Have A Pet? Here Are the Indoor Air Quality Things You Need to Know
It’s no question that having a cat, dog, bird or any animal with dander can impact the air quality in your home. The real question is, how can you improve indoor air quality with pets? And how do you do this without significantly inconveniencing your household?
You’ll know you are experiencing lowered IAQ if:
- Those without pet allergies begin to experience allergy-like symptoms
- Pet allergy symptoms worsen, including:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Irritated Airways
If you are concerned about a pet allergy, Quality Degree does air quality testing that can show you what airborne particles may be bothering you.
If you follow our top five tips below for coexisting with your pets, you’ll be able to keep close, loving relationships without sacrificing your comfort or health.
#1 – Bathe Your Pets
It will probably be next to impossible and unnecessary to bathe some animals, but for dogs and some types of birds, bathtime is helpful in removing anything that may become airborne.
#2 – Sweep and Vacuum
These chores are inevitable, especially with a pet. Using a microfiber cloth to wipe down hard surfaces will also help. It’s recommended that you do this weekly to bi-weekly.
#3 – Pay Attention to Air Filters
Change your home’s air filter regularly, and consider indoor air quality products like a ventilation system or air purifiers to help you clean your home.
#4 – Clean Strategically
Do you have very limited time to clean every day? Even if you don’t, let’s be honest; no one wants to be cleaning their home with all of their free time. Focus cleaning where your pet spends the most time to be efficient.
#5 – Consider Not Sharing a Bed
If you are the type of person that enjoys cuddling your pet at night, you could be sacrificing your air quality. Weigh the pros and cons of buying your pet its own bed and vacuuming it regularly. Or, if you’re committed to the snuggles, wash your sheets more frequently, especially if you’re waking up with respiratory or eye irritation.
Enjoy Your Pets AND Your Heightened Indoor Air Quality
Even people without pet allergies are sensitive to dander – if there is enough of it. By being mindful of where that dander goes, you can comfortably live with your pet and breathe fresher, less polluted air.
Quality Degree Is Here To Help!
If you would like to have the indoor air quality of your home tested or would like to discuss our indoor air quality solutions in greater detail, call Quality Degree at (610) 600-1108.