How Can Pet Allergens Affect You?
We love our pets! But pet dander can trigger allergic reactions or asthma symptoms in certain individuals. The severity of the symptoms may vary from person to person, but it usually includes congestion, sneezing, runny nose, chest tightness, itching, watery eyes, rashes and more. For these people that suffer severe allergies, breathing pet dander and allergens can lead to all those symptoms and even asthma.
What is Pet Dander?
Pet dander is composed of tiny flecks of skin shed. Because these particles are so lightweight, they can remain suspended in the air for long periods of time and will stick to your furniture, bedding and carpets, making dander easy to spread around your home. Pets also bring pollen, dust and other common pollutants from outside, aggravating symptoms for allergy sufferers.
How Can Pet Owners Control Air Quality at Home?
If you are extremely sensitive to these types of allergens, you should know by now that it may not be a good idea to have pets in the home. However, for many of us, our pets are very important members of our family so taking the right precautions is necessary to maintain good air quality at home.
Keep pets out of bedrooms and not allowing them on furniture, especially upholstery, may be a good way to start. Avoid carpeting rooms if possible and do not allow dust to accumulate on surfaces by constantly vacuuming or dusting the home. Finally, make sure you use a high quality air filter with superior air filtration and efficiency so pet allergens are properly captured and do not return to your air. For people with chronic allergies, we recommend a MERV 11 filter or higher to trap as much allergens as possible. You will also need to change your filter regularly to maintain maximum efficiency and better air quality.