How Do You Take Care of Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets? - Heating Specialties

How Do You Take Care of Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets?

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Are Fido and Fluffy making you feel like Sneezy? Before you resign yourself to living in a state of perpetual stuffiness at home, consider your options for tackling pet allergies and clearing the air. We may adore our pets, but our immune systems may not want to be BFFs with the proteins found in pet dander and saliva. Heating Specialties can direct you to air-quality solutions to ensure peaceful coexistence for you and your furry friends in your South Jersey home. Consider the steps below to minimize allergic reactions if you have a cat, dog, or other fur-covered pet and experience symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and breathing troubles.

Clean and vacuum regularly

It’s not their fault. Animals regularly shed dead flakes of skin, known as dander. Regular vacuuming can grab that dander before it has a chance to take up residence in your sinuses. Don’t forget to hit the furniture, especially if Fluffy tends to nap on the sofa while you’re away. While you’re in the cleaning mode, consider cleaning your furry friend. Regular baths and brushing outdoors, if possible, can keep dander from spreading. Look beyond the obvious. When was the last time you had your ductwork cleaned? Your home’s ductwork can be a gathering spot for allergens, distributed around your house every time the HVAC system runs.

Establish pet-free zones around your house

Yes, you love to sleep with your dog at the foot of the bed. However, if you’re waking up feeling congested, you may want to make the bedroom off-limits to anything with fur. If you insist on sharing your space with your pets, consider talking to your doctor about over-the-counter allergy medication.

Change your air filters regularly

When it comes to the battle for clean air, your air filter is one of the first lines of defense. Did you know air filters have different efficiency ratings? An inexpensive, generic filter may be fine for most people. But if you’re concerned about allergens and air quality, consider a pleated filter or a HEPA filter, which offers greater filtering power.

Consider an air purifier

Many people tackle their indoor allergies with an air cleaner or air purifier. These air-cleaning technologies remove allergens and other contaminants from your indoor air, keeping you and your family healthier and letting you continue to enjoy the companionship of your favorite canine or feline.

Our trained HVAC professionals can help you determine the proper air quality solution for your family, pets, and budget. You deserve to breathe easy in your home. Heating Specialties can help. Call Heating Specialties at (866) 923-2653 or request service online if you’re concerned about pet allergies.

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