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Are your pets affecting your air quality?

May 3, 2018

It’s estimated roughly 70 percent of American households have pets. At the same time, approximately 10 to 15 percent of Americans are allergic to pet dander. Even if you’re not allergic to dander, it and other pet-related particles can still cause your air quality to decline.

Pet dander is one of the top sources of indoor air pollution. It can quickly become airborne and over time will accumulate on furniture and flooring. But that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your pet just to breathe clean air.

Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric (www.ApplewoodFixIt.com) has a few tips to help keep your air clean and your pets happy.

1. Keep your home clean. Vacuum your home frequently with a HEPA filtered vacuum machine. Ensure you use your attachments and clean the surfaces of sofas, beds and other furniture. Use microfiber cloths to clean hard surfaces. Make sure your home has adequate ventilation and change your air filters regularly.
2. Bathe your pet regularly. Even if you’re not allergic to dander, pets that go outside can still bring dirt and allergens into your home. Dog hair can attract other allergens such as pollen, mold spores and dust so be sure you brush your dog regularly.
3. Let your pet sleep in their own bed. Studies have shown that people who sleep with their pets get less sleep and pet dander and other allergens attached to your pet’s fur can make their way into your bedding. Your pet is a part of your family, so why not let them have their own bed? Many pet stores sell a variety of beds, so you can pick the one that fits your pet perfectly.
4. Keep your air ducts clean. It’s also recommended you install HEPA air filters throughout your house.

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