Many people react to allergies caused by pet dander. "Animals with fur may be more likely to carry allergens from other sources, like dust, but the fur itself is generally not a trigger," states the American Lung Association. Dogs and cats secrete fluids and shed dander containing allergens which collect on fur and other surfaces. Sometimes these allergens linger in the air for up to several months affecting IAQ (indoor air quality).
According to theAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five Americans suffer from allergies, and roughly 20% of people suffer from allergic reactions to cats and dogs. Pet dander leads to increased allergy symptoms, unless we take steps to address our IAQ.
How pet dander affects IAQ: Top Tips
- Groom your pet regularly: Grooming your pet can greatly lessen the amount of dust accumulating on your floor due to shedding. You can try using a pet shampoo which neutralizes the allergens in pet dander and removes the dander itself. Regular bathing and brushing will remove dander from your pet; brush them outside to reduce pet dander spreading within your home.
- Keep surfaces clean in your home: If your home contains more dust, it means there is more potential for contaminates and toxins. Mop all surfaces at least once a week. Clean hard surfaces (including walls) to prevent buildup from dander and dust.
- Hire a Pro: Have a professional duct cleaning. Here's why: Mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust accumulate in your home's ductwork. Removing these contaminants from the HVAC system and your air ducts should be considered as a key component to improve your IAQ.
You can reduce pet dander and improve air quality in your home with these tips!
- Let fresh air into your home on warm days: Good ventilation is the easiest way to improve indoor air quality. Keep vents clear of obstructions to help promote better air flow throughout the house.
Keep your windows and doors open on mild, sunny days. Insuring proper ventilation can increase the air exchange rate, so that the concentration of contaminants is reduced, bringing fresh air into your space!
Outdoor humidity and summer storms can carry damp air indoors. Damp air can bring on asthma symptoms and encourages dust, mold and mildew growth, so keep your doors and windows closed on those days.