Pets are a warm, welcome addition to the home, but they come with their own set of needs and challenges. Maintaining indoor air quality is tricky with furry friends around, but there are many things you can do to improve the situation. Watch for these pet-related problems in your Round Rock, Texas, home.

Airborne Dander

Pet dander can easily become airborne, irritating anyone in the home who’s sensitive to this allergen. Though regular bathing and grooming of your pets can cut down on dander, it’s impossible to eliminate it. Help keep this irritant under control with an air cleaner that will help capture these tiny particles. An air cleaner can go above and beyond what a standard filter does, pulling small allergens like these from the air.

Hair-Filled Filters

The filter in your HVAC system will collect much of the pet hair that’s circulating in your home. However, your whole system will suffer diminished efficiency if the filter doesn’t get changed as often as it should. Check your filter at least once a month, and change it when it’s visibly dirty. If you have multiple pets or even one animal that sheds a lot, you may find that you need to check and change the filter more often. Keeping up with this task will help improve air quality and energy efficiency in your home.

Dirty Carpets and Upholstery

Pets drag all kinds of dirt and contaminants in with them. It’s important to keep up with regular cleaning routines to minimize buildup of these irritants. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to capture as much airborne dirt and dander as possible. This is the most efficient type of filter available. While most residential HVAC systems aren’t equipped to work with a HEPA filter, you can easily purchase a vacuum that can.

Staying on top of housekeeping and home maintenance will go a long way toward managing indoor air quality when you have pets in the home. If you’re overdue for your annual maintenance visit, scheduling a tune-up is another way you can improve your indoor air. Call us today at Weatherman Mechanical at 325-455-8621 to make an appointment.

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