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Maintaining Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets
Our pets are an important part of our families. However, having them in our homes can make it challenging to maintain indoor air quality due to the hair and dander they leave around your home. It can also put a little more stress on your home’s heating and cooling system.
With a little effort, it is possible to improve your home’s IAQ while keeping both your family and your four-legged friends comfortable, too. It just means having to pay a little more attention to your home’s heating and cooling system.

Here’s a few easy tips for improving indoor air quality for pet owners:

Reducing Pet Dander and Hair in Your Home
Dogs and cats continually release dander and hair around your home even though you might not always see it. This debris can collect in your air vents, get sucked into your HVAC’s returns, and be continually circulated throughout your home causing a decline in IAQ. The amount of dander and hair that accumulates in your home can be reduced by practicing good grooming habits with your pets, including bathing and brushing your pet. When in doubt, consult with your veterinarian to find out how often your pet should be bathed and brushed.

Changing Air Filters More Frequently
Under normal use, it is recommended that you inspect your HVAC’s air filters each month and changes as needed. Pet hair and dander can quickly clog your filters, diminish air quality, and affect the efficiency of your system. If you find that your air filters need to be changed more often speak with your HVAC technician about using reusable filters that can be rinsed and reused.

Keep Up with House Cleaning
Today’s busy lifestyles can make it difficult to keep up with house cleaning chores. However, making sure to keep up with vacuuming and dusting will cut down on the amount of pet dander and hair in your home that will diminish your home’s air quality. And most importantly, these chores will keep these things out of your HVAC system.

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
It is recommended that most homes have their air ducts cleaned every three to five years to remove debris that can accumulate inside of them. When you have pets in your home, it is a good idea to have this service performed every two years. If you have pets with long-hair, you might even want to have your ducts cleaned every year.

Consider Adding an Air Purifier to Your HVAC
Having an air purifier added to your HVAC system can go a long way to help keep the air in your home fresher when you have pets. This piece of equipment automatically works to scrub contaminants from the air to improve indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality is a bit concern for many families, especially if you have pets. Contact our team of HVAC experts to learn how you can keep the air in your home healthier for your entire family, including your pets.

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