Indoor air pollution is an emerging issue for both human and veterinary patients. Good air quality in veterinary clinics can be difficult to achieve due to urban air pollution, surgical gasses, and particulate matter as well as airborne viruses, pathogens, and allergens such as dander from cats, dogs, birds, and other pets. Without proper ventilation, these can aggravate allergies and exacerbate existing conditions such as COPD and asthma, and are often the source of unwanted odors.
There are a lot of studies that show how air pollution affects humans, but what about our pets? Scientists are just beginning to explore the negative effects of air pollution on pets, but most agree that when air quality is poor for humans, it is also poor for pets, making adequate ventilation and clean air imperative for veterinary offices.
Advice from the CDC, WHO, and EPA is clear: to minimize the spread of airborne viruses like Covid-19, in indoor spaces, portable HEPA air purifiers are recommended. In fact, an extensive review by the EPA concluded the combination of HEPA and Carbon is the safest and most effective solution. Purifiers that use UV lights, Ionization, and PCO technology are not ideal because they can produce dangerous byproducts that are then emitted into the air.
According to an EPA report, a significant amount of HEPA and Carbon must be used in your air purifier’s filtration otherwise filters will need to be changed often (every few months). That’s why the Austin Air HealthMate® Plus has:
No one in the industry even comes close to using that much. This ensures a long filter life of up to 5 years.
“That’s the impact of Austin.”
STAGE 1 – Large Particle Pre-filter. Removes particles easily seen by the naked eye (e.g. dust, hair and pet dander)
STAGE 2 – Medium Particle Pre-filter. Removes small to medium size particles (e.g. molds, spores and pollen)
STAGE 3 – Over 780 cubic inches of Activated Carbon, Potassium Iodide Impregnated Carbon and Zeolite. Removes Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, benzenes, chemicals, gasses and odors.
STAGE 4 – 60 sq. ft. of True Medical Grade HEPA. Removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns and 99% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns
“[It] has been put to the test in my animal hospital over the years, and I really love this machine!! Stinky cat urine odors - gone! Smelly cigarette smoke residue in the air - no more! Staff and clients with allergies - breathing easier (and needing less pharma/nutraceutical help)! Product shelves - less to dust!”
Charlestown Animal Hospital
“Works great. Definitely notice a huge difference with using this machine. We have a few pets and this keeps the dust and dander that you can’t really "clean" out of the air. Haven’t turned it off in 5 years.”
“Finally! Just what I have been looking for...nice and quiet! Great filter for pet odors that does not need to be constantly changed. Works great! Never have to buy another one.”