Living with a bird means you are subject to many more particulates in the air than a home without a bird. These particles include wing dust from powder down parrots such as African Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and Amazons.

Add the dander that every bird produces and the additional amount of bird-related particles produced daily is significant. Here are 5 ways to literally keep the dander and dust down in your air.

Continuous HEPA Filtration—Taking the particles out of the air, both bird related and normal household particulates is important for both birds and their owners. And since it is a particulate problem, the best type of filtration is high efficiency particle arresting (often shortened to HEPA) filtration.

As its name suggests it is incredibly efficient at removing particles as small as.3 microns with 99.97% efficiency. This means that 99,997 out of every 10,000 particles are removed from the air. And this type of filter is all encompassing so it would also remove normal household pollutants such as dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, and dander from other pets to name a few. Unfortunately, these are generally found in the cleanest of homes unless the air is being filtered.

Clean Regularly—A schedule of regular cleaning will greatly reduce the amount of irritants that can be inhaled. Reducing the irritants this way will make the room a more pleasant place to be, particularly for those who are sensitive to the dander and powder.

Clean Smarter—-Carefully choosing the furnishing in the bird’s room can make cleaning easier and more efficient. Upholstery, window treatments, and flooring that can be wiped cleaned are best. Fabrics and carpets make it difficult to clear particles and make it possible for daily activity to continue to send them back into the air. Damp cleaning gathers more of the debris, sending less of it airborne.

Choose Your Bird Carefully—This is not much help if you already fallen in love and adopted a bird. But if you are planning to add to the family with another bird, doing a little research first can help you decide on a type of bird that is likely to produce less dust.

Limit The Numbers—-Some birds need another bird to serve as a companion in addition to their people companions. However, you can greatly reduce the amount of particles by carefully considering how many birds your space can handle. And by putting a ceiling on the number of feathered friends you choose, you will automatically reduce the dust and dander available to be sent into your air.

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