We all want our homes to be safe and healthy. But did you know that pet allergies could be a source of poor indoor air quality? You can take the following steps to reduce pet allergens and improve indoor air quality.
1. Vacuum Often
Pet dander and hair can easily accumulate on carpets and furniture, leading to increased allergens in the air. By vacuuming these areas weekly, you can remove a significant amount of pet hair and dander, minimizing the allergens in your home.
2. Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Your HVAC system’s air filters are the first defense against pet allergens. By changing them regularly, you can ensure pet hair, dander, and other debris don’t enter your home’s air supply. For Sherwood and Central Arkansas residents, Bill Lea Service provides maintenance services that include filter changes.
3. Keep Pets Out of Bedrooms
The bedroom is where we spend a significant portion of our time, so keeping pets out of this space as much as possible makes sense. This will reduce pet allergens in the air and on surfaces while providing respite from pet allergies.
4. Wash Bedding Regularly
Bedding can become a major source of pet allergens if you allow pets into your bedroom. To reduce the presence of these allergens, wash all bedding in hot water each week.
5. Groom Pets Frequently
Regular grooming can help reduce the amount of excess hair and dander accumulating on your pet’s coat. That can reduce the amount of pet allergens in your home’s air and on surfaces.
6. Use a HEPA Filter
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters trap small particles, such as dust and pet dander, thus reducing their presence in the air. It would be best to use these filters alongside your vacuuming and dusting routine.
7. Don’t Smoke Indoors
The smoke from cigarettes and cigars can cause further irritation to those with pet allergies. For this reason, you should discourage smoking indoors as much as possible.
8. Open Windows on Nice Days
Opening windows for a few minutes daily allows fresh air to enter and circulate. You should do this often when the weather and air quality are good.
9. Clean Hard Surfaces
Dust and pet dander can easily accumulate on hard surfaces, such as countertops and tables. To reduce pet allergens in your home’s air, clean these areas regularly with a damp cloth.
At Bill Lea Service, we provide indoor air quality services, air conditioning, and heating services to Sherwood and Central Arkansas residents. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer.