Animal Dander

Your Guide to Great Indoor Air Quality With Pets

Published on: October 15, 2019
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Air Quality – Pet Dander

Homeowners that have furry friends will inevitably start fighting a war against animal dander with their air quality. Whether it is due to a pet dander allergy, a battle to keep their home dust-free, or concerns over the impact hair and dander has on an HVAC system, homeowners must find a way to stay on top of issues associated with having a pet-friendly home.

What is Pet Dander and Why is Pet Dander a Problem?

Pet dander, including cat dander and dog dander, is tiny flakes of skin produced by a wide variety of animals. This is typically the part of a pet that most people are allergic to. Pet dander and pet hair can severely impact your home’s indoor air quality and can clog up your HVAC system.

How to Reduce Pet Dander

A great way to reduce your pet’s dander is to bathe it around once a month. Don’t go overboard, or you’ll run the risk of drying out your pet’s skin, causing them to produce more dander. In-between baths brush your pet regularly. Also, make sure your pet has plenty of water to drink throughout the day. A well-hydrated pet produces less dander.
Homeowners can also purchase a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and use its attachments to clean surfaces you’d regularly dust. In addition, you can purchase an air purifier with a HEPA filter to clean the air as well – you can choose a portable air purifier or invest in a whole-home air purifier.

Adding HEPA Filtration to Your HVAC System

If you have a pet that lives indoors then you need to add a high efficiency HEPA filtration system to your HVAC system. This system will filter the pet dander out of the indoor air while also protecting your heating and air conditioning system from clogging up.

Using Plasma Generation for Pet Odors

If you notice that your house smells like pets when you return from an extended leave from your home, then that is most likely what guests smell when they enter your home. One way to combat this is through the installation of home plasma generation system. These systems use plasma generation to ionize the indoor air to combat pet odors.

Keep Up on Your HVAC Maintenance

One of the best ways to improve your home air quality is to keep up-to-date on your HVAC filter cleaning and replacement schedule. At a minimum, you should check and clean your filters each month.

Homeowners with pets should also have an HVAC technician perform routine maintenance on their HVAC system. Pet dander and hair can also build up in your ductwork and other areas of your system. This can cause your unit to run less effectively.

By keeping up on your HVAC maintenance and by reducing pet dander buildup, your indoor air quality will improve significantly. Let us help you find a professional near you.