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Are Your Pets Affecting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Katy AC RepairMost people don’t think about how their pets affect indoor air quality. Pet dander and pet hair can clog heating, ventilation and air conditioning filters, requiring Katy AC repair services to resolve the problem. There are ways to keep pets indoors without compromising indoor air quality. The licensed, certified technicians at Air Depot Air Conditioning and Heating provide a full range of Katy AC services to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly throughout the year.

How Pets Affect Indoor Air Quality

Animal dander is composed of microscopic flakes of skin that slough off of pets. As pets clean themselves or scratch, dander is released into the air. Pets also shed hair and other microscopic particulates that become airborne, including proteins from saliva and pollen that becomes embedded in their fur. These particles settle on carpets, furniture and other surfaces in your home.

As air circulates, these pollutants get pulled into the air conditioning system. Standard HVAC filters capture larger particulates, such as insect parts and hair. However, smaller particles bypass filters and enter ducts. Because ducts distribute air throughout a building, pollutants carried by circulating air are blown into the living space. As part of Katy AC repair and maintenance services, the quality of your indoor air is analyzed, and recommendations are provided to keep air purified and fresh.

Health Effects from Poor Indoor Air

Animal dander and pollen pose a problem to people who suffer from allergies or asthma. Dust mites can also cause allergies or trigger asthma attacks. Although dust mites are not produced by animals, mites feed on dander as well as the skin and hair of humans and animals. With pets in the house, more food is produced to keep these microscopic insects well-fed.

If you or your family members experience sneezing, itching, watering eyes or other allergic symptoms, indoor pollutants may be the culprit. There are ways to deal with these problems.

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

The best way to keep pet pollutants out of your home and air conditioning system is to clean frequently. Vacuum upholstery and curtains regularly using a HEPA filter. Wash floors and dust surfaces often. To control dust mites, wash bedding in hot water each week. Keep pets out of the bedroom to prevent hair and dander from accumulating. Wash pet bedding weekly. Brush and bathe your pets regularly to reduce shedding.

To minimize the need for Katy AC repair services, we recommend products that keep HVAC systems working properly and indoor air clean, including air purifiers, high-quality filters, ventilation systems and ultraviolet lights that attach to your HVAC unit.

To schedule an appointment to resolve your indoor air problems, call the Katy air conditioning repair and maintenance experts at Air Depot at 281-477-3700. Our technicians are always happy to answer your questions.

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