Best Bird Air Purifiers - 5 Features That Make Them Effective
"Pet birds depend on their owners to provide clean air. And as a bird owner you will need to depend on the best air purifier you can find. Here are 5 of the most important features that the best air purifier for your bird should have.
Oxygen As The Only By-Product-The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which incidentally is housed in a magnificent building in Washington DC across from the Smithsonian, has determined that any amount of ozone produced indoors is harmful to life.
And the ozone levels that an air purifier would have to emit to remove pollutants would need to be so high that it would have deadly consequences. Be sure to check that the only by-product that your cleaner produces is fresh clean air.
24-Hour Operating Capability-Since dust, dander, feathers seed dust, and other particles that your bird produces go airborne around the clock, the air needs to be filtered 24 hours each day too. Unless the air is filtered continually particulates will build to a hazardous level. In order to be able to trust a unit to run safely 24 hours a day without needing a rest, it must have a motor that is built to operate all the time..
A permanent split capacitor motor is a must have for an effective unit. It should be rated for continuous high revolutions per minute (RPM) and long life duty. This allows the air to be continually filtered while you are there or away. So your bird can continue to breathe clean air regardless of your schedule..
Multiple Filters---The pollutants in the air that result both from normal living and from owning a bird are both gaseous and particulate in nature. Some filters are better at removing particles, others gases. Having your cleaner include both types of filters will remove all types.
HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters are best at particle removal. By definition this type of filter must remove 99,997 out of every 10,000 particles that are .3 microns or larger. And a micron is defined as one millionth of a meter which is way smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Carbon filters are best at removing gaseous pollutants including odors and chemicals, both of which can be detrimental to your bird's health. A unit that contains carbon cloth obviously offers the best of both worlds---removal of gases because it is carbon-based and enhanced ability to removal particles because it is a cloth.
Multiple Filtration Speeds---When you or your avian friend stir up dust and odor you need a cleaner that can step up the rate of filtration. A unit that can filter the air at different speeds means that it can effectively respond to the situation and clear the air minimizing the amount of pollutants available to be inhaled. This is a feature you'll be glad you have..
Low Maintenance---A purifier that does not require frequent filter changes saves you time and money. Look closely at the technical specifications of any cleaner you are considering. If it requires filter changes every 6 months or yearly. Leave it where it is.
A high maintenance cleaner is expensive in terms of time and money. The air is also not being filtered if the unit needs constant maintenance, and that defeats the purpose of filtering the air. A cleaner that is low maintenance and has a filter life of 5 years will serve you and your bird well without hidden costs and huge investments of time from you."