While a dog can be a man’s best friend, that furry pup can also be your worst nightmare. Itchy or watery eyes are just one of the symptoms you might experience when your pets affect your home’s indoor air quality. Here are three ways pets damage IAQ in Jupiter, FL, and how you can prevent them:

Humidity

The humidity level in Jupiter is already high, but it can become even higher when you have pets. Every time your pet has an accident somewhere around your home, it can increase the humidity level. This is especially common if you don’t find and clean up the accident quickly. As the humidity level increases, you may feel tightness in your chest and symptoms that make it hard to breathe. Use a dehumidifier to balance your home’s humidity between 30% and 50%.

Pet Dander

No matter how many pets or the type of pets you have, you need to worry about pet dander. Dander consists of small flakes of their skin that come off, which can stick to windowsills and other surfaces as well as hang in the air and get inside your ducts. Pets can also shed a lot of fur that will affect those with allergies. Check out our IAQ FAQs to learn more about pollutants in the air.

Animal Feces

When you have cats that use litter boxes, they can damage your IAQ each time they use one of those boxes. The feces that makes it into the box and the feces that they leave on the floor can release particles that reduce your air quality.

Another thing to keep in mind is that those boxes release a lot of dust that will also linger in the air, whether you use clumping litter or a different type. Dog feces can also affect your air quality.

Restore IAQ Damage

Don’t let your indoor air quality suffer so much from your pets that you consider keeping them outside or giving them away. Call Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, LLC in Jupiter, FL, to find out the best ways to restore the damage your pets did to your indoor air quality.

Image provided by iStock

Pin It on Pinterest