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4 Ways to Ensure Good Indoor Air Quality When You Have Pets at Home

Are you a pet lover? If so, then you probably share your home with a few furry friends. Pets offer love and companionship, but they also carry with them dander, pet hair, and other airborne pollutants. All of this can start to impact your indoor air quality (IAQ), and may even make it difficult for you and your family to stay comfortable. Below, we’ll talk a little bit more about how you can improve IAQ when you have pets in your home.

 

Keep Your Air Clean and Healthy

Pets can be fun, but they can also take a toll on your IAQ. Pet dander, which is tiny, microscopic flakes of skin shed by dogs, cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals is the most problematic. Dander is the leading cause of pet allergies and can even affect people who don’t have direct allergic reactions. This is just one of the reasons why it’s important to pay extra attention to your indoor air quality when you have pets at home.

In the graphic below, we’ve put together some indoor air quality tips that you can implement at home to keep you and your pets happier, healthier, and more comfortable.

 

Good Indoor Air Quality Pets Home

 

Indoor Air Quality Testing

Not sure how healthy your home’s air is? Let us help you figure it out! At J&M, we offer indoor air quality testing and solutions that can help to improve your home’s IAQ. Give us a call to learn more about our Indoor Air Quality services.

What is a HEPA Filter, and Do I Need One?

 

Sometimes when we hear the words “air pollution,” we tend to think about smog or other outdoor pollutants, but the truth is dust, dirt, and other harmful contaminants can make their way into your home every day. One of the best ways to prevent pollution from circulating in the air in your home is purchasing a quality air filter and replacing it regularly.

You may have heard of the HEPA filter, but is it right for you? Below, we’ll talk about what a HEPA filter is and how they can help improve indoor air quality as well as the benefits of regularly changing your filter.

What is a HEPA filter?

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are used in medical facilities, vehicles, and homes, and they work by filtering forced air through a fine mesh. The filter helps trap harmful pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and tobacco smoke before they circulate throughout the area. In order to qualify as a HEPA filter under U.S. government standards, filters are required to remove 99.97% of particles from the air that passes through.

Do I need a HEPA filter?

For many, a standard air filter offers enough filtration to improve the indoor air quality of the home without needing anything more. However, those who suffer from severe allergies or asthma may benefit from a stronger filter. Households with individuals who may have trouble breathing can benefit from an air purifier device that uses a HEPA filter .

Though HEPA filters are great for removing nearly all toxic microorganisms from the air, most residential HVAC systems are not made for the standard in-duct HEPA filter. HEPA filters require powerful air volume to overcome the air restrictions from the thick filters. That being said, there are a variety of indoor air quality upgrade options for homeowners that want to provide cleaner and healthier air in their homes, including stand-alone air purifying units.

Why Changing Your Air Filters is Important

No matter what type of air filter you decide to get for your home, it is important that you replace or clean your filter regularly to ensure that it is filtering your air properly and not preventing your HVAC system from running optimally. When your air filter is dirty or clogged, it can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to in order to heat and cool your home. This causes wear and tear to your system and can send your energy bills through the roof.

If you have any questions about your air filter options or which choice is right for you, contact the HVAC experts at J & M Air Conditioning and Heating. We are ready to help you find the best options for improving your indoor air quality.