If you run an animal shelter, you know that how clean it looks and smells are two huge indicators to perspective clients about how well the shelter is being run. An air purifier is the best way to help your shelter looking clean and smelling fresh all day every day. Here are 5 best features to choose in your shelter air purifier that will make it most effective.
Multiple Filters—Many cleaners on the market today have no filters. Avoid these types at all cost. A purifier without a filter is of little good, and most likely will require frequent cleaning. And once you realize that it is having very little effect, you will need to spend more money to replace it.
The most effective cleaners have a variety of filters because the types of pollutants that plague a shelter are varied including particulates, odors, bacteria and viruses. By choosing a cleaner that can multi-task by removing all types of pollutants, one cleaner is able to handle all solid and gaseous pollutants.
Carbon Filter—-Odor in a shelter can cause a huge problem. That’s why carbon filtration is a must. This type of filtration is renowned for its ability to remove odors and smells. And because urine odor is one of the crucial smells that a cleaner needs to be able to eliminate, an ammonia based additive has been proven to be the most effective at eliminating the stench of pet urine.
Pre-Filters—These blanket-like filters are what separate a high maintenance cleaner from a low maintenance one. Sized for large and medium particles, they collect particles that you can see such as hair and dust.
This saves the other filters for the pollutants that they are best at removing. Vacuuming the outside of the cleaner can clean the pre-filters and prolong the life of the smaller filters that should be present in the unit. Without these filters expect to replace filters every couple of months. With them, filters can last as long as 5 years.
HEPA Filter—High efficiency particle arresting (abbreviated as HEPA) filtration is the type that hospitals use to insure clean air. To achieve this designation it must be able to remove particles as small as.3 microns with 99.97% efficiency. A micron is defined as one millionth of a meter and is way smaller that the period at the end of this sentence.
This type of filtration is necessary to remove the invisible dander that is able to remain airborne for long periods of time. And since the dander also contains a protein that triggers allergies and asthma, being able to reliably remove this irritant means that the animals, staff, and customers will remain healthier and be much more comfortable living, working and visiting the shelter.
Split Capacitor Motor—Because the animals in your shelter are depending on you to care for them 24 hours a day, an air cleaner needs to be a part of that solution by being able to operate 24 hours as well. Check to see that the unit you are considering has a split capacitor motor that will allow it to run safely and effectively all the time.