Do you have pets? Many homes do, and numerous people consider their pets a part of their family. It’s important for pet owners to be mindful of how a pet can affect your home’s air quality. Living with pets can be a great way to keep your mind and body healthy, but don’t forget about the quality of your indoor air!
How to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality as a Pet Owner
One of the most important things to consider in regards to keeping pets and your home’s air quality and is that pets produce dander. What is dander, you ask? Dander is simply extra small particles of skin that flake off from your pet. Contrary to popular belief, pet hair (what makes our fuzzy friends so fuzzy) is not the cause of most pet allergens and air quality problems. It is actually dander that does the most damage. The best way to combat dander is to prevent it from getting out of hand in the first place. These tips can help:
- Be sure to bathe your pet/s as recommended by your veterinarian. Clean, healthy, skin will prevent excess dander from forming on your pet and accumulating around your home. Also, brush your pet regularly to remove dander and keep their coat healthy. And, don’t forget fresh water. Even though giving your pet unlimited access to fresh water is a given, be sure their water is plentiful, clean and of excellent quality. This will go a long way to ensure that your four legged friend is getting proper hydration, which helps keep their skin soft, meaning less dander in your home.
- Keep your HVAC System running smoothly by getting regular maintenance performed on your home’s HVAC system. This is essential for excellent air quality and is doubly important for homes with pets, since dander and pet hair can accumulate not only in the air filter, but in other sneaky spots as well. A professionally trained technician can help inform you of any potential concerns before they become a serious problem.
- Change your HVAC system’s air filter–often! We recommend changing your air filter according to the manufacturer’s directions. Since filters vary, you’ll want to gauge how often you change it depending on what type of filter you have. Check your filter about once a month and change the filter once it appears dirty. If you have a multiple pet household, consider upgrading to a HEPA filter or switching to an air filter that can help control pet dander.
- Another way to ensure excellent air quality is to have your ducts cleaned by our professionals. Pet dander, dust, and other debris can accumulate in your home’s ductwork. This dirt recirculates through your ductwork (and your home) each time you run your system.
Give us a call today and learn how we can help improve the quality of you and your pets’ home!