Having pets in the home can often mean extra challenges when it comes to keeping the house odor free and clean. Pet dander can build up and often can cause issues with those who are sensitive to pets, but this can usually be prevented with a quality air purifier. Not all air purifiers are designed for heavy use in homes with pets so it’s important to find one that works well for pet friendly homes.
An air purifier for use with pets should be designed to withstand the dander and pet hair that comes with pet ownership. These purifiers may be electric models that act to clean the air through filters, but there are also other options for air purification with pets. The following is a list of the 10 best air purifiers for pets in 2016 based on reviews.
10. Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier
This set of 5 activated charcoal pouches have many uses in a home with pets. They are made of linen and contain 100% natural activated charcoal which acts to neutralize odor near litter boxes, pet beds, cars and other places where pets spend time. They are reusable and can be reactivated by placing them in sunlight, making each pouch last up to 2 years. The pouches also help dehumidify and absorb excess moisture in the air.
09. Holmes Arm and Hammer Air Purifier Booster Filter
This set of 4 filters are designed to be used with several different Holmes brand air purifiers. The filters are enhanced with Arm & Hammer baking soda for maximum odor removal. They come in a resealable bag to keep them fresh until use and work well to eliminate pet odors, as well as other common household odors associated with kitchen smells, bathroom odors and diaper pails.
08. Honeywell HEPAClean Air Purifier Replacement Filter 2 Pack
These filters are for use with several different models of Honeywell electric air purifiers. They can capture up to 95% of airborne particles. They can also help to reduce household odors related to pets in the home. These filters are designed to be changed every 6 months and they are very easy to change when needed.
07. Whirlpool 8171434K Large Air Purifier Carbon Pre-Filters
This 4 pack of filters are designed to be used with some models of air purifiers by Whirlpool. The filters are made of carbon and can capture 99.7% of particles as small as .3 microns. The filters help remove pet odors as well as other common household smells. They also help to filter out pollen, smoke and dust for an overall cleaner air in the home.
06. GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier System
This tabletop air purifying system also acts to sanitize with UV light and helps to reduce odors. The unit is small enough to sit on a shelf or table but is powerful enough to kill airborne mold spores, bacteria and viruses. It uses charcoal technology to reduce pet odors in the air and the filter acts to capture 99% of dust, allergens and pet dander. The GermGuardian has filters that need to be replaced every 6-8 months.
05. Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier
The Honeywell purifier has a HEPA filter that can be vacuumed to extend the life for 3-5 years. The unit captures up to 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns. The carbon activated pre-filter helps capture larger particles and reduces many odors related to pets and other household smells. This air purifier is designed for use in rooms up to 390 square feet and it circulates the air in the room 5 times per hour.
04. GermGuardian AC5250PT 3-in-1 Pet Pure True HEPA Air Purifier System
The GermGuardian purifier system has a HEPA filter to capture 9.97% of allergens, including pet dander. This unit works particularly well for homes with pets because it has an antimicrobial treatment in the filter to prohibit the growth of mold, bacteria and and mildew on the filter surface. It also has UV-C light technology to help kill bacteria and viruses that are airborne. Filters need to be replaced every 6-8 months.
03. Holmes HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier
The Holmes purifier is small enough to sit on a table or shelf, yet powerful enough to remove many contaminants and odors from the air. It has a HEPA filter to remove up to 99% of airborne particles. It has 3 different speeds and an optional ionizer to help with partical removal. This purifier is recommended for use in rooms up to 109 square feet.
02. O-Ion B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer with UV-C Sanitizer
This air purifier works quietly to remove tiny airborne pollutants like pet dander, allergens and dust. This unit uses carbon filtration and ozone power to freshen the air, reduce odor and sanitize. The UVGI technology kills germs, viruses and bacteria to make the air healthier and safer. It uses a low amount of energy but is powerful enough to work in large rooms.
01. GermGuardian AC4825
This purifier is a 3-in-1 system that can greatly improve the air quality in a home with pets. It uses UV-C light technology to along with Titanium Dioxide to eliminate airborne pathogens. The tower is 22 inches tall and has three speeds making it versatile for any room of the house. It also has a true HEPA filter that helps to reduce odors, allergens and dust in the air.
Pets bring joy to their owners’ lives, but they can also bring unpleasant odors to the home. One of the best ways to get rid of these odors is with an air purification system. These systems use filters with carbon, charcoal and other absorbent substances to remove dander, allergens and odors from the air. The addition of a HEPA filter can help clean the air efficiently for those who have sensitivities to pets.
When shopping for an air purifier for a home with pets it can be helpful to read reviews from past purchasers. It’s also important to read up on the filters used by the system to see how pricey they are and how often they need to be changed. Most importantly, find a filtration system that can keep your home happy, healthy and safe for everyone in the family, pets included.