How Pets Can Affect Your Home’s Air Quality

Around 70% of U.S. households have a pet. If you do, you know that your furry friend brings great joy into your life. But what you may not know is that pets can also bring some unwelcome guests into your home – namely, allergens like pet hair and dander. At least 10 – 20% of us react to pet dander and allergens. These allergens can also cause problems for people with asthma or allergies, all caused by poor air quality in your home.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the number of allergens in your home and improve the home air quality for everyone. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how pets affect your home – so you can keep your furry friend and enjoy good air quality.

The Effects of Pets on Home Air Quality

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Dander is tiny flakes of skin shed by all animals – including humans. Pet dander is so little that it can stay airborne for long periods. It can also attach to surfaces like clothing, furniture, and carpeting.

Pet saliva, urine, and feces also contain proteins that can cause allergic reactions. These allergens can lead to symptoms like sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and difficulty breathing.

For people with asthma, pet dander can trigger an asthma attack. Animals are one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks. If you have asthma, it’s critical to reduce the amount of pet dander in your home.

Ways to Reduce the Impact of Pets on Air Quality

The first thing you can do is to bathe your pet regularly to help remove any dander that’s accumulated on their fur.

Try to keep your pet out of the bedroom. That’s because dander can settle on surfaces and stay there for a long time. If you can’t keep your pet out of the bedroom, at least keep them off the bed and furniture.

How to Keep Your Home’s Air Quality Healthy for Both You and Your Pet

One of the best things you can do for your home is to vacuum regularly. It will help to remove any dander that’s settled on surfaces. Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, as this will trap more allergens than a regular vacuum.

Another good idea is to invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers can remove allergens from the air, making breathing easier. Be sure to choose an air purifier with a HEPA filter, as these are the most effective at capturing allergens.

Good ventilation is also crucial for clean indoor air. If possible, open windows and doors to let in the fresh air. That will help to dilute any allergens that are in the air.

Finally, it’s essential to have your home’s ductwork cleaned regularly. Ductwork can accumulate a lot of dust and debris over time, which can be circulated through your home each time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. A professional duct cleaning will remove any build-up in your ductwork and improve the air quality in your home.

Be Proactive About Your Home’s Air Quality

Pets can be great companions, but your health – and the quality of your home air quality – is important, too. You can enjoy the best of both worlds by taking some simple steps to reduce pet dander.

Contact Air Pro Mechanical Services today to learn more about improving ventilation, filters, and ductwork in your home.