Bird dust for some types of birds is a normal part of their growth and development. African Greys, Cockatoos, and Cockatiels are all known as powder down parrots. And if you love and own one, you are all too familiar with the white powder that can cover everything in sight.
Using an air purifier is one of the most effective ways to keep these fine particulates under control, and here are 5 features the cleaner should have.
24 Hour Cleaning Capability - White wing dust is what helps keep powder parrots' wings healthy and beautiful. And so these particles will be a fact of life for as long as you have your pet. Bird dust is produce continually and so to be effective a cleaner must be able to take it out as continually as it is produced.
This keeps your pet's notoriously tiny air passages clearer. And clear airways can increase their quality of life and their life span. As for humans, constantly breathing this dust can cause nodes in the lungs, bring on and/or exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other chronic respiratory conditions.
Low, Medium, And High Speeds - Some days there are going to be more particles in the air than other days. When there are more particles in the air, an air purifier should be able to take out more at a faster rate. This means particles spends less time in the air and that drastically reduces the amount you and your bird are forced to inhale.
Fresh Air As The Only Result - An effective cleaner should be able to send 250 cubic feet of fresh clean air into your room every 60 seconds. This should be without any amount of ozone or ionized particles.
The debate continues about if and how much ozone is harmful; and whether ionized particles do more harm than good. But all are in agreement that there is no down side to fresh, clean air. So selecting a unit that only produces clean air is the healthiest solution.
HEPA Filter - HEPA is a shortened version of high efficiency particle arresting. This type of filter by definition must be able to remove 99.97 of airborne particles that are.3 microns or larger.
That includes not only bird dust but more normal household pollutants such as dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, bacteria, and viruses. The benefit to you and your bird is that for every 100,00 airborne particulates this type of technology will remove all but 3 particles down to.3 microns in size with a micron being defined as one millionth of a meter. This type of filter is so effective that hospitals use it to insure clean air.
Numerous Other Particle Filters - As efficient as a HEPA is, having it as the only filter would mean that it would fill unnecessarily quickly with big particles that could be trapped by other types of filters.
Your cleaner should have at least 2 pre-filters that eliminate the big particles before they clog the HEPA. This will eliminate large and medium size particles that can be seen without magnification.
Carbon cloth is another filter that the unit should have particularly with birds. Since every animal has a unique smell, being able to eliminate odors and other gaseous pollutants is a huge advantage towards keeping your bird safe. And because the nature of this filter is a cloth, it gives you a 4th filter for particle removal.
A cleaner with these features will go a long way towards keeping you and your bird happy and healthy for many years to come.