Removing allergens indoors

Pets

Pet dander can affect the air quality inside the home. (Photo Credits)

Having pets inside the home can have an impact on the indoor air quality inside a house. It is important that homeowners know how to manage such to avoid air quality deterioration especially when some household members have allergies.

The American Lung Association explains how pets can affect indoor air quality in a home, and trigger allergies on people who may be suffering from allergies. A/C And HVAC      

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“Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers. Additional allergy triggers or allergens come from sources other than the animal’s skin. Proteins found in saliva, urine and feces from cats, dogs and other pets can cause allergic reactions in some people.”

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Allergy Symptoms

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology discussed pet allergies, and how to manage these. In their official website they also published the symptoms a person may experience if he is indeed allergic to house pets. Plumbing Association of San Diego   

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“If your nose runs or you start sneezing and wheezing after petting or playing with a dog, you may be allergic to dogs. Dogs produce multiple allergens, or proteins that can cause allergy. These allergens are found in dog hair, dander, saliva and urine. All dogs produce allergens; studies have not shown that dogs can be hypoallergenic (not cause allergy). Dog allergen levels increase if the dog lives indoors and are higher in the rooms where a dog is allowed.”

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Health.com also came up with an extensive article discussing pet allergies indoors. In the said write-up they also shared some tips on how to deal with the issue, especially with regard to a whole house HVAC System.

“If you have forced-air heating and air conditioning, closing air registers may reduce the amount of animal dander that circulates through your home. If closing all of the registers isn’t practical, try closing those in the rooms where asthmatic or allergic individuals spend the most time (especially bedrooms).”

Replacing the filter in your furnace or air conditioner with a HEPA filter and/or purchasing a room air cleaner may also help.”

Take a look at the rest of the allergy management suggestions from their original write-up here.

Cleaning the house thoroughly each time, and bathing and grooming pets regularly also help improve indoor air quality in households with pets.

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