We love our pets. They are members of our family and we love to include them in our everyday activities. It is important to keep your home clean as part of improving your indoor air quality and helping to prevent breathing problems. We’ve provided several easy steps for you, to maintain clean indoor air quality in a home that has pets.
Whether it be a dog or cat, grooming regularly is important. While long-haired breeds shed noticeably more amounts of hair, most pets shed at least some of their hair every day. Brushing your pet frequently helps you controls how much of that shed hair ends up on your furniture and carpet.
Regular baths for your pet are also important. Both dogs and cats that are let outside tend to bring dust into the home and contaminate the air, affecting air quality. More frequent baths can help remove the dirt and allergens that cling to pet hair and fur.
Change Your Air Filters
Even if you groom and bathe your pets rather frequently, you will still need to change your air filters every month. While grooming your pet, at least some dirt and dander tends to get released into the air. Furnace filters catch the allergens that are floating in the air.
Your best bet is to use a high-quality air filter that collects even microscopic particles, like pet dander and keep your air clean. If you are unsure about what type of air filter is best for your furnace, feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable service technicians, and we would be happy to help.
Install an Air Purifier
Regardless of how often you bathe or brush your cat or dog, you may notice a distinct pet odor in your home. If you have a cat, the litter box needs to be cleaned every day and you should try to wash your pet’s bedding around once a week. Another great method for cleaning and refreshing the air in your home is to use an air purifier. Whole-house systems are available, and they work with your furnace to clean the air as it circulates and warms. There are even some systems that come with a germicidal fog sanitizing option that disinfects the air.
You may also want to consider installing an energy recovery ventilator. These units work great during the colder winter months when you might not open your windows and allow fresh air into the home. An ERV brings in fresh outdoor air and warms it before circulating the air into your HVAC system. The fresh air smells great and makes your whole house feel clean and deodorized.
Invest in Duct Cleaning
Another crucial step to having cleaner air is to have your HVAC ducts cleaned out around per year. It is common for pets to lay on the heat ducts and enjoy the warm air, which results in hair and dirt getting into the ducts. Even a vacuuming of the area will not sufficiently remove it all. In some situations, hair will actually shoot out of the vents when the furnace kicks on. This is a clear sign that you need to call a professional to sanitize and clean your ducts.
Cleaning your ducts not only keeps the air clean. It also increases the efficiency of the unit. Removing all the pet hair and dirt from the ducts will allow air to move freely. As a result, your furnace won’t have to work as hard, saving you money on your energy bills.