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How Your Furry Friends Affect Your IAQ

English-bulldog-trying-to-reach-cookieIf you have a pet, you probably love every aspect of being a pet owner. There’s really nothing better than the love and affection you get from having a furry friend by your side. The only downside is allergies. Your pet can cause your eyes to water or for you to wheeze and sneeze when you’re around them. In a lot of cases, owning a pet can even lower the indoor air quality in your home. If you’d like to keep your family members, your pets, and yourself comfortable all while maintaining high indoor air quality in Beaumont, TX, contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

What is Pet Dander?

To understand pets and indoor air quality you need to understand pet dander. A lot of people assume that what makes you sneeze is your pet’s hair. In reality, it’s the dander from your pet comprised of dead skin cells. These dead skin cells are so light that they float in the air and settle on surfaces like your furniture and carpet. Now don’t think that your pet’s hair isn’t a problem. If your furry friend sheds often, this hair is essentially a vehicle for the pet dander. It’s important to keep your pet bathed regularly, your home clean, and your indoor air quality high with our team.

Covering the Bases

If you’re allergic to animals, you probably think more about the problems that the allergies cause rather than the root of the allergy itself. We’re here to get into the background:

Dogs and Cats

People love dogs and cats but if you’re allergic to them, you probably don’t like the coughing, wheezing, or sneezing that happens when you’re around one of these animals. If you’re someone that really suffers from allergies, owning a high shedding dog or cat is the worst thing you can do for your home. Sometimes, you’ll see a certain dog or cat breeds touted as “hypoallergenic.” We want to set the record straight here and say that there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic cat or dog but there are certain breeds that have fewer skin cells. Also, watch out for dogs that tend to drool because they trigger allergies in humans more often too.

Everything in Between

Sometimes people opt for certain types of pets because they’re low maintenance when compared to a dog or cat like gerbils, hamsters, or guinea pigs. These critters aren’t any easier on your allergies though. It’s true that these animals have fewer skin cells to spread around and smaller skins cells, but they still give off dander. If you’re looking for a pet that won’t make you sneeze, consider going the reptilian route! A snake, iguana, frog, or any other amphibian or small reptile can do the trick.

What Can You Do?

If you’re not willing to part from your furry friend because of allergies we don’t blame you! Go the extra mile and make sure you bathe your pet regularly, keep your home clean, and then install an indoor air quality system with our team. We offer air duct cleaning, air filtration systems, and air purifiers. We’ll assess your home and then find a system that’s going to work best for your home. You can trust our team because we’re experts.

If you have pets in your home then your indoor air quality probably suffers. Make sure to contact our team today to schedule an appointment with our team at Air Services Unlimited. We can help you boost your IAQ with ease.

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