We love our pets, but it takes a lot of work to take care of them. They must be groomed, trained, and cleaned after every day. In addition, if you happen to have particularly furry pets, they leave behind a lot of dander and fur, which can worsen your indoor air quality. This can lead to discomfort, reactions such as sneezing, coughing, eye irritation and even worsening asthma symptoms. To help you resolve this issue, the pros at American Air & Heat have created a list of indoor air quality tips for pet owners.
- Change Your Filter
- Groom Your Pet
This tip might seem obvious, but there’s no harm in being reminded occasionally, right? Consistently cleaning your pet, whether it’s brushing them or bathing them, is healthy for your pet. In addition, pet dander is one of the common causes of allergies, so grooming them and limiting excess pet dander is good for you too. How often you brush and bathe your pet depends on various factors such as their breed and type of coat.
- Clean Your Home Often
Having a pet, especially one with a heavy coat means you must clean and dust your home consistently. Here are some cleaning tips you can follow to limit pet dander and maintain your indoor air quality:
- Clean Vents and Registers
To clean your vents and registers, use the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean off the dust on the vent grilles. Following that, use a damp cloth to wipe up any dirt left behind.
- Vacuum and Dust Often
Take some time every weekend and thoroughly dust and vacuum your home—be sure to focus on any hard-to-reach corners. For extra cleanliness, follow it up with a mop and get rid of any extra dust.
- Reduce Clutter
If you have a lot of clutter in your home or specific rooms, it’s time to get rid of it. Pet dander, dust, and debris can often make their way into corners of boxes, clothing, or furniture that have been ignored for a long time.
- Clean Vents and Registers
- Clean Pet’s Bedding
Last on our list of indoor air quality tips for pet owners is all about bedding. Your pet will most likely leave behind a lot of hair and fur on their bedding. Be sure to regularly clean their bedding and toys—leaving them unclean will lead to dander making its way into different places in your home. Ideally, you should wash your pet’s bedding once a week. If they use a piece of furniture regularly instead of separate bedding, vacuum it regularly and use upholstery cleaner.
Your air filter is one of the easiest ways to maintain your HVAC system and keep your indoor air quality at a healthy level. Your filter essentially traps dirt and dander and if it is clogged it can cause dust to start circulating throughout your home. To prevent this from happening, it is best to change your filter once or twice every month, depending on how many occupants you have (both human and animal).
Keep Your Indoor Air Quality and Your Pet Healthy!
We hope this list of indoor air quality tips for pet owners was helpful. If you want more ways to improve your indoor air quality, get in touch with the pros at American Air & Heat! Call us today at (407) 512-9337 or schedule an appointment online!