Pets provide companionship, happiness and fun for many people. Unfortunately, pet dander from dogs, cats, and other animals can impact your health and comfort. Here are three effects pet dander — the dead skin cells most animals shed over time — can have on you and the indoor air quality of your Paradise, Nevada, home:

Worsens Allergy Symptoms

If you’re allergic to pet dander, you could experience a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing or coughing. These microscopic particles of pet dander not only collect on your furniture but also hitch a ride on your clothing or your shoes. As such, you might bring dander into your home simply by being around people with pets. Here are a few ways to prevent pet dander from entering and accumulating in your home:

  • Change your HVAC system’s air filter monthly.
  • Use an indoor air purifier to remove as much pet dander from the air as possible.
  • Keep pets off furniture.
  • Remove your coat and shoes before you enter your home.

Increases the Risk of Asthma Attacks

For many people, pet dander can trigger asthma attacks. Minimize dander by having your cats and dogs groomed regularly by a professional. Some experts recommend bathing your furry friends twice weekly to keep dander levels down. At the very least, you should do it once.

If you bathe or brush your pet yourself, wear gloves and a dust mask, and use an allergen-reducing shampoo. Keep indoor dander levels down by brushing and bathing pets outside. Remember to also keep brushes inside a sealed plastic bag to prevent dander from spreading.

Results in More Dust

If you have a pet dander problem, you might notice more dust in your home. Pet dander is one of the main components of dust, so vacuuming and cleaning often will help minimize it. You can also have a professional clean your ductwork regularly to remove pet dander and other buildup.

Sun Country Heating & Cooling is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 10 years of heating, cooling and indoor air quality experience. Call us anytime at 702-534-3375 for help keeping you and your family breathing easy all year long.

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