Pets, Air Filters and Your Indoor Air Quality

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The bond between families and their pets is truly inspiring. It’s been said that YouTube was invented so infatuated feline fans and followers could share videos of their beloved furry friends. Did you know YouTube has over two million cat videos with more than 25 billion combined views? That makes for paws-itively purr-fect pet programming. Canine and feline family members bring love, loyalty and fun into your home. However, that’s not all. Cats and dogs are also responsible for bringing pet dander and other allergens into your environment, causing your indoor air quality to suffer.

Love Your Pets but Never Forget – Shedding Can Be Danderous (and a little gross)

Some people get sneezy around dogs. Others have watery eyes and get wheezy when they are near cats. Research indicates that twice as many people are allergic to cats as dogs. Just what is pet dander and why does it give humans an allergic reaction? The American Lung Association says, “Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers. Additional allergy triggers or allergens come from sources other than the animal’s skin.

If you have cats or dogs, pet dander and their offending allergens, float in the air inside your house. Given that most Arizona homes are contained systems with closed doors and windows, the most efficient way to eliminate pet dander is through the air filters in your HVAC system. It is always a good idea to change your air filters on a regular basis. However, if you have pet allergies or you suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions, it is highly recommended that you change your air filters on a monthly basis. Here are the top reasons why clean air filters are an essential to your indoor air quality.

  • Closed Windows and Doors Means Air Is Recycled Inside Your Home – In Arizona, children are raised to keep doors and windows shut. This helps keep the air conditioning (or the heating) in. However, this also means the air inside your home is recycled through your HVAC many times per day. It stands to reason that if you have one set of air filters which do not get changed, those air filters will eventually fill up entirely with dust, pet dander, dirt, pollutants and other particulates. As the air filter reaches maximum capacity, it will fail to filter out additional dust, dirt, dander, etc. that is floating in the air in your home.
  • Lower Your Energy Costs – Dirty, clogged filters make your HVAC unit work harder to achieve the same desired temperatures. If it takes longer to cool your house, it also will require more energy. Dirt and dust degrade the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Clean air filters improve every aspect of your HVAC system, from the air quality inside your home to the smooth running of the fans and motors and even the cleanliness of the ducts.
  • Clean Air Filters Give You Peace of Mind – Air pollution is a public policy issue that has been a hot topic for decades. Indoor air pollution is not as recognized, although within the last decade it has become more and more important. Air quality within the home is quite possibly more important than outdoor pollution because you Arizonans spend so much time indoors. Changing your air filters on a monthly basis will give you peace of mind that you are breathing the cleanest air possible. Especially if you have respiratory issues.

How’s the IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) in your home?

The professionals at Chandler Air want you to have the cleanest air possible inside your home. Why not give us a call to schedule an HVAC system inspection so we can raise your IAQ today?