Coming home and being welcomed by a beloved pet feels great, and any pet owner can attest that pets are more than just animals. They are true friends. Even with such a strong relationship, the same cannot be said about their relationship with your house.
Why? One word: dander.
Unless your pet is a fish, chances are it's got some type of fur or feather. With that comes dander, the number one allergen carried by pets.
Be it a dog, a cat, a bird, or a rat, you're not going to escape the dander they produce, nor the problems it can pose for your home’s air quality.
Dander is all the tiny debris shed by animals with fur, like dead skin cells and natural oils. Beyond dander, humans can also be allergic to proteins found in body fluids such as saliva, urine, and feces of pets. These pose a severe threat to people who are allergic to them. It’s a real problem for people in the United States.
Up to 32% of homes have dogs while 27% have cats as pets. It's a beautiful thing when people give these animals a loving home. Unfortunately, about 3 in 10 Americans are allergic to pet dander, especially those from cats.
They are microscopic, right? How then are they able to cause these allergic reactions? Well, their small size and irregular shape ensure they can easily stick to furniture, bedding, curtains, carpets, and other fabric in a home. This doesn't bode well for people with allergies.
Common allergic reactions to dander include swelling and itching of the membranes lining the eyes and nose, stuffy nose, inflamed eyes, and respiratory problems such as wheezing and shortness of breath. It can even trigger an asthmatic episode in severe cases.
Also, dander from stale air could get sucked up your HVAC system and clog the filters. This impacts the HVAC significantly and can reduce its efficiency. This can lead to a further reduction of the indoor air quality in your home.
Luckily, the situation isn't hopeless. You can do a couple of things to improve your home's air quality despite having a pet.
These include –
Pro-tip: get a filter with a high MERV rating. This does a better job of filtration.
There you have it, the pet owners’ quick guide to maintaining indoor air quality. Follow these steps and you can rest assured of breathing fresh air at all times. And if you have any more questions about air quality, reach out to Triad Mechanical Service by calling (770) 682-0075!
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