What Are You and Your Pets Breathing, and How Can You Make it Better?

We love our pets. They brighten our days and make our lives better, but sometimes they put us in awkward situations when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the home

By Guest Blogger, Heather Hernandez

We love our pets. They brighten our days and make our lives better, but sometimes they put us in awkward situations when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the home. All of a sudden, things like dander and dirt come into play, not just in physical maintenance, but system maintenance too. Family and pet health are imperative, and air quality is a prime factor in overall health. Therefore, you should know all the things that constitute to air pollutants.

The following things can affect indoor quality:

  • Dust and dirt particles
  • Smoke
  • Gaseous emissions
  • Radon infiltration
  • Pet dander
  • Mold and other fungal growths
  • Pollen

  Breathe the Best Air Possible for You and Your Pets

There are a few golden rules for pet owners, which includes separate beds for pets and people. However, that is not enough. You need to do a few more things.

  1. Clean your entire home

There are three major types of cleaning or cleaning habits—regular cleaner, deep cleaner, and a certified cleaner. The regular cleaner has very little to worry about. Before the dust even settles, he or she cleans it away.

The deep cleaners are at risk of many things. First, they wait for the dust to settle. Second, it takes time before they clean. The hazards between one cleaning and the next are significant.

The last cleaner, the certified one, has the tools and experience to do a thorough and systematic cleaning. Whatever option you use, when you are dealing with pet dander and dust mites, you must use HEPA-approved cleaning methods.

You must be a regular cleaner. Clean furniture, clothes, souvenirs, curtains, beddings, and virtually everything within your premises.

  1. Keep the HVAC system in top condition

It starts with quality installation. Choose the right heating and air conditioning systems. Ensure that a certified professional installs it. That is still half the battle. Dust, fur, and other foreign materials can quickly clog your systems. The system is prone to wear and tear of moveable parts such as fans. Regular consumable items such as air filters will require inspection, repair, and maintenance on a regular basis.

  1. Have regular air quality inspection

Some air pollutants such as mold, radon, and VOC emissions are not visible. Only through routine checks can you be sure that you are safe, so scheduled air quality inspection is important for you and your family. You will not need to worry about pet health when you have a green home inspection report.

An inspection will focus on critical air quality determinants such as humidity, dust levels, radon contamination, and other gaseous risks.

Regular inspection will also look at other vulnerabilities such as water damage and smoke damage.

  1. Ensure proper ventilation

Ensure that airflow is perfect on your premises including bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. These areas are the most vulnerable. However, you should not ignore other parts of your home.

How Good Indoor Air Quality Benefits You and Your Pets

  • A healthy family due to reduced levels of allergens
  • Quality sleep
  • Reduced risks for mold and bacteria
  • Reduced utility bills when HVAC systems work efficiently
  • Better breathing as a result of good indoor air quality

As seen above, your air conditioning and heating systems play a critical role in maintaining good air quality. Sometimes you don’t know whether your system is good or not.

How Do You Know if Your AC is Running at Optimum Performance?

  • Your home or premise is not cool enough
  • Escalating utility bills
  • You are approaching, or past, the 10th birthday of the system
  • Regular repair

If you notice any of those things above, bring in an expert in the area. The first thing they will do is to inspect the system visually. They may also conduct some diagnostic services for you to determine the cause of the problem. Regular inspection of the HVAC is paramount if you are to maintain quality indoor air.

Conclusion

Your family and pet health is at risk if you are not conscious of the dangers that abound you. It starts with regular maintenance of your AC systems and routine cleaning.

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