Pet allergies are a common concern among our Citrus County, Florida, customers. But did you know that you can reduce your pet allergy symptoms using your HVAC system? Let us show you how.
Keep Your Air Ducts Clean
Pet dander, hair, dust, and other debris can wind up inside your ductwork, causing the HVAC system to redistribute these allergens in other areas of the home. Moreover, when your ducts become clogged with debris, it’s much harder for conditioned air to pass through. When this happens, you might experience more allergy symptoms or asthma attacks. Keeping those ducts clean allows fresh air to pass through. Try to schedule a professional duct cleaning regularly to keep your home free from allergens.
Change Your Air Filters
It’s important to change your home’s air filters every one to three months. Pet owners should aim for a monthly replacement and use high-quality air filters designed to trap pet dander and other allergens. Using a high-quality air filter not only reduces your allergy symptoms, but it can also keep dust, pollen, and pet dander from infiltrating your ducts, reducing the need to have them cleaned too often.
Vacuum Your Vents
Along the same lines as changing your air filters, you should also vacuum your vents. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or one specifically designed to trap pet dander and remove pet hair from all floor types. Aim to vacuum every vent in your home once a week to prevent dust buildup.
Install an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are great for allergy sufferers because they clean the air to make it more breathable. While portable units work just fine in single rooms, you should consider investing in a whole-home model to enjoy breathable air in every room. Whole-home purifiers give you better control over your home’s indoor air quality and will help the whole family breathe easier.
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