Throughout the year, you probably like to have your pets indoors with you. Having them indoors can be great but they bring hair, dander, and dust with them. As a result, your allergies may bother you a little more than usual. Take a few steps to improve the indoor air in your Port Richey, Florida, home, and keep your fur babies close to you.
Proper Pet Grooming
The best place to start improving your indoor air quality with pets in the home is to groom your furry family members. Pet dander is the worst culprit when you’re worried about allergies and respiratory issues. When a pet sheds its hair, tiny pieces of skin also shed and can accumulate in the house. Regular baths will keep your pets’ dirt and dander at bay. Daily brushing removes hair so you can dispose of it appropriately before it settles throughout your house.
If you don’t groom your pet regularly, dander can cause congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, and rashes in those who suffer from allergies. Start at the source and do your best to manage your pets’ grooming daily. You can even use pet wipes to give them a good cleaning when they come in from outside. Be sure to wipe their feet and face, and run the wipe over the length of their body to remove outside allergens.
Consistently cleaning your home will also help to improve your indoor air quality. Dust surfaces regularly to avoid an accumulation of dander and dust. Clean slats on window blinds as well as bookcases and shelves. You can vacuum your furniture and remove cushions to access crumbs and dirt underneath. Pet-friendly vacuums come equipped with HEPA filters and a pet hair brush to pull fur from the surface of your couches and chairs. Wash pet bedding regularly as well.
Sweep and mop tile, hardwood, and linoleum floors. Move chairs and furniture so you don’t miss any hairballs or dust bunnies. Vacuum carpets and rugs with a HEPA-filter vacuum and empty the cartridge regularly to catch as much dander, dirt, and dust as possible.
Clean and Upgrade Your HVAC System
If you’ve cleaned the pets and your home and you still feel like your air quality is not as good as it should be, consider cleaning your HVAC system. Installing a high MERV-rated filter will catch dirt and debris as it is circulating through your system. Be sure the filter you use is made for your unit model. Using the wrong filter can cause it to overheat and create mechanical problems.
Schedule a service appointment for your HVAC system. Having professionals check on the system and clean it out will help your indoor air quality as well. They will remove any outside debris and leaves from the unit and check for cracks and leaks. This protects the air as it circulates back into your home and will keep out additional allergens.
Install an Air Purifier
During your regular maintenance, your service professionals can install a whole-home air purifier directly into your existing HVAC system. It will clean the air as it cycles through your home and the unit. If you’re more concerned with one specific room than with the entire house, you can purchase a stand-alone purifier. No installation is necessary. Just plug it in and the air is on its way to being cleaned. You can move the unit from one room to the next or purchase multiple units, depending on your needs.
Once your pets have joined your family, you want to be able to spend as much time as possible with them without suffering from an allergic reaction and without sacrificing your indoor air quality. Follow the tips above to help with these issues or give our professionals a call at 727-231-6911 at Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating for a full evaluation of your home system.
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