According to the SPCA, there are more than 170 million dogs and cats owned in the United States. If you are a homeowner who has included one of these pets as part of your family, you may be surprised to learn that they could be adversely affecting your indoor air quality. Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding if home air testing is necessary.
Are my pets indoor/outdoor?
Animals that have free access to the outdoors act as transporters for allergens. Fur easy collects and carries dust, mold sports, and pollen into the home. Over time, these can accumulate and overwhelm your heating and cooling system, and have a detrimental effect on the air quality.
What are my pets leaving behind?
Pet fur, dander, and pests that live and breed on animals such as mites and fleas, can trigger allergies. Steady airflow alone will not keep your home free of these potential sources of allergic reaction. If the heating and cooling system does not have proper filtering capabilities, the microscopic problem is free to circulate throughout the home.
What are the signs of pet-related air quality problems?
Pet allergens cause a wide range of problems including running or stuffy nose, red and sore eyes, and – in cases of extreme sensitivity – asthma and other respiratory issues. An allergic reaction can also cause skin conditions such as rashes, hives, or eczema.
What can I do if I suspect air quality problems?
Do you notice that your symptoms get worse while at home or after sleeping through the night? This may be a telltale sign of poor indoor air quality. If this is the case, seek a licensed professional to conduct a mold and air quality test. This will help determine problems as well as identify solutions to resolve issues.
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