Pets make great companions, and they provide you with numerous mental and emotional benefits. However, they do affect your home’s indoor air quality. Below, we’ll discuss the impact of pets on IAQ in your Washington, PA home and a few things you can do to help mitigate that impact.
Allergy and Asthma Flareups
If you suffer from pet allergies, you’re not alone. An article in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research estimates that cat and dog allergies affect 10% to 20% of the population worldwide. Some of these allergies also aggravate asthma symptoms, especially during the spring and summer months.
Clogs in the HVAC System
Pet hair and dander also impact your HVAC system without you realizing it. Pet hair and dander not only clog your air filters, but they also find their way to HVAC components. Once there, they can increase the wear and tear on your system, creating the need for more maintenance or repairs.
When you have pets, you often notice extra hair and dust in the air and on the floor. To combat this, you need to sweep and vacuum far more frequently than you would if you didn’t have pets. Below are a couple of ways you can combat the impact your pets have on your indoor air quality.
Whole-Home Air Purifier
When you have pets, you can benefit greatly from a whole-home air purifier. Not only do these devices remove pet hair and dander from your air, but they can also help filter out dust mites, pollen, odors, and bacteria.
You should give your furry friends regular baths to help combat their indoor air quality impact. Not only does bathing reduce shedding, which helps with allergies, but it also removes dirt and odor and helps you monitor your pet’s health.
Don’t let the quality of the air inside your home make you miserable. Contact Bruno Plumbing & Heating today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions for your Washington, PA home.
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