Your pets are valued members of your family, and rightfully so, but did you also know that they may be impacting the air quality in your Wake Forest, North Carolina, home? Pets can significantly affect indoor air quality, so it’s important to take a few precautions so that your family can breathe easy.
Pets and Indoor Air Quality
The primary way that your dogs or cats affect air quality is by releasing pet dander or tiny skin flakes into your home. When pet dander accumulates in your home, it can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, as well as other serious respiratory issues.
Here are some factors you should keep in mind when it comes to pet dander:
- Dander stays airborne for a long time.
- Dander settled in the fabric can settle into the air.
- Some breeds produce less dander, but they can only keep allergic reactions to a minimum.
Airborne pet dander may eventually make its way into your air conditioning system. Once there, it will circulate to almost every area of your home, lowering your indoor air quality and potentially making it difficult for you and your family to breathe comfortably.
Reduce Pet Dander
Fortunately, there are quite a few ways you can protect yourself from this pollutant. First, you should clean your home regularly. In addition to hard surfaces like your floor, you should keep your furniture clean. Couches and chairs can collect pet dander more than almost any other area of your home.
Secondly, you should regularly change your system’s air filter and potentially invest in a high-efficiency filter. If you replace your filter regularly, it will be better able to remove the dander from the air in your home. A high-efficiency filter can capture the smallest particles possible, meaning you won’t ever have to worry about dander getting through.
If you need help boosting your indoor air quality, call Mitchell Heating & Cooling today at 919-948-3263. We can help you install a high-efficiency air filter and give you tips for keeping your home protected from dander and other pollutants.
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