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Man’s Best Friend, Air Quality’s Worst Enemy: How Your Pets Affect Your IAQ

English bulldog trying to reach cookieSo many homes here in Staten Island suffer from poor indoor air quality, you might not even realize the toll it’s taking on your home comfort. You love your pets, but your furry four-legged friends are probably taking a toll on your indoor air quality. Although they mean no harm, your pets are a major source for allergens in your home. So, what should you do? You’re not going to get rid of Fido, he’s a member of the family! You can love your pets and improve your indoor air quality at the same time. If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality here in Staten Island, try installing an air purifier. If you want to learn about your options, keep reading below.

Understanding Pet Dander

Pet dander and pet hair create similar problems, but they aren’t the same thing. Pet dander is microscopic flakes of skin that dogs, cats, and other animals produce. If you’re allergic to an animal, it’s more likely you’re allergic to their dander rather than their hair. When pet dander becomes airborne, it flows through the vents in your home and accumulates on various surfaces which causes watery eyes, sneezing, rashes, and other irritations—even if you aren’t allergic to pets.

What You Can Do

So how do you offset the effects of pet dander? You can install an air purification system in your home. Here at Scaran we offer the best air purifying technology on the market. We recommend air purifiers that use ions. These air purifiers create an ionization field; the air purifier alters the charge of the pet dander particles in your home and then attracts them to a pair of oppositely charged plates. These purifiers can kill the organic pollutants in your home without causing any extra damage.

Other Tips and Tricks

Outside of installing and air purification system for your home, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to help boost your indoor air quality.

Bathe and Brush Them Regularly

Make sure that bath time is frequent. Even if you aren’t allergic to pet dander, your pets go outside and track in dirt. Make sure you’re giving your pets frequent baths and brushing them regularly if they tend to shed. Dogs and cats in particular can bring in indoor allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust. Brushing your pets daily and bathing them regularly greatly reduces these problems.

Give Them Their Own Bed

We know how tempting it is to cuddle up with your pet but giving them their own bed to sleep in will greatly reduce allergens in your home. Pet dander and other allergens can easily make their way into your bedding.

Keep It Clean

The best way to avoid allergies and poor air quality is to keep your home clean. Make sure you’re mopping, dusting, and cleaning your home regularly to clear out any grime that accumulates over time.

If you want to install an air purifier in your Staten Island home, then be sure to contact our team here at Scaran. We have over 90 years in the HVAC business and know how to help you breathe easier.

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