Pets are a source of joy in the lives of countless homeowners. However, some problems can arise from being a pet owner. To improve your indoor air quality and protect your health, it is important to know how pets affect your HVAC system and the proper maintenance steps to take.
How Do Pets Affect Your HVAC System?
Pet fur and dander can get swept into the ductwork and cycle through the air in your home. This results in airborne particles that lower indoor air quality and increase health and allergy risks.
Why Does Indoor Air Quality Matter?
Indoor air quality is an unseen factor that plays a large role in your health. Undetected particles such as dust, dirt, mold spores, pet dander, etc. can become airborne and trigger many health issues in individuals, including allergies, difficulty breathing, and skin problems.
Often, homeowners don’t even realize their air quality is poor because the pollutants are buried so deep in carpet, upholstery, and ductwork. Pet dander is a particularly common allergen within homes and has the potential to quickly reduce indoor air quality.
HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners
Fortunately, there are several ways you can combat poor air quality as a pet owner, including the following:
1. Groom your pets regularly.
Try your best to keep your dogs, cats, and other furry friends clean and brushed. This will reduce the amount of loose fur and dander floating around.
2. Vacuum, dust, and sweep.
Although bathing and brushing your pets is helpful, they will likely still shed some. Make sure to dust your tables and dressers, vacuum your carpet, and sweep your hardwood floors. If you do have carpet, have it professionally cleaned every so often. This eliminates allergens nesting deep in the fibers.
3. Change your air filters regularly.
Air filters trap particles before they reach your ductwork, preventing them from becoming airborne. Keep your air filters fresh to avoid ingesting pet hair.
4. Clean your vents and ducts.
If your ductwork does get dirty, clean it as soon and as thoroughly as possible.
5. Invest in an air purifier.
Air purifiers improve indoor air quality and add a preventative measure against ingesting pet dander.
6. Schedule routine HVAC maintenance.
One of the best things you can do to improve indoor air quality is to schedule professional HVAC system inspections. This alerts you to potential problems and keeps unhealthy pollutants from cycling through the air in your home.
If you have any further questions, contact Indoor Air Quality today. We serve homeowners in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Our highest priority is the comfort of your home.