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.
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value – it is designed to allow consumers to easily compare the performance from one filter to another. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles (dust, smoke, allergens, pet hair, etc) your filter will remove from the air.
From standard to allergen-busting filters, matching the right MERV rating to your needs will make breathing at home easier for you and your family. Below is a breakdown on what different MERV Ratings can do:
MERV 6: Standard Air Filters
MERV 6 fiberglass disposable filters are a low cost solution if you are on a budget. They will help fight dust, dust mites, lint and pollen but they must be changed every 30 days to maintain ideal efficiency.
MERV 8: Premium Filters
MERV 8 Filters are an ideal upgrade from standard disposable filters and provide a significant impact on the quality of air you breath at home. MERV 8 premium filters help fight, dust and lint, dust mites, pollen and they last up to 90 days.
MERV 11 Filters: Recommended for Per Owners
Our pets are important members of our family but pet dander can activate allergies and make breathing difficult. MERV 11 pleated filters offer significantly higher particulate efficiency. They capture airborne particles/allergens between 1 and 10 microns and are just what pet owners need to improve air quality at home. These filters last up to 90 Days.
MERV 13 Filters: Recommended for Allergies and Asthma
Suffer from allergies or have asthma symptoms? MERV 13 filters are over 30-times more efficient at capturing micro particles than ordinary fiberglass filters, these filters capture airborne particles/allergens less than 1 microns in size. These filters will last up to 90 days and are great at capturing micro allergens, smog and virus carriers to help make breathing at home much easier.
To learn more about MERV ratings or if you are ready to buy your filter, visit Air Filters Delivered