rooms with limited space.
  • Easy to set up and operate in less than 10 minutes
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Customizable panel color options
Cons
  • Somewhat noisier than comparable purifiers of this size, so not suitable for an area where extremely quiet operation is needed.
  • It is a tower but doesn’t have an oscillating feature.

 

 

 

#2 Recommendation: Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier


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Why We Recommend

This Rabbit Air purifier addresses wellness and environmental impact. The BioGS 2.0 takes a holistic approach to air purification by reducing light pollution through a discreet display, and reduces noise through a back-end air outlet.

Backed by a 5 year warranty and 24/7 lifetime technical support which means you won’t be left with a inoperable unit or struggling with how to run it. This air purifier has also been awarded several product design awards within the industry, including Germany Red Dot award, Good Design Award by Chicago Athenaeum and Japan Good Design Award.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon Filter625 square feet162

 

 

Features
  • Known for it’s 4 stage filtering system
  • Stage 1 – Pre-filter (washable and permanent): The Pre-Filter effectively traps and reduces large sized allergens, dust, and particles.
  • Stage 2 – BioGS HEPA Filter: The BioGS HEPA filter traps airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, 99.97% of the time, and reduces common allergens to support optimum filter efficiency and prolong filter life.
  • Stage 3 – Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon Filter: Made of high-grade granular activated carbon, our AC filter is much more effective than typical AC filters, which are coated with a thin layer of activated carbon. Chemicals and common household odors can be effectively reduced.
  • Stage 4 – Negative Ion Generator: Produces beneficial negative ions to fortify the air you breathe and freshen your indoor environment.

 

Pros
  • Washable pre-filter removes large particulates
  • Brushless motor is quiet and efficient
  • Five-year warranty and lifetime 24/7 technical support
Cons
  • No casters or handle so moving around is awkward
  • Filters somewhat pricey and need to be replaced

 

 

 

#3 Recommendation: Aprilaire Allergy + Pet True HEPA Air Purifier


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Why We Recommend

This air purifier features a Pre-filter and a special Fine Pet Hair and Dander Trap to help reduce the airborne particulates typically shed by pets. It’s an excellent size for rooms up to 495 sq ft but a little on the heavy side, making moving from room to room a bit difficult. However it will improve the air quality without the use of an ionizer, which means no ozone greenhouse gas emitted into your home. This is a great unit, with solid engineering and performance but you do pay a bit of a premium for it.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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True HEPA + Carbon Filter495 square feet320

 

 

Features
  • Special Fine Pet Hair and Dander Trap
  • True HEPA Filter and 4-Stage Purification
  • Pre-filter captures medium to large size particles
  • Fine pet hair and dander trap captures airborne pet hair and dander
  • Remove up to 99.97% of airborne allergens 0.3 microns and larger passing through the True HEPA filter including pet dander, pollen, mold spores, germs, and other pollutants.
  • Carbon filter reduces pet odors, VOCs, and other gaseous allergy triggers
  • 6 Fan Speeds for Flexible Power
  • 4 Cleaning Modes
  • Easy to Lift and Move From Room to Room

 

Pros
  • Reduces odors
  • Can eliminate up to 99.97% of allergens
  • True HEPA filter enables it to easily entrap airborne particles of all sizes
  • Best in spaces of up to 495 square feet
Cons
  • No castors. The product is slightly heavy and large in size (but it does have 2 handles, so can be moved from room to room)
  • Highest priced purifier in this category

 

 

 

Best Options for Small Sized Rooms

 

Best OptionsDescription
picture of GermGuardian AC5300BGermGuardian AC5300B - This is a lightweight, easy to use, highly effective air purifier that is rated for small rooms up to 180 sq. ft and is our #1 pick for this category. It is AHAM verified and Energy Star certified and highly trusted and recommended by consumers.... Read More

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picture of Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air CleanerWinix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner - This air purifier for pets by Winix is suitable for a family room or large bedroom and uses a True HEPA filter and current technologies to remove, reduce, and eliminate pet allergens and odors.... Read More

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picture of Hamilton Beach 04384Hamilton Beach 04384 Air Purifier for Pet Allergies - If you’re looking for a specialized pet air purifier but you’re not willing to spend every few months to replace a True HEPA Filter, this could be the purifier for you. The HEPA filter can be cleaned and reused with a simple routine vacuum cleaning.... Read More

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#1 Recommendation: GermGuardian AC5300B


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Why We Recommend

This is a lightweight, easy to use, highly effective air purifier that is rated for small rooms up to 180 sq. ft and is our #1 pick for this category. It is AHAM verified and Energy Star certified and highly trusted and recommended by consumers.

The performance of this machine is perfect for pet owners for trapping pet allergens with it’s HEPA filter, reducing pet odors with it’s charcoal filter and fights germs with it’s UV-C technology. Don’t worry about this machine sticking out in your house, the simple, stylish design will look great in any environment and will perform very quietly without being a distraction.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon Filter167 square feet109

 

 

Features
  • HEPA Filter captures 99.97% of allergens including pet dander, dust mites and pollen.
  • Charcoal filter captures pet odors
  • Pet Pure™ is an antimicrobial agent added to the filter to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria on the surface of the filter.
  • Standing 28 inches tall, it is lightweight and ideal to use in rooms up to 180 sq. feet.
  • Easy to use digital display panel includes UV-C control, a filter change indicator and an up to 8-hour
  • 5 speeds provide high-speed allergen control down to ultra-quiet sleep mode.

 

Pros
  • Captures 99.97% of the allergens
  • Kills airborne bacteria
  • Reduces common odors
  • Work for 8 hours with 5 speeds
  • 5 Year manufacturers warranty
Cons
  • UV-C Light – may have a sensitivity to power surges much like desktop computers, which may cause the UV-C ultraviolet light to burn out prematurely
 

 

 

#2 Recommendation: Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner


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Why We Recommend

This air purifier for pets by Winix is suitable for a family room or large bedroom and uses a True HEPA filter and current technologies to remove, reduce, and eliminate pet allergens and odors.

What sets this unit apart is the filters lifespan can be extended by washing the pre-filter that captures pet hair + larger airborne particles, as well as the washable advanced odor control carbon filter especially formulated to capture offensive pet odors.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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True HEPA + Carbon Filter283 square feet194

 

 

Features
  • Control panel operation or convenient remote control and has 4 settings
  • Smart Sensors the 9500 consistently monitors the air around it; will automatically adjust the speed at which it’s running to equalize the pollutants and create clean, fresh air.
  • Auto dim feature; which senses the amount of ambient light in the room
  • The control panel will display an LED alert until the filter is changed.

 

Pros
  • Runs quietly except in turbo mode.
  • Combines a variety of air cleaning technologies.
  • Great for small rooms because it has a cleaning capacity of 283 square feet.
  • Washable filters
Cons
  • Initially can produce a slight chemical smell when running for the 1st time
  • Some people have reported the carbon filter as being very loosely woven together creating the possibility for particles to come loose

 

 

 

#3 Recommendation: Hamilton Beach 04384 Air Purifier for Pet Allergies


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Why We Recommend

If you’re looking for a specialized pet air purifier but you’re not willing to spend every few months to replace a True HEPA Filter, this could be the purifier for you. The HEPA filter can be cleaned and reused with a simple routine vacuum cleaning. Especially if you need a solid air purifier to help you remove pet hair.

This machine is more than capable and it’s small size should not be confused with small performance. However, you do need to make sure the room size is appropriate, if you have a bedroom, office or smaller den under 140 square feet, the high-performance filters will capture and remove pet smells, pet dander and pet hair from the air.

Specifications
Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon Filter140 square feetUnknown

 

 

Features
  • Small and compact.
  • Easy to move from room to room.
  • The TrueAir Compact Air Purifier cleans and freshens the air in 3 ways
  • The permanent pre-filter traps pet hair and large particles
  • The permanent pre-filter traps pet hair and large particles
  • Two replaceable carbon zeolite filters eliminate pet odors
  • A permanent 99% HEPA-grade filter captures smaller particles. This filter simply vacuums clean for minimal upkeep.
  • Minimal upkeep because all that’s needed is to vacuum the HEPA-grade filter.
  • Two carbon zeolite odor-eliminating filters should be replaced every 3 months. As a convenient reminder, a timestrip cartridge counts down the 3 months and indicates when it is time to replace.

 

Pros
  • Permanent HEPA-type Filter
  • Low-cost overall
  • Cheap carbon filter replacement
  • 1-year warranty
Cons
  • No True HEPA Filter
  • Can be slightly noisy

 

 

 

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Why You Need an Air Purifier If You Have Pets

 

Do you enjoy the smell of fresh air and find yourself crinkling your nose at the first whiff of your beloved pet…as you walk through the front door? Or, are you an allergy sufferer who simply must have a furry, hairy, dander laden pet or two or three to snuggle, cuddle, and play with?

Either way, you and millions of others simply love pets….and yet, these same beloved fur babies can wreak absolute havoc on our allergies and noses.

This is why purchasing an air purifier rated to reduce or eliminate pet odor and allergens is such a good idea. Save your nose! Save your sinuses!

Pro Tip:It’s a good idea to proactively have your home’s air smelling fresh on an ongoing basis. This will make it easier to sell down the road. After all, nobody wants to buy a house that smells like your pets, check out our guides “How to Sell a House” and “How to Get a House Ready to Sell” to learn more.

Many of us relish spending time outside and most of us enjoy getting in some fresh air when we can. Yet for those with allergies, time spent outdoors is often limited because of the misery they experience from molds, pollen, grass, trees, and more.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, indoor air quality is often rated at up to 70% worse than that of the outdoors. Yikes!

Now add the general household odors we all deal with at one time or another. Odors that seem to magnify the moment we decide to spend the day indoors. Cooking odors – can anything be more pungent than boiled cabbage and fried onions? Or the stale incense smell from the party you hosted last week. Old cigarette smoke is one of the worst offenders to our noses and seems to never go away.

But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer needlessly.

Truly, we want the air in our homes to be as fresh and clean and healthy as possible. And, those of us with pet allergies want our pets to be inside with us, without the sneezing, wheezing, and itchy eyes.

Is it possible to have an odorless, danderless, clean smelling house (even if you have pets)?

Is it in the realm of possibility that we can have a fur baby or two (or three) and not know they’re in the house because we can’t smell them, our eyes don’t itch, and our noses aren’t stuffy?

Yes, it’s possible!

Today’s air purification systems use the highest level of technology available for filters and air flow, with many having special filtration systems specifically for odor removal and pet dander/hair removal.

Pet Allergies – a quick overview

Before we look into the different types of air purifiers now available on the market, let’s take a quick look at pet allergies.

Allergies to animals with fur and hair are very common, especially among those who have other allergies or have asthma. In the United States, as many as 3 in 10 people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs, with cat allergies being twice as common as dog allergies.

Our immune systems are designed to fight off and get rid of foreign substances like viruses and bacteria. People who have cat and dog allergies have immune systems that are really active, you could say over-active, and they have a physical reaction to a pet’s saliva, dander, or the proteins in the urine.

These byproducts of pet ownership are often found on furniture, clothing, baseboards, and other surfaces around the home. An interesting point you may not know is that you aren’t actually allergic to the pet hair itself, what you are allergic to is the stuff that gets on the hair. Things like saliva, dander, urine, pollen, and dust.

And this stuff is everywhere!

Because the allergens (the dust, pollen, urine, dander, saliva) sticks to the hair, they can get into the air when a cat or dog is groomed or petted, they can stick to clothing and travel from one house to another, they can be stirred up when someone dusts or vacuums.

And, once they’re in the air, these particles stay suspended for long periods of time. For instance, vacuum the house and three hours later the person with allergies experiences sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and more.

Pet Odors – and Other Ones!

And then you have the odors. Pet odors can be tough to deal with. No two ways about that. Even when we have become “nose-blind” and desensitized to the natural smells of our dogs or cats, it’s impossible to ignore the foul smells of urine or feces or worse.

Pro Tip: Check out our article How to get rid of dog smell if you want a detailed step by step guide to getting the smell of dog out of your house before running a pet air purifier to keep the smell away!

Or if you are a smoker too, you should read How to get smoke smell out of a house to ensure you don’t run an air purifier for smoke to only continue to smell the underlying problem.

General cleaning doesn’t get rid of it. Using natural cleaners with vinegar doesn’t get rid of it. And that’s because these cleaners don’t kill the germs that cause the odors. Now recall the kitchen odors from the almost full trash can, the cooking odors from last night’s liver and onions dinner, and other household odors that annoy you. Germs. That’s where the trouble lies and that’s why an air purifier with specific filters for pet allergen and odor removal is such a good idea.

Using an air purifier with a HEPA or HEPA-like filter can definitely help remove pet allergens from the air. Depending on the brand and size that you get, you can expect to run the purifier about 4 hours a day for maximum effectiveness.

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Types of Filters Used in Pet Air Purifiers

 

HEPA, HEPA-like, carbon, pre-filters. These are types of filters using in pet air purifiers and each one offers a specific solution.

HEPA Filters:

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters remove 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger from the air. HEPA filters are the ideal filter for people with pet allergies because they remove pet dander, dust mites, and pollen from the air in the room.

HEPA-like HEPA-type Filters:

This filter is capable of capturing 99% of particles that are 2 microns or larger, such as pet dander and dust.

Carbon Filters:

Activated carbon is used. These filters are great for removing pet odors and other lingering odors in the room. Those lingerings odors include cooking odors, garbage/trash odors, cigarette, and other tobacco smoke, stale fireplace odors, and kitchen odors.

 

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Air Purifier for Pets FAQ

 

Are Pet Air Purifiers the Same As Regular Ones?

Yes. The air purifier itself is the same, it’s the filter that makes the difference whether or not it will work to reduce or eliminate pet odor and pet allergens. Air purifiers that use true HEPA filters are the best choice those with pet allergies because they remove up to 99.97% of allergens up to 0.3 microns in size from the air in the room.

 

Do Pet Air Purifiers Really Work?

Yes. Use the true HEPA filter for airborne allergens combined with regular cleaning and dusting and vacuuming in the room. Air purifiers do have limitations with one being that they remove only airborne particles, not dust and dander and hair that has already settled into the carpet or other fabrics in the room.

 

Are Air Purifiers Safe For Pets?

Yes. And can help your pet to be more comfortable because they, too, suffer from allergies. One word of caution is that if you have birds, do not use an ionizer as an air purifier as it uses electronic filtration and creates ozone, which can be harmful to the bird’s lungs when inhaled. The best air purifier for all pets is the mechanical purifier that uses HEPA and HEPA-like filters for allergens.

 

How Do I Determine What Size Air Purifier I Need?

Calculate the square footage of the room(s) you want the purifier for by measuring the length and width in feet and multiplying those two numbers. Every air purifier as a rating that shows the maximum square footage it is made for, and will effectively clean the air.

 

Where Should I Put The Air Purifier?

For maximum benefit, put the air purifier in the room you spend most of your time in. If you determine that you want a single air purifier for use in different rooms at different times of the day, then be sure that the one you select is easily portable. Some have castors, some have handles, some are too heavy to move easily, some are meant to be mounted or secured. Knowing how you will use the air purifier will help you narrow down your choices.

 

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Final Thoughts

 

Keeping your indoor air free of allergens, irritants, and odors is possible. An air purifier cannot be expected to do all of the work of keeping the air clean, though. Keep in mind that they are an excellent way to remove airborne particles and odors, but not so good at the dust and hair and pollens and other allergens that lay on surfaces (including on your pet’s feet!).

Cleaning the air purifier itself is easy enough by wiping the outside to keep free of dust and by changing out the filter(s) as needed. An important factor that many people seem to miss is the noise level. This is where your choice of room(s) that you want to use the purifier in is important.

One more thing is the warranty and guarantee. The air purifier can be viewed as an investment and when you experience the difference in the quality of the air you’re breathing you won’t want to live without it. When it comes to warranties and guarantees keep it simple – the shorter the warranty, the less amount of time the air purifier itself will last.

In conclusion, a bit of research will go a long way to help you determine the right air purifier for you and your pets to be comfortable in your home.

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