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Posted: 9/12/2010 10:28:13 AM EDT
My wife is allergic to cats, apparently. We found out after getting two kittens for the kids (she was never allergic to our older cats strangely enough...).

At any rate we are looking for a whole home air purifier.

Can anyone give me a ballpark idea on how much it will cost? And are they effective at helping people who are allergic to their pets?

Are we better off just getting a room unit and putting it in our bedroom?

TIA,

Corey
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:29:40 AM EDT
Change your AC filter with good ones and often. I don't think anyone makes good sitting units.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:31:38 AM EDT
No, not really. They can be dangerous to your health due in part to generating excessive amounts of Ozone. You may be better off using antihistamine OTC Benedril or similar for her allergies.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:32:58 AM EDT
As a person with severe cat allergy, I think you're probably going to have to lose the kitties.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:37:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bloencustoms:
As a person with severe cat allergy, I think you're probably going to have to lose the kitties.

Here's your cigar, sir.

The simplest solution is usually the one that most people ignore.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 11:01:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By guntrk:
No, not really. They can be dangerous to your health due in part to generating excessive amounts of Ozone. You may be better off using antihistamine OTC Benedril or similar for her allergies.


Yeah, I read about that.

What about HEPA and an ionizer?

And no one has any experience with whole home purifiers? Even without the cat issue, I could still see the benefits of cleaner air.

Corey
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 11:15:24 AM EDT
Forget the "room style" air cleaners.

They are a joke.

Look at the Aprilaire 5000 electronic air cleaner, or wait a couple of months for the new Honeywell TrueCLEAN.

You will have to get with a local contractor for pricing because those have to be installed in your duct work.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 11:29:14 AM EDT
Avoid the ozone purifiers - that stuff is really bad for you. A good hepa filter can take a lot of particulates out of the air. If you get one and also make the effort to keep the house clean (frequent mopping) and the cats clean (??), maybe everybody can coexist.

Otherwise, finding a new home for the cats might be best.
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