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Ask Art: How Do My Pets Affect My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor Air Quality

Life with pets is better, no doubt. According to a recent study on pet industry trends, 84.9 million, or 67%, of homes in the United States own a pet. With 136 million pets in homes (including homes with multiple pets), our four-legged friends also affect our home’s indoor air quality by leaving behind dander and other allergens.

What Are Pet Allergies?

Even though only about 3 in 10 people who suffer from allergies are allergic to pets, prolonged exposure to their dander can cause many side-effects. Common symptoms include itchiness and swelling of eyes and nose, coughing, or a rash.

Dander

For the most part, it’s not the actual animal people are allergic to, but the dander.

Dander consists of small pieces of skin pets shed regularly. Not unlike human dander, pet dander occurs as a natural part of skin replacement. Interestingly, most people who are allergic to pet dander are allergic to the proteins that compose the dust mites that live in dander.

Tips For Better Air Quality

Just because you find yourself or a family member allergic to pet dander, you do not have to get rid of your fur baby. Depending on the level of reaction, there are many solutions to increase the air quality within your home.

  • Regular Cleanings

    By keeping regular cleaning schedules for both your home and your pet, you will improve your home’s indoor air quality. Not only will this help remove the dander from your pet, carpet, and furniture, it will also help remove other allergens and debris pets may track in.

  • Keep Ducts And Filters Clear

    Air filters and ducts often fall into that “out of sight, out of mind” category when it comes to cleaning our home. This can be especially troublesome when it comes to pet dander or debris and a home’s air quality.

    Replacing your air filters and cleaning out your ducts will help to lower the amount of pet dander and other allergens in your home.

Indoor Air Purifiers And Cleaners

Often, basic ducts and filters are not enough to greatly affect the home’s air quality and a more advanced system is needed. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric offers a variety of air purifying systems that can help you combat pet allergens.

  • Air Purifiers

    One of the most common and practical ways to combat pet dander and increase the air quality in your home is to purchase an air purifier.

    They work by pulling the contaminants in your home through fans to trap them and pump the clean air into your home. While purifiers work well for larger allergens your pets may bring in on their fur, they often miss smaller particles.

  • HEPA Filters

    High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are a popular solution to increase pet-related air quality issues. HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of particles, including pet-related dander and debris, that exists or is brought inside your home. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric’s technicians can easily install HEPA filters, whether you prefer a standalone, in-room filter system, or duct installation.

Testing

At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, our Home Comfort Specialists understand how important it is for you and your family to experience the highest level of air quality possible. That is why we pride ourselves in helping you pick the right solution for your home. Our testing process will also let you know if it is more than just your pets affecting the quality.

We love our pets but their affects on our home’s air quality should not keep us from loving them. If you are ready to increase your indoor air quality that has suffered due to your pets, call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric at 1-800-475-1504 today!

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