1. The Size of the Room:
The air purifier you purchase should have the capacity to cover your room or the home you live in. You will need to know the measurements—which doesn’t mean you have to get out your graphing calculator from seventh-grade math class. Simply estimate and multiply the length and width of the room to get the dimensions in square feet.
2. Placement of the Air Purifier:
You need to find a location in your home where you will install the air purifier—which will probably end up where you and your family (and also your pet) mostly spend your time.
Many people install the air purifier in the bedroom because you spend somewhere around 6-10 hours asleep every night, and clean air will help you sleep better. If you do choose your bedroom as the optimal location, make sure silence is a key feature of the purifier so it won’t disturb you while you’re sleeping.
Other common places to put your air purifier are the kitchen and living area. A kitchen is an excellent place for the air purifier if you want the purifier to filter our odors that come from cooking. However, if your primary goal for the air purifier is to filter out dust, then you might want to place it in the living area where most of the dust gets wafted into the air.
Also, if you’re a cat owner, placing the air purifier somewhere near your cat’s litter box will eliminate the cat pee smell.
3. Type of Filtration:
If the main reason for the purifier is to reduce pet hair, odor, dander, dust, smoke, and pollen, find an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Filters that are HEPA standard must remove 99.97% of particles that have a size greater than or equal to 0.3 µm.If you have allergies or sensitivities, it is especially important to find an air purifier with a HEPA filter, because it will filter out those allergens that trigger your symptoms.
However, if the main problem is viruses or bacteria, an air purifier with UV-C technology, ozone purifiers or ionizers will be ideal.
4. Maintenance Cost:
To help with your budget (and bank account) an air purifier which is easy to maintain, clean, and operate can save you in the long run.This will save you both your time and effort. Also, check the availability of spare parts and the cost for replacement; otherwise you might end up with a purifier expensive to fix and maintain. It might be a good idea to buy a few spare filters when buying the air purifier. That way you have an extra one at hand when you notice it is time to change the filter.
5. Automatic Monitoring:
This is a feature that allows the purifier to automatically adjust the speed of cleaning the air when there are any changes in its quality. This is a handy feature because it keeps up the air quality automatically. Without this function, you will need to adjust the air purifier yourself once you notice the air is stuffy and the air quality has already gone down.
6. Power Consumption:
Air purifiers for pets run 24/7 to make sure that the air you breathe is kept clean and fresh. However, this comes at the cost of your monthly electricity bill. You may need to consider buying an air purifier which has lower power consumption but still has the capacity to clean the air.
7. The Level of Noise:
If you can sleep through heavy rain, vacuum cleaning or any other noise, then chances are you probably won’t have a problem with a noisy purifier. However, if you can’t handle too much noise and still get a quiet night’s sleep, then consider getting yourself an air purifier that emphasizes more silent operation.
The purifier’s Air Change Rate or ACR is also an important feature. This is the number of times the purifier can clean the air within a given space in an hour.
9. The Reputation of the Manufacturer:
Known manufacturers protect their reputation by continuously producing quality products in order to satisfy their customers. By researching into a manufacturer’s quality, history, and past customer reviews, you can factor in the manufacturer’s reputation.
PetHairPatrol will only recommend products from well-known manufacturers that produce high-quality machines. By choosing one of the products we recommend, you can rest assured the research has been done for you.
10. After-Sale Customer Service:
The technical support that you may need after your pet air purifier has been installed is also a contributing factor to the overall quality of the product. Purifiers tend to wear and tear with continuous use. So, you can feel safer knowing that you will always have someone to help should any problem arise.
Choosing a product from a well-known company is a good idea because they often have the best customer service. Again, PetHairPatrol will not recommend any products or manufacturers that are known for slacking with customer support.
In the long run, the air purifier might break down. Instead of throwing it away, you may want to know if the company covers parts or full product on the warranty. It could be lifetime free service or replacement of the entire product or damaged parts of the air purifier. Always check out any guarantee before purchasing the purifier.
PetHairPatrol will recommend only products that we find have an adequate warranty. If you buy online on Amazon, you can easily find information about the warranty on the product page.