African Greys are fabulous birds and companions; but the white dust they produce is not fabulous at all. Keeping the air clear of these particles is crucial and an air purifier is essential. Here are 5 features that will help you bring home a cleaner that will work.
Constant Filtration—The white wing dust that Greys constantly produce can become nearly impossible to control, and hazardous to the health of both you and your bird. This dust helps keeps the bird’s wings healthy, but can be daunting to try to keep under control.
Not only is it unsightly, but allowing your bird to breathe air that is clogged with dust, dander, feathers and other household pollutants can clog its air passages. And clogged airways often allow disease and infection to gain control. Birds instinctively hide symptoms of illness. So by the time the problem is uncovered it is often to late to save its life.
Having a cleaner that can send 250 cubic feet of fresh clean air into the room every 60 seconds gives you and your Grey a huge advantage towards staying healthy. And this type of cleaning, although thorough, requires none of your time.
Fresh Air Is The Only By-Product—For your sake and your bird’s steer clear of filtration methods that produce ozone or ionized particles.. These filtration methods often cause more problems than they cure. In order for ozone to be effective, the levels would need to be so high that they would be deadly for humans and birds. And ionized particles can sometimes stick to air passages rather than be eliminated. By contrast, there is no down side to just plain old fresh air.
HEPA Filter—By definition this type of filter is designed to eliminate particles that are.3 microns in size or greater. This includes the invisible bird dander that is often forgotten because of the dust problems. HEPA filters can also eliminate airborne viruses and bacteria because they often attach to bigger particles to move from one host to the next.
Carbon Filter—All creatures have their own unique scent, and birds are no different. Being able to take out the smells that produce makes your environment a pleasant place for birds and people.
A carbon cloth filter offers the best of both worlds. Designed by the British Military as a defense against chemical warfare, it is quite capable of removing gaseous pollutants. But because it is woven, it has the ability to eliminate airborne particulates too.
Rugged Construction—The beaks of African Greys are pretty powerful. And because they are such intelligent birds, they will explore new things in their environment such as the air purifier, and they tend to explore with their beaks.
Having a unit that is made of steel gives you peace of mind because you know that as tough as their bite can be, steel is tougher. This greatly reduces the chances of your bird being injured by or choking on a piece of the cleaner that they have been able to remove.