If you’ve never thought about adding an air purifier to your kennel, you may want to consider it. There are many benefits besides the obvious for using one.
By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer
The world has changed a bit over the past few months and we’re all on edge about the coronavirus. New standards are in place to help prevent the spread of the disease, but have you thought about adding an air purifier to your kennel as part of the solution?
As you’ve already guessed, air purifiers improve the overall cleanliness of your indoor air. The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to five times dirtier than outdoor air. A quality air purifier, such as the Okaysou Airmax8l can capture 99.97% of air pollutants to help you, your staff, and the dogs in your care breathe easier.
They also capture airborne allergens released by dogs. Fur, dander, and dust are trapped before they settle in your kennel, leaving your staff with less to clean each night.
Air purifiers with HEPA filters and CADR ratings over 240, can stop sickness and germs from spreading by reducing the concentrations in the room. With concerns of the coronavirus on everyone’s mind, using an air purifier may be another “slice of swiss cheese” toward preventing the virus in your kennel.
Improves air circulation
It also helps improve air circulation. You would have to keep your kennel windows and doors open as often as you can to match the power of an air purifier. This isn’t usually feasible on rainy or cold winter days.
Neutralizes the air
And they neutralize the air. Anyone who has run a kennel knows that dogs can stink. Whether it’s damp hair or an elimination accident, an air purifier can trap the odor before your customers react to the smell. NOTE: it is necessary to purchase one that does not produce ozone, which can be an allergy irritant.
Not only does an air purifier cleanse the air, but it can also produce a calming sound. Though it is normal for an air purifier to make some noise, those that make a soft and soothing sound like white noise almost hum you to sleep.
Compared to ocean waves or the calming winds on a mountain top by humans, air purifiers may help dogs relax since they remove some of the background noise in and outside of the kennels.
Improves Mood Levels When Inhaled
Breathing cleaner air helps you become less agitated and enables you to maintain an even temper and more positive mood.
Some air purifiers use ionizers that produce “negative ions” which are responsible for boosting happiness and reducing depression.
What kennel owner wouldn’t want calmer dogs and more positive attitudes in staff?
Okaysou Airmax8l Air Purifier
When Okaysou offered to send us the AirMax 8L, we jumped at the chance to see first-hand what all of the 5-star Amazon reviews were about. We weren’t disappointed.
Acme Canine found the company has created a quality product and stands behind it. And so, Acme Canine recommends the Okaysou Airmax8l for pet owners and kennels. At the cost of about $120 and with a 5-year warranty, you will have a quality air purifier, which will definitely be a plus to your kennel.
The Okaysou Airmax8l is 100% ozone free, so it is safe to use around animals.
We tested ours in a bedroom with two humans and two dogs overnight for 14 days. Each morning we awoke to clean, fresh air, most likely because it circulates the room air up to 5 times per hour.
After two weeks, we also noticed there was less dust in the room. This purifier’s ultra-duo purification system traps air pollutants like dust, pollen, odors, dander, molds, and smaller particles up to 0.25 microns (which is smaller than droplets released by people when they cough, talk or breath).
And the Okaysou Airmax8l is quiet. Rated at 58dB at the highest speed, it releases some white noise that quickly becomes background noise in the room, which made it easy for all to sleep comfortably and deeply.
With two sets of filters and large air inlet (14.17 x 9.52 inches), the efficiency of this air purifier allows better airflow, reduced noise, and more years of use. There is a filter replacement indicator to let you know when to change the filters. And, the back lifts off, so they are easy to take out and put in.
The company recommendation for optimum performance is replacing the filters every 6 to 8 months, depending on the surrounding air. Each filter costs approximately $20, so plan to spend about $80/year on filters.
And the system is lightweight, which makes it is easy to move where you need it.
Depending on the size of your kennel, you may need to purchase several. For ideal air purification, one unit will cover 320 square feet circulating air up to 5 times per hour.
Although not Energy Star certified, Acme Canine still gives the Okaysou Airmax8l four paws up for the quality of the product, the integrity of description, and standing behind their product with their 5-year warranty. With features including child-lock, sleep mode, filter replacement indicator plus auto shut-off protection, we don’t think you’ll regret purchasing from this company.