3 Easy Ways to Prevent Pet Allergies
Many people are allergic to pet dander; the bits of skin that cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and other animals lose. The most common symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes, skin rashes, and trouble breathing. Even if you don’t have pets, you could have symptoms from pet dander that clings to clothing, furniture, and carpeting, and pet owners’ clothes. You can reduce pet dander in your Houston, Texas, home by cleaning often, keeping allergens away, and maintaining your HVAC system.
Cleaning your home often will keep allergens from accumulating. Vacuum your floors every day, dust with a damp cloth twice per week, and steam clean your carpets every few months. Use a dust mask when you clean to protect yourself from pet dander and other allergens, and remember to clean your HVAC system’s air registers. You should also bathe your dog or cat every three weeks and take it outside for brushing. In between baths, you can use a pet wipe to remove any dander or allergens stuck to the fur. Use a professional groomer to save time and bathe your pet without making your allergies worse.
Keeping Allergens Away
Keep pets out of your bedroom, and wash your hands after you touch your pet. You should also wash pet blankets and toys often. When guests come over, ask them to remove their shoes before they come inside to reduce bringing in outdoor allergens. A whole-house ventilation system, also called a heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator, connects to your HVAC system and removes stale indoor air with lots of allergens. It brings filtered outside air into your home instead. It also transfers heat like a heat pump to conserve energy. You can also use an air purifier to remove allergens.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
You should change your HVAC system’s air filters at least once per month to remove as much pet dander as possible. A dirty air filter could spread allergens and other pollutants around your home. You should also have your system checked by a professional at least once per year.
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