If you share your Lost Creek, Kentucky, home with four-legged, furry friends, you may not realize what effect they have on your home’s HVAC system and indoor air quality. Pet dander and hair can settle in the ducts, causing allergies to flare up and the quality of the air to drop. Find out how you can manage IAQ without having to give up your beloved pets.

Signs of Poor IAQ

Some of the most common warning signs of poor indoor air quality include allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, eye irritation, and skin rashes, as well as trouble breathing if you suffer from any existing conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Keep It Clean

One of the best ways to reduce allergy symptoms and keep your air clean and healthy is to keep your home and your pets clean. Bathe dogs regularly and brush dogs and cats to remove excess fur and dander. It’s also important to sweep, vacuum, and mop often to trap any dander and fur that may be on the floors.

Change the Filter

Your HVAC system contains a filter that can trap some of the particles before they settle in the ducts. If the filter is clogged with debris, it can’t do its job, so make sure to replace this filter frequently. As a pet owner, you may want to swap it out at least every month or two, depending on the unit and type of filter being used.

Use an Air Purifier

Other IAQ products can help improve the cleanliness of the air you breathe while reducing allergy symptoms. An air purifier can remove up to 99 percent of the allergens in the air, so you may want to consider using one next to your bed or in other rooms where your pets spend time.

At Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling, our IAQ solutions can help you breathe easier. Contact us today at (606) 436-0682

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