How to Boost IAQ When You Have Pets
When you share your Henderson, Nevada, home with furry friends, you know the happiness these pets can bring into your life. However, what you may not realize is that their presence can also impact your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Before you think about getting rid of Fido and Fluffy, a few helpful tips can help you boost IAQ.
Understanding Pet Dander
Just about every pet has dander, which is small pieces of skin shed by animals that have fur, hair, or feathers. Pet dander is microscopic, so you won’t know it’s there until you start experiencing allergic symptoms. Reactions to dander include coughing, breathing problems, sneezing, eye irritation, and sore throat. Pet dander can also get into your home’s HVAC system and reduce the quality of the indoor air.
The first tip to manage pet dander is to keep your home as clean as possible. Use a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter that can remove small particles from floors and carpets. Use the attachments on your vacuum to clean furniture frequently, as dander can settle on the upholstery. Wash bedding and curtains in hot water.
Bathe Your Pet
You can also manage how much dander your pet sheds by keeping up with regular baths. Dogs are easier to bathe, and cats are notoriously frisky. However, you can remove some of the dander and excess fur from your cat by brushing it often.
Clean the Ducts
As pet hair and dander move through your HVAC system, they can settle in your ducts. Over time, these pollutants accumulate in your ductwork and cause the system to work harder to move air. Additionally, this problem will lead to poor indoor air quality.
Cleaning ducts regularly is an effective way to remove the dander and hair so that you can keep your air clean and healthy. At Johnny On The Spot, we offer indoor air quality solutions for many customers with pets. Contact us at(702) 674-9839 for more information.
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