Your Pet(s) and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on: December 29, 2016

Pets are often treated like loved members of the family and bring happiness and companionship into your home. Unfortunately pets also bring dander, dirt and hair – causing unwanted allergens to circulate through your house, in turn decreasing your indoor air quality.

It is estimated that over 70% of all American households are home to a pet. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your home healthy while sharing it with your furry loved ones.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is composed of microscopic flakes of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers, which can trigger allergic reactions in people. Humans can also be allergic to proteins found in pet urine, saliva, and feces. When these become airborne, it gets circulated through an HVAC system like dust and accumulates on surfaces throughout the home, resulting in symptoms such as sneezing, rashes, watery eyes, and other respiratory complaints.

Every time your HVAC system kicks in, pet dander blows through the system and redistributes in other areas of the home, causing your family and guests to breathe it in. It can settle in a person’s respiratory tract and can cause allergic reactions and medical problems such as asthma.

Pet Hair

In addition to the problem of pet dander, pet hair poses a unique challenge to any HVAC system. When your system blows conditioned air into a room, it also sucks up the stale air to re-condition for later use. Pet hairs end up being sucked in along with the stale air. Even if you have a pet with short hair, it doesn’t take long for pet hair to clog up your filter and hinder your system’s efficiency.

A clogged filter will not only decrease your indoor air quality, but it causes your HVAC system stress. A stressed HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable – dwindling the HVAC’s lifespan, functionality, efficiency and increasing your energy bills.

What You Can Do About It

Fortunately, there are other safeguards against pet dander and hair. Here are some tips on how to protect your home and health from poor indoor air quality:

Tip #1: Invest in a Whole Home Air Purification System.

Air Filtration Systems can remove as much as 99.9% of all allergens and 90% of all infectious agents. As a Lennox Certified Dealer, Action Air can direct you to the best Air Filtration product for your family and home’s unique needs.

Tip # 2: Get your ductwork cleaned.

No matter how efficient or clean your air filter is – hair, dander, dirt and debris will collect in your ductwork – especially households with pets. If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality and health will suffer as a result.

Tip #3: Maintain your HVAC System Air Filters.

Your air filter is an essential component in keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and breathing clean air. During heating and cooling seasons, owners with pets should check their air filters at least once a month, and change out quarterly.

Tip #4: Keep your home and pet clean.

Brush and bathe your pet regularly to keep dirt out of circulation and prevent dander build-up. Vacuuming your home with a HEPA filtered model will also help prevent the circulation of pet dander and clogged HVAC air filters from pet hair.

We Can Help

As a homeowner, you want to ensure that all members of the family are safe and healthy, including pets. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today at 1-800-400-4152 to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions. Our expert technicians will be happy to discuss a plan for improving your home’s air quality to make the indoor space as comfortable as possible.