HEPA Filter—HEPA is an acronym made up of the first letters of the phrase high-efficiency particle arresting. This is a designation given to any filter that can remove 99,997 out of every 10,000 airborne particles that are .3 microns or greater (with a micron being defined as one-millionth of a meter).
What is a HEPA filter
This type of technology is so efficient that hospitals use it to ensure clean air. It is also safe because the only byproduct it produces is fresh, clean air.
HEPA filters are the most voted for indoors. The HEPA furnace filter can remove almost all of the air pollutants including the microbes. HEPA air purifiers are most efficient in cleaning the air provided they have a back up to remove the smoke and odors. The HEPA filter is unable to combat the chemical pollutants.
But whether you have one of the dustier species or not, this type of filtration is essential because it will also remove more normal household pollutants such as dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, seasonal pollen, airborne bacteria and viruses as well as dander from other pets.
Since birds are notorious for their tiny air passages, anything you can do to clear the air for them means that their respiratory system is more likely to stay healthier longer. And this can definitely help increase their quality and quantity of life.
Carbon Cloth—This type of filter gives a double advantage to you and your avian friends. Originally developed by the British Military as a response to chemical warfare, this filter can remove noxious gases, airborne chemicals, and odors. This is particularly important for birds because their systems are so vulnerable to gaseous pollutants.
And because the make-up of this filter is woven like a cloth, it also provides additional elimination of particles from the air.
Large Particle Pre-Filter—This filter is typically the first line of defense against the big particles that you can see in the air. Those floating bits that you can see when the sunlight shines through your windows are what this filter is designed to trap.
It is typically made up of a cotton-ball like material and saves the more intricate and expensive HEPA from filling needlessly with big particles that can be trapped by this cheaper filter.
Medium Particle Pre-Filter—This filter is designed to trap slightly smaller particles that are in between the visible and the invisible. Again the advantage to you and your bird is that this saves you money by allowing HEPA to fill with mostly microscopic particles.
Split Capacitor Motor—Your unit can have the most efficient filters in all the world, but if it can stay on the job 24 hours a day the filters don’t matter. A split capacitor is built to run 24 hours a day with high revolutions per minute and long life duty.
The benefit to you is that it can operate while you are there or away, and the continual filtration minimizes the number of particulates in the air. This helps keep the particle level from rising to a level that is unhealthy for you or your parrot.
Though there are many none can do the complete job single-handedly. An air purifier is highly effective only if it has these kinds of filters in combination. But not all homes have the same kind of pollutants and not all of them. Some need to target specific purifiers to correct their indoor health quality.