Your pet is probably a proud and happy addition to your home’s family setting in Slidell, LA. Our furry and feathered companions keep us company, but they can also leave us frustrated on the cleanliness front. So, does having a pet impact your indoor air quality?

Pet Dander

Pet dander occurs when your pets scratch themselves or during their hair-shedding periods. The resulting microscopic skin particles are often the cause of pet allergies.

Pet dander moves through the air in your home and settles on most surfaces. Some notorious surfaces for collecting pet dander are your pet’s favorite spots and fabric materials such as carpets and clothes. As you clean or dust off these areas, you once again expose the pet dander to the air, further deteriorating indoor air quality.

Dirty Air Filters

When air moves through your HVAC system, you can expect that air filters will trap pet dander and hair. With time, the buildup of these contaminants clogs your air filters, limiting airflow and distributing more pollutants into your home. Consequently, you stand to lower your indoor air quality considerably due to the dirty filters.

Controlling Pets’ Effects on Indoor Air Quality

If you have pets in your house, you need to change your air filters more frequently than you would otherwise. Calling for duct cleaning and maintenance services every few years is a good idea, too.

Clean your surfaces with disinfectants, wash your clothes and vacuum the carpets and furniture thoroughly. Groom your pets to get rid of excess or loose hair strands, brush or wash them regularly and don’t let them sleep in your bed.

Having a pet comes with the responsibility of taking care of them and cleaning them to maintain good hygiene inside your home. Contact our team at Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling HVAC professionals for an indoor air quality inspection and solutions to any problems.

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