Finding out your rabbit makes you sneeze is no fun, particularly after it has become a part of the family. Filtering the air with the right purifier can drastically improve your quality of life and still enjoy your bunny. An air cleaner is only “right” if it has the filters described in this article.
The most usual cause for pet allergies is the protein that is contained in their dander. Dander is flakes of dead skin that are constantly being shed to make way for newer healthier skin. All warm-blooded animals (cats, dogs, birds, ferrets) shed these microscopic pieces of skin. And this is a process that will continue for as long as you have your rabbit. (I know, why didn’t somebody tell you before you fell in love?)
So given that you can’t stop it from being produced, the next best thing is to manage it so you and rabbit can live happily ever after. The number one rule for any allergy is to avoid the trigger. And I don’t mean your pet.
Nothing will remove 100% of the allergen, but by filtering the air 24 hours a day with an air cleaner that is specifically designed to remove particles that range from big to small to microscopic you can drastically reduce the level of dander and as the old adage goes you can literally “keep your dander down”.
The best type of filter for removal of airborne particles is HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filtration. Designed to remove particles as small as.3 microns in size its designation requires that for every 10,000 airborne particles it must remove 99,997 of them. That’s a pretty good definition of efficient.!
This filter will remove not only pet-related particulates both normal, everyday pollutants that are found in the cleanest of homes. These include but are limited to dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, bacteria, and viruses.. Being able to reduce the number of irritants, both gaseous and particulate, pet-related and normal is the best solution for continually keeping triggers low and quality of life high..
There are other types of filter an air cleaner should have if it is to be able to lower particulate allergens. Pre-filters both large and medium size will help to trap particles that you can see in the air, and prevent the HEPA from filling needlessly with these big particles. These allow only the smallest of particles to pass through which help you avoid spending time and money with frequent filter changes.
And finally, carbon cloth gives a 4th level of protection while also removing gaseous pollutants. This type of filer is important because most often allergies flare because of a combination of irritants.
The many gaseous pollutants that linger in the air from personal and household products, and smoke can work together to add to problems caused by particles.. Having a filter that can remove both gases and particles indicates a cleaner that can multi-task, and that’s exactly what you need with allergies.
The less there is in the air, the less likely you are to experience symptoms that make it impossible for you to enjoy your pet.
No one thing can give relief from your allergies. But filtering the air is one of the safest, non-invasive ways to start. And there is no down side to breathing clean air is there?