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Pets are family, but don’t let their dander be too5 tips for reducing your pet’s impact on indoor air quality
Nearly 70 percent of Americans own a pet, with cats in 27 percent of homes and dogs in 32 percent of homes. Whether short haired or long haired, big or small, there are millions of furry pets across the country that fill our hearts with love — and the air in our homes with dander.
While pets are proven to offer many health benefits, the negative impact they have on your indoor air quality is pretty hard to disguise. Though many believe it is the fur itself that causes the problem, it’s really the dander that is the culprit in poor indoor air quality.
Pet dander is made up of flecks of skin shed by animals with fur or feathers. The dander particles are extremely small, so they are light and can stay airborne for a long period of time, even longer than dust mites! They also easily get stuck on fabrics which can be difficult to clean.
Allergies to pet dander are quite common, and respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, can be triggered by pet dander. Pet dander can lead to symptoms including sneezing, watery eyes, rashes and general respiratory discomfort.
Whether you or a loved one is allergic to Fluffy and Fido, or, just the idea of breathing in pet dander makes you uncomfortable, here are some simple tips to help reduce your pet’s impact on the indoor air quality in your home.
- Regularly bathe and brush your pet
- Frequently clean surfaces, furniture, floors and carpets
- Change air filters more frequently than directed
- Keep pets out of your sleeping areas
- Consider installing a Fresh Air System