Air Purifiers: 3 Best For Pet Dander & Allergies

You asked, and the results are in. Here are the best of the best air purifiers for pet dander, based on your feedback and extensive testing by our team of product experts. For dog and cat lovers who suffer from asthma or allergies to pet dander, breathing easily can be a real struggle. High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) air purifiers are proven to capture airborne particulates, like pet dander, so you can enjoy your furry family member. Whether cat or dog or even bird or hamster pets shed and contribute to indoor air pollution. Learn which pet air purifiers can prevent man's best friend from becoming an asthmatic's worst nightmare. 

Austin Air Healthmate Plus Air Purifier
Austin Air Pet Machine Air Purifier

Alen Fur Family 

Smart Bundle

Austin Air Healthmate Plus

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The Alen Fur Family Smart Bundle utilizes an OdorCell filter that is designed to eliminate pet odors at the molecular level. The Austin Air Healthmate Plus utilizes a pre-filter and an activated carbon mixture to address pet dander and pet odors. Designed for pet owners, the Austin Air Pet Machine features 15 lbs. of a specialty carbon blend to combat pet odors.
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Why These Are the Best Air Purifiers for Pet Dander & Allergies

Many people struggle with pet allergies and odors. Many pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family, so it is paramount to address any pet allergy issues with air quality solutions. Unfortunately for many pet owners, the quality of their home's indoor air does suffer when a pet is brought into the home. Pets not only shed fur that can cause allergic reactions, but pet dander will inevitably become present in the indoor air. However, there are many options, including HEPA air purifier models, that can help alleviate the problems caused by pet dander in the air and solve the problem of quality indoor air. We strongly recommend that those with sensitivity to pet dander or that suffer from pet allergies invest in a home air purifier. Many pet owners are able to manage the health of their home's indoor air without ever having to part with man's best friend.

What Causes Cat Allergies?

Cats are very popular pets, and cat allergies are one of the most common allergic reactions that people struggle with. When it comes to cats and their contributions to indoor air pollution, the problem lies not only with their pet dander, but also with their dried saliva. In order to clean their fur and paws, cats groom themselves. The saliva becomes stuck to their fur and is released with any loose hair that may shed. The dried saliva can also easily be released on its own as small particles into the air. Some of the particles are so small in size that they stay suspended in the air, easily inhaled by anyone in your home. The dried saliva particles can also adhere to a person's skin and possibly cause an allergic reaction.

What Can You Do About It?

For cat owners who live with cat hair and pet dander, there are several actions that can be taken. For those who suffer from cat allergies, try to designate a room in your home as a cat-free space; you may consider making your bedroom off-limits to your cats. A person with pet allergies should always wash his or her hands and face immediately after playing with cats. Never let your cat get too close to your eyes, nose, or mouth if you are very allergic. A cat should never sleep on the chest or lap of a person who suffers from cat allergies. The key is to prevent any allergic reactions to the hair and dander. Since cats often have free roam of the house, it is important to address the indoor air quality of all rooms in the home. The best way to rid the home of the saliva particles, cat hair, and pet dander is with a HEPA air purifier. By placing an effective air purifier in the main room of the home, such as the living room, as well as one in the bedroom, the indoor air will be cleaner and safer to breathe in, especially for a resident suffering from cat allergies.

What About Dog Allergies?

Comparatively, dog hair and dander is much easier to manage and eliminate from a home than that of cats. Some common issues that a dog owner may encounter is the pet's dander, shedding fur, and odor. A dog's dander is actually the dandruff from its fur. The dander usually comes out in larger particles than a cat's dander. It typically does not stay suspended in the air, instead falling to the ground. In order to ensure the quality of the indoor air, dog owners should invest in an air purifier to eliminate airborne dander and fur; at a minimum, pet owners should place air purifiers near specific areas where the dog spends most of its time. Dog owners who are also concerned about the dog odor inside the home will find that an air purifier with HEPA filters and activated carbon is most effective. The Austin Air Healthmate Plus air purifier is highly recommended for larger spaces, while the Alen Fur Family Smart Bundle works great in smaller spaces, where pet dander and heavy odors are present. This unit contains HEPA filters in addition to pounds of activated carbon. The activated carbon absorbs smells, and the HEPA filter removes the dander.

Air Purifiers Can Help With Bird Allergies Too

Microscopic hooks work together to hold bird feathers in place as a bird moves, causing a fine powder of dander to come off their feathers and into the air. This dusty type of dander is common in most birds, especially Cockatoos and desert birds. Bird dander, like cat dander, is small and easily suspended in the air; a cloud of dust can often be seen when a bird flaps its wings. People who suffer from allergies may find that a home with a pet bird can easily trigger an allergic reaction. To prevent this reaction, keep the indoor air clean and healthy. Bird owners should absolutely invest in a HEPA air purifier for their bird room. Since birds are usually confined to one room, one air purifier for the room is generally effective enough to clean the air. If it is a large room, consider several air purifier units since room coverage varies by model. We recommend the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 air purifier for bird rooms. This unit uses HEPA filtration for particles, as well as activated carbon for odor. It also covers substantial square footage; if placed in a smaller room, it can circulate the air more often and thus clean the air faster.

Reduce Bedding Dust From Your Caged Friends

Small and furry pets such as hamsters, rats, mice, and gerbils are not usually a nuisance to residents with mild to moderate allergies. By keeping the animals' cages clean and purchasing an air purifier with HEPA and activated carbon technologies, such as the Austin Air Pet Machine air purifier homeowners likely will not detect any animal odor. By placing an effective air purifier in the room with the pet, any odor is easily eliminated, leaving only clean indoor air for the home.


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