As a homeowner who has pets, you may not be aware of how much dander your furry friends can leave in your home. Pet dander often triggers allergies with symptoms that range from congestion and sneezing to wheezing, watery eyes and rashes. Unless properly addressed, this can affect your home’s indoor air quality. as well as the health of your family.
Luckily, it’s not hard to improve your home’s air quality while still enjoying a happy life with your pets indoors. Here are some tips from trusted HVAC and fuel oil company Thomas J. Fannon & Sons:
Clean regularly. One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is to stick to a regular cleaning schedule for both your home and your pets. Your pets should be bathed regularly and brushed outdoors to limit the amount of dander that spreads throughout the house.
When your pets live indoors, you should also have your air ducts cleaned more frequently than normal, as pet hair can gather in the ducts and lead to problems in the future. Also consider having your ducts professionally cleaned every three years.
Change your air filter as needed. Your HVAC filter is responsible for trapping dust, dirt and dander before they can get into your HVAC system. If you don’t inspect and replace yours on a regular basis, it can become clogged and cause debris to start circulating within your home.
Having a clogged filter also reduces the airflow coming from your vents. Make sure to have your filter changed by a trusted HVAC repair technician at least once a month to keep trapped dander out of your ducts and allow air to flow freely throughout your house. Otherwise, your system will have to work harder, which means it will consume more energy.
Be mindful of allergens. Pets aren’t the only cause of poor indoor air quality. Also keep an eye out for mold spores, mildew, dust mites, pest droppings found in air vents, dirt and heavy fumes. While poor indoor air quality is already hazardous to those who suffer from diseases such as asthma, it also poses a risk to healthy individuals. To prevent long-term health issues, you’ll need to keep your indoor air safe and clean.
When looking for a trusted HVAC and water heater specialist, don’t hesitate to call Thomas J. Fannon & Sons. You can contact us by calling (703) 549-5700 or filling out our online contact form. Talk to us today!