We all love our pets for their companionship, but what should you do if someone in your household has pet allergies? Many people are allergic to dog or cat dander and saliva, which can make owning a pet difficult. Symptoms can range from mild sneezing and rashes to severe respiratory reactions, and, aside from medication and allergy shots, it often seems that there isn’t much to be done.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to significantly reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home, which can alleviate symptoms for those with pet allergies. Some remedies are simple tasks you can do, such as vacuuming frequently. Cleaning is essential and will be easier and more effective if you get rid of things that can trap allergens, like carpeting and heavy curtains. Thoroughly grooming your pet frequently is also a necessity and can be done by a professional groomer if everyone in your home is allergic to the pet.
Cleaning and grooming can only do so much, though, and for many homes with allergy sufferers, a more effective method for allergen control is necessary in order to keep the pets around. Air filters are another necessary part of keeping your home allergen-free. If you have a forced-air heating and cooling system, you probably already have one type of air filter installed. Be sure to change your HVAC filter frequently. For those with allergy concerns, it’s recommended that the filter is changed monthly.
The air filter in your HVAC system may not be enough, however, to really get rid of the allergens in your home, and another filtration system may be helpful. Standalone air purifiers can be purchased but are generally only useful in small spaces. The most effective solution for many households is whole-house filtration. These filters can be installed as an extension of your HVAC system or as separate units and will filter the air of the entire home to remove allergens.
For more information on air filters and coping with pet allergies, contact us at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. today.