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Do air purifiers work for pet allergies?

Do air purifiers work for pet allergies?

Is your pet making you sneeze, but you can’t bear to part with your best furry friend? Your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or other furry friend is family, after all. Finding a solution to keep pet allergens under control and your partner, your kids and yourself happy may be your top priority. An air purifier can help.
If you’re like one in five pet owners, you or someone you love is allergic to your pet. To provide relief from the sneezing, watery eyes, rashes and hives, there are simple measures you can take. Like all allergy relief, the best way to control allergens is source control but, understandably, getting rid of Fido is not an option.

What you need to know about pet allergens                                 
The next best thing to do is to look at the allergens themselves. Most pet allergies are largely caused by the proteins found in pet saliva, sweat and dander (the skin flecks shed by furry or feathered pets). These tiny flecks take to the air whenever your pet scratches, shakes and moves about your home and cling to dust particles in your home for a long time.
But doesn’t pet dander fall to the ground, you wonder? Sometimes. But more often than not, the flecks are miniscule and lightweight that they remain suspended in the air much longer than allergens from cockroaches or dust mites (ew!). The medium-sized and large particles are still tiny and settle onto the surfaces in your home—from your sofa and carpets to pillows, curtains, bedding and other home textiles.
And as pet dander isn’t enough to deal with, there’s the other allergens and asthma triggers—like pollen and dust—entangled in their fur and covering their paws that your pet brings indoors from outside.

Getting pet allergy relief 
Whether you or a loved one is allergic to your dog, your cat or other pet, it’s clear you need relief—especially in the comfort of your home. Air purifiers do a great job at removing these tiny particles and providing relief from allergy and asthma triggers. Air purifiers also get rid of pet odors wafting around in your indoor air, so you never notice strange scents from your dog and cat.There are also practical hands-on ways to limit contact with pet allergen triggers, although some dog and cat owners may find these measures hard to do. It may be hard to keep your dog or cat out of your bedroom, for instance. Or to restrict their access to a few rooms in your house using pet gates. But think about it. It makes sense to limit pet access—and your exposure to pet allergens—to the rooms where you spend the most time, like your bedroom or the family room.
Keeping your dog or cat off your furniture and away from carpeted areas in your home can reduce exposure to pet allergens. Vacuuming with HEPA vacuum cleaner on a regular basis is another smart pet allergy-reducing measure. Give your dog or cat a bath (but not too often) and use lukewarm water and gentle pet shampoo so you don’t dry out your pet’s skin, which will only result in more dander.

Which air purifiers are best to control dog and cat allergies?   
Choosing an effective air purifier to reduce pet allergy symptoms can be tricky. Look for an air purifier that has a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), which indicates how well unit filters airborne pollutants and allergens. Go with a unit with the highest airflow you can find.
Blueair air purifiers use HEPASilent™ technology, which effectively remove dog, cat and pet allergens from the air you breathe. Consider a Blueair Classic 405, 605, 480i or 680i, which organizations like Asthma Allergy Nordic recommend for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems.
Do air purifier work for pet allergies? The answer is a resounding yes! Isn’t it time you and your loved ones enjoy breathing clean air that’s virtually pet allergen-free.Feeding on dead human skin cells found in dust, dust mites are not parasites, meaning they do not bite, sting or burrow into our bodies. While that is a plus, they do create harmful allergens from their fecal pellets and body fragments.

Ready to start your clean air journey?
Blueair air purifiers are simple to use and have something special: We are the only major air purifier brand to verify 100% of our models for performance for Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).

This article is brought to you by Blueair.

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Our home, our sanctuary… or is it?

Our home, our sanctuary… or is it?

Our home is our sanctuary. A personal space that provides us with a sense of belonging and safety. This is where we rest, spend time with our family and for some, it is even where we work. We do spend at least half a day at home or at least eight hours in the bedroom. However, there is a threat. Something we don’t see and it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

We take for granted the air we breathe. Many indoor air pollutants are not visible to the naked eye.

Dust is something people speak about all the time. It is one major allergen, however, the more dangerous pollutant in the home are Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature.

Did you know that even common everyday items in the home emit VOCs that are hazardous to health? Plastics emit VOCs. Solvents – Household cleaners, degreasers, arts and craft supplies, glues, “off-gassing” from newly installed carpets, flooring, particle board, and furniture.

Get a good air purifier to protect us from this ever-changing world

Blueair is an air purifier designed in Sweden for better and cleaner air within the comfort of your home. Known as the world’s best air purifier, it is compact but powerful and it cleans 16 sqm five times per hour. Blueair features an intelligent sensor that scans the air quality in real time for you to breathe better with the power of clean air.

We live in an environment different from yesteryears. Another pollutant we need to be cautious with is carbon monoxide – An odorless, colorless gas produced by everyday household appliances or heaters that burn natural gas, oil, wood, propane, or kerosene. It is a major component of car exhaust.

As of 2010, there were more than one billion motor vehicles in use in the world, excluding off-road vehicles and heavy construction equipment. Furthermore, researchers estimate that the world’s fleet will reach two billion motor vehicles by 2020, with cars representing at least 50 percent of all vehicles. And again, although produced outside the home, once the front door is opened or you crack a window open, the air flows in and is stuck within the four walls.

Here are some tips on how to decide on a purifier suitable for you

Do not let manufacturer claims fool you. The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) measure the volume of filtered air in cubic feet per minute (CFM) an air purifier on its highest setting delivers into a standard sized room. With CADR, it is easy to tell which room air purifier works best. The three key numbers for the most common indoor pollutants are tobacco smoke, dust, and pollen.

The higher the CADR number, the faster the rate of removing indoor air pollutants. CADR is independently tested and certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and is often the first step and one of the most important factors in buying a room air purifier. For best results, look out for the AHAM Verifide symbol alongside the CADR number.

A room air purifier can help mitigate health issues related to indoor air pollution. However, there are many different factors involved, such as the type of filter technology, contributing to efficiency. Be sure to identify the contaminants you want to eliminate and select your air purifier accordingly.

It is important to select an air purifier with the capacity to handle the total air volume continuously. Use some basic geometry to choose the right size- measure the length and width of the room and multiply to get the total area in sqm.

The AHAM recommended room size of an air purifier is based on five air changes per hour, meaning the unit filters the total air volume in the room every 12 minutes. Ensure the recommended room size on the AHAM label matches that of your room, but you can’t go wrong with an air purifier that filters the air in the room five times per hour. Which means you should look out for an air purifier that gives you a minimum of five ACH (Air Exchange per Hour).

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines for acceptable levels of continuous background noise indoors is below 45dB during the day and 35dB at night.

To figure out how much electricity a room air purifier consumes, check the wattage- the higher the wattage, the more energy it uses. Look for the Energy Star label when you make your choice. Energy Star is synonymous with energy efficiency and energy savings. Here are the most reliable sources for unbiased information on performance and energy efficiency:

 AHAM, which publishes independent test results and CADR performance ratings and accredited as a standard developing organization by the American National Standards Institute (ahamverifide.org).

 Energy Star, a voluntary energy-efficiency programme established by the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy (energystar.gov).

Before buying, be a smart shopper and verify the legitimacy of the company and performance claims. Most room air purifiers come with a limited warranty covering only what is specified.

Smart consumers would shop around for the best product and the best, long-lasting warranty available. Warranties are usually available at point of purchase, even online. Also, do not forget to submit the required forms to make sure your newly purchased room air purifier is covered.

Make the best choice of air purifier to suit your needs. You would have peace of mind knowing you and your family are well protected against the onslaught of pollution.

 

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