How to Improve Indoor Air Quality When You Have One or More Pets | Longview, TX
Your pet provides you unconditional love and emotional support, which makes up for the excess fur and pet dander that reduces the quality of your Longview, TX area home’s air. That’s why Alco Air is here to explain some easy things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality when you have pets.
Indications Your Indoor Air Contains a Lot of Pet Dander
Pet dander occurs both in pets with fur, hair or feathers. It is microscopic and floats in the air. Some people have allergies to it, but symptoms can occur in people who don’t normally have allergies if the concentration is high enough. These symptoms include:
- Watering eyes
- Black circles under eyes (allergic shiners)
Cat dander is a more common allergen than dog dander. Bird allergies are rare but possible.
Get an Indoor Air Quality Assessment
With an IAQ assessment from Alco Air, you can not only find out about how much dander is in your air, but other contaminants such as gases, mold and fungi. You can even have your humidity levels checked.
This assessment is the best way to confirm if you need a product to improve your air quality and discover if there are any other hidden dangers lurking in your home.
To get rid of an invisible contaminant, you have to clean in ways that you may not usually. Aim to:
- Vacuum carpets, even when visibly not dirty
- Wipe surfaces instead of dusting, which releases dander into the air
- Look for dander-removing products for your pet’s favorite areas
Dander-removing products are usually made with natural enzymes and can be found online and in most pet stores.
Look into an Air Purifier
An air purifier, also called an air cleaner, is installed in your HVAC unit and are very effective at removing many contaminants, including dander.
Enjoy Your Pets and Live Healthily
The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive if you are sensitive to dander! You can enjoy being in your own home with pets if you have your IAQ assessed, clean strategically and look into products like dander removers and air purifiers.