Pets can be cuddly, fun and cute. Did you know that they might be affecting your Lebanon, TN, home’s indoor air quality? From spreading dander to dragging in outdoor bacteria, here are the most common ways pets impact your IAQ.
1. Shedding Dander
Dander, the tiny skin flakes that dogs, cats and other pets tend to shed, can be a serious allergen for some people. According to Allergy & Air, almost one in seven U.S. residents experiences dog or cat related allergies, and dander is a common allergen. If any of your family members start showing common allergy signs like sneezing, itching, or coughing, then it could be due to dander.
2. Spreading Other Allergens
Dander isn’t the only airborne allergen to watch out for if you have pets. Proteins from your pet’s saliva can also cause allergic reactions. In addition, it’s important to make sure that all your pets are properly trained when it comes to using their litter box or other waste areas to minimize other allergens circulating there.
3. Dragging in Microbes from Outside
This may not apply if your pets are rodents or birds that stay indoors, but it’s an important one to look out for if you have pets that spend time outside. Fur can be a potent substrate for bacteria and other organisms to attach to, so be mindful of what your pet might be tracking into your home. One of the easiest ways to prevent outside microbes from coming inside is to thoroughly vacuum whenever you get back from walking your pet.
If you’re worried about the effect your pet might be having on your home’s air quality, then our IAQ experts can help. To learn about our indoor air quality services, contact Derrberry’s Heat & Air today.
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