How Pets Affect Air Quality

 

You do everything you can to keep your family safe and healthy. And that includes making sure that your home is fresh, clean and as allergen-free as possible. But you have pets. Not only do the dogs drag in dirt, but their fur is also becoming a problem. The same goes for your cats.

Whether or not you or a family member has a pet allergy, reducing the furry condition of your home can help everyone breathe easier. More than 43 million U.S. households own dogs and more than 36 million own cats, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. If you’re one of these people, then you know what pet fur can do to your home.

Before you give up, take a look at what you need to know about clearing the air.

Keep Things Clean

You find out that you, or your family member, has a pet allergy. That said, you don’t want to give Fluffy the boot. You could hand your beloved pet over to a friend who lives elsewhere. But your dog or cat is part of the family, and you don’t want to let them go.

Don’t stress. Plenty of pet owners have allergies. There are ways to live with your pet and not have a constant runny nose. Along with medical interventions, cleaning your home (including the air) can dramatically reduce the effects of pet allergens and make you feel better.

The most obvious place to start is cleaning up the hair. Aside from pet hair not exactly looking pictureperfect, it can cause allergies (for some people). Most people aren’t actually allergic to the hair, it’s the dander (old skin scales) that are the real trigger. Touching or inhaling the fur or dander can cause a reaction that ranges from a minor scratchy throat and watery eyes to difficulty breathing.

Even if allergies aren’t an issue for your family, you still want to keep your house as free from fur and dander as possible. Why? To start with, in its own way it’s polluting your indoor air. Plus, you never know when a friend or relative who has an allergy might come over. You don’t want close friends or family members to stay away just because your cat or dog’s fur is polluting the air.

Sweeping and vacuuming the floors and the furniture can help reduce the hair in your home. But this isn’t the only way to clean up. What else can you do? Keep reading to find out.

Assess Your Indoor Air Quality

Your home’s indoor air quality affects your health. Pollutants can cause a host of problems, such as a sore throat, runny nose or other reactions. Of course, not all pollutants (or pollutant-related problems) come from pets. But when fur is the issue at hand, you need to do more than just clean the hair off the floor and furniture.

Keep in mind, if you have fur or dander in your air, chances are that your HVAC system is recycling it. Fur that builds up in vent systems or clogs furnace filters can cause problems. Making sure that a professional helps you keep the parts of your heating or air conditioning systems fur-free is key to making sure that your air is clean and not filled with pet dander.

Depending on your home’s needs, professional HVAC contractors have different fixes. These range from helping you pick the right filters for your heater or air conditioner to air purifying and cleaning systems. A consultation with an expert contractor can help you to figure out if you need a heavy-duty solution or something simple.

Do you need cleaner air at home? HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric can help.