We have our Griffy. And you have your own precious pooch, feline, or other pet family member who shares your home with you. You can’t deny it: Pets require plenty of care. Your Westminster, Maryland, home likewise requires care when you share it with animals. If you or your family members have asthma and allergies, focus on indoor air quality solutions to help you create a comfortable home environment for pets and humans alike.
Tackle the Problem of Pet Hair
One of the most persistent problems those who live with pets face is animal hair on floors, furniture, and clothing. This pet hair can also get pulled through the ductwork and into your home’s HVAC system. As pet hair builds up, it becomes more difficult to remove without blowing it throughout the house.
Tackling the problem of pet hair requires some diligence on your part. For carpeting, vacuum several times a week. Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. On wood or other hard floors, use an electrostatic mop. On upholstery, use your vacuum’s upholstery tool or a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment.
Improve Air Filtration in Your Home
Air filtration is an important part of keeping the air inside your home as clean as possible. Devices such as air filters and air filtration systems are useful tools for removing pet hair and dander from your home’s indoor air.
Filters are rated according to MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), which measures the amount of particulates trapped with each cycle of air through the filter. In your home’s HVAC system, advanced filtration can remove impurities from the air more efficiently than cheap, disposable fiberglass filters.
Aprilaire filtration systems for the home include electronic air cleaners and media filter cabinets. These Aprilaire products deliver high-quality performance. Some models are capable of capturing more than 90 percent of airborne particles under 1 micron. These filtration systems work with optional programmable thermostats that control the operation of the systems and alert you when the filters need to be changed.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system plays an important role in your home’s indoor air quality. When properly maintained, this system eliminates stale, stagnant air and delivers clean, conditioned air throughout your home, including areas where your pets like to be. Scheduling a regular HVAC system maintenance check with one of our Griffith Energy Services technicians can give you the peace of mind that your home’s HVAC system is working properly throughout the year.
Schedule Duct Cleaning
Your home’s indoor air quality can be adversely affected by pollutant buildups within your HVAC system’s ductwork. Pet dander and pet hair can be significant contributors to this buildup. If you haven’t had your home’s ductwork inspected in several years, you may be surprised at how much indoor air pollutants have accumulated inside the ductwork.
By scheduling a duct cleaning appointment, you can make sure your home’s ductwork will optimize airflow and ventilation while eliminating air pollutants that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. You may be interested in learning about our state-of-the-art Aeroseal duct sealing service. The Aeroseal duct sealant won’t degrade over time, and it can help you improve your HVAC system’s operating efficiency and reduce spending on your energy bills.
Restrict Pets From Entering Specific Rooms
You don’t want to give up owning a pet, but you also don’t want to make life uncomfortable for members of your household who suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms. You can restrict pets from entering specific rooms of your home, such as bedrooms. Creating pet-free areas can allow you to create clean-air zones in your home where you can minimize the accumulation of pet dander and hair. To keep pets out of these areas, either close doors or use portable pet screens to block their access.
You can’t deny that one of the nicest things about owning pets is coming home and having a friendly face waiting to greet you. Our pet-loving team at Griffith Energy Services Inc. can help you find ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality for you and your pets. Call us today at 888-474-3391.