We all love our four-legged friends, but for those of us who live with a dog, cat or other pet at home, we need to be mindful of indoor air quality. Here’s what you need to know about the effects your pet has on air quality in your home.
How Pet Hair Affects Air Quality
Many people are allergic to pet hair, but even if no one in your family has allergies, pet hair can still affect air quality to a meaningful extent. Dander contributes to the total quantity of contaminants in your home. Moreover, if your pet spends time outdoors, he or she might bring dust, dirt and other outdoor contaminants into the home.
In any home with a pet, it’s important to take proactive steps to improve IAQ. That includes vacuuming regularly, cleaning with a microfiber cloth that picks up pet hair left on surfaces, and keeping your home well ventilated overall. It also may include investing in an indoor air quality product such as an air cleaner or purifier.
How Pets Are Affected By Air Quality
We usually think of pets as contributors to indoor air quality problems, but they can be victims, too. As a rule, most pets spend more time in the home than their owners do, and their smaller lungs are particularly sensitive to contaminants in the air. Studies have shown a link between elevated levels of contaminants in the air and respiratory disease in cats. Your pet’s health should be a bit of added motivation to be mindful of air quality in your home; it affects every member of your family, human or otherwise.
Whether you have pets or not, investing in IAQ products and services can have a significant impact on your quality of life. We have extensive experience helping families with pets breathe easier all year long. To learn more, check out our IAQ solutions online or call KO Mechanical Services today.