Bird dust is generated by powder down parrots. They include the African Grey, Cockatoo, Cockatiel, and some Amazons. This fine white powder is essential for the healthy growth and development of their wing feathers, but it can wreak havoc in your home and in your lungs and your birds’ lungs.
An air purifier is the least invasive and most effective way to constantly remove the dust. Here are 4 filters it must have to be effective.
HEPA—This type of filter is designed to remove microscopic particles that are invisible to the human eye. And even though dust is probably your biggest concern, dander is a potent allergen for humans and can also clog your bird’s air passages.
By definition high efficiency particle arresting (abbreviated as HEPA) filtration must be able to remove 99,997 out of every 10,000 particles down to.3 microns in size. This is the same technology that hospitals use to insure clean air. A filter that can remove dust and dander with 97% efficiency gives you a huge advantage.
Carbon Cloth—Birds are incredibly sensitive to gases, odors, and chemicals. In fact these pollutants can be deadly in the smallest of doses.
This sensitivity to gases was proven true for many years when miners would take canaries into the mines. If and when the canaries died it was an indication that air quality was becoming unhealthy and it was time for humans to leave.
Fortunately, this practice was stopped years ago, but the effect that gases have on birds continues to be true. Carbon Cloth was developed by the British Military as a response to chemical warfare. And because it is a cloth it also provides additional removal of particles.
Large Particle Pre-filter—This is usually the first line of defense against particles and is a cotton-like filter that is designed to trap household dust, pet and human hair as well as pet dander. Having this filter first means that the other smaller gauge filters are not filled needlessly. Instead they are reserved for smaller particulates that the large pre-filter is not able to trap.
Medium Particle Pre-filter—Found right behind the large particle pre-filter, it is best at trapping pollen and mold and mildew spores. And whereas these are not bird-related pollutants they are undesirables for both people and birds. And the added perk for all of these filters is that even though they reduce bird-related particulates, they also eliminate normal household contaminants.