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How Pets Affect Indoor Air Quality

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Furry friends make great companions! According to the American Pet Products Association, 67% of U.S. households own a pet – that’s 84.9 million homes. [1] While owning a pet can improve your mental health, unfortunately, they can be a disadvantage to your indoor air quality. Pets can introduce airborne irritants in your home and trigger allergy symptoms, making you feel uncomfortable in your own home. Our AC/HVAC team at All Brands Corp. further explains how pets affect indoor air quality and what to do about it.

What Is Pet Dander?

To better explain how pets affect indoor air quality, we must first define what pet dander is. According to the American Lung Association, pet dander is “composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.” [2] Pet dander can be unknowingly inhaled and settles in your respiratory tract, exacerbating medical conditions like asthma. Allergic reactions to pet dander can include watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, fever, and respiratory problems.

How to Protect Indoor Air Quality from Pet Dander

As previously stated, pets and indoor air quality don’t mix well. However, there are proactive steps you can take to ensure you and your family don’t suffer from the effects of pet dander. Start by making sure you have adequate ventilation throughout the home if you’re using one of our leading AC brands. It’s important to keep your air conditioning unit’s filters clean to maintain proper ventilation throughout the home. If you don’t know who to clean your filters or simply don’t have the time, you can always hire our Florida Keys AC maintenance services to take the stress off your shoulders.

Another way to reduce pet dander at home is by letting your pet sleep in their own bed. Studies have shown that those who sleep with their furry friends tend to get less sleep than those who don’t. [3] The last thing you want is for pet dander to find its way into your bedding, where your respiratory tract is more vulnerable. So, head down to the nearest PetSmart or Petco and purchase a comfy, fluffy bed for your furry friend.

 

Keeping your air conditioning unit’s filters clean is a commitment, and that’s why our AC/HVAC team is here to help! If you’re looking for the best AC services in town or would like to explore our vast inventory of AC units, give a member of our team a call at 305-619-0650 today!

 

 

Sources:

[1] American Pet Products Association – Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics

[2] American Lung Association – Pet Dander

[3] Mayo Clinic Proceedings – The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment

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