Pets. We love them. We can’t imagine our lives without them. But the relationship isn’t without its problems. Pets generate a lot of indoor environmental pollution, from hair, dander, and dust, and, for dogs and outdoor cats, mold spores, pollen, and other contaminants usually only found outside.
If a family member has allergies, your pets can become a major headache. And most pet owners know at least one or two people that can’t come over because their bad allergies preclude a visit.
But there are things you can do to help alleviate some of the suffering. Besides vacuuming, dusting, and mopping regularly, you can place air purifiers throughout your home to filter tiny particulate matter out of the air, leaving it fresher, cleaner, and far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. Here are five of the best, fairly-priced air purifiers for pet owners.
AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier $199.00 on Amazon
We like this one because of what you get for the price. Its feature set is comparable to much higher-priced units, so it’s a good value, even if it’s one of the more expensive units on this list.
It features a genuine HEPA filter, which is one of the most critical features for pet owners, since it captures 99.97% of the airborne particles in your home, including particles as small as .3 microns. The unit pairs this with an antimicrobial filter for germs and a charcoal filter for smells, creating a four-stage filtration process that covers rooms sized 300 to 600 sq. ft. This is an extensive coverage.
Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier $159.99 on Amazon
This air purifier ranks as an “Amazon’s Choice” product, and it’s clear why. The unit boasts a six-stage filtration process, including the same filtration options from the last unit plus other technologies like a cold-catalyst filter and optional UV-C light and ionizer filters. Eliminating pet hair, allergens, dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and viruses, it’s fair to say that almost nothing gets past this unit. For the price, it’s hard to beat, although it’s important to note that it only covers spaces up to 350 sq. ft.
KOIOS True Hepa Filter Desktop Air Purifier $59.99 on Amazon
This desktop unit is significantly smaller than the first two entries and is only intended to clean the air of a small 100 sq. ft. room. However, at this price you could afford to buy a few to clean your entire living space effectively. This unit also features true HEPA filtering, along with a pre-filter and a charcoal insert for capturing bad smells. The unit lacks some of the bells and whistles of larger, more expensive units, but HEPA filtration is an essential feature of any air purifier. For small spaces this filter is perfect.
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier $150.99 on Amazon
This is another purifier for mid-sized rooms up to 360 sq. ft., which distinguishes itself with its PlasmaWave filter. This works like a room ionizer, but without the chance of ozone build up in enclosed spaces. Often people will disable their purifier’s ionizer because of this issue, but the PlasmaWave doesn’t suffer this problem. It also features true HEPA and a washable charcoal insert, which saves money on cartridge refills. Pair all of this with the unit’s smart sensors, which increases or decreases the fan speed based on the amount of pollution present in the room, and you have an excellent purifier for the money.
IQAir [HealthPro Plus] Medical-Grade $899.00 on Amazon
If someone in your family suffers badly from allergies and rehoming your pet isn’t an option, you may need to upgrade to a medical-grade purifier unit. They’re significantly more expensive, but they’re built to purify large spaces as thoroughly as possible. This unit features hyperHEPA and an airtight triple seal to filter particles ten times smaller than a virus, down to .003 microns! It covers up to 1,125 sq. ft., and has a proprietary EvenFlow diffuser that allows for 320 degrees of air delivery, for extremely even room coverage. If your allergies require near perfect air filtration, the premium for a medical-grade unit may be worth spending.
Get a Professional Consultation
Instead of individual units, a licensed HVAC technician can install whole house air purifiers that will cover your entire living space with ample allergen protection. Call us at Summit Heating & AC, or click here and request a free consultation and in-home estimate where we can discuss all of your options and come up with the best plan to keep your indoor air quality the highest it can be.