Indoor Air Quality for Homes with Pets
At Big Builders, we know that our customers in Bakersfield want comfortable homes for their families, pets included. While people know us best for our heating and cooling work, we know that air quality is an important part of your home comfort. Many families do not realize the effects that a pet can have on their indoor air quality. In addition to extra hair floating around the house, most pets produce flecks of dander that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people.
Pet Dander and Allergies
When someone says that they are allergic to dogs, they are really allergic to dog dander. Most every kind of animal sheds these small pieces of dead skin. Pet dander can be visible to your eye, and it can be as small as three microns. If someone is allergic, exposure to high amounts of pet dander can lead to general allergy symptoms or an asthma attack.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
There are a few strategies that Big Builders recommends to handle pet hair dander. Regular vacuuming can suck much of the hair and dander from the floors of your home. Make sure your vacuum has a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of at least 11 to filter out small dander particles.
You might want to put an air filtration unit in the room where your pet spends most of its time. Another unit should go in the bedroom of anyone with dander sensitivities. You may also want to improve the filter of your heating and cooling system to catch irritants as they flow through the house.
Finally, home ventilation is an important part of any air quality system. Many impurities will be sent out of the house as the stale indoor air is replaced by fresh outdoor air. Modern ventilation systems can do their work while preserving the temperature and humidity levels of the air in your home.
If you are looking for home comfort solutions, Big Builders is ready to help you in Bakersfield with your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs. Contact us today to learn more.