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Air quality and your pets

Having a pet can provide an array of benefits for you and your family. Other than being everyone’s best friend, studies have shown these fuzzy buddies are linked to a decrease in depression, lowered risk of heart disease, and can even lower a baby’s chance of getting sick as it grows up.

However, pets can have an adverse effect on air quality. Though the benefits of having a four-legged friend outweigh the problems for most, the extra hair and dander can take a toll on our respiratory systems.

Most pet owners can probably relate to finding fur from their cat or dog all over their home. You may think it’s restricted to just the surfaces you can see, like on the carpet and the couch, but particles also pollute the air in the form of pet dander.

Even if you sweep and dust, these particles will linger. In fact, vacuuming can cause the airborne dander to spread throughout your home, even while you’re trying to clean up! These particles can irritate anyone’s respiratory system, but those with pet allergies and asthma are even more at risk.

So, how can you keep Fido and Fluffy, while also maintaining your air quality? There are a number of things you can do to prevent your pet’s fur and dander from hampering your breathing:

1. Keep pets out of certain areas of your home, like the bedrooms. This goes double for those with asthma or allergies.

2. Consider limiting pets to rooms with hardwood floors, where hair, fur, and dander is less likely to be trapped.

3. Be sure to regularly vacuum and wash the furniture and fabrics pets come into contact with.

4. Clean the air in your home using an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Air purifiers can help capture particles that your vacuum or duster may miss. 

Remember that while your pets affect air quality, the air quality also affects your pets. If something has an adverse effect on the air for humans (like smoking or certain cleaning products), your pet may also experience respiratory irritation. Protect your whole family (two- and four-legged alike) by investing in an air purifier with a HEPA filter, such as Airmega, to capture problematic particles in your home’s air.


1Coway air purifiers have been proven to trap dust, pollen, dander, viruses and bacteria in the air based on KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories) testing.They have been tested in a 30㎥ size chamber according to the Korea Air Cleaning Association standard (SPS-KACA 002-132:2022 Modified) to measure the 0.01㎛ size of particle removal rate. It was tested on maximum airflow speed in normal room temperature and humidity conditions. The performance may vary in the actual living environment of customers.
→ Tested with Airmega Aim, 100, 150, 160, AP-1216L, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 200M, Icon, IconS, 230, 240, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S, ProX

299.97% of viruses, bacteria, fungi and pollen were verified to be removed from the air for Coway air purifiers which have Green True HEPA™ filter applied based on the Japan Food Research Laboratories(JFRL) testing according to JEM 1467 standard.
→ Tested with Coway Airmega AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 250, 250 Art, 250S, 300, 300S, 400, 400S
→ All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

All tested by JFRL and received above result within below time.

- Virus: Tested with Escherichia coli phage ΦX174 NBRC 103405, 60 minutes
- Bacteria: Tested with Staphylococcus epidermidis NBRC 12993, 60 minutes
- Fungi/Mold: Tested with Penicillium citrinum NBRC 6352, 60 minutes
- Pollen: Tested with Cedar Pollen extract, 60 minutes

3Aerosol test conducted in a Biosafety level 3 laboratory with two Coway air purifier models, Coway Airmega 250 and 400 for removal of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol by US based MRI Global, a not-for-profit laboratory and partner of US Department of Defense. The test was conducted in a 13.1ft3 chamber. Virus was aerosolized for 15 minutes and the product was turned on high for 2 minutes. Result showed each product effectively removed over 99.98% of the SARS-CoV-2 in 2 minutes. This is a result from a laboratory experiment condition and result may vary in different conditions. This result does not imply it kills SARS-CoV-2 or prevents the transmission of Covid-19. Coway Airmega 250S and 400S are identical to the tested models and has equal performance with an additional mobile connectivity function.

4The concentration of ammonia, acetaldehyde and acetic acid were proven to be removed within 30 minutes by FCG Research Institute, Inc. Human Life Science Lab. It is not a demonstration result in the actual use space. Not all odors and gases may be supported. → Tested with Coway Airmega 150, 160, AP-1512HH, AP-1512HHS, 400, 400S

5The coverage area of the air purifier is based on an area where the air cleaner can make two air changes per hour (ACPH). An air change per hour translates to how many times an air purifier can clean an area, assuming the height of a ceiling to be 8 ft, in one hour. Therefore ** means two air changes per hour means that the cleaner can clean the area once every 30 minutes and * means air changes per hour means that the air purifier can clean the area once every 60 minutes.

10Terms and conditions apply. Discounts, including promotions, coupons, bundle discount and subscription discount, cannot be stacked on top of other coupons. During promotional periods, discount codes will not be able to be applied to orders. Promo codes may apply to products only—filters, accessories, and new products within 3 months of the release date are not included.