Are Home Air Purifiers Safe for Pets?

There’s nothing more important than breathing quality indoor air every day. We spend a lot of our time indoors, whether inside our homes or offices, so it's crucial to use a system that improves air quality. 

When it comes to air quality, what's good for humans is good for pets, too. People exposed to polluted air are at greater risk of developing allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses. The same risks apply to pets. 

Studies show that dogs exposed to poor air quality are more likely to suffer from increased brain inflammation and other brain issues. Furthermore, cats exposed to indoor and outdoor pollution may suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions. 

Like humans, they need to breathe clean, odor-free air to improve their health. An air purifier can help lessen impurities in the air, ensuring a healthier space for your entire family. The best thing about it? It can protect our pets, too!

What is an Air Purifier? 

An air purifier traps mold, allergens, and other air pollutants. It sucks in the air and then filters and traps contaminants before pushing clean air back out into the atmosphere. Various units use different technologies, and importantly, not all air purifiers are equal. More on that in just a little bit.

Now, what about your furry friends? 

Are Air Purifiers Safe for Pets? 

Air purifiers are totally safe to use around your pets, as long as the unit is positioned in a secure spot and can't tip over on them. And not only is it safe, but air purifiers can help your pets as much as they can help you. Even animals can benefit greatly from an air purifier's filtering and sanitizing capabilities. 

Why Pet Owners Should Use an Air Purifier

Still wondering why, as a pet owner, you should invest in an air purification system?

1. It Provides Pet Allergy Relief

Pets bring more than just unconditional love and stress relief to our homes. Dogs and cats and smaller animals like birds and hamsters produce dander that triggers allergy attacks on sensitive people. Even those who are considered hypoallergenic shed, although you might not notice it. They just produce less dander than other breeds. Moreover, pets that roam outside may bring in pollen, germs, and dirt from the streets. 

Dander doesn't just linger in the air. It latches onto almost anything and everything around your household, from couches and countertops to air ducts and HVAC systems. One of the only ways to minimize our exposure to dander and other harmful particles is with an air purifier.

It's possible to live with pets despite having allergies, but only if you know how to reduce your exposure to allergy triggers. Apart from cleaning regularly and limiting your pets' access to certain parts of your home, you can use an air purifier to remove pollutants that trigger allergies. 

2. It Removes Toxic Chemicals in the Air

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are toxic impurities that evaporate in the air from certain products. These may emerge from typical household products like alcohol and paint. When inhaled, VOCs can have adverse effects on our health. It turns out these dangerous gases affect not just humans. Exposure to VOCs has also been associated with liver and kidney issues, and overall poor health in animals. 

Although air purifiers are designed to eliminate these airborne chemicals, not all are designed to do that job. You need to find a specific air purifier to filter and trap microscopic pollutants such as VOCs. 

3. Air Purifiers Clean the Indoor Environment 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research suggests that air indoors can be up to five times more contaminated than outdoor air. So, your home may look clean, but tons of microscopic pollutants are lingering in your living space. 

Studies show that these particles in the air may contribute to cardiac arrest in dogs and may sometimes lead to death. Moreover, pets exposed to polluted air for an extended period are more likely to develop tumors. 

An air purifier significantly decreases contaminants in the air, contributing to your pet's good health and the overall cleanliness of your home. Those with activated carbon filters can also eliminate pet odors that your carpets and couches have long absorbed. Frequent cleaning may be able to address undesirable smells, but using an air purifier can help make your home smell fresher and cleaner. 

Sans Air Purifier: Your Pet’s Best Friend

Using an air purifier at home (or the office) goes beyond just breathing clean air. Make the best choice for you and your pets. Remember that not all air purifiers are created equal. There are different types, each using different technologies to remove air contaminants. 

The Sans air purifier uses a three-stage filtration process and UV-C light sterilization to protect you and your furry friends from odors, allergies, and other health issues. The pre-filter is the first line of defense and traps larger pollutants, like hair and dust. After that comes the medical-grade HEPA 13 filter. This is where most of the magic happens — the filter works to capture allergens like pollen, dander, dust mites, and mold spores. The activated carbon filter traps chemicals floating around as gases, which come from cleaning products, fabrics, and furniture. Lastly, pulses of UV-C light neutralize pathogens and harmful microorganisms to ensure that they don’t grow back on the filters and make you and your pets sick.

Sans is the next step in keeping you — and your pets — safe. Ready to breathe a little easier? Shop today.