You cherish the pets in your Roxboro, NC, home as close companions. They bring smiles of contentment when you’re around them. Since you enjoy keeping them nearby, it’s crucial to understand the impact they may have on your indoor air quality.

What’s Pet Dander?

Most pets in American households, such as cats, dogs and rabbits, feature a furry coat of hair. Shedding is inevitable, and this may cause you to continually clean everywhere they go. When animals shed their hair, tiny invisible skin particles, commonly known as pet dander, fall off.

The dander floats through the air and can be one of the main triggers for household members with specific pet allergies. Due to its microscopic nature, it’s hard to know the amount of pet dander in your home, and it eventually may settle everywhere. You also need to be aware of the presence of allergens in your pet’s licks, bites and excretions.

Pet Dander’s Impact on Indoor Air Quality

As you heat your home during the upcoming fall months, pet dander and other dust contaminants may make their way through air flowing into your home. When your air filters are new, this debris may be effectively trapped. But over time, excess pet hair and dander may build up, blocking the air filters.

Consequently, your air filter fails to minimize air contaminants coming into the house and restricts the airflow that overworks your HVAC system. An overworked system functions inefficiently, decreasing your overall indoor air quality and comfort.

How to Combat Pet-Related Air Contamination

One way to reduce pets’ negative impact on your air quality is to invest in a whole-house air purifier that efficiently controls microorganisms and foreign air particles. Another is to clean your home routinely and consistently. It’s also a good idea to make your bed off-limits to your pets so they can’t carry pet dander and dust to your sheets and aggravate any breathing problems.

Pets and good indoor air quality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. To keep your home environment healthy and comfortable, consider a new, efficient air purification appliance. Contact us at Regan & Son Heating & Air for help in maintaining the best possible indoor air quality in your Roxboro, NC, home.

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