When you’re trying to maintain good air quality in a home with pets, there are a lot of different factors that come into play such as the size of the home, how many pets, how much access to the home they have, how much they shed, how often they use the bathroom in the house, what type of pet it is, whether they have scent glands or not, you cleaning methods and frequency and more. All of these factors can greatly affect how much pet-associated air pollution you have, so it makes sense that to control the air quality effectively, you may need to take additional steps other than just getting a pet air purifier.
The truth of the matter is, sometimes an air cleaner, even the best models aren’t enough to keep all of the dander and odors under control. With multiple pets or a single pet that releases a lot of hair and dander, most people find that they have to increase cleaning, wash bedding, use Febreze, and sometimes get more than one air cleaner. TIP: Ammonia-based cleaners tend to add to the odor problem, so you want to choose cleaners that clean well and disinfect but have little odor.
And still, to get to where you don’t see or smell hair, dander or odors, it may require a few more steps that involve reducing the pollutants at the source, such as changing pet shampoos that cause dry skin, scratching, etc. Or taking another look at any food allergies that may be causing itchy skin for your cat or dog. You may also want to limit your pet’s access to only certain areas of the home, as well.
Some people do get better results by installing a whole house air cleaner with carbon and HEPA filters as well as getting a couple of portable units for individual rooms, which does multiply the filtration in your home and can dramatically reduce pollutants by doing this alone. At some point, though, taking the other steps mentioned above along with those air purification systems will probably become necessary and you’ll likely find that you’re getting the best results by addressing the problem from all of those angles.
You may also want to keep in mind that pets often have sensitivities to chemicals just like humans, so you may want to choose unscented or low-odor cleaners and other products for your home. This will help keep allergic reactions down for you and your cat, dog or other animal and will probably reduce the number of vet visits.
So before you give up or start thinking of getting rid of your pet because of allergies, expenses, etc, consider that it usually takes a few combined steps to effectively control pet odor and dander in a home and by taking those steps you can you most likely solve the problem and enjoy your pet much more.